Our new District Commissioner
Posted on Thursday 8th July, 2021
A warm welcome to Josh Smith who was invested as the new District Commissioner for Southampton City Scout District, by Martin Mackey the Hampshire Scouts County Commissioner, via Zoom, at our AGM on 8th July 2021.
A Message from our new District Commissioner
I wanted to quickly introduce myself as your next District Commissioner for Southampton City Scouts. I will be taking over from David Bowers at our AGM on the 8th of July.
As your District Commissioner, I will be responsible for overseeing our Scouting provision in Southampton. My role will be to ensure it runs effectively, that our volunteers are supported and that our young people have the best possible experience.
One of my top priorities is to form a new team of District volunteers.
If you are interested in getting involved and joining the team we have a number of roles available, such as: Assistant District Commissioner (ADC) Beavers, ADC Activities and Deputy District Commissioner.
You can find out more and express interest for each role here:
There are also opportunities to join the District Exec, become a Training Advisor, etc... or support the District in a more informal way without the commitment of taking on a full role. If you are interested in doing this, please also let me know using the form above.
I'm really looking forward to working with you all soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do ping me a message.
Finally, I'd just like to say a massive thank you to David and your team for all the hard work and energy you've put into making Scouting in Southampton a success.
🎬 Find out about DofE ‘With a Difference’ with Amanda and Luke
Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021
If you’re aged 14+ or in year 9 or above, you can still take part in DofE. The coronavirus doesn’t mean your DofE needs to stop – far from it. Whether you’re just starting or already doing your DofE we can help you achieve your award.
Amanda (our DofE aficionado) and Luke (DofE assistant aficionado) have recorded this launch video to explain all about the DofE awards. Perfect if you’re new and want to find out about Bronze or if you’re returning back to challenge Silver.
When you start doing your DofE, you need to pay a £24 fee(Bronze/Silver) or £31 fee (Gold) for your Welcome Pack, which includes your eDofE account and the certificate and badge when you achieve your Award.
You can register in two different ways:
Download and complete a paper registration form,. Print and send to the address on the form with a cheque payable to HCSC
When completing the online forms you will need the following information:
District: Southampton City
DofE Leaders: Amanda Jukes, Luke Hall, Sam Chapman. Ask your leader if you are unsure which name to use.
You can get in touch with us at anytime to ask questions or arrange a zoom call to help you with your award. Our address is firstname.lastname@example.org
⭐️ Vacancy – District Commissioner / Volunteer Manager of Southampton City Scout District.
Posted on Saturday, January 30th, 2021
To: All parents/member associated with Southampton City Scout District
We need a new team leader!
Maybe you OR your mum, dad, best friend or neighbour might be perfect for this role.
As the leader of the team we would call you the District Commissioner (DC)!
In a nutshell, the DC would be:
Inspiring and enthusiastic, super resourceful and full of energy
A problem solver, fantastic team builder and a leader
Believe passionately about developing young people and volunteers to be there best.
Southampton City won’t be the only one to benefit – so what’s in it for you?
This is an opportunity to make a real difference to local young people.
Being a DC, will look great on your CV, demonstrating to prospective employers that you have some amazing additional skills. Don’t worry if you are new to Scouts, that’s no problem, we will teach you everything you need to know and our award winning training scheme even leads to a certified qualification.
Volunteering with Scouting can be as flexible as you need so if you are worried that you won’t have enough time why not consider a role share within a small team.
We are here to fill you in on the details, so if you want to know more please do get in touch with any questions by sending an email to email@example.com
There are a many ways that you can apply or nominate someone else – why not give it a go and try one of them:
Click here to nominate someone using our online form.
We would love to hear from you by Saturday 28th March 2021.
Thank you for your time so far and please do shout if you have any queries at all!
Posted on Sunday, January 24th, 2021
Congratulations to Gail on gaining her Silver Wolf Award – very well deserved.
Gail has had several roles within the district over her service years. These have been at two main groups, The 2nd and more recently the 7th, both Southampton City District. This has taken up several evenings as she worked with the Sections and Execs and with the District Team.
Gail spent 20 years as GSL at the 2nd taking over from her dad Alf Longhurst.
She started as a Cub Instructor aged 13 – the equivalent of Young Leaders today.
Within her role with the 7th Group as Group Scout Leader Gail has given time to each section when needed but for the last 2- 3 years she has been attending Scouts each week to support the changing leadership in place. It’s only been in the last 12 months she’s moved away from that weekly commitment.
At the same time as the Scout support Gail is still the current Beaver Leader with the group, her other main role. Gail has been with the Beaver team since 2012 and this is a weekly commitment for her, leading the team and running events.
Added to this Beaver role Gail is also part of the ADC Beaver team in the district and supports other colonies and helps with the district events such as the Panto’s, Planning and organising these for the last few years.
Gail is a member of the District Appointments Committee and regularly attends the appointment meetings meeting new Leaders and volunteers, often going to help in a Training Advisor role with them as well. As a Training Advisor in the County Gail has worked in the training world and remained current with the new processes and new training approaches over the years. She is a valued member of the District Training group and enthuses others in this manner.
Gail is also a District Beaver Scouter. Gail plays a vital role in the ADC Beaver team and has helped shape that section with the ADC team. She encourages involvement in events and plans several events in the calendar each year such as organising of the Annual Panto Trip and the District Beaver Sleepover at Ferny Crofts.
Within the GSL role at the 7th she has led the team there in bringing in support and grown the group in terms of numbers and Executive and committee. This had been noted throughout the District. The site that the group is on has undergone some key developments and has more planned soon that Gail is heavily involved in. Mainly, the group acquired its own land a few years ago and in doing so managed to double its footprint. Plans are already underway to clear the land and develop the site and access further.
Gail also regularly volunteers at Ferny Crofts and generally works in the campsite tuck shop. This is a week and weekend commitment throughout the busiest times of the year.
This award is in recognition of the time and effort Gail had given to Scouting. Gail has not only continued to grow as GSL but has become integral to the District team, in her GSL role, in Beavers, in Training and Executive roles. Gail is a sound voice of experience whilst remaining grounded to the young people at her own group and section.
Gail has been instrumental in the development of others around her and to the continuity of good program delivery to all those who have been through the group or sectional events. Gail’s role with Appointments and her kind natured way of working with new people is also a great asset to the District and I’m sure has been used in training courses with others that she’s worked with over the years.
Gail has continued to be a real voice in the district, dealing with issues with several DC’s over the years. During these time Gail has always been able to see both sides, empathise and share advice in a caring manner to all who needed it.
Again, from the District, well done Gail…….
About the Award
Silver Wolf Award (The Scout Association)
The Silver Wolf is the highest award made by The Scout Association “for services of the most exceptional character.” It is an unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout. The award consists of a Silver Wolf suspended from a dark green and yellow neck ribbon.
Since its inception by Robert Baden-Powell, the Silver Wolf has remained the “unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout”, although “County Commissioners and overseas Chief Scouts may submit recommendations to Scout Headquarters.”
During the early years of the development of the Scout Movement throughout the world, it was the practice of the Founder, Lord Baden-Powell, to give the Silver Wolf to Scouters in any country who had done outstandingly valuable work for the Movement. The Silver Wolf was first awarded to King’s Scouts or King’s Sea Scouts of at least 2 years service and who earned 12 proficiency badges, who performed under exceptional circumstances like saving a life or repeated acts of bravery, endurance, or self-sacrifice. This Silver Wolf remained a Youth award until 1922, when it became an award for Adult volunteers for Services to Scouting.
The award was of course highly valued, but it began to be realized that the Silver Wolf was a British Scout decoration, even though it was given by the Chief Scout of the World. Accordingly, in 1934, the Bronze Wolf Award was created as the only award made by the World Scout Committee.