Queen Scout Award Dinner and Windsor Visit!

April marks the time of year where we celebrate the Young People within the County who have achieved the Queen Scout Award at a dinner hosted by the County Team at the Copthorne Hotel. This year we were lucky enough to have these awards presented at the dinner by Assistant UK Youth Commissioner for Leadership – James Clarke. We would like to congratulate Jack, Samuel, Sam and Steven on this great achievement.

They each received an invitation to attend a special event held at Windsor Castle where Three hundred Queen’s Scouts were being honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout, Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Awards on Sunday 22th April 2017.  Bear will be joined by Princess Beatrice of York.

The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in Scouting and is awarded for outstanding personal achievement.  This honour is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, which includes service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said:
“During their time Scouting all these young people have worked incredibly hard to learn new skills and achieve their Queen’s Scout Awards. I and I am so full of admiration for their spirit, grit and determination.  They have served their community, lead others and undertaken expeditions in the UK and around the world. As Queen’s Scouts they are leading lights and an inspiration to over half a million Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that Scouting has honoured them today. I am just so proud of all they have achieved.”

The annual Windsor Castle event has been held regularly since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St. George’s Day (23rd April).  St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouting. Since the Queen’s Scout Award was instigated, over 100,000 of these awards have been presented to young men and women for outstanding personal achievements and service to their local communities.  They have learnt new skills and taken part in many of the 200 different activities on offer by Scouting across the UK.

County Camp 2019

Following from a Questionnaire we sent out last year to all Cub Leaders asking if they wanted a County Camp in 2019.

We are looking a team of proactive people to Head up and Lead a camp for Cubs in West Sussex in 2019. We are looking for a Camp Chief, Camp Clothing and Badge Coordinator, Camp Programme Coordinator, Camp Administrator, Camp Bookings Coordinator. These roles can be shared.

If you think your would like to take one of these roles and help shape County Cub Camp in 2019, Please Contact Matthew Pike, Deputy County Commissioner Programme below.

#YouShape 2018

February is #YouShape month and we want to make it the best yet! Youth Shaped Scouting takes place all year round, but again we’re focusing on it in February. We want to support young people and volunteers to embed this traditional part of Scouting into what we do and celebrate the amazing examples of Youth Shaped Scouting already taking place around the County.

During February, within each District, there will be a local event/activity run by your District Youth Commissioner teams which you should have received details about already, if not you will do soon.

The County will be running a youth ambassadors camp for Scouts which will be a chance to meet Scouts from across the county, have ago at fun and engaging activities and to learn leadership skills. You’ll receive more details from your District Commissioner in the new year.

Why not add a #YouShape evening into your programme in February to hear the views of your young people and get their input into the programme. There are fantastic resources available, including activity inspirations and activity postcards, on the Scout website, which will help you to do this.

If you have any questions about #YouShape or how to include it into your programme, please speak to your Local Youth Commissioner or contact Mike Priest the County Youth Commissioner below, or via Facebook (facebook.com/CYCWS) or Twitter (@mikewscyc).