Programme Support Newsletter – Issue 5

Issue 5 of the West Sussex Scouts Programme Support Newsletter

This time we are focusing on:
The Great Indoors Staged BadgeAdapting the Programme – Activity Badges and Challenge AwardsA Million Hands – Protecting our EnvironmentSpotlight on SponsorsScouts for SDGsHelp and Advice
Keep up to Date with West Sussex Scouts

There is also a Guide to the Great Indoors Badge for each section

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#ShowYourPride

Whilst Prides up and down the country have had to be postponed, including local ones in West Sussex, we’ve decided that we will instead bring West Sussex Scouts Pride… ONLINE! 

A month long celebration of all things Inclusion & Diversity, which will include online webinars, #ShowYourPride competition and more.

Information will be coming out throughout the coming weeks but I’m excited to be launching the sign up for our online webinars, starting next month. Every week will be a different theme and we hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join. They will be hosted by myself, alongside other guests, and will happen via zoom. These sessions are also open to any young leaders who wish to join, so please pass around the information. 

The webinars will only be an hour long, will include a Q&A session and to allow for all questions to be answered, will be limited to around 30-60 participants.

Sessions being run:


Wed 17th Jun – “Creating an inclusive environment in my Scout group” (plus launch of “Show Your Pride”) 

Tips & hints around how you can make your weekly sessions, camps and Scouting events as inclusive as possible. 


Wed 24th Jun – “Promoting Positive Behaviour” (very short/abridged version) 

A shortened version of the highly popular “Promoting Positive Behaviour” that has previously been delivered around the county. 


Thurs 2nd July – “L to + of LGBT+ in Scouting”

Exploring in more depth how LGBT+ fits into Scouting and our role in supporting a young person as a leader.  


Thurs 9th July – “Coming out in Scouting – Voices from Scouting” 

Panel discussion from an array of Scouters who have either come out whilst in Scouting or had a young person who has.


To sign up to the above sessions click here


Join the UK Contingent to the World Scout Moot in Ireland in 2021!

What is a Moot? 

The World Scout Moot is an International gathering of 18 to 25 year old Scouts from around the world, coming together to share cultures, learn from each other and gain new skills. It takes place every four years hosted by a different country. 

As a participant, your experience is made up of two halves; Trails and Base Camp. During the Trails section, participants will be in International Patrols of 10 participants and spread out in different locations around Ireland. Then all participants will come together at Malahide Castle for the Base Camp Section. 

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 Who can attend the Moot? 

Participants – Members of The Scouts aged between 18 and 25 (Born on or between 20th July 1995 and 19th July 2003) 

International Service Team –Members of The Scouts & Girlguiding aged 26 and over (Born on or before 19th July 1995) 

 When 

The 16th World Scout Moot runs from Monday 19th to Friday 30th July 2021. 

 Cost 

The base fees for the UK Contingent for the Moot are; 

  • £995 for each participant 
  • £895 for each International Service Team (IST) member 

We’re committed to reducing the financial barrier to entry as much as we can. As such, we’ve got grants available, for more information check the website www.scouts.org.uk/moot 

Switch off Challenge

Take on the switch off challenge to find a healthy balance between time on and away from screens.


You will need..

  • Pens or Pencils
  • Scrap Paper
  • Smartphone or tablet

Before you begin

Print enough ‘Switch off’ sheets for each person. Alternatively, get crafty and make your own by cutting a large circle from card and dividing it into 24 segments. If you want to do this, find time in your session and gather any materials you’ll need.


What’s your screen time?

  1. Everyone should think about the different screened devices they use. They could think about phones, tablets, laptops and computers, gaming, and television.
  2. Everyone should think about the benefits of screen time. It’s a great way to communicate and socialise with friends (including playing games), access information (including researching and studying), online shop, be entertained, or learn (through reading or watching tutorials).
  3. Everyone should chat about why it’s important to balance screen time and green time. It’s important to make space for other activities such as sports and creative activities; it’s also important to spend time with people face to face. Time away from screens helps people develop confidence and communication skills, allows them to rest their eyes, and supports positive mental health.
  4. Everyone should think about how long they spend on screens each day. Remind people to be honest – there’s no space for judgement in this activity.
  5. Everyone should think about how to adjust devices to support ‘digital wellness’. This could include adjusting the blue light setting, using night or wind down modes, or setting time limits. If people have their phones with them, they could explore the settings and make changes.