Spring is sprung…

11 March 2018

Well, hopefully it is, anyway – it would be nice if Winter Challenge can go ahead at the second attempt. But there are definitely signs of growth across the District: the results of the annual census are in, and we’re up to 1147 young people, a huge 9.9% growth on last year. That’s a fantastic reflection on the efforts you have all put in to provide a great programme and to offer Scouting to more and more young people – thank you!

The growth doesn’t stop there though: even as we finished counting, a new Beaver Colony opened at Great Western Park, with a Cub pack to follow after Easter. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the new leaders there and everywhere else in the District in advance – yes it is a bit daunting at first, but also very rewarding.

Looking ahead, the cut off for the County Awards Day is only a week away. The day is the County’s annual celebration of young people who have achieved the top awards in their sections and is a great day out for them and their families. Please make sure you’ve nominated all your young people by the deadline of March 16th, using the form at

Also coming up fast is the District St George’s Day celebration – I hope to see you all at Rye Farm Meadow for an afternoon of fun and activities, followed by our Promise Renewal. You can read more about the event – and the challenges to be attempted along the way – on our District website at If you haven’t already, please make sure your Section/Group/Unit has signed up for the event so we can make sure we have enough activities to go around. We do also need a few more people to help supervise the activities; I know most Leaders will be busy with their sections so this could be a really good opportunity for Training Advisers, Executive Committee members to come and join in.