I hope you have had a relaxing Summer break wherever you spent it. Meanwhile, a few updates from the Group…
First Nights Back
Beavers – Thursday 7th September
Cubs – Monday 4th September
Scouts – Friday 8th September
Explorers – Wednesday 6th September (at the Quarries)
You should all have received information about Group Camp via Online Scout Manager. This may well be the first time you have used this – we are looking to use it more in the Group to do event bookings etc – so I hope it hasn’t been too confusing for you.
When booking we need a T-shirt size – please provide this as either adult S/M/L/XL or as a chest size in inches – can you check and if you provided something different e.g. an age can you please either edit it on OSM or let your Section Leader know what it should be? Thanks.
But to summarise:
Dates: 13-15 October
Venue: The Quarries
Accommodation: Indoor for Beavers, camping for others
Activities: lots! But will include climbing and artificial caving
Booking deadline: end of Sunday 17th September
If you would like your son/daughter to go on camp could you please book either via OSM or via your Section Leader as soon as possible but definitely before the deadline above as with such a large camp we need time to plan.
It would be really helpful if you would indicate yes or no via OSM if you can even if paying cash or cheque.
If you have lost the OSM email and would like me to resend it please reply and let me know.
We have been busy over the summer and have just launched our new website – like the old one this is at http://www.thesaints.org.uk/.
Apart from looking more modern it has lots of new features, including some of the items we used to have in the Scout Yearbook, but extended to all our Sections:
At a glance look at events and programmes (once these go online)
Links to and more information on how OSM works
Photos and videos
Kit lists for camps and advice on kit purchase
News from the Group
Badge positions on uniform
Information on what you have to do for badges
…and lots more!
We have ended our Smugmug subscription as this was quite costly, so the older photos no longer feature – if anyone really wanted to download these please let me know and I’ll dig out a copy. We’re going to build the photos area up with new ones over time.
If anyone, adult or young person, would like to write a feature on an event they took part in with The Saints, ideally with photos etc, please do! If you send me it in Word format I will adapt it onto the website’s News section – it’d be great if you could help us promote the Group more widely!
If you have any questions please let me know, or speak to your Section Leader.
Yours in Scouting
Neil (Group Scout Leader)