Posted on January 10th, 2016 by SDSAdmin
What is a District Youth Commissioner?
I am the first District Youth Commissioner in Berkshire, and one of very few in the UK. The District Youth Commissioner’s role is to develop and oversee the principles of Youth Shaped Scouting within Slough. As part of this, I will be starting a Youth Forum within the District to allow Young People’s voices to be heard by the District Team and encouraging leaders to develop Youth Shaped Scouting within their Section.
Who are you?
I am Dave Shaw, some of you may know me as an Explorer Scout Leader with Discovery ESU, while others will know me as a Network member. I am 23, and I have been a part of the Scouting Movement since I was 6, so I know what it is like to be both a Young person and a Leader within Scouting.
What is Youth Shaped Scouting?
Youth Shaped Scouting is the idea that Scouting is a Youth Movement and should be shaped by the Young People. Adults should only be here to guide the Young people and ensure that they are kept safe. The Young People should have a say in what they do on a weekly basis, where they go on camps and how major decisions are made.
As one Explorer said: “Scouting is like play-doh, Young People have to shape and mould it”
What about YouShape?
YouShape Week is the National Event during which we want to get everyone talking about Youth Shaped Scouting. YouShape Week is 1st – 7th February, with a major conference taking place from the 5th – 7th. The week will provide the opportunity for every young person from Beavers through to Network to get involved either online or at your meeting place.
What’s the plan?
I will be setting up a District Youth Forum which will aim to involve a Young person from every Section within the District, from Beavers to Network, from 1st Britwell to 3rd Wexham. To kick off this process, I will be paying a visit to all of the Sections during January to talk to the Young People and Leaders about Youth Shaped Scouting and the Youth forum. Follow me on Twitter for the Schedule.
How can I develop Youth Shaped Scouting in my Section?
First things first, ask the young people what they want to do on a Section Evening, whether that is what game to play next, what to cover in a future meeting or having the young people taking a lead role in a game or activity. The key is to listen to the young people and carry out what they want to do.
District Youth Commissioner – Dave Shaw
Posted on February 26th, 2014 by SDSAdmin
Slough Scouts chosen to attend next year’s prestigious World Scout Jamboree have taken part in a special ten-pin bowling event as part of their fundraising efforts.
The five Scouts selected to represent Slough, Berkshire and their country at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan next year took over Absolutely Tenpin in Slough on Tuesday. A total of 90 people took to the bowling lanes to raise an impressive £870 towards the once-in-a-lifetime trip.
There was a distinctly Japanese flavour to the evening thanks to some of the Scouts choice of attire as they tried to strike up their fundraising totals.
In addition to the five Scouts, eight adult volunteers from Slough have also been selected in leader and staff roles. The group will be part of a contingent of 3,519 from the UK, who will make the intercontinental trip to Japan to join 40,000 Scouts from around the world next summer.
Aiden Boland 15, Jamboree participant:
“It was a really enjoyable evening of bowling fun and it was a great way for us to combine a social event with fundraising for Jamboree. We have been so fortunate to represent Slough at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan and we appreciate the huge amount of support that is coming our way. To raise nearly £1,000 while having fun is a fantastic achievement and it will contribute significantly to our combined fundraising efforts”
Part of the trip fees paid by UK Scouts goes towards a solidarity fund helping Scouts from less fortunate countries across the world to attend the Jamboree.
Among the supporters were 1st Langley Scouts, SAS Network – Slough’s 18-25 Scout provision, Edith Rose Nurseries Ltd and many family and friends.
Rebecca (Edith Rose Nurseries Ltd)
“I used to be an assistant Cub Scout leader in Surrey and know what amazing opportunities Scouting provides for Young People. We’ve come to support the Slough Scouts in heading to Japan. I wish them all the best.”
Niki Hickly, Supervisor, Absolutely Tenpin:
“We are delighted to be able to help local charities raise money for good causes. As a not for profit organisation, it’s extremely important for Absolutely Ten Pin to reinvest revenue back into the community and this is one way we able to meet our charitable aims, the Slough Scouts group were a pleasure to have as our first of many charities and we hope to work with them again in the near future.”
5 Scouts from Slough have been selected to represent Slough, Berkshire and their country in Japan, 2015
Posted on November 30th, 2013 by SDSAdmin
5 Young People have been selected to be part of the 45 from Berkshire attending the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015. About a month ago they took part in an action packed selection weekend of different team activities with over 170 other applicants. Out of the 15 applications from Slough 5 were successful.
About Selection weekend
3519 Scouts from the UK will join over 30,000 Scouts from all over the world to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, spending 12 days of activities and opportunities to make new friends and learn about other cultures. Scouts from the UK will also get the opportunity to stay with a host family for 3-4 days giving them a real insight to Japanese life.
Why do the Young People want to go to Japan?
Damien Woodall, Adult Volunteer “This is truly a once in a life time opportunity for these Young People. The trip will help each Young Persons confidence, communication skills and much more. They will build memories and friendships that will last forever.”
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout ‘The reason why Scouting remains the largest youth movement in the world is that it’s got great core values: it’s faith, it’s about friendship, it’s about fun – it’s all part of what we wanted when we grew up.’
These Young People are already starting fundraising for the trip and have spent the day bag packing at Sainsbury’s, Farnham Road. Part of the fees paid by UK Scouts goes towards a solidarity fund helping Scouts from less fortunate countries across the world attend the Jamboree. They are also planning to do much more fundraising on the lead up to their trip.