District International Scout Fund

Many young people get a chance to travel abroad during their scouting career, on trips organised at district or county level.   News of opportunities to get involved is spread through email pathways or at meetings.

Ormskirk District Scout members under the age of 25 who are fundraising for a trip may be eligible to apply for a grant from our International Scout Fund. The main question to ask yourself is, “Will this trip enhancethe reputation of scouting?”   Full terms and conditions are outlined in the CRITERIA document and there is a straightforward  APPLICATION FORM – right click to download and save both to your hard-drive.

The subcommittee arranges three meetings a year.

If the next application deadline will be too late for your event, the Exec. Committee may be able to help, so submit your form but also get in touch to explain the situation, whether through your section leader or ADC.

Bear Grylls says Go For It!

The West Lancashire Scouts International Team hosts an annual International Evening and also produces occasional newsletters, reporting on trips abroad and highlighting opportunities coming up. Your global activities don’t have to involve travel though – the team includes people who have scouting contacts in other countries, for penpal or email links. For specific enquiries, you could contact the ACC International.

Training Bulletin – courses coming up

Cub Specific Modules 11 – 19: April 13th – 15th

Modules 5 – 9 (multi-sectional): Wed 25 April and Wed 2 May *please note change of datesth (Blackpool)

Safeguarding Awareness (Ormskirk District HQ) – June 6th

Modules 5 – 9 (multi-sectional): June 30th (South Ribble)

Getting Started (Ormskirk) Modules 1 – 4: July 1st

Safeguarding Awareness (Ormskirk District HQ) – July 19th

Application forms (see downloads menu) need to be signed by your GSL and returned with the appropriate fee to reserve your place. Please return the form to Chris four weeks before the course date (or 2 weeks for Ormskirk courses) to allow processing.

Adventurous Activity Permits – support for funding

Funding is available from Gilwell HQ for permit assessment courses to get an adventurous activity permit. This funding covers 50% of any course fees and 50% of travel costs. It does not cover equipment or accommodation unless they are included within the course fee, and does not cover first aid courses as they are not a requirement for holding an activity permit, or activity training courses. It is not funding for attending National Governing Body courses, unless you will also receive a Scout Association activity permit from the course.

In return for this funding, applicants are required to carry out their role of an activity permit holder running activities for a minimum of two years.

Applications should be sent to Gilwell Park using the form available from: http://scouts.org.uk/permitfunding

Submissions need to include course receipts and receipts for travel costs, including fuel receipts for car journeys (the fuel receipts do not need to be for the amount claimed in fuel, as this will be worked out based on the mileage). Submissions without receipts cannot be paid.

Extra opportunities for adults in Scouting: sports, skills and activities.

Tailor your own Big Adventure to fit. Whether you’re looking for a sport to pursue for your Duke of Edinburgh or Queen’s Scout Award or simply fancy trying something out for the first time, trained instructors are available right here. Talk about your ideas with Chris or your training adviser at your validation meetings, chat to our ADC (Activities), Ash Green, or contact the teams direct.
The District Archery Team provides bookable evening sessions for youngsters throughout the district, as well as appearing at day events and camps. If you would like to hone your skills as an archer, perhaps looking for a sport to pursue for your Duke of Edinburgh or Queen’s Scout Award, you can train with the team which meets on the 2nd Monday of every month at HQ from 7.30 – 9 pm. All leaders are welcome to come along and have a go: just let them know to expect you so they have an idea of numbers, using the Archery Booking Form.

Want to add Rifle shooting to your skill set?
The District Shooting Team regularly appears at Cub Camp and District Family camps as well as offering evening sessions on the new range at District HQ by arrangement. Team members have gained the certificates necessary to lead these sessions through training organised by County Scouts under control of the National Small Bore Rifle Association. Cubs, Scouts and Explorers get chances to try it out – and so can you. Click here to contact the team. 

Caving opportunities are currently being developed in the district, under the wing of the county training team, with provision for all ages – special training has been arranged during 2011 for Beaver Scout Leaders. See also: >Activities>Caving or contact ADC (Scouts).

The District Climbing Team regularly runs sessions for youngsters at our own climbing wall and elsewhere and is keen to see new faces – if only for crowd control. With a well equipped and busy venue to manage, including bookings, and competitions to arrange, there is currently an opportunity for an adult with organising and team skills to help keep things running smoothly. Climbing training can also be arranged. More information is available on the Climbing page.
Kayak and canoe training: The District has a team of qualified instructors who are able to deliver evening sessions within the area as well as organising expeditions to the Lakes and further afield. Leaders who’d like to get involved are encouraged to take a six session training course followed by two assessment outings, leading to a BCU 2 Star certificate. Training restarts in October at Nye Bevan Pool (Skelmersdale) – initially 8-9pm on Tuesdays. Contact John (Quartermaster of 51st).

Look out for this occasional series of special sessions and weekends:

Get lost! map-reading
Get knotted! pioneering
Get stuffed! camp catering
Get away! module 38, residential experiences

You will also pick up a lot of scouting skills at the fun days and camps. Enjoy!

A trainee’s perspective

The following is taken from an email received by one of our Adult Trainers in the District:

Hi Chris,

Just emailing you to thank yourself, Paul and the rest of the training team for all your hard work and dedication to running a very good course. I didn’t expect to get that much out of the weekend due to doing Cubs for quite a while now – how wrong I was – I have learned a tremendous amount off yourselves and off other cub leaders on the course. People had said you can do the training online which I had half thought about but what a massive mistake that would have been – I would have missed out so much.

Just sorry I had to miss Saturday night it sounded like you had had a great time.

I would recommend anyone to go on the courses properly.

It also has given me a fresh outlook to doing Cubs and I hope to use some of my new skills soon.

Many thanks again.

Cub Leader Trainee on the Cub Essentials course, September 2011