Its never a "quiet" year in Scouting, but 2014 has been a
particularly busy year for Avon Scouts. A year of continued growth
and development for Scouting across the county, along with a new
County Commissioner to end the year!
Early in the year, we held a selection day where we
72 young people, and 8 adults, were selected from across the county
to attend the 2015 World Jamboree in Japan. For them, 2014 has
been a busy year of fundraising and training events, which will
continue into the new year. An additional 24 candidates from Avon
were successful in being selected for the International Service
In March, we announced a partnership with the Pears Foundation, which
will bring an additional £200,000 investment in growing and
developing Scouting locally. The partnership saw the recruitment of
a team of interns, who will be helping
development across the county.
In April, a number of long-standing volunteers in Avon were
recognised in the annual St Georges Day Awards. These are national
awards recognising good service, and special acts of heroism or
bravery. The 16 volunteers from across Avon who received awards
were recognised at a special reception, hosted by
local business Smith and Williamson. On the subject of
awards, in May, Amir Cheema (District Commissioner, Brunel)
received a UK "Point of Light" award from the Prime Minister
for his outstanding contribution to community life.
As the warmer weather approached, so our outdoor activities
increased. May saw six hundred young people from Wansdyke district
taking part in WanJam, a bank holiday jamboree at Bath
Racecourse. In June, over 100 Scouts and Explorers took part in the
County Water Regatta at Bristol
Early June saw young people from across the county taking part in
projects as part of Scout Community Week. Beavers, Cubs and
Scouts from Weston, Bath, spent a day improving the area around
their Scout Hall, while 1st Abbotswood Beavers took part in a
litter pick, and 1st Frampton Cotterell Beavers planted flowers at
their local church.
2014 saw the Scout Association change its rules to allow
Paintballing as an activity, and in June 140 members of Network and Explorers took part in
the "NEX does paintball" event at Hamburger Hill.
On 13th July, volunteers from Avon spent the day at the County
Conference, hosted at the City Academy in Bristol. During the
day a range of interactive workshops were delivered on subjects as
diverse as "growing scouting" and "delivering exciting programmes".
The day also included the county AGM and Network Conference.
a new Sea Explorer unit set sail in Bristol Docks. Based at the
BP Boathouse, the unit offers a full explorer programme, with an
emphasis on water activities, at the heart of Bristol's famous
floating harbour. Later in September, over 100
young people took part in the County Shooting Competition at
Chelwood, with participants competing in a range of shooting and
The weekend of 17th-19th October saw Scouts from around the
world communicating with each other as part of the worldwide
Jamboree on the Internet and Jamboree on the Air (JOTI/JOTA). A number of groups gathered at 229th Bristol's HQ
in Ashton Gate for this year's JOTI Radio event.
As the year drew to a close, our new County Commissioner, Graham Brant, was
appointed at the start of November to replace Dan Wood who was
appointed International Commissioner for the Scout
2015 promises to be no quieter, with a range of events already
in the diary! And
plans are already underway for our 2016 county Jamboree!
Happy New Year everyone!