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NOVEMBER 2009

DISTRICT’S BUSIEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR
The weekend of Friday 16th to Sunday 18th October saw all the sections descend on Sherbrooke at one time or another.
From tea time on Friday there was a steady flow of vehicles up the campsite access track—in fact, at times it seemed busier than the M1—as 250 or so Scouts and Explorer Scouts arrived to set up camp for the Night Owl weekend. Also arriving were the Amateur Radio enthusiasts who were running the annual world wide Jamboree On The Air (JOTA). The Evening activities included a Camp Fire and Wide Game before the camper descended on the Camp Centre to be fed with Pizzas, Biscuits and Crisps. During Saturday morning the Scouts and Explorer Scouts were kept busy on activities ranging from Archery to Pioneering, Hand Axe to First Aid, Climbing to JOTA. We also saw the District Cub Scouts arrive for their annual Cyclo Cross event. This had no sooner finished when the Beaver Scouts arrived for an Activity afternoon. All this activity would have been impossible without us being blessed with a spell of fine weather. As the shadows lengthened the teams of Scouts and Explorer Scouts reported for Night Owl. Teams were briefed and inspected, checked out for map reading and compass knowledge, then set off at 15 minute intervals to negotiate a course along footpath and byways in the dark. This year, with the inclusion of the Explorer Scouts saw a total of 30 teams—23 Scout and 7 Explorer—so half the teams were taken to a remote start to walk back to Sherbrooke, the other half doing the reverse route. 28 teams finished the event, and 10 of these managed it in under the optimum time. Well done to all the participants Many thanks go to all the adults, Leaders, Spouses and Scout Fellowship members who manned checkpoints, carried out briefings and kit checks, acted as transport or starters / finishing marshals, oversaw set incidents, cooked, kept score, roving marshals and manned the control. Results and pictures on page 2

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Training Courses
During November we have a whole range of training Courses taking place right here in Central Notts, If you need any of these modules and you want to do them in the form of a course, here is your chance. Modules 1-2-3, Getting Started Training, Saturday 7th November, Southwell HQ 10:30 to 14:30, contact LTM at centralnotts.ltm@nottinghamshirescouts.com Module 9, Working with adults. Saturday 7th November, Southwell HQ, 15:00 to 18:30

J.O.T.A.
The station was active on Fri (2000-23:00), Sat (0800-2300) and Sun (0830-1200). Most of the visitors to the station were Scouts with the majority of those visiting the station doing so on Saturday between 10:00 and 16:00, with a small number visiting the station on Sunday morning. Some of the contacts were of relative short duration whilst others were of a long duration. Especially notable was one contact with An Australian Scout station that lasted over 2 hours on Saturday morning, and several lengthy contacts with some American Scout stations during Saturday afternoon. Over the weekend a total of 249 contacts were completed with stations located in 45 countries. Of these 105 were other JOTA stations whilst the remainder were non-scout stations although some were being operated by ex-Scouts. These stations are obviously too numerous to list, but include such far flung or exotic places as : Asiatic Russia, Australia, Guinea-Bissau, Hawaii, Indonesia, Montenegro, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the Ukraine. The number of contacts per country varied from 1 upwards, with 50 contacts with the USA and the most—97—with United Kingdom Stations. All visiting Scouts were given the opportunity to speak with those contacted, some declined and others had to leave before this was possible. Communications were principally in English, one Scout specifically asked for us to contact a French speaking station so that he could communicate in French, and one of the station operators was able to briefly communicate in Japanese. We unfortunately ran out of the Certificates for those Scouts who had spoken on-air but it is estimated that about 130 Scouts achieved this.

Module 5/6, Fundamental values of scouting, Saturday 28th November, 1st Porchester HQ, 9:30 to 12:30 Module 7, Valuing Diversity, Saturday 28th November, 1st Porchester HQ, 13:30 to 18:30 Module 8, Skills of Leadership, Sunday 29th November, 1st Porchester HQ, 13:00 to 16:00 For the Getting Started training contact the LTM Phil Herriot direct, for modules 5 to 9 send an application form to the LTM Phil Herriot these can be downloaded from the county web site www.training.nottinghamshire-scouts.com or from the LTM

You will recall that, earlier this year Phillip and Elaine Barlow went out to Tanzania in East Africa, and on their return sent out an appeal for items of camp equipment – tents etc to help the members of our Movement over there. Phil has recently received the following message and passes it on, with thanks to those Groups and Individuals who answered his appeal Thanks Philip for your help. Thanks for membership badges. Thanks for tents now we enjoy scouting because we shaining (training ?) for membership badges and we sleep in good tents during camping. ASANTE SANA,( Thank you very much.) GOD BLESS YOU.AND YOUR FAMILY. Eric Eric is the District Commissioner for Tabora where Phil and Elaine met the scouts who in total number over 1000. Tabora is 900 miles inland from the capital Dar es Salaam and 26 hours on the train, (3 trains a week) They are of mixed religion, 50% Christian / Muslim. You may wish to see and hear about Phil and Elaine’s last trip and the work they did this summer. The next one is at St James Church Hall, Marshall Hill Dr, Mapperley. on Monday 9th Nov at 7.30pm Congratulations go to 1st Gedling XXX Scout team who won the Scout Night Owl Trophy, with 303 points, 2nd on 294 points was 3rd Woodthorpe ‘ZT’, 3rd with 293 points was 1st Redhill ‘A’ and 4th with 292 points was 4th Carlton Tarsus1.

The new Explorer Scout Trophy went to The Green Peppers from Pepperpots, with Weavers ‘A’ team in second place.

22nd WORLD JAMBOREE
Kristianstad, Sweden - 2011
Yes, it may be still 2 years away, but selection for this is now being planned

BE A PART OF THE U.K. CONTINGENT
When – The dates of the jamboree are 27th July – 7th August 2011. However there will be a pre Jambo party for the UK continent on the 26th in Copenhagen, Denmark. The UK contingent will fly to Copenhagen on either the 24th or 25th July. There are 4,000 in the UK contingent so they can't do it all on the same day. After Jambo we will have Home Hospitality in a third country yet to be decided. This would be for 2-3 days. So we return approx 11th Aug, again taking two days for the whole contingent to return Who can go? - Jamboree participants need to be aged 14 - 17 (born between 25th July 1993 and 27th July 1997). They can turn 18 whilst at Jambo but not be 18 before it, and must be 14 on it. Being a participant at a World Scout Jamboree is an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity! Over the course of ten days you'll meet people from all over the globe, take part in amazing adventures and experiences and be challenged to think about global issues in a new light. Do you want to make life-long friends, learn from other cultures and beliefs, share your own knowledge and experience what it's like to live in beautiful Swedish nature? What are you waiting for? Come to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree: Simply Scouting!

Interested? Want to find out more? Then come along – and bring your parents - to the Jamboree Road show which is being held on 24 November 2009 at Sherbrooke Campsite, Flatts Lane, Calverton at 7.30pm
If you cannot make this road show, other dates are 3rd December—Rushcliffe - Venue tba, 4th December - South West Notts - Venue tba.

ELECTRONICS BADGE
Venue: Dates / Times: 2nd Arnold Scout Headquarters, Church Street, Arnold Saturday, 14 November, 2009 9.15AM to 5.00pm Sunday, 15 November, 2009 9.30am to 2.30pm Cost: £12.50 per Scout (to include course notes, components, badge and drinks) For further details telephone: 01636 830687 or 07930 417424 E-Mail: john_crowder@hotmail.co.uk The District Campsite now has its’ own website which you can find at: www.sherbrookescoutca mpsite.co.uk

1st GEDLING SCOUTS COMPLETE AVIATION BADGE
Following on from their success with the Basic Aviation badge, the Air Cadets of 138 Squadron decided to move to the next level and take 1st Gedling Scouts through their Aviation badge. Six Cadets took over three consecutive Troop nights and taught the Scouts about such subjects as weather, parts of an aeroplane, phonetic alphabet, types of aircraft & fitness to fly. They also displayed various slides depicting aircraft, and at the end of the three weeks they had to identify at least 12 of these craft. One lucky Scout won a large bar of chocolate which he was generous enough to share with his group. This was not all though, on Saturday 26 September 2009 seven Scouts plus Leaders and Cadets went to Buckminster Gliding Club for the day to complete the remaining parts of the badge and also to do their aeronautics badge. Subjects included air safety, plotting a route using aviation maps and checking over the aircraft. The highlight of the day for each Scout was their flight in a glider from a winch launch, doing a circuit of the airfield. The weather was fine but a bit hazy but even the most apprehensive was thrilled when they touched down. As part of the safety precautions everyone had worn a parachute whilst flying and the day ended with a discussion on the workings of the parachute followed by a demonstration as one of the Scouts was kitted out and allowed to pull the ripcord. As a result of this all seven Scouts have achieved both their Aviation Activities badge, their Aeronautics badge, and in some cases done part of their Adventure Challenge badge. We hope to have a ceremony in the very near future when all the Scouts will be presented with their badges by the Air Cadets that taught them. In return we are going to present the Air Cadets with the relevant Instructors badges for these activities as a thank you.
Well what a weekend Gedling had. Two teams were entered for the Night Owl competition, 11 Scouts in total. The weather was good, cold but not wet or windy, the teams were in good spirits. 23 Scout teams took part in the Night Hike and every team finished. They had hoped they might be in with a chance when they entered – after all Gedling had come third two years ago – but even so, when the results were announced everyone was stunned. The Gedling A team had won! The six older Scouts had not just entered the Night Owl competition they had in fact organised the weekends camp for the remainder of the Troop as part of their Outdoor Plus challenge badge. They even did the shopping. After the hike they took the time to thank the two Leaders who had walked with them, and of course they had to be included in the photos. For several of them this will be their last Night Owl as Scouts. Brilliant job lads

…...AND MORE ON NIGHT OWL

We set out on the Friday evening with a great sense of excitement and anticipation of the weekend ahead and, naturally curious if we (perhaps I more than others) would make it through the expedition dry and well! After a drive for around 4 hours, we enjoyed our long awaited fish and chips in Wroxham after admiring the more plastic of vessels in the harbour opposite. After the most enjoyable of meals we, eventually, found camp and pitched tents with the help of 5th Carlton’s minibus’ headlights (a very useful commodity to which no camp should be without. 08:00 hours the following morning saw us travel to Hunter’s yard to meet the several instructors and make ready the 4 yachts for sailing. I was to sail Luna, an admirable 4/5 berth vessel. The first day’s pace was relatively slow as we could only just utilise the term ‘sailing’ at one point due to lack of wind – something, I hope you agree is quite necessary! At around 18:00 hours we docked and cooked our evening meal on the Luna’s surprisingly efficient stove, covered her over and got some shut eye. The following day was much more eventful. An increased wind speed meant, of course, Luna could travel quicker. The ironic thing was we had to do considerably more quanting essentially, push ourselves along with a stick)

(when negotiating the narrower tributaries. The waterways were also much more active than usual, unfortunately. To the extent around 20 canoeists, a large ferry and 4 Hunter’s yard yachts were forced to go around each other. Thankfully, everyone escaped unscathed. In short the weekend was great, and dry. Would I have preferred to have completed the expedition on the more luxurious boats at Wroxham? No, definitely not. Ben Harrison Equinox ESU

Gates open 7pm
Fire 7:15pm Display 7:45pm

DATE NOVEMBER 7th 7th - 8th 8th 11th

DAY Saturday

EVENT Getting Started Modules (1-3) Edale

TIME & VENUE TBA

CONTACT Phil Heriot Steve Tupper

Saturday- Sunday Gold DofE Training Sunday Wednesday Scouts County Six-a-side Football Fellow ship Members Meeting Talk on Reflexology by Mrs. Pam Ow en District Exec Y oung Leaders Modules C + J County Flag Scout Electronics Badge Explorers Lazerquest Competition Fellowship Committee Meeting Scouts District Handball World Jamboree - Sw eden - 2011 Road Show Cub Scout Leaders Meeting Scout Fellowship Christmas Meal Explorers Christmas Party District Orienteering

T.B.A. Sherbrooke 1930 hours

County Ron Hollingsw orth

12th 14th 14th - 15th 14th - 15th 17th 21st 22nd 24th DECEMBER 4th 11th 18th 20th

Thursday Saturday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Sunday Tuesday

Sherbrooke 1930 hours Sherbrooke 1030 - 1300hrs Sutton Bonnington 2nd Arnold HQ Calverton Road Nottm Lazerquest TBA TBA Sherbrooke 1930 hours

Roger Whibley Steve Tupper County John Crow der Steve Tupper Ron Hollingsworth Stuart Thorpe County

Friday Wednesday Friday Sunday

3rd Woodthorpe 20.00 TBA TBA Walesby

Elaine Smith Ron Hollingsworth Steve Tupper Notts Orienteering Club/ Martin Cray

21st

Monday

Scout Leaders Meeting

TBA

Stuart Thorpe

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