It was a great Father’s Day outing, and lovely to see so many enjoying the “everyday adventure,” that Scouting is meant to be all about. The Scouts are also looking forward to their visit to Green Withens at the end of term, although their parents are probably very pleased that they won’t have to go out on the water with them!
Scouting is about all sorts of things - the everyday adventure that I mentioned, but also building skills and personal qualities and having fun while we do it. Underpinning all of what we do is the idea of challenge. All of our sections have a range of Challenge Awards to complete in addition to the smaller activity badges, and completion of these challenges can lead to the Chief Scout’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards - the highest available to Beavers, Cubs and Scouts respectively.
For many, they continue to pursue personal challenges through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme (DofE) once they are no longer of Scout age. This year, to celebrate 60 years of DofE, they have launched the Diamond Challenge - open to absolutely everyone, whether or not they have completed their Bronze, Silver or Gold. Diamond is all about setting our own personal challenges, and also raising some money that can be used to support local delivery of the traditional DofE award scheme, ensuring that all who want to have an opportunity to take part.
Our 4 Scout Leaders, Matt, Rachel, Freya and I have signed up to complete our Diamond Challenges this year, and for Freya and I they were both Scout related - I have my Nights Away Permit and have taken Scouts away without being part of a bigger group, Freya has obtained her Climbing Instructor Permit and is well on the way to completing the 60 climbs that she also aims to complete. We also need to raise £60 each for the DofE Diamond Fund, and so Freya and I are running the coffee morning at UMC for this on July 4th. Please pop in, enjoy a Fairtrade tea or coffee and a home-made cake and hear about our adventures!