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St Gorges day
24/04/2022 By Rich Terrell

The district came together to celebrate St Gorges Day as he is the Patron Saint of Scouts at the CRAI Activity Park.

All members retook their promise lead by our DC and some members were invested into the movement. A Young Leader for our Explorer Unit was awarded his Acorn badge and woggle by the Regional Commissioner as they start their Young Leader journey.

We held a traditional campfire and had a good sing song. Hot dogs and burgers where on sale with proceeds going to help fund the 4 members from our district heading the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea in 2023.


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From the DC

First Response

Many of you have seen the notifications in relation to First Response. Any Leader, Assistant Leader or GSL with more 6 months service needs to have first response. At the end of February, we will be looking at who and who hasn’t got this part of your training.

Please check out our Facebook page or your email that’s registered on Compass to see links that will help you complete the training. If you feel you can’t complete in time, please contact me on 07425153884 or drop me a mail, so we can help.

TA and Module training

It apparent that some leaders have missed the several notifications we’ve put out in relation to Tas, please see below a list of all Tas that can assist with advising you on your Modules

Risca – Symon (A new TA is being assigned soon)

Abercarn/Pontywaun/Newbridge -Linda Terrel

Sirhowy/Gilfach- Elizabeth O’Malley

Cefn Forrest -Debbie Williams

Ystrad Mynach -Mathew Witcombe

Sengenhydd/2nd Caerphilly -Maria Pitten

7th Caerphilly Symon

1st Caerphilly – Jeannette Baker

We need a few more TAs, so if you feel you would like to help, please feel free to drop me a call or email.

To see what training, you have completed and has been signed off for you see the link below. You cannot compete your training via compass.

To find your training, please visit the Scout Assosiation website, the link is below.

As always, if you have any queries, questions or concerns, please feel free to call me after 3 pm and before 8pm most evenings or drop me an Email/Teams message/FB message


Symon District Commisioner. 



ADC Inclusion


Mental Wellbeing in Scouting: How to Support Our Young People

The team from Child and Family Community Psychology, in Gwent have kindly offered to deliver a free workshop for leaders/adult volunteers on the subject of mental wellbeing in Scouting and what we can do to help support our members.

The event will take place at Risca Scout Hut on March 19th at 10.30am.

This is an interactive workshop where you will learn more about mental wellbeing, why it’s important to support our young people and how this can be done within your programme - places can be booked here:  

If you have any questions about the event, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch (


Period Poverty

In partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council, I have been given a range of period products to distribute across our groups to help address period poverty.  If you would like a bag of items then please let me know and I will arrange delivery – otherwise they will be dropped off to the groups over the next coming months.


Park Update

It has been great seeing people using the Park again!

The Park has been undergoing repair works over the last year. So far, we have had new roofs on all the buildings, so all now watertight. New fire doors put on the lodge and the toilet block. Internal works in the lodge, so we have a leader’s dorm that now has windows and has had walls and ceilings done. The dorms and meeting room have also had the ceilings done and new LED lighting installed. The bathroom has a new window, and we are having the rest of the windows changed soon. The Activity centre and garage have had roller shutters put on for the added security. Once the works are completed and everything has been put back in the lodge, we will be reopening it.

We have a new booking system in place, bookings will only be accepted now via the booking system which is OSM based and can be booked here .  When you go on to book it will tell you if it is available and what you are able to book, so no need to ask me if its available, you can now see yourself, (something I have been asked for in the past). We are getting everything bookable on it, please bear with us while we do this as there is a lot of new equipment, we are going through to make sure it all goes on.  

I have to say a big thank you to Dave for getting the grants in for us to be able to do the refurbishment. Rich and the new park subcommittee for getting the new booking system up and running and supporting me and the maintenance team for their hard work getting everything tidy and fixing bits and not forgetting everyone who can and helped on our working party, sorry if I’ve forgotten to mention anyone.

ADC Beavers


Plans for Damboree (Beavers & Squirrels) and its activites are in full swing at the moment. I will be emailing all Beaver sections over half term with link for Microsoft form to find out how many are planning to attend it is the weekend of 18th/19th June. Full price and details will be out once I know how many are planning to attend.

It will be a catered event so I am looking for volunteers to run the catering for the event, please drop me a message if you are able to help with this.

As restrictions are easing I am going to start getting back out to visit colonies to see the exciting activities happening in all groups.

Its so great to see all the activities that are currently happening so thank you all for everything you are doing for our young people.


ADC scouts 


All wales scout camp plans are in full swing I will be in touch shortly after the 15th with costs for bus travel and catering costs for you to have an accurate figure. 


I'm hoping that we can cater centrally with support from the leaders going and that we can share catering equipment to make this happen. 


As restrictions are easing, I would welcome suggestions for events that you would like to see in district maybe an incident hike or similar drop me a mail with ideas please. I am aiming to start getting back out to groups after Easter so look forward to seeing how your all doing 


Thank you for all your doing for the young people in our district


From the DESC

I would like to start with congratulating all those that have achieved top awards in 2021 it has not been easy. I am pleased to say the Explorer section is going from strength to strength and we now have you leaders in groups up and down the valley and in all sections including squirrels.

As a reminder that like mandatory adult training all Young Leaders must have done Module A with 3 months and if you have any Young Leaders in your group who have not done this, please contact me so we can get training sorted.





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Network Members do the double
08/11/2021 By Rich Terrell

Congratulations to 2 of our Network Members who have gained both the DofE Silver Awards and the Chief Scouts Diamond award. Well done Harriet and Rhodri.


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Explorer gains DofE Silver
17/10/2021 By Rich Terrell

Congratulations to Oliver in gaining his DofE Silver award

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Volunteer Update October 12th 2021
12/10/2021 By Becky Bennett-Wilding


ADC Inclusion

To mark Hate Crime Awareness Week, and Black History Month, I have arranged for The River Music Project to come and put on a multicultural music workshop for us at the Activity Park (October 21st, 6 - 8pm)

Parents are allowed to come with their YP, or if you want to attend the event as a section (with your own leader to YP ratio adhered to) then that’s fine.

The River Music Project will be bringing 10 African/Indian drums along for everyone to try, along with other some other instruments, so this is likely to be a noisy event!  Please make your members aware of this but if you do have someone who experiences noise sensitivity, then reasonable adjustments can be made in order to enable them to take part (contact me so that I can support you with this -


ADC Activities 

As we have come out of Lockdown so we are seeing more activities coming back to life.  In the last month or so we have seen Courses on Archery, Tomahawk Throwing and First Aid being delivered.  In the next few weeks we will see the YPST Crossbows Course and another YPST Air Rifles Course.  I have also signed up for a course that will allow us to start to deliver Air Pistol sessions at CRAI (I feel another Grant Application coming on).  Our First District Kayaking Course is starting to come together with sessions being offered in Newport – hopefully next summer will be incredibly hot and sunny but our Scouts will still get very Wet!

We have also been lucky enough to add a couple of Skills Instructors to our team, we have Ieuan Thomas – son of Shane Thomas from 3rd Newbridge who is an Archery GB Level 1 Coach and joins us to bring his Archery skills to Scouting and Robert Shawyer who is a highly experienced shooting coach and is responsible for the development of Target Sprint in Wales who brings a wealth of shooting experience to CRAI.

We have just purchased some sport Sling Shots and I will be creating a permanent range at CRAI, these things are well cool and were approved by the Scout Youth Council as one of their first actions.  We have also purchased a stack of Nerf Guns and equipment to allow us to host Nerf War Sessions at CRAI (and yes, it is allowed in PoR – ring me if you want to argue about it).

If you want a permit please feel free to reach out to me with your ask and I’ll do what I can to help make it happen – you’re never alone when it comes to activities so please don’t be scared to ask!


ADC Scouts 

Hi all and I hope your all well. It’s great to see so many activity notifications coming in for groups now we are back to green. 

I have been looking at the possibility of setting up a leaders skills weekend covering basic scouting skills such as map reading , pioneering, camping etc if you would be interested in this please let me know. 

Plans are also underway for a scout’s pioneering camp alongside  the explorers as well as other district events. 

I would like to start getting out and about again so could you make sure your meeting days and times are correct on the website please and let symon know if they need changing. 

Sunday November the 7th I would like to hold a leaders meeting at 1st Sirhowy valley hut at 11am for about an hour  to hopefully discuss any other activities you would like to see run ( or your scouts would like to do ). 

As always stay safe and thank you for all your doing for scouts in CRAI 



We have been lucky enough to have been approved to have the first squirrel drey in not only CRAI and Mid Glamorgan but in Wales !!! This is still in its early stages but we are seeing numbers grow weekly. 

It has been agreed that for now until we can get other groups approved if any enquiries are received for the squirrels could you pass them on to myself or to

Or pass this link on please

The young people will then feedback to groups for them to continue into Beavers etc. Let’s make Scouting’s newest section successful together and show why CRAI is a great place to Scout. 


Appointments Panel

As a District, we have been actively recruiting new volunteers for all groups and sections.  The Awards and Appointments panel has also been busy evaluating their processes and procedures. There is now a structured calendar in place for the appointments panel and this can be seen on the CRAI website. The CRAI Youth Council have had their inaugural meeting and will be introduced to you all at the District Awards night on Friday 12th November 2021. This awards evening gives us a chance to show our appreciation to the young people who have achieved so much during this difficult time and also recognising the volunteers who have gone above and beyond to deliver scouting.

Within your groups, if you know someone’s actions have stood out and made a huge impact on scouting, their community or for future generations then why not nominate them for an award.  Please click on this link for more information and to submit an online Award nomination form:


District Commissioner 

Huge congratulations to both Linda Terrel and Yvonne Hurd who received their Silver Acorns at the recent Area AGM. Both have been loyal members at 1st Abercarn for many years. Thank you for your dedication to Abercarn and Scouting. 

Don’t forget you can nominate an Adult for a special award at

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