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Volunteer Update 3rd July
03/07/2020 By Jeannette Baker


Well, what a busy time the district has had over the past couple of weeks! 

CRAI’s Got Talent was a huge success and thank you to all who were involved, we have so many talented young people in the district, the whole team were beaming with pride, even if we did have to send the DC home!.  A mahoosive THANK YOU goes to Rhys Bennett for editing the video which was a mammoth task with the help and direction from G (Gareth Tanswell) who organised the AGM papers and information you saw on the night.  If you missed anything, please watch it here: 

From the District Commissioner 

As a result of the recent AGM, we warmly welcome Matthew Whitcome as the incoming Chair and Alan Britt to the Executive team.  We also offer our thanks to Johnathan Thorne as the outgoing chair. 

Other changes in local groups see Gareth Tanswell standing down as GSL for 5th Risca and Terri Wiltshire stepping up, Ruth Morgan stepping down as GSL for 7th Caerphilly and Jeannette Baker stepping up.  A big thank you to Gareth and Ruth for your dedication and hard work you have given scouts and good luck to Terri and Jeannette in their new roles.  We are always here to assist you. 


Please don't forget to register for the ScoutsCymru All Member Call which is next Tuesday. Use this link to register


From the Activity Park Manager 

Outdoor working Party 11th July 10am-4pm 
There is loads that need doing at the Park so would appreciate any help people can give. Come along for an hour or for the whole day. 
The work that needed: 
Weeding the paths and car park. 
Reclaiming parts of the car park and trimming back hedges and trees. 
Weeding and tidying up around the fire area. 
Strimming around lodge, toilets and where the farmer couldn’t cut. 
Finish painting outside of the lodge. 
It will be outside working only with no one permitted to enter the lodge, people will be required to stay 2 meters apart. 
Please bring your own refreshments, unfortunately we can’t provide these 
If you feel unwell or have any COVID symptoms, please stay at home. 
It would be great to actually see people and speak to you in person. Maria 


From the DESC at the Desk 

Hi all, 

DofE have now given more guidance on their partial completion certificates and that information can be found here   It is vitally important to be eligible for this to complete your sections and upload evidence by December 2020. A video showing you how to upload your evidence can be found here 

Further guidance has been released on the expedition section which is here. 

 I am looking to set up a District Explorer Committee and I would like 2 representatives from each of the units to sit on the Committee to help us plan events for the future. I hope to hold the first meeting over Zoom in September so can I have unit nominations in by August please? 

As always, I am on the email or on the District Explorer Closed Facebook group if you have any questions.  Rich 


From ADC Activities

We are hearing more and more about the return to face to face scouting and the district teams are starting to formulate some plans as to what we may be able to offer.  Please be aware of any skills that you have not used for a long time, reach out to me if you need me to set up any refresher courses or you want to “have a go” before you engage with young people again.


Whilst social distancing is in place one of the sports that has been identified as being a good fit for keeping fit is kayaking!  And it just so happens that we have all of the equipment needed to deliver Kayaking for Young People but we are short on Instructors.  I have managed to make an agreement with a suitable coach that should mean we can deliver a course that takes you through the basics of paddling to a point where you are competent to lead in sheltered waters Class C type waters such as the Brecon Canals.  If you would like to come and learn to kayak please contact me and we can arrange something.  The cost will be kept as low as we possibly can but there are some courses (such as the FSRT Course) that you will need to take at some point at a cost of about £50).


Panto Time! 

Oh no it isnt......but it is fast approaching. 

Following the successful trip to the Pantomime last year your ADC Beavers is arranging another CRAI pantomime evening this year. It will be Thursday 17th December 2020 to see Cinderella, cost will be £10.50 this year, just ticket no treats sorry! Again, it will be open to all young people/leaders and family members. Blackwood Miners have confirmed that should the performance not take place then full refund will be given. Dates for actual ticket numbers and payments will be given ASAP.  Please complete the following link to register interest, thanks. You know you want to join us! (Oh yes you do!!) 


Scouting Going Forward 

You will now have received the risk assessment paperwork to prepare for face to face scouting and some blended scouting when we are given the amber go ahead.  If you missed the all member update, please find the link to the framework and information here. 

It is important to note the differences for devolved nations. 

A few of the district team have been to assess the activity centre this week to undertake some risk assessments ready for blended/face to face scouting.  Watch this space for further information on forthcoming activity days this summer. 


Challenge 4: Design Our Badge 

Deadline: 5pm  Friday 17th July 2020 (entries only accepted by uploading to  this link ) 

As you know, we've decided to reward your hard work with a special award called the 'CRAI Scouts Great Indoors Challenge', so this next challenge is to design the badge that all members that complete at least 3 of the challenges will be awarded.  

Important Instructions: 

You can either design their badge on paper and then get a grown up to help them to take a detailed photograph of the design, or can design the badge on a computer and get a grown up to upload it 

Design should be drawn on a circle with a 50mm diameter 

Do NOT use the Scouts Fleur de Lis symbol within the design (we aren't allowed to use it on local badges) 

It will be for all groups/sections 

It should reflect the theme CRAI Scouts Great Indoors Challenge.  

To send us your pictures of your design, please click this link and upload them directly onto the system for us. We won't be able to accept photos sent by any other means, but if you have difficulty, send us an email at and we can see what we can do to help.   (The picture upload link is: Please put your group name in the same box as your surname) 

We will need your pictures to be uploaded to the above link by 5pm on Friday 17th July 2020 so we can judge them and announce the winning design. 

Please ensure that you get an adult to submit your picture for you. 


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