A special Budget Bulletin Special is available to download here.
The 29th issue of the Public Affairs Bulletin is available to download here.
If you care, and I know you do, why not consider adding your voice to Nottinghamshire Scouts Public Affairs team. We would love to hear from you so please feel free to contact Harry, Tom or John.
SCOUTING & GUIDING STARS SHINE BRIGHTLY AS THE GANG TAKE TO THE STAGE
Tuesday 10th March 2015: Last night over 250 Scouts, Guides and their leaders from across Nottinghamshire began their weeklong takeover of Nottingham's Theatre Royal. The nationally acclaimed Gang Show is in it's 62nd Year at the prestigious Nottingham venue and is one of the biggest and best-rated shows in the World.
The Nottingham Gang Show is a fast-paced, fun-filled variety show brought to you by the Nottinghamshire Scouts together with their friends at Girlguiding Nottinghamshire. This year's main sponsors are Nottinghamshire Freemasons and The School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University.The youthful cast bring to the stage an entertaining, family-oriented show, which includes a huge variety of music, comedy and dancing.
The show opens in style to a powerful and rousing medley of Queen songs, including We Will Rock You, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Don't Stop Me Now. The show features everything from a Space-Age mega mix, to a hilarious Monty Pyton-esk sketch, songs from many well-known musicals such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Shop of Horrors, The Lion King, Matilda and Alice in Wonderland.
The Nottingham Gang Show is a vibrant, colourful revue guaranteed to raise the roof and leave you with a smile from ear to ear. The dedicated youngsters have been practising weekly since October and have each clocked up a huge 150 hours of rehearsal time and this is on top of their usual Scout meetings and adventurous activities.
Ethan Baldwin, 13, said, "I can't believe the show's finally here!! It's been great fun learning all of the choreography for the different numbers and learning all the words to the songs.
Ellie Maltby, 15, said "We've all been rehearsing so hard and now show week is here, I'm so excited it's unreal, but I'm a little bit nervous too!"
Owen Wingrove, 8, said, "Sitting here looking at the stage and just how big this place is makes it feel pretty scary. I can't wait for my Scout Group to come and see me in the show, it's going to be amazing"
The show's producer James Pidgeon, said "I'm really proud of the cast. They've all been working really hard to put on such a fantastic showcase of their talents. As a volunteer it's extremely rewarding to watch the show and see the audience's reactions"
We very much hope to see you there. Booking details.
SCOUT NETWORK REVIEW
As you may be aware, the Scout Network has been under review for several years. The review has now concluded and a significant number of recommendations to improve Scout Network have been approved for implementation starting in May 2015, with a transition period running through until November 2015.
The future success of the Scout Network will require us to build on the good work already being done in those Scout Networks that are operating effectively and to develop capacity in those parts of the UK where the existence of and access to Scout Network is limited. This will require us to build on the success of Explorer Scouts and focus more locally in Districts.
Please use this link to review some of the changes.
CUB SCOUT YEAR OF ADVENTURE 2015
This month we are kicking off the Cub Scout Centenary celebrations with a year of adventurous programme activities, called the Year of Adventure. Each month of 2015 will have a different theme and packs are encouraged to have a go at two or more activities that are a little bit different from the norm. March is the 'All Things 100' month.
The Scout Association have put together a fantastic resource to help leaders put their 2015 programmes together but our very own leaders from Nottinghamshire have added to this with dozens more ideas for each month here. Together both of these links make a great list of suggestions, helping leaders to deliver their own version of the Year of Adventure.
If you would like to contribute additional ideas to share with the rest of the county then you can do so at any point during this year.
How many adventures can your Cubs have each month?
Dan Wood - ACC Cubs
CUB SCOUT CENTENARY 2015 & 2016
Today we are launching plans for the next two years of Cub Scouting as we lead in to the centenary celebrations. Here is a pack of information that will help you build a programme around this impressive century milestone.
This pack contains details on the Year of Adventure in 2015, the Centenary in 2016 and the county events we shall be putting on to support you throughout this time.
I hope you will join me in promoting what is sure to be a thrilling couple of years in Cub Scouting and I look forward to working with you all to deliver it.
Dan Wood - ACC Cubs
PROGRAMME UPDATES & NEW BRANDING
For a preview of the updates to the new Programme and the new branding click here which also has links to FAQs and transition period requirements. Also a letter which you should have received in the post and the balanced programme leaflet
The full roll-out will begin early this year. The refreshed Programme doesn't mean that you will have to stop and change your current Programme yet as there will be a long transition period through 2015.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN ESTONIA SUMMER 2016
Nottinghamshire Scouts are planning a fantastic International Experience in Estonia in the summer of 2016 for young people aged 10½ and over.
Whether you are looking at bringing your whole Troop or Unit for a summer camp, or just few of them looking for an international adventure, want to do your Explorer Belt, or you're a leader looking to gain experience of organising and attending a trip abroad, this is for you. Further information