Here the County Network Team will tell their tales of events and activities within the world of Kent Network!
Author: Rachael Lawler | Date: 28th August 2014
Network members no longer need CRB checks.
A recent email from the Scout Association states that: "From the launch of Compass, and in line with UK government legislation, there will be some changes to the disclosure checking process. Only adult volunteers who participate in regulated activity now require a disclosure check. The Scout Association has reviewed all volunteer roles against the criteria for regulated Activity which is defined as:
“Teaching, training or instruction of children, carried out by the same person frequently (once a week or more often), or on 4 or more days in a 30-day period, or overnight.
Day to day management or supervision on a regular basis of a person providing this activity which would be regulated if unsupervised."
A Network member participating in the section with peers does not require a disclosure check. However, a disclosure check will be required if they also hold a role as an adult volunteer in Scouting that involves regulated activity.
Adult volunteers who work with vulnerable 18-25 year olds in Scouting need a disclosure that is checked against both the adult and child register. This can be arranged by The Scout Association on that volunteer’s behalf by contacting email@example.com. We are working with colleagues to develop further guidance in this area."
Author: Rachael Lawler | Date: 8th August 2014
Recently, the KN Team met up with a guy called Chris, who is part of a pretty special Scout Active Support Unit. They are responsible for the delivery of the Scouts of the World Award, or SOWA for short. We are really excited about this award and we want to shout about it and here’s why…
The SOWA is an award that is unique to Network, unlike all of the other awards you can complete. It is available to the senior sections of Scout movements in 50 countries around the world and it has big ambitions. It was created by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement as a way for Scouts to contribute towards the UN's Millennium Development Goals, which range from eradicating extreme poverty and hunger to ensuring environmental sustainability. The SOWA focuses on 3 issues: peace, sustainable development and the environment and its creators are adamant that it is about far more than just a badge, it is about making a real difference in the world. They aim to achieve this through the ethos of 'think global, act local'.
So that's the spiel but what does it actually involve? There are two main parts to the award, the 'Discovery' and the voluntary service. However, this voluntary service is very different to any you may have completed for your Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The Discovery is residential and aims to offer you a deeper understanding of your chosen theme. For example, in November there will be a Discovery over 2 weekends on the theme of peace, where participants will get the opportunity to meet the Chelsea Pensioners, representatives of ethnic communities and staff from Chatham House. They will also have talks from experts in project management and conflict resolution to help them with the next phase of the award. The idea is that, after this intensive introduction, you will go away enthused to make a difference through your voluntary service. This voluntary service will be entirely planned by you, although you are encouraged to work in a group with others, and it can be overseas or in the UK. The possibilities for the voluntary service section are vast, so we think that this is a really exciting award! You also spread the word about your chosen theme to other people by running section meetings for younger sections and a presentation.
So are you up for the challenge? The full requirements and a useful document with all of the info can be found at http://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=8,194,717. Now is a great time to sign up for the award as the November Discovery, that I mentioned earlier, is going to be held just down the road at Blacklands Farm, Sussex. If you were to sign up later you may have to travel further for your Discovery so this is a brilliant opportunity for Kent Network members.
So good luck and we look forward to hearing all about your adventures!
Author: Rachael Lawler | Date: 15th July 2014
At the beginning of 2014, Harvey (the County Commissioner) asked us to enter the KM dragon boat race on behalf of Kent Scouts, so our reply was of course…but you have to help too! In the end, we persuaded Harvey to sit on the wobbly drummers stool at the front of the boat, responsible for keeping us in time and terrible motivational speeches!
The infamous ‘KN dragons’ team was a combination of the County Network Team and Gravesham, Malling and Maidstone East Network Scouts and, in the end, we weren’t too shabby.
The competition was a time trial with 3 races each and 37 teams. With one team looking like a group of, very muscly, pirates we weren’t too sure about our chances! Our first race was a tight one but, once all of the 37 times were in, we were well down the leader board. We knew we had to get a time under 1 minute to be in with a chance of getting through to the final, so we went into the next race fighting. We gave it everything we had and, although we weren’t exactly coordinated, we did it, clocking our fastest time of the day at 58 seconds! Interestingly, that was the only race in which the County Network Commissioner was subbed out of the boat…
That time was not quite enough to get us into the final but we finished a very respectable 8th. However, it was a great effort from all of the team!
Now it’s your chance to make all of our aches (and Harvey’s sore throat) worth it by donating to Lower Grange Farm, just click here!
Also don’t forget to check out our photos from the day in the gallery!