District Camp 2023

District Camp 2023 The Sheaf District Camp 2023 theme = 'Beach Party!'  The annual District camp took place on 28th April - 1st May 2023. Almost all groups in the District attended and had a great time.Dates: 28th April - 1st May 2023Location: Drum Hill Scout CampsiteThe success of District Camp is always down to the amazing leaders who volunteer to help with planning, take part and lead the wide games running bases.The theme this year was a beach party so it was time to put creative ideas to the test. As normal on this event, we asked each group attending, to put on a challenge in their site area.  Want to get involved in 2024? If you would like to play a part in next years camp, please contact Rob or Andy to find out more and register your interest.

Swimming News

Swimming News 2022 Written by Bob TeasdaleIt’s that time of year, when instead of our regular 6 to 8 week courses, we run a series of one-off activities open to the packs and troops of Sheaf district. Swimmers’ Badge nightThe first of these was a chance for cubs and scouts to gain their next (or first)  Scout Swimmers badge, a proud addition to any arm in Sheaf district!  We tested a lot of skilled and enthusiastic swimmers and were pleased to be able to present 39 badges on the night – including 2 coveted level 5 badges. Splash nightsOver the following two weeks we held the 9th annual Cub and Scout Splash nights, respectively.  For the few not aware of this, these are fun team based competitions, in place of the more traditional swimming gala.  What’s more, we were pleased to be able to make this year’s event free to enter.  This year’s events were …‘Up & Under’ – a strenuous series of surface barriers and underwater hoops to negotiate‘Duck n Dive’ – diving to the bottom to recover as many coins (washers) as possible, whilst also rounding up our flock of rubber ducks‘Water Polo’ – coached by our friends from Sheffield Water Polo Club. In week one, forty five Cubs from seven packs battled it out for victory and when the water had settled, third place went to 74th Oak St.  Second was 181 St Chads and your winner was 229th Greenhill Meths  (plus a Brownie). Cub Scout Splash Winners 2022 A week later, forty Scouts from seven troops competed for senior glory in the Scout Splash.  The result had familiar feel with 74th Oak St.  again securing 3rd place and 181 St. Chads repeating their second place of the previous week.  However, we had a new winner when 46th St. Pauls (plus 1 from 74th) found themselves lifting the winners’ medals. Scout Splash Winners 2022 A big thank you to the teaching team of Sheaf Scout Swimming for their efforts and enthusiasm in making this very fast paced event such a success.

Sheaf Leader Feedback (Basecamp ’22)

Leader Feedback (Sheaf Basecamp 2022) More young people into Scouting = Need more Leaders(1) Warmer Welcome:Digital tool to recruit:Many groups already give a warm welcome, would be interested in seeing how the movement are going to bring more leaders to their groups?Where are these adverts going to be advertised?Some leaders are not convinced there will be less admin/time required?Welcome Conversation:Some leaders welcomed the idea of having a welcome conversation, one leader mentioned that the current process puts some parents off Scouting and needing to take more time to travel to an unknown location, to meet people they don’t know. This leader has never been able to recruit parents into the role. Whereas a welcome conversation would make more sense and may help with parent recruitment.Some people mentioned that if the goal is to stop leaders from having to do things, the welcome conversation is going to take time. Scouts runs for an hour and if they have to carry out a welcome conversation and the Personal Learning Plan at the same time, that is going to take up too much time.(2) Positive Volunteering:Teams-based volunteering:Like the idea of working in teams, but many groups already do this.It’s all good and well having lots of leaders, which is not a luxury for some groups, but the issue is further back than that, current leaders would want the right kind of people in scouting not just anyone.Some groups do not have enough leaders to ‘share the load’ with.Changing roles:Many leaders don’t like the idea.People said it sounds like the movement are only interested in ‘badging’ Scouts with a new identity so that it fits the new narrative to get new people in, disregarding its routes.From a parents perspective, when parents come for their kids at the end of an activity/meeting, it’s important for them to come and see the Scout or Cub Leader.Some felt that leaders who are newly made ‘Team Leaders’ are only going to be referred to as ‘Scout Team Leader’ anyway.Many leaders joined Scouting as the history and tradition is what they liked about Scouting and the movement.Leaders would be happy with the movement modernising, but keeping elements of what the movement was made up from.Not many people like the idea of being a ‘Team Member’ or a ‘Team Leader’, if they wanted to do that they would have joined another club or society.Some think it sounds too much like…

Sheaf Basecamp 22 Information

Sheaf Basecamp '22 Information On Thursday 24th November, over 50 adult leaders from Sheaf District came together at 246th Sheffield (Beauchief Baptist) Scout Headquarters to hear the information regarding the changes in Scouting across the UK.The District team explained and described each of the 4 key areas of change and then opened the floor up to leaders to share their support, concerns and feedback for these changes. You can click on the purple blocks below to find more information about each area. Resources: 1-Page Summary Click here to view Sheaf Presentation Click here to view Feedback (read/contribute) Click here to view Testing Hub Click here to viewYou can find out more information about Basecamp '22 and the changes by watching the following videos below:https://vimeo.com/635145603Is your patch ready to make change?This tool will help you to map out how ready your local area is for change so you can create a thorough plan in response.