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The Sou’Wester newsletter also carries information about what’s coming up in addition to what has already happened.

First Response Training

Hi All,

The First Response FULL course which is taking place on Mon 27th March & Mon 3rd April at 2nd 60th HQ is now LIVE on the County training diary for you book onto.

Already almost half the spaces have been booked so please book on early to avoid disappointment!

YIS

Steve Dowell
District Commissioner
Leicester South West District Scouts

Peer Leadership Resources

Dear Badge Secretaries,

We are emailing to let you know about some exciting resources that are going to be available to support peer leadership roles, such as Sixers and Patrol Leaders, in Scouting. Stock will be available to order from Friday 3 March.Thank you to those of you who engaged with the survey consultation sent out in autumn 2016 about the distribution of these resources. Your opinions were really helpful in shaping the direction for this.

Young Person Guidance

We will be introducing two resources:

  • A support guide including a small certificate page for Cub Sixers
  • A support guide including a small certificate page for Patrol Leaders

These have been developed through consultation with young people and volunteers and we are looking forward to seeing young people across the UK benefitting from them.These will be available from Friday 3 March and will be sent to you when you order your Cub Sixer badges and your Patrol Leader badges. They will be a free resource and will come direct to you with the badge stripes.Please can you ensure that these are distributed together – each guide with a Sixer or Patrol Leader stripe badge to Leaders, so that Leaders can give the young person the guide to recognise their achievement of becoming a Sixer or Patrol Leader.

Colour Change

When consulting with young people, Cubs told us that they would like different colour badge stripes, so that they do not have the same as Scouts and to show progression through the sections. Therefore the badge stripes for Sixers and Seconders are changing to be red. The badge stripes for Scouts – Patrol Leaders, Assistant Patrol Leaders and Senior Patrol Leaders will stay exactly the same. This is because it still allows us to show progression through the sections, whilst not incurring any additional costs as the blue stripe badges will continue to be used for Patrol Leaders, Assistant Patrol Leaders and Senior Patrol Leaders.

Beavers

We will also be introducing the idea of peer leadership in Beavers. This will not be compulsory, but will mean that we are in a better place to support Colonies who do use peer leadership or who want to introduce it. Yellow badge stripes will be available from Scout Shops from 3 March for you to purchase and a top tips poster will be available on the Print Centre to support this initiative. A woggle will also be available for Beavers to show they are taking the lead. This is currently in the final stages of development and will be available for Badge Secretaries to get from Scout Shops in the near future.
Further communications will come to you directly from Scout Shops in the first week of March with codes, prices and further information.We hope you are excited to share these resources as much as we are and to support the development of leadership in young people through the sections. We will be telling leaders about these resources in next week’s edition of Scouting Plus

Jagz Bharth

Deputy UK Youth Commissioner
The Scout Association>