- Scouting in 2021 and how it’s #GoodForYou too
If you’re on social media (and we appreciate not everyone is), you’ve probably seen a lot more activity on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram than normal over the last week or so. Woven between the posts about regular Scouting, future events and useful updates, we’ve been sharing volunteering appeals in varying forms. Everyone is different; we all have different skills, availability and capabilities – that’s what makes us unique. It’s also why one-size messaging doesn’t appeal or resonate with everyone.
Alongside our posts, the local and national media have been sharing some fantastic content about Scouting. From BBC Radio Sheffield and Toby Foster’s breakfast show speaking with young people and some local leaders to Sky News interviewed the Scouting Chief Exec and Deputy UK Chief Commissioner. There have been articles in the Guardian, Independent and more. This terrific level of awareness highlights the force of good scouting is for young people, and for those who volunteer too.
There are two key messages amongst all of the reporting:
Firstly, that like many other organisations, COVID has massively impacted Scouting.
Active membership slumped by a quarter over the past year, with 117,000 fewer beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers taking part. One in 10 of its adult volunteers, many of whom were key workers, have also slipped away, with the ranks of its volunteers reducing from 156,000 to 141,000 in the last year. Many adults who lost jobs or had to change jobs during the pandemic were no longer able to helpThe Guardian
Secondly, that despite all this, scouting is still a massively positive experience and an opportunity that’s enjoyed by both young people and adult volunteers – it’s also critical in supporting our mental health and wellbeing. Many of the young people only had scouting to lean on during lockdowns. Our volunteers conveyed that scouting meant they didn’t feel isolated and had rewarding experiences to look forward to supporting young people.
Both of these tie into the National Scouting campaign #GoodForYou. Our Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, summarises things nicely in the following video.
But what can I do, really?
We can’t emphasise this enough – Scouting is a flexible volunteering opportunity. It doesn’t matter if you can give 50 hours a week, an hour a month, or are there to support a day trip or event. However much you volunteer, you will make a difference – both to the young people and to yourself.
The best thing you can do is let us know you’re there, and let’s talk about what could work for you. We are all different – let’s see what rewarding opportunities fit for you.
Scouting in the media
- BBC Radio Sheffield – “We’re looking for the goers and doers” [Audio – 6 mins]
- The Guardian – “Scouts suffer worst membership slump since second world war” [Article – 2 min read]
- Sheffield Star – “Scouts launch campaign to help Sheffield youngsters recover from impact of pandemic“[Article 2 min read]
- Independent – “Young people need the Scouts now more than ever – and you can help by volunteering” [Article – 3 min read]
- UK Scouts – “Scouts launch #GoodForYou to recruit volunteers and help Generation COVID recover” [Article – 3 min read]
- Third Sector – “Why now is the time to champion the power of volunteering” [Article – 3 min read]
- Sky News – “Scouts Volunteer Recruitment” [Video – 7 mins]
- BBC Radio Sheffield – “Make a difference” [Video – 67 secs]
- Happy St George’s Day
HAPPY ST GEORGE’S DAY! St George’s Day is traditionally a time for Scouts to come together, renew their Promise, and celebrate. However this year, we are celebrating ‘together’ virtually!Enjoy our incredible St George’s Day video featuring our amazing young people, our brilliant volunteers and our very own Mayor!Thank you to everyone who helped film their parts including our wonderful parents and guardians!
- Cynthia Celebrates 60 Years!
We our volunteers! They are amazing and give hours of their own time to make sure that our young people can gain skills for life! Today, we are delighted to present Cynthia with her 60 Years Service Award! This is an incredible accomplishment and on behalf of everyone at Barnsley Scouts, past and present, thank you! You are incredible! Well done!
- Easter Egg Competition
As it is approaching Easter, I thought it would be nice to run a little competition for everyone in the District to take part in. Nothing too difficult – design your own Easter egg! It is open to every young person in Barnsley Scouts and there will be a winner from each section (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers). You can download the template below for them to design their egg on and once completed, they need to email their design to [email protected] – of course, parents/guardians may do this for them! They can use whatever they want to design it (on the computer, pens, paper, leaves – whatever they fancy!) and they have until 23:59 on Monday 5th April 2021. Please share amongst your groups!
- Barnsley’s New District Commissioner
This evening, we are thrilled to announce our new District Commissioner – George Akid.
As our new lead volunteer, George will continue to ensure that we offer #SkillsForLife and opportunities for our young people across Barnsley whilst ensuring support is given to our adult volunteers.
From everyone here at Barnsley Scouts – a HUGE congratulations! Don’t forget, if you want to get in touch, drop George a message at [email protected]