Ahead of our push for 2019 we felt it was time to rethink some aspects of our content structure, update the colours scheme, fiddle with the layout and update to the latest major version of WordPress.
With this in mind, Stuart was prepped with the correct resources, 3 packets of Haribo, 1 large coffee, and two pints of beer, and spent the last Friday of 2018 hiding in his office playing with tech.
We’ve restructured the site to be more persona-based, so the Top Menu is themed around those visitor persona’s. Hopefully this will make content easier to access for new joiners and veteran Damboree-ers alike.
We’re keen to increase the Parent Persona content, so if you have anything you think would slot into that area, please get in touch.
Alex was the winning bidder, and once UPS had delivered the parcel he had this email for us…..Over to you Alex.
Just wanted to let you know the packaged arrived perfectly.
I am a Cub Scout den leader here in the US (cub scouts being children from the start of Kindergarten through 5th Grade (Years 1 through 6 I believe in the UK system)) and the dens are grade based, with the various dens forming a pack.
John May is a massive supporter of the youth of the world, through his activities as County Chair for Oxford Scouts, a trustee for the Sea Cadet Corp, and as Secretary general for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.
His support of Damboree is immense, as he embraces what Damboree is about, changing things for the better, and getting young people engaged. More information can be found on his blog:
I’ve been made to write something under duress. I am a
returner to scouting after a long break. Was a scout leader for a spell
and now I am Assistant District Commissioner – Special Projects for
Milton Keynes, under their new DC. I do techie-stuff, but I am crap at
Before becoming ADC, I done up and did some Beavering, helping out at
Great Linford Beavers, so I fully appreciate how important getting
Beavers right is. Good beavering, leads to good cubbing, which leads to
awesome scouting. Beavers camping is the best way to embed the start of
that journey, so I am right behind Andy and the rest of the Damboree
Team…..nudging them in the back.
“All About Me and why I’m doing Damboree. Since returning to Scouting with my own children I have been enthralled by the opportunities available to the Beaver section. The changes to POR in 2015 promoted me to follow the NAA path with a particular focus on Beaver events. Thanks to Andy Sissons’ guidance I have been been vocal in supporting this cause and challenging old held beliefs and myths. Having recently become one of Hampshire’s County NAA to allow current thinking to be taken to a larger audience and spread the good word further. While Beavers our currently the youngest section of Scouting they are not babies and should not be treated that way. Beavers are Scouts and Scouts camp…”
So having been in scouts since a cub some 42 years ago, Beavers not being around then, the best bit about scouting is getting out in tents with your mates enjoying the fun and outdoors.
I believe in getting this started as soon as possible, beavers getting used to camping outside, cubs learning to put up tents, scouts can then spend more time doing activities as they are already competent with tents meaning they can start doing passport camps earlier. True progression.
And of course it’s fun!
Beavers are capable of much more than they are given credit for, this is a chance to demonstrate this and I fully support it
Like many parents, I got back involved in Scouts when my children joined Cubs and Beavers. It was my way of paying back in to the community. To keep an eye on my son, I started helping out at Beavers, and was soon running my own Colony. At weekend I help support the other sections and have regularly camped with Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. My second concurrent role in Scouting was to take up an appointment as an Assistant Regional Commissioner (Sections), which confirms that I live in sunny Scotland. More recently I have been involved in organising District Camps, running activity zones @ Lone Events, or sharing my love of paracord (only 53 colours) as a base.
I loved Andy’s idea of a Beaver Damboree. The challenge was to see if we could get others interested. It’s one thing on Facebook to post a comment, but something else to make a difference. I pulled together the questionnaire which quickly showed there was real interest out there. The desire has been to provide accurate and material virtual support and encouragement, to energise Beaver Leaders to think about camping with their Beavers and qualifying for their Campsite Permit. I don’t think any of us thought it would get ‘this big’.
Andy Sissons, should need no introduction, but we’ve allowed him one
anyway, as you can see his passion for Damboree is deep-seated, but
after a while we had to let someone else have a turn with the soapbox .
“My name is Andy Sissons and I am one of the two UK Scout
Association Technical Advisors for Nights Away. I am also a Scout
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