We had a busy month with groups sailing, kayaking, camping, climbing, and navigating a huge assault course at Junior Warrior.  For our Olympic year theme Squirrels had great fun at our District sports and Cubs competed in athletics. It was also so pleasing to see young people helping in their communities, including our Elvington team taking part in D-Day commemorations, litter picking, cleaning street signs, and painting bollards in their local village.

Our Safety Working Group had a useful meeting exploring how we can further help to keep Scouting as safe as we reasonably can. We want our Safety Culture in Ebor District Scouts to look like:

  • Meaningful conversations about safety and risk management.
  • Sharing and making use of risk assessments, not just documenting them.
  • Behaviours that demonstrate we are taking safety management seriously.
  • Involving young people.
  • Sharing insights, lessons and good practices.
  • Calling out unsafe practices.

We have refreshed our Activities Approval process so make sure you work with your Group Lead Volunteers to do the necessary due diligence. Other areas we want to work together on include:

  1. Inviting others to peer review your risk assessments and ways of working.
  2. Signposting volunteers to available resources.
  3. Providing practical sessions for volunteers to discuss safety management needs for Scouting scenarios.
  4. Supporting independent Premises Audits.
  5. Engaging Young People to be aware of risks and controls, and encouraging them to challenge where they see something unsafe.

Contact Vince Jenner if you want help with any of these (via safety.advice@eborscouts.org.uk) or myself.

I hope to see some of you at Larkin’24 and then take a break before re-energising again in September.

Thanks for a fabulous year.