Awards Presentation Evening – Matrix Explorer Scout Unit

Matrix Explorer Scout Unit held an Awards Presentation last night for Explorers who had recently achieved the Chief Scout Platinum and Diamond Awards and Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards.

Local recognition was also given to Explorers who had received the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and Queen’s Scout Award before they attend the Annual Scouting Dinner in April.IMG_1663



Safeguarding Training

Twenty eight Leaders attended the Safeguarding Training Event at 1st Hedgerley recently.  Further events will be held on the 16 April, 9 May, 10 July, 10 September and 26 November. For further details and to book onto a course please contact your LTM or County Office. General safeguarding enquiries should be directed to Jeannette Stevens, County Safeguarding Co-ordinator.



Stony Stratford Scouts Welcome Some Special Guests

Stony Stratford Scouts welcomed Ann Limb, the recently appointed Chair of the Trustees of the Scout Association, and Iain Stewart MP to one of their evenings recently. The Scouts are getting involved in a project called “A Million Hands” where Scouts from the UK are getting involved in sustainable projects in their community. The Group had chosen the topic of Mental Health and spent part of the evening having a very interactive session led by Mary Davies from Milton Keynes neighbourhood watch. This included the young people designing a play area and how it could make them feel happy and then seeing and discussing how they would feel if there was litter, graffiti or vandalism. The Scouts were also visited by PC Jon Brett who spoke with the children about his job and showed the children some of the equipment he carried with him in his job. The children were somewhat surprised to find out that his most effective “weapon” was his voice!

At the end of the evening all of the children received a “Young citizenship” certificate and “A Million Hands” wristband. Tilly Williams aged 8 and Morwehna Hill aged 10 said they liked going to Cubs as they could meet with friends and take part in fun activities. Both had been camping or at a sleepover where they had been climbing and played games. Morwehna summed Cubs up by saying, “You never get bored!”

Adult volunteer Becky Piper said, “Being involved in Scouting gave me the experience and confidence to train to be a Design & Technology teacher. The support from others around you is great and they have helped me develop as a parent, and they taught my son to ride a bike!”

MP Iain Stewart, who was a member of Scouts said, “Scouting provides opportunities for children, adolescents and adult volunteers. Everyone involved has the opportunity to do something for the first time, learn new skills, gain badges and have a great amount of fun.”

Scouting provides over 200 activities and is open to boys and girls aged 6 to 18. If you are interested in joining Scouting please visit www.scouts.org.uk/get-involved or telephone 0845 300 1818.