Finding the first Cheltenham Youth Commissioner

Cheltenham is looking for its first Youth Commissioner, aged 18–25, who will drive forward the opinions of youth members making the District become even more Youth Shaped.

Can you lead?

Do you have energy and ideas overflowing out of your ears? Are you most at home in a room full of people, helping bring out the best in them? Fantastic! Sounds like you’ll be great as Cheltenham District’s Youth Commissioner!
You will be supported by the County Youth Commissioner, Lauren Greening, as well as the Cheltenham District Executive Committee.


There is an informal chat about the position at the District HQ on Thursday 18th August at 19:30.
Be sure to share this with anyone who may be interested.

Fete & Fun Day 2016

The charity for this year’s Fete & Fun Day was the the Cheltenham Animal Shelter.

Beavers and Cubs faced several team challenges for the main competition. Other activities at the event included the rock climbing wall from The Warehouse, monkey bridge, archery, bouncy castle and various other stalls.

As well as the various activities on offer to the young people there was also a raffle with proceeds going to the Animal Shelter.

St George’s Day 2016

On Sunday, Scouts from across Cheltenham gathered in Whaddon Park to celebrate St George’s Day.

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network and Leaders all met up to parade to All Saint’s Church for a service with a difference – including a camp fire inside! All the Scout Groups from across Cheltenham were represented in an annual get together to celebrate the adventures of the past year.

Over 300 young people attended the service, which included the awarding of the Bob Lyle Trophy to Black Sheep Explorers for being the fastest Cheltenham team in the Cotswold Marathon this year. The Cotswold Marathon is an overnight hike in February, with participants having to deal with rain, freezing temperatures and navigating in the dark – a true test of skill.

Rachel, from Prestbury, also completed her Queen’s Scout Award at the service and so next year will take part in the national parade at Windsor Castle for those who have earned the top award. A Queen’s Scout Award is the culmination of years of work and helping others.

Even the youngest members got a chance to take part. Celebrating 30 years of Beavers, 40 years of girls in Scouting and 100 years of Cubs, Jack, a Beaver from Swindon Village said:

My favourite activity is water fights, because I love running round and getting wet!

Cheltenham Scouts are always on the lookout for new people to help offer life changing experiences to young people. Volunteers are needed not only to be leaders, but also to help behind the scenes so if you have a couple of hours spare and would like to help please get in touch.

YouShape 2016

YouShape Badge 2016

The national #YouShape 2016 event is taking place 5-7 February. However there are great opportunities to get involved with YouShape 2016 in your section as well!

All the discussion doesn’t have to happen at the national YouShape event. There are some fantastic ideas, for all sections, around what to discuss, how to deliver fun and effective activities as well as youth forums. These are for you to use during YouShape week and will also contain information on how to get involved in the national conversation. You can find where to get your YouShape Week certificates and opportunities to receive participation badges in the new section specific Youth Shaped resources below!

Youth Shaped Scouting BeaverYouth Shaped Scouting Cub Youth Shaped Scouting ScoutYouth Shaped Scouting Explorer/Network

Are you following Lauren Greening (County Youth Commissioner)? Follow Lauren on Facebook →

If you have any questions please email [email protected] and don’t forget to keep engaging through social media using the #YouShape!

Watch the highlights from the National #YouShape live stream

Are you the next District Commissioner?

Can you lead and inspire?

Are you enthusiastic with unmeasurable energy, and a drive to succeed? Are you most at home in a room full of people, helping bring out the best in them? Fantastic! Sounds like you’ll be great as the next District Commissioner, a volunteer who supports Scouting in Cheltenham.

As District Commissioner you will offer support to Scout Groups, while helping open new ones. You will manage adults, setting objectives and holding regular one to ones. Most importantly you will ensure that Scouting offers an enjoyable and attractive programme for young people helping prepare them for a bright future.

Although no Scouting experience is necessary, you will know how to motivate people, produce a local development plan and have the charisma to inspire your team. Above all, you will believe passionately in Scouting for All, helping Scouting grow, become more inclusive, more youth shaped and make a positive impact in local communities.

It’s a challenging role, but the rewards are huge, improving the outcomes of thousands of young people.

Scouting offers fun, friendship and life changing adventure to over 450,000 young people across the UK. But this is only made possible by our talented teams of volunteers.

Interested? Get in touch…

[email protected]

Godfrey Tarling became the new District Commissioner on February 22nd 2016.

Remembrance 2015

Lest We Forget

Around the District, Beavers, Cubs Scouts and Explorers, along with many others around the county spent some time on Sunday morning paying their respects to those who lost their lives during conflict.

Over thirty Cheltenham Explorers were on parade at the Cheltenham service on the Promenade. They gave out programmes go the public, joined in the parade and laid the District’s wreath. They all looked very smart with immaculate uniforms and shiny shoes!

We were also invited to send seven Explorer to the town hall in the evening. They gave out programmes, escorted VIPs, and joined in the parade with our flag. Two Explorers read a poem during the service and even got the chance to talk to the Lord Lieutenant and Alex Chalk (MP for Cheltenham) afterwards.

If you joined in a Remembrance Service and have helped the Royal British Legion with fundraising you are well on your way to gaining the Poppy Badge. More information →

Fete & Fun Day 2015

Fete & Fun Day is an annual event which started in 1992 with a National Scout Fund Raising event for Scouting in inner cities. It was decided to hold this as a Tea Party in Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham but with added competitions for the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. This was so successful that it became an annual event. The competitions for Beavers and Cubs are based on various challenges. This year, the various team challenges included: filling a bucket of water with a cup, obstacle courses and different games each year. This year, the various team challenges included: filling a bucket of water with a cup and obstacle courses. A tent pitching competition was also included for the Scouts.

The event was extended so that all Scout Groups within the District could have their own fundraising stall. We also include outside attractions to join us and have always made use of a climbing wall from The Warehouse, Gloucester which goes down well with the young people!

There is a refreshment tent which sells teas, cakes and another selling hot food. The profit from these tents help fund the complete Fete.

In addition, there is also a raffle, of which the proceeds are always donated to a local charity. In previous years, we have given donations to the cobalt appeal, special care baby unit, hearing dogs for the deaf, to name but a few. This year the proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion Branch in Cheltenham who provided fantastic support at this year’s event. Generally we are able donate about £500.

On average we have about 100 – 150 young people taking part in the activities which include the challenges and various stalls run by Groups.

Below are some photos from the event. More can be seen on the Gloucestershire Echo →

St George’s Day 2015

A fantastic parade and service to mark St George’s Day. The service was based on the theme Scouts help others and we saw several amusing sketches on this theme. We all renewed our promises and several people received awards from the County Commissioner, Paul Trott, including an Explorer being presented with their Gold DofE. Pat Hopes, the District Commissioner, was at Winsor Castle to be presented with her Silver Acorn.

Below are some photos from the Cheltenham District Scout St George’s Day parade.

Below are some photos from the St George’s Parade at Winsor Castle.

2015 District Photograph Competition

Do you have what it takes to capture the fun, challenge and adventure of Scouting?

Yes? Fantastic! We are looking for the most inspiring photos of young people in the district, actively involved in a Scouting activity. It would be awesome if we could use these images to represent Scouting in Cheltenham District on our website and social media. You could even set some young people this additional challenge while they are working towards their Photographer Activity Badge!

The top 3 images will be chosen as winners showcasing each section, meaning that 12 images in total will be selected (3 from Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers). These images will be displayed on the homepage, on the relevant section page on the website and social media to promote Scouting in Cheltenham District.


Submission Requirements

In order to qualify, each image must promote the Scouting brand values of everyday adventure in addition to showing challenge, fun, friendship and positive impact.

Use this kind of image Avoid this kind of image
Fun and friendship
Youthful and youth-shaped
Informal and relaxed
Teaching or passing on skills
Focus on people
Positive impact
Clear and well composed
Achievement and pride
Teamwork and leadership
Grip and grin
De-motivated or unhappy young people or adults
Little or no diversity, boys only
Adults only
Uniform only, marching or inspections
Football team style group shots
Deliberately posed, or pointing, awkward or artificial looking shots
No context
Difficult to identify the subject
Images that propagate stereotypes eg. knots, knees and hats!
Images that show drinking, smoking etc
Out of focus and poorly framed
Shots without human interest
Solitary children

Images should:

  • try and capture a moment of transformation or achievement
  • show a moment of connection, friendship or accomplishment; this should be spontaneous rather than contrived
  • reveal an adult or young person’s personality
  • tell a story
  • provoke a strong emotional response from the viewer
  • breakdown the distance between Scouting and its potential supporters

Your image checklist:

  • Are the young people in the photograph recognisable as Scouts?
  • Does it show Scouting’s diversity?
  • Does it show that we are a youth shaped movement?
  • Does it demonstrate the positive impact we make in local communities?
  • Is there sufficient context to show what the photograph is about at a glance?
  • Does it support our brand?
  • Will it stand out from hundreds of other images?
  • What makes it different, special, interesting or unique?

Read the full section on Photography in the Brand Guidelines [PDF] → (pages 37-41)


Submitting Photographs to the Competition

Any person within the district may submit photographs to the competition. You may submit your images to the competition by emailing i… (click to reveal address) and attaching the images to your email message. When submitting the images please make sure that:

  1. the relevant permission has been obtained (e.g. from parents of young people in the photograph) to display it on the website,
  2. you include the Scout Group, section (Beavers/Cubs/Scouts) and night/name if there are multiple in the Group or the Explorer Unit that the young people in the photograph belong to in the email message,
  3. you include, if possible, any additional information on what is happening in the photograph (for example a badge being completed or the event/camp that it is taking place on).

Please note that we may use images submitted in this competition, on the website and/or Cheltenham Scouts social media in the future to promote Scouting in Cheltenham.


Closing Date

The submission period for the competition will end July 31st so be sure to send your photos in before then!


Announcing the Winners

The 12 winning images will be announced in August following judging process by a selection of members of Cheltenham District Scouts.