It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Dot Wilkes  has gone home.

She has been in Scouting since she was 15 years old and has helped hundreds of young people and adults on their Scouting adventure as part of Syston Scout group, Charnwood District and Leicestershire County.

Out thoughts are with Dot's family and friends at this time.
District commissioner Paul Smith and two Leaders from the District where among those attending the launch evening of the Warning Zone's new E-Safety zone, designed to teach young people about internet safety.

For more information about the new E-Safety zone please see the poster below! 
Scouts from the 77th Leicester went on County Scout camp last month and made this great video!
Three Beavers from the District received their Chief Scout Bronze Award over the weekend, and what a fantastic occasion it was!  

Jack, Edward and Harvey from Sileby Scout Group each received their Bronze Awards at this years ‘Around the world in Archie’s day’ Beaveree presented by Richard Clowes, High Sheriff of Leicestershire.

When we asked Edward, 8 how it felt to have received his award at Beaveree, he said “It feels really good because I’m having lots of fun and I get to move up to Cubs with the highest badge in Beavers!” Edward, 8 told us about one of the Challenge Badges he completed to get his award: “I loved the Fitness Badge because we had to run around and do lots of exercises!” Harvey, 8 also said “I got all six badges onto my uniform, I’m really happy!” 

Beavers take part in a range of exciting challenges to complete their Chief Scout Bronze Awards, so being presented with the award at Beaveree was the icing on the cake as their last official event before moving up to Cubs. Congratulations to Harvey, Jack and Edward as they embark on the next step of their Scouting adventure!
Dot 90th
Dot Wilkes, one of the longest serving Scouts in both Leicestershire and Charnwood District, 
recently celebrated her 90th birthday! 

Dot has been part of Scouting in Leicestershire since she was 15 years old, and has helped 
hundreds of young people and adults on their adventure through Scouting.

She has been a member of Syston Scout Group for a number of years, so to celebrate her birthday 
they held a special party at Systons Scout HQ, with all of her Scouting friends and family. The group
even had a spectacular birthday cake in the shape of a uniform made especially for the occasion - 
and very tasty it was too!

We wish Dot all the best, and a very happy birthday!

Lot's of Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts enjoyed learning about the wide range of faiths in Leicester by exploring a verity of different venues across the city. Everyone had a fantastic time both young people and Leaders.

The Cubs from Barrow where asked "What is Karma?" with one of them replying "It's a curry!". District Commissioner Paul Smith had such a good time going around with the Cubs from Barrow he didn't want to get off at his stop on the train he went all the way back to Barrow with them - Let's hope his navigation skills where up to scratch to find his way home!

Thanks to everyone who took part in the event, and hopefully you learnt a lot of new and interesting things. 

Below is a copy of the County article and photos of Charnwood at the event.

Inter Faith Week kicked off in a frenzy of activity with over 800 Scouts and Guides taking advantage of the Young People’s Inter Faith Trail. The trail, organised by the St Philip’s Centre, saw six places of faith and New Walk Museum Leicester open their doors to young people curious to learn what lay within.

With seven centres to visit and explore, there was something for everyone. The ISKCON Centre entertained with a variety of activities including musical meditation and sweet rolling; while Guru Nanak Gurdwara offered ‘Langar’ to the hungry trail followers around lunch time. New Walk Museum offered the opportunity to further explore many religious artefacts amongst its collections.

Central Mosque provided the opportunity to take in the huge space the main prayer hall has to offer. Many of the younger visitors were fascinated by the decorative tiles and Islamic script decorating the walls. However the Jain Centre left all those who took part in the trail awestruck by its impressive décor and beautiful statues.

There was also the chance to explore Leicester Cathedral and see where King Richard III will be reburied in March 2015. While the Salvation Army introduced the travellers to their rich history of social action and community projects. Some lucky visitors were even invited to play the drums.

Kameron Ram, 98th Leicester and Ryan Haughton, 1st Bowdens really enjoyed their day on the trail. Kameron enjoyed going around with his friend Timmy. “The Sikh Temple [Gurdwara] was my favourite, it was nice. I really enjoyed the drums at the Salvation Army”. Ryan liked exploring the city “I liked going to new places. My favourite place was New Walk Museum. There are loads of artefacts and information to see.”

It wasn’t just the young people who enjoyed the day. Leicestershire Scouts Facebook Group was full of positive comments summarising highlights from the day. Binita Patel posted “This was a great day…Leicester Scouts of all backgrounds/cultures visiting each other’s places of worship/faith and learning about each other’s cultures.” While Liz Young is already planning for next year! “It was great and I’m really hoping it runs again next year; already planning the building up for Beavers/Cubs!”

Every centre was very welcoming and a huge thank you must be said to all the volunteers who opened the doors to allow all the young people to visit and ask questions. Thank you to the St Philip’s Centre for co-ordinating the day.

It’s award season, and three Beaver Colony’s from Charnwood have won a Beaver Bafta! 
The Beaver Bafta is awarded to Beaver Colony’s across the County who have had a large growth in 
members over the past 5 years. There were 29 Colony’s across the County who were awarded a 
Bafta, and three of them were our very own Mountsorrell, Woodhouse Eaves and Anstey. 
This is a great achievement for the District as it shows that there are lots of young people 
wanting to join in with the adventure of Scouting, and that the Leaders in the District are providing
 a fantastic programme for the young people. Mandy, Leader at Anstey told us that with more 
people taking part in community events “like the gala and the duck race things, you end up with 
more joining.”

Have you ever wondered what some of the great programme ideas Beaver Leaders have come up 
with to keep the young people flooding in with excitement? Well when Woodhouse Eaves were 
awarded their Bafta, they were at the Leicester Lions Speed Way working on their cycling skills 
which all of the Beavers enjoyed, especially Ethan who arrived at the start of the night with his 
stabilisers on, and through determination, effort and support from his Leaders, he found the 
courage to take off his stabilisers to ride on his own for the very first time! What an incredible 
achievement, and when asked what he’s going to do when he gets home he said “I’m going to tell 
my mum and dad and they will be very proud of me.”

Well done to the three Colony’s for all your hard work and dedication in receiving a Beaver Bafta!

Welcome to Charnwood District Scouts.  Hopefully you will find all the 
information you require, whether you are looking for your nearest group 
and contact for them; if you are interested in becoming a member; 
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Yours in Scouting,

Paul Smith
District Commissioner