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    Bagged me a Scout!

    One of my Guides went on to become a submariner...just an aside..
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    Weekly Discussion: Would you confiscate?

    Does anyone have a problem with leaders and phones during events ? How do you deal with those ?
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    Weekly Discussion: Would you confiscate?

    I've never had the need to confiscate....if any prohibited items are discovered, the culprit is warned that it goes back in the bag, switched off and don't do it again... if they choose for us to take care of it, it is their choice. I think younger sections are harder as the parents are the...
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    Bagged me a Scout!

    That's really good. We had a girl join Guides directly from Cubs. They meet before us and she didn't want to join Scouts as at that time, they had quite a bullying nature so joined us. We kept her all the way to doing ALQ..
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    New volunteer opportunity for HQ

    HQ are looking for a lead volunteer to start the process of looking at our next strategy review... Details as follows : Lead Volunteer for Membership Engagement on our 2020 strategy
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    Weekly Discussion: Me, myself and I

    Gift aid relies on when the payment is made not when someone attends so financial records need to be kept. As for if someone was there on a particular night, it much depends on why...badgework or GFI's yes, you may need to query, but it is all about knowing your unit...if you have 12 girls that...
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    Weekly Discussion: Me, myself and I

    Yes, you need to know who's there but if you have a unit of 12 girls, it's as easy to count them than say a unit of 28 girls... And easier to work out who is missing..
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    Resource Expenses form

    We just have a simple spreadsheet - so if a leader is buying all the bits and pieces for an activity or event, they can list them all and attach the receipts and we would then pay the total. It makes the accounts easier that showing the total rather than £1 here, 3.50 there... That said, we...
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    Weekly Discussion: Mother of problems…

    I agree there is no consistency but you could say much the same for a dozen other scenario's. We are dealing with volunteers and with the best will in the world, there has to be limits on what we expect people to do and encourage people to work together and be as flexible as possible in dealing...
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    Weekly Discussion: Mother of problems…

    I agree that the paying of census for someone who isn't there is a problem but as we all know, making alternatives too available is open to abuse and sadly there are leaders who would abuse it... But maybe we are too attached to the 'service' - should service be counted if the individual isn't...
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    What to use for a wash tent?

    Would maybe be tempted to get something like a coleman shelter with the walls. For a slightly higher investment you could use it as a wash tent ( maybe improvise an internal divide) but would be useful as a store tent, shelter or for other events too. There are lots of varieties available and...
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    Weekly Discussion: Mother of problems…

    I agree that I don't think a formal 'policy' is workable other than a requirement for the unit team to sit down and work out how it is going to work for them and if any additional support is needed. It's one of those things where things can go great for one person but the next has difficultly or...
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    Weekly Discussion: Training up the future

    I don't think the 'role' as such needs a refresh, it's the awards and opportunities that go with it. YL's whatever they are called, wear etc are essential to the future of Guiding, what we need to look at as others have said above is a series of awards where they can gain leadership skills...
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    Weekly Discussion: Training up the future

    I think a lot depends on why someone becomes a YL, if, for them it is simply a way to stay involved in Guiding, perhaps the nearest SS unit is some distance away or on the wrong night, then being a YL is a way to keep Guiding and perhaps be involved for their own enjoyment as well as lending a...
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    Question? Paying subs by BACS

    Agree with Growly, we offer it as an option for all payments. Just make sure you have access to the statements online or monthly to keep tabs on who has paid as opposed to who says that they've paid.