The past two months have been very busy as I am sure it has been for you.

CAMPS.  If you are planning a family camp please make sure all your parents have a DBS.  If you need support please get in touch with your DC who will help you.

The 2018 Vision Road Show in Lowestoft, where Lowestoft and Waveney Valley came together, was a great success.  Look out for the dates for your own District!

The Training Academy in March saw lots of Leaders enjoying a weekend of training modules.  The County lunch continues to be a great success.  The talk was given by a previous Deputy Master of the Royal Household and it was quite fascinating.

Wolsey District are involved in a project for SCOPE at the Thomas Gainsborough School in Ipswich and I was privileged to attend the investituture of 10 Cubs of all learning abilities.Kevin Bean, ADC Cubs, has done a magnificent job getting the project off the ground.

I dropped into 1st Halesworth’s 100-year celebration at the beginning of March. What a fabulous day it was.  The hall was decked out with memorabilia including old uniforms.  Modern technology gave us an update with films of recent times.

The County Cub Construction Challenge saw some rather inventive ideas on making a theme park from egg boxes and cardboard.  Well done to 1st Bury St Edmunds for winning the shield.  I certainly found it hard to judge as the standard was so high.  The County Cub Ten Pin Bowling Competition was won by Orwell District.  Thank you, Leaders, for making such great days for the Cubs.

I gathered at Hallowtree with Beavers from Wolsey, Orwell and Deben Districts on what must have been one of the coldest April days I can remember.  We were there to Paint the Pig.  The pig will form part of the St Elizabeth Hospice “Pigs Gone Wild” project.   The cold didn’t deter the Beavers and their enthusiasm was obvious.  It was a great morning and the Beaver Scouts were all treated to a MacDonald’s Happy Meal for their efforts.  Well done to Brian Harvey, ACC Beaver Scouts.

The Ipswich Gang Show was once again fabulous.  Congratulations to everyone who took part, especially the costume and back stage departments – ones we never see but without them the show wouldn’t go on!

Wolsey Cubs celebrated their 100 years with the Wildest Birthday Party ever.  After spending the day at Pleasurewood Hills they were entertained to a Disco and games followed by a hot dog and birthday cake.

Thank you to all you hardy folk who turned out for what was one of the coldest St George’s Day Parades I have experienced.  This time it was Stowmarket for me.  We did have good coverage in the local papers round the County.

MOOT is only 16 months away.  Look out for the website which will be up and running soon!  Check the County website.

Before I finish, here are two job adverts for those of you keen to develop your Scouting challenges:

1.      Assistant Regional Commissioner (Growth) East of England.  If you wish to find out more about this role then visit Volunteering Vacancy - ARC Growth

2.     Jamboree 2019: Deputy Contingent Leader.  For details and an application please visit Volunteering Vacancy - Deputy Contingent Leader

The closing date for this application is 25 May 2016 at 1700.

Finally, I do hope the weather improves for all of your planned camps.

Jenny