This month sees the launch of Inclusion and Diversity Open Forums which are virtual drop-in sessions to come along and ask for help and advice on any aspect of inclusion and diversity, or to tell us about things that are going well in this area as I would like to include more examples from groups in the county newsletter. They are open to any adult volunteer, and you can stay for the whole session or just drop in to ask a question. See the link below for more details and timing of these Teams meetings.

Check the Inclusion & Disability webpage for the Latest News and much more!

Have fun at camp and on the water, with 5 water-based activity sessions over the weekend at Ramsholt on the river Deben from 1st-3rd July 2022.  Application form available from the Water Activities Programme webpage - Latest News.


In this third newsletter in this PDF format, the following highlights are revealed in more details in the link to the file below under Read more...

Welcome to our new County Commissioner , Howard Blackett. Howard commenced his role with Suffolk Scouts on April 2nd and introduced himself here.

Scouting News
Headquarters are on the lookout for 20 young people who’ve really gone above and beyond. They’ll be UK Scouts aged 4-24 who've shown Scout values, courage, kindness and our 'never give up' spirit. They’ll each receive £500 to spend how they like.
If you’d like to nominate a young person (not related to you) who you believe deserves this award, please complete the form below by midnight on Thursday 14 April 2022. The Scouts will notify the winners by the end of June 2022 and winners’ names will be published on the Scouts’ HQ website in September 2022 - Nominate Here - 'The Chief Scouts Unsung Heroes'

Also in this Issue...
• World Scout Jamboree - latest from the team..
• Beaver Log - Beaver Bake Off 2022..
• Cub’s Capers - more than a Grand H-OWL..
Census Update - where we are..
Growth & Development - pointers from the Census..
• Mountain Activities - the CMAT team..
Water Activities - New resources available..

The CMAT team have organised a weekend of activities based at the Glenbrook Outdoor Activities Centre in the Peak District from 6th-8th May.  Booking form and more details are now available from the CMAT webpage.

I write to introduce myself as the new County Commissioner for Suffolk Scouts – I will be taking up the role at the beginning of next month (formally on Saturday 2 April).

As you may know, I have no background in scouting and so for the past few months I have been working through an intensive programme of induction/reconnaissance – that has included plenty of formal training (I have completed Getting Started and a number of other modules including First Aid); a 48 hour acquaint to Gilwell Park; attendance at County Executive and Senior Leadership meetings; visits to various local scout/cub groups; and time spent on a 1:1 basis with key personnel involved in Suffolk Scouts. There is still much for me to learn but I do feel ready to take up my new appointment.

Deben District Scouts have purchased a suite of Buoyancy Aids, Waterproof tops and Spray decks for use by District and County Scout groups.  The kit will be held by 5th Woodbridge for use either at their hut/Deben river (with permit holders) or away at other sites. 

5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts have also secured a trailer with  8 x kayaks and 4 x three person open canoes which they are kindly offering to local groups to rent.  Along with the kayaks, they are offering rafting kits for use. 

More details available at the Water Activities page