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We are back! New Scouting year!

Please find details from Bruce's newsletter below.   In this issue: - A summer in Switzerland - Bonfire Party - Sparkle Awards


Whilst for many Summer has been a time to holiday and relax, 79 intrepid scouts, explorers, and leaders went off to Adelboden in Switzerland to savour the scenery, experience the adrenaline of adventurous activities and enjoy the culture whilst living in a traditional Swiss village in the mountains.

Adelboden didn’t let us down, from the start of our journey to the end we had a magnificent time.


After a delayed journey due to ferries in the channel we arrived, later afternoon and spent a leisurely evening settling in, freshening up and getting ready for the week.


Off to the mountains, hiking passes in hand off we went from Oey for a day hiking through the local mountains, we didn’t get much further than Silleren where our party enjoyed a few hours on the high tower in between storms, one  minute it was clear blue skies and the sunshine the next it was angry black clouds, thunder, lightning, and hailstones.


The Schilthorn! After several cable car trips, we arrived at the SCHILTHORN PIZ GLORIA, former Bond villain base and now a revolving restaurant, Bond museum and the perfect place to soak up the glorious views. next stop Birg where we took in the new thrill walk which consists of glass floors, balancing wires and a mesh tunnel suspended hundreds of feet in the air attached to the side of the mountain and lastly a brief stop in Murren for hot chocolate.


Four activities today, white water rafting, a visit to the waterfall at Engstiligenalp, swimming and the Switzerland national day parade in Adelboden with music and fireworks.


Off to Interlaken for a boat trip to Brienz on a beautiful blue lake followed by SWISS NIGHT, meeting hundreds of scouts and guides up in the mountains for food and traditional Swiss music


A day of zipping about in the adventure park, followed by Swimming in the pool at Adelboden.


A hike to the woodcarvers, a family run business in the mountains and then a coach ride to Kandersteg and Oeschinensee for the toboggan run, a visit to the blue lake and finally a quick visit to the international scout centre.


Packing up, then a few hours in Adelboden for lunch and a few last-minute souvenirs; followed by the trip home.

A huge thank you to all the leaders and kids for making this such a brilliant and enjoyable trip, I loved every minute and even though this was my 4th time, it just gets better and better.

A massive thank you, 60 scouts and explorers, who were shining ambassadors for scouting and the UK, I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch. Lastly thank you to Jeka (Jayne, Nicola and Shaun), The drivers from Abbotts Coaches and the many people who supported us to get to Switzerland.




Following successful bonfire events for the Beaver section over the past few years, we have decided to extend this to the whole group and details will soon be available regarding our first ever group bonfire and fireworks party…..

The Sparkle Awards are back!

These awards are an amazing opportunity to celebrate the amazing Scouting that occurs week in and week out right across South Yorkshire.
Being able to nominate your Leader, peer or Group and see them receive recognition for it, makes you feel empowered and able to make a difference, and above all, it is a wonderful way of saying ‘thank you’.

This year we have added some brand new categories in alignment with The Scout Associations Vision 2018 and to recognise the fabulous young people we have in our County as well as the amazing Leaders.

Has your group carried out an amazing community Impact or A Million Hands Project? Is your group/ unit youth shaped? Do they consult their young people about decisions and their program?

The awards are given in eight categories:

  • Beaver Leader of the Year
  • Cub Leader of the Year
  • Scout Leader of the Year
  • Explorer Leader of the Year
  • Overall Leader of Excellence
  • Young Person of the Year
  • Most Youth Shaped Group
  • Community Impact Project of the Year

This email goes to all adults across the County – please find a way of getting this information to Parents/carers and young people- why not forward the email on? It will be pushed across all our social media platforms. Give us a like, follow or even a poke and use the #sysparkle. Follow us on Twitter: @syscoutsyouth and Facebook /SYYouthInvolvement.

To nominate, please visit this google form and complete the questions!
The google form must be completed for the nomination to stand.


After the closing date Thursday 30th November 2017 the award nominations will be read through by our Youth Involvement Team and other young people across the County who will short list for each category.If you have any questions about the award please do not hesitate to contact us at We look forward to reading through your nominations!


Alice Derbyshire
South Yorkshire County Youth Commissioner

George Akid
South Yorkshire County Deputy Youth Commissioner

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