#SkillsForLife Bulletin - March 2019

The first edition of the new Willesden #SkillsForLife Bulletin is out now! The new bulletin will keep you updated will all the goings on in the District and will reduce the number of emails you receive.

You can pick up print copies of the Bulletin at the Open House.

Don’t forget to book you place at the Willesden District Conference and Reunion.

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Office 365 for All Adult Volunteers

Starting in December 2018 we are rolling out Microsoft Office 365 to all adult volunteers in Willesden District. Every volunteer will have their own @willesdenscouts.org.uk email address and access to secure cloud data storage using Microsoft OneDrive.

We are doing this to help us better comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) allowing all volunteers to keep records, including those about young people, separate from their personal messages and records.

Office 365 was initially trialed with the District Team and GSLs, and is now being rolled out to remaining District roles, the activation for groups will start in the new year.


We will also be making us of Microsoft Teams to allow greater collaboration between our volunteers. Volunteers will be able to message online including in a mobile app for Android and iOS as well as have online video calls, reducing the need to travel to additional meetings.

Willesden District 5-a-Side Football Competition

For the 2019 5-a-side Football Competition with have partnered with Powerleague Wembley who will run and manage the event for us.

Cubs, Scouts & Explorers will compete in three competitions; the winning and running-up team in each competition will be presented with a trophy and individual medals. The winners will also be presented with the District Cups, which will then be engraved with the results.

Teams can be between 5 and 7 members and sections can enter multiple teams. All details of teams must be booked in three weeks before the event.

Saturday 9th March 2019
9:30 am - 1:30 pm

The cost is £40 per team. Leaders should book teams in using the new online booking system. The leader in charge from the group/unit must hold emergency contact details for all members taking part.


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2019 Canoe & Kayak Taster Sessions

After all our 2018 taster sessions were all fully booked we are excited to announce our 2019 Canoe and Kayak Taster Sessions in partnership with Phoenix Canoe Club.

These sessions are for Scouts & Cubs aged 9 and over who are able to swim 10m.

These events should be booked directly by members.

Short film of the Willesden Cubs & Scouts Kayaking with the Phoenix Canoe Club in Brent. 2018



7th July & 20th Oct



14th July & 27th Oct

Eurojam 2020...


36 Scouts / Explorers to enjoy the
opportunity of a life-time at Eurojam

Join over 10,000 Scouts from across Europe in Gdansk, Poland from 26th July - 6th August 2020

Participants must be born between 26th July 2002 and 26th July 2006.

The Jamboree Leadership Team will be doing roadshows around the county during December 2018 and January 2019. Speak to your leaders for dates or email us below.

Applications must be received by 24th January 2019 and potential applications should be ready to attend a selection day on 23rd or 24th February 2019

Cost will be £995

For more information or a link to the application form email graham.drabble@glmwscouts.org.uk.

27th Willesden Ready to Open

27th Willesden is the first group to open since we started our development project in 2016.

Inclusion and diversity are part of the inherent values every Scout in the UK lives by.We open our huts to people from all backgrounds, ages, genders and abilities but, when it comes to ensuring that Scouting is truly inclusive, there are challenges to address. One of these is ensuring the way we Scout is flexible enough to accommodate the faiths and beliefs of everyone involved. 

With many of the leaders in the Group Muslim, there will be two scout troops to open scouting to those who wouldn't join a mixed troop.

Meetings will start on 10th January.

  • Beavers:
    Wednesday 6pm - 7:15pm

  • Cubs:
    Friday 6pm - 7:30pm

  • Scouts:
    Wednesday 7:30pm - 9pm and
    Thursday 6pm - 7:30pm

Registration Day

Sunday 7th January 10am - 12:30pm


Kandersteg Expedition Report

Click through to see the photo gallery

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Youth Feedback

  • Overall how would you rate your experience of Kandersteg 2017? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.50

  • Camping? ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3.38

  • Food? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.00

  • Activities? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.13

  • Transport? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.38

What was your favourite experience?

  • Meeting new people

  • Making friends with different people around me

  • Meeting people from other countries

  • Making new friends from other groups

  • The 2 day hike

  • All of it!

What was your worst experience?

  • 🌧 RAIN 🌨

What would you like to have changed about the expedition?

  • Activities with other scout groups so that we can meet more people

  • Would like to have done watersports

  • More free time

  • Better food

  • Less rain!

Would you like to go on other expeditions or camps in the future with Scouts?

Parent Feedback

  • Overall how would you rate your experience of Kandersteg 2017? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.25

  • Communication? ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3.38

  • Transport? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.25

  • Value for Money? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.38

What would you like to have changed about the expedition?

  • The kit cost a lot of money. Swaps or loans?

  • Would have liked to have seen a little more of what they did, where they went etc.

  • Better administration throughout the year before

  • Better and consistent communication

  • Better, clearer, much earlier communication and information from leaders.

  • All in all though, the organisation was superb, and he had a great time. Well done to everyone.

Other Feedback?

  • Liked the Facebook updates.

  • Scout Leaders were absolutely fantastic.

  • Could not have been lovelier- incredibly kind and supportive to all the Scouts.

  • I really appreciated seeing the updates on Instagram and Facebook.

  • Knife awareness course needed.

  • Early communication was not good; later email communication was very efficient