New Scout Handbook
Darren’s Big Day Out at Gilwell
While attending the Blair Atholl Jamborette last summer Darren Gallacher of the 59th Greenock and District Scouts was invited to attend a special day at Gilwell to help the team down there to get the Scouts’ views on a range of Scouting experiences. Darren was asked not to tell exactly what he was up to until the new Scout Handbook came out and when it did it was clear for all to see what he and the rest of the UK Patrol were up to.
The Scout Handbook is introduced by eight Scouts from across the UK – the “UK Patrol”. Three years since the idea was first mooted, this is a comprehensive guide to life in the Scout section, packed with practical ideas and skills. It takes Scouts through each of the Programme Zones and Challenges in a straight-forward way, and has an appealing no-nonsense “how to” approach.
The main purpose of the day was to get the Scouts’ views on a range of Scouting experiences. Despite having just met a few minutes before, the UK Patrol was put to the test, interviewing each other and making notes in their reporters’ notebooks. For Darren, it was like being on The Apprentice.
“We met up in the boardroom. We were then told why we were at Gilwell and what we would be doing.”
Topics for discussion included camping tips, memories of wide games and expeditions, thoughts on alcohol and drugs and what they would do if they were Chief Scout for the day. At the end of the interviews, the UK Patrol was photographed and Scouts won’t be able to miss them when reading The Scout Handbook.
Alasdair McBay, UK Scout Adviser said “Youth participation should be at the heart
of everything we do. It should be the driving force for programme planning and in fact takes centre stage in The Scout Handbook – a big but affordable new book to help every Scout “go for gold”.
Darren was really pleased with the new Handbook when he saw it. “It’s great to think the book will be used by people all around the UK”