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Communications Survey

We want to improve both our internal communications as well as refreshing our social media image! We thought we should start by hearing from you, what you think: what is good; what is not so good; what is missing; and what is not needed. So please give us a few minutes of your time and take part in this survey!
COMMUNCATIONS …

John Mason – gone home

We are sorry to report that John passed away yesterday, after a long illness. John’s distinguished service in Brussels was recognised recently by the Award for Merit. He will be sadly missed and we send our condolences to John’s family and friends.

Award for Merit for John

Congratulations to John Mason (1st Brussels) on receiving the Award for Merit, in recognition of outstanding service to Scouting. Well done, John!

James Averill – Gone Home

James Averill passed away in the early hours of 12 April.  He joined the 1st Paderborn-Sennelager Scout Group in 2012 as Assistant Scout Leader. James came from a Scouting family. His father was previously a leader with 1st Bielefeld and his mother became treasurer of the Paderborn group. James wanted to become a teacher, which is why he joined the …

Important vacancies with BSO!

We have just sent out details of the new Area Youth Commissioner role and of vacancies for two District Commissioners. Get the details for the AYC here  and the DCs here .

Wonderful Work in Waterloo

When the 1st Waterloo (International) Scout group was approached by their local church to transform a patch of land into an eco-friendly garden, they soon jumped into action.

The Scouts who are working towards their “Environmental Badge” contacted Toyota Motor Europe (TME) for help.
Not only did Toyota offer their advice and technical support but they also donated 52 mature plants …

Wonderful Work in Waterloo

When the 1st Waterloo (International) Scout group was approached by their local church to transform a patch of land into an eco-friendly garden, they soon jumped into action.

The Scouts who are working towards their “Environmental Badge” contacted Toyota Motor Europe (TME) for help.
Not only did Toyota offer their advice and technical support but they also donated 52 mature plants …

Comms Strategy – What do you think?

The Area Executive Committee have been working very closely with AAC Communications Mat Spencer to come up with our new Communications Strategy going forward as we keep working towards Vision 2018.
A lot of work was done during the amalgamation of BSWE and BGA to establish an online identity and we’re now getting ready to move that to the next phase.
Please …

Commendation for Stuart Leadley

As a result of his actions and potentially lifesaving intervention at De-Kluis in Belgium earlier this year, Stuart Leadley, a Scout Active Support member of the 1st Waterloo (Benelux and Scandinavia District), receives the Chief Scout’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct. In addition, the Awards Board have recommended that Stuart should receive the Chief Scout’s Personal Award.
Many congratulations and well done …

Silver Wolf for Dianne

Warmest congratulations to Dianne Peel, Cub Scout Leader at 1st Fuengirola (The Ark), France and Iberia District, on receiving the Silver Wolf in this year’s St George’s Day Awards. This is in recognition of services to Scouting of the most exceptional character. Congratulations from us all in BSO!

Silver Acorn for Peter Dawes

Congratulations to our Area Commissioner on receiving the Silver Acorn in this year’s St George’s Day Awards. The award is given for his specially distinguished service to the Movement, Well done Peter!

Lymes Disease: A personal account

A little personal account of an encounter with the devious and sneaky borrelia burgdorferi bacteria carried by deer ticks and which can transmit Lyme disease.
http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/lyme-disease-pro
I have camped for many years of my life and was Akela for 17 years and used to get mosquito bites but not ticks until recently. A few years ago I developed strange, unrelated symptoms that …

Arnhem Market for The Hague

On the 21st September, 1st the Hague Scouts from BSO Netherlands attended the 70th Anniversary commemorations in Oosterbeek of Operation Market Garden and the battle of Arnhem.  22 Scouts and Explorers were able to meet veterans of the actual operation, visited the excellent Airborne memorial museum at Oosterbeek and saw a fly past of some of the original planes.

Important visitors for Sotogrande!

The British Consul to Andalucia, Charmaine Arbouin visited the Sotogrande Scout Group accompanied by the District Commissioner for British Scouting Overseas – France/Iberia (Alfonso Sanchez) and the Assistant county commissioner for Scotland (Jenny Stevens & her husband David)
Mike Wilson our group Scout Leader was presented with our Registration Certificate for 1st Sotogrande Scouts by The British Consul to Andalucia, Charmaine …

New Executive Committee is named

The results of the election for members of the Area Executive Committee were announced at the Annual General meeting earlier today. Those elected are:

Simon Burgess
Lizz Swan
Graham Bell
Ken Crowley
Jan Miller
Jenny Nixon

In addition, Steve Sutton was co-opted as he had the same number of votes as the last three members in above list. These four have been listed in alphabetical order.
The Committee …

Awards

Congratulations to volunteers with BSO who receive the Award for Merit in recognition of their service to the Movement:
Steven Bernal, GSL/LTM/TA 1st Gutersloh, Germany
Michael Elliott, DESL Benelux/Scandinavia,
Patrick Perrott, TA/District Member, Ger…

BSO Annual Meeting

Preliminary information has been sent to all Districts and Groups about the BSO Annual Meeting on 7 September at Gilwell Park. The agenda will be sent out before the meeting. You can take part on line and details of how to do this will be with the agenda.
As usual, District Commissioners will be coordinating nominations for membership of the Area …

Queen’s Scout Award

Well done to Andy Hoffman (Germany District) on gaining the Queen’s Scout Award. Congratulations!