Our Ambassador Georgia Shiels is going from strength to strength!A massive congratulations from us all!
Georgia has made the switch from stage rallying to Rallycross with the assistance of LOCO Energy Drink. “All of this has come around really quickly,” said Georgia “to be talent-spotted by LOCO is so exciting and this is the start of a really amazing partnership. LOCO only launched last year so it’s great to grow with them and be on this journey to the top of the sport together.”
The Bolton University Engineering student contested in her first British Rallycross event on Sunday, finishing a competitive 7th overall after mechanical issues. Georgia is competing in a 200bhp RX150 buggy. “The RX150s are insane!” Georgia said. “They only weigh 420kg so the sheer acceleration is mind-blowingly fun!”
Rallycross is held on a closed mixed-surface race circuit but still has a nod to stage rallying as drivers spend much of their time sideways on the gravel. It is an ever-increasingly popular form of motorsport. Attracting thousands of spectators at each event and with plans for a rallycross circuit at Silverstone, the future for rallycross is bright! “There is a clear career path in rallycross,” Georgia says “which makes my ultimate goal of becoming the first ever female World Rallycross Champion possible, not to be tokenistic of women, but to inspire more young girls into both motorsport and engineering.”
“This is just the start.”
Are you looking for a fresh challenge? Or a new adventure? We are growing the Explorer Scout Section and are looking for adult volunteers to support a number of Explorer Scout Units in 2017. The success of the Explorer Scout Section and Young Leader Scheme has been one of the highlights of Scouting over the past decade. We have some remarkable teenagers who have gained valuable skills, overcome challenges and encountered adventure at the highest level. Crucially a number of these young people have leadership talents which they use in a volunteer capacity to enhance the programme we deliver. We would like to provide this opportunity to even more young people by increasing the capacity of the Explorer Scout Section.
If you have a passion for developing 14 – 18 year olds, exploration, and the outdoors, then we have a role for you. Whether you can give an hour a month, or are looking for a new leadership challenge, please contact us for a chat. Info@blackpoolscouts.org.uk
First W.E.S.T Weekend Jan 20-22, 2017
Explorers/Young Leaders: The third weekend every month is a WEST weekend. Waddecar Explorer Service Team. Any West Lancs Scouts aged 14-18 can sign up. You must bring an Event Passport signed by your Leader. Spend a weekend with your Unit, or meet up with other young people from West Lancs. Help to look after and develop your Activity Centre, whilst achieving your Activity Centre Service Badge. W.E.S.T. weekends can count towards the Environmental section of the Chief Scouts Platinum & Diamond Awards. www.waddecar.org.uk/WEST/
We are very excited to announce that following the success of #YouShape 2016, where over 20,000 young people and volunteers got involved, 2017 will see a whole #YouShape month held in February. Obviously Youth Shaped Scouting is about everyday Scouting all year round, but UK Scouting is focusing on February to really support young people and volunteers to embed this traditional part of Scouting into what we do and celebrate what are already good examples of Youth Shaped Scouting.
We won’t be holding a national event like last year because this year is all about local impact and embedding good practice.
The outcomes nationally we are looking to achieve are:
Raise the profile and understanding of YSS across the organisation. We have set a target of at least 50,000 young people across 80% of Districts to take part in some way.
Increase the quality and quantity of sectional Youth Shaped Scouting such as PL Forums and Sixers meetings where young people get to express their ideas and gain more leadership opportunities.
Youth Commissioners working collaboratively with their Districts/Counties to embed Youth Shaped Scouting into the four areas of Youth Shaped Scouting: Programme, Leadership, Management and Governance.
Work in partnership nationally to shape the future aspirations of the UK Scout Association.
Consider your options and carefully make decisions on what your District/County will hope to achieve. One of the keys to its success will be making sure Youth Commissioners work together in Districts, Counties and Regions to plan, delegate and action what you want to see happen.
Some examples of what could happen in #YouShape month:
Patrol Leaders camp for volunteers and PLs to come together. Run training on how to run successful Troop forums.
County/District Youth Forum on tour, a team of young people could visit a large number of sections and support the leaders to hold youth forums.
Executive training on Youth Shaped Scouting.
Plan a youth shaped camp for your section. Week 1: design the programme. Week 2: pack and prepare for camp. Week 3: go on camp ran by the PLs for example. Week 4 review and reflect on how it went.
Host a Regional #YouShape event at a campsite or activity centre and engage with young people and volunteers on relevant topics.
Work with the ADCs/ACCs to plan programme support days/evenings for leaders to find out more about running a youth shaped section.