Re-energise event

Re Energise was held at Hallowtree last weekend for leaders and supporters throughout the County. Although the weather decided to cool down over the weekend, all those who attended had the opportunity to network and engage with the many stands and activities on offer.

Get involved in adventure!

Find out what you need to do to lead adventurous activities for your section- water activities, mountain activities, archery, mountain biking – visit the link to the Pathways to Permits on this website!

Offshore Adventures

The programme of residential sailing opportunities with Offshore sailing is now on their website- take a look!

Water activities training and development for adults

Take a look at the opportunities to develop your skills and have fun by visiting the water activities page on the County website. Opportunities to support you to gain permits to lead water activities are also listed.

The Training Team have also put together a programme of training opportunities that will take place via Zoom on weekday evenings in February 2022. Modules for Working with Adults (9), Programme Planning (12B), Advising on Adult Appointments (37), International (19), Assessing Learning (25) and Introduction to Residential Activities (16)- are available to book.  Details on the Adult Training webpage.

Archery permit renewals

If your archery permit is due to expire in 2022, you will be contacted in January 2022 with details about how to apply for a renewal. If your archery permit has expired this year, and you have not yet submitted your log of experience and answered the renewal questions, please contact The archery assessor panel is due to meet next on 11th January 2022.

Cub Scouts – 105th Anniversary

A group of people posing for a photo

Description automatically generatedIn the summer term a competition was launched for cubs in Suffolk. The challenge was to design a badge to celebrate the 105th Anniversary of Cub Scouts. 

On Monday 13th September, I visited the 36th Ipswich Cub Pack to present a badge of the winning design to its creator, Pippa. The judges loved her drawing of a wolf cub, who looked very happy – as all cub scouts are when they are with their pack.

Jo Cracknell,  Assistant County Commissioner Cubs

The following Good Service Awards have been announced by Gilwell.

Congratulations to each and every recipient !

Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service              

Awarded for good service                                        Martin Brooks


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Alfie Foster-Green

Alison Nichols

Carly Richmond

Stephen Swain

Andrew Waller

Award for Merit

Awarded for outstanding service                          

Anne Gilbert

Colin Winter

Bar to the Award for Merit

Awarded for further outstanding service             

Martin Agar

Brian Harvey

Brian Roe

Charmaine Southgate                                                                             

Bar to the Silver Acorn

Awarded for further distinguished service           

Bill Hotchkiss                                                                        

Silver Wolf

Awarded for service of a most exceptional nature   

Keith Barber

Ollie Smith – Deputy County Commissioner (Programme)

Some of you will know that Ollie will be standing down from his Suffolk role as Deputy Country Commissioner – Programme at the end of December.

Ollie has held a number of roles in Suffolk most notably firstly as its first County Youth Commissioner, a county trustee; with key international experiences on the last World Scout Jamboree and the South Africa Partnership expedition; and more recently as a Deputy County Commissioner (Programme).Ollie has made a tremendous impact on Suffolk Scouts throughout his time with us.

Ollie is moving up to Liverpool to attend Liverpool John Moore’s University to begin a new chapter in his life: training to become a nurse. We wish Ollie all the best in his new venture and hope he will stay in touch. Suffolk’s loss is Merseyside’s gain. I am sure he will soon be talent spotted for a Scouting role in his new home.

I’d like to use this opportunity to thank Ollie on behalf of you all for everything he has done for the County and to say it’s been a pleasure working with you!

I would also like to announce that Jo Cracknell has kindly agreed to take on the role of Acting Lead for Programme until such time as Ollie’s successor is appointed.

Keith Barber

Acting County Commissioner

Scout Christmas Post – Ipswich & Felixstowe

The service is back this year for 30p a card (any size).  There is a slightly reduced delivery area for some outlying villages. Full details of where to post your cards and where we deliver to are on the Scout Post Ipswich website.

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