Sunday, March 1, 2015

A message from Steve DC

March 1st 2015 marks the opening of a new page in the life of Newport Scout District.
I am very pleased to be accepting the appointment of District Commissioner of a successful body of Scouting people. Together with my Deputy, Mrs Andrea Fairless, it is the intention to build on the successes that Scouting in Newport has enjoyed in the past. 

We bring considerable experience to the roles and will use this to insure all levels within the District gain as much help and support, as is available, in order to carry out their functions thus helping to provide greater opportunities to our young membership.

Undoubtedly there will be times when changes maybe introduced, but it is anticipated that these will be implemented with your full knowledge and support.
I would ask you all to show your appreciation to Dave (Polly) Pollard, for “holding the fort” over the last year or so, by making a maximum effort to insure a full turn-out at this year`s St George`s Day Parade. In the meantime Polly, on behalf of Scouting in Newport, thank you very much for all your contributions.

In addition there is the forthcoming Portcullis Camp in May which will be Gwent wide. This will provide an opportunity for us all to join with our peers and partake in the “Jamboree experience.” There will be a wide array of activities available. This will also act as a rare opportunity for all Sections, in all Groups in Newport to camp together. Thus helping to give the help and support to everybody to gain that great “outdoor experience.”

I am looking forward to working with you all.

Steve Crowley

Saturday, February 28, 2015


I stand down today as your acting DC and hand over the District to Steve and Andrea. 

This is a short note of thanks to all who have given me their support when requested during the past year. I would like to thank those leaders who stepped up to the ‘peg’ to ensure their groups had a future, taking on additional roles on top of their already full-on responsibilities as section leaders. I am very pleased to say they did and are continuing to do a great job.  Thanks from me on behalf of all our young people who get so much from your support and hard work.

I also like to thank all the backroom team players, Training, H&R (Dan), Badge Secretary (Nige) and Web Master (Baz) who have given me and the District so much support. Thanks must go out to all the husbands, wives and partners of the uniformed leaders for their support allowing them to be Scouts (sorry Leaders) for all those hours. I must mention the full SAS team (The Fellowship) who have continued to provide support to the District and also ensuring "Fred's Shed" is kept in top order and for running the all-important Scout Post.

Our committees, the Members, Chairs, Secretaries and the all powerful Treasurers who work hard to get Newport’s Scouts the best support in the years past and into the future ensuring  ‘sure and steadfast’  management which was right for Newport in the past and will be going forward into the future..

2014 also saw the Water Activities Group develop their team and their skills to be able to offer top rate quality water sports on equipment owned by and managed by the District, good luck and good sailing into the future.

The gang show is now very much in full swing with the adults and youngsters giving their all for their next show later in 2015. “Break a leg” (O the paper work). Let’s not forget the Rogerstone Band, great fun give it a go!

This was going to be a short note, but before I go let’s not forget the many hours you all give week in and week out providing fun scouting across the District THANK YOU, parent, guardian, helper and uniform alike.

So cheers again as I set off back to cutting the grass at the 25th ready for the scouts to make full use of it during the summer 2015.

Welcome Steve and Andrea - good luck for the future

(who ?)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Portcullis Camp 2015

Fancy zip wiring from the trees, throwing a tomahawk axe, 

or taking on the challenge of our slippery pole? 

Portcullis is back for 2015 this May. 

If you're up for an adventure hike over to 

to find out more about this exciting event. 

Then visit to book online.

Portculliss Camp 2015
22/05/2015 - 25/05/05/2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Application Form Training Weekend March 2015

This exciting Training Weekend will hopefully give you experience to complete Modules for your
Wood Badge Training.  It follows on from a successful course in October.

Adult Leader Training Team
Training Weekend 6th- 8th March 2015

@ ‘The Power Station’, Blenheim Rd, St. Dials, Cwmbran, NP44 4SY

Friday 6th March 2015
Tick if interested
Running safe activities
7.00 - 9.00

7.00 - 9.00

On-going safety training
7.00 - 9.00

Saturday 7th March 2015
Fundamental values of Scouting
9.30 - 11.00

Scouting for all
11.15 - 12.45

Skills of leadership
1.45 - 3.00

Introduction to residential experiences
3.00 - 4.30

Working with adults
9.30 - 11.00

11.15 - 12.30

Growing the section
12.30 - 3.00

3.15 - 4.30

Assessing learning
9.30 - 12.30

Growing the movement
12.30 - 4.00

Sunday 8th March 2015
Providing a balanced programme
9.30 - 11.30

Challenging behaviour
11.45 - 1.00

Young people today
2.45 - 4.15

Special Needs
9.30 - 12.30

Practical skills
2.00 - 4.00

Safety for Managers & Supporters
9.30 - 11.30

Managing adults
12.00 - 4.30

Cost of the training as per the above, but a maximum of £25 for the weekend applies.
(eg 3 modules = £15, 5 modules = £25, 7 modules = £25)

All the sessions will break for lunch 1-2 pm where appropriate.

Tea and Coffee will be provided during the course but you will need to bring a packed lunch.  There are shops nearby and Town Centre is a 5 minute drive away

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Notice to all Cub Leaders

Notice for all cub leaders: 
I have emailed all those who have given me their contact details a copy of the minutes from the last cub leaders meeting. Thank you to those who have replied to me already. 
If you haven't had the email please contact me asap on or 07909680972. 
If you just haven't had chance to read the minutes can you please do so as there are actions for everyone.
As always I'm here if you have any questions and will be looking forward to our next district cub activity cheering on the newport gwent dragons on 8th March. -please note the kick off time has changed to 4pm.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

ScoutsWales Spring Conference

ScoutsWales Spring Conference
18th April 2015

The ScoutsWales Spring Conference will focus on delivering the 2018 Vision, in particular the many ways that your Development Service can work with you to help you to achieve success.

There will be a variety of workshops running throughout the day, details of which can be found on the Development Workshop Programme.

On the day of the Conference you will have the opportunity to sign up for two workshops in the morning and two workshops in the afternoon (please see the Conference Session Timings).

Places are limited so put the date in your diary and register to attend now by completing the booking form.

The cost for the day is £6 per head which includes all teas, coffees and lunch (Please note ScoutsWales have subsidised this event)

Target audience:- District Commissioners; GSLs; Section Leaders; Group Chairs; Group Treasurers; Group Secretaries

Venue -  Builth Wells High School, Builth Wells, Powys.  

Spring Conference booking form  
Spring Conference running Schedule  
Development Workshop Programme

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the ScoutsWales office on 01446 795277 or email

Many thanks
Tracy Lowe

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Hunt is Over !

 It’s been almost 12 months since the District started to look for a new District Commissioner, one has been found and not only a DC but also an ADC. (Just like waiting for a bus?) I hear you say.

I would like to introduce Steve Crowley DC and Andrea Fairless ADC. I know Newport will do its best to make them welcome and make them feel very much part of Newport Scouting. I haven’t a plan of action from Steve at this moment but at our District Executive Meeting he did say he and Andrea will be spending time getting to know us all.

I am confident that Steve and Andrea will ensure Newport is in good hands and the concerns or worries that might arise in the future will be managed to ensure Newport comes out on top.

Steve and Andrea take on their roles as of the 1st March but might be out and about getting to know some of us before that date.

Contact details to follow

Croeso /Welcome