Welcome to another District eNews, this time the last before the summer holidays where we all get to enjoy a much deserved break!

District Badge Competition

New Forest district badge

You saw it here first!

Thank you for all the fantastic entries to design our new District Badge, the competition has now closed, the District Team, our Chair and GSLs in both Districts were invited to cast a vote for the winner.

The unanimous winner was Charley Gradidge, ACSL with Dyak Cub Pack @ 2nd Copythorne (Stanley’s Own) Scout Group and ADC – Inclusion for New Forest. Well done Charley!

A small gift will be on its way to everyone that submitted an entry to say thank you.


Silver Acorn medal

We have had another excellent round of awards, firstly congratulations to Paul Stubbington, AESL with Magellan Unit, on being awarded the Silver Acorn. We have yet to pin Paul down to present the award, I believe the football scuppered the last attempt. Well done Paul, very much deserved for all you give to Scouting, both in our District and internationally.

Award for Merit medal

Congratulations to Fran Joyce, Section Assistant 5th Discovery Cub Pack, on her Award for Merit, well done Fran. Fran has supported the Cub Packs at the 5th for over 20 years so very much deserved.

Chief Scouts Commendation for Good Service badge

Lisa Szymanski, ACSL @ 5th Testwood Discovery Cub Pack, Pauline Homans, ACSL @ 3rd Ashurst & Colbury Lion Cub Pack and District Scouter – Cubs,  & Charley Gradidge were all recently presented with Chief Scout’s Commendations for Good Service awards. There were 3 very surprised leaders, well done, much deserved.

Congratulations also go to John Trinder, District Scout SAS, has clocked up 60 year’s service to Scouting, fantastic achievement John, well done.

Wood beads

Well done to all the leaders receiving Length of Service Awards, plus Bobby Painter & Emma Hanslip for completing their Wood Badge.

Young Leaders belt buckle award

Leaders of the future, Thomas Byrne Young Leader @ 2nd Copythorne Dyak Cub Pack and Josh Harrison @ 6th Netley Marsh, have both completed all of the Young Leader training and were presented with their Young Leader Buckle. Conway Harris has also been invested as a Young Leader with 2nd Dyak Cub Pack.

Here is the list of all the award recipients:

Soap Box Derby

The invitations to the 2021 Soap Box Derby have been sent out to GSLs & ESLs to circulate. John has asked us to extend the invitation to New Forest West ahead of our merger, we hope this will be the first of many events in the new ‘New Forest’ District. 

The event is open to Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network & Leaders and is always a great fun family day.

Chief Scout’s Award Day

The New Forest North Chief Scout’s Awards Presentation & Activity Day will be held at Ferny Crofts on Sunday 10th October 2021. 

Please circulate this date to your CSA recipients so they can get it in their diaries, this is for those achieving:

Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond & Young Leader Buckle

The last CSA day was held on 4th November 2018, so please invite all those achieving an award since that date. The format will be as previous years, Ian will get the invite letter and activity form out to you in due course.

District Diary

We can now share a District Diary of events again, attached is the latest version starting from September. If I have missed anything please let me know and I can update it.

District Website

Ahead of the merger date, Steven Osborn has kindly renamed the New Forest North website to New Forest, this is the link: New Forest Scouts.

Please send articles for eNews with pictures (if permission has been given) to the Team DC mailbox. [email protected]

The eNews also gets uploaded to the District website so please share this link with parents so they can see what else is going on in the District.

We hope you all enjoy your Summer break, whatever you will be doing, relax and have a great time. Merger updates will continue to be sent out.

Many thanks

Lynn, Ian, Kevin, Robin & Ryan

Team DC – New Forest

District eNews 25.07.2021
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