Time to get in gear, get out and about and try and win some great prizes for yourself and your patrol. The new marking system was brought in last night details are below.New Grading system
Each scout is now required to turn up to meetings in full uniform with scouting trail book .
Full Uniform means: Scarf, woggle, shirt (ironed with badges), belt, trousers (official), black shoes (or hiking boots) and dark socks.
Attendance: 1 point Full Uniform: 3 points Shirt and shoes: 1 point Less than shirt and shoes: -1 point Badgework: Merit badges: 5 points
Tracker award: 5 points Explorer award: 5 points Star award: 5 points National Scout award: 15 points Chief Scout award: 15 points Special bonus points
Scout of the Camp (for scout spirit): 5 points Scout of the month: 5 points – This is a new prize given monthly based on three criteria; scout of the year points, most improvement, and scout spirit. It will be awarded on the first meeting of every month and will be judged by the leaders.
*extra bonus points TBA
Scout of the year competition will end before the summer break and the winner will be given a prize. Patrol of the Year
New grading system
Patrol of the year award will be based on the scout of the year (SOTY) points gained by patrol members. However, patrol of the year marks will be awarded on a weekly basis and based on a ranking system. For example, the patrol who get the most SOTY points in a given week will get 4 marks, the group that comes second will get 3 marks, the third 2 marks and last gets one mark.
***This ensures a tight competition even if the patrols are unbalanced (which they inevitably are). The prize for Patrol of the Year will be a weekend away for the patrol somewhere of their choice (within budget and reason). It will be presented before the Jamboree this summer.
1st : 4 2nd: 3 3rd: 2 4th: 1
Scores for patrol of the year and scout of the year will be compiled and tallied by Ian and will be available on the website.
It may sound complicated but you will get the jist after a week or two.