Pro-Badge Scout Training Scheme

Home
About us
What's on When?
Bookings and Costs
Cubs
Scouts
Explorers
Leaders
Mythbusters
Contact
Kit Lists
Register for News Updates
Participants' Comments
News
Clothing
Lyons Copse
Our History
The Gallery

External Links

Scout Association Website
Hampshire Scouting
Scout Shops
Discovery Sailing Project
Lyons Copse Weather

Follow us on

Pro-Badge are not responsible for the content of any Internet sites.


Web design by
Stellwagen Web Design


Pro-Badge News

7 Mar 2021

April courses cancelled due to Covid-19

I hope that you are all well. We had a zoom meeting earlier this week when it was decided to cancel the April 2021 Pro-Badge weekend. This is because we feel that the young people will not be able to commit to a weekend so soon after restarting face to face scouting and returning to School from the Easter Holidays. We have already planned two weekends which we have had to cancel, and I do not want us to organise another given the doubt about actual confirmed dates from the government. This means we can plan a full season from October and make sure that the young people can experience a full residential Pro-Badge weekend.

We have had a few leaders resign over the last year, so I am also looking for anyone prepared to help run any of the badges. Please let any leaders you know who may be interested and ask them to contact me.

The dates for next season are:

  • 22-24 October 2021
  • 19-21 November 2021
  • 21-23 January 2022
  • 18-20 February 2022
  • 8-10 April 2022

For further info or to book a place on any course on any weekend please visit the website or email me.

Stay Safe
Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


4 Jan 2021

Covid-19 and course cancellations

Happy New Year. I hope that you are all well. For the first time in 24 years, I was in England for New Year I can only say it was incredibly quiet. Unfortunately, I have decided to cancel the January weekend as Hampshire is now in Tier 4 and all scouting has gone back to Red status which means no face-to-face scouting. Lyons Copse is also currently closed and does not have a reopening date as we need to wait until we go back to Amber. With the current situation and lots of unknowns in mind I have also decided to cancel the February weekend. This is because the situation with COVID seems to be getting worse at present, and I have learnt how demoralizing it is to plan weekends and then cancel. Not to mention the hours that go into that process.

I am still hopeful of running a weekend in April when hopefully more will have been vaccinated and the numbers reduced. This is the weekend of 24-25th April 2021 and the courses currently planned are Our Adventure Challenge for Cubs and Pioneer for Scouts and Explorers.

As per Scout Association guidelines all Scouts will have to wear face coverings when inside.

We are also limited in numbers as per the Scout association COVID-19 Rules. We follow the National Youth Agency procedures. These are changing regularly, and the current processes can be found at https://www.scouts.org.uk/information-for-parents/stay-safe/getting-back-to-scouts/.

We have changed our finance model for the weekend as we will no longer have to pay camping fees and are not providing lunches. We still need to cover our costs which are the hire fee for the buildings or parts of buildings we are using, badges, and consumables such as pens, paper and cleaning materials. The structure we have agreed on is £10.00 a day and £5.00 where we are providing an evening meal.

The courses will be subject to cancellation at short notice if the COVID-19 situation or leader availability changes again.

For further info or to book a place on any course on any weekend please visit the website or email me.

Stay Safe
Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


5 Nov 2020

Covid-19 lockdown, November weekend cancelled

Today we received the news that the Scout Association was going back to Red status, which means no face to face Scouting for the duration of the new lockdown. I am sorry to say that this means that we will have to cancel the November weekend. We are still planning on a January weekend, but this will depend on how long the lockdown lasts.

I would like to thank all the Adult Volunteers who did a lot of planning to ensure we could run the November courses under the COVID-19 restrictions we had at the time. Unfortunately, circumstances were against us this time.

Stay Safe
Clive


26 Oct 2020

Wow, what a year it has been so far. We had to cancel our April and October weekends due to the COVID-19 situation. We have however been doing a lot of planning, so we are able to run some courses over the weekend 21st and 22nd November 2020. They are Navigator Stage 2 for Cubs, Pioneer for Scouts and Pioneer for Explorers. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions these will be non-residential, so we have rearranged our programmes to suit.

The Cub Navigator stage 2 badge will be run over one day Saturday 21st November, the Cubs will learn and practice the skills required to pass the badge. The skills they learn will include how to use a compass, use a map and what to take on a hike. This badge will mainly be outside whatever the weather. The Cubs will also have to bring a packed lunch with them.

The Scout and Explorer Pioneer badge will take two days to complete Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November this means that the Scouts and Explorers must go home on the Saturday evening returning on the Sunday morning. The Scouts will also have to bring a packed lunch with them each day. On the Pioneer badge for Scouts they learn new knots and lashings and then put them into practise by building a large pioneer structure. Then they can make good use of them by climbing all over. The Pioneer Badge for Explorers will involve, building a scale pioneering model, and taking a lead role in building an outside pioneering project. Whilst demonstrating, 10 knots, bends or hitches, four lashings, the use of simple blocks and tackle, anchorages for firm and soft ground, understanding the need for supervision in pioneering projects. Due to the current COVID-19 situation we have decided to limit the Scout badge to the over 12’s only. As per Scout Association guideline all Scouts and Explorers will have to wear face coverings when inside.

We are also limited in numbers as per the Scout Association COVID-19 Rules. We follow the National Youth Agency procedures. These are changing regularly and the current processes can be found here.

We have changed our finance model for the weekend as we will no longer have to pay camping fees and are not providing lunches. We still need to cover our costs which are the hire fee for the buildings or parts of buildings we are using, badges, and consumables such as pens, paper and cleaning materials. The structure we have agreed on is £10.00 a day and £5.00 where we are providing an evening meal. This means for the Scouts and Explorers on each Pioneer badge the fee will be £25.00 and for the Cubs on Navigator Stage 2 £10.00.

The courses will be subject to cancellation at short notice if the COVID-19 situation changes.

We are also in the early stages of planning courses for the rest of the season again these are currently subject to change and possibly cancellation if the COVID situation or leader availability changes, however we are accepting bookings onto the weekends.

23-24th January 2021 Pioneer for Cubs and Forester for Scouts.

20-21st February 2021 Navigator Stage 3 for Cubs and Scouts, Environmental Conservation for Cubs.

24-25th April 2021 Our Adventure Challenge for Cubs and TBA for Scouts.

We have decided to cancel our Expedition Challenge course for Scouts due the current no camping rules and the restrictions about unnecessary travel to different areas of the country. We have also not yet decided what we are going top offer Scouts in April as the usual Camper and Survival Skills courses cannot be run under the current COVID restrictions. We hope to be able to offer all these courses in future when the restrictions are lifted.

For further info or to book a place on any course on any weekend please visit the website or email me.

Stay Safe
Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


5 Sep 2020

Hi All

I hope you are well. It has been an interesting few months with the current COVID 19 situation and not knowing what if anything we will be able to offer this season.

We had a meeting on Tuesday night where it was decided that reluctantly we will be cancelling the October weekend. This is for several reasons. The schools are going back this week and the parents will be quite rightly concentrating on this. The next stage will be getting young people back to Packs and Troops; Pro-Badge will come after this. We therefore feel we do not have enough time to organise and advertise a weekend and get the numbers we will need.

November and January weekends will go ahead but with significant changes. They will both be Saturday and Sunday only with no overnight stay. The course programmes will have to be rewritten. It has been suggested we get the young people to bring a packed lunch and a water bottle with them which will be more COVID-19 friendly. I would like the parents to let me know what they think of these proposals. We will then be able to deep clean between the days as well as cleaning toilets and other high touch areas throughout the day. The cost will of course be reduced as we will not be buying food and will not have to pay the same level of camp fees. We will of course have to pay for the use of the building and for normal consumable equipment and additions such as extra cleaning materials, First Aid Materials and sanitizer etc. We plan on running the current courses if the programmes can be adapted. The weekends will be dependant on numbers, Adult Volunteer ratios and the COVID-19 situation at that time. We may need to cancel to cancel at short notice. We also need to be aware of any local lock downs preventing members from an area from attending. We have to operate within the Scout Association guidelines which can be found on the website www.Scouts.org.uk, as well as following any additional rules Lyons Copse introduces.

February and April are currently planned to go ahead as normal weekends, but we will revise this as we get closer to the dates.

The table below shows what we are running when. Bookings are now open via our "Whats' on When?" page.

Dates

Cubs

Scouts

Explorers

October 23-25

Cancelled

Cancelled

 

November 20-22

Navigator Stage 2

Pioneer

Pioneer

January 22-24

Pioneer

Forester
Expedition Challenge 1st Weekend

 

February 19-21

Environmental Conservation
Navigator Stage 3

Navigator Stage 3

 

March TBA

 

Expedition Challenge 2nd Weekend

 

April 23-25

Our Adventure Challenge

Camper
Survival Skills

 

Annual Review

As we have cancelled the October weekend this also means that our Annual Review will not be going ahead this year. I realise that will be a big disappointment to those who had been invited to attend for an award or certificate. We hope to do something at some time in the future.

Please let me know if you would be happy to send your Cub or Scout along to these weekends as they will have to be transported to Lyons Copse and back again each day and it will not be the same experience. We are not experts in COVID-19 and I welcome any other suggestions you may have.

Stay Safe
Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


27 Apr 2020

The 30th season comes to an end, looking forward to the 31st

The 30th season of Pro-Badge Scout Training Scheme closed last weekend, not as we had originally planned by running our popular Chef and Backwoods Cooking courses for Cub Scouts, and Camper and Survival Skills for Scouts, but with cancellations because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nevertheless we are looking forward to and planning our thirty-first season, details of which are now available on our website, and we are currently accepting bookings in anticipation of normality returning before September. All of our courses are advertised on our What’s on When page, and details of individual courses plus links to the Scout Association page for each badge on our Cub Scout, Scout and Explorer Scout pages.

Volunteer Opportunities

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please email myself at scissors@hampshirescouts.org.uk.

Lost and Found

Did your Cub Scout / Scout / Explorer Scout / Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them, or without something they should have had?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe at Andy.ratcliffe@hampshirescouts.org.uk.

Regrettably any unclaimed items still with us at the end of the Season are disposed of, so if you are missing anything please contact Andy as soon as possible.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


3 Apr 2020

Dee Edwards - Gone Home

It is with sadness that I have to tell you that Dee Edwards has passed away. Our prayers and thoughts go to Mick and family at this time. Mick and Dee helped out on Pro-Badge for many years on the Camp Cook badge and the Camper badge, as well as being Wardens and running the Tuck Shop at Lyons Copse.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


18 Mar 2020

March weekend - Expedition Challenge

Congratulations to the five Scouts who successfully completed the Expedition Challenge badge on the March weekend. We did have some drop out due to the Corona virus and were also a Leader short as he did not feel well and rightly decided not to attend. This badge is run in countryside which is unfamiliar to the Scouts and is therefore run away from Lyons Copse in West Sussex. On arrival this year we were presented with the main footpath to the campsite being closed due to the recent weather and Ash dieback. We therefore had to do a reroute of part of the journey. This took them in a different direction entering the campsite though the distance was about the same. This year we were also lucky with the weather with just a small shower on the Saturday and on the Sunday.

The Scouts also gave their presentations on what they had learned or researched for their projects. The project and work done over the weekends all contributes to the Percy Pig award which is presented at our annual review in October.

April weekend cancelled

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the April weekend this season. This is due to the Coronavirus and the instructions from the Scout Association to cease all face to face activities.

Next Season 2020-2021

We have set the dates and badges for our next season starting in October 2020. We are keeping the badges and costs the same for next season.

The table below shows the course calendar, bookings are now open so please see our "What's on When" page to book.

Dates

Cubs

Scouts

Explorers

October 23-25

Our Adventure Challenge

Chef

 

November 20-22

Navigator Stage 2

Pioneer

Pioneer

January 22-24

Pioneer

Forester

Expedition Challenge 1st Weekend

 

February 19-21

Environmental Conservation

Navigator Stage 3

Navigator Stage 3

 

March TBA

 

Expedition Challenge 2nd Weekend

 

April 23-25

Chef and Backwoods Cooking

Camper
Survival Skills

 

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please email myself at scissors@hampshirescouts.org.uk.

Annual Review

This year the Annual Review will take place on the 22nd October. It will be held in Lyons Lodge at Lyons Copse at 7pm. This is where we present our prizes and awards as well as enabling you to ask us any questions about what we do and why we do it. You are all invited.

Lost and Found

Did your Cub Scout / Scout / Explorer Scout / Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them, or without something they should have had?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe at rats@pro-badge.org.uk

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


25 Feb 2020

February weekend - Navigator Stage 3 and Environmental Conservation

On the Pro-Badge February weekend we ran the Navigator Stage 3 badge for both Cub Scouts and Scouts. We also ran the Environmental Conservation badge for Cub Scouts. This month we were low on numbers but that gave the Cubs and Scouts participating the chance to do some extra things and cover others in more depth.

Navigator Stage 3 took place over a weekend with all the Cubs and Scouts getting muddy during the hike on the Saturday afternoon, although the rain did hold off for most of the time. The hike also qualifies as a hike away. The young people navigated the Leaders round the route giving them the opportunity to get the Leaders temporarily misplaced (we are never lost). The course also involved making contour models of hills using potatoes, as well as lots of practice of Grid References, symbols and setting a map.

The Environmental Conservation course saw the Cubs learning about water conservation, and recycling. They also made models of houses with solar panels and LED lights. We have reintroduced one of our awards for this course as the Cubs have to complete a project before the weekend as part of the badge requirements. We take this and how well the Cubs have learnt and improved their knowledge over the weekend to decide on three nominees. This year they were Fynn, Oliver and Azaria. The actual winner will be announced along with the other awards at our annual review on the 22nd October.

In April, we are running the Backwoods Cooking badge and the Chef badge for Cub Scouts. For Scouts, we are running Camper and Survival Skills badges.

We have spaces left on all badges. If you are interested in any of the courses, please contact me by email.

Next Season 2020-2021

We have set the dates and badges for our next season starting in October 2020. We are keeping the badges and costs the same for next season.

The table below shows the course calendar, bookings are now open so please see our "What's on When" page to book.

Dates

Cubs

Scouts

Explorers

October 23-25

Our Adventure Challenge

Chef

 

November 20-22

Navigator Stage 2

Pioneer

Pioneer

January 22-24

Pioneer

Forester

Expedition Challenge 1st Weekend

 

February 19-21

Environmental Conservation

Navigator Stage 3

Navigator Stage 3

 

March TBA

 

Expedition Challenge 2nd Weekend

 

April 23-25

Chef and Backwoods Cooking

Camper
Survival Skills

 

Annual Review

This year the annual review will take place on the 22nd October. It will be held in Lyons Lodge at Lyons Copse at 7pm. This is where we present our prizes and awards as well as enabling you to ask us any questions about what we do and why we do it. You are all invited.

Lost and Found

Did your Cub Scout / Scout / Explorer Scout / Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them, or without something they should have had?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe at rats@pro-badge.org.uk

At the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


28 Jan 2020

January weekend - Pioneer badge for Cub Scouts, Scout Expedition Challenge and Forester Badges

The 3rd weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2019/2020 season has just finished. We ran the Pioneer badge for Cub Scouts along with the first weekend of the Scout Expedition Challenge course. We also ran the Forester Badge for Scouts.

The Scouts on the Expedition Challenge badge course had their training weekend. The two patrols this year were both from the same group which was slightly different for us but had the advantage of them all knowing each other. The Friday evening consisted of planning the hike on Saturday as well as going through equipment and menu planning for the second weekend. On the Saturday they participated in an all-day training hike. When they returned, they got to practise using their stoves and then it was onto planning the second weekend in March. The Sunday was spent putting up tents further planning for the second weekend and learning about safety and emergency procedures. They have their final weekend in March in unfamiliar country. This is the only weekend we run that is not based at Lyons Copse.

The Saturday was dry, so the Forester badge Scouts enjoyed themselves learning how to coppice, fell trees, plant new ones and a bit on how to do hedging. They also learnt about wood management and the safety of the activities they took part in. This was very successful, and the Scouts got a lot out of the weekend.

The Cubs on the Pioneer Course managed to build several projects including a ladder and a den of their own design with a platform above using knots and lashings. They also all made a piece of rope and a knot board. We were also pleased to welcome out the ADC Cubs from Portsmouth who joined us for a few hours on the Saturday afternoon and joined in with the cubs on the badge.

On our next weekend in February we are running the Navigator Stage 3 badge for both the Cubs and Scouts. We are also running the Cub Scout Environmental Conservation badge. We have spaces left on both the Cub and Scout courses.

In April we are running both the Backwoods Cooking and Chef Badges for Cub Scouts. For Scouts we are running the camper and survival skills badges. We have spaces on both courses at present.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact me.

Lost and Found

Did your Cub/Scout/Explorer/Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe at rats@pro-badge.org.uk

We currently have the following items looking for a home:

Named items

  • Black shumper - Martin Barnicott
  • Grey Karrimor boots, size 5½ - Kift?

Unnamed items

  • Red Clarks trainers
  • Blue Next hoody, age 13
  • Grey North Face zip-up hoody, small
  • Blue/white Havaianas flip flops
  • Black/blue/grey Asolo boots, adult size 9 Blue plastic mug Black/blue wellies with shark print, size 13 Notebook with meerkats on front cover

At the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Staff Vacancies

Deputy Camp Leader Scouts

We are looking for a leader to take charge of the Scouts during the day and evenings when they are not being instructed. The tasks include looking after the wellbeing and welfare of the young people ensuring they have all they need and supervising the Scouts during non-training time. This also involves making sure they are in the correct place at the correct time. Talking to badge instructors making sure they have the correct equipment and then liaising with the store team. Helping at mealtimes and first thing in the morning when they get up and in the evenings before bed. Also ensuring that Pines Cabin gets cleaned and inspected at the end of the weekend.

Financial assistant on weekends

We are looking for someone to help with the finances over the weekends. This will involve collecting moneys on the Friday evening, working out the amount owed in camp fees for the weekend, helping to sell tuck and other items over the weekend and at the end of the weekend. This role can easily be fitted in with others over the weekend or could be ideal for someone only available for part of the weekend, the primary time being the Friday evening or Saturday.

If you would like to volunteer or know more information about these or any volunteer opportunities, please email myself at scissors@hampshirescouts.org.uk and we can arrange to meet up.

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


18 Dec 2019

Steve Huber - Gone Home

We are sorry to report that Steve Huber died on 23rd November. He was a member of Pro-Badge during the 1990’s and early 2000’s helping on the Naturalist badges and the Survival Skills badge.

His funeral service is at Portchester Crematorium on Thursday 19th December 2019 at 1:45 pm.

Portchester Crematorium
Upper Cornaway Lane
Portchester
Fareham
Hampshire
PO16 8NE



Hampshire Scouts Registered Charity Number: 1015788

Click here for the legal and copyright bits including the Summary Data Protection and Privacy Statement.


This page was last updated on 11 Mar 2021 © Stellwagen Web Design 2011 - 2021