Celebration of Excellence

On Saturday 29th June the sun beamed down on Bispham Hall Scout Estste for the Celebration of Excellence. Top Award Holders from around the County had a day of activities including climbing wall, zip line, archery, inflatables, backwoods cooking and more.  Older award holders had an overnight experience that included a BBQ with the Jamboree and Philmont contingents, Airsoft activity, campfire and a Youth Forum giving young people the opportunity to share their ideas and give feedback.

Thank you to our special guests including our County President Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mayor of Trafford, Mayor of Wigan, Regional Commissioner and County Chairman who attended to congratulate our young people on their achievements and present certificates. 

This event wouldn't have been possible without the hard work and dedication from our volunteers, not just in the planning and delivery of this event but also to all the Leaders who provide a quality programme to allow young people to achieve their awards. 

Here's to another year of Top Awards in Greater Manchester West!

Registration for the Queen's Scout Award
Explorers and Network

The Queen's Scout Award (QSA) is the top award for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members and comprises of a variety of activities to complete. The QSA is linked closely to the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award and it is worth working on the two awards together.

In late 2018, the responsibility for the QSA registration process was transferred from Headquarters to Counties. To ensure we are capturing registration of young people in Greater Manchester West intending to complete the award we are introducing an online registration process, similar to that operated previously by HQ.

To register or for more information about the Queen's Scout Award and the requirements to complete the award, please visit our website,

Cardboard Canoe Race
Scouts and Explorers

On Saturday 22nd June 2019 in the beaming Salford sunshine, teams of Scouts and Explorers from all over the Greater Manchester West took part in this years annual Cardboard Canoe Race. There was lots of great teamwork, design and skills from all the teams. The event wouldn't have been possible without the organisers and helpers on the day. Special thanks to Bob Wilson (ACC Scouts) for a great event.

Fastest Scouts: 15th Wigan 2
Fastest Explorers: 3rd Davyhulme Merlin Explorers
Titanic Award: 5th Urmston
Best Design: 3rd Wigan


The County Beaver Damboree was in full swing on the weekend of the 8th - 9th of June 2019. Beavers completed the badge requirements for the Adventure and Outdoor Challenge Badges contributing towards their Chief Bronze Award. They nearly added time on water to the list due to the horrendous weather. A sturdy lot the GMW Beavers and all stayed and enjoyed activities from:- Axe Throwing, Archery, Shooting, Zip Wire, Cave Bus, Inflatables, there was also a bug hunt, Green Cross Code, knots, backwoods cooking and of course an excellent Disco in the evening. 

A huge thank-you to Jacob Bond on organising the event and all the Bispham Team, the ADC Beavers Team, activity providers and of course to all the Beavers, Leaders, Young Leaders and Helpers who made the event happen.
North West Region Shelter Box Scavenger Hunt
Cubs, Scouts and Explorers

On the 5th May 2019, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from across the North West Region attended the Scavenger Hunt in Liverpool in aid of Shelterbox.  Teams went round collecting answers, completing teamwork challenges and carrying a big green Shelterbox around Liverpool with a map and a parent helper.  Everyone did their best to highlight the charity and give more awareness whilst having a great time.  Well done to everyone that took part and to everyone that made it possible.
Goodwood Weekender
Scouts and Explorers

This year marked the 5th Birthday of the Goodwood Weekender and the theme was DISNEY. The Goodwood Weekender takes place at Dunham Park Scout Camp over the early May bank holiday and is an activity packed weekend for Explorers including a full day of adventurous activities, day of team challenges, two discos, karaoke, campfire and film showing. There is a day visitor option for Scouts too!

Congratulations to the Goodwood Team for another great event!

Keep an eye out for information on Goodwood 2020 which takes places on Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th May 2020 (due to the amended bank holiday for the D Day Anniversary)
Urmston and District Centenary Camp

Urmston District celebrated their 100th Birthday by holding a District Camp at Ashworth Valley. A huge congratulations to all the organisers that made the event happen. The Explorers went off to Hollingworth Lake for activities for the day, whilst the rest of the sections enjoyed lots of activities, making new friends along the way. HAPPY BIRTHDAY URMSTON!
St George's Day
Across the County

Districts from around the County took part in a variety of St George's Day events including traditional parades, promise renewals at camp for Lowry District and Sale District held a parade and fun day in May. Well done to everyone who received awards on the day.

We had three Queen's Scouts Award Holders who attended Windsor this year  (pictured) these were Eleanor Hickman (Urmston), James Boyd (Urmston) and Sam Foster (Wigan). Our County Youth Commissioner, Lewis Foster was also in attendance as part of the Colour Party.
Lord Derby Competition

On a wet, but enjoyable Saturday in April teams of Scouts from across the County took place in the Lord Derby Competition, based around a variety of team and skills challenges. Well done to all the teams that took place. First and second 2nd place go through to represent our County at the Regional Lord Derby Competition.

1st - 1st Timperley A
2nd - 5th Urmston
3rd - 17th Stretford

Lots of teamwork and smiles. Thank you to all the leaders for making the day possible and braving the weather.
And Finally....

USA International Adventures!

Lots of fundraising and preparation has seen young people and adult volunteers from across the County embark on two different, once in a lifetime international opportunities to the USA at the end of July.

The first of them is our contingent attending the 24th World Scout Jamboree at The Summit in West Virginia hosted jointly by the USA, Canada and Mexico. The event will be proceeded by a number of days sightseeing in New York and followed by hosted hospitality in Canada. The second is an expedition to Philmont Scout Ranch with a number of days in Washington DC, Los Angeles and a trip to the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

There will be special edition of The Buzz being published in September that will share with you these amazing international experiences!

There are a number of opportunities to join the County Team, please see below the role descriptions and application form. Completed application forms should be returned by emailing by Friday 16th August 2019.
Calendar Dates
Other Calendar Dates
21/09:              BST Hiking Competition (Rivington Barn)
04/10-06/10:   Bispham Hall Chariot Race (Bispham Hall)
11/10:              Safeguarding Course (Bispham Hall)
11/10:              Executive Comm. Training (Bispham Hall)
12/10-13/10:   Getting Going Training (Bispham Hall)
12/10-13/10:   Getting Away Training (Bispham Hall)
12/10:              First Aid Course (Bispham Hall)
12/10:              Cub Mudder (Bispham Hall)
10/11:              Remembrance Day Events (Various)
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