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On this page we burst the Pro-Badge Myths, before they even get started!

Q

Do the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers sleep indoors, or out?

A

Cubs sleep indoors on all courses. Scouts sleep inside except for the courses that have a camping element i.e. Camper and Expedition Challenge. Due to the limited accommodation at Lyons Copse Explorer Scouts will be camping and thus tents and equipment will be required. Meals will be served indoors.

Q

Is Pro-Badge only open to Cubs, Scouts and Explorers?

A

Pro-Badge is open to Adult Volunteers too; our Leaders Skills Course runs on request with a minimum number of at least 6. We offer practical skills training i.e. tent pitching, cooking, fires, pioneering etc. We're starting to introduce Explorer Scout courses so for more information please send us an email.

Q

Is Pro-Badge only open to Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorer Scouts from Hampshire?

A

Although the courses are run at Lyons Copse between Portsmouth and Southampton we're quite happy to accept Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Adult Volunteers from any County.

Q

Does Akela / Skip / Explorer Leader have to book me on a course?

A

Anyone can make a booking, although we do want you to tell Akela / Skip / Explorer Leader that you're planning to come on one of our courses. Parents and others can book Cub Scouts, Scouts and/or Explorer Scouts on to courses by following the links on our Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts pages.

Q

Does Pro-Badge have all of the Experts, Specialists and Staff that they need?

A

Sadly, we don't. Although we get by we're always on the look out for additional help. This could be as a Subject Expert or Specialist, or to help in the Cookhouse or even with our IT development. If you'd like to know more about getting involved please get in touch.

Q

Does Pro-Badge have special cleaning fairies who clean Lyons Lodge from top to bottom once the course is over?

A

Unfortunately not, some of this is done by the students but most by the Pro-Badge staff themselves. If parents would like to help out with the cleaning and tidying up on the Sunday afternoon they will be most welcome!

Q

Is Pro-Badge out to make money?

A

We're not - and generally we don't. As a Scout Training Scheme we're happy if we break even. If we do make a profit in any one season it's ploughed back into the Scheme for the benefit of the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

Q

Do the Pro-Badge Staff get paid?

A

They don't - quite the opposite. Everyone pays to attend, even those in the Kitchen who cook for us and clean up afterwards.

Q

Why does Pro-Badge not publish Accounts?

A

Our accounts are part of the County accounts and as such audited and reported at the County Annual General Meeting which is open to anyone to attend with the date, time and venue advertised on the County website.

Q

How does the money get handled?

A

Up until about 2008 Pro-Badge did present our own accounts and have our own bank account but all money is now handled centrally by County. All expenditure for food and other expenses are found by individual members of Staff and reclaimed from County on submission of an expenses claim form. This can get very expensive for us when we are paying out 500 or so every weekend for food and equipment, we have to produce receipts before we get paid back. Camp fees are slightly different as Lyons Copse invoices are paid directly by County after the Camp Leader submits them having filled an expense form as the site and County have an agreement to let that happen. All cheques and cash are also paid into the County account.

Q

To whom is Pro-Badge responsible?

A

We are overseen by County and the Camp Leader reports to his line manager, the Director of Youth Programmes.

Q

Why does Pro-Badge have an Annual Review, not an Annual General Meeting?

A

We are not a Scout Group so do not have to have an AGM as such but we have our Annual Review where anyone can ask questions.

Q

Does Pro-Badge get any subsidies?

A

We are self-funding and do not get any subsides from County unlike most other County events. All staff also pay to cover their food costs for the weekend.

Q

What is the Scout Association status of Staff?

A

The Camp Leader is a County Scout Activity Support Manager and Pro-Badge is registered as a Scout Active Support Unit, which means that Leaders who attend who are not Leaders elsewhere are managed, have a DBS check and complete any training if necessary. Several of the team (including the Camp Leader) have Nights Away permits and the relevant qualifications that are needed for some activities.

Q

Who are the Leaders and other adults on the Scheme?

A

The scheme uses Specialists, Leaders, Explorer and Network Scouts and friends from all areas of Scouting and beyond. Each course has a specialist with knowledge in the subject matter, and team of experts who assist each specialist, the number depends on the specialists needs and the badge requirements. Some experts are only required for a particular session whilst others are involved during the entire course.

Pro-Badge has a support group, including a Cookhouse that does the cooking for the whole camp. We make adjustments to this where badge requirements need to be met, e.g. Chef Badge.

The scheme also appoints a Service Team, consisting of previous participants who want to help. The Service Team assists with all the duties that need to be performed so that each course runs smoothly.

In addition we have our own Webmaster, who also helps out on Courses when required.

Q

What are all these Pro-Badge names about - Scissors, Midge, Taz, Rats, Spider?

A

Well, some are obvious, for example Spider is the Webmaster. As for Scissors, Midge, Taz, Rats, Squirrel and so on, you'll have to ask them!


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