We've a lot to thank people for over the past 12 months so we're asking you to thank two people or groups of people who have helped you this year.

The 22nd February is always a time when Scouts around the world pause and think about this great movement for peace that has been built from humble origins 113 years ago.

Why February 22nd? It was Baden-Powell's birthday and has been marked as Founders Day ever since.

This year Scouts across the world are inviting our volunteers or our young people to thank those who have kept us going this year. From care workers to your parents, the friends who joins you for a cuppa on Zoom to someone you've met this year show them you care this Founders Day.

Join us on the day by sharing your thanks on social media or on our Facebook page. You can even dedicate a window to brighten up your street, a great activity for our young people.

You can find templates for a decorative window and more ideas at the Scouts website page for ThankTwo.

Plus you can find our video thanking key workers from last year below.

In July, Hampshire Scouts held its first Annual Review delivered and presented digitally to a large audience online.

Streamed on the Hampshire Scouts website during the occasion and available to watch afterwards on YouTube, the annual review has been a big hit with people wanting to find out about the fun, adventures and skills for life being learned in our area during 2019.

One extra bonus of the virtual format was that it allowed a great many people to find out about what we do who might not have been able to before. One comment from the Mayor of Fareham:

The Mayoress and I enjoyed watching the virtual Annual Review of Hampshire Scouts.

It was good to hear how much those involved with the Jamboree had such a great time, and so good to know that scouting has continued in a small way during lockdown as I feel sure there were many youngsters needing to have outside interests.

I sincerely hope it won't be too long before everyone can get back to regular gatherings. Please convey my thanks to all the volunteers who have given their time during the Coronavirus crisis.

Councillor Mrs Pamela Bryant, Mayor of Fareham.

And it was a blast to run as well. Daniel Cooper, a Scout from Hampshire and an elected youth representative, took part in the annual review:

It felt amazing to be part of the annual review 2020, being such a great opportunity to connect with everyone involved in Hampshire Scouts and further beyond.

In the future, I’m looking forward to engaging with more young people and leaders to gather their thoughts on scouts and make it even better for all, however also making more people aware of the opportunities that they have available to them.

Being in Scouts as a young person, volunteer or occasional helper opens so many doors to future opportunities. Scouts gave me the confidence to do more, learn more, be more. I encourage you to give it a go!

Daniel Cooper, Elected youth rep, Hampshire Scouts.

Daniel also received the Commander Bruce award during the Annual Review to recognise the contribution he has made.

It was an honour, and something that I didn’t expect, to be presented such a prestigious award within Hampshire Scouts for something I truly love doing and will continue to enjoy.

You can read the Annual Report and Accounts for the year on our website here.

Plus you can watch the whole thing again above and on YouTube.

Sunday 13 January 2019 marks our 110th birthday. Over the past 110 years, we have given tens of thousands of young people the opportunity to experience new things, make new friends, and learn Skills for life.

Our 110th birthday gives us a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing range of activities our members take part in every week, the work they are doing to make a difference in their communities, and the dedication of our adult volunteers. By making the most of this opportunity we will be able to kickstart a renewed interest in adult volunteering, promote a modern and engaging image of Scouting, and prepare our movement for the next 110 years of adventure.

Hampshire Scouts 110 Badge

We've launched a special badge to celebrate our birthday. All the ideas for the badge were thought up by young people. Everyone from Beavers through to Active Support, and our amazing volunteers, can earn this badge.

Download the requirements, and some amazing resources, for the Hampshire 110 badge by clicking here.
You can pre-order your badges now by clicking here.

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