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DC Christmas letter 2022

Date: 11th Jan 2023 Author: Web Editor

To all Scouting volunteers in Bristol South District

Thanks to all our volunteers for helping us make 2022 such a memorable year.

As I look back on the last year, its worth remembering the massive rebuilding efforts we all undertook just to get scouting back on its feet.

A year ago, we were looking forward to recommencing District activities such as St Georges Day Parade, The Big Fiesta and the District Gang Show. These have all taken place with hundreds of young people participating and no major hitches. We also managed to sneak in the cubs Pinewood Derby last month as well.

Most recently we held our Taster Day for NextGen GSLs and Commissioners Training Day and I’m delighted to say it was so well received we will be holding Part 2 on 4th February.

At group level, we have held loads of camps and outdoor activities. We opened our first 2 Squirrel Dreys at 11th Bristol and Windmill Hill, and we have seen a new scout troop start up at 148th Bristol. The majority of our groups are thriving with numbers above or close to pre pandemic levels.

I have been fortunate to visit all of our groups this year and its always a privilege to see how much our young people are enjoying their scouting.

None of this could be achieved without our leaders and volunteers. No contribution is too small.  I know that none of you do it for reward or recognition but nevertheless it was great for Avon Scouts to receive recognition through the Queens Award for Voluntary service.

What a way to end the scouting year.

Wishing a very Merry Christmas to you and yours


Paul Harper

District Commissioner- Bristol South District


Dates for your diary

County Transformation Day, Stoke Gifford            9.30am to 4.30pm           28th January 2023

NextGen GSL Taster Day Part 2                                 10.00am to 2.00pm        Saturday 4th February 2023

Bristol South Gang Show                                                                                         15th-18th February 2023

District Volunteers Celebration Evening                                                              Monday 20th March 2023

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