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Volunteer Update: 24th July 2020
24/07/2020 By Hayley Keaveney


Hi everyone

It’s Hayley’s turn to compile our Volunteer update this time. She's the one in the canoe in the header photo, and has joined the District Team in the past few months to take the reigns from G as the Media and Communications Manager as G has taken up his new role as Commissioner Wales - Inclusion. Anyway, here is our latest update!

DC’s Message

Hi all,
Just a quick Covid update. At present we are still in a state of Red, this means we still cannot meet face to face in any form, whether it be outdoors or indoors. To move forward we need guidance from Scouts Cymru and the Welsh government. Red and Richard Flowerdew are working hard to lobby but at present sadly we are where we are. 
Your GSLS have been given guidance what needs doing to get yourselves prepared and the documentation needed to get signed off ready to start up when allowed. In the meantime, keep doing what you’re doing.
 If your closing down for the Summer enjoy your break, but please keep an eye out for more information. 
Thanks and Keep safe.

CRAI Great Indoors Challenge

Our next challenge has been launched today! This time we are taking our inspiration from Matt Lucas's 'Baked Potato' song which raised so much money for our NHS during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We thought it would be fun to get our young people to bake their own potato, and then get creative and decorate it!! Lets see how your cooking and creative skills are. And all you have to do is take a photograph of your finished baked potato and send it in. More information at

ADC Activities Update 

We have been lucky enough to secure some grant funding from the Welsh Churches Fund Managed by Caerphilly County Council.  The fund is paying for us to improve our storage capability with a new Container for external storage, a Gun Safe to allow secure storage of our Air Rifles and lockable Metal Cabinets for storage of Archery and other equipment.  We will be buying a pressure washer and steamer to help us improve the cleaning of the park.  The Fund will also allow us to buy some fire ranges for fire lighting and Backwoods cooking activities and Hammock and Tarp sets that can be used for Hammock Camping (when we return to residential activities with our Scouts).
We have also released dates for the first Crossbows YPS Course to be held at CRAI (16th & 17th January 2020), if you are interested please let me know – there are 12 slots on the course and it is looking increasingly likely that we will need to arrange a second course due to interest.
We were fortunate enough to get a grant from the Coalfield regeneration Board to upgrade some of the lighting at the park.  An upgrade of the indoor Barn lighting to LED, external lighting so it's safer for us all when you use the park in the evenings and a flood light into the car park, improving security and safety.. this will allow us to extend our CCTV onto the car park at a later date..
Lastly, I have had a few people contact me about gaining Kayak/Canoe/SUP permits, not quite enough to get a course together at the moment but getting closer!  if you would be interested please contact me, we are quite well provisioned for these water sports now with about 20 Kayaks and six Canadian Canoes that we have immediate access to thanks to our relationship with Aberfan Canoe Club.  Young people love being on the water, come and help us get more YP out doing a wider range of activities!


If anyone has any ideas on activities that they would like to see at the Activity Centre please let me know and we can see what we can do to make it a reality.
Yours in Scouting
Dave Cook

Park Update

Hi all. 
I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who come to our working party. There was so much work done and our Park looks soo much better. 
I am organising another working party for the 8th August to try and get the outside finished.  I will be there from 10am - 4pm so anyone can come up and help for an hour or all day. Any time you can give will be very much appreciated. 
Maria Pitten
GSL 1st Senghenydd 
CRAI Park Manager

Using this down-time to get your Mandatory Learning completed

Here is a gentle reminder of the training modules you could be completing during this time.

Initial Modules (learning)

The links that you may need:

  • Module 1: Essential Information (all roles other than Executive Members)
  • Module 1E: Essential information for Executive Committee Members (including GSL/Commissioners who are trustees)
  • Module 3: Tools for the Job (Section Leaders)
  • Module 4: Tools for the Job (Managers and Commissioners)
  • GDPR Awareness


Initial Modules (validation)

For those of you looking for a way to validate modules 1, 3 and 6 during the lockdown where you aren’t able to meet with a Training Adviser face to face, we have developed the following Validation Quizzes as a new way of getting these 3 modules validated and signed off. So here are the links to those:

  • Module 1: Essential Information Validation Quiz
  • Module 3: Tools for the Job (Section Leaders) Validation Quiz
  • GDPR Awareness Certificate Uploading Tool
  • Module 6: Changes in Scouting Validation Quiz (although this isn’t one of the initial mandatory modules, it is an easy one to get completed as part of your journey towards the wood badge)


Mandatory Ongoing Learning

For those who have completed Module 1 more than 3 years ago, you will need to renew your training for the following 2 elements:


We have created a form where you can upload your certificate for these modules. You will need to log in using your CRAI Scouts Office 365 login details to access these forms:


Our website

Don't forget that our website ( is now the one-stop-shop for everything that you need to know about what is going on in the CRAI. We are trying to make sure that everything you need is on the website rather than you having to search through various social media platforms and emails to find what you need. If you think that something is missing or needs changing, please do let one of the District Team know. 


Many thanks



CRAI Scouts


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