As we approach the end of Ramadan begins many of our members move into a very meaningful period. We wanted to learn more about how Ramadan is observed from a Scouting perspective and so we spoke to Shaheen Ally, Cub Scout Leader at AHF Scout Group in Blackburn. In this interview she kindly shares her experience and knowledge of Ramadan and Eid. 1. Shaheen, hello. Thank you for chatting to us. Can you tell us a bit about Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Throughout this month, Muslims all over the world will abstain from eating and drinking each day between dawn and sunset. This practice is commonly known as fasting. 2. Aside from fasting, how else is Ramadan observed? The observance of Ramadan is extremely rich in meaning. Ramadan is the month in which the Qur’an, the Muslim sacred scripture, was revealed. Aside from fasting, Muslims dedicate more time to prayer and good deeds. Ramadan is a month to reflect and improve one’s life habits by refraining not only from food and drink but anything blameworthy or disapproved both in speech and action . Those who fast also become more sensitive to the needs of those who habitually go hungry around the world due to poverty. 3. When will it take place this year and how long do you fast for? The Islamic year...Read More
Author: Chris Taylor
Many of you will be waking up to the news about the incident in Manchester last night. Being so close it’s possible that some of our young people and adults may have been at the Manchester Arena or surrounding areas. As Scouts we learn that we are stronger together and that there’s nothing more important than friendship and solidarity when challenges present themselves. We’re sure that you will support our young people and adults if they’ve been affected by the events of last night. We are shocked and deeply saddened by what happened and our thoughts are with the...Read More
We know that many of the challengs that you face in your Group could be solved by a few more volunteers, not to mention being able to provide life-changing adventure to even more young people across East Lancashire! So here’s some easy-to-implement ideas, pulled together by the Regional Services Team, for recruiting adults into your Scout Group. Parents… Use parent packs and customisable inserts from the print centre. They help to set a standard for communication from the group. GSL engages with parents once a month whilst they are waiting to pick up their young person. Incentivise adult recruitment...Read More
As I talk to volunteers around East Lancashire, it becomes quickly apparent that AGMs are notorious for being poorly attended. There are many reasons why people don’t attend an AGM, but here’s a few: Some volunteers are under the mistaken belief that their contribution at the AGM would be unnecessary because ‘it wouldn’t change anything anyway‘ It’s not on the right night, right time or it’s too far away If the Chair, trustees and managers are doing a good job, then people feel no need to be involved in the decisions taken at the AGM You may fit into one...Read More
Scouts in East Lancashire have reported the highest number of adult volunteers on record in its latest annual membership figures, which were released today, as Tom Hamer (Double Paralympic Medallist) becomes a Scouting volunteer. Scouting locally now has nearly 1000 volunteers, more than at any point in its history. With the nature of volunteering in the UK changing and more adults offering their time flexibly, more people are needed to run Scouting than ever before. This includes youth workers, as well as charity trustees and skills instructors. This year is the first time that The Scout Association has fully incorporated...Read More
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