GME activities team meeting
11 Nov 13, Held at Keith's house
Keith Hampson, Ken Sever, Tim Crowther, Chris Harbut, Ann Vernon, Gareth Williams, Caroline McCann
Rik Kelly, Sue Nolan, Andrew Proctor
Summary of years activities
The workshops for artificial wall climbing and basic hill walking were well attended.
The security on steep ground only had 5 sign up and only 4 turned up.
There was no demand for any Kayaking workshops so none were done.
Andrew Proctor ran a Snorkelling session for Glossop cubs and the team are happy to do it again.
Keith announced that the climbing wall at Linnet Clough in no longer safe and cannot be used until it is replaced.
During the year several new permits have been issued for terrain 1 summer hill walking , Kayaking and artificial wall climbing along with the usual number of renewals.
There are few people with permits for terrain 2 hillwalking and climbing on rock, in the county.
2014 activity dates
Winter Skills 19 – 23 February
Climbing workshop 1st, 8th, 15th May it is only 3 sessions due to no wall at the Clough.
Basic hillwalking Wed 19th & Sat 22nd March
The teams diaries were already reasonably full and in view of the low numbers applying no dates were fixed for steep ground, one might be run if the there is sufficient demand.
Chris Harbut indicated that he is no longer willing to be the counties Kayak guru as he has enough to do in his own district. The water sports part of the county team needs building up as it is non-existent at present.
The scout association is introducing an assessor moderation scheme. Keith and Tim have attended a webinar (web based seminar) for MAPS (manager of the activities permit scheme) Keith is the MAPS for GME.
The moderation will take the form of assessors being shadowed at least once a year be another assessor. Each county will need to draw up an action plan to implement this, each county will return a self moderation form by the end of January each year. As we do assessment on demand and not on formal assessment dates this will need some thinking about how to implement it, as the preferred best practice is to have formal assessment days / weekends where there are several assessors for each activity ideally from different counties.
With this initiative assessors will now be appointed by the county appointment team and not the ACC(A) as at present.
When the new database is implemented there will no longer be a permit card and no need for a paper trail it will only be on the holders national database record.
Mountain leader training are reviewing their scheme and there is likely to be three levels. Countryside leader (terrain 0), Moor & Hill leader (WGL / terrain 1) and mountain leader (ML / terrain 2)
Stockport, water fun day with the removal of the safety craft from Chorlton water park and the closure of Sale water park they are struggling to find a venue for next years event.
Andrew Proctor has highlighted a need for power boat assessments, there are a number of people with boats available but they are not used, because they do not have a scout associational permit for them.
Next meeting 24th March 2014