Members of the International Scout Support Unit through their Special Interest Groups have been planning and working towards expeditions, projects and international events in 2020.

All these plans came to a sudden standstill on 16 March 2020 when we received an e mail from Tim Kidd UK Chief Commissioners (Scouts) advising that due to the developing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation the Prime Minister has announced that everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others.

Given these guidelines, all-face-to-face Scout Meetings, activities and events must be suspended from Tuesday 17 March 2020.

As we learn to live with restrictions that for most of us have never been experienced before, the country is pulling to show the ‘British Spirit’ and I am sure Scouts will be responding appropriately in their local communities.

New Head for National Scout Support Units

Towards the end of last year David Thompson MBE, was appointed as the UK Volunteer Head of Active Support with the assistance of Chris McCandless-Stone as his Deputy.

This was followed in February with the vacancy being advertised for a Unit Manager – International Scout Support. This person to replace George Devine who will step down at our Reception (if held) on 5 September 2020 at the Gilwell Reunion.

We await advices as to George’s replacement.

Following his replacement there will be a review of our Service Agreement as a National Scout Active Support Unit.

Annual Census

We thank our Membership Officer, Tony Fulford, for once again completing the Annual Census for the International Scout Support Unit.

This revealed that we have 24 male and 15 female adults whose main volunteering roles are with the ISSU. We have another 96 male and 24 female adults whose main volunteering role is recorded on a different census return, thus giving us a total membership of 161.

Special Interest Groups Review

Regrettably we have had to cancel any thoughts of a meeting for SIG Co-ordinators and other members and are there setting out items of interest from those who have provided reports.

Africa Scout Region – Marvin Taken keeps in contact and provides assistance to those leaders wishing to participate in projects and/or attend international events n he Region.  He maintains a list of all project and names of those who carried them out in Uganda from 2001 through to 2021.

Outspan School, Bwaise, Kampala; - At the beginning of March Dean, Carol and Keith were at the Outspan School to celebrate their Silver Jubilee.  They walked into the school exactly 25 years ago to the day when it was first founded and held a celebration with several hundred attendees, including former pupils, parents, supporters etc.

What a credit to those in Northampton who accepted the challenge and have seen it through until today. The photos and report can be found on Facebook – Northampton Scouts or on our web site Or contact Keith Shacklton

Mityana Community Development Foundation – This project started by Scouts from Northumberland continues to expand, visit  

Berkshire Scouts Project Africa 2019 – this project in its third visit continues and details can be found on their web site    

Scouts Amazon 2020 – A chance for Scout Network members to explore the Peruvian Amazon in July 2020.  The expedition will take them deep into the Peruvian Jungle and into the Amazon Basin to study the bio-diversity of the area. See British Exploring Society web site

Boy Scouts of America in the UK – This new group based around support for BSA Staff made up of camp staff, Alumni are looking for volunteers to potentially set this up for reaching out to previous camp staff participants and encourage support for the future. Contact  Andrew Bolton.

Eric Frank TrustDeveloping Leadership in Young People – The Eric Frank Trust is about helping young people develop based on the educational principles and values that underline the Scout method – progress and self-education against values summarised within the ‘single promise and law’ and achieve through ‘single learning by doing’ within small groups, particularly in an outdoor environment.

They will fund projects within organisations which are help and empower young people to develop leadership and social skills necessary to contribute constructively to their society.

Eurasia Scout Support Unit – the main objective is to increase membership, particularly younger adults.  Our area of special interest is in the Eurasia Scout Region.

In 2020 they are continuing their interaction with the support centre in Kier, taking part in Snowcamp in Kazakhstan, there has been a request from Eurasian Support Centre for attendance at the Workshop in April and have been invited by WOSM to Russia in August to assist in the re-birth of Scouting in the country.

Later in the year they have had a request to a Seminar in Wood Badge Training in Kazakhstan, which WOSM is providing for them.

Beyond 2020 they are working with Azerbaijan in support of them hosting the 5th Eurasia Region Jamboree in 2022.  Our thanks go to Kevin Angel and his team for their work.

Friends of Scouting Europe – Friends of Scouting Europe (FOSE) UK continue their financial support to the European Scout Foundation which provides grants for projects in Eastern European countries. Membership is open to all who pay an annual or Life subscription and   be found on their web site

Kandersteg International SAS Unit – the ISSU UK Kandersteg network co-ordinated by Kiwi Patel promotes scout groups and pinkies to visit and work at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) in Switzerland. Promoting it in the UK through social media and events.  They arrange UK work parties each year during the summer.  Activities in 2019 and plan for 2020 can be found on their web site     

Scouts Against Malaria – Scouts Against Malaria is an initiative to make young people aware of this tropical disease for which there is currently no vaccine.

By learning about malaria and what can be done to limit its impact through games and activities, young people can learn to make a difference to help save lives.

Full details can be found at

International Scout Expeditions  

Tanzania 2020 is a UK Scout Expedition to Tanzania in the summer of 2020, to work on community projects in remote rural locations. About 100 leaders and young people are participating in this amazing expedition, to work of 4 projects.

Visit www.internationalscout expeditions Sadly now postponed.

The Scout Expedition Team – this helps expeditions in a number of ways for groups planning or thinking about a scout expedition. Please get in touch with them to see how they can help.

UK Arab Region Scout Active Support Unit – this unit with 17 members promotes an awareness of scouting in the Arab region.  It offers experiences of scouting in the Arab region and increased understanding of life and culture in the region. There are study visits, cultural exchanges and explorer belt expeditions etc. For further information contact Mike Aston

Gilwell 2020 – George visited Scout Adventures at Gilwell to discuss proposals for delivering an international element at this year’s reunion.

In summary our marquee this year will be smaller (18x12 metres) and on the training ground not Essex Chase. Only scout exhibitors will be in the marquee with the commercial stands being placed in the Lid or Essex Chase. There will be an international café. The aim is to increase inter-activity.

Annick Tremblay has prepared thoughts for the International Café, Market Place and Workshops and these will be circularised to the SIG co-ordinators, so that they may work with their members to see how there can be greater involvement.

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ISSU Report March 2020



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