With Gilwell Reunion 2019 around the corner, people up and down the country are busy prepping their Gilwell Reunion essentials, praying for sunshine and googling ‘what time does chubbies open for breakfast’. I asked fellow Reunion veterans among us for their top tips on how to survive Gilwell Reunion.

Gilwell Reunion is an event for adults in Scouting to come together from around the world. You can gain new skills at our workshops and training sessions, pick up ideas for your programme and enjoy a weekend of activities and entertainment. #Skillsforlife. It’s an event to say thank you for all your hard work.

This year we’re celebrating the 93rd Gilwell Reunion and the 100th year of Gilwell Park.

The event starts on Friday 6th September and finishes on Sunday 8th September 2019 and we’ll offer a jam-packed programme of activities for you.

Here’s what they had to say:

Big Man in the woods Tips would be….take cash as theres no cash machine on site, visit Chubbies for some cheesey chips, have a look around the Lid for some fun badges and ont forget to visit the Bushscout parachute to learn or freshen up your practical skills.

1- Travel lite, take cash, be prepared to carry your kit.

 

2- Take a moment to breathe and look around.

 

3- Talk to as many people as possible

 

4- Wear comfy footwear.

 

5- Download the reunion app!

 

6- Bring a radio to listen to Scout Radio for latest news.

 

7- Have patience with the staff, some of the internationals will have only been there for a few weeks, with English not being their first language it can be a difficult event for them.

 

8- If you’re not up for walking and standing lots, bring a camping chair or stool.

 

9- Make use of all the free training workshops! Run by great people with lots of passion for what they are talking about.

 

10- Pick where you camp carefully, don’t want to still be up at 1am, camp further away from camp square! If you know you’re going to be noisy and want to party all night long camp by camp square! If you’re a light sleeper, Take ear plugs.

 

11- Start the day with a good breakfast to line your stomach!

 

12- Try something new! There are lots of activities that you will egg your scouts to do but may have not done yourself! Have a go!!! Go jump off the leap of faith! Get to the top of the rock wall!

 

13- Make the most of it and learn as much new ‘stuff’ as you can, share stories and ideas with lots of new people, most of all ENJOY it and know that you’re amazing and appreciated for all of the brilliant volunteering that you do.

 

14-Take part in the spectacular pub singalong.

 

15- Learn practical skills with Bushscout, such as Fire lighting, Knife safety & Tracking

 

Here’s some rather special Top Tips from Tim Kidd, Matt Hyde & Alex Peace Gadsby

 

Tim Kidd -UK Chief Commissioner

Look carefully at all the bases on offer and choose wisely!

 

Matt Hyde-Chief Executive of The Scout Association

Meet 5 new people and learn something new from them

 

Alex Peace Gadsby – Chief Commissioner of England

Make the most of it and learn as much new ‘stuff’ as you can, share stories and ideas with lots of new people, most of all ENJOY it and know that you’re amazing and appreciated for all of the brilliant volunteering that you do!!!!