12th June 2002
30 plus members of the
UK-Uganda Network met at Walesby Scout Camp Site over the weekend of
17/19 May 2002.
Some set up camp, other utilised the indoor accommodation in the Parker
A team from a Member Scout Group in Doncaster kindly provided the catering
weekend which was greatly appreciated.
On the Saturday, the Members discussed their plans and arrangements for
Keith Shackleton kindly facilitated workshops on the Risk Assessment and
Health and Safety good
During the evening barbecue, the Members were joined by David McKee, Programme
Development Manager - International, who shared information on the way in
which the Queen's
Jubilee is enhancing the importance of the work of the UK Scout Association
On Friday, David Bull, our International Commissioner, had received a visit
from the newly-appointed
Governor General of the Cayman Islands and invested him as Chief Scout.
tradition that continues with all Commonwealth Countries.
David advised us how pleased the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were to be
able to attend the
Annual St George's Day Parade at Windsor - her first official function after
the period of mourning for
her mother's death.
The attendance of Scouts from 18 Commonwealth countries was noticeable,
if not only for their
excellent marching ability and appearance.
On Sunday morning, the Members held their Network Meeting, chaired by Geoff
where Members were brought up to date with events and activities by the
Peter Scurry reported to the Members on his recent trip to the Bulangira
Disabled Association in
Palissa where they had found that the original site planned for the Vocational
Workshop, had been
reclaimed by its owner and developed for another purpose. During their
visit they were able to
negotiate the purchase of another plot on which to develop the Vocational
brought back a sample of a table leg produced in the workshop, by what we
primitive methods, but nevertheless of good quality.
Uganda, like all other countries, has a surplus of plastic bags and the
workshop has creatively used
these to produce plastic rope and samples were shown to Members - perhaps
a recycling initiative
for Scout Groups to follow - we need to establish the needs for plastic
rope - any ideas?
Neil Dallen spoke of his recent trip on behalf of the 7th Epsom Scout Group
where they have
identified two new projects for 2003.
Geoff Breeden, Dave Mowbray and Jonathan Cooksley showed plans for the development
of the old
Technical College Building in Mityana into a Community Enterprise Centre.
Last Saturday Robert Mitchell, one of the Venture Scouts who was awarded
the Explorer Belt in
Uganda 2000, was invited to talk at the District Explorer Scouts Training
Workshop, on how the
Explorer Belt Scheme can benefit those joining the new section.
The Members departed after a successful weekend, looking forward to meeting
again, either at the
Gilwell Reunion or our next Network Meeting at Hesley Wood, Sheffield, the
weekend of 18/20
Members of the UK-Uganda Network were pleased to hear from Nicholas Kamya
was for many years the District Commissioner for Mubende and instrumental
in a lot of our work in
Mityana. He has now retired to his home where he is organising
an Open Scouts and Guides
Troop. Nicholas and other Members like Sammy Senkumba,thought of
organising an Open Troop
and he writes -
"so that with this we shall have permanent members to run the troop
and we plan for the school
boys and girls. This is a problem or a poor problem of Development
whereby students come and go
and we start afresh other programmes every year. That is why we
have suggested to open a troop
where we shall get permanent members to overlook the progress and developmental
ideas of which
we can be mostly extended up to gaining programmes. I would not
like to retire without having
taken steps of mature projects, ie I have offered a piece of land to make
developmental projects to
help our area and country at large. I am also hopeful for your challenge
of a link group in future
which we are looking for this KANAADA SCOUTS AND GUIDES OPEN TROOP.
What we have so far done, we have contributed some funds and we have started
digging the ponds
to what we planned, though it has not been yet. We hope to finish
and get good products and after
that we shall shift rearing pigs.
It will be great to let you know the next letter will give all the details
of this group Administrators.
Any I need also your advice on how you can run an open troop which is
already registered now we
only to say a word and act with an objective motto.
A troop with a Vision troop Registration No. 083.
Once again, I thank you for your continuous objectives on Mityana projects.
I express interest in
seeing the progress of Mityana as a founder.
Please convey my greetings to your dear family
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