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  • FLAGS+ June 2016 and Pride Special

    15th June 2016

    Your Monthly News & Updates This is a special edition of FLAGS+ which start with some very exciting and hot off the press blog news and also covers the June update from your management team and it is the first Pride Special covering the Pride Season so far. We are also including our Supporters in this Pride Special FLAGS+ and invite any of those supporters who wish to join the unit to check out the "How to Join" section below. BREAKING NEWS!Chief Commissioner's Blog - Pride 2016 We interrupt your very wet afternoon with this Breaking News article. Wayne reflects on the advances Scouting has made during his time as UK Chief Commissioner, in terms of inclusivity and LGBTQ+ pride. Check it out! Chief Commissioner's Blog FLAGS Unit - We're with you Orlando The FLAGS unit like others round the world are horrified by the tragic events in Orlando on 12th June. The unit and its members have been posting message of support on Facebook and...

  • FLAGS+ May 2016

    FLAGS+ May 2016

    26th May 2016

    May 2016         Your Monthly News & Updates This month we have a feast in store for you. We are trailing a new layout for the monthly comms, and we'd love to know what you think (especially when viewed on a mobile device). We have the bio's of the new managers and the...

  • New Manager and Deputy Manager of FLAGS

    20th May 2016

    The following announcement was made by Ben Crabb, Manager - National Scout Active Support Units, on 20th May 2016 following the current recruitment activity for the Unit Manager. "Dear FLAGS Unit Members, It gives me great pleasure to announce that Rob Sharratt has been successfully appointed as...

  • Become Unit Manager

    Become Unit Manager

    18th August 2015

    Are you committed to Scouting for all? Are you ready for an exciting new challenge? We are currently recruiting for a volunteer Manager for one of our National Scout Active Support Units, FLAGS, which supports LGBT inclusion. We are recruiting for a Manager for one of our National Scout Active...

  • Feedback from Unit Camp

    Feedback from Unit Camp

    29th May 2015

    FLAGS Camp – March 2015 On a rather cold and muddy weekend in March FLAGS Members arrived at Rough Close campsite, near Coventry, for their annual camp. There were some familiar faces, and some totally new- but all were welcome. The Friday night started with a rather emotional film ‘The...

  • My Journey to Coming Out

    My Journey to Coming Out

    21st May 2015

    Russell is a Scout leader and organiser at Birmingham Pride. He shares his experience of coming out as a teenager, finding FLAGS and Birmingham Pride’s success. You can read about his experience here. ...

  • FLAGS+ is on its way

    FLAGS+ is on its way

    1st May 2015

    Watch your inbox, a new FLAGS+ is on its way, an update from Mike Preston If you would like to keep unto date with FLAGS..... why not sign up here You can read the latest edition here. ...

  • FLAGS Annual Review

    30th April 2015

    As we have come to the end of another year, and started planning for next year, I wanted to share with you some of the achievements of the last 12 months, as well as our plans for the next year.  You can check out a summary of our activities in our YouTube Video, or you can read the...

  • FLAGS Event News is on its way

    FLAGS Event News is on its way

    5th February 2015

    Watch out for the latest version of FLAGS Events News from Sarah, it should be hitting your inbox now if you would like to see an online version click here  If you would like to keep unto date with FLAGS..... why not sign up here ...

  • FLAGS+ is on its way to your inbox

    FLAGS+ is on its way to your inbox

    5th January 2015

    Watch your inbox, a new FLAGS+ is on its way, a New Years message from Mike Preston If you would like to keep unto date with FLAGS..... why not sign up here ...

  • Valetta Malta

    Valetta Malta

    24th November 2014

    Around 16,000 participants this morning joined the fray to take part in the annual President’s Fun Run in aid of the Community Chest Fund. The President's Solidarity Fun Run is in its sixth edition. Youths and Students were invited to depart together with Her Excellency from the University of...


    31st October 2014

    We're looking for a group of leaders to help us develop a project looking at how we can support LGBT Young People in Scouting; let us know if you want to get involved !!! If you would like to get involved and support this new project and development, sign up by giving us your details to the link...

  • Britain's "longest serving" Scout, Reg Hayes, has died aged 99

    Britain's "longest serving" Scout, Reg Hayes, has died aged 99

    23rd October 2014

    REG Hayes, believed to be Britain's longest serving Scout has died. The Cowley resident died tuesday afternoon at the age of 99 after being in hospital. He retired from Scouting in 2010 after serving in the 2nd Oxford SS Mary and St John Scout Group for 87 years and had been the district...

  • Youth Commissioner Named

    Youth Commissioner Named

    21st October 2014

    The Management Team and Members of FLAGS are very pleased with The Scout Associations new appointment of its Youth Commissioner Team - and would like to further endorse this great move - congratulations Hannah Kentish, Jagz Bharth and Jay Thompson - the team shows the diversity of Scouting in...

  • Mike launches Unit badge

    Mike launches Unit badge

    5th September 2014

    Tonight at Gilwell Reunion, Mike Preston - FLAGS National Support Unit Manager, revealed the design of our Officical badge to the Unit members attending this years Reunion. Mike said 'Our new badge signifies inclusiveness.  It symbolises and recognises that The Scout Association consists of...

  • Michigan Pride - Eagle Scouts stand together

    Michigan Pride - Eagle Scouts stand together

    29th August 2014

    Some of our American Brother Scouts proudly marching at Michigan Pride last weeks end click here for more info about FLAGS and Scouts for Equality working together ...

  • Pascal Tessier - NO LONGER WELCOME

    Pascal Tessier - NO LONGER WELCOME

    7th August 2014

    One of the BSA's first openly gay Eagle Scouts, Pascal Tessier, just turned 18, and is no longer eligible to participate in the program. On his birthday, he wrote a letter to the BSA's president, Robert Gates. "Openly gay adults will eventually be allowed in Scouting, Mr. Gates. As support for...

  • FLAGS+ out now

    7th August 2014

    the newest FLAGS email newsletter is on its way to an inbox near YOU!!! if you're not registered, click here and give us your details and you will automatically be added to our mailing list if you want to see this newsletter - well just click here :-) ...

  • Just had an amazing chat....

    30th July 2014

    Just had an amazing chat with a young person.  Was wearing my Scouts Scotland [some people are gay and scouts.... we're fine with it] at camp and this young person came up to me afterwards and said that the T-shirt inspired him to come out to his friends in scouts. He didn't think it would...

  • Scouts for Equality

    Scouts for Equality

    24th July 2014

    This morning Rob Vaines, made great steps to making connections and partnerships with Scouts for Equality in the USA. Rob chatted with Justin Wilson, Volunteer Community Director, to find ways that both FLAGS and SfE can work together and support each other in their work for full...

  • Camp Abercorn

    Camp Abercorn

    14th July 2014

    Below is an email from an American Eagle Scout, Jeffrey Simon, and links to an amazing project that he is involved in. FLAGS is fully committed to supporting the work of this project, and supporting our Brothers in the USA, in the move forward for equality - FLAGS will share with it's members,...

  • It is time to stand up and be counted...

    It is time to stand up and be counted...

    5th July 2014

    I would like to hope that I have always been honest about my sexuality, especially when asked directly, but a long time ago, I decided it was easier to not ‘promote’ to everyone, the fact I am gay. In all honesty, I have found that very few people ever asked me to my face, and my take had...

  • Jamie


    1st July 2014

    Network member Jamie says: 'Scouts was a place where no-one really cared if I was gay or not - I still got treated the same as everyone else, it really helped me.' ...

  • we were there!!!

    we were there!!!

    30th June 2014

    Scouts took part in a fantastic London Pride celebration on Saturday. It’s the sixth year that we’ve attended this LGBT event, and the turnout was bigger than ever. We were there to show the thousands of spectators that Scouting is diverse, inclusive and welcoming to people from all walks of...

  • Scouts lead thousands in NYC PRIDE

    29th June 2014

    A contingent of active and former members of the Boy Scouts of America led thousands Sunday in New York City’s 44th Annual Pride Parade — a historic move in celebration of the organization’s inclusion of out gay youth and in protest of its existing ban on out gay adult members. The group of over...

  • Bulpitt speaks 'OUT'

    Bulpitt speaks 'OUT'

    28th June 2014

    It might not be the image which automatically comes to mind at the suggestion of Scouts on parade. But for the first time, teenage members of the organisation will take their place alongside Brazilian carnival dancers, gay bikers and a ladies’ roller-skating troupe today at the annual Pride...

  • check out our new website

    check out our new website

    25th June 2014

    Our website is part of our commitment to communicate better with both members and non-members, and with members of The Scout Association that we maybe haven't met yet. Remember!!! this is website is for you, to keep unto date with whats happening - so please do help us by using the site, keep...

  • Response to the Boy Scouts of America's statement on LGBT Scouts

    Response to the Boy Scouts of America's statement on LGBT Scouts

    23rd May 2013

    There has been coverage in the media of the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay young people to be members of their organisation, but to exclude adult gay volunteers. We would like to restate our own, very different position with regard to this issue within The Scout...

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