Big Weekend Q&A

We’ve received some questions about The Big Weekend, here are the frequent ones…

 

Accommodation and Food

Will I have to share a room with someone (I don’t know!)?

The pricing structure for the weekend is based on a per head basis rather than per room so is people are prepared to share rooms that will help ensure that an many people as possible can join in a take part.

If you’re prepared to share, booking in pairs will help us or email bigweekend@norfolkscouts.org.uk to tell us who you would like to share with.

Don’t worry we’re not drawing names from hats! and no one will be asked to share who does not want to.

 

What hotels will we be staying in?

Our primary accommodation hotels are the Burlington Palm Court and the Marine Lodge

Both hotels have hosted a number of very succesful and memorable events for Norfolk Scouts over the years.

 

What meals are provided?

Day delegates will be provided with lunch on the day of their visit.

Weekend guests will enjoy Saturday lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch.

There will be enough tean and coffee to sink a battleship

 

Where will we be eating?

Breakfast will be taken in your designated hotel.

All lunches and dinner will be provided in the Burlington Palm Court.

 

Is there a formal dinner?

Saturday night dinner will be a relax rolling dinner schedule so you can enjoy your meal with. There will be no formalities.

 

Are the all the hotel facilities available?

Yes, facilities like the pool and gym in the Burlington Palm are available to everyone regardless of which hotel you stay in.

 

Attire

Will I need my Uniform?

There will be no need to wear uniform at the Big Weekend. There will be a Big Weekend Neckerchief to help us identify each other.

Please wear what you feel comfortable in. (Fancy dress is not discouraged! 🙂 )

 

Timings

The exact timings are yet to be worked out, but each day will be a full day starting about 09:30 and finishing at 16:30

 

Bookings

Do I have to pay in one lump?

No way! – For the full weekend please make a minimum £30 deposit and then you can pay in installment however you like.

 

Are there any further discounts?

Sorry, we’re trying to balance make the event as affordable with making sure it is a quality so this is a cheap as we can do.

 

Is the County subsidising the Big Weekend?

Yes we’re using a chunk of money that is ringfenced for development of people, Districts and Groups to help cover the costs. We’re also getting external funders to support this unique event.

 

Could my Group or Disitrict make a contribution towards my fee?

We would hope that they would considering it a worthwhile investment as it would give a really positive signal of their support for you, however all situations are differing and the decision lies with Group and District Executives. – If you don’t ask…

 

Can we do a group booking?

Sure that would be great, please use the Big Weekend Group Booking Form and email to hq@norfolkscouts.org.uk

 

Programme

What is happening during the weekend?

The details programme will become available later in the year but there is something for everyone.

The programme is broken into these areas:

Café Burlington

A social hub offering an informal meeting place for chatter, coffee, informal meetings and creating conversation. (This is about making friends and team building)

Out and About

A selection of nearby attractions and activities to take part in. (This is about having some fun and finding some places you might want to take young people)

Hands On

Activities and have a go sessions for adults to try new things and remember old ones. (This is about having a go at programme activities and badges, taking away real things you can deliver)

Discovery

A selection of formal workshops, training sessions, discussions and guest speakers that provide ongoing learning, training module support and interesting additional learning. (This is about creating ongoing learning, finding out more things of interest not just from a Scouting background)

The Bazaar

A market place type forum with stalls from various stall holders both internal and external to Scouting. (Meet traders and providers to help build contacts)

 

Will the same sessions be available on Saturday and Sunday?

Broadly yes, some Discovery Sessions may differ slightly or be presented by differant people. The overall offering will be very close.

 

How many sessions do I have to do?

We hope you will do loads, but actually it’s up to you. Do as much or as little and you need.

 

How do I choose sessions?

In November we will share the details of the sessions and ask you to make your preferences.

 

This sounds like it could be a bit of a jolly?

We’ll be disappointed if you don’t get to let your hair down and have fun. But there is a serious point to The Big Weekend, our adult volunteers make an enormous contribution to their communities and particularly the young people we give skills for life. Let’s take the opportunity to recharge the batteries in an enviroment where you can relax but also learn some nnew things.

 

Am I going to be trapped inside one hotel all weekend?

Not at all!

The event will be spread over a number of locations around Great Yarmouth including a school and outside spaces.

 

Can I add my own activities?

Why not, if you want to bring your walking boots, mountain bike or something else then please do!

If your question is not answered, drop us a line bigweekend@norfolkscouts.org.uk

 

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