Volunteering Aug292017

Volunteering

The Group is constantly in need of parents to assist with each of the sections and with the general running of the group. There are many roles within the Group where you can offer help, some are uniformed (or not) and are hands-on ‘on-the-night’, others support uniformed leaders or assist with the administration and the general running of the Group. Whatever skills you have to offer, and whatever level of commitment, regular or occasional, you are able to offer – we need your help! You might even enjoy it! Please contact us via the Contact Form or just come down and have a chat with our Group Scout Leader on Friday night. For even more information about volunteering, see the Joining The Adventure and the Getting Involved sections of the Scouting website.   We also have the following specific volunteer roles to fill: Group Secretary Admin Volunteer Exec. Committee   Parent Supporters After many years service to 3rd Brampton, Peter Hall has decided to step down as Group Secretary. This is a key voluntary role in the Group Executive Committee and we desperately need to find a replacement. The role of the Group Secretary is to: provide sound administrative support to the Group make available to members of the Group information received into the Group keep in contact with the District Secretary keep such records as the Group Scout Leader and Group Chairman require.   The key duties of the Group Secretary are to: act as Secretary to the Group Scout Council& Group Executive Committee. work closely with and support the Group Chairman. provide sound administration support for the Group Scout Leader Ensure completion of the Group annual census return. Maintain records required for the effective administration of the Scout Group. Ensure safe custody of legal and official documents.   Although not a uniformed role,...

Monday Night – 23rd Apr Apr232018

Monday Night – 23rd Apr

3rd Brampton Hoodie If you would like a 3rd Brampton Scout Group hoodie, please complete the order form and return with your money to you section leader. Hoodies will be ‘Group red’ in colour with the Group badge embroidered on the left breast and ‘3rd Brampton Scouts’ printed in white on the back.   What’s On This Monday See information below relating to this Monday’s activities in the Rother Beaver section. For information about activities further ahead, please see the Beaver Programme. Rother Beavers Race Night – Badger Pub – Friday 20th April This Friday the Group is holding a social evening/race night at the Badger pub on Brockwell Lane.  The evening starts at 7pm and is open to ALL members of the Group and their family and friends.  We need to know numbers for catering so if you haven’t already got your tickets please let Sharon Jervis (see Race Night Post here for contact info) as soon as possible (the entry fee is £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for children over the age of 3 – this is to cover the cost of the pie & peas supper). I look forward to seeing you all there! The Group raffle will be also drawn at sometime during the evening and therefore we would like the sold ticket stubs, any unsold tickets and monies raised to be returned by Monday April 16th.  Any questions about any of the above, please do not hesitate to one of the leaders. Meeting at Badger Pub – 7pm.   St Georges Day Parade – Sunday 22nd April Chesterfield District’s Annual St Georges Day Parade and Promise Renewal will take place on Sunday April 22nd. As in previous years, the parade will assemble in front of the Town Hall and march...

St George’s Day Parade

St Georges Day Parade – Sunday 22nd April 2018 Chesterfield District’s Annual St Georges Day Parade and Promise Renewal will take place on Sunday April 22nd. As in previous years, the parade will assemble in front of the Town Hall and march to the Parish Church.  All Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Young Leaders and Leaders are expected to attend in full uniform.  (From past experience it could be a bit chilly and therefore everyone should wear a layer or two under their uniform.) 3rd Brampton will meet in the little car park on Rose Hill West no later than 14:10.  Free passes for the Town Hall car park are available here. After the service and renewal of promise, the parade will march back to the Town Hall where they will be dismissed at about 16:15.   St George’s Day Parade 2016 Pictures from the St George’s Day parade, Sunday 24th April 2016.  A big thank you to all those that attended and represented the 3rd Brampton Scout Group. Heading towards the church.Scouts marching.Beaver section.Cub section.Scout section.Waiting to be dismissed.Finished.   St George’s Day Parade 2015 Pictures from the St George’s Day parade, Sunday 26th April 2015.  A big thank you to all those that attended and represented the 3rd Brampton Scout Group. The Cub Section.The Scout Section.Marching towards the church.Flags at rear of the church.Mayor & Mayoress.Inside the parish church.3rd Brampton flag bearers.The Beaver Section.The parade’s leading band.Bronze Award Beavers forming guard of honour.   St George’s Day Parade 2014 This years St George’s Day parade was held on the 4th May.  It was well attended by many groups from in and around the Chesterfield area.  The parade met outside the town hall and then marched to St Mary’s and All Saints church (the crooked spire) for...

Group Race Night Apr202018

Group Race Night

The Group will be holding a Race Night fundraising event in April. This will be great fun for all the family, as well as being an opportunity to socialise with other members of the 3rd Brampton Scout Group. The night will be held on Friday 20th April at the Badger Pub, Brockwell Lane, Chesterfield. The evening will start at 7pm with the first race held at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 for adults, £2.50 for children (price includes food). Please come along, it will be a great evening! For more information about the event, please see the Race Night Information letter...

Friday Night – 20th Apr

3rd Brampton Hoodie If you would like a 3rd Brampton Scout Group hoodie, please complete the order form and return with your money to you section leader. Hoodies will be ‘Group red’ in colour with the Group badge embroidered on the left breast and ‘3rd Brampton Scouts’ printed in white on the back.   What’s On This Friday See information below relating to this Friday’s activities across all the sections. For information about activities further ahead, please see the Programme of the relevant Scouting section. Hipper Beavers Cubs Scouts Race Night – Badger Pub This Friday the Group is holding a social evening/race night at the Badger pub on Brockwell Lane.  The evening starts at 7pm and is open to ALL members of the Group and their family and friends.  We need to know numbers for catering so if you haven’t already got your tickets please let Sharon Jervis (see Race Night Post here for contact info) as soon as possible (the entry fee is £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for children over the age of 3 – this is to cover the cost of the pie & peas supper). I look forward to seeing you all there! The Group raffle will be also drawn at sometime during the evening and therefore we would like the sold ticket stubs, any unsold tickets and monies raised to be returned by Monday April 16th.  Any questions about any of the above, please do not hesitate to one of the leaders. Meeting at Badger Pub – 7pm.   St Georges Day Parade – Sunday 22nd April Chesterfield District’s Annual St Georges Day Parade and Promise Renewal will take place on Sunday April 22nd. As in previous years, the parade will assemble in front of the Town Hall and...

Beaver Programme Apr182018

Beaver Programme

Beaver Scouts are the youngest section within the Scouting family. The section caters for boys and girls aged between six and eight years old. Beavers are easily recognised by their distinctive turquoise sweatshirts. Beavers enjoy making friends, playing games, going on visits, and helping others. Beavers also take part in sleepovers, which are often the first time a young person has spent a night away from home. 3rd Brampton run two Beaver Sections. The Rother Beavers meet on Mondays and the Hipper Beavers meet on Fridays. Both follow a programme of activities on a termly basis. Programmes and additional activity information for both Beaver Sections can be found below. Updates will be added to the programmes as soon as they become available, so please check back here regularly. The latest information about this Friday’s/Monday’s activities can also be found on the ‘Friday Night’/’Monday Night’ posts accessible from the home page.   Rother Colony (Monday Nights) Summer 2018 Winter 2018 Rother Beaver Programme – April-May 2018 Health Information & Consent Form Rother Beaver Programme – January-March 2018  (Revised 03-02-2018) Health Information & Consent Form     Hipper Colony (Friday Nights) Summer 2018 Winter 2018 Autumn 2017 Summer 2017 Winter 2017 Autumn 2016 Winter 2016 Autumn 2015 Summer 2015 Winter 2015 Autumn 2014 Summer 2014 Hipper Beaver Programme – April-July 2018 Health Information & Consent Form Hipper Beaver Programme – January-March 2018 Beaver Programme – September-December 2017 (Revised 30-10-2017) Beaver Programme – Summer 2017 Beaver Programme – Winter 2017 (Revised 19-01-2017) Subs Information – September 2016 Beaver Programme – Autumn 2016 Beaver Programme – January-March 2016 Beaver Programme – September-December 2015 Beaver Programme – June-July (Revised 18-06-2015) Beaver Programme – April-June Beaver Programme – January-April 2015 Beaver Programme – September-December 2014 Beaver Programme – May-July 2014   Please note that...

Scout Programme Apr032018

Scout Programme

The Scout Section is for young people (boys and girls) aged between 10½ and 14 years. Scouts are easily distinguished by their dark green shirts. Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme, and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements, there are a number of Challenges Awards and Activity Badges to work towards. Being outdoors is important, and half the programme is given over to taking part in both traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as the wide range of adventurous activities including anything from abseiling to yachting. The 3rd Brampton Scout programme has been designed to work towards badges during the winter months (primarily indoors) and then as the evenings get lighter and warmer, this emphasis switches to outdoor activities. The Scout Section follows a programme of activities each term. The latest Scout Programme is available below. Additional activity information and updates will be added to the programme as soon as they become available, so please check back here regularly. Information about this Friday’s activities can also be found on the ‘Friday’ post on the home page. Summer 2018 Winter 2018 Autumn 2017 Summer 2017 Winter 2017 Autumn 2016 Winter 2016 Autumn 2015 Summer 2015 Winter 2015 Autumn 2014 Summer 2014 Scout Programme – Summer 2018 Spring Bank Camp – Information & Consent Form Summer Camp – Belgium 2018 – Camp Information Letter 1 | Camp Information Letter 2 | Camp Information Letter 3. Health Information & Consent Form Scout Programme – Winter 2018 Air Rifle Permission To Shoot/Activity Consent Form Scout Programme – Autumn 2017 Scout Programme – Summer 2017 (Revised 28-04-2017) Scout Programme – Winter 2017 (Revised 14-01-2017) Scouts Climbing – Info & Consent Form –...

Cub Programme Feb032018

Cub Programme

The Cub Scout section caters for youngsters (boys and girls) between the ages of 8 and 10½. Cubs are easily distinguished by their green sweatshirts. As a Cub Scout you will get the chance to try lots of different activities like; swimming, music, exploring, computing, collecting, archery and canoeing. If you do them properly and are sufficiently competent, you will get a badge which you can then wear on your uniform. Cub Scouts also get to go on trips, days out, and on weekend camps either in Scout accommodation or under canvas. Camps usually involve lots of exciting outdoor activities, and are a great way to make friends with other members of your Pack. The 3rd Brampton Cub Section follows a programme of activities each term. The latest Cub Scout Programme is available below. Additional activity information and updates will be added to the programme as soon as they become available, so please check back here regularly. Information about this Friday’s activities can also be found on the ‘Friday’ post on the home page. Winter 2018 Autumn 2017 Summer 2017 Winter 2017 Autumn 2016 Winter 2016 Autumn 2015 Summer 2015 Winter 2015 Autumn 2014 Summer 2014 Cub Programme – Winter 2018 – Not yet available. Spring Bank Camp – Information & Consent Form Cub Programme – September-December 2017 (Revised 02-11-2017) Health Information & Consent Form Cub Programme – April-July 2017 (Revised 09-06-2017) Cub Camp – June 2017 – Information   Parent Rota The Cub section will be operating a parent rota to provide additional assistance and supervision during Cub meetings. Please check back regularly for any changes. Helping out on an evening doesn’t mean you will be running the night – the section leaders will do that. Parent helpers provide an extra pair of hands, eyes...

Beaver Activities 2018 Jan232018

Beaver Activities 2018

Rock Painting – January 2018 Both the Cub and Beaver sections took part in a rock painting night with UK Rocks. Part of the ‘Be Kind initiative‘ intended to make people smile. The idea is that decorated rocks are hidden in local parks for people to find, pictures of found rocks are shared on their Facebook page. Everyone had a great time and a donation was given to the local Monkey Park. Rock painting.Unique designs.Thumbs up.Pet rock anyone?   Gardening – January 2018 The Beavers learnt about caring for plants as part of their Gardening Badge.  They also created planters to bring more colour to the church grounds. Release the plants.We love mess.More compost.The finished...

Joining In Jan012018

Joining In

The 3rd Brampton (St Thomas’) Scout Group is a popular Group which often finds itself over-subscribed. Please check below in the relevant section for the latest information regarding vacancies and who to contact. Any changes to the situation of vacancies across the Group will be listed here, as they arise. Parents/guardians are encouraged to check for availability on a monthly basis. Potential new members are invited to explore this website and find out more about the Group and the Section of interest. Existing members are reminded that younger siblings will not be offered automatic or priority membership, however members moving up through the sections will continue to be accommodated wherever possible. Current Vacancies Beavers Cubs Scouts There are now two Beavers colonies that meet at St Thomas’ Church, Chatsworth Road. The Hipper colony meets on Friday nights between 18:15 and 19:15 (during term time), and the Rother colony meets on Monday nights between 17:30 and 18:30. Beavers caters for boys and girls, of all faiths, aged between 6 and 8 years old. There are currently very limited vacancies in the Friday night Beaver section, but more spaces in the new Monday night Beaver colony. Please check back regularly for updates to this situation and/or contact the Beaver leader by email at RotherBeavers@3rdBrampton.co.uk (Mondays) / HipperBeavers@3rdBrampton.co.uk or use the website’s Contact form. Cubs meet at St Thomas’ Church, Chatsworth Road, on Friday nights between 18:00 and 19:30 (during term time). The section caters for boys and girls, of all faiths, aged between 8 and 10 years old. There are currently a very limited number of spaces available in our Cub section due to older children moving on. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Cub Leader by email at Cubs@3rdBrampton.co.uk or use the website’s Contact form. Scouts meet at St...

Scout Activities 2017 Nov242017

Scout Activities 2017

Eggtastic – November 2017 Scouts learned how to cook eggs in four different ways – they also ate lots of eggs. Frying.Boiling.Poaching.Scrambling.Anyone want another?   Abseiling – November 2017 Lots of our Scouts took part in abseiling off the bridge at Millers Dale on the Monsal Trail at the weekend. Well done to all those that conquered their fear of heights – and well done to those fearless Scouts who made it look so easy. A huge thank you to the climbing team instructors Adam, John and others that helped out, which made this activity possible. There will be more photo’s of this activity soon. Seeing how it’s done.First up.Starting off.After the ledge.Dropping down.Looking confident.Half way.Hanging around.   Patrol Bake-Off – November 2017 The 3rd Brampton bake-off was quite competitive.  Patrol’s cakes were marked on taste and decorative style. The leaders were required to taste them all. The finished article.Looks tasty.Jam everywhere.We like Smarties.Ta-da.Smiley face cake.We have to taste them all.Judging.   Bear Grylls Challenge – October 2017 Our Scouts completed their Bear Grylls challenge, enduring high winds and rain for most of the weekend. Luckily they were quite sheltered in the wooded area, and their survival shelters were top notch. A big thank you to all the leaders and helpers that made this experience possible. More photos from the activity can be found at the 3rd Brampton Scout Group Facebook page. About to set off.Short hike to secret area.Final instructions.Building shelter structures.Taking shape.Chopping fire wood.All finished.Front door looks good.Just about done.Moving in.It’ll do.Go away.Round the fire.   Scout Investitures – August 2017 Two members of the Cub section moved up into Scouts and were formally invested.  Additionally, six Scouts from another troop were invested and welcomed to the 3rd Brampton troop. Cubs moving up.Welcome...

Beaver Activities 2017 Nov172017

Beaver Activities 2017

International Night – November 2017 As part of the activities for International Night, the Beavers learned about life in Kyrgyzstan. A big thank you to James’ mum for sharing her experiences of the country. Making flags.Lots to do.Intense concentration.   Activity Walk – September 2017 This week the Beavers took part in an activity walk around Somersall Park. A big thank you to the parent volunteers who helped out on the night. Everyone enjoyed a well earned bag of chips at the end of the night. Beavers everywhere!Chips.   Linacre Reservoir Hike – May 2017 The weather was very wet during the week, but it brightened up a bit for the hike on Friday night, and all the Beavers had a great time. Is it ice cream...

Remembrance Sunday

Thank you to all the members of all sections who turned out for the Remembrance day service at St Thomas’ Church on Sunday. Flag bearers, readers and those that took part in the service also did a great job and everyone was turned out very smartly! The annual Remembrance service is to be held on Sunday the 12th November and it is an important date in the 3rd Brampton Scout Group’s calendar. It gives all members of our Group the opportunity to give their respect to all those that have been, or are still involved in, conflicts around the world. Members of all Sections who are able to attend should meet at the entrance to St Thomas’ Church at 9.45am. Please ensure that you are in full uniform, including your poppy. There will be a church service followed by a procession to the church Cenotaph for a 2 minute silence. Each Section will be represented by a flag bearer and two escorts whom your section leaders will have nominated. The Service is expected to be finished by 11.15am, and you are invited to join us for refreshments afterwards.   Remembrance Sunday 2017 Flag bearers.St Thomas’ Cenotaph.   Remembrance Sunday 2016 St Thomas’...

Cub Activities 2017 Nov102017

Cub Activities 2017

Shelter Building – November 2017 Cubs spent Friday night learning how to build the frame of a shelter. As you can see from the photos, all their efforts were very successful! Nearly there.We’re done.Us too.Great...

Scout Summer Camp Jul282017

Scout Summer Camp

Scout Summer Camp – July 2017  The Scout troop held their week long annual summer camp at Raven Gill Scout Campsite, located just outside Commondale in the North Yorkshire moors. 12 Scouts, 2 Explorer Scouts/Young Leaders and their leaders had an action packed week, made new friends and enjoyed canoeing, sailing (Scaling Dam), swimming, mountain biking, wide games, rock climbing, hiking and crab fishing. As well as all the the activities, the Scouts kept an orderly camp site and cooked for themselves. As always, a huge thank you to all the leaders in all their capacities that made this camp possible. Van’s loaded, just about to go.View of the campsite.Daily briefing by Ben.Morning patrol briefing.Snack time in Whitby.Getting crabbing lines ready.Big kids at the playground.Keen to get out on the lake.A bit of sailing too!No. 2 – your time is up.Looks like trouble.All in for a swim.Coastal path hike.On the beach.Making their way back up.On their way back to camp.More crabbing in Whitby.Rock climbing activity.Belaying.Fantastic weather and location.End of camp...

Scout Expedition Jun102017

Scout Expedition

Scout Expedition Five members of the Scout Troop completed their Expedition Hike over the weekend. The Scouts set off just after 10am on Saturday, towards their overnight camping stop at Tansley Wood Scout Centre. They arrived here mid afternoon having walked approximately 7 miles. It was quite wet and windy overnight, but the camp site was quite sheltered. They set off again on Sunday morning at 10am and after a very long day, arrived at Holymoorside at 5pm. The going was quite tough over the two days due to the terrain, the equipment they carried with them, and because some of the footpaths were difficult to find and very overgrown. A huge thank you all the Scout leaders who supported the planning and execution of the Hike, and particularly to Ryan for meeting our Scouts at the checkpoints and keeping an eye on their progress over the two days. About to set off. And they’re off.Checkpoint photo.Overnight camp.In a field somewhere.The view!Last leg of the hike. The route they took (including minor detours) was 16.92 miles (27.23km)...

Wood Badge Awarded Mar242017

Wood Badge Awarded

Congratulations Ant Hayden, Assistant Scout Leader at 3rd Brampton (St Thomas’) Scout Group was presented with his Wood Badge at Scouts tonight. The Wood Badge is awarded to leaders who have completed their adult training and was introduced by Baden Powell in 1919. The Wood Badge course is designed so that adult Scouters can learn; in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. On completion, participants are still awarded the beads to recognise their significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people, and to welcome them to membership of the 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group. Wood Badge holders wear the distinctive necker, woggle and beads. Additional beads may be gained through further training (up to 6 beads). For more information about the award see the Wiki page or this post on The Voice of Scouting....

Scout Activities 2016 Dec102016

Scout Activities 2016

Caving – December 2016 All the Scouts that went on the caving activity in Matlock really enjoyed the morning. A really big thank you to the caving team that looked after us all on the day. All kitted up.Short walk to the entrance.Re-grouping.Down the gully. Fashion Challenge – December 2016 Scouts were asked to create an ‘outfit’ made from recycled materials – these are the results! Strike a pose. Autumn Walk – November 2016 Our Autumn walk was enjoyed by the four Scouts that attended! The day started in drizzle, walking up the path/stream next to Peveril Castle. The rain stopped mid morning and held off for the rest of the day as we made our way round across the top of Mam Tor and back down to Castleton, at which point the sun even made an appearance. A big thank you to Mark who organised the route and got our Scouts involved in the map reading. Towards Mam Tor.At the top.Map reading.Nearly there. Bonfire Night – November 2016 Scouts enjoying bonfire night. Scouts and Guys.The bonfire. Climbing @ The Works – October 2016 Scouts enjoying a night of bouldering at The Climbing Works, Sheffield. Cheese! Moonbase Challenge – September 2016 Scouts constructing moonbases out of newspaper  – quite a tricky challenge! The (almost) completed moonbase.Just finishing off. Games Night – July 2016 Scouts and parents enjoyed a games night in Somerall park where we played a few rounds of rounders and dodgeball. Both parents and Scouts were very competitive. Rounders.Dodge ball.Dodge ball.Badge presentations. River Walk – July 2016 The Scouts enjoyed a river walk along the River Hipper, starting at The Bulls Head, Holymoorside, and finishing at Somersall Park, Brampton. At certain places it was almost waist deep. Starting off.Getting deeper.It’s waist deep...

Scouting Skills Nov222016

Scouting Skills

The following links and resources cover some of the core Scouting skills which will be experienced in the Scout section (and many Cubs will experience them in the Cub section too). Knots – See here for information about the common knots and hitches used in Scouting. For more information about a wide variety of knots, including handy videos showing exactly how to tie them, see Grog’s Scouting Knots website. Lashings – See here for information about common lashings we use in pioneering (and mini pioneering) to connect poles together in different ways. Tents – See here for information about different types of tents, their features and how to pitch and strike a patrol tent. Maps & Navigation – See here for information about map features, contours, grid references, and using a compass. Axe & Saw – See here for information about using and handling a hand or felling axe, a bow saw, and a pocket knife. Fire Lighting – See here for information about fire lighting and the different types of fire that can be built.   For more Scouting information, please see the resources section of the ScoutAdventures.org.uk website....

GSL’s Blog Oct202016

GSL’s Blog

20th October 2016 5th May 2015 3rd Feb 2015 Hello All, This is my first blog as GSL for 3rd Brampton and I’d like to take this opportunity to give an update on what’s been happening with the Group. Leadership Changes There have been a lot of changes in leadership across all sections of the Group over the last year or so. Firstly Katie and Allissa stepped down from Cubs and David Passell took over as Akela in January. Then when Sharon stood down as GSL, I took over that role and Ryan moved up to fill the Scout Leader role I had vacated.  Finally Gail replaced Sara as Beaver Scout Leader during the summer. We also have a growing team of Section Assistants, Occasional Helpers and Young Leaders without whose support we would not be able to provide Scouting to the young people in the Group. More help is always welcome – so if you’d like to join in, please talk to me or one of the other leaders. Group Executive Committee The Group Executive Committee play a key role in managing the Group and provide essential support the leadership team. Unfortunately, our Executive Committee is understrength and we desperately need some additional members, preferably two parent representatives from each of the three sections. It isn’t a huge time commitment, 3 or 4 committee meetings a year plus helping out at occasional Group events, so if you are able to help, please let me know. Remembrance Sunday Once again the Group will be taking part in the Remembrance Sunday service at St Thomas’ church on Sunday November 13th. We would like to see as many Beavers, Cubs and Scouts as possible take part in this. Parents are also welcome to attend. More details to follow. Thanks...

Beaver Activities 2016 Oct162016

Beaver Activities 2016

Beaver Sleepover – September 2016 The Beavers had their own sleepover at the Spitewinter campsite (they stayed in one of the cabins) at the end of September. Crafting.Crate stacking challenge.The campfire. Beavers Fun Day – July 2016 The Beavers (and some Cubs and Scouts) had a great fun day at Spitewinter. There were a range of activities throughout the day, followed by hotdogs and burgers. Cane shute run.Splat the rat.Bagatelle golf.Blind obstacle course.Parachute.Giant Jenga.Cup tower challenge. Linacre Reservoir Walk – May 2016 First Beaver hike of the year. The chocolate biscuits certainly went down well! Top reservoir.By the tree carving. Pirate Crafting – January 2016 What a lot of pirates!...

Spitewinter Scout Camp Jul032016

Spitewinter Scout Camp

Weekend Scout Camp – July 2016 Twelve of our Scouts (and three young leaders) took part in a weekend camp (Friday – Sunday) at the Spitewinter campsite this weekend. The rain held off on Friday night as they setup camp, but it was wet, windy and a bit chilly later on, though this didn’t prevent the wide game or dampen spirits. Saturday morning was sunny and bright as the two patrols (and young leaders) cooked their breakfasts. Scouts were then divided into two groups and learned how to use hand axes safely, and how to build a shelter (which they needed as we had showers from mid-day onwards). The young leaders then got the main camp fire going. After lunch Scouts attempted both fire lighting (in the rain) and backwoods cooking (baked potatoes, steamed haddock, and a fried egg cooked in a frying pan made from a stick and some tin foil). The day was finished off with no-chicken korma, rice and hot dogs, and entertainment around the camp fire which had been stoked all day by the young leaders! To our great relief, we had sunshine all day Sunday which allowed us all to dry out and pack all the tents away dry. Just before leaving camp, a number of the youngest Scouts were invested. All of the leaders/helpers were impressed by the positive attitude and perseverance of all our Scouts (many of which have only just moved up from Cubs) over the weekend, despite the trying weather. Our more experienced Scouts handled the responsibility of looking after the younger ones with ease and the three young leaders proved themselves to be a real asset to the group, throughout the camp. A big thank you to all the leaders, young leaders and parent...

Water Weekend Apr172016

Water Weekend

Water Activity Weekend Camp The Scouts took part in a number of water activities at the Trent Lock Scout Activity Centre. To get to the centre, Scouts must cross the river on a small boat, there is no escape once they are there! Tents were pitched on Friday night just before the rain started for the night. On Saturday, they were very lucky with the weather and were able to go kayaking in the morning and then canoeing in the afternoon. Saturday night was cold with one Scout’s wet suit shoes freezing solid, as well as there being ice on the tents. Despite the cold night, the sun was out on Sunday, so the Scouts built two rafts and went rafting. Many on the Scouts even jumped into the river afterwards (voluntarily). A huge thank you to all the Scout leaders, parent helper, and activity leaders at the centre – all the Scouts had an amazing weekend. Where’s the water?In the canal.Catamaran canoes.The race is on.Raft building.Raft one on the river.Raft two on the river.Nice shot!Battle.Was he pushed?Battle.The site.   Camp Information Scouts are on camp! We are meeting on Friday night at 6:30 pm, at the Trent Lock Scout Activity Centre in Nottingham. Click for more information about what to bring, and directions to the camp site – we recommend you take a look at these! The pin on the map below, shows where to catch the ferry to get across the river to the camp site (you need to park in the car park, walk through the pub garden, and then right along the tow path). Meeting at Trent Lock Scout Activity Centre – 6:30 pm (collect Sunday 14:30...

Trip To The Deep Apr162016

Trip To The Deep

The Cub section will be visiting ‘The Deep’ (in Hull) for a sleepover. This trip has been organised centrally through Chesterfield District Scouting, and we are participating.   Drop Off – Saturday 16th April Cubs should assemble from 4 pm in the Hasland Hall Community School car park off Broomfield Avenue, S41 0LP. The coaches will be departing promptly at 4.30 pm. No cars are to be left on the school premises overnight! The Cubs do not need to take any food. Snacks may be packed for the journey / sleepover but this is your responsibility. Supper will be provided by District at 8.30 pm. It is therefore advisable that Cubs eat before they leave home! ‘The Deep’ will be providing breakfast on Sunday morning. There will be four coaches, these will be parking on Broomfield Avenue. Please do not park on the road, we need to ensure local traffic can flow. There should be ample parking within the school grounds.   Pick Up – Sunday 17th April Parents should assemble at Hasland Hall Community School from 9.15 am. There will be someone present to inform you of our progress. If we are delayed, please be patient, as traffic and factors beyond our control will affect our arrival time. Once again, please park in the car park not on the road!   Important Information Cubs may bring spending money, but please, no more than £5. Please see the Kit List in the Sleepover Information for what you need to take (and what you don’t). Please do not bring: torches / aerosols / mobile phones / tablet computers / electronic games. If you have any questions or concerns, please see a leader on Friday 15th, or speak to Akela...