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...

Scout Activities 2015 Dec312015

Scout Activities 2015

Operation Round & About – October 2015 Operation Round & About is team challenge run by District Scouting. Each team competes in a series of exciting and challenging activities to show their teamwork, decision making and practical Scouting skills.  This year the Scouts started at lunch time on Saturday, and after many miles of walking and completing the challenges along the way, they arrived and camped at the Spitewinter campsite. Well done to those that took part – it was a really tough challenge! I just want to go home.   Creative Challenge – November 2015 A part of our Creative Challenge badge work, each Scout made a wooden box. You would think that Scouts, saws and power drills were not a winning combination, but you’d be wrong! Showing how it’s done.Helping hands.Marking out.More cutting.We’ll do that bit...

Cub Activities 2015 Dec312015

Cub Activities 2015

Bike Ride – July 2015 We spent a couple of Friday nights cycling and learning about cycle safety. All the Cubs were very enthusiastic and cycled everywhere at 100mph. We finished off the night at the local adventure play area. Anyone else bring a bike?   Cub Camp – June 2015 This year we spent a weekend at Hesley Wood camp site. The site has lots of facilities/activity areas that were enjoyed by everyone (including the leaders). Pedal karting.Watch out.Something’s happening.Who’s next?Leaders’ turn.Cheese.More cheese.Archery.On way to the camp fire.Scary.At the camp fire.Also scary.Camp songs.Relaxing.   County Fun Day – May 2015 As part of our Year of Adventure leading up to the centenary of the Cub Scouts, Derbyshire County Scouts organised an activity day at Lea Green. This was a fantastic, fun packed day, and we even saw our Chief Scout – Bear Grylls. How do we get down?Mini pioneering.Caving/climbing.Bear Grylls.   Hike – May 2015 A couple of pictures taken at the end of this years’ Cub hike. The weather was not quite as spectacular as last years’ walk but it was still a great day out. Smile.And relax.   Chief Scouts Award – April 2015 Congratulations to three of our Cubs who gained their Chief Scouts (Silver) Award. The awards.With...

Beaver Activities 2015 Dec312015

Beaver Activities 2015

Gruffalo Challenge – October 2015 Headbands we made for our crafting challenge. Lots of headbands.More…And more.End of night game.   County Sports Day – July 2015 From the Beavers’ County Sport Day. Did we have fun?   Remembrance Day – November 2015 Poppies made by the Beavers, later placed at the Cenotaph at St Thomas’. Poppy crafting.   Totem Poles & Wigwams – January 2015 Kicking off the New Year, the Beavers constructed and decorated totem poles and wigwams as part of their Global Challenge badge. Showing off their totem poles.   Mega Challenge Certificate & Visit From Furry Fred – November 2014 On the 21st November, as well as having a great night in the Planetarium with the Cubs, the Beavers had a Visit from Furry Fred.  Fred was accompanied by the County Commissioner Tom Stoddard and Assistant County Commissioner for Beavers Joy Templar. They came to present the Beaver Colony with their Mega Challenge Certificate and a gift. This means they have completed 21 challenge activities this year! Mega Challenge certificate.Furry Fred with goodie bag.Beavers looking smart as they pose for the camera.And a little less...

Peak 2015 Jul282015

Peak 2015

Our Time At Peak 2015 Peak 2015 was a great camp. Despite the weather being a bit wet when we setup camp on the Friday night, by Sunday it was warm and sunny, and it stayed that way for the rest of the week. A huge area of Chatsworth had been used and split into lots of sub-camps, named after periods in history – see this map of the campsite for more information. 3rd Brampton were located in the Ice Age sub-camp – close (but not too close) to one of only two shower blocks on the camp. The camp site was closed to the public (except on the open afternoon) which allowed Scouts do go off in small groups and do whatever activities they wanted to do – and there was lots to do! Arriving at the site.Who are we?Bringing in supplies.Where’s Bear?3rd Brampton’s camp.Patrol tents.Canteen shelter.Relaxing.Dinner time.Around camp.The kitchen.Open day.Dusk.Main arena.Fast food.Gladiators.Mountain boarding.Zorbing.Slack line skills.Sugar cube challenge.Jurassic sub-camp.Imperial China sub-camp.Egyptian sub-camp.Viking sub-camp.The gathering.Top half of the camp. Lots more pictures of the camp can be found on the official Peak 2015 Facebook page.   Original Post Peak 2015 will be the home of over 6,000 campers this year, spread over 10 sub-camps in the grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire (Peak camps take place every 5 years). The camp will run between the 25th July and the 1st August 2015 and will be attended by representatives from all over the world, including Norway, Ireland, USA, Germany, Kenya, Tunisia, Australia and Canada. The 3rd Brampton Scout Troop will be taking part in the camp (we are incredibly lucky to have such a large international camp take place on our doorstep) which is open to young people aged 10-14 years old as well as...

Promise, Law & Moto

The values of Scouting All sections within Scouting share the same fundamental values, and these are encapsulated in the Promise (recited during investiture) and the Law. These values are: Integrity : We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal. Respect : We have self-respect and respect for others. Care : We support others and take care of the world in which we live. Belief : We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes. Cooperation : We make a positive difference; we cooperate with others and make friends.   Promise, Law & Moto Beavers Cubs Scouts The Beaver Scout Promise I promise to do my best, To be kind and helpful, And to love God.   The Beaver Scout Law There is no formal Beaver Scout Law. The concepts expressed in the Scout Law are to be presented to Beaver Scouts through games, storytelling and other informal activities.   The Beaver Scout Motto Be prepared. The Cub Scout Promise I promise that I will do my best, To do my duty to God and to the Queen, To help other people, And to keep the Cub Scout Law.   The Cub Scout Law Cub Scouts always do their best, Think of others before themselves, And do a good turn every day.   The Cub Scout Motto Be Prepared. The Scout Promise On my honour, I promise that I will do my best, To do my duty to God and to the Queen, To help other people, And to keep the Scout Law.   The Scout Law A Scout is to be trusted. A Scout is loyal. A Scout is friendly and considerate. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts. A Scout has courage in all difficulties. A Scout makes good use of time...

Cubs Winter Hike Feb212015

Cubs Winter Hike

The Cubs had their winter hike on Saturday 21st February at Carsington Water reservoir. The weather was varied (snow, sunshine, hail and rain) but the Cubs had lots of energy so it did not take long to complete the planned circuit. After dinner, they investigated the Severn Trent visitor centre and wildlife watching area. Starting off (snowing).They’re keen!Main part of the dam.We had to pixelate him.Below the dam (sunshine).A few soggy feet by now.Still sunny.On our way back.Quick shower of hail.Waiting for the stragglers.Lunchtime (sunny again)View from wildlife hide.Spot the Cub – there are...

Scout Shop Jul222014

Scout Shop

The Chesterfield Scout shop is based in the District HQ building.  See the push-pin in the map below for the exact location of the shop. Note that the shop is accessed via Spencer Street, that access is very narrow, and there is limited parking (though this is usually sufficient). Please also show consideration to local residents. The shop stocks all aspects of Beaver, Cub, Scout and Leader uniforms (which you can try before you buy), as well as T-shirts, neckerchiefs for all groups, camp blankets, badges, pens, caps, and a whole range of other Scouting related paraphernalia. The shop offers all items at very competitive prices (usually the same as is available on the Internet) and all profits go back into Scouting in the local area. The shop is run by experienced volunteers, who are very helpful and adept at getting the right size uniform for your young Beaver, Cub or Scout! Please support your local scout shop by giving it a try.   Opening Times & Location Generally the shop is open on Saturdays from 10 am until 1 pm during term time. The official Scout Shop webpage provides a list of Saturdays the shop will be closed, so please check beforehand to avoid disappointment. See ChesterfieldDistrictScouts.org.uk.  Address : Scout Shop & District HQ Marsden Place Off Spencer Street Newbold Road Chesterfield Derbyshire S40 4SE...

Behaviour & Attendance Jul222014

Behaviour & Attendance

In order to ensure that the 3rd Brampton (St Thomas’) Scout Group can provide both a safe and enjoyable environment within all sections, we operate both Behaviour and Attendance policies. Unacceptable behaviour exhibited by any Beaver/Cub/Scout or parent/guardian will not be tolerated, and if warranted these members will no longer be welcome in the Group. All leaders, assistant leaders, young leaders, and volunteer helpers give up a great deal of their own time in order to operate the different sections, and it is a simple fact that without their dedication no aspect of the Group would function. Please bear this in mind at all times.   Behaviour Policy All Beavers/Cubs/Scouts are expected to be polite, considerate and respectful to others, to take turns, share, play fairly, be quiet when others are speaking, and take care of the equipment. Fighting, kicking, shouting, teasing, bad language, hitting and pushing are not acceptable, and inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated. Minor incidents will be dealt with by a telling off and/or sitting out of a game or activity for a short period. The 3rd Brampton (St Thomas’s) Scout Group has, though only rarely uses, a red and yellow card system to deal with particularly bad behaviour. If a Beaver/Cub/Scout causes significant physical or emotional harm to another Beaver/Cub/Scout through, for example, a violent act, bullying or prolonged teasing, then they will receive a card. Yellow cards will be presented for episodes of worse than ‘normal’ bad behaviour. Red cards will be presented for more serious episodes and for 2 yellows in an evening. If a Beaver/Cub/Scout receives a red card, they will be asked not to attend the following week’s Cub/Scout meeting. If a Beaver/Cub/Scout receives 2 red cards in a term, they will be told to leave...

Group History Jul222014

Group History

3rd Brampton (St Thomas’) Scout Group was established on the 5th April 1949 with seven boys from the St Thomas’ Church choir. They were Paddy Hooley, Trevor Silverwood, Michael Allan, Noel Smith, Spencer Spooner, John Dickson and Keith Gabbitas. The Scout Master was church curate, Rev. Joyce and the Group Scout Master was the church rector, John Dawson Hooley. They met in the St Thomas’ School Rooms in Brampton, Chesterfield. Eager were the younger brothers of those in the Scout Troop to join, the Cub Scout Pack for 8 to 10½ year olds was established in 1952 under the leadership of Joan Lilley and Mary Houghton. Scout Group – 1956.Scout Group – Early 1960s.Brampton Gala – 1980s.Brampton Gala – 1980s.Cubs Premier Pack – 1985.Scouts Premier Troop 1985.Cub Pack – Mid 1980s. The Group continued to grow as more and more youngsters wanted to join in the rich variety of activities that were offered. In 1981 a second Cub Pack was established to meet demand. The Hipper Pack, meeting on a Thursday evening, was led initially by Alec Seels and eventually Paul Smedley. The Group was a pioneer Group in the development of Beaver Scouting for 6-8 year olds, opening the Beaver Colony in 1988. The first Beaver leaders were Janet Smith, Bernice May and Cris Devonshire. The Group has always excelled at District (and later County) competitions and has been awarded the District Premier Pack and District Premier Troop award on many occasions. The Scout troop even won the Derbyshire County Scouts Rampage Competition in 2008! AGM – July 2006.St George’s Day – 2007.Scout Summer Camp 2008.Scout Water Camp – 2009.Guard Of Honour – 2010.Cheque Presentation 2010. We currently operate Beaver, Cub and Scout troops, all of which cater for both boys and girls. If you are a...

Chief Scouts Award Jul182014

Chief Scouts Award

Three members of the Beaver section received their Chief Scouts Bronze award, the highest award that can be gained by a Beaver.  Five members of the Scout section also received their Chief Scouts Gold award.  The Scouts will attend a district presentation evening later on in the year to formally receive their award. Beavers with their Chief Scouts Bronze awards.Scouts with their Chief Scouts award...

Beaver Bonanza Jul162014

Beaver Bonanza

The 3rd Brampton Beavers had a fantastic day out at the Beaver Bonanza at the Drum Hill camp site.  Around 1,300 Beavers from all over Derbyshire took part in the event. They conquered the Jungle Adventure course, rode a Bucking Bronco, raced Camels, and went sledging as well as taking a River Trip over a waterfall, exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Hunting the Yeti. They travelled through Australasia, The Americas, Asia and Africa and got home in time for tea. They also met Furry Fred who along with Red Fox (Acc Beaver Scouts) presented the group with their Furry Fred Global Challenge – Midi Challenge Certificate and prize. Well done to all the Beavers for their hard work, and thank you to the county for putting on a great day for everyone. Crowds of Beavers.Crafting at the bonanza.Sledging in the summer!The scuba tunnel.Catapult a Beaver?String pulling race.Obstacle course – up and over.The group with Red Fox.Beaver...

Scout Activities 2014 Jul152014

Scout Activities 2014

June was very much an outdoor month for the Scout troop, starting with a camp at Spitewinter where we survived some very heavy rain on the early on the Saturday morning.  This brightened up mid morning and allowed the tents to dry, but the ground stayed very muddy.  Later on in the month they had an evening of Wide Games, some Kayaking, archery, and a Saturday hike around Holymoorside and Linacre. Spitewinter Weekend Camp – June 2014 He’s happy with his string.Not as easy as it looks.Breakfast.Camp cooking.The mud.   Troop Night Archery – July 2014 Troop night archery.The concentration.   Hike – Holymoorside & Linacre – June 2014 Hike around Holymoorside and Linacre.Nearly...

The Scouting Story Jun222014

The Scouting Story

Early Beginnings There are more than 40 million Scouts, young people and adults, male and female, in over 200 countries and territories. Some 500 million people have been Scouts, including prominent people in every field. All this began with 20 boys and an experimental camp in 1907. It was held during the first nine days of August in 1907 at Brownsea Island, near Poole in Dorset, England. The camp was a great success and proved to its organiser, Robert Baden-Powell, that his training and methods appealed to young people and really worked. In January 1908, Baden-Powell published the first edition of “Scouting for Boys”. It was an immediate success and has since sold over 100 million copies, making it one of the best selling books of all time. Baden-Powell had only intended to provide a method of training boys, something that existing youth organisations such as the Boys’ Brigade and YMCA could adopt. To his surprise, youngsters started to organise themselves into what was to become one of the largest voluntary youth movements in the world.   Expansion of the Movement The success of “Scouting for Boys” produced a Movement that quickly – automatically it seemed – adopted the name of The Boy Scouts. By 1909 “Scouting for Boys” had been translated into five languages, and a Scout rally in London attracted more than 11,000 Scouts. As a result of Baden-Powell taking a holiday in South America, Chile was one of the first countries outside Britain to begin Scouting. In 1910 he visited Canada and the United States where it had already started. The coming of World War I in 1914 could have brought about the collapse of the Movement, but the training provided through the patrol system proved its worth. Patrol leaders took...

Kayaking Jun182014

Kayaking

This June members of the Scout section went Kayaking at Walton Dam in Chesterfield.  There were two groups/sessions, both of which were lucky enough to have a warm summers evening in which to develop their Kayaking skills, play Canoe football, and walk the raft.  There was of course some swimming involved.  The selection of photo’s below are from both groups. Group 1 Someone’s in already.You’re going the wrong way.Watch out for him.Especially him.And him.He’s on a mission.On my own…Out on the water.Running the raft.He’s gone the wrong way.Hold it together.Everyone’s in now.It’s behind you.   Group 2 The raft.Where are they going?Kayak football.Over here.That way!Is that a goal?Which way?The...

Scout Uniform Apr202014

Scout Uniform

There are a range of badges and awards available to young people in the Scout section. They are divided into the following categories; Activity Badges Many of the badges available are activity badges, which allow Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests. Challenge Badges Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Troop or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world. Core Badges In addition, there are a number of core badges, obtained upon joining or moving on from the Troop, or for time spent in the Scouting movement. Activity Packs Some activity badges are sponsored by outside companies, and these companies often provide extra exciting resource packs to help Scouts towards gaining their...

Cub Uniform Apr202014

Cub Uniform

There are a range of badges and awards available to young people in the Cub section. They are divided into the following categories; Activity Badges Many of the badges available are activity badges, which allow Cub Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests. Challenge Badges Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Pack or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world. Core Badges In addition, there are a number of core badges, obtained upon joining or moving on from the Pack, or for time spent in the Scouting movement. Activity Packs Some activity badges are sponsored by outside companies, and these companies often provide extra exciting resource packs to help Cub Scouts towards gaining their...

Beaver Uniform Apr202014

Beaver Uniform

There are a range of badges and awards available to young people in the Beaver section. They are divided into the following categories; Activity Badges Many of the badges available are activity badges, which allow Beaver Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests. Challenge Badges Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Colony or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world. Core Badges In addition, there are a number of core badges, obtained upon joining or moving on from the Colony, or for time spent in the Scouting movement. Activity Packs Some activity badges are sponsored by outside companies, and these companies often provide extra exciting resource packs to help Beaver Scouts towards gaining their...

Patrol Leaders’ Camp Mar242014

Patrol Leaders’ Camp

The Patrol Leaders’ Scout camp was held at Drum Hill in March. It’s purpose was to enhance the leadership skills of the patrol leaders, and to give them some additional camping experience. It’s wasn’t all work though. The weather was varied over the weekend, ranging from sleet to sunshine. The weekend was enjoyed by all. Around the fire.Too early for him.Sausages anyone?Need more fire!Trying to escape.Last man clinging.Final...

Romania 2013 Aug042013

Romania 2013

3rd Brampton (St Thomas’) Scout Group has returned from Romania after their work with the Smiles Foundation following a year of team work and collective fundraising. A party of 22 Scouts flew to Romania to help the Christian charity, the Smiles Foundation, with homeless and deprived community projects across Romania. Ben Widdowson, Group Scout Leader and Camp Leader, for the 3rd Brampton (St Thomas’) Scout Group explains about their trip: The week began with a coach trip from their collection point in Holymoorside at 13:00 on Sunday 28th July 2013 to Luton Airport and onto Budapest. We arrived at the accommodation at 03:30 – tired and hungry! The Group.Luton airport. Our first day began at 07:00, after 2 hours sleep, and we travelled 3 hours to a Christian camp in Arad with Gepiu youth. These were young people who lived close to the mission centre but were attending a week away at a Christian camp. For many of these youngsters it was their first time away from their homes and families. It was a brilliant day and the Scouts led and took part in games for the youth, such as skittles and human caterpillar races. In the afternoon we went on a hike in the surrounding countryside and the temperature reached 41 degrees (the hottest Romania had experienced for years!). The camp staff had prepared a lovely meal for our return. On returning to the accommodation the Scouts took the opportunity to cool down in the on site swimming pool whilst some of the adults caught up on some sleep! Arriving at the camp.Games at the camp.Straw relay.Football.Gepiu youth group. Our second day was a visit to a remote village in Cuied. The team played ‘Scouting’ games with the local youngsters and explained to them,...