St George’s Day Parade

St Georges Day Parade – Sunday 22nd April 2018 Setting off.Scout section.Parade inspection. 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...

Scout Activities 2018 Mar232018

Scout Activities 2018

Caving – March 2018 Scouts took part in exploring the caves on the south side of Matlock Bath (near the Bath Hotel).  Once again, a big thanks to the caving team who all helped make this such a great activity. Caving – Matlock Bath.   Indoor Camp & Conservation Weekend – February 2018 The Scouts enjoyed a full weekend of ‘indoor’ camping at the Peak District National Park’s Brunts Barn facility.  The weekend also included some conservation activities i.e. helping to clear an area of dead wood.  This meant chopping, cutting and burning things!  A big thanks to all the leaders and helpers that made the weekend possible. Lopping things.Cutting things.Sawing things.   Chief Scouts Award – February 2018 Four of our Scouts were presented with their Chief Scouts Gold award at the District’s awards afternoon held at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield.  140 Scouts from all over the county were presented with their certificates by David Coleman Vice President of the Derbyshire Scouts Association.  More pictures from the ceremony can be seen here. Scouts work steadily towards their Gold award through the activities they do each week, but they also have to plan and implement an expedition – see here for more details. Receiving certificate.Chief Scout’s Gold Award.Group...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...