GSL’s Blog Nov102018

GSL’s Blog

20th October 2016 5th May 2015 3rd Feb 2015 Hello from GSL blog 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...

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 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...

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...