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 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...

Spitewinter Campsite May062017

Spitewinter Campsite

About Spitewinter campsite is used frequently by all sections of 3rd Brampton, for a range of activities including camping, camp fires/fire lighting, and wide-games.  The site consists of four acres of sloping woodland with two accommodation blocks, an activity hut, toilets, and a large camp fire circle. For more information about the camp site, please see the Chesterfield Districts Scouts website. We are very lucky to have such a fantastic facility available to us, that is only 15 minutes away from our normal Friday night venue.   Location The site is located on the A632 (Matlock Road).  The main entrance to the site is located on the left, 450m after the main road forks towards Darley Dale (or 200m after the brow of the hill after the Darley Dale turning).  There is also a drop-off/pick-up point on Highashes Lane (second left after the Darley Dale turning) as shown on the map below, which should normally be used by parents – a leader will man the gate as Beavers/Cubs/Scouts arrive/leave the venue. There is very limited parking at the main entrance and so we would like to stress that this entrance should only be used by leaders/parent helpers. Click here for a printable map showing the location of the campsite.   Views Of The Campsite Entrance Sign.Site entrance.Top camping area.Lower camping area.View across the site.View looking up the site. Campfire circle.John Perry hut.Les Burt hut.Buildbase wood...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...