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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...