Southampton City Scouts News

From Colin

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012

District Development Day

Having invited all the key people to the district development day it is really good that we will have a good many of you spending the day with us. To all of you that are going can I say thank you and I look forward to us spending the day together and looking at ways we can develop and improve the scouting in Southampton. For those of you that can’t join us I will be summarizing the outcomes so you are kept informed of the direction that the district is going.

See you all at 9.45am at Fernycroft Lodge on Saturday 3rd November.
I recently attended the Cub & Scout Leaders Council and heard of the plans that they have for this term, it is great to see and hear all that you have planned.
The 2nd & the 22nd Cubs recently held a family camp which unfortunately I could not attend due to other commitments but I hear they we’re both great successes.
You would have read in the Echo that the 1st Scouts won this years County Emlyn Competition. This is a huge achievement for Andy and his Scout Troop. Well done to Taylor the Patrol Leader and his wonderful patrol you did yourself and City District proud.

The Beavers had a great day at Fernycroft with a large amount of our beavers attending and having a great time.

Wilverley had another maintenance day which was far better supported a huge thank you from me to those that came and spent the day helping keep the camp site in good condition.

I also went and enjoyed the coffee and cakes at the 1st Scout Group Macmillan charity event which was very well supported. Well done to all the leaders and helpers that made the event possible.

I also went for a pleasant walk around Wilverley Enclosure to see all the bases at the Scout Madison hunt which was won by the 29th Scouts. Congratulations to them and all the Troops who joined in the event. A special thank you to the Leaders for the day.

I have made several wood badge awards to our leaders a big congratulations go to Mark at the 25th and Zoe & Donna at the 22nd. It is great to see the commitment that our Leaders make and for that to be recognized by such an award. Well done to the training advisers who have helped them.

The 29th & 25th Scouts joined us for the twilight race for life on the common in aid of cancer research. It was rather wet but we didn’t care it was great fun and clearly it is great to see scouting out more for these type of fund raising events. Well done to Graham and the Leaders for their support.

Finally I had a great day out with the 14th Cubs who were staying at wilverley and wanted a driver to take them to splashdown for a fun swim. That took me back to some really happy memories from my time with the 22nd Scouts and all the great camps we had and the visits to splashdown to get them clean!!

The Sports committee is planning the forthcoming swimming gala which is being held on Saturday 17th November 2012. The committee are meeting again on Thursday 1st November to settle the final plans would all groups please make sure that your sports rep attend this meeting at Doreen’s House.

I now head off to start my first aid training with Sarah for three Mondays in a row. If you’re going I will see you there!!

Your GSL’s have a paper copy of the new 2013 district diary which is also on the district website. Please remember that you can forward all your good news stories as the happen throughout the month and then Tony will put them all together for a left hand shake publication at the end of the month. So please remember to get all your adverts and good news stories to Tony by the 25th of every month. We always need to shout loud about  what we are doing.

A few leaders have recently received a membership card from Scout HQ which is incorrect. On behalf of scout HQ I would like to say sorry. If you do not have an accurate membership card please just tell me and I will try and get a correct one sent to you.

Please don’t forget if you need to speak to me with anything your concerned about just give me a call and I am sure I can help you.

Mob Tel 07770364711 or

Yours in Scouting

Colin Floyd

Beat Bullying

Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012

If you would like to get involved we have a number of options.

1.    Sign up for Sectional resources. Please include the address you would like us to send these . There will be a limited number of hard copy resources (400 of each) so they will be sent out on a first come basis. They will be sent out in early October, so you have a chance to run some activities before Anti-Bullying


2.    Attend online training to help you think about anti- bullying, so you feel confident in delivering anti-bullying sessions with your young people. These will be held across a number of evenings, and all you need is a computer and broadband access to the internet.


3.    Become Cybermentors. We are also looking for explorer units who would be willing to trial the Cybermentors programme. So if you think that might be you, sign up in this section.


The link to the survey is:


Wessex Heartbeat

Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012

At present young people with ongoing heart problems, on reaching the age of 16yrs are no longer treated on the childrens wards but are treated on adult wards. In practice this means that a patient aged 16yrs could be in a bed next to a person aged 80yrs. The aim of the appeal is to raise enough money to equip a ward specifically for young persons aged 16yrs to 24yrs including items to relieve the boredom of being regularly in hospital for long spells. You will see that young people will benefit from this ward. As an organisation for young people we in the Scout Movement are well placed to appreciate the importance of this appeal, and inevitably at some point in the future some of our young people could well need such care. Therefore during the coming year we would urge all groups to do what they can to support the cause. There are leaflets available and wrist bands for sale. If anyone wants supplies please contact me. Many Thanks.

George Longhurst.
On behalf of the District Team.

Exbury Ghost Train

Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2012


We have again been invited to haunt the Ghost Train this year. It will happen all over the half term holiday. Last year over 60 scouts and explorers took part and I had help from at least 10 leaders. Exbury’s donation to the District was £450 worth of climbing equipment soon to be put to use on Summit. Each scout who took part has received a thank you letter and a complimentary ticket for their family to visit the Gardens.

The notices will be going out soon and I am looking forward to another very tiring but very enjoyable week with our young people. Adult help would always be welcome.

If you want more information phone me on 023 80771121.

Geoff Johnson of Endeavour

Fly on the Wall

Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2012

Summit is held in a hostel in the Snowdonia range of mountains that is so well placed that many of the mountain routes can start off straight from the door. Called “Hafod”, the hostel is run by the Welsh Scout Council and has been our home for a glorious weekend over many years. As a base it has introduced many of our older scouts, explorers and before that, ventures to the thrill of standing on some of Britain’s highest mountains and given some the skill and experience to become Mountain leaders themselves.

This year Summit is from 9th to 11th November – the forms are out. Places are restricted by the number of bunks in the hut so you’d better get booking.

For those interested Harold Webb, for many years our Mountain Activity Advisor, is compiling a book on the History of Mountaineering in the District including the start of the Summit weekend. It started in the old West District when a small group of Senior Scouts set of to do the newly created Pennine Way. The book will soon be available so if you are interested or just wish to renew a few of your old memories look out – Fly will keep you posted.


Grey Owl’s Report

Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2012

The term has started with a Fun Day at Ferny Crofts, with most of the activities run by the Ferny Crofts instructors. 60 Beavers attended from 6 different Colonies. The day was broken down into 4 one and a half hour sessions.

There was a session on the climbing wall which included the Beavers helping with the belaying.

Another group did backwoods cooking in the campfire circle. They learnt about fire and campfire safety and then cooked a twist, a rasher of bacon and finished with toasted marshmallows.

There was pond dipping and mini beast hunting in the woods, very popular.

The 4th session was spent with our own leaders utilising the adventure course and the site.

The weather was perfect and although we had use of the Sky High Conservatory we were able to spend the whole day outside. Seeing our Beaver Scouts sitting around on the field in the sunshine, eating their picnic lunch was a lovely sight. They looked so happy and were chattering and laughing with each other.

At the end of the day the Beaver Scouts said they had had a fantastic day and didn’t want to go home!!

Thanks to Gail for arranging this and to all the Leaders who helped give our children a super time.

The Christingle service will now be on Sunday 9th December at 3.30pm at St James Parish Church.