Southampton City Scouts News

Quiz Night: 14th of March

Posted on Saturday, February 28th, 2015

On behalf of the International 3, there will be a Quiz Evening held at the 11th Headquarters (on Kentish Road in Shirley)

The evening is being held on the 14th March between 7-10 pm with a cost of £4 for Adults, £2 for Children and £10 for a Family (2 adults, 2 children).

Tickets can be bought from any of the participants, or people can pay on the night.

Southampton City District Canoe Club Courses

Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The 2015 Canoe Season is starting with Southampton City District Canoe Club, with courses running in April and May. Courses available include the Paddle Power Start, Passport, Discovery and Touring courses. With courses from beginners who want to try out the sport to those wanting to gain advanced skills, there’s courses for everyone.



This award is for any beginners who wish to try the sport in one session.

A BCU certificate will be awarded on completion of this session.

Tue & Wed 18:30 to 20:30, commence in May.


This course will contain the basic skills of KAYAKING and a short evening trip.          

SCOUTS who achieve this award will qualify for the PADDLESPORT ACTIVITY BADGE


Mon, Tue & Wed 18:30 to 20:30, commence mid April.

Duration – 6 weeks.  Later courses may commence June, subject to demand.


Suitable for Scouts and Explorers who have 1STAR/PADDLEPOWER PASSPORT

This course will contain paddle skill elements for both KAYAK and CANOE,

with rescue and safety work included.  It will also involve two separate days

or half day trips to be run on a weekend.

EXPLORERS who achieve this award will qualify for the PADDLE SPORT ACTIVITY BADGE

Cost to cover transport on trips will be in additional to session fee

Tues & Wed 18:30 to 20:30, commence mid April. Duration – 10 -12 weeks    

3 STAR TOURING (For Advanced)            (AGE 14+)

This course will provide the advance skills to handle a KAYAK or a CANOE

It includes support strokes, rescue techniques & weekend Day trips.

Tues 18:30 to 20:30, commence in April. Duration 10 weeks (min) plus a test



£3.00 – FOR MEMBER GROUPS    (1st, 2nd, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 22nd, 25th & City District Explorers).

£6.00 – FOR NON MEMBER GROUPS. (Scouts or Guides only)

BCU Paddle Power progress cards & Star Test certificates are available for each course at additional cost.

Personal Kit Required: Old trainers, nylon lightweight anorak, swim wear, t-shirt, shorts, jumper & towel.

                                          Wet suit & waterproof trousers are optional

Applicants who previously attended  a course, but did not complete, should book on the appropriate course to finish their training.

Parents and leaders are welcome to book on these courses, subject to availability.

Bookings can only be accepted with the attached parent consent form.



Cub and Scout Six a Side Football Competition

Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Football.pngThe Southampton City Scout District Cub and Scout Six a Side Football Competition will be held at Test Park Sports Ground on Lower Brownhill Road starting at 1.15pm on Sunday the 14th of March. Please ensure that suitable footwear is worn.

View the RulesFind out more information about footwear, and Complete the Team Registration form


Visit to the Chinese New Year Parade

Posted on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Beavers from the 1st had a great day out watching the Chinese Celebrations in West Quay, we took our Dragon along as well as lanterns and masks we made a week or so ago.

We had a long chat with the Mayor of Southampton as well as the President of the Chinese groups, we came away with Fortune Cookies and a chocolate coin in a special envelope.

Very proud of our Beavers for being very well behaved throughout the whole day.

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District Commissioner Blog January 2015

Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Congratulations to Graham wide for receiving his 30 year Service Award and to Richard Jacob for 25 year’s Service. Very well deserved.

Congratulations to Adam Higgins on receiving his wood badge.

A big well done and be proud message to Sophie Baldwin, Heather Porter and Thomas Bourner who have just completed and been awarded the Queens Scout Award by Adam Jollans the County Commissioner. They will now go the Palace to parade in front of the Queen. Fantastic

I am delighted to welcome Mike Langford and Heather Porter as the new Leaders of Network Scouting. With the able support of Joshua Smith as Network Chair this section I am sure will continue to grow. They have written a development plan that has a number of key objectives:

  • Get the finances sorted agree a membership fee and open there own bank account with at least three signatories.
  • To be self- sufficient for camping equipment.
  • Develop close links with Itchen North and South Networks
  • To develop close links with all our Explorers making sure that they get a taste of Network Scouting BEFORE they are 18 years old.

The district web site is presently under a thorough review and I hope the new improved site will be up and running for you all very soon. Please remember that the web site is our main vehicle for communication between us all and it acts as the face of our scouting in the community. If you have any group events or those that are held by the district please shout load about them and send some pictures and words to the media team. They look forward to receiving your good news.

The Compass data membership system is now live and we have a lot to do to get our data as it should be. We have completed a clean up operation of our adult data and everyone is working hard to get our young people data entered. Compass it is fair to say is experiencing some issues and can I just say how grateful I am to you all for your patience with the system and thank you.

We are holding our founders day on the 20th February please come along and enjoy the evening all the details are on the district website.

St Georges Day parade will take place on the 26th April starting at the Bargate and finishing in Hoglands Park further details will be available soon.

The planning and publicity for the Scout Explorer and Network Wye Valley weekend will be going out soon it is taking place on the weekend of 1st 2nd 3rd 4th May 2015 A swimming test evening has been arranged for Tuesday 24th March 2015 7 – 9pm at Regents Park School

I have met with a representative of the Forestry to start the discussions on the renewal of our licence for Wilverley this must be concluded this year.

The leaders of every group have been considering where they would like to hold our district camp in 2016 the choice was Broadlands, Cricket or Braggers Wood. The majority have plumped for Broadlands so we have confirmed our booking with Lord and Lady Romsey who have kindly agreed that we can hold our camp in their back garden!! The challenge now starts to make the camp a huge success.

Dave Bowers and I have met and having now spoken to Adam Jollans the County Commissioner we must be clear that Explorer Scouting is to remain District led. All finances and management fall under mine and Dave Bowers DESC responsibility. We will provide Explorer scouting where the demand requires and the accommodation is available and the leaders are willing to work on a day of their choosing. It would however be better if we could hold explorer scouting on different nights to give the members more choice and an opportunity if they wish to go to two or more units. If anyone has any thoughts on Explorer scouting please share them with Dave and me we would welcome your views.

My term as the DC ends on the 27th July 2016 which will be my 60th birthday in fact I see my last scouting event to be at the District camp in 2016. I would like the District to start the process of appointing the next DC now. The person of your choice will work alongside me in my final year making sure that the transition is well managed and seamless. We ask please for anyone who would like to put themselves forward to contact Graham Meering. If you would like to nominate someone who you think would be ideal for the role please check first they would like you to put them forward. And if so then send your nomination to Graham Meering in writing.

Yours in Scouting,

Colin Floyd
District Commissioner

Wye Valley 2015

Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Wye Valley, the all-inclusive activity weekend is back from the 1st to the 4th of May. Including white water canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking and more, for just £75.

In 2013, more than 120 Scouts, Explorers and Leaders took part in the fun, so make sure you’re there in 2015!

For more information, watch the video of the camp from 2013

District Swim Test: Get your Blue Card

Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015



Tuesday 24th March 2014 @ Regents Park School Swimming Pool Richville Road Entrance @ 7pm sharp.

Please bring TRACK SUIT BOTTOMS and “T” Shirt to swim in.

Scouting requires you to hold a blue card swimming certificate to prove that you are a competent swimmer before you join in our wide range of water activities. If you are going to Wye Valley or any of the District Canoe Club sessions you will need to attend this test evening and get a blue card swimming cerfificate.?



Cross-Country Event 2015

Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2015

runner.pngThe Cross-Country Event is a district-wide fun sport challenge event open to all sections, including Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network. 

The event will be held at the Southampton Sport Centre on the 1st of March 2015, with the race starting at 10:00am, so please arrive in advance with competitors booking in with their groups on arrival. Competitors should bring along a drink and their necker for the competition.