Southampton City Scouts News

Southampton City Network at Isle of Wight Revolution

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015

Over the Easter weekend 11 intrepid Network members headed off to the Isle of Wight for Revolution, an annual Network and Explorer camp. As ever, the programme boasted an excellent range of activities during the day and a whole bunch of evening entertainment, and it did not disappoint.

Our camp started on Thursday. After the obligatory ferry to the island (with four investitures on the sail over), setting up our incredibly orange mess tent and a trip to the supermarket we were ready to go. Revolution starts with an opening ceremony where each group is personally welcomed onto the camp. After the ceremony the evening welcome party started. We donned our finest fancy dress on a ‘famous fives’ theme (a 5 a side football team and the Scooby Doo gang) and headed on over.The evening was completed by a rousing evening of songs around the fire.
Friday saw a very adrenaline filled day with shooting, archery, hovercraft driving and rage buggies. Our shooting practice paid off (thanks Andy!) with some great shots over the morning but archery was a bit more variable. Hovercraft driving was great fun and involved charging around a field trying and generally failing to navigate around a course of poles. Then there were rage buggies which really gave everyone the chance to kick up some mud and get sliding around corners. There was a slightly terrifying moment where Oli tried to run us over and then promptly destroyed the finish line – rightly so, that made the morning newsletter the next day! The evening was topped off with the disco and fire.
Saturday morning started off with a very chilly dip in the sea during sea kayaking. After a paddle out from shore everyone surfed back in and climbed up a steep shingle bank, only to slide back down it into the sea a few minutes later. After drying off and warming up it was time to get off to a sea shanty workshop. I think it’s fair to say that we were a bit suspicious of this activity after last year’s run in with the overly complex modern jive. Sea shanties turned out to be much more manageable and we learnt a group dance that we had the chance to do later on in the evening with the whole camp. Finally, it was off to zorbing. Sadly it was just too windy to safely zorb so we got to play with an auto belaying climbing wall (can you do it without your feet?) and had another, more successful go at archery – practice makes perfect! After dinner we took part in family fortunes and did absolutely abysmally. Time for the traditional evening campfire!
Sunday was the last day of activities, the first of which was an aerobics session (read: lie in). That was followed by an hour in the pool with their ‘underwater treasure hunt’ activity which involved lots of incredibly perplexing games that I’m certain nobody knew the rules for. After that we headed off to the much anticipated ‘Head Hunters’ – a giant game of laser tag capture the flag set in a forest. Our team defended our base well but sadly lost – we’re blaming the explorers in our team who kept shooting each other! We returned to camp for the closing ceremony which included the obligatory task of fitting the whole camp into one photograph. We had one last disco where we accidentally started a conga and then headed off for one last chance for a truly Network style camp fire (throw 5 pallets on and retreat quickly).
On Monday morning we enjoyed one last bacon butty breakfast and packed up camp. Having seen a turret poking over the hedge we had a quick wander and found that there was a tank show going on next door. After bimbling around the show we headed off to the beach to enjoy a lazy afternoon in the sun before before returning to Southampton to be reunited with our showers! After such a great camp no doubt we’ll be back next year!
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Training Module May-Jul 2015

Posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2015

May 9th&10th Residential Weekend of Training
Modules 11, 13, 14, 15, 17 & 18
Ferny Crofts

Tue eve 12th May
Module 5 – Fundamental Values of Scouting
Cricket Campsite

Tue eve 9th Jun
Module 1 – Essential Information including SafeGuarding and Safety
7th HQ

Sat 20th June
Module 10 – First Response 9.30-4.30
14th HQ

Wed eve 8th Jul
Module 7 – Scouting for All
Cricket Campsite

AUTUMN RESIDENTIAL TRAINING WEEKENDS
Book early to avoid disappointment.

Sat 3rd Sun 5th Oct
Modules 11, 13, 14, 15, 17 & 18
Residential Weekend
Ferny Crofts Campsite

Sat 21st Oct – Sun 2nd Nov
Modules 5, 7, 8, 9, 12a/b & 16
Residential Weekend
Ferny Crofts Campsite

Nico Chart
Local Training Manager
Southampton City Scouts
Email: training@southamptoncityscouts.co.uk


26th Swaythling Cubs visit London

Posted on Saturday, April 25th, 2015

26th Swaythling Cub Scouts were invited to join 2nd and 4th Newbury Cubs on their trip to London this March. 6 cubs and 3 leaders got up early that Saturday morning to catch the train. The Underground was an adventure. We arrived at the Science Museum 5 minutes early which was quite some feat! 

After the Science Museum we headed across to have our photos taken at 10 Downing St (where a mysterious man behind the door handed out postcards of Larry the cat for all). The behaviour of the cubs was impeccable – but then the guards were holding guns!
Onwards to The Lord Amory our scout ship hotel for the night and a well earned Macdonalds in Greenwich, walking back part of the way through the tunnel under the Thames.
After a cosy night and cooked breakfast it was on to The Imperial War Museum and a picnic lunch. After a friendly hat chase around the park it was a sad goodbye to our new friends before 26th squeezed in another Museum – The Natural History this time to say a farewell to Dippy the dinosaur who is soon to be replaced by a whale.
We were all exhausted by the time we got home. Akela was the only one who managed to get lost the whole trip (though she still maintains it was the others that got lost – she knew where she was the whole time!)
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St George’s Day Cancelled

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Unfortunately, due to a number of unavoidable complications and uncertainties surrounding St George’s Day this year, the decision has been made to cancel this years parade and service.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Training Modules April-June 2015

Posted on Saturday, April 4th, 2015

We are running a selection of training courses in the next couple of months. Please let me know if you think you would find this training useful.

Also I have added dates of the highly popular residential training weekends in the Autumn – book early to avoid disappointment!

Wed eve 15th Apr
Module 1
Essentials including SafeGuarding and Safety
19:00 – 22:00 at the 25th HQ

Fri eve 17th Apr
Module 16
Introduction to Residential Experiences
Ferny Crofts Campsite

Sat 18th – Sun 19th Apr
Module 38
Skills for Residential Experiences
Ferny Crofts Campsite

Sat 25th Apr
Module 25
Assessing Learning
Eastleigh

Tue eve 28th Apr
Module 3
Tools for the Job
Southampton

Tue eve 12th May
Module 5
Fundamental Values of Scouting
Cricket Campsite

Tue eve 9th Jun
Module 1
Essentials including SafeGuarding and Safety
Southampton

Wed eve 8th Jul
Module 7
Scouting for All
Cricket Campsite

Sat 3rd Sun 5th Oct
Modules 11, 13, 14, 15, 17 & 18
Residential Weekend
Ferny Crofts Campsite

Sat 21st Oct – Sun 2nd Nov
Modules 5, 7, 8, 9, 12a/b & 16
Residential Weekend
Ferny Crofts Campsite

Nico Chart
Local Training Manager
Southampton City Scouts
Email: training@southamptoncityscouts.co.uk


Hampshire Scouts Present

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

large-logo.pngHampshire Scouts Present is a one night production featuring Roverang, Hedge End Gangshow, Odiham District Scout Show and Basingstoke Gangshow takes place at 6pm on 18th October in the heart of our County, the Guildhall in Winchester. 

Tickets are on sale via www.ticketsource.co.uk/hampshirescoutspresent please share with your District as it would be wonderful to have representatives from across the County present and supporting the creative elements of Hampshire Scouting.

Find out more at their website, http://hampshirescoutspresent.co.uk/


Southampton SSAGO (Student Scout and Guide Organisation) Ball on a Boat

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Each year SSAGO (Student Scout and Guide Organisation) clubs from across the UK gather for the annual ball. This year it was Southampton SSAGO’s chance to host this event. So, on a rather blustery Saturday night SSAGO members flocked to Southampton, donned their finest clothes and joined us for a night to remember: SSAGO’s first ever Ball on a Boat!

During the evening SSAGO was treated to a tasty three course meal upon the Ocean Scene while journeying around the Solent. We were lucky to be joined by John May who gave a fantastic speech about his time in SSAGO and the work he does with the International Duke of Edinburgh Award! After that we partied the night away while enjoying the skills of the University’s Photography Society and a nautically themed prop box!

Over the weekend SSAGO also ran a whole bunch of activities to entertain everyone including a walk in the New Forest, a highly competitive game of mini golf and a wander around the city walls. A lot even topped the weekend off with a much anticipated trip to Sprinkles!

All in all everyone had a great time. Ball is always a wonderful chance to catch up with friends from across the UK and is definitely an enjoyable change from the usual muddy field setting of the national rally camps! Southampton SSAGO are hosting a dinosaur themed rally in June 2016 so no doubt everyone will enjoy a return trip to the city!

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