Southampton City Scouts News

Karen Shillabeer – Gone Home

Posted on Friday, November 24th, 2017

Karen Shillabeer – Gone Home – Friday 24th of November 2017

It’s with great sadness to inform you all that Karen Shillabeer, who was the Beaver Scout Leader at the 29th Immaculata Scout Group for many years during the 2000’s before moving to Falmouth which was her dream, sadly died after a long illness in a hospice in Falmouth on Friday.

Karen continued her Scouting in Falmouth and joined the 6th Falmouth Sea Scouts, when she then moved section to become their Cub Scout Leader, although Karen became KAA instead of Akela.

Karen will now be able to meet up with Ian, her late husband, and our thoughts and prayers are with their children Ashley and Kristian who now find themselves without a Mum or Dad.

Yours in Scouting

Russ Andrews.
29th Immaculata Group Scout Leader.


Cenotaph and Poppies

Posted on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Thank you to those of you who joined the parade at the Cenotaph on Sunday morning, especially as it was so cold and breezy. We were a small group but I know our presence was appreciated by the public by the amount of applause we received in the march past.

A special mention for the four Beaver Scouts who joined us. They were so well behaved, and smart and even though they were cold, they did not show it. Thanks also to the Leader and two Scouts from the 9th who laid the wreath on behalf of the Scouts. Well done.

Thank you also everyone who sold poppies in Waitrose on behalf of the British Legion. Members of Active Support, The District Team and the 7th Cubs and the 13th Group members sold poppies Monday to Saturday from 9 am. to 7 pm. each day.

I will circulate the amount collected when British Legion tells me.

Thank you everyone who supported these two important events.

George Longhurst
Active Support


Cenotaph Parade 2017

Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Southampton City District has been invited by the Mayor of Southampton, to attend the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph on Sunday 12th November 2017.

All groups and all sections are invited to attend. I appreciate that some groups, traditionally attend their local church and therefore will not be attending. Can I also remind Leaders of Beavers and younger Cubs, that there is quite a lot of standing, and listening and you may feel that this is not appropriate for your section. For those of you who wish to attend, you should meet in Guildhall Square by 1015hrs.

We are at the rear of the parade and you should muster in the square furthest away from the Guildhall and nearest to Above Bar Street. Everyone should be in smart, full uniform.

Could I remind you all that we are on show to the public as this event is well attended so best behaviour is important and it is not appropriate to carry cups of coffee or cans of drink in the parade.


District Annual General Meeting: 6th of July

Posted on Friday, June 16th, 2017

The Southampton City Scout District Annual General Meeting will be taking place on the 6th of July for a celebration of another great year of “Scouthampton”

Thursday 6th July 2017
29th Scout Group HQ
7.00pm

Refreshments, including some of our Active Support’s legendary cakes will be available


Get involved with the District Exec

Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017

Would you like to join the District Executive committee, which makes Southampton Scouting work? Nominations are due for membership of the 2017/2018 District Executive Committee.

If you wish to stand please let the District Secretary have your nomination by emailing secretary@southamptoncityscouts.co.uk, along with a proposer and seconder before the District AGM on the 6th July.


Registration is now open for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree

Posted on Sunday, May 14th, 2017

The World Scout Jamboree is a big international camps for 14-18 year olds from across the world – usually about 30 000 or so people attend and from almost every country where there are Scouts. The next WSJ is in 2019 and will be held in North America.

The Hampshire participant selection weekend will be held at Ferny Crofts, over the weekend of 15th – 17th Sept 17. To go to the World Scout Jamboree as a participant, you must be aged 14, 15, 16 or 17 on 22nd July 2019.

Applications are now OPEN. How to apply!

  1.  Please download the WSJ19 Participant Application Form and make sure that it is completed and sent in by 30th June 2017. Alongside the Application form, is WSJ19 Questions and Answers, which will help to answer a lot of your questions.
  2. It is vital that you email our DC, with a quick message to say you are applying so that we can support you in your application.

The Hampshire participant selection weekend will be held at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre, over the weekend of 15th – 17th Sept 17. Attendance will be required for the whole weekend.

If you will be 18 or older on that date, you can attend as International Service Team – applications are not open for this yet but you can express an interest

To Register your Interest in the WSJ 2019 as a member of IST, please complete this WSJ 2019 Interest Form

The leaders on their recent Leader selection weekend, made some videos to help promote the WSJ to Scouts and Explorers. These were made on phones, and completed in a very short time scale, so are not 100% polished videos, but can be worth showing – WSJ Leader Selection Videos – There are 6 in total – please make sure you watch through to the end!

How much will the Jamboree cost? The UK Contingent Management Team are currently working on the costings for 2019 and we hope to have this information before the summer. However, as a guide the participant fee for Hampshire units for the last Jamboree in Japan was approximately £3200

What is it like?
Watch this video from the last WSJ in 2015 to get a taste of what it’s all about.

You can contact the Hampshire WSJ team by E-mail to wsj@scouts-hants.org.uk

Please remember to join the Facebook Groups to keep up to date: County Explorers and County Network as applicable.


District Charity – PICU

Posted on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

As I’m sure you are aware, every year the District selects a local charity to raise money for. This year we have chosen the PICU Ward at Southampton Hospital.

We can’t raise funds for a specific item, but whatever we raise will be used to: fund a refurbishment, fund new pieces of equipment, and provide a support service for patients and their families.

The donations from our celebrations (Founders Day, St Georges Day, Wacky Races, Carol Service and Christingle) usually go to the district charity. But wouldn’t it be good if every section/group did a sponsored event – for example:

  • a silence, a bike ride, a run or a swim,
  • a list of jobs to be completed,
  • hair cut,
  • give something up for a time – chocolate, cake, TV, smartphone, Facebook.

The Hospital is providing us with promotional material – which I will hold on to. So please let me know when you need them. I can also provide you with the sponsorship form. I suggest you collect the money in and pass to me when completed. I can then keep a running total of how much we raise over the year. Please note that we will need to give the Hospital the original sponsor sheets so that they can claim the gift-aid.

Thanks in advance for all the hard work and effort I know you’ll put into creating something amazing.

Download the Sponsorship Form


District Swimming Test Evening: April 24th

Posted on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Do you have Scouts and Explorers attending Wye Valley who don’t have a blue card? If so, read on.
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 Camp you will need to attend this test evening to be able to kayak.
 
To earn your certificate you need to swim 50m in light clothing and tread water for 5 minutes. A buoyancy aid can be used if necessary.
 
When?
Monday 24th April 6:00pm – 6:45pm or 6:45-7:30pm
You can finish as soon as you’ve completed your test or stay for longer if you want to earn a level 1 or 2 swimming badge.
 
Where?
Regent’s Park School Community Pool
Richville Road Entrance. Please bring light clothes to swim in. Eg PJs bottoms and a tee-shirt
 
Sign up here!
Please follow the link below to sign up so we know you are coming.
 
Anything else?
This event is totally FREE and you’ll get a certificate to take home too as a record of your achievement.


Hampshire WSJ Leader Selection Weekend May 5th-7th

Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017


The Hampshire World Scout Jamboree Leader Selection Weekend will be taking place May 5th – 7th 2017

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held in the summer of 2019 in North America, although the location is in the USA, the event is being jointly hosted with the Mexican and Canadian Scout Associations and promises to be a life changing experience for all involved.

Hampshire County Scouts are now looking at forming the leadership teams, with selection for young people later in the year. If you are interested in being a part of this adventure, either as a leader or as part of the International Service Team then please register your interest by visiting www.hampshirescouting.org.uk/wsj.

You can contact the Hampshire WSJ team by E-mail to wsj@scouts-hants.org.uk

Adult volunteers can also enjoy life changing adventure


Wye Valley 2017 – Sign up now!

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

It’s back

Southampton City District’s legendary all inclusive adventurous activity weekend.

Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May

  • White Water Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Archery
  • and more…

All for just £75

In 2015 more than 135 Scouts, Explorers and Leaders took part in the fun. Make sure you’re there in 2017

Poster and Permission Form

For more details ask your leader or contact Ian Budd DDC. Tel 07786 036407. Email: Ian_budd@btinternet.com

Take a look below at the video below from when we went in 2013