Southampton City Scouts News

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

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, 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

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.
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.
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

You can contact the Hampshire WSJ team by E-mail to

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:

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



Cubs Celebrating Silver Awards

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

The Cub section have been very busy working towards their Chief Scout Silver Awards and it has been an honour to have been invited to present these hard-working Cubs with their certificates and badges.

In 2017 these are the Cubs I have presented awards to so far:

  • James K (11th) –  10/01/2017
  • Toby J (22nd) –  17/01/2017
  • Liam S (1st) –  24/01/2017
  • Mats F (7th) – 09/02/2017
  • Marci S (7th) – 09/02/2017
  • Harry G (2nd) – 15/02/2017
  • Alfie W (2nd) – 15/02/2017
  • Jacob W (2nd) –  15/02/2017

Well done to you all on your great achievements. I look forward to presenting more Chief Scout Silver Awards to the Cubs in the District very soon.

Keep up the hard work and thank you to your leaders.

Chil  – ADC Cubs.

Wilverley Working Party

Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Please come and join us in some basic maintenance at Wilverley. We have a list of jobs that are in need of doing before the Spring mostly indoors in the warm but some outside jobs for those who don’t feel the cold.

29th Immaculata Scout Group Celebrates it’s 50th Birthday

Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

On Monday the 19th of December 2016, the 29th Immaculata Scout Group based in Portswood Southampton celebrated being open and still going strong for 50 years to the day from when it was formed. Originally opening up in the local Church Hall of the Immaculate Conception Church on the 19th of December 1966, before moving to its current Scout Hut near Portswood School.

During the evening of celebrations, we were joined by some Scouting VIP’s. We had Tim Kidd join us, who is the UK Chief Commissioner, and Tim kindly presented a 29th Scout with a prize for winning our Neckerchief Badge Design, which now all members involved with the 29th Group will wear. Well Done to Chloe for designing the winning badge.

We also had Adam Jollans kindly attend too, the Hampshire Scout County Commissioner. Adam also did a couple of presentations for us – presentations for 25 years Services to our in coming District Commissioner David Bowers and 50 years Services to our Group President Graham Meering (although not all of Graham’s 50 years have been involved with the 29th Scout Group).

Over the evening, we were also joined by past and present leaders and exec members that can be traced right back to when we started in 1966. 39 Adults kindly attended to reminisce about their time spent at the 29th and how the hut had changed from when they were involved, or being shown around as they assisted when the group was in the Church Hall. We almost had all the Scout Leaders present, with 4 of the main 5 in attendance and were able to cover 45 of our 50 years!

40 of our current section members also spent the evening playing party games and meeting the adults who, without them starting up the group (before they were born!), would not be involved with in their local Scout Group today.

Here’s to another 50 years of fun and adventure at the 29th Immaculata Scout Group.

Yours in Scouting,
Russ Andrews
29th Immaculata Group Scout Leader