Southampton City Scouts News

DC’s Diary: Network’s Christmas Camp at Wilverley

Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Last weekend Southampton City Network along with members from Southampton and Solent SSAGO’s had a festive weekend at our district campsite. Activities included a fire (of course), a Christmas Dinner with all the works and other games. They even found time to help keep the site looking great. Thanks to all who took some time out to work onsite, fixing the gate post to the enclosure and clearing up the site.


Beavers Christingle Service 2017

Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

DC’s Diary

Well done to Eve, Elaine and the Beaver team for the Christingle service at St James’ Church.

All the Beavers really enjoyed the songs and their Christingle messages.

Thanks to all those who passed on gifts to John Stevens from Hampshire Hospital Scouting as well.
Very well received.


Photos: Snowy Summit Expedition ⛄️

Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

A couple of weeks ago a team of 6 Explorers and Network Scouts ventured up to Snowdonia for the weekend to climb some snow-capped peaks. The scenery was breath-taking, made all the better with our accommodation. A cosy cottage in the middle of nowhere without electricity. Luckily there was a log fire to keep us warm after a chilly hike in the mountains.

It was an unforgettable weekend. Thank you so much to Ian Rutherford for organising the trip. Thanks also go to Cantell School for their generous rental of their mini-bus.

More photos here


Geeking out at Apple 🍎

Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Scout troops across the city have been making use of the new community facilities at Apple in WestQuay. Equipped with the latest tech, check out what the 29th and 2nd Scout sections have been up to below…


DC’s Diary: Cubs Carol Service

Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Well done to Sarah Granger (ADC Cubs) and Brian Purchase (District Chaplain) for a really great Cubs Carol Service.

Loads of Cubs, Leaders and Parents at St James’ Methodist church tonight to sing Carols and give gifts for SCRATCH charity.

The Cubs were really enjoying their party with Active Support helping out with the Cubs teams and refreshments.

Also, Well done, to Margaret Grafton on receiving a presentation of flowers from a Cub in recognition of 60 years Service


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


DC’s Diary: 22nd Fireworks Display

Posted on Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Well done to the 22nd for their great fireworks display at their HQ.
Great crowd and brilliant pyrotechnics. (see pics below)
Hope all groups running events have a great time and stay safe
David (DC)


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.


Switzerland 2017: Camp Diary

Posted on Saturday, October 28th, 2017

The 29th Immaculata Scouts have gone to Switzerland to the Kandersteg International Scout Centre for a week of international adventure! Let’s see how they got on…

21 October at 05:19 · London
Scouts have arrived at Terminal Five in varying levels of awareness ready to begin their adventure to Kandersteg, Switzerland!

21 October at 20:29 · Kandersteg, Switzerland
After close to 11 hours of travelling, we arrived at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland! We spent an evening exploring the campsite and tomorrow we’re going to Oeschinensee for lake views and tobogganing!

22 October at 22:10 · Oeschinensee, Switzerland
Today we visited Oeschinensee, a beautiful lake near Kandersteg. After taking a gondola up the mountain we were spoilt with the stunning views around the area and even snow!

23 October at 18:19 · Kandersteg Village, Switzerland
Today’s Switzerland adventure saw the Scouts exploring Kandersteg village, learning about Scouting at the Scout museum, and discovering some of the local geocaches! ⚜️🇨🇭

24 October at 20:39 ·Trummelbach Falls, Switzerland
Today the Scouts headed out on the train to visit Trummelbach Falls, Interlaken and Spiez. A big thank you to Alpkit Foundation whose generosity allowed us to experience these stunning waterfalls.
25 October at 17:50 · Blausee, Switzerland
Today was our last day in Switzerland and we enjoyed walking to Blausee and exploring the lake and trout farm. We also met up with some Guides from Lewes for a great campfire to end the trip!