Southampton City Scouts News

British Legion Poppy Collection

Posted on Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Thank you to everyone in the district who assisted Active Support in selling poppies for the British Legion. Special thanks to my own members of Active Support, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders plus some non-uniform members, from the 7th, 13th and 26th groups for all the help and long hours spent selling.

I am pleased to announce we collected the marvellous sum of £4,256.82p. That is a magnificent effort that not only helped the British Legion in their work but showed to the public that we as a youth movement are willing to help others.

Well done and thank you

George Longhurst
Active Support Manager


Remembrance Day

Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Our District has been invited by The Mayor of Southampton to attend the Remembrance Day Service, at The Cenotaph, on Sunday 8th November 2015.

It is hoped that we can make up a contingent comprising, a Beaver, a Cub and a Scout and Explorer and a Scouter from every group in the district. Also all Active Support and Network members are invited.

Our aim is to have a good smart contingent for the remembrance parade at the Cenotaph in West Park Southampton for this year’s Remembrance Service. Last year was a lovely event and it gave our young people a chance to show their respect and remembrance and it was particularly mentioned by those attending, including the Mayor, that it was lovely to see our youngsters taking part.

Of course if your group has already arranged to go to your local church that is fine I am just pleased that they are doing that. But for those groups that do not go to a local church we would like you to join us at the main Southampton Cenotaph.

We hope we will have at least 50 people attending. Even though I have said only one please do bring more if you wish to.

We will meet at 9.45am at Guildhall Square I will be there earlier, so please look out for me. You can park for free up to 12 noon on a Sunday at the West Park Car Park.

Please do make sure you are all in smart uniform please, polished shoes etc. I will have poppies to give you if you have not already purchased some.

The parade will be marching from Guildhall Square to the cenotaph and back to Guildhall square after the service so Parents please come and see the parade and pick up your children from guildhall square just before 12 noon.

If you could all please send me an email to say if you are coming or not I would be grateful.

Colin Floyd
District Commissioner

07770364711 or colin.floyd@ntlworld.com


Brownsea Island 2015

Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2015

Elaine reports on the May 2015 Beavers trip to Brownsea Island…

The day began at 8:30 when we boarded the coach for the journey to Sandbanks. On arrival at Sandbanks the very excited but  well behaved Beavers walked the 5 min journey to the ferry, The short journey on the ferry was spent pointing out different landmarks that could possibly be Brownsea Island.

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On arrival at Brownsea Island we all went round together, taking in the breathtaking views and looking out for animals such as the Red Squirrel.

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We were given a talk at ‘St Marks Church’ by one of the amazing volunteers, the Beavers were in awe listening to her, she then sent them on a hunt in the church to find the ‘Kneeler’ that had been made by our Southampton City Active support Ladies.

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Later we went down to the beach where the beavers had a great time playing in the sand.  Then we walked back up to ‘Horse field’ where we had lunch, the Beavers were fascinated  when a visitor ‘A Peacock’ came to join them for lunch.

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After lunch we walked round to ‘The Trading Post’ where we took group photos, then walked up to the Scout stone where we renewed our Scout Promise and the Beavers were all presented with a Brownsea island woggle.

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We then carried on walking round the Island to the wonderful play area that has been created from trees that have either fallen or been felled on the Island.

 

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The day finished with a gentle walk past the reed beds back to meet the ferry for our return journey home.

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Elaine (Clover).


Learn Bushcraft Skills

Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Bushcraft.pngWould you like to learn Bushcraft Skills for yourself of the benefit of your scouting section?

Bushcraft refers to the range of outdoor living skills, from tools and woodcraft to fire and shelter to foraging and nature. These skills can be adapted according to the weather, season or the environment that you are in and will help you to tune into, work with and respect the natural world, leaving minimal evidence of the time you have spent in the places you are visiting or passing through

The HEAT Bushcraft & Survival Scouting Active Support Unit are an experienced, qualified team of Scouts and are offering 7 units which can be undertaken, including:

  • Bushcraft Tools and Woodcraft
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Wild Forage
  • Campfire Cooking
  • Nature Awareness
  • Camp Tools and Intermediate Woodcraft

You can attend as few or as many units as you wish. The individual units run every other Monday from 7pm to 9:30pm during term time, in Hambledon in Hampshire, for a donation of £5 per person per unit. There is also a self-catered weekend option for £35 which covers all the units.

If you are interested, just contact jay@birchbark.co.uk


Poppy Appeal – Total Raised

Posted on Sunday, December 21st, 2014

 

I have now heard from The British Legion with the total collected by members of Active Support and helpers from the District, for the Poppy Appeal. We collected £2,427.47p. This is a fantastic amount. My thanks go to all who were involved in this worthwhile cause.

George Longhurst
Active Support Manager


Summit Weekend, North Wales, October 2014

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

“Summit” has become a bit of a hidden asset. Perhaps most of the District does not know that City District has a very strong team of experienced and qualified mountain leaders who take Explorers and older Scouts to the rugged Mountains of Snowdonia every autumn. It is a tradition that has continued since 1970 and one that we should be very proud of. The usual venue is Hafod a Welsh Scout Council Hostel in the Ogwen Valley. Last year through a booking problem we had to go to a hostel near Cadair Idris but this October we were back in our old haunt.

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Ogwen Valley and the Glyders from Pen Yr Olwen

Numbers were down a bit, still enough for three good teams on the hill. We met at the 22nd HQ for the hardest part of the weekend – the 250 mile minibus trip, soon after the end of school, with arrival close to midnight. On arrival one thing became apparent; the Wind. This was nothing to do with excess of burgers at the Service Station. They, after a hot drink slipped off to their bunks. The leaders adapted their routes to suit the warnings of high wind. Morning broke, breakfast and the hustle to get ready for the day. Flasks had been put out the night before and had been filled according to their wishes.  The troops were checked to see they had the right kit and necessary adjustments made.

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The view down onto Llyn Ogwen

I  must mention team Rutherford – apart from organising the whole thing and making sure everyone had got away safely, our leader and his wife Kirsty took their two young children onto Pen Yr Ole Wen the high mountain opposite the hostel. It was a very windy day radio reports said that the wind speed on the tops was 60mph.

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In Safe Hands

Leaders left their route cards for Harold and me–we were two of the original Summiteers and stayed down to act as Basemen. Some went directly from the Hostel but at least one group were transported to a start point several miles away. For all Parties it was an act of commitment to hard mountains and high wind.

One Party had started from the North. It was a great route but unfortunately the route southwards was directly into the wind along a rising ridge line two big mountains lay ahead and the party were beginning to tire. Sensibly their leaders decide to come off early into the town of Bethesda. They phoned ahead to ask for collection. Harold and I haven’t got insurance for the minibus and he was thinking of making two journeys in his car. Just then the first party arrived back tired but happy. Their leader Paul immediately volunteered. We showed him the pick-up point on the map and off he went. The Rutherford Family walked in, fresh and happy and the children got back to their drawing books. Then the final Party arrived having walked in from the hill. Hot drinks were consumed and everyone got busy: wet stuff in the Drying Room; boots in the Boot Rack; and rucksacks unpacked. They all enjoyed the rest and the warmth of Hafod while dinner was cooking. A hearty meal and we broke into two groups: the Leaders relaxing and talking together and the Scouts talking about the day and playing cards. (Well, there was another group, Harold and me talking quietly together about Summits past and how pleased we were to see it all happening still.)

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What 60mph Wind?

The next day offered the chance to do real rock climbing and the group drove off to Capel Curig with the intention of trying the Pinnacles. Unfortunately the heavy rain didn’t stop and climbing on wet rock is almost as bad as sitting waiting to climb in the wet. Walking isn’t too bad and the party had a low level walk back to Hafod. Meanwhile the non- climbers went up to Y Garn and the Glyders at the back of the Hostel. All arrived back early and after another good meal everyone tucked into packing and putting the Hostel to rights. By three o’clock we were ready for the off and the long drive home with a group of young people who had: got over their fears; tested themselves in a harsh environment; and had memories that will last a lifetime.

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The Personel:

 Scouts and Explorers: Sam, James, Owen, Zak, Olivia, Nick, Greg, Dan, Matt, Patrick, Chris, Kyle.

Leaders: Ian R, Ian B, Paul R, Rob, Dave Mac: Sam T2, Kahryn.

Ex Officio’s, Kirsty: Fran: Rory: Geoff, Harold and Glyn the Sheep Dog.

 

Geoff Johnson

Active Support


Remembrance Service – 9th November

Posted on Saturday, November 1st, 2014

remember.pngOur District has been invited by The Mayor of Southampton to attend the Remembrance Day Service, at The Cenotaph, on Sunday 9th.November 2014.

It is hoped that we can make up a contingent comprising, a Beaver, a Cub and a Scout and Explorer and a Scouter from every group in the district. Also all Active

Support and Network members are invited.

Our aim is to have a good smart contingent for the remembrance parade at the Cenotaph in West Park Southampton for this years Remembrance Service. Last year was a lovely event and it gave our young people a chance to show their respect and remembrance and it was particularly mentioned by those attending, including the Mayor, that it was lovely to see our youngsters taking part.

Of course if your group has already arranged to go to your local church that is fine I am just pleased that they are doing that. But for those groups that do not go to a local church we would like you to join us at the main Southampton Cenotaph.

If we have the groups bring one beaver one cub and one scout and a number of Leaders, Explorers Network Members and Active Support we believe we will have at least 50 people attending. Even though i have said only one please do bring more if you wish to.

We will meet at 9.45am at Guildhall Square i will be there earlier, so please look out for me. You can park for free up to 12 noon on a Sunday at the West Park Car park.

Please do make sure you are all in smart uniform please, polished shoes etc. I will have poppies to give you if you have not already purchased some.

The parade will be marching from Guildhall Square to the cenotaph and back to Guildhall square after the service so Parents please come and see the parade and pick up your children from guildhall square just before 12 noon.

If you could all please send me an email to say if you are coming or not I would be grateful.

Colin Floyd
District Commissioner

07770364711 or colin.floyd@ntlworld.com  


From George

Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013

Poppy Collection

Thank you to all the members of Active Support who gave up their time during the past week selling poppies for the British Legion appeal. Thanks also to members of the District Team some of whom are not members of Active Support, who helped sell poppies. They are Lyn and Geoff Johnson,Pat and Don Rea, Patsy Osborne, Paul Renouf, and Scouts from the 13th Group. Not forgetting Lesley Travis the daughter of one of our late members who sold poppies on our behalf. Please forgive me if I have missed anyone out. I am grateful to you all.I will publish the total amount collected by us when the British Legion informs me.

George Longhurst


Get involved in H0014

Posted on Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Much of our programme of activities being delivered by specialists, the site team and external instructors. Therefore, we are mostly looking to recruit people to manage and undertake some of the roles that make the ‘behind the scenes’ run smoothly and make it a real ‘Jamboree’ atmosphere. I am looking after these functions, and am looking to recruit small teams in the following areas. I have already had some interest expressed in certain roles, but I wanted to make everyone aware of these opportunities. I also particularly wanted to contact District Commissioners, as you, your District Team and your Active Support Units may not be attending with a Section, but will have many of the skills we are looking for.

Support team functions:
– Car parking and traffic management
– Site support including toilets and showers, working alongside the campsite team
– Technical support for our stage, ceremonies and activities (power, light, sound, etc.)
– Staff catering
– Central services for leaders (enquiry point, phone charging, food shopping, etc)
– Gift shop and central services for all (including heritage displays, Scout shop, etc)
– Incident management (including first aid, risk assessment, safety advice)
– Communications (possibly camp newspaper, radio, photography)

We do not need huge teams – each Group should be reasonably self-sufficient and Buddens campsite is experienced at supporting large events. Many of the above roles do not require much input prior to the event, but I will be appointing a team leader for each area who can develop a plan for what preparation is required beforehand. (We already have some in place)

Can I ask you to please consider if you wish to play a part in the delivery of this event, and please forward this to people within your team who might have the time and skills to assist us but won’t be attending with their own Section. It might be, for example, that a District Team or an Active Support Unit wish to come as a small group and take responsibility for a particular function.

I am hoping to have the key roles completed before the end of the year, so your help would be much appreciated. I will attending our County Conference where we can have a face-to-face discussion if that helps.

I can be contacted via dc@havantscouts.org.uk or on 07786 007711.

Best wishes

Tim Pike


Logerheads

Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013

Nine bases; starting with storming the Bastille and planting the French flag on the ramparts.

The others on a French theme were: Following the route of the peasants march and finding treasure in the Chateau; Capturing the Scarlet Pimpernel; Painting a picture in the style of Mattise, Playing Petanque; Cooking Crepes; Building a Barricade; Making a Lego Eiffel Tower and meeting the “Montgolfier Brothers” with their hot air balloons.

As an extra, each Team made their own banner in the style of the revolutionary bands.

Grey Owls’ introduction to the Beavers was interrupted by the famous peasant “Les Miserable” but that didn’t stop the Beavers taking the idea on board and coming up with some great work.

After Lunch with hotdogs, provided by Lin of the Cub section, the afternoon sports session stared with a Penalty Shoot Out but Grey Owl soon realised that the exposure to the Sun was getting too much for the Beavers and the activities ended with them sitting on a water balloon, followed by a water fight in which everyone including Grey Owl, Les Miserable and the DC got wet.

The presentation was in the shade Paddys’ Place with each team holding their splendid Banners and balloons. First they let all the balloons fly. Then they all received certificates and their Adventure badge for taking part. They deserved them because had joined in with such enthusiasm and had done much good work. Well done to the team from the 2nd Colony who won the Trophy.

The day at Wilverley was shared with the Cub Section who were finishing their David’s Challenge Competition. There was great co-operation between the two Sections and  thanks go to Pat and her helpers for making it all possible.

My thanks must also go to the Beaver Section Leaders, the Explorer young leaders, Active support and all the parents that helped before the event and on the day. Hard work but good fun had by all.

Grey Owl