Southampton City Scouts News

Summit 2017

Posted on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

You’ve got to be tough to get through a weekend in Snowdonia! Scouts, Explorers and Network members have just returned from an adventurous trip reaching the peaks of North Wales. Saturday’s mist, rain and wind didn’t stop our teams reaching the summits of Snowdon and Tryfan. By Sunday the weather eased, rewarding us with some stunning views. Well done to everyone who attended, it’s a big achievement.

View more photos here


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.


Wye Valley 2017

Posted on Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Last weekend over 150 Scouts, Explorers, Network members and leaders spent the long bank holiday weekend in glorious Wye Valley. We took part in archery, kayaking, mountain biking and hill walking.

For more photos and updates from the camp, take a look at our Facebook and Instagram page. 14th Highfield (Wed Troop) made this excellent video which captures the camp brilliantly.

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Apollo ESU & 2nd Southampton Scouts Go Caving!

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Take a look at how Scouts and Explorers got on for a day of caving at Goatchurch Cavern and the famous Swildon’s Hole. Mendips, Somerset


Explorers Complete DofE Bronze Expedition

Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2016

On the last weekend of October, 9 Explorer Scouts from The Southampton District put on their hike boots and rucksacks to embark on their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition.  The two teams completed their training and a practice expedition earlier in the month and spent several evenings planning routes and preparing route cards.  Each team had to carry everything they needed for the two days, including tents, first aid equipment, cookers, food, and all their personal kit.  

The Explorers set off from Ferny Croft on Saturday morning, navigating across the forest to arrive at Wilverley campsite mid-afternoon.  After cooking a hot meal they settled down to good night’s rest.  On the Sunday morning the teams packed away their equipment, making sure they left the site spotless and continued their Expedition to Pickets Post.  As they navigated through the forest they gathered information and photographs ready for a group presentation, which will complete the requirements of the D of E Expedition.

We were lucky to have dry and mild weather for the weekend, with an added bonus of an extra hour of sleep, due to the change of the clocks.

We will continue to support the Explorers with the other sections of the D of E Award:  Volunteering, Skill, and physical, and hope to be able to present their Bronze Awards along with Chief Scout’s Awards soon.

As well as all 9 Explorer Scouts completing their Expedition; Explorer leader, Jake Toomer, has successfully passed his assessment as a D of E Expedition Assessor.  We now have 4 qualified D of E Expedition Assessors in the District who look forward to seeing more groups next year.

Thanks to Mark for assessing Jake’s Assessed Assessment. Also thanks to Vicky and Rozy for acting as D of E Supervisors on the practice and Assessed Expedition.

Amanda Toomer,  AESL Endeavour

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Summit Camp Photo Gallery

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Scouts, Explorers and Network members have just returned from an epic weekend in the mountains in Snowdonia, they even had decent weather this year! Thanks to 25th ESU who shared these pictures. Also, check out some other photos over on Google Photos and Instagram and share us your photos if you were there #summitcamp

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Summit: Our Trip to Snowdonia

Posted on Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Greetings from Snowdonia! Scouts, Explorers and Network from across the district have had an brilliant day in the mountains.


Roverang Scout and Guide Show

Posted on Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Roverang have big plans ahead to for their 59th production in April 2016 too with a new production team with some new and exciting ideas, bringing Roverang ever closer to its 60th year!!!
Cast registration details are outlined below and will be held at 3rd Itchen North HQ, Brook Road, Bitterne. Roverang cast is open to members of both The Scout Association or Girlguiding UK under the age of 25.

Adults cast : Open to Rangers, Explorer Scouts, Scout …Network/leaders from 14+ – 6-7pm on Sunday 4th October
Junior Cast: Open to anyone who is Scout or Guide age for the week of the show – 4-6pm on Sunday 1st November
Kids Cast: Open to anyone who is Cub or Brownie age by the week of the show – 4-6pm on Sunday 1st November

And if you want just a sneak peek of both the above productions them along with the talents of Basingstoke Gang Show, Andover Gang Show and Odiham Scout Show, then why not come along to ourCounty Show on 18th October in Winchester and show your support. Tickets available from www.hampshirescoutspresent.co.uk

Scott Marshall
County Creative Activities Advisor 
Hampshire Scouts


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


Loggerheads 2015

Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2015

Elaine reports on the beaver scouts Loggerheads competition 2015…

The loggerheads competition was held in June at our district campsite – Wilverley – where seven colonies entered teams of up to 4 Beavers.  The colonies were asked this year to provide ‘Scouting’ activities as their base.
The Beavers from each colony worked together as a team to complete the activities at each base. The day began with them decorating boxes which were later built into a totem pole.

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The bases included, Pioneering, putting up a tent, knot, decorating biscuits, building a shelter, water trail and a scavenger hunt.  The weather was very kind to us – with sunshine all day.
After lunch the Beavers played water games getting drenched during each game, the day ended with a wonderful water fight.
When the Beavers had changed into dry clothes we all met in the shade of Paddy’s’ Place for the presentations. Congratulations to the 7th colony who won the competition, to the 1st colony for coming second and the 13th colony coming third. Each Beaver was presented with an Adventure Challenge Badge and a certificate for taking part.

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Many thanks must also go to the Beaver Leaders, the Explorer young leaders, and all the parents that helped before and during the event
Elaine (Clover)

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