Southampton City Scouts News

Geeking out at Apple 馃崕

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聽below…


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 路 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 路 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 路 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 路 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!聽鈿滐笍馃嚚馃嚟

24 October at 20:39 路Trummelbach Falls, Switzerland
Today the Scouts headed out on the train to visit Trummelbach Falls, Interlaken and Spiez. A big thank you to聽Alpkit Foundation聽whose generosity allowed us to experience these stunning waterfalls.
25 October at 17:50 路 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!


Watch: Southampton scouts sleep on a cliff edge!

Posted on Saturday, October 28th, 2017

To me, scouts is about new experiences, developing skills and growing comfort zones.

This half term, 3x 12yr old scouts & I quite literally slept on the side of a cliff – I think that’s a tick in each box.

Truly fantastic and surreal experience. Massive thanks to聽James聽and his friends who lent us the portaledges, to the parents who trusted me, Anne for camping up top, and the scouts for being utterly amazing. It was a humbling experience.

Ed – Scout Leader. 14th Highfield (Friday Troop)


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聽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


Do you like swimming? Earn your Swimmer badge on July 17th

Posted on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

FREE Cubs and Scouts Swimmers Badge Evening
Do you like swimming?… Achieve your Level 1, 2 or Level 3 Swimmers Badge to add to your uniform!
Limited spaces… Sign up to save your space!
What is the Swimmer Badge?
It’s a staged activity badge which you wear on your left sleeve. Click here to find out more
When?
Monday 17 July 5:45pm – 7:00pm
Arrive for 5:45pm for a prompt start at 6:00pm
Where?
Regent鈥檚 Park School Community Pool
Richville Road Entrance.
Programme
Choose either level 1, 2 or 3 based on your swimming ability. All sessions are led by qualified instructors provided by WessexSwim.
During the session you will do all of the following:
Level 1
Learn safety rules
Swim 10 metres on your front using only your legs
Tread water for 30 seconds.
Retrieve objects underwater (chest deep)
Swim 25 metres without stopping
Take part in some races!
For level 2 you will also鈥
Swim 10 metres on your back using only your legs
Tread water for 3 minutes
Mushroom float for 10 seconds
Surface dive
Swim 100 metres without stopping
Enter the pool and push off from the side on your front, gliding for five metres.
For Level 3 you will…
Swim 50m in shorts and shirt
Tread water for three minutes, with one hand behind your back.
Surface dive into 1.5 metres of water and recover an object with both hands from the bottom.
Swim 400 metres without stopping.
Tread water for 5 minutes using the heat escape lessening posture.
Sign up.


DC’s Notes: Beavers Loggerheads, Cubs Challenge and Scouts Emlyn

Posted on Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Congratulations to the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers for taking part in their section competitions over the last two weekends. I was pleased to be able to get to these events as DC.

  • Beavers at Loggerheads
  • Cubs at Davids Challenge
  • Scouts at District Emlyn

I was really impressed with the way the teams at all three events showed teamwork and developed leadership in their challenges. With everyone having great fun along the way.

Thanks also to the leader teams in each section for their hard work in making these competitions happen.

It’s great to see the levels of challenge that go with the progression up through the sections.

Well done all who took part and thanks to all who supported these great events.

David, DC

Beavers Loggerheads 2017

Beavers Loggerheads 2017

Scouts Emlyn Camp 2017

Scouts Emlyn Camp 2017


Video: Emlyn Camp Diary

Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017

For those who don’t know… Emlyn is a weekend competition camp held every year where Scouts get the opportunity to ‘camp without adults’ in the sense that they set up their site, cook, eat and complete challenges without any help from the leaders.

14th Wednesday Troop made this video of their time at Emlyn Camp last weekend…

Emlyn camp returns in June 2018


Results: Cubs and Scouts District Archery Competition

Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017

Congratulations to the 25th Cubs and 2nd Scouts鈥 This year鈥檚 winners of the District Archery Competition. Well done all who took part too over the weekend 馃徆


Registration is now open for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree

Posted on Sunday, May 14th, 2017

The World Scout Jamboree is a聽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.聽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. 聽Please download the聽WSJ19 Participant Application Form聽and make sure that it is completed and sent in by 30th June 2017.聽Alongside the Application form, is聽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聽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聽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 –聽WSJ Leader Selection Videos聽– 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 拢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聽wsj@scouts-hants.org.uk

Please remember to join the Facebook Groups to keep up to date:聽County Explorers聽and聽County Network聽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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