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1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group expands with three new sections

Posted on Thursday 26th March 2015 at 7:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Beaver investiture ceremony at the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

On Friday 20th March a rather unique ceremony took place at the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout headquarters at Brook Way Activity Centre. Due to the incredible demand on the group’s waiting lists (and after months of planning with considerable help from the Scout Association’s Regional Development Team), the group were able to finally realise their ambition to open a further two new Beaver sections, plus another Cub pack. This means that the Group now has four Beaver colonies, three Cub packs, two Scout troops and a partnered Explorer Scout unit, making it one of the largest Scout groups in the country!

The new Beavers and their new volunteer leaders attended the special evening ceremony to say their Promise and become members of the worldwide Scouting movement. Nearly 30 young people and five adults were officially welcomed to the group in front of a packed audience of family, friends and other 1st Bradley Stoke members.

Group Scout Leader Clive Mason led the proceedings by inviting the new adult volunteers to become leaders for the two new colonies. Then the newly appointed leaders were able to call their own new Beavers up in their smaller ‘lodges’ to make the Scout sign and say their Promise. All the young people coped incredibly well with their new-found fame and waited very patiently at the end, as many proud audience members took photographs.

Nick Nelson, Chair of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group, said:

“It is very rare for so many new leaders and young members of the Scout group to join all at the same time and is a reflection of how popular Scouting is. The Group has wanted to offer more spaces for local boys and girls to join for a long time, but this can only happen if there are the adults willing to volunteer to help make it possible.”

“The group still needs more adults (now, more than ever!), so if you have been inspired by seeing all these little smiling faces being given the opportunity for fun and adventure, please take a look at our website www.bradley-stoke-scouts.org.uk, where you can see even more of what we do.”

Photo: Beavers and leaders pictured after the ceremony on Friday 20th March (click to enlarge; view hi-res on Flickr).

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Beaver Scouts plant Jubilee hedgerow in nature reserve

Posted on Friday 4th January 2013 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Beavers help plant a hedgerow in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve.

Late last year, Beavers from the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group joined forces with the Woodland Trust to plant a native hedgerow in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve as part of the country’s Jubilee Woods project.

The hedgerow was planted in Savages Wood, under the guidance of volunteers from the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group.

It was the second time the Beavers have joined forces with the reserve volunteers, building on their previous venture of raising money for and planting their own pear tree in the Community Orchard earlier in the year.

Katherine Robinson, Beaver Leader, said:

“We are proud to be joining forces once again with the volunteers from the Conservation Group, who have kindly let the Beavers plant their Jubilee Hedge in Savages Wood.”

“In such a special year for the country it will be really nice for these young people to look back and remember how they marked the occasion. As well as appreciating how important it is to look after our native woodland, it also gives them a vested interest in their own community that will help protect it in the future and secure bonds between volunteer groups.”

“Perhaps one day they will bring their own children to see the trees they have planted.”

More photos of the Beavers at work can be found on PicasaWeb.

Local residents of all ages have the chance to make their own mark on the nature reserve when the Conservation Group stages it annual hedgelaying weekend this Saturday and Sunday (5th/6th January). Meet at the tool store behind the Leisure Centre at 10am each day. More details can be found in in our What’s On guide.

More: Trust aims to plant six million trees across the UK »

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Pirate-themed Beaver camp a great success

Posted on Monday 25th June 2012 at 8:43 am by SH (Editor)

The 1st Bradley Stoke beaver colony on camp at Woodhouse.

Katherine Robinson of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group reports on a recent camp attended by 6 to 8 year-olds from the group’s Beaver section:

Beaver camp this year was held at Woodhouse on 16th-17th June 2012 and as you can probably tell, the theme was “Pirates”! As it happened, we had managed to choose one of the wettest Junes on record to take the group’s youngest sections under canvas for the first time, but what better weather for a nautical theme?! We needn’t have worried – all the Beavers seemed to be having far too much fun to let a little thing like the rain bother them.

The Beavers set sail on the Saturday morning (almost literally with all the rain!) and joined the crew for a real adventure. They quickly stowed their kit bags in their cabins and fell-in for their opening ceremony, complete with a real ship’s bell and the obligatory pirate flag. As new recruits they were soon being put through their paces. They set out on a treasure hunt, using their maps to find a chest containing their team names – Jolly Rogers, Buccaneers, Black Pearls, Flying Dutchman and Black Barnacles! Normal speech was banned and replaced instead with “pirate-talk” – yes became “Arrgh!”.

The afternoon was spent making their own team flags to carry around, designing bandanas to wear, forging swords to defend the camp, creating eye patches and using jewels to create their own pirate wristlets. They were all now looking (and sounding) like real pirates and they were soon putting their team work to the test with a rather muddy Tug-of-War tournament.

The 1st Bradley Stoke beaver colony - pirate group. The 1st Bradley Stoke beaver colony - tug of war.

More: Camp comes under attack from enemy pirates »

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Scouts get a helping hand from UWE students

Posted on Friday 2nd March 2012 at 12:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Occupational Therapy students from UWE help Bradley Stoke Scouts

Occupational Therapy students from the University of the West of England (UWE) spent two days last week at the Brook Way Activity Centre helping the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group check through its camping equipment.

The Town Council has allowed the scouts to site a storage container alongside the centre and the group’s outdoor equipment was recently transferred there from its previous home with another scout group in Muller Road, Bristol.

The students had volunteered for the work as part of UWE’s Widening Occupation Weeks (WOW) programme, which gives first year Occupational Therapy students an opportunity to experience and reflect on a range of occupations through engagement with a variety of community and third sector (voluntary) groups, while simultaneously helping local organisations to get a job done.

A squad of ten students was given the task of pitching six patrol tents on land adjacent to the centre and “working out what goes with what”, under the friendly supervision of Group Scout Leader Mark Gollop and Group Chair Clive Mason.

The students also made sure that the scout’s marquee and dining shelter were in working order with no missing poles, guy ropes or tent pegs.

More: Could your group get involved with WOW next year? »

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