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Scouts brave the rain on September camp

Posted on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 9:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of around 30 members of 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts at Symonds Yat.

In September, over thirty Scouts from 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts and their leaders held a camp at Biblins campsite in Ross-on-Wye. Despite the very poor weather, they managed to complete a challenging programme with some new joiners camping for the very first time. As our oldest section in the Group, this was a simple camp to demonstrate the skills they had developed over their time with us. So when they arrived they raised their own tents and ensured that all of their kit was safely stored inside with regular inspections to ensure it stayed that way. After an introduction from our camp leader Darrell and hot drinks, they spent the evening inside their tents as the rain started to fall.

On Saturday the scouts cooked every meal and washed up afterwards (if you don’t cook, you wash. Very quickly, cooking volunteers appear!). The activities began with traditional saw and knife whittling skills taught alongside a session making paracord bracelets. And later – despite being very cold, wet and tired – they completed a hike to Symonds Yat in very heavy rain (photo above). For a few this was a journey of the next 100 metres or the next corner, but they all made it up to the top and back to camp. We finished the day with a campfire, s’mores and roasted chocolate bananas. And then to bed. In the rain. Again.

Sunday morning saw the camp rise a little more slowly but after another breakfast cooked by the Scouts, we had forest games including the always popular manhunt. A break in the rain alongside some fierce wind dried the tents enough for them to be quickly dropped and preparations made for home. After a final check of the field to ensure that we left nothing but footprints, we went home in the SUNSHINE!

Inspired? The Group is always looking for more leaders to prepare our young people as they develop skills for life. For more information, have a look at the Group’s website:

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Bradley Stoke Scouts take part in jamboree camp

Posted on Thursday 19th July 2018 at 1:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Members of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group at the Brunel Jamboree in May 2018.

By Nick Nelson, chair of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

Over the late May bank holiday weekend, 160 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and leaders from the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group took part in the Brunel Jamboree, where they joined many other groups from the local district. With a superhero theme, the three-night, four-day camp included climbing, crate stacking, archery, shooting, an assault course, bouncy castles, craft activities, human table football and backwoods cooking.

Like all our camps, they are meticulously organised over many months by our more experienced camp leaders. However, the physical activity started on Thursday evening with tents being raised by a mixture of Scouts, adult volunteers and parents. This included putting up seven marquees, four of them together into a huge 18 x 8 metre space for preparing and serving food. We would need this when the rain came.

When the Cubs and Scouts arrived on Friday, everything was in place. Tents were allocated and new friends made (having so many sections means that sometimes you only get to know them on a camp). We paraded into the main event area behind our superhero banner designed by the Beavers and opened the camp. The hot dogs were eaten quickly and everyone returned to camp for lights out at 11pm and sleep (or quiet voices until the early hours).

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Expedition camp at 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts

Posted on Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 7:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Expedition camp at 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts.

In late April, nearly thirty Scouts from the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group completed their expedition challenge. This is one of the nine challenge badges that are needed to complete the Chief Scout’s Gold Award, the highest award available to a Scout.

They met up on a damp Saturday morning with backpacks full of kit for a one night overnight camp, were broken in small groups and given various eight mile routes to follow between Haresfield Hill and Cranham Scout Centre. For many, this was the culmination of their skills development since their Scouting journey began, needing map and compass skills, resilience, team working and leadership as they completed the hike unaided. For the leaders, they had to walk the routes previously to ensure there were no obvious hazards and position themselves at checkpoints to count them in and count them out again. No one got lost but some did perhaps take the “pretty route” and have their own personal adventure. A special mention to two members who decided to cycle nearly 40 miles from Bradley Stoke to the campsite as their own personal challenge, showing the confidence developed over many years of Scouting.

Cranham Scout Centre was a relief for all and a very beautiful site. Tents were quickly raised and dinner made in traditional billy cans. Whilst the leaders planned a campfire, a light drizzle and tired feet meant an early night for most.

After breakfast they hiked some more, taking a much shorter and circular route back to camp but again using skills from the previous day. Following lunch, dropping the tents and checking the campsite was as we found it, there was time for an afternoon of activities before parents came to pick up very tired Scouts.

Inspired? The group is always looking for more leaders to prepare our young people as they develop skills for life. For more information, have a look at the group’s website at

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Scout leader honoured with Medal of Merit

Posted on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 9:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Dave Pace (right) receiving his award from Clive Mason.

Clive Mason of 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts writes: As Group Scout Leader, I’m delighted to report that Dave Pace, Assistant Group Scout Leader (Cubs), was recently presented with a Scout Association Medal of Merit for outstanding service to Scouting. The citation is as follows:

“Dave is the longest serving volunteer with 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group and is rightly seen as one of its ‘rocks’!  Volunteering since at least 2000, Dave has been supporting the success of the Group both at section level and as part of the management team.  Not only is Dave a highly experienced and capable section leader, as an Assistant Group Scout Leader and Training Advisor, he regularly takes on additional responsibilities above and beyond what is normally expected of a volunteer.”

“He has also frequently represented and successfully lead the Group’s involvement in numerous district and county events (including organising and managing involvement in several jamborees).  Behind the scenes, he has been fundamental in supporting me both as a Group Chair between 2009-2013 and Group Scout Leader from 2013 to date.”

“Dave is full-time employed and the father of six children (all who’ve been involved or are still involved in Scouting), yet his commitment to Scouting never waivers.  In addition, his long-suffering wife Michelle also regularly supports the Group (particularly when Group mass catering is required)!”

Photo of Calleigh Pace with her Chief Scout's Bronze Award certificate.

“Dave’s contribution to the Group’s significant success and growth since 2009 cannot be underestimated.  His analytical, quiet, calm… yet authoritative approach has been crucial in supporting me as my ‘right hand man’, the whole leadership team and Scouting development in the community.  As a result, he thoroughly deserves to be recognised for his contribution to Scouting in general.”

In the same week, Dave’s youngest daughter Calleigh, was also presented with The Chief Scout’s Bronze Award.  This is the highest award that a Beaver Scout can attain.  She worked very hard over the past two years to complete her adventure, outdoors, personal, skill, teamwork and world challenge badges.

A true Scouting family and success story!

Photos: 1 Dave Pace (right) receiving his award from Clive Mason. 2 Calleigh Pace with her Chief Scout’s Bronze Award certificate.

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