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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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Youngsters and adult volunteers honoured at Scout Group AGM

Posted on Tuesday 19th September 2017 at 11:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Some of the awards winners honoured at the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group's AGM on 12th July 2017.

Parents, youngsters and adult volunteers gathered at Brook Way Activity Centre on Wednesday 12th July for the AGM and open evening of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

As well as the usual elements of the AGM, bringing together the Scout Council to agree the annual reports and nominate members of the executive, the group also celebrated quite a few awards, as shown in the ’roll of honour’ below.

The Bronze, Silver and Gold Chief Scout Awards are the highest badges in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts respectively and represent work undertaken during the youngsters’ time in each section.

There was also an emotional award to Calum Morris, who received a personal award from the Chief Scout (Bear Grylls) after undergoing his fourth open heart surgery.

His dad, John Morris, also received an award, recognizing his commitment as a Cub leader whilst also looking after his family.

The evening was rounded off with a family BBQ giving parents and their children the opportunity to mix with those in the other sections, see what they do and meet the leaders and supporters of the group.

Photo: Just some of the award winners honoured at the AGM (the complete list is shown in the Roll of Honour below). Click to enlarge; hi-res version on Facebook | Flickr | Google.

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