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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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Bradley Stoke Scouts on tour in Normandy

Posted on Friday 1st September 2017 at 11:37 pm by SH (Editor)

1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group summer camp in Normandy.

Thirty-six Scouts and volunteer leaders from the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group recently returned from an action-packed activity week in France.  Staying at a campsite in Hauteville-sur-Mer, Normandy, they spent the week engaged in a number of activities, including climbing, rafting, kayaking, high ropes, crate stacking, archery and fencing.

For many, this was the first time they had encountered the opportunity to do these activities and several overcame personal challenges to achieve new goals … including leaders!

An excursion day was spent at the Normandy American Cemetery (adjacent to Omaha Beach) and the Arromanches 360 cinema.  Both visits provided a unique and memorable insight into D-Day and the sacrifices made during this period in our history.  The Group couldn’t go without recognising this and carried out a wreath laying ceremony at the centre of the memorial colonnade.  The staff and several members of the public who watched the ceremony (in the pouring rain), commented on how dignified and respectful the Scouts were.  It was certainly a proud moment and not a single one came away without being affected in some way and recognising how important it was to make the excursion.

Members of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group lay a wreath at the Normandy American Cemetery.

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Largest ever Group camp for local Scouts

Posted on Friday 7th July 2017 at 3:30 pm by SH (Editor)

1st Bradley Stoke Scouts at Group camp.

On the third weekend in June, all the sections from 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts took part in their largest ever Group camp at Woodhouse Park National Activity Centre near Almondsbury. Over 150 young people from Beavers (aged 6 – 8), Cubs (8 – 10.5) and Scouts (10.5 to 14) took part, supported by over thirty young leaders and adult volunteers. They crate-stacked, abseiled, completed the adventure course (an excuse to get really muddy and wet!), made bracelets out of para cord and fidget spinners with real coins, flew down a water slide and took part in archery and air rifle shooting. But mostly, they had fun and challenged themselves.

There was excellent adult support in raising tents the night before the camp, especially from parents who came out in large numbers and, in many cases, raised their first tent! Overall we pitched over sixty tents from Beaver pop ups to eight man tunnels for Scouts and marquees to cook and eat in.

Everyone arrived excited on the Friday evening and very quickly were playing across age groups, exploring the camp and – most importantly – the woods! Organised games followed to burn energy and give them an opportunity to learn the names of the different leaders. Hot chocolate followed before they went into their tents and lights out.

Leaders were still finalising the following day’s activities and went to sleep in the early hours but were promptly woken around 3.30am by the sounds of football and excited chatter. Sleep is a privilege on camp! After breakfast, they started a day of activities with leaders either shepherding or leading their events. With temperatures rising into the high 30s, sun cream, sun hats and regular hydration were essential for everyone. The day finished with a traditional campfire circle with Scout leader Matt leading songs punctuated with a number of investitures of young people.

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More leaders gain their ‘Wood Badge’ at 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group

Posted on Thursday 30th March 2017 at 9:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Neil Raaff (left) and Richard Shepherd (right) being presented with Wood Badges by Clive Mason (Group Scout Leader, 1st Bradley Stoke).

By Clive Mason, Group Scout Leader, 1st Bradley Stoke.

On the morning of 8th September 1919, 19 men dressed in short pants and knee socks, their shirt-sleeves rolled up, assembled for the first Scoutmasters training camp at Gilwell Park. The camp was designed and guided by Baden-Powell. When finished, Baden-Powell gave each man a simple wooden bead from a necklace he had found in a Zulu chieftains deserted hut when on campaign in South Africa in 1888. The Scoutmasters training course was a great success and continued to be held year-after-year.

Wood Badge recipients now number more than 100,000 and can be found in all corners of the world. In the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group there are at currently 12 Wood Badge holders with many more leaders working towards completion. It can take up to three years to complete, but most leaders manage it in less than two. The three Assistant Group Scout Leaders hold two Wood Badges and the Group Scout Leader holds three! So it’s a good indicator of how highly experienced the leadership team is.

The Wood Badge is a Scouting programme and award for adults in the Scout associations around the world. The Wood Badge course is designed so that adult Scouters can learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. On completion, participants are still awarded the beads to recognize the significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people, and to welcome them to membership of 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group.

Although the programme has been modernised over the years, the essence of the original Wood Badge still remains. Adults use their new, and old, knowledge and skills to complete training which is designed to strengthen the individual and the Scouting they are providing to young people. Modules cover subjects as diverse as safeguarding, outdoor skills, inclusivity, first aid and leadership.

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