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Lots happening at 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts

Posted on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at 9:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Members of 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

By Nick Nelson, chair, 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group

Over the winter, we spend more time inside ‘the hut’ working with our young people on a variety of activities including badge work, cooking (always popular) and developing skills in knots and map reading (not so much!). That said, we do get our young people out for hikes as the dark makes everything feel that little bit more adventurous.

The Cubs have also been busy holding litter picks throughout the town over the last couple of weeks and our thanks to the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group for the loan of their tools. We also recently held two fundraisers, a swimathon and a bingo evening, to raise funds for the Beavers’ visit to Legoland later this year. Thank you to everyone who supported us!

Moving now into spring, we begin to spend more time out and about, hopefully getting little – and not so little – legs tired.

We have a fantastic programme, but we do need to attract more adult volunteers to maintain it. We especially need support urgently for:

  • Beavers 6-8yrs (Fridays)
  • Cubs 8-10.5yrs (Mondays & Fridays)
  • Scouts 10.5-14yrs (Fridays)
  • Band instructors (Mondays; particularly trumpet/drum)
  • A quartermaster, to keep an eye on all our equipment

Discover how being part of the Scouting family can be as rewarding for you as it is for young people. Please email our group Scout leader for an informal chat about how you can join the team: clive.mason@1stbss.org.uk

Lastly, we are very keen to attract even more girls to the Group. Amy, one of our Beaver leaders and a parent, explains more below.

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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: http://1st.bradley-stoke-scouts.org/home/join-1st-bss

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 www.bradley-stoke-scouts.org.uk

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