Little Stoke Scout Group Celebrate 70 Years

As mentioned in our June edition, The Queen is not the only one celebrating 70 years in 2022! The 1st Little Stoke Scout Group also Celebrated 70years at the start of February.  To celebrate this exciting event a celebratory gathering is planned at the hut on 15th July and any previous leaders within the group over the last 70 years are invited to join in the party!

To mark this mile stone the group ran an exciting competition to design a special 70 years badge. Over 50 entries were received, which meant the community had an extremely hard job selecting the winners!  

The winning 3 entries all received an Amazon gift card, with the first and second placed entries being made into a uniform badge and a blanket badge.  First place was by a Scout, Ollie, who has now moved on to Explorers and second place was a Scout, Erin.

Spring saw 1st Little Stoke literally bounce into action with the District run ‘Bounce Back’ Event

This was staged at Airhop Cribbs Causeway, and involved several hours of bouncing, games, films, pizza, hot chocolate and the exciting opportunity to spend the night at Airhop and receive a special Airhop badge for their camp blankets.  Each section sent over 15 children to this exciting event which, due to Covid, was for many of the Cubs and Beavers the first time they had the opportunity to experience Beaver, Cub sleepovers.  All three sections thoroughly enjoyed this exciting opportunity, and were very grateful to their section leaders for allowing them the opportunity.

Beavers

The Beaver colony has been extremely busy this term.  They learnt all about the Islamic celebration of ‘Eid Mubarak’ as part of their world faith badge and were extremely privileged to try some wonderful traditional food, made by one of the Beaver parents.  

The Beavers really have been busy as they recently took part in a 5 mile hike, up and down hills and through the woods as part of the Jamboree On The Trail.  It was a lovely district event which saw almost 100 Beavers showing great Scouting spirit and all attending, including Parents, received a blanket badge.

Beaver Leader Gemma was also presented with her 3rd Woodbadge and her 10 years service award.  As a group we are proud of the dedicated service she has provided and continues to provide allowing so many children to enjoy and develop a love of Scouting.

Cubs

The Cub pack have been making the most of the wonderful weather and have been learning to cook outdoors on an open fire.  They have made ‘Smoores’ and ‘Damper Snakes’  which is a combination of homemade bread and jam, cooked on an open fire.  The leaders were really impressed with the teamwork and safety awareness shown by all the Cubs.

Scouts

The Scout Section have started this term trying to make up for all the time lost due to Covid.  They have taken to the water and lent their hand to Sailing, organised by section assistant Pete at the Bristol Docks.  The eldest scouts really enjoyed working as a team to learn to sail the boats.  Amazingly no one fell in, despite one scout climbing aboard the sail boat in the middle of the water, as traffic had made her late arriving.  However we are all sure she really enjoyed the speed boat ride to the sail boat.  The Scouts have also undertaken a Shooting lesson in Bath, where they learned to load and clean the guns, and how to fire them safely.

Mid-June saw the Scouts undertake their first night under canvas in 2 years.  16 Scouts and 4 leaders set up camp at Woodhouse for the night.  While there they enjoyed the low ropes course, a variety of wide games, shooting, archery and the assault course.   The assault course was a firm favourite for many as it involves being submerged in water to scramble under poles then, while wet, clamber up several other obstacles.  Several children enjoyed the dirty muddy water so much they repeated it several times!   

All the Scouts and leaders had a wonderful time enjoying the delights Scouting has to offer, forging new friendships and taking part in new experiences.  

All three sections are currently desperate for numbers, as the popularity of the group increases more adult support is needed.  Assisting at any of the groups is an extremely exciting and rewarding experience, and full training is available.  For more information please see the website below or contact Group Scout Leader Tony Edmonds, contact details below.

1st Little Stoke also now have an exciting website, recently updated by Beaver leader Gemma.

1stlittlestokescouts.org.uk

If you would like any more information on getting involved with 1st Little Stoke Scout Group, please contact Group Scout Leader Tony Edmonds on 07957880503 or email [email protected]

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