Could you be someone’s hero?

Happy Founder’s Day! (And happy Thinking Day to our friends in Girl Guides)

Today is the day that scouts and guides across the world celebrate what would have been the birthday of our founder Lord Robert Baden Powell. In the early 1900s he was a complete maverick and his idea that young people were of real worth, that they worth developing and could be capable of serving their community was in complete contrast to the attitudes of the time when its was said that “children should be seen and not heard”.

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Today the Scout Association is remembering BP with the theme of My Scout Hero where scouts are remembering the people in scouting who most influenced them with lots going on across youtube, twitter and the rest of the internet

Right now as a group we are looking to recruit new adults, in particular with our cubs and beavers. Heroes come in many shapes and sizes and it can be the most unlikely people who are capable of being someone’s hero, sometimes for doing the smallest of things, teaching them to light a fire or taking them on their first night away from their parents. You certainly don’t need to be superman to do it!

If you want to be someone’s hero then please get in touch. You don’t need experience or qualifications, just a sense of humor and few hours to spare each week.

So what are you waiting for? We’d love to hear from you……

In the hut, nobody can hear you scream…

Well that’s not quite true. However, you might now be able to talk without having to shout!

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The weekend of the 8th & 9th February saw some great team-work in the HQ.  Volunteers young and old assembled early in the morning to set up a factory producing sound-absorbing panels.

 

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The team sawed, glued, stapled, drilled and drank tea all day.  The GSL handed out biscuits and tried in vain to remove glue from his hands.

 

 

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Finally, the Quartermaster had a stock of 40 padded panels ready for mounting.

 

 

 

hope that B-P and HM approve!

 

 

Sunday saw deployment of the scaffold tower, drills, screwdrivers and long-forgotten knot-tying skills.  Slowly, the echoeyness diminished until you could actually hear your own blood pumping (according to our Group Secretary).

 

Thank you to all our volunteers: John, Rob, Michael, Roger, Eliane, Leonie, Mark, Max, Lucas, Neil, Catherine, Rebekah, Sophie, Issy, Valerie, Jamie, Robin, Graeme and Gregor.  [Editor: If I have missed out anyone, please let me know!]

If it’s too quiet now, the Cubs will just have to practice louder Grand Howls!

 

Report from one of our young helpers (Jamie, Cub aged 8)

Why did we build the panels?: “Because the hall was really echoey and it was giving us headaches!”

What jobs did you do?: “Completing the panels, sticking the blocks of wood on, drilling the brackets, tying the ropes and cleaning up”

What was different when we finished?: “There is hardly any echo at all now!”

What did you enjoy most?: “Learning a new knot! The round turn and 2 half hitches”

Do you think that the hall is better now?: “Yes, a lot better. It’s nothing like it was before.”

 

 

 

 

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

What do you when its the coldest, darkest part of the year? If you’re a bunch of scouts you grab your rucksacks, pack the tents and head off to camp. That’s obvious isn’t it? 🙂

So back in early January a dozen scouts headed to Gilwell Park in Epping Forest along with 3000 other scouts and explorers for a weekend of mud, fun and more mud. An annual event that started back in the 90s Winter Camp is a national event that proves that scouts really can handle anything thrown at them.

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The programme allowed for scouts to pick and chose from everything the site had to offer including, climbing, zorbing, high ropes, horse riding, white water rafting, JCB driving and quad bikes

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And it didn’t stop in the evening! Once the sun went down a disco, cinema, wide games, camp fire and a fair ground kept everyone thoroughly entertained.

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As for the winter weather? After a Friday night deluge we got wall to wall sunshine the rest of the weekend! As for those who stayed at home? You’ll have to come and join the fun next year……..