Scout Section News
Return of Face to Face Scouting
Finally after our year long break due to the Covid-19 pandemic we returned back to Face to Face Scouting.
The Scout Troop was spilt into two groups consisting of 15 Scouts rotating on a weekly basis.
We did: Axe, Saw, Pen Knife Safety, parts of Axe, chopping and sawing under floodlights in the SHQ Grounds. The following two weeks they took part in: Fire Lighting techniques: kindling, battery and wire, saw dust and charcoal cloth in the camp site area.
The evening was finished off with cooking marsh mellows on the wood fires.
On Saturday 24th April we planted out 200 trees donated free by the Woodland Trust.
Parents and other family members, Scouts and Leaders helped with planting of Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Wild Cherry, Hazel, Silver Birch and Rowan. Each tree came with a cane and guard – these were planted around the edge of the camp site.
This will help with screening and making it even more of a wildlife habit. Well done all for attending.
January Activities on Zoom
We continued our Zoom meetings in January 2021 – Scouts made Pizza’s from scratch and we held a troop forum – getting ideas of what they want to do for the rest of the term.
We took part in the annual RSPB Bird Survey in the our own back gardens and each Scout made some bird feeders out of yoghurt pots and filled them with lard, seeds, raisins and peanuts. They hang these up in their gardens to attract the birds in!
12 Days of Christmas, Festive Fun
12 Days of Christmas, Festive Fun was organised by Tony Waring (GSL) and Callum Byrne (ASL) with the programme being run over Zoom on Saturday 12th December 2020.
All Group Members took part in: Christmas Crackers, Pioneering Stars, Bridge Building with Spaghetti and Marsh Mellows, Decorate a Biscuit, Christmas Quiz, Musical Tunes and a Christmas Challenge around the village – how many posters will you be able to spot?
The day was finished off by singing to 12 Days of Christmas!
Broadstone Warren, Forest Row, East Sussex
On Saturday 17th August, we travelled to Broadstone Warren Camp Site, Forest Row, East Sussex for a week of camping filled with Fun and Adventure.
We arrived at 2.30pm and set up our dining room shelters and patrol tents in the woods of Ashdown Forest. Activities for the week were: Leap of Faith, Archery, Crate Stacking, Sumo Wrestling, Gladiators, Kubb, Swing Ball, Volleyball, Wide Games, Cooking on Altar Fires, Patrol Cooking Competition, Gadgets, Tent Inspections, Camp Fires, Swedish Candle and Swimming in the on-site pool which was challenging as it was not heated!
We drove to Hastings and visited the beach for swimming and kite flying. Fun in the sea as there were some large waves crashing on the beach!
Our day out on Wednesday was to Chessington World of Adventures – Theme Park, Zoo and Sea Life Centre. Scouts and Leaders did rides of: Rameses Revenge, Dragon’s Fury, Kobra, Rattlesnake, The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure, Tiger Rock, Tomb Blaster and Vampire.
Our hike was along the South Downs Way and this started at Beachy Head Car Park next to the Public House. We walked along the high cliffs and could see Eastbourne, Harbour, Wish Tower and Pier and wind farm, Beachy Head Lighthouse and we carried on walking to Belle Tout Lighthouse and then to Birling Gap for a lunch stop and swimming. We headed back via Horseshoe Plantation, Frost Hill, Kiln Combe and Long down. We saw a kite boarder on the top of the cliffs on his skateboard which proved very interesting to the Scouts – especially when he did his turns in the air!
On Saturday, we striked camp in the nice sunshine and headed home for a well earned rest.
Paul, Nigel, Eddie, Liz, Callum and Ian