Scout Section News

Group Jubilee Camp – The Croft Campsite – June 2022

We set up some of the tents for Cubs and dining room shelter on the Thursday evening.

Setting up the Scout Patrol Tents.

On Friday evening the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers arrived at the campsite ready for a weekend of fun, activities and adventure.

The Beavers arrived at 9am ready for the activities and after flag break – all sections were split into different groups.

Soft Archery activity.


Tomahawk throwing activity run by Acton Scout Leaders.

Activities were: kayaking, soft archery, art & crafts, tomahawk throwing, fire by fiction, air rifle shooting and circus skills.

Kayaking on The River Stour.

In the evening we held a camp fire with Jo Waring leading the songs and afterwards – they toasted marsh mellows on the fire.

At Flag Break on the Saturday morning.

The weekend finished with Scouts Own Service, investiture of new Cubs and 10 year’s Long Service Award to Liz Moulton, Woodbadge Certificate to Eddie Gordon and flag break.

Liz being awarded her 10 Year’s Long Service Award.

Thanks go to Helen Foster (chair) and her team for cooking the meals, Acton Scout Leaders for running the tomahawk throwing and 44th Colchester Scout Leaders for running the Fire by Fiction and Tony Waring for organising the Group Camp and the Leaders Team.

The weekend was a great success and blessed with sunshine.

Paul, Callum, Eddie, Nigel, Ian, Jo,
Phil, Claire, Lisa, Steve, Phoebe & Tony

Lightweight Hike & Camp, Bures – April 2022

We started our hike from Bures Railway Station – catching the 10.33hrs train to Chappel & Wakes Colne. Arriving within ten minutes and set off down the hill to the Viaduct.

Standing in front of Chappel & Wakes Colne Station.

We walked past Creeping Hall, Chappel and onto Mount Bures – we stopped for lunch next the cricket pitch. We finally got to the campsite at 15.00hrs having walked 7 miles.

Setting up camp.

Scouts set up their lightweight tents and cooked their meal on the trangia stoves. We got the fire going and sat around the log circle and hey cooked marsh mellows on sticks and Leaders served the Scouts burgers from the altar fire.

Cooking our meals on the trangia stoves.

We awoke to a frost and bright sunshine – fires were lit to keep us warm. After breakfast and games we striked camp and headed home.


Night Hike & Camp – February 2022

Scouts arrived at the SHQ at 4pm. They set up their lightweight tents in the SHQ Grounds. Food and stoves were packed into their day sacks ready for the hike. We were then transported over to Boxford in our minibus and two parents cars.

Outside Boxford Church ready to set off.

We started our hike from Boxford Church.  We took in the footpaths to Hagmore Green and Assington. We stopped in the woods just off the footpath for shelter from the wind.

We set up our Tranjia stoves and cooked bacon and boiled water for hot chocolate.

Cooking bacon on the stoves.

We continued our walk and passed Assington Mill, Tiger Hill Woods, Lower meadows and onto St Stephen’s Chapel.

We arrived back in Bures at 10.45pm having walked 7 miles. Burgers were served to the hungry Scouts before bedtime.

Cooking sausages on the altar fires.

We woke to sunshine and got the altar fire going ready to cook our sausages for breakfast. A full English breakfast was served by older Scouts and Leaders. The camp finished at 11am with Scouts completing their  Hikes Away and Nights Away Staged Badges.

January & February Activities 2022

We returned in January and started by constructing 24 Bird Boxes (6 for the Parish Council) to be put up in the Cemetery Grounds and the others in our Scout Headquarters Grounds and Campsite.

Constructing our Bird Boxes.

We did Patrol Cooking Competition and visited to White Dragon Archery at Bakers Hall Farm, Colne Road – just outside Bures. This was a spilt evening and rotated the following week.

Archery at White Dragon Archery, Bakers Hall Farm.

We also made pancakes from scratch – cooking these on the Tranjia Stoves.

Cooking pancakes on the Tranjia Stoves.

September-December 2021 – term activities

We returned for another busy term of activities in September. Starting with a hike from Arger Fen Car Park to Bures. We collected edible plants for the Survival Badge and visited Chapel Barn and looked across the valley to the Bures Dragon.

Water Rockets ready to launch in the SHQ grounds in November.

We made water rockets, tranja safety and brewed hot chocolate, swimming at Peyton Hall for the Staged Swimmer Badges. We cooked sausages and twists on the altar fires. Liz Moulton (AESL) showed us around the Baptist Church as part of the World Challenge Badge and played Hungry Hippos games.

Cooking sausages on the altar fires in the SHQ Grounds.

Our last meeting of the year was a visit to Ipswich Ski Centre, Bourne Hill. Scouts took part in Tobogganing on the slopes and afterwards we visited Burger King at Copdock.

Tobogganing at Ipswich Ski Centre.


Joint Fireworks party

We hosted a Fireworks Party with Great Cornard and Acton & Waldingfield Scouts on Monday 1st November 2021.

After lighting the bonfire – the fireworks started at 7.30pm and lasted 25 minutes – well done to Kevin and Kieran for supplying and lighting them – it was a great display.

Fireworks going off in our campsite

We also had sparklers and toasted some marsh mellows on the altar fires in the SHQ Grounds.

A great night of fun had by all.


Young Wardens Day at Arger Fen near Assington

Four older Scouts attended the Young Wardens Day at Arger Fen on Sunday 24th October 2021.

Scouts taking part in the Young Wardens Day at Arger Fen.

They took a short walk up towards a Container to collect Forks and Spades ready to build a structure which would give Stag Beetle Larvae something to feed on (they are endangered).

New Stag Beetle home.

The Scouts dug a hole approximately 45cm deep and then placed multiple logs facing upwards and began filling the hole back up with the end product looking great! They also finished with a walk around Arger Fen identifying different types of Mushrooms. They all had a great time and give their thanks to the Staff and Volunteers for running the day and providing lots of help and support.

The Scouts took part in this activity towards their World Challenge Award – where they need to spend a day volunteering. All this work goes towards earning their Chief Scout Gold Award, the TOP Award in the Scout Section.

24hrs Survival Skills Camp

On Saturday 25th September – Scouts cycled up to Lamarsh Park Woods near Daws Cross.

We are all set up in here!

We set up camp in the dense woods – first job will be pitch their basher shelters and gather wood for the meals that we would be cooking.

Cooking Sausages on sticks at breakfast.

Our first meal consisted of jacket potato, baked beans and grated cheese followed by banana and chocolate chip.

In the afternoon we walked around the woods looking at trees, berries and each Scout made a water filtration system out of a 1 liter plastic bottle. We filtered some dirty water from the pond and managed to get it clear using grass, tissue, leaves etc.

Water filtration system.

We returned to camp – building the fire up ready for our evening meal of: chicken, carrots, potatoes and cabbage leaves which we wrapped in tin foil. Our desert was: cooking apples with currants and brown sugar.

We sat around the fire in the evening singing songs of Bungalow and Purple Soup. We had burgers and marsh mellows before bed.

Cooking our marsh mellows on the fire.

We could hear the muntjac deer screaming and owls hooting through the night. We were woken by the crows, blackbirds, woodpecker and pigeons before getting up at 7am.

For breakfast we had cereal bars and cooked our sausages on sticks.

We returned to Bures Scout Headquarters at 10.30am with everyone please that they had survived the last 24 hours!

Paul, Eddie, Callum & Ian

Summer Camp 2021 – Eaton Vale, Norwich

We left our Scout Headquarters on Saturday 21st August for a week of fun and adventure and headed to Eaton – just south west of Norwich. Camping at Eaton Vale Scout and Guide Activity Centre.

We travelled up in our minibus, trailers, truck and cars which took us more than 1 hour 40 minutes.

We set up camp after our picnic lunch down at the bottom of the site edging the trees for a wind break.

We did many activities for the week: Cooking on the altar fires, archery, tomahawk throwing, pedal go karting, indoor climbing wall, crate stacking, Jacobs ladder, volleyball, games of kubb, football, six mile hike, water games and slippery slide on the grass bank, patrol cooking competition and tent inspections throughout the week.

We visited Sea Palling for picnic lunch, swimming and played a game of non-cricket after the tide had gone out.

Our day out on Wednesday was at Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park near Lowestoft.

On Friday – it was silly games of Tug of War, egg and spoon races, assault course and patrol cooking competition. The presentations were given out to winners around the campfire in the evening.

We striked camp on Saturday between the rain showers and headed home for a good rest.


Thanks go to Nigel and Adam Norton for supplying us transport.

Paul, Eddie, Callum & Ian

Summer term activities

We returned as a whole troop at the beginning of May. The troop was spilt into three groups and we rotated weekly doing: Survival Skills, Pioneering, Air Rifle Shooting and Kayaking.

Survival Skills consisted of: backwoods cooking, shelters, lighting fires, rabbit skinning, first aid and rescue signals.

Master of Arms (Air Rifle Shooting) – Scouts were taught safety, setting up the range, laws of gun ownership and firing of the rifle and getting better scores at target shooting.

Pioneering consisted of: knots, lashings, whippings and making a big pioneering project.

We finished the term with a Rounders and Non-stop Cricket on the Recreation Ground and Ice Creams and Lollies were given out back at the SHQ.

And we presented some badges earned over the term before flag down.


Air Rifle Shooting – taking aim!


Making Shelters as part of the Survival Skills Badge requirements.

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.

Lighting the saw dust tin.

The Scout Troop was spilt into two groups consisting of 15 Scouts rotating on a weekly basis.

Wire and battery fire lighting technique.

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.

Cooking marsh mellows.

The evening was finished off with cooking marsh mellows on the wood fires.

Tree planting

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.

Scouts with spades ready for tree planting.

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.

Pizza looks great!

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!

Bird feeders being hang up in the back garden.

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 AdventuresTheme 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

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls