News & Events

Hedgehogs and Zoom !

The Beavers invited the Cubs to join their Zoom meeting recently week and were joined by Dave Hudson from ‘Prickles and Paws’ hedgehog rescue centre in Newquay.  He gave everyone a tour of the rescue centre which was very impressive.  They got to see the incubators containing hoglets and the building where the bigger hedgehogs and the maternity unit were housed.  The tour then moved on to the outside space where a fenced off area was home to the hedgehogs before being released back into the wild.  As well as hedgehog houses, feeding stations and hedgehog highways, they all got to see the hydrotherapy pool used to assist the hedgehogs in recovering from any injuries they might have.

Everyone learnt a lot, including how hedgehog numbers are declining and the importance of making our gardens hedgehog friendly.  He encouraged everyone to get involved with this by making hedgehog houses, highways and by creating feeding stations.  He encouraged the Beavers and Cubs to send the rescue centre any photos of anything they do to create a great environment for a hedgehog.

If you click on this link https://www.pricklesandpaws.org/ you can go directly to the ‘Prickles and Paws’ website.  Please do visit, it has all the contact information, along with information on how to attract hedgehogs to your garden.  There are also some adorable hedgehog photos.

As a charity they are reliant on public support to be able to keep their rescue centre open.  If you would like to donate to ‘Prickles and Paws’ you can do so via their website. Please contact one of our Beaver or Cubs leaders for more information on this.

A very big thank you to Dave Hudson for giving us all such an interesting evening and for showing us around ‘Prickles and Paws’ rescue centre.

Hoglets

Care For Care Homes

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers have continued meeting online throughout lockdown and decided to direct their community work towards helping the hard-hit care sector during this challenging time.

The Scouting Association recently launched the campaign “Care For Care Homes”.  Care homes have been hit incredibly hard during the pandemic with residents being separated from their loved ones.  The goal was for the Scouts to carry out acts of kindness to help to reduce loneliness and improve the well being of people in care homes.  Many Scout groups within Andover have taken part including the 1st Andover Beavers, 3rd Andover (West) Beavers, 12th Andover (West) Beavers and 12th Andover (West) Cubs.

After establishing links with two care homes the Beavers and Cubs got very busy drawing pictures, writing letters, poems and making games to send to the care homes to cheer the residents up.

Initiatives like these are always very uplifting to hear but especially during these difficult times.  A delivery has now been made to The Andover Nursing Home and Millway House Nursing Home.

GSL Note: What a wonderful idea to do this and to make such a difference to the lives of people in care homes. Really well done to all those 12th Beavers and Cubs who took part and thank you. Bagheera.

Help celebrate VE day on May 8th with the 12th

On Friday May 8th the whole country will be celebrating VE (Victory in Europe) Day and here at the 12th we thought we should have a special celebration at home style party. All the instructions with lots of ideas for what you can do for this are in the attached document so have a read to get some ideas and remember you can add as many of your own ideas as you like too.

Don’t forget to send us your pictures and if you are happy for a short film clip of your celebrations to appear on this website too then please follow the instructions on the attached document and send the clips to your leaders.

Have fun everyone (and special thanks to Charlie and Kirsty for organising this).

Multiple Activities at the 12th

You are all doing so many activities during lockdown that it’s very hard to keep up with them all. It has been wonderful to see how much you are all doing with camping, cooking, making things, walking to the moon and making rockets and so much more. You can see lots of examples of this if you have access to our various Facebook groups but here are just a few of them for you to enjoy.

Well done to everyone who has done an activity and well done to Hamish, Finley and Arlo, Andrew and Ollie, Billy and Ashley for the things you did in these photos:

Trey Koko’s walk

One of our Beavers (Trey) has walked his 1 mile recently (if you are part of the Beaver Facebook group you can see his video on there) and he did this in his garden for 20 minutes. Well done Trey we are proud of you. In addition Trey’s family and friends sponsored him and he raised a total of £50 which is terrific. Amazing work.