News & Events
We were unable to hold our AGM in 2020 due to the pandemic and were given special permission not to hold one last year. This year we have to hold one in some form and clearly we cannot do so face-to-face as we normally do so it is going to be held on Zoom. This coming Saturday (May 8th) at 18:30, we will hold our AGM online and it will be the usual mix of updates from the sections, a financial update, an update on the group from the GSL and awards for all sections.
It is likely to last for about 40 minutes at the most and we would love as many of you to attend as possible so we can update you on the group. You should already have been sent an invitation along with the Zoom link in an email from one of your section leaders but if not and you wish to attend then please contact them and ask for the link.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Saturday.
I am sure you are all aware of what a great job ALL of our leaders do week after week and especially how amazing they have been during the long months of lockdown. Well I am very pleased to announce that all of them have received awards over the past few months and now that we are back meeting at the HQ after so long, I was able to award some of them properly.
Chief Scout’s 5 Year Service Award: Paul Webster (Shere Khan), Mel Hawkes (Baloo), Charlie Birmingham (Rowan)
Commissioners Commendation (for exceptional work in difficult circumstances): Charlie Birmingham, Kirsty Purser (Meadow), Ben Paulley (Chil), Paul Webster, Mel Hawkes, Stuart Baston (Skip), Kieran Steers and Rob Steers (Rama)
Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service (only awarded after 5 years service and for going ‘above and beyond’): Charlie Birmingham who also helps the whole District with other Beaver sections and issues and organises District events.
Award For Merit (awarded only after at least 12 years service and for exceptional service and regularly going the extra mile): Stuart Baston and Rob Steers who continually do so much more than their leadership roles helping regularly at District level and who have both done so much to make meeting in person at our HQ a possibility.
All these awards are very well deserved and I hope you can see what an exceptional group of people you all have leading your young people.
Well done to all of you,
Seán Boxall (Group Scout Leader).
We are pleased to say that we will be able to return to meetings at the HQ after the Easter break. Full details of times and Bubbles plus arrival and pickup times are available from your section leaders but here are the high level details:
Beavers – Tuesday April 20th or April 27th (please see parent letters recently sent) and then May 4th for everyone
Cubs – Thursday April 22nd
Scouts – Monday April 19th
We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at the HQ once again.
Congratulations to one of our Scouts, Maddie Day who has done an amazing thing by walking a grand total of 326,876 steps during March for her ‘Walk All Over Cancer’ challenge (many more than the 310,000 required) and at the same time she has managed to raise £1,100 for the charity. What a wonderful achievement this is and what a great thing to have done during lockdown.
We are told that the achievement was made all the more challenging when Maddie managed to get concussion at school playing netball and was off school for 2 days during March!
WELL DONE MADDIE – we are really proud of you – a terrific and worthwhile thing to have done.
GLOBAL ISSUES CAMP
The Beavers and the Cubs held a joint camp this weekend. As well as setting up their own camp and sleeping in it overnight they also had a large range of activities to get involved in. They enjoyed going on hikes, cooking, baking, cycling, playing games, helping at home and much more. Everyone was very busy and had lots of fun.
During the weekend they had three visitors on Zoom, these were: –
Life in the Rainforest
The Beavers and Cubs were able to meet with Paul Carpenter on Zoom. Paul has travelled to rainforests all over the world searching for tarantula spiders, he even has one that he discovered named after him. The purpose of his trips is to study, photograph and film the insects, spiders and interesting fauna. His photos and videos gave everyone a fantastic insight into life in the rainforest. He then went on to show everyone a selection of the creatures that he breeds in captivity that can be found in the rainforest.
Lea Weimann from Greenpeace joined us on Zoom. Everyone learnt about Greenpeace and the work that they do. They also found out all about plastic pollution particularly within our oceans and discussed ways in which they might be able to help with this.
The Beavers and Cubs were joined by Stacey from Zoo2U and during the meeting they got to see a selection of endangered animals. Zoo2U are keen to raise awareness of endangered species and they certainly did a great job teaching everyone about all the animals that they had on show.
Well done to everyone who took part in this weekend’s camp.
It was clear that many of you had a great time taking part in so many activities at the recent Winter Camp. We really enjoyed seeing the Facebook posts from all our sections and you really got into the spirit of it, young people and parents. Lots of you also uploaded your work onto the Winter Camp website and I am pleased to tell you that the 12th finished in the top 200 groups countrywide – really well done everyone.
Here are a few lines from an email we received from the camp organisers:
“We were humbled by how well received the challenges were and by the huge volume of submissions, it was amazing! We have now been able to score all the entries that we received, there were literally thousands, and we are pleased to announce that:
12th Andover (West) scouts – Finished in the Top 200 of 686 teams.