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Gold awards for OSR troop quintet

Posted on Wednesday 31st October 2018 at 6:37 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Chief Scouts's Gold Award winners (l-r) Matthew, Dan, Dylan, Josh and Jack.

On 18th July, the Old School Rooms (OSR) troop of 1st Stoke Gifford Scout Group attended the Pirate Bay Golf Centre in Hambrook to celebrate the end of the summer term and invited the Avon county commissioner Graham Brant along to make the presentations of five Chief Scout’s Gold Awards.

Dan White, Matthew Coggan, Josh Nicholson-Warn, Dylan Harrison and Jack Dobie have spent the last four years working hard on the requirements of the top award for the scout section, completing the nine challenge awards in Adventure, Outdoors, Expedition, Skills, Creative, Teamwork, Team Leader, Promise and World, plus attending camps and earning activity badges in some of the 72 available categories.

After the presentation and congratulations from leaders and the county commissioner, the troop joined in with the celebrations with cake and drinks.

Photo: Award winners (l-r) Matthew, Dan, Dylan, Josh and Jack pictured following the presentations.

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 5). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Scouts go back to their roots for group camp

Posted on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 9:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of members of 1st Stoke Gifford Scout Group on Brownsea Island.

Eighty members of 1st Stoke Gifford Scouts are back from their group summer camp to Brownsea Island (the place Lord Baden-Powell held the first scout camp), writes Andrew Phelps.

The history behind this island and the beginning of UK Scouting is a massive draw for Scouts throughout the world and we met troops from Liechtenstein, Australia, Italy and several from UK Scout Groups.

The travelling down from Bristol took about four hours on Saturday, then a quick ferry ride and a short walk saw the Cubs and both Scout troops on the very site of the first camp.

The weather was fantastic and with no natural predators, the abundance of ducks, peacocks, pheasants, deer and, of course, red squirrels, which were all well used to human close contact, made for a great experience.

We slept under canvas and took part in many activities run by the island volunteers, like red squirrel ‘talk & walk’, the nature reserve and environmental conservation sessions. There were also section leader-led activities such as pioneering, orienteering, crabbing, island orientation hike, swimming and shelter building, to name but a few.

This camp was great fun and although all were tired out on our return home on Wednesday, with the picturesque location, hot weather and great camaraderie, it was a fantastic success and we would all go back tomorrow if given half a chance.

The staff and wardens on the island were always helpful, the ferry staff, well practised in taking large groups across, made transfers run like clockwork and Tesco’s ‘click and collect’ all made life easier for the adult leaders and minimised any time the Scouts and Cubs were waiting around.

We had fish and chips for lunch on Poole Quay and then it was back on to the coach to travel home. Four hours later and we arrived on The Green to waiting parents, who were all thankful to have their children home. They all must have had a great night’s sleep – I know I did!

Lastly, a massive thank you to all the leaders who give up their time freely to make Scouting so exciting and interesting for our young people in Stoke Gifford.

If you would like to join the group as an adult leader, Beaver, Cub or Scout, please visit our website and complete a ‘contact us’ form.

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 15). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Little Stoke Scouts learn ‘skills for life’ on camp

Posted on Monday 10th September 2018 at 9:41 pm by SH (Editor)

1st Little Stoke Scouts ready to set off for summer camp.

The Scouts at Little Stoke have returned from their week long summer camp at Parc le Breos on the Gower in South Wales. Twenty boys and girls from the troop have had a fun, action packed and enjoyable week. Activities included fishing, horse riding, surfing, swimming, a visit to Oakwood Leisure Park and avoiding a wash for most of the week!

1st Little Stoke Scouts: Erecting tents at summer camp.

The weather was brilliant and most of the time was spent outside in the fresh air. The evenings were spent playing in the woods and enjoying campfires.

The troop travelled to the camp in a minibus kindly lent by St Bede’s Catholic College, while parents helped with the loan of vans to get equipment to the campsite. This enabled the group to provide the camp at a cost of £150 inclusive of all transport, food and activities.

This type of activity is a regular part of our programme which gives children ‘skills for life’. This is a strategy that supports and empowers both young people and volunteers. It’s a strategy to bring communities together and contribute towards a better society.

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, says: “Every child has the right to an adventure. Life is about grabbing opportunities. The prizes don’t always go to the biggest, the best and the strongest – they go to those who persevere. These are simple life lessons that Scouting teaches.”

The group is now very nearly full, but we are always willing to take new children if their parents are willing to help with any of the sections. We have three sections, Beavers 5.9 years to 8 years, Cubs 8 years to 10 years, and Scouts 10 years to 14.5 years. We meet at our own purpose-built HQ within the park on Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke. If you or your child would like to join the adventure, please call Tony Edmonds, Group Scout Leader on 07957 880503.

Website: 1st Little Stoke Scout Group

This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 47). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Local Scout troop fundraise for trip to Cyprus

Posted on Friday 19th January 2018 at 10:54 pm by Laura Mortimore

Members of the 1st Stoke Gifford Scout Group.

The 1st Stoke Gifford Scouts have been working hard in recent weeks, trying to raise money for their 2018 camp to Dhekelia, Cyprus.

The camp, which is set to take place during October half term 2018, has been arranged with the 48th Dhekelia Scout troop in Cyprus and is going to provide the local Scouts with a great opportunity to make new friends and learn about a different culture. Andrew Phelps, troop leader of the 1st Stoke Gifford Scouts, is planning on taking 20 children and 10 adults to Cyprus where they will camp with the Cypriot Scouts. Talking to me at their last troop meeting, Andrew stated that:

“The trip is going to be an amazing experience for the kids and hopefully some of them will become pen pals with the Cypriot Scouts. Fundraising for the camp is also a great way of demonstrating to the children that they have to work hard to get what they want”.

The Stoke Gifford Scouts have been in touch with the Dhekelia Scouts for many years now, developing a close relationship with the Cypriot troop and have even visited them before, in October 2013. The same activities are being planned for next year’s trip, which include scuba diving, sea kayaking, sailing, rafting, swimming, fishing, hiking and pioneering. They are also planning a cultural visit to a monastery in the Trudos Mountains, stopping for lunch on the top of Mount Olympus and a trip to the buffer zone which is controlled by the United Nations, crossing the green line into Northern Cyprus. This will give the children the opportunity to experience first-hand the differences between Turkish Cyprus and Greek Cyprus.

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