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Could the Army Cadet Force be for you?

Posted on Thursday 9th May 2019 at 9:28 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Cdts Bishop,Massey and Porter performing a Command Task.

The Stoke Gifford detachment of the Army Cadet Force (ACF) is on the lookout for new recruits as well as adult volunteers.

Located in the after-school club next to St Michael’s Primary School on Ratcliffe Drive, the Cadets are one of the most established detachments in the area, having won numerous awards for winning drill and football competitions.

Once you turn 12 and are in Year 8 of school, you can join the Army Cadets. It is open to both males and females and at the moment, the Stoke Gifford detachment actually has slightly more girls than boys. The Army Cadets are sponsored by the MoD which makes it very affordable to attend – they only ask for a contribution of 25p per night. They parade twice a week; on a Tuesday and Thursday between 7.00pm and 9.30pm.

As a Cadet, you would be able to enjoy an array of activities, many of which are taught in the army. These include weekend camps, drill practice, field craft, weapons training and first aid training.

Whereas in the Scouts and Guides you work towards earning badges, in the Cadets, you earn your star levels. In each level, you have to pass certain subjects that are both practical and theory based. As you go up through the star levels, you will get promoted to a higher cadet rank; starting as a lance corporal, eventually becoming a sergeant major.

Sergeant Instructor Paul Clark, who runs the detachment, believes there are many benefits of joining the Cadets. He said:

“The young people who join the Cadets get so much out of it. As they move up the ranks, they gain management skills. They can earn qualifications such as first aid, BTEC Diplomas and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. I have seen so many kids come in here who would hardly say a word and now their confidence has grown so much that they can lead a drill practice and other activities. Most importantly though, they build great friendships; not just here at the detachment but with other cadets throughout Bristol and the whole country.”

More: Throughout the year, the Cadets go on four weekend camps »

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Pancake fun for 1st Little Stoke Scouts

Posted on Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of pancake cooking at 1st Little Stoke Scouts.

As part of their Shrove Tuesday celebrations, the Beaver and Scout sections enjoyed learning about Shrove Tuesday then making and eating pancakes.

The Scout section measured and weighed ingredients and then used the gas camping stoves to cook their pancakes. They then worked hard to see how many times they could flip the pancake. Finally, the Scouts all enjoyed eating their pancakes with chocolate spread.

The evening ended with new leader Jon Owen being invested into the group.

The Beavers went to Christ the King Church to learn all about the religious aspects of Shrove Tuesday as part of their Faith badges. They started the evening by trying to get a biscuit into their mouths while sitting on their hands. This was to teach the children about how difficult it is to find food in some countries. Next, the children watched a video about the reason pancakes were made (to get rid of all the bad food that was being given up for Lent), and the 40 days and nights which Lent lasts for. Finally, the Beavers were asked questions about what they had learnt. The evening finished with the children enjoying pancakes.

If you would like any more information on getting involved with 1st Little Stoke Scout Group, please contact Group Scout Leader Tony Edmonds on 07957880503 or email tonyedmonds108@yahoo.com

This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 21). 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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Beaver Scouts learn the importance of first aid

Posted on Friday 15th March 2019 at 10:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Beaver Scouts receiving first aid training from St John Ambulance volunteers. Photo of Beaver Scouts receiving first aid training from St John Ambulance volunteers.

This term, the Beaver section at 1st Little Stoke Scout Group has been extremely busy. The Beavers are currently working towards several badges, including their Faith badge, which will involve a visit to local church Christ the King, the Outdoor Challenge badge and their Emergency Aid badge levels 1 and 2.

As part of the Emergency Aid badge, the Beavers had a visit from the St John Ambulance Cadet group. They learnt about the importance of understanding what to do in an emergency, who to contact, how to put someone in the recovery position and how to use bandages. All the Beavers had the opportunity to ask questions and then act out scenarios.

Currently, the Beaver leaders are busily preparing for their first-ever 1st Little Stoke Beaver sleepover at the end of March. For the first time in the group’s history, the Beavers section will sleep over at the Lovell Centre at Woodhouse. This camp will allow the Beaver leader to gain her overnight camping warrant, which will allow the Beaver section to plan more exciting overnight adventures.

Around 15 excitable Beavers will spend 24 hours at a Gruffalo-themed camp. During the day, the Beavers, a mix of boys and girls, will be enjoying a range of activities from wide games, treasure hunts, outdoor cooking and craft activities. Then, after a delicious dinner the children will settle down to listen to the Gruffalo story while drinking hot chocolate, before heading off to bed in the centre’s bunk beds.

If you would like any more information on getting involved with any of the 1st Little Stoke Scout Group sections, please contact Group Scout Leader Tony Edmonds on 07957 880503 or tonyedmonds108@yahoo.com

This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 28). 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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Morris dancing lessons for jamboree trip Scouts

Posted on Saturday 9th March 2019 at 9:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Scouts being taught morris dancing by a visiting side.

Avonation World Scout Jamboree Unit 70 attended St. Michael’s Primary School in Stoke Gifford on Sunday 17th February to continue their preparation for the 24th World Scout Jamboree which takes place in West Virginia, USA from 22nd July to 2nd August. It will bring together Scouts from all over the world to experience new adventures, cultures and friendships.

As part of their preparations, Unit 70 needed to choose an activity for the Culture Day, where Scouts from all over the world who are attending the jamboree can visit Avonation’s campsite and get a taste of what it’s like to be British.

There will be 99 other UK units at the event, so choosing something the others aren’t doing was extremely difficult and they wanted something that could easily be taught to groups of foreign Scouts. Luckily, the Winterbourne Down Border Morris dance side came to the rescue and offered to teach them a routine.

Morris dancing originates from the Cotswolds and Unit 70 is made up from Scouts and Explorer Scouts from all over the Avon Scouts area, which includes Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

The unit were taught how to perform ‘John Smith’ by the Winterbourne morris dancers and their band.

The Scouts had a great time and are very thankful to their teachers for all their help and support. They will now be able to go over to America in July and show people what morris dancing is all about.

One of the leaders from the unit said: “It’s a lot harder than it looks and we’re sure the Scouts at the jamboree will love the dance and our tatter jackets. The young people put so much effort into learning this routine in true Scouting fashion.”

The unit are going to be fundraising at the Tesco Extra store in Bradley Stoke in March by packing bags for customers and then, in April, they will receive first response first aid training. (The jamboree is the trip of a lifetime and they need to be prepared for anything.)

To find out more about the World Scout Jamboree, visit www.2019wsj.org

This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 26). 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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