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First-ever camp for Little Stoke Beavers

Posted on Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 12:45 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of a group of Beaver Scouts standing outside the Lovell Centre.

Are you afraid of the Gruffalo? Well, the 1st Little Stoke Beaver Scouts certainly aren’t!

The weekend of 23rd and 24th March saw a group of sixteen excited Beavers spend just over 24 hours at Woodhouse Park campsite near Almondsbury, staying in the Lovell Centre.

Photo of Beaver Scouts trying out the low ropes activity.

On arrival the Beavers all enjoyed their packed lunches before one group enjoyed facing their fears and conquering the ‘low ropes’ course.

Group leader Tony Edmonds, was very impressed with the Beavers, saying:

“All of the leaders were extremely proud of the behaviour and teamwork of all of the Beavers. Many of them were worried about the low ropes course, but with the support of their fellow Beavers, they faced their fears and didn’t give up.”

The remaining Beavers went on a Gruffalo and bug hunt in the large expanse of woods around Woodhouse Park. The Beavers were challenged to try to fill a small box with one item to represent each letter of the alphabet. Some excellent suggestions were made, and the Beavers quickly realised that the smaller the item, the better. Unfortunately, no one managed to squeeze a Gruffalo in, and the unicorn was clearly exploring elsewhere!

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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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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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