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Beavers go global on overnight camp weekend

Posted on Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 8:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Beavers on camp at Woodhouse Park.

On the first weekend of October, 1st Little Stoke Beavers attended an amazing event, the Beaveree, at Woodhouse Park, near Almondsbury. This is a Jamboree for Beavers, organised by the Brunel Scout district and themed this year around the Beavers’ Global badge.

During the day, seven different Beaver groups from across the Brunel district took part in a range of global-based activities. There were seven different stations for the Beavers to explore and enjoy. The activities ranged from creating masks of endangered animals, learning about the importance of recycling and the impact not recycling can have on the environment, to the teamwork activities of building a water filter and making a catapult to transport goods.

The daytime activities were concluded with a large wide game, which saw the 80 plus Beavers taking part in an exciting game which helped explain the importance of fair trade. Everyone then moved to the campfire area where the leaders taught them songs from around the world, finishing with a rousing chorus of ‘Campfire’s Burning’.

Two Beaver groups, including 1st Little Stoke, elected to enjoy an overnight stay at Woodhouse – all the other groups decided it was too cold! While the Whitehall pack enjoyed the pre-erected ready-made tented glamping-style village, 1st Little Stoke enjoyed the real camping of the pack tents their leaders had set up the previous evening.
Before a dinner of hot dogs, the Beavers all enjoyed exploring Woodhouse on a treasure trail, working as a team to find the clues to solve the mystery. After dinner was tidied away, the Beavers enjoyed playing parachute games before joining the other Beaver pack for more songs around the campfire and, of course, hot chocolate and s’mores.

Then it was off to bed in the newly bought blackout tents. Woodhouse was filled with excitable giggles as the Beavers snuggled into their sleeping bags, told stories and looked after each other. This camp was a first for five of the Beavers, with three of them only being with the pack for just over a month. All the Beavers enjoyed a lovely night’s sleep despite the noisy owl waking some of them at 2am!

More: Next adventure could be an outdoor camp at Slimbridge »

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UWE scientists give Scouts a helping hand

Posted on Thursday 7th November 2019 at 5:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Stoke Gifford Scouts taking part in a science activity at UWE.

Stoke Gifford’s Old School Room (OSR) Scouts have been busy again since returning from the summer break. A new Scientist Activity Badge being introduced into the system of 69 activity badges has given the Scouts something to get their teeth into and the University of the West of England (UWE) have been more than happy to help out.

The troop attended the science department where Paul and Heather took them through four experiments with research, observations and overall results being recorded.

The troop has also registered the fingerprinting experiment towards a Bronze CREST Award, a science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualification.

The 30 Scouts had a fabulous time at the university and couldn’t thank the lecturers enough for giving up their time to get them through this new badge.

One of the Scouts commented that she had already had a science lesson at school that day but the UWE session had really been fun and made her enjoy science!

Troop leader Andrew Phelps said

“It’s great when Scouting joins forces with other community organisations to provide our young people with such a great experience. We would like to say a massive thank you to UWE and especially Paul and Heather.”

This article originally appeared in the October 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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1st Little Stoke Scouts and Cubs enjoy busy summer camp in Gloucestershire

Posted on Wednesday 11th September 2019 at 9:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cubs and Scouts on camp in Cranham.

The first week of the summer holidays saw the 1st Little Stoke Scouts and Cubs set off for camp at Cranham Scout Camp in Gloucester. Despite arriving at camp in the rain, the Scouts and Cubs were all in high spirits setting up camp, showing brilliant organisational and leadership skills to ensure all the tents, equipment and food were stored safely.

Once camp was set up, the children all enjoyed playing team games, including the Scouting favourite the ‘stick game’. This involves standing in a circle passing upright sticks around by moving in the correct direction. A simple but tricky game, which resulted in bonds forming between the Scouts and Cubs and laughter from all. An epic ‘wide game’ of French versus British spies, which translated into the Scouts chasing the Cubs was also a highlight for many.

The cooking on the camp was of Masterchef standards, from bread making, to Dutch ovens full of pork and apple casserole, roast gammon in coke and caramel apples.
Lots of new experiences and skills developed for the Cubs and Scouts – from pioneering, which involved them building see-saws, A-frames, and washing-up stands to dam building to control a water flow.

The Cubs may have only stayed for a long weekend, but they certainly packed a lot in; tunnelling, dam building, mini boat building and racing, wide games and obstacle courses. Rocco, a new Cub on his first official camp as a Cub said: “Thank you for an awesome weekend, although at times I wasn’t sure of all the activities, I absolutely loved it. It was a wonderful experience.”

After the Cubs left, the Scouts and leaders commented that everything seemed a little quieter, but they had no time to stop as there were plenty more activities still to enjoy. The Scouts enjoyed a day out in Gloucester, enjoying the steam train ride and were lucky to have a whole carriage to themselves.

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Scouts give Stoke Gifford parks a spring clean

Posted on Tuesday 14th May 2019 at 10:03 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Scouts gathered outside The Old Schools Rooms prior to the start of their litter-picking walk.

Sunday 31st March saw 14 members of the local Scout Group and five adults giving up part of their weekend to help tidy up some of the parks in Stoke Gifford. With equipment such as bags and litter pickers provided by South Gloucestershire Council, they made their way around the village, making it a cleaner and nicer place to live and visit.

Starting at The Old School Rooms, they walked up to the Poplar Rooms park, where they collected three large bin bags full of litter as well as a car wheel with tyre. The rubbish was then left tied up at the car park entrance, ready to be collected by the StreetCare department.

As soon as the Poplar Rooms park was looking clean and tidy, the Scouts made their way down to Meade Park, picking up litter en route. Once at the park, they filled a further six large bags with rubbish and even found a large carpet!

After a short break for lunch, the Scouts continued their hard work by planting 78 saplings in the park with help from Jenny James, chair of the Friends of Meade Park group, who showed them where they needed to go.

Scout troop leader Andrew Phelps said:

“We would like to thank the Woodland Trust who provided us with the saplings. They are going to make such a difference in the park.”

The Scouts still have more saplings which will be planted at a later date in Forty Acres, with help from their conservation group at a later date. After a day of hard work, the Scouts headed back to The Old School Rooms at about 2pm to spend the rest of Mothering Sunday with their families.

Describing the day, Andrew said:

“The Scouts had fun litter picking and received several lovely comments from dog walkers and park users saying we were doing a great job. It is always good to give back to our community and the Old School Rooms troop regularly give up their time to do this.”

More: Educational tree walks planned for the summer »

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