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Last month saw the first of two training camps for the District Summer Camp trip to Kandersteg next year. The event was the first time all of the Scouts, Explorers, Network & Leaders had a chance to meet each other.
During the weekend the group were built into their patrols for the trip, which will form the building blocks of the activities that they will do when in Switzerland. Each patrol took part in a number of team building exercises, as well as a afternoon cryptic clue hike which eventually led to their dinner at the local fish and chips shop in Alresford (Thanks to Dave's Fish & Chips). In all in the event went very well and a big thank you to all of the Leaders who helped over the weekend.
Team GB weren't the only group going for Gold over the Summer. A group of 5 Explorers from Shaws (Four Marks) ESU, took on the challenge of completing their Gold DofE Expedition over the Summer. Back in July the group went to the Black mountains in South Wales to carry out their practice exped. Travelling for 8 hours a day the group visited locations such as Sugar Loaf, and Lord Hereford's Knob (Yes many a joke was had)!! The purpose of the practice was to ensure that their navigation skills and lightweight expedition skills were up to scratch. It also provided and opportunity for them to learn some of the pitfalls of backpacking.
The main expedition took place in the Lake District, the mamoth 4 day self supported walk saw the group walk over 60km in 4 days.
- Day 1 started from the campsite at Eskdale to the top of Wasdale.
- Day 2 comprised of taking the Blacksail pass down into Ennerdale and staying overnight at the Scout Centre on the edge of Ennerdale.
- Day 3, possibly the hardest day of the trip took the team over some very rugged terrain into the Buttermere valley to stay at the campsite in Buttermere, mutch to the delight of the group who were provided with a cheeky pint (all the group were over 18)
- Day 4, a very early start for the group as they were keen on getting to Keswick in plenty of time to travel the 18 miles to Penrith ready to catch their train home. All the motivation for the day was there when they knew that they could have a pint or two at the end.
Well done to all the group and we look forward to seeing your presentation in a couple of weeks time. Thanks also goes to Steve & Rachel, for orgainsing the whole trip, Matt for supervision of the Exped and also Ian who was the assessor.
Over 100 beavers representing ALL of the Groups within the District attended the District Beaver Native American Activity Day and Beaver 30 Year Birthday Party held at Four Marks Primary School on Saturday 25th June.
Despite the occasional light morning shower the Beavers visited the 9 activity stations in rotation – tomahawk making, headdress making, lasso throwing, rain sticks, target throwing, dream catcher making, archery, hand painting & model wigwam making, completing the tasks with enthusiasm.
After a B-B-Q hot dog lunch, cooked by SAS members the Beavers were set the task of making and decorating/painting a wigwam using 5 canes and a dust sheet and making totem poles out of plastic bottles or large cardboard tubes, producing some very good items.
Whilst the Beavers moved into the school hall to celebrate the 30th Birthday of Beavers with party food and individual cupcakes each with an edible 30year Badge on the top, the camp fire was lit. Unfortunately, the rain became steady which prevented the Beavers assembling around the camp fire. However, with Lee Robinson leading, the Beavers enjoyed a sing a long in the school hall before leaving for home each with a 30 year celebratory woggle, tired but happy. A great day only possible due to the support of leaders, helpers, scouts, explorers, young leaders the SAS and of course the Beavers. My thanks to them all.
Rowan – ADC Beavers
With members from all sections and groups attending it was another busy parade last weekend to celebrate St Georges Day. Starting from market square and parading down Market Street via a saluting DC, the prosession filed in to the centre ready for another service. This year being the last for Howard who has being running the service for the last 5/6 years, as he is moving on to pastures new, we wish him and his family all the best.
We were very privileged to have no less than 3 new Queen Scouts from the district this year, each carried the colour party flags at the front of the procession. Congratulations to Lizzie, Chris & Luke on your hard work and dedication. In addition to the new Queens Scouts, there were numerous awards to both young people and also Leaders. It was great to see so many young people gaining awards for the effort that they put into their Scouting.