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Bells and coconuts at St Anne’s Church Fete

Bagshot Scouts had a great time today helping at St Anne’s Church Fete. Thanks to Andy Woodward for co-ordinating the Coconut Shy at St Anne’s Fete and the Cubs and Scouts that helped run it.  We also really enjoyed learning about the bell ringing from John Bauld, who also is helps the Scout Group in addition to Bell Ringing. Bagshot heard a lot of Church Bells !!!!  
    
 

Summer Newsletter 2015

2015 Summer Newsletter now available – click here to get an overview of what the 1st Bagshot Scout group have been up to since the last newsletter! 2015 Summer Newsletter v4Front page of 2015 Summer Newsletter

BUB CampOver at Walton Firs

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What a weekend!  The 1st Bagshot ‘s  annual Beaver Sleepover and Cub Camp (BUB CampOver) joined up for a brilliant weekend ram packed with activities at Walton Firs Activity Centre.

Friday night kicke d off with everyone pitching tents, a treasure hunt (with the stamps being very well hidden by Izzie Cox) before cocoa and songs around the campfire.

After Saturday breakfast and clearing up, we all played Mr Spongee.  This is a wide game where each adult had one  colour of face paint and/or face wipes.  The aim was to get a stripe of every colour on your face but if you came across an adult with the face wipe – you had to start again!  It was brilliant fun and impressive to see how fast the adults can run especially before 9am!

Caving was the main morning activity and proved to be one of the most popular.  This is a great facility that Walton Firs offers and consists of a manmade cave system with many different tunnels.  Torches were essential as it was pitch black inside.  Despite this, all the Beavers and Cubs really enjoyed it.  Autumn (Cub, age 8) summarised it brilliantly – ‘ I thought it would be frightening but once I started it, it was awesome!  I loved the twisting pathways and cool cave paintings.’

The Beavers worked on their Camping Activity badge which included fire lighting.  The Cubs made their own first aid pouch and learnt how to use the constituents for their first aid badge. Fully prepared, they went on to learn how to use knives properly.

Beavers moving up to Cubs took part in a new ceremony.  They left the  Beavers whacking their tails to join the howling Wolf Cubs.

‘The idea of the joint camp was to help make the transition from Beavers to Cubs less daunting as the kids get to know the older kids and Cub leaders’ said Fraser Sampson, Cub Assistant Leader.  All the kids mixed really well and it was not just the younger ones who appreciated it.  Campbell O’Leary (10 year old Cub) said ‘I enjoyed getting to know the Beavers.’

Niel Webber was also initiated as Assistant Scout Leader.  When asked what he thought of his first camp with 1st Bagshot ‘It’s been great.  Everyone had fun.  Become a Leader and you get to do all the good bits in Scouting and one of them is camping’

The climbing wall was the main activity for the Cubs in the afternoon with everyone getting harnessed up and giving the walls a good go.  The instructors challenge of ringing two bells at the top of two different routes were reached by Matthew Hill and Campbell O’Leary

Cubs Spring Programme

Cubs resumes on Monday January 12th.  The full programme for Cubs this term is available to download here:  spring_2015

Cub Animation Activity

Over the last few weeks the Cub section have been working on producing animated films.  They used a technique called “stop motion” where a series of photographs are taken of a scene with tiny changes made between each picture and then the pictures are strung together to make a film.

A film premier was held last night where we viewed them all for the first time (with popcorn of course!) and now they are here for your viewing pleasure:

2014 Remembrance Sunday – A Very Special Year.

2014 marked 100 years since the First World War started, and 70 years since D Day, so this year’s Remembrance Sunday was particularly important.

Over 20 members of 1st Bagshot Scout Group sold poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Bagshot town centre on Saturday 8th November. Making a positive impact in our communities and preparing young people to be active citizens are important aspects of Scouting. Many people in Bagshot have close links to the armed services due to the close l022v2ocation of many military establishments, and people were incredibly generous.

Thanks to the Co-operative, the Village Café and the Post Office for allowing us to collect outside their premises. Extra thanks to the Village Café for the hot drinks and the Post Office for the sweets that kept the younger and older members going !

On Sunday 9th November, Remembrance Sunday, over sixty Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, from 1st Bagshot Scouts, joined their families, the Guides and congregation at a packed St Anne’s church for a service of remembrance.

Photos of the ceremony have been compiled and can be seen on the website in a short film.  Thank you to Richard Rankin for putting this together

The new minister Rev Andreas Sistig led the service starting the sermon with a quote from JR Tolkein and ending with a message that he hoped that the children ‘found meaning and purpose in your lives’ and that the Scouts Association helped with this.

The most moving part of the service was at 11am outside the church by the War Memorial. Edward (Eddie) Dowding, a World War II veteran from Bagshot, read a list of 42 names of those people who were killed during First and Second World Wars. Eddie said ‘It gets harder every year, particularly when I come to the five school friends who died while serving as aircraft gunners’.

When asked what he thought about when the names were being read out, Alfie Rankin (Cub age 10), said he ‘hoped that that people would talk more and there not be any more wars’.

It was a moving day but there were also many smiles and Eddie enjoyed speaking with the children.  All in all a special day that marked a special year.

Family, fun and friends – what else do you need!

Over 80 people from 22 families got together for a great night of games, fish and chips and the traditional skittles challenge at the annual 1st Bagshot Family Night. To get an idea of what went on see the photos for yourself in a short movie below

There were nine teams of eight who took part in the challenge to win the skittle tournament on John Bould’s skittle alley. The enjoyment was not only by those that threw the skittles (often in a rather unique style) but also those collecting and putting the skittles up! The years of practise won throu 046 gh and Andy Woodwards (one of the 1st Bagshot Scouting Leaders) score of 17 saw his team to victory!

Over the year there have been some great challenges and activities that the beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers have participated in. Some of these were captured in the photographs which were projected for everyone to enjoy.

The highlight of the evening was the premier of the Explorers horror movie. To see if for yourself just go to the 1st Bagshot Scout website

A BIG thank you to all those who helped organise the event especially the Woodwards, Hills, Liffords and John Bould. Also THANK YOU to Richard Rankin who put the movie together.

It was a great night and a lovely opportunity to catch up. As Jayne Lifford, the secretary of the Exec Committee said ‘ It was a great night and get’s better every year. It’s a good to catch up with old friends and get to know new people who have joined 1st Bagshot family’