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Scout Newsletter March 2014

Newsletter – March 2014 Edition


Section Overview

What an exciting rest of the term we have in store! Last week we cooked fantastic pancakes and this week we are building and using a Morse code board!! This forms part of the communicators badge and another first for the section! This is all in preparation for JOTA in October when the communicators badge requirements will be completed by each scout.


Also this term, I have decided to go all technical and have joined an online scout programme manager. I have had extensive training from Fred at the weekend (he had his work cut out with me!) and it looks a brilliant bit of kit! If I can work it out then you parents are going to love it!


This fabulous online scout manager allows me to update you via the website with things such as weekly programme activities and badge progress for your scout. You will be able to click into each week and see if there are any special requirements and what badge the week’s programme activities will go towards.


We have also signed up to an online payment scheme too so that you are able to pay for camps and subscribe and pay subs by direct debit monthly!


You are also able to view your scout and amend things such as email addresses and phone numbers to keep us all up to date.


I will be sending you a link out to join very soon! If you need any help getting started or setting up a direct debit, please contact Fred as he is the guru and has been through this already with the cub section parents!


Scout Section Changes

As you know Jay Drage is now unable to attend scouts on a Monday night to run the troop.


Thank you to all parents for your speedy reply and comments / suggestions and I can now disclose the plan for the section going forward.


The current leader team have discussed the situation in depth and we have decided to create 2 troops. One will remain on a Monday and the other will be on a Friday.

 

The Monday night section will be led by me with Paul Hudson as my Assistant Scout Leader. Start time for this will be 07:30pm until 9:00pm. (Earlier finish due to my work commitments!)


The Friday night section will be led by Jay Drage with Lance Goodman as his Assistant Scout Leader. Start time for this will be 07:00pm until 08:30pm. (Earlier start time than the Monday night!)


We will be doing the same programme on each night. This will take effect from April 2014.


I will write to you independently to confirm what nights your scout is on.

 

Fundraising

Stop the Clock update!

Nearly all the minutes have been sold! Thanks for your support! We hope the final minutes will be sold by the end of March and then we will wind the clock to see who wins!


Camps

Sailing on the Mary G. In Ipswich. – 30th, 31st May & 1st June. Cost TBC An opportunity for some of the scouts to sail on a real yacht! Please put your name forward if you are interested in this event.


Grizzly Paw 2014 – 11, 12, 13 July at the John Lowther Centre, Glendon. Cost £38 per scout. County Scout Camp. Fun activities galore along-side all other groups in the county!! Names now being taken for this event. Non-refundable deposit required of £10 to confirm a place.


Splash Weekend – 8,9,10 August TBC. Thrapston Middle Nene Sailing Club. Cost TBC An opportunity for the scouts to enhance their water skills through, body boarding, sailing, and windsurfing. Please put your name forward if you are interested in this event.


Other Events

St George’s Day – Group activity, church service, parade, BBQ at Stanwick Lakes Sunday 27th April 2014. 2 scouts get awarded their Chief Scout Gold Award!! This is the highest award you can gain in the scout section!! Well done to Adam Pattison & Arend Phillips!


AGM – Thursday 22nd May 2014 – an opportunity to see how the group is doing and a slide show to show you what your scout has been doing in the section in the last year!!


Scout Community Week – A chance for our section to be more involved in the community and work towards their Community Challenge Badge! 2nd-8th June


Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) – communicate with other scouts from around the world! 18th-19th October 2014. Complete the Communicators badge!!


Group News

Cyndy Phillips is now assisting with the scout group tote. A separate letter is attached from her explaining how you can get involved, enter and also what the monthly prizes will be.


Final Thought

As you can see we have a very exciting and busy year ahead! I have tried to give you as much detail as possible with the upcoming events but if you feel there is anything you would still like to know but that I haven’t included, please let me know and I’ll put it in the next newsletter.


Yours in Scouting

Lisa Swainston

AGSL Scout Section


Useful Contacts

Lisa Swainston – Assistant Group Scout Leader (Scout Section) (AGSL)
Tel: 07768 996641
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Jay Drage – Scout Leader (SL)
Tel: 07815 803991
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Fred Harris – Section Administration
Tel: 07830 171633
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District Cub Quiz

Time Saturday 2pm, place Nene Vvalley HQ, event District Cub Quiz.


Two teams from Irthlingborough sat down to take on other packs from the District for the Annual District Cub Quiz. They did not only take on other packs but also a Leader Team with Akela (Fred) & Bageera (Karen) as part of the team, the other member being from Raunds and Higham.

There were questions on colours, words beginning with the letter “W”, animals, identifying logos plus a round where they had to remember 30 items.

They had to build a Lego model where one member of the team had to go and look at the model and then tell the rest of the Team how to build it. There were 6 Teams (including the Leader Team) and after a hard fought battle the final positions were very close with Irthlingborough A (Tuesday Pack) coming 4th and Irthlingborough B (Thursday Pack) coming 3rd.

Congratulations go to both teams who did very well and did the Section and Group proud.

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Brass Monkeys 2014 at Overstone Scout Activity Centre

8 scouts and 3 leaders braved the elements on 1st and 2nd February to complete a brass monkey challenge. The challenge was to sleep under canvass for one night during the coldest time of the year and if the challenge was completed, each scout would be awarded the prestigious brass monkey pendant.


The scouts arrived early on Saturday morning to face their first challenge of the day, putting up their tents! Once completed they explored the campsite while the leaders played with mud pies, battled with flooding and built a fantastic mud oven complete with chimney!

The scouts ensured they got as muddy as they could as quickly as they could and soon returned to camp for a change of kit.

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Irthlingborough Christmas Street Party

The group contributed to the Town's Christmas street party in December which saw Betty York, the Town's oldest inhabitant given the honour of switching on the festive lights.

The Scouts sent some elves to help Santa in his grotto, the SASU served tea and coffee and the group provided a climbing wall.

Group Scout Leader Nick presented a cheque to Mr.Brian Walker of the Royal British Legion - proceeds from Refreshments from Remembrance Sunday. Nick also presented Marika Hillson with the 'Thanks Badge' to acknowledge her support in gaining a National Lottery Grant

A big thank you to all those who gave their time in this important Town event.

 

(Grotto photo used by kind permission of the Evening Telegraph)

 

Click below for more images from the evening.

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Christmas Tree Festival

Beavers and Cubs made decorations for the new Christmas Tree on show at the Christmas Tree Festival at the Methodist Church, Irthlingborough.

This effort helped to raise funds for the Church and it's work in the Town over the weekend of 7-8th December.

 
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