We try to make the most of local Scouting facilities when we can: our Scouts spent one of their evening meetings at West Yorkshire Scouts’ water activity centre at Green Withens enjoying paddling and sailing, and the Beavers and their parents will be there in July to do some bell-boating. It’s a busy place, so the Cubs will have to wait until September for their day of water activities, but based on previous years I’m sure it will be worth waiting for.
The Cubs have had plenty to keep them busy in the mean time. They have spent most of their summer meetings outdoors, and have been making regular visits to Brownhills to work on their Naturalist badge, and they are also completing the badge requirements for Environmental Conservation. As part of this, they spent an evening balsam bashing with UCAN, trying to help clear this invasive species from the river bank. Next term, we would like to cover the local knowledge badge and would like to know if there are any volunteers who have lived in Saddleworth for a while and would be willing to come in to talk to Cubs one evening about how it has changed?
Cubs and Scouts have just come back from the Oldham District Camp at Waddecar this weekend. Everyone had a great time thanks to the team of volunteers who put it all together. Freya was one of the climbing team, and we also had Matt, Andy H, and Pete (a Cub parent) helping out on site. Many hands make light work, and we are always happy to welcome parents (or grandparents!) at camp or at our evening meetings.
The Scouts also spent an evening balsam bashing, and had a very interesting evening at Saddleworth Church, where we were hosted by the bellringing team. They explained how change ringing works, and gave the Scouts the opportunity to try out handbell ringing, and chiming the big bells. They are on the look-out for new ringers, so if you think you might be interested, why not get in touch?
One of our Scouts is just finishing the last parts of her Chief Scouts’ Gold Award before she moves up to Explorers in the Autumn, she was one of the first to join us when I took over the Scout group, and we will miss her, but we have recently been joined by two more, and when 2 Cubs move up in September we will have 24 Scouts. Cubs will move back up to 23 when 6 Beavers move up, and then we have 10 eager would-be Beavers on the waiting list. It’s the Circle of Life, Scouting Style, and you know what comes next - we are looking for volunteers to help us work with all these amazing young people. You can choose what (and how much) you do, so if any of this sounds like fun, why not drop in one Tuesday evening during term time, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more?!