Merlin Scouts took to the water on Sunday 2nd July to take part in the Annual District Scout Dragonboat Regatta at the Wokingham Waterside Centre. The team of 10, plus Drummer to set the pace, streaked through its qualifying heat to grab a place in the semi final where it unfortunately met its match from much older teams. Not to be down hearted, the Scouts made the best of a blisteringly hot day by throwing themselves into the many activities there (climbing wall, bouncy castle etc) alongside hundreds of other Scouts.
Swift and Kingfisher Beavers left the safety of their Lodges at the Scout Hut to scale new heights of achievement at the Junior Treetop Adventure at Go Ape, Swinley Forest. The two Colonies joined together in the last meeting of the summer term to tackle the high wire obstacle course, finishing with a thrilling zip wire ride down from the trees to the forest floor. All the Beavers completed the course and showed great courage and perseverance overcoming the physical challenges and, even more impressively, conquering any personal fears. Maybe we should call them Squirrels, and not Beavers, in future!
Through a recent series of fundraising events we’ve raised over £800, see below for more details.
Tombola success at the Wokingham May Fayre!
The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all rallied together to man the ever popular chocolate tombola on the 1st May in Wokingham and raised a tremendous £583!
Thank you to all those who rifled through their wardrobes over the Easter holidays and generously filled the bags with unwanted clothing. We raised £183 from all your donations.
A scrumptious way to celebrate St George’s Day!
St George’s Day was marked by 1st Woosehill with a march up to Woosehill Community Church and a lovely service there. After a glorious march, tea and cake was served in the Scout Hut and a songs were regaled around the camp fire. Thank you for all those who attended. We raised £68 from the sale of the refreshments.
Kestrels got a taste of the ‘Latin life’ when they experienced an Italian evening at their recent Cub session. Highlights of the event included making and then tasting their own pizzas and other Mediterranean foods, completing an Italian word search, playing ballgames popular with youngsters from that country and building structures using marshmallows and spaghetti – possibly how the Leaning Tower of Pisa was first inspired! The verdict on the activities was a resounding “brilliante!” from the Cubs.
Beavers from 1st Woosehill Scouts were thrilled to be able to cuddle new born lambs when they visited Lockey Farm in Arborfield, Reading. The youngsters went on a guided tour of the farm and saw where the resident 4,500 hens lay 30,000 eggs a week! They also learned all about the sheep with their new born lambs and got to sit and hold some of the babies. One sheep even produced a lamb while the Beavers were there – a really special end to their trip!
Any 1st Woosehill Beavers that had ever wondered what the difference is between a rabbit and a guinea pig, what to do with a poorly goldfish or how best to care for a Leopard Gecko had all their questions answered (and more!) when they visited Pets at Home, Winnersh.
Swifts and Kingfishers were given a guided tour to learn all about the animals, fish and reptiles kept there and take a peek behind the scenes to find out how the knowledgeable team run things which helped the Beavers on their way to earn their Animal Friend Activity badge. The lucky youngsters even got to cuddle guinea pigs and hamsters and ended the visit by giving the goldfish their tea!
In a final year end fundraising push, 1st Woosehill Scout Group raised over £900.
Bag packing at Morrisons raised over £760 with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all working together throughout the day.
The group also assisted with this years Santa Float, raising over £140 as a result from some Christmas goodwill and family fun.
Steve Capel was officially invested as 1st Woosehill Scout’s new Group Scout Leader (GSL) at the Group’s first joint campfire, attended by all Sections.
Steve joined new Beavers and Scouts as they took their Promises and reaffirmed that he would ‘do his best’ as he received the Group’s distinctive blue necker from youngest Scout. Following the ceremony, everyone gathered round the roaring campfire to sing songs and enjoy hot chocolate, marshmallows and cakes. A great way to mark a new era for 1st Woosehill, welcoming newbies to the Scouting family and marking the start of a new school year for returning youngsters.
Scores of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and their families turned out for the annual 1st Woosehill BBQ on Saturday 9th July. The evening’s events were kicked off by the AGM which included a photographic presentation of all the amazing activities the different sections had taken on over the last 12 months and entertainment by Merlin Scouts.
Once the official proceedings were over, the food and fun began with everyone tucking in to hot dogs and burgers, enjoying sweet treats at the tuck shop and gathering round the camp fire for a Scouting sing song. As an added bonus to the event’s social role, the Group made £944.24 to put towards vital equipment and upkeep of the Hut. Many thanks to organiser, Lucy Hutson, and her trusty helpers Nicky Roberts and Amanda Parker and to everyone that helped clear up the next day!
Hawks and Kestrels Cubs joined groups from all over Wokingham to celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouts at a special District Camp. On Saturday 2nd July, more then 170 youngsters and Leaders pitched their tents in Arborfield to mark the occasion. As well as a roaring campfire and songs (including a choir!) on the Saturday evening, each Group was split into teams to compete against one another over the weekend in a series of fun and exciting activities. 1st Woosehill fielded three teams and their grit and determination was rewarded with all of them being placed in the top five and Team B claiming first place!