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!
On Sunday 12th June, 8 volunteers turned up for the annual working summer party to tidy up the outside of the hut and the grounds ahead of the AGM and BBQ in July. The sun was shining after heavy showers in the morning, and the vegetation around the hut was tackled wide a wide range of tools and machines, and lots of enthusiasm! The hedges, grass, borders and overhanging trees were all transformed, and everything looked vastly improved at the end.
Many thanks to everyone involved during the afternoon. In addition to the 8 in the photo, Andy Newman helped to set up and Trevor Lawrence volunteered his Explorers to burn all the off-cuts later in the week.
Beavers of 1st Woosehill Scout Group made their first ever visit to Footgolf at Wokingham Family Golf facility and the results were well above par!! The Beavers split into their four Lodges to tackle the 9-hole course where they each attempted to use the least number of kicks to get their football into the over-sized hole. With different natural obstacles and terrain at each hole, the youngsters had to hone their skills not to get lost in the rough and then safely reach the green. Sarah Humphreys, BSL, said: “It was our first outing to Footgolf but it definitely won’t be the last. All the Beavers enjoyed learning some new skills and have already asked if they can come back again next week!”
Visitors to the Wokingham May Fayre dug deep in their pockets to try their luck at the 1st Woosehill Scout Group Chocolate Tombola and raised £680 in the process! Beavers, Cubs and Scouts ran the stall which was crammed full of sweet treats donated by the Group’s families and local supermarkets. The hard-earned funds will go towards much needed upkeep of the Chestnut Avenue Scout Hut. Well done to all involved and thank you to ‘customers’ who spent their money and, hopefully, bagged themselves some chocolate as a reward!
Swift and Kingfisher Beavers from 1st Woosehill Scout Group got the opportunity to man the pumps during their visit to Wokingham Fire Station. White Watch, led by Marcus Lewis, showed the Beavers around the building and explained how they trained, lived and worked out during their time on watch. They taught the youngsters what to do in the case of a fire and the different types of fire extinguishers. The highlight of the tour came at the end when each Beaver was able to go inside a fire engine and then take their turn using the hose to hit a target – a fireman with a cone on his head!