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!
A huge thank you and well done to everyone who helped by donating unwanted items for our Bag2School collection. We managed to donate 303kg, raising over £120 in the process, beating our previous donation of 234kg!
It was a great effort from all our families and the money raised will go towards improving the facilities for all young Beavers, Cubs, Scout and Explorers here at 1st Woosehill Scout Group.
A police van, blue flashing lights and riot gear were all in evidence at the 1st Woosehill Scout Hut one Tuesday and Wednesday evening in October and luckily, although their were plenty of suspicious characters (Beavers) there, no arrests were made! PC Carter and PCSO Baughn, from Thames Valley Police, visited Swift and Kingfisher Beavers to tell them all about their local police force and show them the equipment they use. Beavers were able to experience what it is like to be handcuffed, listen to message on the radio, feel how heavy a riot helmet is to wear and even sit in the driving seat of the police van and hear the sirens going off! The officers also took a very lively question and answer session and urged all the youngsters to say hello to them when they saw them on the beat.