Paul attended at the end of our map reading session tonight to present awards galore to William Dron and the leadership team at OSR scout troop.
First up was William who received a Chief Scouts Personal Award from Bear for all his enthusiasm and determination in scouts even though William finds things tough sometimes there is always a smile and he quietly gets on with the task in hand and this is most evident during the numerous sessions of fundraising the troop have taken part in.
Next it was George Phelps with his Platinum Chief Scouts award a much deserved achievement having finished his Bronze DofE and then helped scouts from the troop obtain their global conservation badge and much more.
Then it was the turn of Alison Emsley and Larah Korrison who were both awarded their Wood badge after completing Adult training including first aid, challenging behaviour, essential information and safety which will all come in handy with our troop, to name but a few of the 20 sections.
Today we visited Woolaston Court Trout Lakes near Lydney and what a beautiful place it is. We were there to complete session 2 & 3 of the Angler badge and hopefully the sections on handling and Hygiene (dispatching, gutting and fileting the fish was an optional extra). The day started so well with the scouts and adult helpers eager to get as much fishing done as possible during the session. Having reserved copious bags of chips from the local chippie in Stoke Gifford we were all ready for the trout to jump on to our flies! The trout had other ideas however, they frolicked in the lake making wonderful jumps and twists and turns as if laughing at our amateur attempts at casting. On the plus side the day was great, lovely and relaxing and the company couldn't have been nicer. Well done all and at our final session in October I think I will stay in the car as I'm obviously a bad omen!! The Instructor from the farm was great, a very knowledgeable ex bobby who couldn't do enough for us and we all learnt from his experience.
This is our first of two sessions being run by Thornbury sailing club to help the troop get their sailing staged activity badge and Time on the water badge. Great BIG Thank You to John and the volunteers for giving up their Wednesday evening teaching us all things boats and taking the scouts out into the estuary for a great sailing experience.
Strategy camp/ competition was a chance for the eldest 6 scouts to test their abilities in all things scouting. From setting up the camp and running a team during the challenges to organising the football squad to attending the disco, the scouts had 2 and a bit days of fun, fun, fun and all their meals were provided by the Royal Marines. I don't know why we didn't do it before......well I do but lets not go there.
This camp had zorbing, supermarket shopping, cave bus, north pole, pioneering to name but a fraction. The leaders just had to sit back and relax, read a good book and top up their sun tans. As a team we didn't know quite what to expect but had lot's of fun and finished 58th out or 234 teams. I'm immensely proud of their achievements and would like to say a BIG well done to them all. Also many thanks to Lee for all his help over the weekend keeping me company whilst we drank coffee all day.
Having already spent a day sea fishing, tonight was time to get down to the technical parts of the angling activity badge and Robin and Jeremy gave up their evening to take us through knots, assembling rods and tackle, environments, equipment and much much more. The scouts got all hands on with the session and now we are better trained to handle our trout fishing trip at Woolaston Court. Big thank you to the gents for coming in and helping.
Two of the OSR Assistant scout leaders have completed their training and can ditch their "L" Plates. Alison Emsley was presented her wood badge at the groups AGM after many months of hard work and training. Also Harry Galgut was presented his wood badge up in London at his home scout troop HQ by his district commissioner. Both very well deserved and I would like to personally like to congratulate them and look forward to a few evenings off!
So today was the start of the Angler activity badge and we turned up at the marina in Portishead to do a bit of sea fishing in 2 sessions. The morning group had a bit of drizzle to contend with but the afternoon group had the best of it. The morning group caught a eel and a dogfish and the afternoon group only caught seaweed but both sessions were a great success and the scouts had fun most having never been fishing before. This Wednesday is the theory evening and then we have 2 sessions trout fishing later in the month.
First night back after half term and straight in to a bit of first aid with Ed a paramedic trainer. It is important that the scouts know the basics as we have our 2 day expedition coming up later in the term where they will be on their own and have to deal with things themselves.
The way Ed puts the information across is very easy for the scouts to grasp and then reinforced with practical elements it was great to watch and the scouts had fun whilst they learnt.