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.