Twenty five years since 1st Stoke Gifford Scout group was formed and as a celebration a group summer camp was organised to Youlbury scout activity camp site. Both scout troops and the cub pack all attended some 40+ including leaders and helpers. Lots of fun activities on and off site including team building, swimming, high ropes and many more as you can see in the photo's. All the scouts and cubs slept out over night in shelters they had built.
Twenty two warriors from old school rooms scout troop and their mums and dads attended Skirmish a newish Paintballing centre near Bristol. This activity being made available to scouts thanks to a lifting of the restriction from the scouting activity list from Gilwell Park.
The scouts waived all their rights and donned their protective equipment, after being scared half to death by the instructor about blindness and the speed per second of the paintballs. It was then the forming of the Red and the Blue teams and to battle. The wounded came back in to the safety area in dribs and drabs at first then in a flood, everyone played about 6 games and luckily it wasn't as hot as yesterday. The overall winners were team Blue but all had fun and some had flesh wounds to show their school mates tomorrow!! All jokes aside NO first aid was required during the making of this movie.
visit to cattybrook quarry and brickworks, over lane, Almondsbury for geology badge (usa) 16/07/2016
This is what Jeremy and I have been looking forward to ever since our recce patrol many weeks ago,
I would like to thank Mia and the other members of staff for a very interesting and informative visit firstly to the quarry which most of us didn't even know was so close to home and just how vast it is. Then after drinks and biscuits the brickworks side of the business.
So the scouts saw the whole procedure from collection to production of minerals from the earth into a useful item namely a Brick.
Everything was so well planned and co ordinated also being a weekend there were no heavy machinery moving about the site.
I am going to try and take up the offer of an engraved brick which hopefully we can donate to 40 acres conservation group for their bat sanctuary, commemorating us helping to renovate the old building in the field.
awards evening for Cody, Dan, Olly and Esme at woodhouse park with asst county commissioner stu ballard
This was a special evening Cody, Dan and Olly are leaving us soon to move on to explorers and although Dan completed his Gold Chief Scouts Award some months ago Cody and Olly needed to complete the 22 mile 2 day expedition last weekend to finally complete theirs, which they did (see earlier post). So Stu Ballard assistant county commissioner came out to Woodhouse Park to make the 3 Awards which are well deserved not only did these scouts do the 8 old syllabus challenge awards but also completed 4 of the new syllabus challenge awards also.
Then it was the turn of Esme to come up and receive her Chief Scouts Commendation for Meritorious Conduct Award from Stu, a few words about why Esme was getting the award and Stu explained that this had come all the way down from London and Bear Grylls himself had written to Esme congratulating her on all her hard work. She was presented with her medal and certificate plus a personal note and then it was time to cut the cake. Well Done to all 4 of these scouts and a great example for the rest of the troop.
This evening was the guides last as the unit is disbanding so we wanted to make the challenge a good one, so bring on the assault course at Woodhouse. A full safety brief and protective head gear was issued and worn by all taking part, a walk through and demonstration of all the sections and then away we went. The OSR scouts were split into 2 teams and went first completing the course which was dry in an impressive time of 9.57, time penalties gave them a final score of 11.57. Second up were the guides and they received no time penalties and all got fully involved in the mud and water in fact they seemed to be enjoying themselves, their time was 13.38. The OSR second team were next and the course was starting to get a little damp after the guides water fight. I'd like to say how impressed I was by Dylan who didn't miss and obstacle with his disabilities causing him some difficulties but he ploughed on, their time was 18.08. I'm not sure if they had any time penalties as Lee was supervising their run but as the final group were about to start I did have to tell OSR team to stop playing in the water section (they were all drenched and loving it). So now onto the final team the school scouts, I had high hopes for them as most had done the course before. They had a larger team but several missed out all the main obstacles and so when they finished with an impressive time of 11.34 it seemed like they had won but with 6 minutes of time penalties gave them a final score or 17.34. So Osr scouts came 1st and 4th, guides who get the award for teamwork and enthusiasm came 2nd and school scout came 3rd. Well done to all, hot showers and clean up then to the BBQ.
Well what can we say about this event, I guess first of all a Big Thank You to all the leaders and helpers that made it possible for a start.
Secondly, we must be doing something right because we dodged all the wet weather and even I got a suntan driving the emergency backup car. LOL
The scouts met at Woodhouse Park and six hours later arrived in Oldbury-on-Severn, we had dinner and then to the camp site to put up the tents (It was by now 22.35hours)! We all eventually got to sleep with aching feet, legs and shoulders but spirits were high.
The next morning we woke at 7am and had packed away everything in time for what I can only describe as the most sophisticated of expedition breakfasts, Janet did us proud with a full English and then some! Ty. The scouts grabbed their packed lunches and were off. The second day was easier as they only had to walk the 10 miles to Berkeley power station. We were all finished by 13.27hours and homeward bound. Well Done to all the scouts, 22 miles is no mean feat and no one dropped out.
This was our last evening this season with Thornbury Sailing club and Kestrels and Eagles had their chance.
BIG thank you to all the instructors that gave up their evening to take the scouts out on to the water it was breezy this evening and we were able to get quite a shifty on as you can see from the expression on some of the scouts faces. A great time was had by all. WELL DONE