Scouts from OSR troop were invited to help launch this years Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The event was held as in previous years at Parkway Train Station with several other community groups, local MP and other dignitaries plus a beef eater from the Tower of London.
So the JOTI event that has traditionally been held by Avon County in Ashton, Bristol has grown so much in recent years that The Scout Association have run it out in all the National scout centres and OSR scouts attended the first of its kind at Woodhouse Park with nearly 200 other scouts from the surrounding counties. The traditional speaking and typing conversations all around the world is the main point but to keep the scouts occupied there is the Avon scout radio, fajita cooking, electronics, as well as many other indoor activities plus climbing, abseiling, high ropes, archery etc etc etc. The OSR scouts had a great day and spoke to scouts from Australia, Indonesia, Slovakia, Malta to name but a few, also they were all presented a new badge for taking part.
This weekend was a group camp to Woodhouse Park. The camp started for the leaders on the Friday evening where there was a chance to meet old and new faces then a peaceful night. The rest of the group arrived on the Saturday morning and after putting up their tents and sorting their kit the scouts then spent 2 days shooting, crate stacking, tomahawk throwing, axe/ knife & saw training, shelter building, a camp fire and sleeping rough under their shelters in the woods as well as gadgets, trails and general exploration of the campsite. Of course they were all fed and watered and most got some sleep.
The Harvest Festival at St. Michaels church saw the OSR scout troop taking the lead for the community of Stoke Gifford. Arrangements were made over the past few weeks by Karen Needham and the troop were keen to get involved. There were a few of the troop taken ill by a bug but the remainder pooled together to double up on roles and get the job done. Congratulations to all those taking part and a special thank you to Karen for helping to organise.