Add 6pm the new students arrived for their camp at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Walking through the magic portal at Platform 9 3/4 the Beavers entered the main hall where they were sorted into the 4 Houses.
Once unpacked we went for a magic camp fire and hot dogs.
The next morning we went for a walk in the forbidden forest before a hearty breakfast.
We designed our own House Crests played Quiditch and eat soooo much food.
On Friday both Beaver Colonies met up at Olveston Scout Hall for our Autumn sleep over. 28 young people arrived and begun to set up their beds.
The hall very quickly began to feel very small with 28 sleeping bags and other kit spread our around the edge, so we knew we were going to be nice and snug, even with the predicted wind an rain.
James bravely volunteered to try and get the camp fire going with the meagre log pile that was left for us. Success.
The Beavers seemed to enjoy watching the leaders lead a camp fire sing song and even joined in with some of the songs - especially Father Abraham.
After toasting marshmallows it was time of the Beavers to get into their sleep clothing, snuggle down and watch cloudy with a chance of meatballs. The sound of 28 young people giggling is rather wonderful.
Lights out was about 10pm and the final Beaver was asleep by about 11.
Saturday morning and we gave up trying to get the Beavers back to sleep at 6am. By 7 we were ready to go out for our hike to earn our breakfast. We walked for about an hour, by which point everyone was more than ready to tuck into bacon, eggy bread and beans.
We spend the morning working on the first aid badge and studying kitchen safety.
After a break it was time of the Beavers to work towards their Cooks badge.
We made fruit cocktails, Armpit fudge and 'bum sandwiches' - Don't worry, we gave them a proper lunch afterwards.
We also had lots of fun running around, being loud, chasing each other and burning of lots of energy
OSR Scout Troop having spent a couple of weeks writing prayers and choosing hymns with Karen put it all together today at St. Michaels Church for all the other uniform groups from Stoke Gifford. Scouts read, sang, collected donations, flags, helped people to their seats, gave out harvest bread and much more.
The service was fab with lots of food donations collected for Filton Food Bank with cheerful harvest hymns, thought provoking readings and thoughtful prayers. Thank you for all putting in so much effort, proud of you all.
Janet is presented with her much deserved award for merit medal by paul (Gsl) 1/11/2017 congratulations
After many many years of outstanding service to scouting Janet Porteous was recognised for all the hard work she does within the 1st Stoke Gifford group and within the Brunel District as appointments committee member, training advisor, Beaver leader and Assistant Leader in OSR scout troop and previously ADC Programmes. Paul presented her with the Award for Merit Medal which I think she was quite surprised to receive but it is very much deserved. Congratulations Janet keep up the good work