History 2000’s

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2000

At the start of the decade there were 3 Sections, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Leaders were :

GSL : Keith Ramsey
Chair : June Steed
Secretary : Kay Booth
Treasurer : Sue Durber
Scouts : Kevin Hodgkinson
Cubs : Alan Booth, Scott Ramsey, Lisa Ramsey, Caroline Booth,
Beavers : Catherine Salt, Karen Wooliscroft
Numbers were still on a decline with only 58 boys and 8 Leaders in the Group.


2001

In 2001 the Venture Unit rejoined Trentham Scout Group following the resolution of a past disagreement.

At the AGM in March the future of the Beaver colony was in jeopardy, with no Beaver Leaders it would have had to close in August. Luckily later in the year Mark Steele agreed to take on the role of Beaver Leader and the Colony did not need to close. The other significant agenda item was the deterioration of the roof, condensation was dripping from underneath the metal cladding and rotting the internal wooden beams and cladding. Grant applications were started for it’s replacement.


2002

To follow…


2003

To follow…


2004

To follow…


2005

In 2005 the Group was under threat of closure due to the lack of Leaders and a recruitment campaign was run throughout the area, bringing in a number of additional helpers, mainly from Parents of the Members, this included an Open Day on a sunny June afternoon in 2005 for all members and local residents. 

Open day 2005


2006

By 2006 the Leadership team was starting to grow with the following people now on board
Beavers : Laura Martin
Cubs : Phil Marks, Simon Marsh, Annette Logan
Scouts : Andy Martin, Nick Haynes

February 2006

The Scout Troop made hot air balloon’s from crepe paper, each group of scouts managed to successfully fly their Hot air balloon up to the Scout House roof. The record for the longest time on the roof was 11 seconds. The other troop nights in February were spent at Longton Fire station, receiving a Fire safety talk from two fire fighters from Red Watch. The fire fighters gave us lots of information about fire prevention, fire safety as well telling us all about the station and the effects that fire can cause. The visits will form part of the Fire awareness badge.

March 2006

In March the Cubs did several fun activities to do with New Zealand. Whilst looking for ideas for pack nights with a “Global” theme we came across a town in New Zealand called Trentham (We believe the area was developed and first colonised by Richard Barton, formerly a steward on the Duke of Sutherland’s Trentham estate, who cleared a section of land to build a seven-room house for him and his wife Hannah Mary Butler) A few emails later we were introduced to the Leader of Heretaunga Cub Scout Group which is situated in the suburb of Trentham, Upper Hutt. The Scouts in Trentham, New Zealand, collected together photos, leaflets, newspapers, magazines and Scouting items which they thought were specific to our local area. These were sent to us and used for our New Zealand night. We have now put everything on display at the Scout House. Our Scouts were asked to bring in similar photos, leaflets, newspapers, magazines and letters which they thought were specific to Trentham, England and the surrounding area of Stoke on Trent. All the information collected was sent to Heretaunga group where they will hold activities based on an England theme. We held a New Zealand night which included making Hokey Pokeys, learning about the cultures of New Zealand and a quiz. The opening ceremony was performed as done in NZ and the first game was chair football (a favourite in NZ)

The New Zealand night also saw the departure of Alan Booth (Cub Leader) and Kay Booth (Group Secretary). Alan and Kay joined the Group in 1987 and Alan became Akela in 1992. Scott Ramsey took on the role of Akela.

New Zealand night & Alan Booth’s “goodbye”

Cubs New Zealand Night

Also in March, the Scout troop took part in a fire safety quiz at Hanley Fire Station, competing against other scout groups and some school teams, in total nine teams took part with Trentham Scouts finishing in 3rd Place after a tie break question behind Heron Cross Scouts B in first place and Heron Cross A in 2nd. The scouts had a practice of putting up the new four man tents recently acquired the tents are lightweight and will be used for the first time on the District Activity Camp in April. At the end of March the scouts cooked Pancakes in a belated celebration of Pancake Day, the scouts cooked their own pancakes on camping stoves, then added their own toppings of Sugar, Chocolate Sauce and treacle, some even at the same time!! A good night was had by all and some scouts pancakes nearly looked like a pancakes!!

April 2006

The whole Group attended the St.Georges Parade in April

St.Georges Day Parade April 2006

May 2006

The scouts spent two troop nights practicing and performing a short play, the theme was fairy stories although the scouts were free to interpret the stories in their own way, and they certainly brought Goldilocks and the Three Bears into the 21 Century, it was more of a cross between Tracy Beaker meets the WWF Wrestlers!

Mid May saw 7 scouts attend the District camp at Beaudesert, the weekend was a tremendous success, the scouts took part in a wide game on the Friday evening, before taking part in 5 chosen activities on the Saturday, the Activities included Coracle Racing, Orienteering, Pedal Kart Racing, Tree Climbing, Volleyball, Crate Stacking, Aerial Runway. Sunday was set aside for a cooking competition, the scouts had to prepare a 3 course meal and cook it on a camp fire, no fire gas cooking was allowed, the scouts had to cook Coq au Vin with at least two vegetables for a main course, the choice of starters and dessert was each troops choice. We had Grapefruit for starters and Roly Poly and custard for Dessert the competition was won by Stoke Scouts and the Sea Scouts who will represent the District in the County Competition in September, the scouts did a great job of cooking and worked really hard.

The Cubs, as part of their Caring Challenge, took part in a Fire Safety Night which included a games, quiz and a talk from a Fire Fighter


Cubs Fire Safety Night

June 2006

June saw four scouts attend the District Activity Camp at Barnswood, where the activities spread over the weekend were a day canoeing on Rudyard Lake and a day either hiking on the Roaches or rock climbing and abseiling again on the Roaches. During that weekend the rest of the scouts still met and spent the evening orienteering around the scout headquarters learning how to use a compass, lets just say they won’t be let loose on a hike …. just yet! In early June while the weather was so glorious we spent an evening pitching our dining shelters as experience for future camps to give everyone the skills needed to pitch a camp. The scouts also practiced building a fire and lighting it with one match to boil a pint of water, the scouts enjoyed this activity and all successfully boiled the water, but I think more than one match was used.

Cubs as part of their Caring Challenge hosted a Beetle Drive evening which attracted over 60 people and raised £52 for the local Donna Louise Trust

Beetle Drive Night

July 2006

July saw most of the weekly meetings taking place outdoors, making the most of the good weather, throughout the month the Scouts honed their camping skills pitching and striking tents (that’s putting them up and taking them down)! They also had an activity to make a bridge to transport water over an imaginary ravine using wooden poles and rope only.

Cubs were contacted by a neighbour who had been watching Bill Oddie’s programme on the BBC. She told us it would be nice if we could put some bird boxes up in the grounds. Rather than buying some boxes the Cubs have made some on a pack night. Two boxes have been put up at the Scout House and the remainder were taken to Trentham Gardens and put up in the woodland.

Making and erecting bird boxes

September 2006

The early part of September saw the scouts putting the finishing touches to earn themselves the Camper Badge and the Challenge Activity Badge, in all 7 scouts earned both badges. Mid September saw 8 scouts attend the Activity Camp at Kibblestone. The camp was attended by 250 scouts, mainly from Staffordshire but there were also scouts from Shropshire and Nottinghamshire. The activities for the weekend included, canoeing, abseiling, rock climbing, go-karting, orienteering, crate stacking, archery, rifle shooting, wood turning, pottery making, assault course, the net amongst others, the weather was reasonably kind to us and a good time was had by all.

The cubs tried out the new tents at Kibblestone and did abseiling and rock climbing

2006 Cub Camp Kibblestone

The Beavers, during 2006, did lots of exciting things including visited Camelot Theme Park, had a Harry Potter themed sleepover and had a Christmas Party…

Beavers in Camalot Theme Park, Sleepover and their 2006 Christmas Party

In October and November the Scout hut was closed for an extension and internal building works taking place. 

Eight members were awarded their Chief Scout Awards in 2006, special certificates to acknowledge the gaining of their Bronze (Beavers) or Silver (Cubs) awards were presented in January 2007. These are the highest awards possible in each section. The award was presented by Councillor Jean Edwards, the Lord Mayor for Stoke-on-Trent, who was accompanied by Senior County, District and Group Scouting officials.


Chief Scout Awardees 2006


2007

January 2007

January saw the Scouts making balloon rockets to see how far they could travel. The record was around 8m. In this first month of the year we also made some bird feeders out of wire, lard and bird seed!! The smell in the Scout House after cooking loads of lard was an experience.

February 2007

In February we had a somewhat short month due to half term and a heavy fall of snow led to one night been cancelled an hour before we were due to start. However the other weeks were full of activities. the Scouts plotted a route for a lost leader around Brownsea Island (the place of the first ever scout camp in 1907) following a set of clues. A cooking exercise took place making some pancakes with lots of Syrup, sugar and chocolate sauce.

March 2007

March saw a return to some more traditional scouting activities for the Scouts, with A Fire Safety Quiz before 5 scouts took part in the Area quiz at Hanley Fire Station finishing a respectable fourth. They also did some map and compass work to refresh memories. We did a pioneering project making a sedan chair to race around an obstacle course and a quiz on the 21 World Scout Jamboree’s that have taken place since 1920.

April 2007

April was another short month with Easter at the start of the month, however 8 scouts took part in an Activity Camp at Kibblestone International Scout Camp, the activities they took part in were, Ariel Runway, Climbing and abseiling, Field Archery, Inflatable Games, Caving and Crate Stacking. It was a good camp attended by over 150 scouts in total.

April also saw us all start preparing for our Centenary Camp, we began by coming up with ideas to present to the visitors on the Past of scouting, it was decided that we would draw posters about some main dates in scouting’s history, and scouts would give a presentation on these 10 key dates, (more information on this can be found on our Centenary Pages).

The Group also took part in the Annual St George’s day parade.

May 2007

Our District Beaver sleepover in May was held in our very own HQ. Beavers from Hartshill, Normacot, Sea Scouts, Park Hall, Meir Park, Blythe Bridge, Dresden, and of course Trentham all attended what was a fun-packed weekend. The theme for this sleepover was the Jungle. The Scout house was decorated with palm trees, vine, and a selection of Jungle animals! The beavers took part in many art/craft

activities including making palm trees, animal tails, salt dough animals, pom pom animals, door hangers, animal masks, slithering snakes and decorating pots. All the games we played incorporated the Jungle theme, as did the delicious menu of food. We even managed to get all the beavers to learn a dance to the ‘Bare Necessities’. At bedtime they all settled down in their sleeping bags in the hall to watch Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’. Everyone who took part had a great time, had lots of crafts to take home, and made so many new friends along the way. Roll on the next sleepover!

May was a busy month getting everything ready for our big camp, we put the finishing touches to our presentations, we made a special pioneering gateway as an entrance to our camp, this also included building a pioneering fence as well. Plenty of camp fire songs were practiced at the end of each meeting in readiness for the big weekend.

May was the month of a somewhat landmark for Trentham Scout Troop, our first girl scout was invested into the troop, closely followed by a second girl later in the month, scouting has accepted girls in all its units since the mid nineties but this was the first time we have had girls in our troop, this has been good for Trentham Scouts now that the new facilities are open.

2007 Scouting Centenary
Following the success of the 2005 Open Day another was held on 26th to 27th May 2007 , activities were based on the Centenary including traditional Scouting skills learnt 100 years ago, a selection of events are below :

How Far will your T-Shirt Travel?
Our next Centenary activity may be easy to work out from the title ! All Beavers. Cubs, Scouts, Leaders and helpers were given a special t-shirt to celebrate the centenary (see below picture). We are running a competition to take photos of the t-shirts in as many different places around the world as possible. This idea came from a Cub who took his t-shirt on holiday to Turkey and brought in a photo of him wearing it. Click the below map to see where they’ve been !

26th to 27th May 2007 Open Day and Camp
To enable the whole group to celebrate the Centenary and to open the premises for wider community use we held a weekend long event. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders all attended a weekend long camp in the grounds of the Scout Building. The camp began immediately following the fun and activities of the Open Day. Activities were based on the Centenary including traditional Scouting skills learnt 100 years ago. A variety of events were run to suit all ages from the youngest Beaver to the eldest Scout. 

All those attending were presented with a commemorative souvenir t-shirt bearing the specially designed logo


New Logo

On the Saturday we held our Open Day which was a free event open to everyone – Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, families, friends, local residents, old members, previous leaders and local groups and clubs. Doors opened at 12noon with the opening ceremony being performed by The Lord Mayor. 

Activities included :
Formal opening by The Lord Mayor, Displays of Scouting Skills in our “Live Camp”, Past, Present and Future of Scouting, Children’s Entertainment, Climbing Wall, Refreshments, Facility Tours, Competitions and Prize Draw

A variety of events were run to suit all ages from the youngest Beaver to the eldest Scout. All those attending were presented with a commemorative souvenir t-shirt bearing the specially designed logo and the opening ceremony was performed by The Lord Mayor. Activities included : Displays of Scouting Skills in our “Live Camp”, Past, Present and Future of Scouting, Children’s Entertainment , Climbing Wall, Refreshments, Facility Tours, Competitions and Prize Draw.

It was at this event that Keith Ramsey stepped down as GSL handing the reigns to Mark Steele and June Steed stepped down as chair handing over to Richard Skellern.

June 2007

Following our centenary camp in May, June saw the scouts turn their hand to backwoods cooking, here the scouts each built a fire and placed a brick in the centre, once the fire was hot, they placed a rasher of bacon in some tin foil and cooked the bacon, add some bread and sauce and you have a delicious meal.

June also saw the scouts learning about trees and their leaves with the scout fellowship as part of their outdoor awareness.

July 2007

In last month before the summer break the scouts looked at Global issues and discussed and shared their ideas around saving energy and reducing the carbon footprint. Some of the ideas raised were very interesting and a number of the scouts kept a diary of the things they had done over a wee to reduce their energy emissions.

The last week of the school term saw the scouts enjoy a summer bar-b-cue.

August 2007

In August the Beavers visited Gulliver’s Kingdon…..

Beavers at Gullivers Kingdom 2007

September 2007.

As the new school year started the scouts saw their numbers increase to 25, this is the highest number the troop has had for a number of years. The scouts spent the first week getting to know each other as we had a number of new scouts and some others who had not been there that long. They also spent a night pitching a tent in readiness for our forthcoming camp later in the month. Another night saw us talk about Axe Safety, Saw safety, Camp Safety, Cooker safety, all in readiness for the camp.

The last weekend of September saw the troop take 15 scouts to our belated summer camp at Kibblestone. They arrived Friday evening and just managed to pitch all the tents before dark, they had a relaxing evening in front of the camp fire. On Saturday after a breakfast of Sausage and beans, the scouts prepared a packed lunch for a short hike to Barlaston Downs, where a wide game was played and trying out the orienteering course on the downs. On return to Kibblestone and after some well deserved free time the scouts set about preparing their cowboy stew for tea, several hours and a few missing finger nails later the camp enjoyed a tasty meal. The rest of the evening was free time followed by a supper of roasted marsh-mellow and chocolate biscuits on the camp fire. Sunday morning saw a lovely breakfast of fried bacon butties before the camp was tidied away and the parents came to pick up the scouts. All in all a great weekend with great weather.

Scout Camp Kibblestone 2007

October 2007

The scouts learnt some things about communication as part of the communication badge, this involved learning about many types of communication from semaphore to modern day mobile phones.

During October we all celebrated Halloween with fun packed nights making broomsticks, witches hats, cooking pumpkin soup, making a pumpkin candle, apple bobbing and marshmallows in flour.

November 2007

At the District Swimming Gala in 2007 Trentham did exceptionally well with the Scouts finishing in 1st place, the Cubs came 5th and the combined Group came 2nd overall.


Swimming Gala Trophy

The Three Towns district beaver sleepover in November was held in Trentham Scout House. Beavers from Hartshill, Sea Scouts, Meir Park, Blythe Bridge, Dresden, and of course Trentham all attended. We had a Medieval theme for this sleepover. The Scout house was decorated with rows of bunting and displays of colony flags. The beavers were put into teams for the weekend, all different coloured Knights.

Beaver Sleepover November 2007

They took part in many art/craft activities including making helmets, swords, shields, and badges. We had some visitors join us from Stafford Castle. They gave us a wonderful insight into life during the Medieval times, including showing examples of Costume and Weaponry, that all beavers then got a chance to wear and hold. We even took the opportunity to rein act battles using their swords and shields that were made earlier in the day. With a well planned Medieval Menu everyone was well fed with a delicious selection of food. There was also a Castle making competition in which the teams of knights had to create a castle out of Plastic cups, straws, coloured paper, sticky tape, and glue. They managed to come up with some very interesting designs! At bedtime they all settled down in their sleeping bags in the hall to watch Shrek the Third.

Through November the Scouts went back to basics and learnt some of the traditional scouting skills, Map Reading; Knot tying, Lashings and First Aid skills. At the end of the month they ran a test on all the skills learnt to see what we had learnt through out the month.

December 2007

December saw the scouts tackle the ice skating rink at Trentham Gardens, some of the scouts were natural Torvil and Deans while others had as much skill on the ice as Eddie the Eagle had on the snow! 

We all finished our last meeting of the year with Christmas Parties.

Also this year 8 Beavers and 4 Cubs gained their Bronze and Silver Awards, they attended the special District Presentation Evening and were awarded certificates from The Lord Major, Scouting CC and DC.  

2007 Chief Scout Awardees


2008

This year saw a few more Leaders join, Richard Skellern became chair, Greg Julian and Lisa Stec joined Scouts, Laura Martin became Beaver Leader and John Ryan-Viggars joined Cubs.

January 2008

In January the Scouts had the opportunity to look at some real life British Forces and the equipment they carry when on active patrols and exercises, we also got to taste some as well, which was interesting.

February 2008.

In February the Scouts got to have a go at some Krypton Factor style games in a challenge of logic, they also made some pancakes, close to shrove Tuesday, as well as a lot of mess.

March 2008.

With March been such a short month because of Easter, most of the things the Scouts did were in preparation for the District Scout Camp in April, including a practice at making our own ice-cream, one or two tasted okay but a lot of work is still needed in readiness for the district camp. 

In March the whole group took part in the Sports Relief Mile on Sunday 16 March, 19 members of the Scout Group and 5 leaders ran the mile in aid of Sports Relief ….

April 2008

We all attended the St.Georges Parade in April ….

The St.Georges Parade was to be Scott Ramsey’s last event as Cub Leader, leaving to take up a role in Stone District, Phil Marks took over as Akela.


Akela Scott

The Spring term saw the Beavers attending a District sleepover at Hartshill HQ. 40 of the district’s beavers attended a fun-filled weekend. The theme this time was Pirates and was a very popular choice judging by the reaction of the beavers as they arrived! Hartshill Scouts had very kindly made a pirate ship as a centre piece to the hall and the rest of the hall was decorated with other pirate decoration such as flags and skulls and crossbones.

They had fun making bandanas, swords, eye patches, flags, sashes, and pirate faces to decorate the pirate ship. The weather wasn’t so kind when we took the beavers outside for a treasure hunt around the playing field but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the beavers. A magician wowed us all with his clever illusions and many games were played throughout the weekend. As always the cooking team provided some delicious food and all the leaders helped to make it a very special weekend for the Beavers

April saw the Scouts attend their first camp of the year a cooking competition camp with an incident hike, the camp was held at Consall Scout Camp The scouts cooked a 2 course meal making Beef Stew and Dumplings, followed by home made ice cream, which involved the use of cream, milk, and a lot of ice and shaking the container. On the Saturday the Scouts took part in an incident hike, overall one or two team did very well while the biggest incident others came across was trying to read a map, (I think we’ve got most of the autumn planned with improving the map reading skills!!)

Scouts at Consall camp

Scouts also spent a day at the Ministry of Defence at Stafford, the scouts were given the opportunity to see the work performed by the Tactical Support Wing of the RAF. The Scouts first had a chance to look around a Wessex Helicopter, and saw a large cannon type gun captured in the recent Iraq conflict. The Scouts got to try on some night vision goggles taste some RAF ration food, they also tried on a full size Bergan (Rucksack) as well as trying on some Webbing and Pilot’s Helmets. The Scouts then ate a meal in the Junior Ranks Mess, before been given the opportunity to have a good luck around a RV Vehicle used in Norway, we then checked out a 40 tonne Fuel Truck before been given a talk by some of the Parachute staff who work in the unit and support the Front line. A very enjoyable day was had and our thanks got the Military and he personnel that looked after us.

Cubs activities in 2008 included a district challenge day at Caverswall HQ for a fun packed day of activities, including a hike, tug-o-war, games, competitions and craft bases. An end of term party held jointly with the Scouts where there was a BBQ, campfire, disco, games and drinks & snacks.and a District 5-a-side football competition where Trentham Cubs won the tournament after a nail biting semi-final and final, both of which were decided on penalty shoot outs. Winning team is shown with the shield, trophy and certificate

Cubs Activities 2008

May 2008.

May saw the Scouts tackle their Fitness Challenge Badge as they look to improve their fitness and understand about healthy eating. The month consisted of short runs, and some distance running, press-ups, standing jumps amongst many other things, the aim each week was to better the previous weeks performance, luckily the weather was kind and we were able to do it all outside.

June 2008

June saw the Scouts finish off the Fitness Challenge badge, practising pitching tents as the weekend on camp highlighted a few learning needs for one or two and helped as volunteers on the Cancer Research Race for Life at Trentham Gardens, the Scouts were on hand at the finishing line to hand out the well deserved Medals, Goody Bags and of course some well needed bottles of water.

And this year there was a Group camp at Kibblestone Group Camp, as part of the Guinness World Record Attempt for the Giant Sleepover, we understand that we now hold a world record at Trentham Scouts as been part of the biggest ever sleepover with over 33,000 young people taking part…..

July 2008

Sports Challenge Day 2008
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts joined forces to try out a variety of sports and games. The afternoon was rounded off with a BBQ and a army combat relay race……

September 2008

Back to Scout work after the summer holidays, the scouts prepared for the last camp of the year at the end of September which was held at Kibblestone near Stone, the idea for this weekend was back to basics and the scouts got loads of free time to practice their skills.

October 2008

The scouts worked in their patrols during this month and learnt some basic skills, like cooking, axe and saw safety, hygiene around the campsite and Quartermaster. Learning to look after the equipment they had used on the last camp and making sure it was put away neatly and most important dry. This month also saw our Senior patrol run an evening on Russia as part of their Global Challenge Badge.

November 2008

November was a busy month, with the usual Scout meetings taking place covering some basic map work and a regular 6 weekly Fitness challenge. In addition we had the District Swimming Gala at Fenton Baths. The Scouts also took part in the district 5 a side football competition and won in a thrilling 7-3 final win after been 3-0 down.
This makes it a Cub and Scout Double – Well Done to the team.


Winning Scout Football Team

Also in November The Three Towns District Beavers held their sleepover weekend at Trentham Scout House. This time the theme was ‘Science’ and over the 24 hours the beavers took part in many interesting and exciting experiments and activities. All of which went towards them achieving their ‘Experiment’ Badge. In the evening the beavers settled down to watch ‘Night at The Museum’. As always the sleepover was a great success and enjoyed by all.

 Beaver Sleepover Nov 08

The Beavers also visited Trentham church and Camalot …

In November 2008 The Local Knowledge Badge was the theme for a Cub Sleepover. The weekend included a journey on public transport, a local area quiz, a 2 mile hike, map and compass work, making a local history collages and a visit to a local mining museum. At the mine the Cubs went underground to learn what it must have been like to be a miner and also explored the adjacent museum. They did not believe people used to wash in a tin bath in front of the fire and have to use a toilet outside ! 

Cub Sleepover at Apedale Mine Nov 08

December 2008

December was quiet month finishing off badges and and holding our Christmas parties.

This year 5 Beavers, 5 Cubs and 4 Scouts gained their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. They attended the special District Presentation Evening in January 2009 and were awarded certificates from The Lord Major, Scouting CC and DC ….


Chief Scout Awardees 2008


2009

January 2009

January started with the scouts continuing their work towards the Fitness Challenge and a great way to start the New Year working off the excess of Christmas. 4 scouts achieved the highest award in Scouts the Chief Scouts Gold Award and this was recognised by a presentation from the Lord Mayor. They also had a go at making Hot Air Balloons out of Crete Paper. The Scouts finished the month off with a sleepover at the Scout House, where they took part in a Wii Olympics competition followed by a chip supper and a film.


Scouts playing Wii

February 2009

For one section of their Creative Challenge, the Cubs made kites during the pack meeting and on a mildly windy Sunday tried to fly them.
 
Video and photo from kite flying

March 2009

Scouts spent time starting to work on our garden, (we hope to grow our own vegetables). They also attempted to build a catapult launcher to be able to throw a bean bag from one end of the Scout House to the other, we had varying degrees of success!! They also cooked omelettes as they continued to practice their cooking, and we also practised knots and lashings before attempting the Catapult. They also had a visit from the Air Scouts in Staffordshire where they got to have a go at a parascending simulator.

April 2009

In April the Group attending the St.Georges Parade…

…and the Cubs put on a play about Saint George for the residents of Selwyn House care home


Cubs at Selwyn House

May 2009

The 2nd week in May was othey Scout’s District Camp at Beaudesert, on Cannock Chase.

Scouts at Beaudesert

The Cubs also went to Beaudesert Scout Camp, the weather could have been better, it rained ALL weekend. However, all Cubs (and I think the Leaders) had an enjoyable weekend and the Cubs all gained their Navigators Badge

Cubs at Beudesert

July 2009

We all went to Kibblestone for our 3rd Annual Group Camp, our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders enjoyed a sunny weekend  included pioneering, caving, assault course, hiking, Go-Karting and a 25metre long water slide. …

Also in July, 8 scouts and 4 leaders walked a 3.2 mile hike from Trentham Church to the Monkey Forest car park. The route took them to the top of the ridge know as Seven Sisters then on to Kings Wood walk around the back of the Monkey Forest , up to the monument and then ending at the car park. The weather was good and the views at the top of the ridge were fantastic. Behind the Monkey Forest they spotted 3 or 4 monkeys at the edge of the tree line. When they got to the monument we stopped for a photo shoot and a snack. The scouts used their map reading skills to navigate the group to our destination with plenty time to spare.

Scouts at the Monument

During 2009 the Beavers took part in several activities and outings including learning about people not as fortunate as themselves and in particular those with disabilities. They had a week discussing the Paralympics and held a variety of sporting activities to be done with a disability, i.e. Skittles Blindfolded, One legged assault course and skipping, Basket ball on knees, One armed Hockey. They looked at some artwork created by “Mouth and Foot painting” artists and were given the task in their Lodges to create a Garden Scene, firstly using the brush in their mouths and then secondly with their feet. They worked well in their Lodges to create some colourful pictures, all of them found the task quite tricky but enjoyed the challenge.
Also, Castle and Fort making and a day trip to Camelot Theme Park

Beavers in 2009

October 2009

In October the Cubs visited Trentham church for part of their Community Challenge

Cubs at Trentham church

The beginning of October the Scouts held their autumn camp this year at Barnswood near Rudyard Lake, on the camp the scouts cooked all their own food and completed an 5 mile hike around Rudyard Lake.

November 2009

In November the Cubs visited the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Cubs at Manchester Museum

The Scouts had a go at tie dying their own t-shirts. Some looked really good, they spent some time going over first aid to give the scouts an idea of what needs to be done in an emergency. They also covered off some more practical skills in Map and Compass.

November also saw the District Swimming Gala which this year the Scouts won. The Cubs also won their section gala on the same night so Trentham came away with every trophy.

December 2009

On the last Friday before Christmas our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts joined parishioners of ‘Gateway Fellowship’ for a carol service. The service was lead by Rev. Alan and Joy Willis and included a nativity presentation by Beavers and readings by a Cub and a Scout. Afterwards there was a disco, a buffet and an impromptu Dancing Competition – Cubs and Scouts split into small groups and choreographed a dance to Michael Jackson’s thriller ….

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