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SW Notts District Scouts Blog


The District’s Trustees are delighted to announce that, after many years’ discussion and negotiation, a new 10-year Licence Agreement has been reached with the University of Nottingham Estates Department which allows SW Notts Scouts and, for special events, Nottinghamshire Scouts, to use Hemlock Camp Site (also known as Bramcote Woods) for all activities permitted by the Scout Association.

Maintenance of the site, which is accessed from Common Lane in Bramcote and comprises 68000 sq. metres (16.8 acres) of woodland and grassland, will remain the responsibility of the Estates Department at the University. The day-to-day use of the site will be managed by SW Notts District Scout Council with responsibility for ensuring that only permitted activities are undertaken being vested in the “District Commissioner”.

The site will remain a “Green Field” site, and can be used for evening and weekend activities, camps and community events – not least being our annual Fireworks Extravaganza.

Simon Clark (District Commissioner for SW Notts) said “We ae delighted that we have been able to secure the use of this site for Scout Groups and Explorer / Network Units in the District. As in all negotiations of this complexity, there have some compromises on both sides, and we are particularly grateful to the University for recognising the issues we raised relating to child protection. This 10-year Agreement, in the form of a Licence to use the site, means we can provide a fantastic range outdoor adventure activities to our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network members. It is good news for Scouting.”

Weekend Triumph for 2nd Beeston Sea Scouts

18664708_1824727894522891_4270058019197205384_nBeavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from the 2nd Beeston Sea Scout Group, along with their parents and supporters, have just celebrated an amazing weekend


Certificates Awarded

The entire Group (including present and past members) were in action on the Beeston cut / Nottingham canal on 21st May for a sponsored paddle & walk from Beeston to Castle Marina – and back. Approximately 50 people of all ages were on the water with another 30 walking along the towpath or following in “Conway”.

14 “Paddlepower” Start certificates were awarded,  7 “Paddlepower” record books were awarded with sections 1 to 5 completed and 6 Bursaries from the BCU  for further qualification training were awarded

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Over 75 members, parents and Group supporters attended the Group’s AGM at their HQ on Lilac Grove, Beeston. “Divisions” at 19:00hrs (hoisting the Colours for a RN recognised Group – a defaced Red Ensign surmounted by the Sea Scout pennant) with the sounding of the ship’s bell and a Boatswains Call brought the meeting to order!

Group Scout Leader Paul Boss thanked Fred Robinson, who was standing down as Group Chairman after 12 years’ distinguished service to the Group, for his huge contribution to the Group Executive Committee. He nominated Peter Treagus as the new Group Chairman. New members of the Committee, including parent representatives from the youth sections were elected, with others nominated and co-opted. The 2016 accounts were approved.

Activity and Challenge badges were awarded to members of all sections, followed by a further 20 British Canoeing Starter Session certificates. In addition seven “Paddlepower” start certificates, (including two for potential canoeist parents) were awarded from a previous water activity weekend.

Explorer Scouts’ mouth-watering BBQ!

Discovery Explorer Scout Unit prepared a BBQ accompanied by mushy peas whilst the Scouts prepared some examples of expedition meals on open fires. Marshmallow and spaghetti pioneering challenges became overshadowed by the draw of toasting the marshmallows on the embers of the fires. Candyfloss machines provided another challenge, with candyfloss ending up everywhere except wound nicely on the stick, but in true scouting style they tried and tried again – quietly eating the results inbetween!!

Paul Boss commented “The Group’s ‘aim’ is to offer water activities to all sections, as well as traditional Scouting activities. It is hoped this will attract new members for all our youth sections”.

For more information contact Paul Boss here

1st Chilwell & Attenborough Beavers Love Camping!

collageprintspah~1494529088980-654e6e6e-70e1-4cf4-a294-5d9494f3b984_L13 Beaver Scouts from the 1st Chilwell and Attenborough Scout Group have just returned from their first ever 2-night camp at Drum Hill Scout Camp in Derbyshire.

Upon arrival on the Friday night they got stuck in to fitting the inner compartments to their tents so they could get their kit stored and sorted for the rest of the camp – and loved every minute of it! From then on it was outside activities galore!

Clare Woodroffe (BeaverScout Leader and ADC Beavers) commented: “Over the weekend they went Bouldering, tackled Low Ropes and the Assault Course, lit their own fires (using a flint and steel) and then toasted marshmallows on them, went ‘picture orienteering’ and tried their hand at archery. They kept the leaders on the go all weekend. It was an amazing fun-packed weekend for the Beavers – and the leaders”

One highlight was the Saturday evening camp fire and story time. “Major Heffalump” – the Group’s latest adult volunteer (who just happens to be a Major in the armed forces)  – entranced them with the story of Winnie-the-Pooh and the Heffalump Trap. In case you don’t remember the story, here is an extract:

“Pooh’s first idea was that they should dig a Very Deep Pit, and that the Heffalump would come along and fall into the Pit . . . Pooh rubbed his nose with his paw, and said that the Heffalump might be walking along, humming a little song, and looking up at the sky, wondering if it would rain, and so he wouldn’t see the Very Deep Pit until he was halfway down, when it would be too late.” [Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A.Milne]

And the verdict? The Beavers announced on the Sunday afternoon that they wanted to go camping again – for an even longer camp and at a different site – and then started planning it.

That’s “Youth Shaped Scouting” at it’s best.

Well done 1st C&A Beavers  – what a brilliant camp!

(More Information about the 1st Chilwell and Attenborough Scout Group can be found here)




Scouting in Nottinghamshire smashes the 10,000 members mark for the first time in decades

There are now over 10,300 members, including over 2,500 adults – yet waiting lists for young people at an all-time high of 553

Scouts in Nottinghamshire have reported the highest number of adult volunteers on record in its latest annual membership figures. We now have 2597 volunteers locally – more than at any point in Nottinghamshire’s history.

With the nature of volunteering in the UK changing and more adults offering their time flexibly, more people are needed to run Scouting than ever before. This includes youth workers, as well as charity trustees and skills instructors.

imagegenDespite such high numbers of volunteers, the waiting list for young people who want to join the Scouts in Nottinghamshire has sky-rocketed to 553, the highest figure in the County’s history. Scouting continues to grow among young people, with around 100 joining in the 12 months up to 31 January 2017.

There are now 7707 young people involved in Scouting in Nottinghamshire. Scouting continues to be the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK with twelve consecutive years of growth in its youth membership.

We are also seeing a huge increase in the number of parents/carers (of our youth members) volunteering with us, as they want to share the valuable experiences that Scouting provides with their children.

In SW Notts we are calling on adults who want to make a difference to the lives of young people in their communities to give Scouting a go. We recognise that not having enough time is the main barrier to volunteering amongst adults, which is why we want to make it easier by offering flexibility in a range of roles from Scout Group leaders to administrative and trustee roles.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said:

“I’m super proud that we have so many adult volunteers helping young people develop the skills they need to succeed in life. Our challenge is to keep recruiting even more adults as we’ve got 51,000 young people wanting to join and benefit from what Scouting offers. Volunteering changes us all for the better. Please join me.”