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SW Notts District Scouts Blog

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.”



SW Notts Scouts join City and Rushcliffe Districts for St George’s Day Parade

SW Notts District will be joining forces with Scouts from the Cty of Nottingham District and Rushcliffe Scout Districts for a massive parade in West Bridgford today,  Sunday 23rd April (St George’s Day).

The parade will leave Bridgford Park at 2.30pm and make it’s way to the main stand at Nottigham Forest Football Club where, in true Scouting tradition, every member will renew their Promise.

It promises to be a fantastic parade, with four bands helping us to keep in step and the flags of over 40 Scout Groups fluttering in the breeze!

Parents are invited to follow us to NFFC and join in our celebration of St George as the worldwide Patron Saint of Scouting.

At the same time, Anne Linsdell – Explorer Scout Leader at Tornado ESU and temporary acting DC for the City District and David Pidgeon – SW Notts District Treasurer, will e attending the Annual Scout Parade at Windsor Castle. Anne was honored by the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, with the Bar to the Siler Acorn and David received the Silver Acorn. We congratulate them both on their Awards.

Carlton Male Voice Choir Concert – 3rd June 2017

Carlton Male Voice Choir ConcertPlease support this event – the proceeds from which will be used to support Explorer Scouts attending the next World Scout Jamboree.

We need to sell over 100 tickets to make this a success.

Phone Chris Coats or email to book your tickets.

Book early to avoid disappointment.