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GiSeLle does Bo’Rap

admin : October 18, 2014 19:43 : GSL Blog, Leaders

Would you like to see our GSL’s star turn by the camp fire? Of course you would. Grab a drink and a biscuit and behold the air guitar (or frying pan) talent!

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JOTI 2013 – What a weekend!!

Ian Potts : October 22, 2013 21:32 : GSL Blog

What a fantastic weekend we have just had.

57 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, 15 Leaders, Scouts in 50 countries chatted with and a chippy tea.  What more could we want.

We spoke to Scouts in countries from Australia to Zimbabwe and Skyped with groups in Norway, Yorkshire and Derbyshire.  The chippy tea was tasty, the cake and custard cups even more so.

There was Dungeons and Dragons, Scalextric, table tennis, various board games and even a light sabre battle (well a number of battles).  A number of our new Cubs and Scouts had their first Night Away in Scouting and our new Beavers their first activity day.

Now we just need to work out how we make next year even better!

Ian (GiSeLle)

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Autumn Term and Family Camp 2013

Ian Potts : September 23, 2013 03:27 : Beavers, Cubs, GSL Blog, Leaders, Scouts

What a great start to the new term.  3 new sections, new Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, and lots of new Leaders.  To add to that we’ve also had a great family camp with almost 100 people having a wonderful time.

A big thanks to Samantha for organising the camp, to Mark for preparing menu and cooking the food for everyone (no small job with the numbers attending) and to all the Leaders for their help on camp.  Our young people got to experience a flavour of what Scouting can offer including Archery, Caving Simulator, Assault Course, Grass Karting, Fire Lighting and Mini-Pioneering.  A number of them have now done their first Night Away and a number of Leaders have experienced their first Scout Camp.

We have an exciting and varied programme of activities for all of the sections with all Beavers, Cubs and Scouts having the same opportunities whichever day of the week they meet.  We also have another camp for the weekend of JOTI and a number of other activities planned.

It’s a term to look forward to.

 

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Village Fete and Worm Charming

Ian Potts : July 14, 2013 13:57 : GSL Blog

In the last few weeks the group have attended the Worm Charming at Willaston School and the Village Fete on the Lettie Spencer Playing Fields.

A huge thank you to all of the Scouts who ran the Blind Trail at the Worm Charming and congratulations to those who were on Blue Peter.  Unfortunately I couldn’t attend but it appeared that everyone had a great day.

We had our mini camp at the Village Fete and attracted a few non-scouts to try cooking and eating bread twists.  We successfully defended our Tug of War title against the rest of the village, even getting the District Commissioner to help us out.

The summer term is drawing to a close but we still have some activities planned across the sections.  The weather so far this summer has been very good to us, I hope it remains so for all of your summer holidays as your Leaders deserve a pleasant break.

 

Ian Potts

GSL, 26th SWC Scout Group

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District Camp – WOW, Bear Grylls – Double WOW

Ian Potts : May 23, 2013 22:50 : GSL Blog

How fantastic were the first two weekends in May this year?

District Camp was better than ever, brilliantly organised, a huge range of activities and better weather than we could have hoped for.  A huge thank you to all of the Leaders and parents who worked so hard to make the weekend so successful.  A thank you also to all of the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who were so well behaved and made our job so much easier.  It was the first camp for a number of the Beavers and Cubs, and even for a few Scouts so you will all have either had or will be getting your first Nights Away award.  For the rest of you, keep a note of those Nights Away so you can claim your next badge when you have done 5, 10, 20 etc Nights Away.  A special mention should be made about the Beavers who spent their first Scouting Night Away without their parents.  Being Beaver Leader I am somewhat biased but I thought they were excellent.

The visit of Bear Grylls, our Chief Scout, to Cheshire the weekend after District Camp was another wonderful experience.  The weather could have been better but the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who welcomed Bear enthusiastically at both Tatton and Runcorn.  Even the Leaders were excited at Bears arrival and the Beavers got to see his helicopter land just a few yards away from where we were waiting.  We were lucky enough to have a Beaver, Cub and Scout win the various competitions to meet Bear personally, congratulations to each of them, and he was given one of our neckerchief badges to take away with him.

How do we follow two weekends like that?  Well for me it was a weekend on a Scout training course, but for the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts …. you will just have to wait and see!

Ian Potts (GSL)

 

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