Beavers, Cubs & Scouts enjoyed a week of camping at Thriftwood Scout Campsite in Brentwood alongside the 4th Southgate Scouts during the last week of August this year. With the Scouts trip to Austria being postponed till 2022, this camp took on an international flavour, the theme being a Dutch one with the group being garlanded in orange scarves, cycling around the site and trying Dutch cuisine such as Hagelslag and Poffertjes.
With the exception of a few light showers on the first day, the campers were blessed with dry weather, enabling the group to enjoy the week’s activities, the highlights being a canoe trip down the River Chelmer and a day trip to Southend-on-Sea.
As has become tradition with the 4th – 14th Southgate joint summer camps, a volleyball tournament was hosted with a mixed 4th – 14th Scout team narrowly losing in the finals to the 5th Dartford. Rest assured, the Scouts shall be busy practicing for next year where they shall face international opposition.
After a long year and a bit of online meetings, isolating and the Cub section split into two, the end of the Summer term saw things return back to normal with weekend bike rides, the traditional Summer water fight and a sleepover for the Beavers and Cubs.
Both sections have grown greatly and we hope to continue our adventures after the Summer uninterrupted! Beavers and Cubs return on the 8th September with Scouts returning on the 9th.
Over the past few weeks the Cubs have been busy with different activities aimed at learning about and improving their local environment. They have managed to collect 26kg of rubbish from the streets neighbouring our Scout Hut and have been busy designing anti-littering posters.
During half-term a few of Cubs helped out the Friends of Enfield Chase with a tree counting survey on one of the hottest days of year so far. Set in former farmland to the south of Botany Bay, this area shall become the basis of a new forest stretching from Trent Park to Chase Farm Hospital over the next few years.
For the first time in over a year, members and leaders from all 3 sections of the 14th Southgate were able to join together to celebrate St George’s Day with a promise renewal and some creative activities. The Beavers made their own clay dragon, the Cubs created tile mosaics and the Scouts made pizzas over an open fire. Fingers crossed that we won’t have to wait so long till our next group get together.
After 3 months of online scouting, it was good to be back at the 14th HQ at the end of March. With Spring starting, the Beavers and Cubs have been busy over the last 3 weeks with various gardening based projects including; making bird seed cakes, digging a wildlife pond, preparing the vegetable patch and planting a variety of fruit bushes and trees. Hopefully in the next few months, they’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of their labour!
With 2020 drawing to a close, we’re all hoping that 2021 will bring back some normality and a chance to all meet together again. In the meantime, orienteering courses have been set up around Grovelands Park and Merryhills to keep the Scouters (and their parents) map-reading knowledge sharp. These shall be checked and maintained until the new year.
It was fun while it lasted, but with a national lockdown to last until at least December, we shall be spending the next month online using zoom and completing other activities to earn badges.
We managed to pack in a lot over 2 months: Hikes, Firelighting, Climbing, Cooking and completing the DIY & Scientist badges.
Last week we went out with a bang, celebrating bonfire night with guy building, campfire songs, smores and sparklers. And on the Wednesday we were also joined by 7 new Beavers, who we hope to see returning in a month’s time.
With restrictions on social distancing beginning to be relaxed, the Cubs have restarted their weekly meetings, with the pack meeting on Wednesday & Thursday afternoons to ensure that no more than 15 people are attending at one time. Over the past 2 weeks they have been practicing their knot tying and backwoods cooking, with further DIY, gardening and pioneering projects planned over the coming weeks as more of the Cubs return from holiday.
As the Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in a temporary halt to face-to-face Scouting activities, we have not been meeting for the last few weeks and this is set to continue into the near future. Happily, the extended time at home has created the time necessary to develop a new website! The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have been given lots of different activities by their leaders to hone their Scouting skills at home; The results of which will be topic of the next blog post in a few weeks.