Scouts Own 2018
Dear Leaders and Executive Committee Members
My sincere thanks to you all and your members for an excellent turn-out at our annual Group Scouts Own. The HQ were certainly packed and it was fabulous to see so many parents join us for the service. Please pass on my thanks to all of your members.
My special thanks to Jack, Aliyah, Lucy and Akela Bob who ran the Scouts Own and also talked to us all about the upcoming Gambia trip. The collection at the end of the service raised over £200 for Gambia which will make a huge difference.
During the service we were pleased to make a number of presentations as follows:
Five Year Long Service Awards
• Graham Jarvis – St. Andrews Troop
• Lynn Thorn – Mercury and Dragon Packs
• Sallie Jeffries – St. Andrews Beavers
• Lauren James-Saleh – St. Matthews Beavers
Ten Year Long Service Awards
• Robert Saleh – St. Georges Troop
• Paul Snell – St. Andrews Troop
• Lloyd Jones – St. Georges Troop
Chief Scouts GOLD Award
• Rhys Easman – Explorer and YL at Apollo Cubs
Medal of Merit
• Bob Wallace
My congratulations to everyone who received an award at this year’s Scouts Own – the Awards reflect huge dedication, hard work and contribution to both the Group and the wider Hornchurch District – WELL DONE.
Yours in Scouting
GSL (and for just two minutes Chief Scout)
Harry Potter camp
On the weekend of the 2-4th of February 28 cubs from Jupiter and Dragon Cub packs attended a Harry Potter camp at Belchamps. The camp was a resounding success and all those that attended the weekend had a fantastic time and all came away with new spells.
The Cubs and young leaders were sorted by the sorting hat into their respective houses, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. The sorting set the tone for a magical weekend.
After this the cubs coloured their household crests and they went on a hike around the site.
The following morning the different houses started to attend their different classes, wand making, Defence against the Dark arts, Find the philosophers stone, and the Sorceress hunt. Each of these lessons were thoroughly enjoyable and the cubs learned lots of new things.
They all came away from the camp with their own wands, uniforms and also medals and wizard’s hats.
The Sorceress hunt was to enable them to find the ingredients for the potions to be used on Sunday. The cubs found the philosophers stone after a hike searching around the campsite. They also discovered how to repel death eaters during defence against the dark arts by using nerf guns.
Each of the classes had house points up for grabs in order to determine which the best house was for the camp. The cubs also competed in an inter house quidditch tournament which they thoroughly enjoyed and got rather muddy.
They then had a wide game which where the cubs earned more points for their houses. It was a really enjoyable and fun day at Hogwarts.
On Sunday they had a few final classes, they had a potions class where they had to perform different tasks in order to make slime. They also competed in the Triwizard’s tournament and a muggle studies class in the art of fire lighting.
The scores were then calculated to determine who was the winning house and the winning house was Ravenclaw, second place was Gryffindor, third place was Hufflepuff and in last place was Slytherin. All those who attended the camp had a great time and can’t wait until the next one.
Over the weekend the Cubs had 2 cameras with them to take pictures.
Hornchurch District Cubs Scooter Rally
Another successful year for the Scooter Rally with 65 Cubs from 12 packs attending. Every Cub that I speak too really enjoys this event.
As you know we hold the event at Crow Camp the ideal home for this event. With the forest and small slopes, we can construct a good track for the racing. We changed the format of the event this year. We now have teams of three cubs this has made it fairer for smaller packs to be able to win this event.
It was a cold day but the rain held off. The track was dry and full of leaves. Cubs kept warm with Hot Chocolate and Hot Dogs which ran out too soon, I will need to buy more next year.
I would like to thank the leaders who turned up to assist with the event without them we could not run this event.
Congratulations to 1st Squirrels Heath who won the trophy this year. The cubs were presented with Certificates for First, second and third.
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Chief Scout Awards Nov 2017
Congratulations to all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts that received their Chief Scout Awards at Gilwell Park this month.
Jamboree on the Air
8th Hornchurch Jupiter Cub pack spent the day at Gilwell Park taking part in Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the internet.
The primary aim of JOTA/JOTI is to contact other Scout Groups around the world. The cubs used shortwave radio stations to contact other Scouts around Europe, as well as a VHF station contacting more local stations.
The Internet Café was running a variety of methods for making contact with other Scouts online – primarily through the moderated channels on ScoutLink.
Additional activities were electronic kit building. Where we built amplifiers. Weather satellite reception, an amateur TV station where we streamed pictures on the internet, and the latest computer controlled radio receivers. Unfortunately, conditions prevented us from hearing the International Space Station as it passed overhead.
The afternoon was filled with firstly climbing in the Lid on four different climbing activities then outside on the external climbing wall and then the 3g Swing.
During lunch we had a look around Gilwell to see the sights and held a find the largest conker competition.
A good day was had by all.
St Andrews Beavers at Hogworts
On Saturday 30th September, 17 beavers from St Andrews Beavers attended a magical sleepover which saw Belchmaps Scout Activity Centre transformed into Hogworts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. The Beavers took lessons in Herbology, Potions and Wand Making. They also took part in climbing, assault courseand hiking activities. All Beavers graduated from Hogworts achieving a number of badges for their uniform.