Well I confess, it is entirely my fault why no News has been written up, and shared out, but I would like to suggest some mitigating reasons, as to why since February, I have been lapse !
The main one being, its been exceptionally busy, which coupled with annual holidays, jobs at home, has all meant it got put to the bottom of the pile of things to do.
Thanks to a timely reminder from David, and some quieter (recovery) time after a large Camp, I hope to do a whistle stop recap of things going on…..
March – saw a spring camp at a new venue to the Scout Troop, as they went to Bibby’s Farm Site, just south east of Preston, and apart from enjoying glorious weather, also enjoy some traditional open fire cooking and some team challenges, joined by other Scouts on the site.
April – once again saw the Group host the Annual District St Georges Activity Day, when over 600 members of the Scout Groups across the District descend on the Parish Field and enjoy a huge range of activities. Once again we were joined by Leaders and Guides neighbours, who also supported the delivery of craft activities, as well as numerous organisations and attractions we hired in for the event.
With relatively fine weather, the event this year proved the busiest, with yet another increase in attendee’s as it becomes more popular every year.
May – started busy with a record Car Boot Sale on the 5th, followed by Lydiate Festival on Sunday 6th! The good weather continued and saw both events successfully help raise funds for the Groups HQ support and development, thanks to help from Parents, Leaders and young people !
With ongoing section meeting nights enjoying balmy evenings too, it was a busy month, that then ended in the Bank Holiday weekend seeing another Camp for our Scouts, and a water activity day for our Beavers and Cubs.
The Camp too, had a water theme, as it was afloat, thanks to the hiring of two Narrow Boats on the Calderdale Canal in Yorkshire, and using them for a cruise with stops along the way, soaking up the sun again.
With numerous locks to navigate, then all the Scouts and Leaders had a turn in helming each boat, and all had a great and relaxing time.
The Water Activity Day was held on Southport Marine Lake, using the Scout Centre there, and saw over 60 Cubs, Beavers and Leaders meet at the HQ, coinciding with another busy Car Boot Sale, adding to the congestion, and then boarding a coach for the short journey.
On arrival they got into Groups, to start their activities, which ranged from Dragon Boating to Kayaking, whilst some of the Leaders faced their own challenges….. some Travellers arrived at the Centre, and tried to site their Caravans right by the centre, and its facilities !
No doubt some heated exchanges may have taken place, but not by the Leaders and the Centre volunteers, and eventually common sense prevailed and the travellers left, and all before the young people had finished their time on the water.
After getting changed, a Picnic lunch was enjoyed, followed by some games, a McFlurrie, and then the Coach home !
All in all, the weekend saw just under 100 Group members busy with Water, in one place or another !
June already, and at the time of writing our Cubs have been busy again at the BiAnnual County Cub Camp, enjoying two nights away, whilst our Beavers enjoyed a day visit to the site.
Full details of this busy weekend next time, as for now, its time to finish off this article and head to the HQ, as we have ongoing work to complete on our newly refurbished office, and with Scouts meeting tonight, I best not be late!
Regards until next time !
Ian – Group Scout Leader
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