The 20th to 22nd May 2016 saw a hive of activity at Group HQ with the Group Scout Camp following on from our AGM. This Year the Theme for camp was Space. The Cub Leaders engaged in a Star Wars Themed battle on their respective bases, with the Leopards joining the Dark Side, enticing the youngsters with the promise of cookies and then launching them firmly into space on an inflatable spacship... well Ok, they launched them down a water slide not into space! The Otter Jedis battled with the disturbance in the Force by recruiting everyone into the Jedi order and arming them all with lightsabres, having combat balance training on a slippery pole and then battling Deathstar pinatas. R2D2 was taken hostage by the Darkside Leopards, but the Jedi Otters tried several rescue attempts, revenge for which saw a demise of the poor Wookie! In between battles the kids were also entertained making and launching Bottle Rockets at the Scout Leader base, or designing their own space-themed solar system glow in the dark bags on the Beaver Leader base.
We were very fortunate this year to also have a base run by a Team from Bayfordbury Observatory, University of Hertfordshire. There were several interesting displays to explain how different colours seen in telescopes can tell us about the elements on other planets. There was also a fantastic mobile planetarium, which the kids really loved. We are very grateful to the Team from Bayfordbury for giving their time to us for free.
The rain mostly held off and the Cubs got to enjoy our new 6 man tents for the first time. This year the Beavers stayed overnight too, enjoying a sleepover in pop-up tents within the hall.
AGM reports summary:
Group Membership stands at 120 members and the Group is thriving financially due to regular booking contracts with our HQ, fundraising efforts and a strong Leadership team.
Beavers - Both Beaver sections joined several Annual District and Group Events, including the Ware Carnival, District Beaver sleepover, Activity Days, Easter Egg hunt, Tug-of-War, Christmas Carol Service, St George's Day Parade and the Remembrance Service. They all loved our joint weekend camping event, WaGAwood, which is run as a joint event with 3rd Ware at Thriftwood Scout Activity Centre, something they always want to do again.
Bears Beavers - 4 Leaders; Owl (Allison), Snail (Andy), Fox (Eve) and Mole (Mark) and 3 Young Leaders (Stick Insect, Bat and Otter) leading a full compliment of 24 Beavers. New start and end of meeting ceremonies and a 'Beaver of the Month' scheme have seen the kids thrive with more enthusiasm. The section has been busy enjoying a wide range of outdoor activities that our HQ location is perfect for. As a special start of Summer Term treat, the Bears went to the Low Ropes and Zip Line course at Westmill farm.
Wolves Beavers - 2 Leaders; Ratti (Wendy), Vole (Lynn) and 3 Young Leaders (Fox, Cheetah and Chipmunk). Cheetah (Oli) celebrated his 18th birthday this year and has agreed to stay on to help as a Section Assistant. We also thank the Parent helpers who step up to help when we need extra adult support. The Wolves have enjoyed a variety of activities including a trip to Rye Meads RSPB Nature Reserve and a visit from Guide Dogs. We recieved a Gold Award for our entry in the Ware in Bloom Incredible Edible Challenge.
Cubs - Cubs also took part in several District Events, including Ware Carnival, Go Karts, Fun run, JOTI (Internet Jamboree), Swimming gala, The Wild Goose competition, Night Hike, Founders Day event and the highly competitive Oxley Shield Challenge.
Otters Cub Pack: 5 Leaders; Shere Khan (Colin), Mowgli (Rob, the new Akela for the section), Rama (Vince), Raksha (Mandy) and Hathi (Rob) plus 2 Young Leaders. The Otters were responsible for HQ needing a new Trophy cabinet with winning the Go Karting, the Fun Run and the top prize of the Oxley Shield. Their Leaders also led and orgainsed the Carnival entry which resulted in Best Youth Entry and Best Overall. They have also engaged in a number of traditional scouting activities, including a summer camp at HQ as well as visits to Bayfordbury Obervatory and Hertford Fire Station.
Leopards Cub Pack: 5 Leaders; Akela (Michelle), Ferao (John), Mang (Austin), Chil (Keith) and Shada (Pearl) plus 3 Young Leaders. The Leopards have also enjoyed a wide range of activities including an up close night with some Birds of Prey, shelter making and a Police Visit. The Leopards are also engaged with the Million Hands project which aims to unite scouting members into helping with other community projects, Leopards are focussing on Disability issues.
Scouts - 7 Leaders; Pete, Anthony, Neil, Stuart, Phil, Fraser and Graham. With upto 45 Scouts the activities are often spread out over several weeks with the Group being broken down into smaller numbers for each activity. The group enjoy many traditional Scouting activities involving Fires, walks and wood. They have learnt survival skills including skinning rabbits, first aid and orienteering. They enjoyed Night Hikes, a Cycle ride, Map work, Pioneering and fire making as well as joining in with the Million Hands project focussing on Disabilities. They entered District competitions of the Raft Race, Green Beret Challenge, Swimming Gala, District Bowls (winning the 1st Place Trophy), District Cooking Competition and the Light Weight Hike.