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The magazine of Hampshire Scouting


  • HSNNovember 2010 www.scouts-hants.org.uk

    Hampshire Scoutsthe adventure goes on . . .



  • By Charlotte Cox from Denali Explorers, Basingstoke West.

    Thanks to Peter, our DC I was given the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Hampshire Scout Youth Council. It was an amazing experience, and one Ill never forget in my life. Come rain (buckets and buckets of it on the Saturday night) or shine, Id gladly do it again. As you werent there Id like to fill you in on our programme.

    On the Saturday we arrived at Ferny Crofts and set up our tents. Shortly after that we joined up with the Eureka Jambo group, as many districts sadly didnt send any representatives. We did team building games such as the toilet roll game, and name bingo outside the Sky High Conservatory. Next Fiona Durrant was introduced to us, and told us what the Youth Council is a chance to have our voice heard, and for Hampshire Scouting to progress further up the participation ladder. Next we travelled around six team building activity stations a bomb disposal obstacle course, an orienteering competition, a blind fold course, a course in making fake injuries, booby trap lifting and an alpha-betty quiz.

    Our eight man team are all really good friends now, and have decided to all keep in touch between meetings. After the activities we attended several workshops, presentations and forums

    about Youth Council, progressions to 2012, participation ladders and more. The main issues raised in our group were;

    1. Publicizing the fact that Scouts is now a very forward thinking, advanced organisation.2. Changing the uniform to a more casual, modern look, rather than the old heavy uniform.3. Communicating and organising more events with other districts/counties.

    Then after tea we had a Real Pauls Really Good Pub Quiz, which we thoroughly enjoyed, even if we didnt know many answers! We also met the Young Spokespeople. The session involved interviews and being interviewed on different subjects, and we learnt the skill of politics to take a bad question and produce an amazing answer. I really enjoyed this it gave me a chance to talk to and meet even more people. After the session Fiona took Rob and Steven, and myself to the side to say we needed to be at the conservatory at 7.00am sharp on Sunday morning be ready to become a


    Me and Stephen showing Bear and Mark Tarry around the site. Photo: Pete Rawlinson

  • WELCOMEHello and welcome to our November edition of HSN. Inside you will find the usual range of news items many written by Scouts themselves. Indeed we felt the article on the left by Charlotte was so good that we let Adam (The County Commissioner) have a month off from his usual slot. Nearer the back you can find out what the Bursary students at Ferny Crofts get up to in their own words. In between the breadth of experience is hugely inspirational and shows what a fantastic time Scouts of all ages are having in Hampshire.

    ABOUT USHampshire Scouts provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for over 16,000 young people aged 6-25, promoting the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the individual, helping them achieve their full potential.

    In Scouting, we believe that young people develop most when they are learning by doing, when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves.

    JOIN USTo join the adventure of Scouting whether as a Adult or Young person:Fill in the form at: www.scouts.org.uk email us at: [email protected] phone us on 02380 847847

    speedy YSP! Excited and nervous I went to bed. The wind howled, and the boy next door snored!

    On Sunday I got up bright, early to attend a briefing at 0715 hours. Steven and I were to escort Bear Grylls from the Jambo group to the Sky High Conservatory what an honour! After the meeting we had a speed dating breakfast we met several important people in Hampshire Scouting, and then questioned them on their job, whether they enjoy it, their previous experience in Scouts etc.

    Right on time Steven and I walked down to meet Bear, and take him from the Jambo group. I discovered that Bear is the most down-to-earth, honest and funny person I know; a credit to Scouting. He talked to us about our Scouting experiences and how we feel about Scouting. At the conservatory the Youth Council asked him about many things his experience as Chief Scout, his army experiences and his early Scouting experiences. In his comedic way he told us that he was always the short and scrawny Scout, shy and didnt get any badges. What Scouting did do for him though, was to make him feel like he belonged I think it does that for all of us. As he left we waved him off in his helicopter, and I felt thoroughly elated he will inspire me forever.

    The Youth council plan to meet twice a year, have a drop in centre at the County Camp, we are going to have a Necker and a Hoodie and, we all are very excited.

    So what do I think? The verdict: amazing I cant wait to do it all again!

  • 6-8 YEARS OLD

    Beavers from 3rd

    Farnborough Colony

    receiving their

    trophy for Best

    Young Gardner in

    the Rushmoor in

    Bloom Competition

    which was held at

    Squires Garden Centre

    on Thursday 23rd


    Pictured are Aeryn

    Charlie and Joshua.

    BEAVERS IN CHANDLERS FORDThree Colonies in the District have been working through the Royal National Lifeboat Institutions Youth Group pack. The pack is divided into four Sections - Stay Safe; Helping Others; Working Together and Ready for Action and the Beavers receive a badge and a certificate. Some lucky Beavers attended an event at the RNLI College in Poole to receive their certificates.

    Recently, the Beavers from 3rd Chandlers Ford went to Brownsea Island, travelling from Sandbanks just like Baden Powell did for the First Scout Camp in 1907. As well as going to the stone which commemorates the first Scout camp they spotted red squirrels and peacocks and also spent some time on the beach. The

    day ended with an ice cream and a quiet journey home on the coach.

    Recently, the 4th Chandlers Ford had a movie night and the Beavers made their own personalised popcorn containers. The 2nd Chandlers Ford Beaver Colony has an exciting programme planned for the term ahead. In addition to visiting the RNLI they will be holding a Halloween party, growing bulbs for an old peoples home, eating Chinese food and rehearsing and performing 10 Beaver Angels for their parents. They are also expecting visits from a musician and a local vicar.

    Watched by their parents, many Beavers received their Bronze Award certificates at a District presentation evening. Well done to them and their Leaders. Now everyone is looking forward to the Swimming Gala and the District Carol Service.

  • TESTWOOD LAKES WILDLIFE RESERVETestwood Lakes is situated just outside Totton in Hampshire. The 150 acre site with three lakes, two bird hides, woodlands, wetlands, field and meadow areas is managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HWT). The Education Centre has its own car park, education room, bronze age artefacts, environmental displays, accessible ponds, sensory garden, dry-plants garden, and equipment for a wide range of nature-based activities.

    1. Iron Age RoundhouseCome and sit in the roundhouse and listen to stories told around a fire, as they were thousands of years ago. 2. Night WalksDevelop skills in finding your way and listening to nature in the dark. 3. Basic Bushcraft SkillsLearn basic skills in fire lighting, shelter building and cooking over the fire. On lighter nights, have a go at constructing

    wattle fences beside the roundhouse. Discuss your specific requirements with us, so we can tailor it to different age groups.4. Pond DippingCome and find out what lives beneath the waters surface in our dipping ponds. 5. Nature / Woodland Discovery WalksTake a special walk around the site to explore the plants and wildlife living here. 6. Bird WatchingCome and hide in our hides and spy which birds are staying at the lakes that day. 7. Basic OrienteeringUse the site to learn map and orienteering skills in small groups or pairs. Climb to the top of our hill and create your own map of the area.

    For more info, or to book an activity, please call :Helen Robinson at the Education Centre on 023 8066 7929Or e-mail: [email protected]

    We ask for a suggested donation of 2 per head for a visit, towards the work of HWT

  • UP/OUT IN THE AIRBy: Chas Maclean Cochand

    Last summer, we joined a Scout Association scheme with a company called Serco who set a challenge of helping children adopt an environmental project of our choice. Our project was clearing the stream that snakes around the playing field at our school.

    Serco sent us 40 small high viz jackets, 40 pairs of small gardening gloves, 100 black refuse bags, and four articulated refuse pickers. Over the weeks forty small boys went into the mud in the school stream and dragged out anything and everything that shouldnt be there. We sent photos of the very jolly work crew to Serco and moved on.

    In July, Serco rang us to say we had won a day out at an activity centre of our choice and we chose Ferny Crofts.

    Last Friday two buses, some dads and mums and a trailer full of food headed out to North Hollow, our camp, deep in the Forest. Friday night was chilly, but there was a good fire and by 9pm all the Cubs and the dog were asleep!

    Dawn c