Scout Section Annual Report 2017/2018

I have to report that Scout numbers are again down slightly and the waiting list of young people

Wishing to join contains only those who are not yet old enough to be a Scout.

Troop night activities over the last year have included Video  Games,  Canoeing,  Archery, Shooting. Geocaching. Climbing, First Aid, Pancake night, Global Cooking, a Soup making Competition, Countdown, “News at Ten”. Pioneering, Blindfold String Trail, Knot Board making, Crafts Nights and traditional Scouting Skills. On one evening. the PLs swapped places

with the Scout Leaders and ran the meeting. We went to see the Gloucester Gang Show and visited Xjump Trampoline Park. We had visits from a member of The English Civil War Society and The Gloucestershire Constabulary Police Horse Team.

Our camping activities have included; Spring Camp at Hallow near Worcester, Summer Camp at

Hawkchurch near Axminster and Winter Camp was at Consall Scout Centre near Stoke-on-Trent. Unfortunately, we were unable to enter a team for the Cotswo!d Marathon this year.

In November and December, we entered 8 patrols in the Scout and Guide Cooking Competition, unfortunately. the Guides failed to enter this year. All the Scouts put in a very good effort. four Patrols reached the final, the points were very close but Tomos Day and Pewits came out on top and won the trophy. This qualified them to enter the District Cooking Competition where they came second and won Best Dessert. They managed second place and Best Dessert again in tl1e County Finals. which entitled them to compete in the Regional finals. They were up against the best from Wiltshire. Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset. They came a very commendable 7th out of 12 Troops competing. An excellent performance for the first Patrol to enter the District finals. and the first from Gloucester District to reach the Regional finals.

Night hike did not take place this year, due to there being insufficient interest from the Scouts.

The Troop attended Remembrance Day Parade. Group Carol Service and the District St George·s Day Parade.

A number of activity badges have been gained over the year including, but not exclusively, Camper, Camp Cook. Hikes Away and Nights Away, Navigator, Time on the Water. Circus Skills, Communicator

The following Challenge Badges have a!so been awarded: Adventure.  Creative.  Outdoor, Personal, Skills. Team Leader, and Teamwork.

Two Scouts, Tom Pritchard and Jacob Perkin gained the Chief Scout’s Gold /\ward. no presentation ceremony was arranged for last year. so hopefully they will be presented later this year. This is the highest award a Scout can gain in the Scout Section. It is the result of a lot of hard work put in by themselves, and Jacky Hall who guided them through the requirements.

Finally. I would like to thank all of the Leaders and Young Leaders for their help and support,

\\ithout which none of this would have been possible.

Richard Auld.

Scout Leader.