Scout Section Annual Report 2016/2017

I have to report that Scout numbers are down slightly, and the waiting list of young people  wishing  to join is empty.

Troop night activities over the last year have included  Wide  Games, Canoeing, Archery,  Shooting,  Geocaching,  Climbing,  Woggle  Making, First Aid, Pancake Night, Global Cooking, Pioneering,  Blindfold  String  Trail, Knott Board making, Performing Radio Plays, 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, visited The Warehouse for the Climbers Badge and  had a visit from  the Ambulance Service.

Our camping activities have included; Spring Camp at Whittington near Cheltenham, Summer Camp at Angle in Pembrokeshire and  Winter  Camp was at Scout Park, Bounds Green,  London.

Unfortunately, we were unable to enter  a team  for the Cotswold  Marathon this year.

In January and February, we entered 10 patrols in the Scout and Guide Cooking Competition, and they all put in a very good effort. Four Scout Patrols reached the final, the points were very close but Tom Pritchard and Merlins came out on top and won the  trophy  back.

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, Craft, Artist, Camper, Camp Cook, Hikes Away and Nights Away.

The following Challenge Badges have also been awarded: Adventure, Community, Creative, Fitness, Global, Outdoor,  Outdoor  Plus, Expedition and Promise.

In November seven Scouts, Charlotte Kee, Dan James, Molly Bennett,  Natasha   Torkoniak,   Toby   Scott,  Thomas   Dove,   and   Sam  Cripps were awarded the Chief Scout’s Gold Award at an Activity Day in the Cotswolds. 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 and Stuart Hall who guided them through all of the requirements.

The low point of our year has to be the sad loss of our very dear friend and Scouting stalwart, Stuart Hall. Stuart  did an immense  amount of work  for the Scout Section a lot of which is only now coming to light  whilst  we prepare for Summer Camp. Stuart has left one very big hole to fill. “Just one more scoop mate!”

Finally, I would like to thank all of the Leaders and Young Leaders for their help and support, without which none of  this would have been possible.

Richard Auld.

Scout Leader.