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.