YOUR SCOUT GROUP NEEDS YOU!
As you may know we are a small but active group consisting of a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack and Scout Troop. Those of you that have children in the group will appreciate the fun, activities and experiences they enjoy. Our numbers are steadily increasing and although we do not currently have a waiting list, there soon may come a time that we have one, particularly for our Cub pack.
Key to the group is our small team of very dedicated leaders – who are all volunteers – there are seven of us with considerable expertise and experience. In fact three of us have over 120 years leadership experience between us, but as you might expect we are now ‘getting on a bit’ – and that’s one of the issues. Scouting is a dynamic organisation for young people and should be run by younger and active adults.
Have you ever thought about being a leader or assistant – well why not?
– no qualifications or experience needed – full training is given with support locally, regionally and nationally - all you need is enthusiasm a desire to have fun and make a big difference to the lives of the younger generations.
So if you would like to find out more – contact me and we can have a chat.
But even if you do not feel like taking the plunge to be a leader – you could still help us – the Scout Group has a range of support tasks to help us deliver the best of Scouting for our young people – none of them are particularly demanding but they are important and take the load off the leaders. Perhaps you could help by being treasurer, secretary or just becoming a member of our support committee (a bit like a school governing body or parents / friends association) it is not very time consuming we meet about 4 times a year.
Maybe you have a particular skill or talent (hobby or interest) that you could share with the young people or use to help the Scout Group – there is a huge range of activities and badges that our members can get so if you have the skills to help with these it would be most useful.
Again to find out more please contact me I am usually around on a Thursday at Beaver, Cub & Scout meetings or contact me at other times for an initial chat.
Francis W Mudford
Group Scout Leader - 24th Southgate Scout Group
St Georges Day 2017
For reasons unknown to me the English do not seem to celebrate their patron saint - St George as much as the Irish – St Patrick or the Scots – St Andrew, which I think is a great pity.
St George is also the patron saint of Scouts and every year we mark the 23rd April (or the Sunday closest to it) as a special day when Scouts across the country come together and renew their Scout promise.
The Scouts of Southgate District have over the years celebrated by coming together on the Sunday afternoon in various locations, for years we met on the green at Southgate, at Ashmole School and more recently in Broomfield Park.
This year was a bit different – and also further away. Southgate Scout District came together for an activity day at Tolmers Scout Campsite and activity centre in Cuffley. Here there are over 100 acres of fields, woods, lakes and activities and the 24th are very familiar with the place as we have often camped here in the past.
There were over 250 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers & leaders from Southgate District attending; from the 24th we had 15 members (Beavers, Cubs & Scouts) with 4 leaders. The weather was great for April – not too hot but dry and warm.
The activities started at 10am and there was a wide range of things to do including :- climbing, abseiling, trampolines bungee runs, gladiator duels, pedal carts, assault course, rope-a-phobia (high ropes and more), photography, video making, survival skills, backwoods cooking (they loved making their own pizzas – and cooking them in a cardboard box, and cooking sausages in an old drinks can).
These activities went on till about 1pm when we had lunch and then assembled round the main flag pole for a short ceremony during which we renewed our Scout promises.
Noah and Sam from our Scout troop took leading roles in this, reading about the meaning of the Scout law and promise.
In the afternoon there were various activities for the individual sections- Beavers doing a nature walk round the campsite and Cubs and Scouts doing physical challenges.
So what did our young members enjoy the most:-
‘I enjoyed everything’ – Nell (Beavers)
‘The pedal karts were my favourite’ – Charlie (Cubs)
‘I liked the pedal karts’ – Dashiell (Cubs)
‘I got the highest score on the Bungee Run’ – Killian (Scouts)
‘I had fun on the assault course’ – Sam (Scouts)
The event closed at about 3.30 with parents collecting some very tired Beavers & Cubs from the car park and taking them home, a very good time was had by all.
Francis W Mudford – Group Scout Leader