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  • Patrol Leader Training & A Call For Help July 30, 2015

    At the end of July, 3 Patrol Leaders and 3 Assistant Patrol leaders are off on a weekend adventure; a Patrol Leader training course with a difference. Supervised by the leader they will be spending time afloat on the Grand Union Canal aboard a 72ft long narrow boat called ‘Star’.

    For 48 hours they will need to work together to safely steer the boat, negotiate 17 locks, including the deepest lock on the Grand union Canal and all this whilst still providing their own meals. Following this adventure we hope they will provide the next contribution to this magazine. Watch this space for a detailed account of the adventure.

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  • District Camp 2015 – Upcote Farm June 10, 2015

    After nearly 3 months of planning Explorers, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from across North Cotswold District descended on Upcote Farm, Withington, for a weekend of camping and fun. Some of the leaders got a head start and erected tents on Thursday evening, on Friday night, more tents appeared, the farm track became busy with parent’s vehicles and the children arrived to explore the camp.
    Saturday morning after a full English breakfast, in a fantastic mess tent made up with some very kindly donated Gala tents (many thanks to Cheltenham Amateur Radio Association for these) followed the morning flag break. All the young people were formed into their activity groups and set off around the farm. Raft building and racing happened on the lake, an obstacle course in the field, a bushcraft zone in the woodland, and a full amateur radio station tent complete with a special event callsign (GB2NCD (Golf Bravo 2 North Cotswold District). We are grateful to Stuart – G7IHN for his assistance and also to Tony – G3YYH for his help with the radio activities. The radio station worked more than 50 contacts across Europe and many Scouts are well on the way to achieving their communicator badges. They will also receive ‘time on water’ badges and nights away badges.

    The whole event could not have taken place without the most generous gift of campsite, lake and woodland from John and Sheila, who we were delighted to invite to join the young people for a full roast dinner before the strike of camp on Sunday.

    We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the Haines family for their generous donation in John’s memory. We have used this to purchase new cool boxes which were an essential part of kit during the hot weekend, and well used by John’s Grandson and friend who came to camp to assist in cooking for all.
    A great time was had by all, leaders and children alike, though a few days to catch up on missed sleep was needed.

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  • A Message From The Leaders May 21, 2015

    (not our own words, but borrowed from someone who sums it up)

    We are only leaders – we are not experts – we are your next-door neighbours – we are not perfect we are parents just like you. We don’t have any more spare time or energy than you do, we all work full time and juggle our families and our schedules and try to keep it all together as best we can.
    The only difference between us is that we believe passionately about what Scouting has to offer. So much so, that we contribute our time, our efforts and our talents to help our children – and your children – grow in Scouting.
    We complete authorisation forms, budgets and records and fill our homes with boxes of paperwork you will never see. We are required to take 13-20 hours training in our first year as well as planning meetings every month so we can meet our greatest challenge – providing a variety of programmes and activities which meet the needs and interests of individual boys and girls. We try to involve parents who want us to understand that they don’t have the time to drive on outings or help at meetings. We rejoice in the generosity of others.
    Sometimes we find ourselves going in too many directions – we run out of steam – we have memory lapses – communication lines break down – time slips by – but that doesn’t mean we don’t care. So many evenings we spend on the phone seeking help and advice from other leaders when disappointments or problems occur. “How do I hold my Scouts attention?”. “How do you cope with Scouts of different skills levels?”
    Our dining tables are covered in bits of rope, menus, permission forms and record cards for each and every member of the Group. A couple of them won’t show up and don’t think to call to let us know – sometimes we feel unappreciated.
    Yet these boys and girls can fill us with pride at their determination and accomplishments. Their smiles and laughter fill up a room, and when they say “thank you” it makes it all worthwhile. We help these boys and girls build relationships. Some struggle more than others. Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly….all these traits are encouraged by the Scout Promise and Law – and sometimes we too must learn these lessons over and over again with the Scouts – but we are willing to keep learning.
    Please be patient if we appear distracted or frustrated or overwhelmed at times. Forgive us if we are not always the kind of Scout Leader you would be – if only you had the time. Instead, provide us with your encouragement – a kind word, a thank you – or offer us your help. Keep us always in your thoughts and prayers.
    We are, after all, only mentors…role models…leaders…volunteers who have made a Promise to give these young people, your children, the most precious gift we have to offer – the gift of time.

    Could you help? We are looking for adults old or young to join our team, we have a great Scout troop, a fantastic Beaver colony, but we are currently running with no Cub pack. Cubs are boys and girls aged 8 – 10.5 years old. The previous children are just waiting in the wings for someone to help.
    If you think you can help, not necessarily as a section leader, maybe you can help with our executive committee helping with those administration tasks that are so important to the group.

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  • Hell’s Kitchen 2015 March 10, 2015

    1st Sevenhampton Scout Group

    Scout Section 10 ½ to 14 years

    For one night a year when winter is still with us, Andoversford’s best restaurant, enticingly entitled Hell’s Kitchen, pops up and opens its doors to friends and family of Sevenhampton Scout troop. A restaurant with a difference, the diners aren’t charged a fixed price for their meal. Instead they pay £5 to cover the cost of the ingredients and then add however much more that they would normally have expected to have paid for their dinner. So every meal needs to be great and every diner delighted.

    57 diners arrived to a transformed village hall complete with a welcoming committee of waiters and waitresses at the doors showing guest to well-dressed, candle-lit tables.

    “We could see the front of kitchen team hard at work in the very professional looking galley style kitchen which had magically appeared in the hall. We were treated like royalty as we then enjoyed an exquisite three course meal presented to the highest of standards and served most politely and with much attention to detail. Tempting dishes on offer included seafood ravioli; goats cheese crostini, pork and duck terrine, amazing belly pork with the best crackling ever, sole fillets with prawns, caper and lemon butter or a wild mushroom tartlet.

     


    Having worked hard keeping things tidy behind the scenes, the back of house team then transformed into pastry chefs to serve the delicious deserts including, chocolate and orange panna cotta, key lime pie and everyone’s favourite sticky toffee pudding served with homemade honeycomb ice-cream.

    So just how good was it this year? Well the Scouts raised over £500 from their restaurant, a brilliant success.

    Of course, the scouts wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without help from their regular leaders and some wonderful volunteers. We are grateful to our experts, who give their time and make such a difference to what our Scouts can do. If you are interested in helping our Group then, whether you have just a couple of hours or an evening to offer, there’s something that will make a real different to the children in Andoversford and the surrounding villages.
    “Gordon Ramsay needs to move over! We are all thrilled with you! Roll on next time; it is a treat not to be missed.”
    If you would like to see more you can follow our amazing scouts on Twitter @7hscouts you can find pictures of our food by searching #HK2015

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  • Beaver Section Update | 6-8 Years March 10, 2015

    As part of our full and exciting programme we have been working towards the global challenge badge. This includes taking part in a recycling project. We have become a brigade of sweet biscuit wrapper collectors, earning fundraising points for each wrapper we collect. To off-set all the biscuit eating, we have also been learning about health and fitness, and are working to achieve our gardening badges over the coming months. If you like biscuits as well, please save the wrappers and bring them to the post office or to any member of the beaver colony.

    If you have read this and thought ‘I’d like to do that! ’ or ‘I can help’ then please do get in touch. We are always welcoming to volunteers in any of the leadership or administration roles that need to be done to make our Scout Group a success. You can get in touch with us by emailing, Tweeting or even speaking with us. Contact Andrew at the Post Office, email- Smurf@7hscouts.co.uk Tweet – @7hscouts or contact our Group Scout Leader David Hodges at 7 Pine Halt

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  • Cub Section Update March 10, 2015

    Currently the Cub section is not running due to a lack of leaders.

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  • Third Thursday’s – No Scouts! February 18, 2015

    All,

    The following third Thursdays there will be no scout meet as discussed previously:

    February 19th

    March 19th

    April 16th

    May 21st

    June 18th

    July 16th.

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  • Website Launch! June 6, 2014

    We have launched our new group website. I hope this site is useful to you and that parents find it a worthwhile source of information.

    Over the coming months we will be encouraging the Scouts to maintain a patrol blog, where they can contribute to an area of the site whilst working towards various activity badges and learn some valuable online skills at the same time!

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