Group quarterly reports

April Report 2017

Rolleston Scout Group

The year so far has been packed for all the sections, with the Beavers working hard on badges and more recently Easter based crazy activities. Cubs have been to visit the Air ambulance, made pots for Mother’s Day and are currently practicing for their summer hike. The Scouts have also been training hard including badgework, I’m a Scout get me out of here, weekend (which yes did include many bush tucker trails and some very gruesome tasks), bowling and a session at Oxygen in Derby.

It’s not very often the whole group is together at the same time in fact its only Carnival, Remembrance Parade, Group Camp and St Georges day parade in Burton when it happens but I must say it’s a very proud moment when you see the Group all turned out in full uniform as they were for the St Georges Day parade in April. St George is also the patron Saint of Scouting and it’s on this day that all Scouts, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders reaffirm their Scout Promise to do their best.

This year Rolleston Goes to Battle! Yes, we are at war. The carnival which this year is to be held on Sunday 21st May will be home to the House of Oxford. This is a medieval re-enactment group who will be setting up a medieval village at the Hq for you to explore and complete with a full scale medieval battle I think it could be noisy but certainly great fun. Also appearing at the Carnival is Tropical Inc. This is a company which brings the weirdest and wildest animals to you, including snakes, spiders and a very special guest. They will be performing in the arena and doing meet and greet sessions in the marquee all day.

ROLLESTONBURY will take place on Saturday 15th July and this year headlining are JUMP. This is a fantastic showband from the local area but haven’t played at a large venue in the area before. They will be supported by Almost Olly, a great tribute act to the cheeky Olly Murs, You really are in for a great night.

 

January Report 2017

Rolleston Scout Group 207!!!!

207 Rolleston Scout Group and indeed Scouting is never about numbers it is all about giving our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders the best possible experience of fun, achievement and pride we possible can but I can confirm that in January we annually submit our census to London HQ and we have 182 children in the group and 25 leaders making that 207 uniformed members of 1st Rolleston Scout Group. This is (I think) a first for the group and shows another annual increase since 2006.

I am immensely proud of this achievement and you should be too but this does not happen by accident or overnight. It takes a great deal of work and effort by leaders past and present so I would like to take this opportunity to say well done team.

The keen eyed amongst you may be aware that we are in the process of building at the Hq. This is the MAC. It is a Multipurpose Activity Centre (MAC) for short that is to be sited in the field to the rear of the Hq. This addition to the Group is to house an indoor 5m high multi pitch Climbing wall, Air Rifle range, Indoor bouldering wall, an outdoor permanent Stage for our events and increased storage for our increasingly growing group. It is scheduled to be opened at this year’s Carnival so fingers crossed the weather doesn’t hold us back.

This year Rolleston Goes to Battle! Yes, we are at war. The carnival which this year is to be held on Sunday 21st May will be home to the House of Oxford. This is a medieval re-enactment group who will be setting up a medieval village at the Hq for you to explore and complete with a full scale medieval battle I think it could be noisy but certainly great fun.

Talking of noisy ROLLESTONBURY will take place on Saturday 15th July and this year headlining are JUMP. This is a fantastic showband from the local area but haven’t played at a large venue in the area before. You will be treated to a great night so save the date and more info very soon.

 

Autumn report 2016

Since the summer your village Scout Group has been out and about taking advantage of a great Summer and Autumn it’s quite amazing.

So after the team recovered from Rollestonbury both Scout troops were back into expedition mode. The Wednesday Scouts were off first to Ferny Crofts scout camp site in the New forest

For the first time since the troop formed we undertook a week long camp in the New Forest. I won’t go into detail but will list what we got up to: shooting, 3 stack, Frisbee golf, field games, mountain biking, hiking in the New Forest, adventure courses, campfires, volleyball tournament – we came second out of the whole camp site, splashdown, Brownsea island, visited the location of Baden Powells first camp site and invested Charlie there, rafting, orienteering, trip to the beach, sunshine, torrential rain, fish and chips from the chippy, curry night, Mexican night, Chinese night, beans, sausages, bacon, smores. We did all that in a week – how did we squeeze it all in?

Then secondly the Friday Scouts went to the international scout centre in Kandersteg Switzerland. They took part in many activities on camp including high altitude hikes, cultural visits and activities with scouts from other countries.

 

The whole group got back together in September for our annual group camp. This year the camp was based at the HQ with additional activities at Burton Canoe Club and Whitemoor Lakes. This year it was the largest group camp with over 55 tents (one caravan) and a total attendance of 198 !!!!!. This camp proved to be so much of a logistical nightmare we had to hire a coach to run the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts between the canoe club and the HQ.

 

This year so far we as a Scout group have provided 868 nights camping for our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. If you add to this all the activists that all Severn sections take part in week in week out, and the three fantastic events Pageant, ROLLESTONBURY, and Bonfire Night that the group has in its portfolio I’m sure you will join me in thanking all the team that make it all happen.

 

It takes a team of Parent helpers, leaders and management to make our team. My vision for the future of RSG is to commit to the future, it’s not all about being the biggest or the best, it’s about doing the best we can as individuals and more importantly as a team

RSG is a team and the team works.

As a great man once said

We make a living by what we ,  but we make a life by what we give

Winston Churchill

Get involved, you may just surprise yourself how rewarding volunteering can be,

 

May 2016

What a year. Firstly, may I say a massive thank you to the whole village for either attending, supporting, being a starring role on a float or putting up with the disruption that is caused by our annual Carnival. We had a great day so thank you once again.

 

Our next event is the our largest of the year and that is of course ROLLESTONBURY. This has turned into a great success and for that part I am immensely proud but again on the matter I would like to thank the village in advance for supporting this event. The band have been confirmed as One Stop Boogie (OSB). Between the team at RSG and OSB we are going to deliver a fantastic night of quality entertainment themed on the classic 70s V 80s. This one we have done some years ago and it proved to be such a smash that it is back by popular demand. OSB have put together a brand new show, complete with new singers to bring you a night that you will certainly enjoy. We have also teamed up with PYROTEX (who just won another world title) to bring you a fantastic firework display to accompany the show.  Advanced tickets are now on sale from Starbucks News in the Village and Stretton News (in the precinct) Stretton. We do urge y9ou to buy the tickets from these shops. Due to the popularity of the concert we may have to limit entrance and the wristbands will guarantee entry and of course they are cheaper.

All sections of the group are busy training, and practicing their skills for the upcoming camps ahead so more of that to report on next time. The Scouting program is packed full of great things that I can’t really lost them all, but some of the things the sections have been getting up to is, plate decorating to commemorate the 100 years of Cubs, talks from a climber who recently claimed Mt Everest, and internat6onal cooking to name but a few.

 

Scouting is so addictive, it’s seeing the faces of the kids in your section week after week develop, gain new skills, become their own person and gain a good foot hold in life. Now I have to say that reward of seeing children in your care coming through the HQ door as a Beaver and walking out as a 14 year old Scout that’s done things in the group that otherwise they would never have thought possible and become a better person is unimaginable. It happens all the time. You don’t have to be a super hero to be a volunteer, but the rewards are way beyond super.

On this note we have developed an Event Hero Badge. This is a badge that is presented to the Beaver, Cub or Scout that has volunteered with their parent and made an event happen. We have already handed out over 30 of the badges to some very proud heroes so it’s looking very good.

 

 

SPRING 2016

2016 is already a record breaker for Rolleston Scout Group (RSG). Since the last RSG report at the end of 2015 the Group as a whole has been very busy planning the year. I can honestly say that over forth coming year the calendar is that packed it will take some keeping up with.

 

All the sections are taking part in at least two camps, and this year sees the Scout troop returning to Kandersteg Switzerland of a third time.

 

We have all the events lined up for the village too this year starting with the Carnival to be held on the 22nd May that is taking the theme of Robin Hood and his merry men. We have again teamed up with The Knights of Nottingham to deliver a brilliant professional show of jousting mayhem and action, with an increased arena, new stalls and attractions its one to mark in the diary.

ROLLESTONBURY is all confirmed and that will be held on the 16th July, more information on that soon and Bonfire night will be held on the 4th November.

At the start of the report it states 2106 is a record breaker well, RSG since 2006 has increased in size every year and 2016 has been no exception. We have now 207 uniformed members! That’s up from 187 last year.

This is a massive achievement, but it’s not about numbers. Anyone can have a large Scout group, that’s not the challenge, the challenge is to make it accessible to all, exciting, engaging and always a quality delivery of program and activities and I am proud to say we achieve this week after week. In 2015 we had over 50 Beavers, Cubs and Scout gain their Chief Scout awards, (which is the highest they can achieve in their section) and this really is a benchmark on how balanced the program is.

This is thanks to all the Leaders that spend time planning the nights for all the Group but one thing that you should know is that they love it.

Scouting is so addictive, it’s seeing the faces of the kids in your section week after week develop, gain new skills, become their own person and gain a good foot hold in life. Now I have to say that reward of seeing children in your care coming through the HQ door as a Beaver and walking out as a 14 year old Scout that’s done things in the group that otherwise they would never have thought possible and become a better person is unimaginable. It happens all the time. You don’t have to be a super hero to be a volunteer, but the rewards are way beyond super.

On this note may I welcome Laura Hammond to our ranks and she is now an Assistant Scout Leader in the Wednesday troop, Welcome to the team. If you have an hour or so a week free and you want to make the difference get in touch, you may just be surprised. Being a leader isn’t for all of us, you may wish to help on Events or on the management side of the group there are really so many ways you can get involved and join a winning team.

Thanks for reading

Graham

GSL@rollestonscouts.org.uk

07768047332

1st Rolleston (24th Burton) Scout Group