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The following articles were authored by Paul

Group Calendar 2019

Winter Zodiac Camp

Congratulations to Explorers, Lewis and Cameron for successfully completing the Zodiac Bronze Award this weekend. Well done also to Alex for his first camp.

The Zodiac award involves camping in each of the four seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter whilst completing a challenge. The challenge at this camp was a tough one, sleeping at least 6 foot off the ground. The Explorers chose to sleep in a tree house in the Adventure playground at the Craigs. The problem was that the tree house has no roof and the walls have plenty of gaps to let in the wind. With extensive use of rope and tarpaulin, the Explorers were able to built and shelter and survived a very windy and cold night.

Explorer Camp

 

The Explorers visited the Craigs campsite Friday night as part of the Zodiac Challenge (6 Nights Away, in each of the seasons, each time camping with a new challenge). Given the weather the previous week, we were hopeful to complete the sub-zero challenge (camping in temperatures below 0c) but the recorded temperature remained a stubborn 1c. Very cold, but not cold enough!.

Instead the Explorer’s camped in our groups Tipi Style tents, completing the “In an unusual tent” challenge.

The explorers had a good time learning core camping skills including building and starting a fire when wood is very wet, cooking on an open fire and how to work with axes and saws on a campsite.

We also had time to help a out of doors first aid training course by being “casualties”.

Scout Post 2017

Cubs Group Camp Report 2017

The Cubs joined the rest of the 7th Whitburn Scout group last weekend at Fordell Firs Activity Camp.  The coach left Whitburn at 6pm and headed across the new Queensferry Crossing to Fife.  For most of us, this was the first time across the bridge and we had plenty of time to have a look at it as the traffic was moving slowly.

Arriving at Fordell Firs, the cubs were happy to see that the advance party had already setup the tents and the Cubs had a good time setting up their sleeping bags and roll mats in their tents.  Once all settled in, the Cubs joined the Scout playing a wide game organised by Graeme and the explorers searching for matching pairs of signs in the woods.  There was time for some supper before bed.

In the morning, the Cubs enjoyed the first Fordell Firs led activity and had archery lessons some with bows larger than they were.  There are some potentially excellent bowmen and were able to hit the bullseye.

 

After that, the cubs continued with the Communicator Badge and used walkie-talkies to talk to each other from one side of the field to the other.  They played hide and seek where the pair of seekers were able to communicate using the walkie-talkies to track down the hiders.  The campsite was then overrun by the beavers arriving to visit for the day.

After lunch, there was the second Fordell activity.  Some of the cubs joined the scouts and did grass sledging whilst others did Bungie trampolining.  There was a competition to see how many flips could be done in the time allowed.

In the evening, the camp fire was led by Neil and Zack and all the cubs joined in with the singing and dancing, but  retired to sleep soon after, all tired after a busy day.

On the final day, there was games and eating smores around the camp fire but a trip to the Adventure play park.  The rain started  whilst we waiting for the bus to return, the only significant rain of the whole weekend which we can be very thankful for.

I hope all the Cubs had a great weekend, and we are already looking forward to Cub Camp next year.

 

Photos from this year’s Group Camp at Fordell Firs.  A great time was had by all the Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and leaders who stayed the whole weekend, as well as the Beavers who came along on Saturday afternoon.

'Gallery' Post | By on 20th September 2017

OFF – Polkemmet – Meet at Brucefield Church as usual

As expected last night, the weather means we will not being going to Polkemmet this evening.  Cubs and Beavers should go to Brucefield Church at their usual times and we will revert back to our usual Thursday night programme.

Gala Day Uniformed Organisations Quiz Night – Cubs Teams

This Thursday is the Uniformed Organisations Quiz Night at Brucefield Church.  All Cubs should be at the church for 6pm, the quiz starts at 6.15pm.

 

Date:           Thursday 15th June 2017

Location:    Brucefield Church – McMartin Hall

Times:         Junior Event 6pm for 6.15pm start (prompt).  Quiz Master Cathie Farren

                     Senior Event 7.15pm for 7.30pm start (prompt).  Quiz Master Gordon Johnston

Tickets:       No tickets will be issued this year.

Cost for entry will be £1 for adults, 50p for children and is payable on entry.

(Participants and Leaders do not need to pay)

Group Communication

The following letter will be going out this week to all sections asking for your views on communication.  The letter includes a form to fill in and return.  Alternatively, you can complete the form online by following this link

Scout Communication Form


The Scout Group is keen to ensure we communicate with members and parents in a way that is convenient and effective to both them and ourselves. We are also very much aware of the volume (and accompanying cost) of letters and notifications that can often go out some weeks – and often week after week!

Going forward, we would like to begin using more of the following methods to give information, send out reminders, give members the ability to download, for example, the Group calendar or camp/outing consent forms, but also make it perhaps easier for people to contact us.

1) We are fortunate to have, courtesy of Paul Freeman our Assistant Cub Scout Leader, this website.  A lot of information and reports are already being posted on the website at present and the hope is that this will become our main method of communication.

2) Parents can also sign up on the website to receive e-mail updates when new items are posted to the site.

3) The Scout Group also has a closed Facebook page which members and families can request to follow. This can be found by searching Facebook for 7th Whitburn Scouts.

Items posted on the website will automatically appear on the Facebook feed and be e-mailed to those who sign up to receive them.

4) We have a new e-mail address which can be used if parents have any queries, problems or requests. This is:

info@7thwhitburnscouts.org.uk

5) We also plan to have the ability to SMS parents with reminders and urgent items of information.

We appreciate that some parents may prefer to still receive paper copies from the Group and on some occasions sending out soft copies will be convenient from our point of view.

I would very much like to hear your views on what you believe is best and what parental preferences are in terms of how the Scout Group communicates with parents and members. If you would like share your views, please return the form below or completed a copy on the website, speak to me during Thursday meeting nights or contact me using the details at the top of this letter.

Cubs Meggerine Parent and Child Camp

12th – 14th May 2017 Parent & Cub Camp

An opportunity for Cubs to share the fun of Scouting with a parent. Fully catered weekend, guaranteed to be fun for all!

The activities throughout the weekend reflect the nature of the countryside in which the Centre is located. Nature walks, archery and crafts are just some of the usual activities for Meggernie. The weather will have an influence on what is actually possible at the time but it will all be great fun. There will be two sub camps with sub camp leaders to help make your stay enjoyable. The weekend is fully catered so you just need your own kit and a two-man tent for the two of you to sleep in.

The cost of the weekend will be £85 per pair. Places are limited (max.6 pairs of cubs and parents per pack) and will be allocated on a first come basis. Please note that each adult attending this camp must have had an enhanced disclosure for the Scout Association.

Visit the Meggernie website for more information, or discuss with one of the leaders.