Lockdown hasn’t stopped the Merlin Scouts from meeting

Lockdown hasn’t stopped the Merlin Scouts from meeting – here we are last term doing our best to work out a secret code, can you work out what it is saying?! Luckily this term we are mostly back to COVID-safe face-to-face scouting, with our activities taking place in limited numbers and outdoors.  

FYI the code translates to:


That’s why a few people aren’t in shot as they are jumping around!

1st Woosehill AGM 2019

On Saturday 6th July 2019 the 38th Annual General Meeting of 1st Woosehill Scout group was held. The new campfire circle came into it’s own with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and their families enjoying a great time singing campfire songs around the fire. Many thanks to everyone that attended and special thanks to those involved in organising the event.

Documents from the AGM are available here.

Fire Circle Grand Opening

An inaugural group campfire was held on the 29th April to celebrate the completion of the new Fire Circle. The usual songs were sang around the fire whist steady stream of hot chocolate flowed.

Huge thanks to Steve and everyone who helped build the new fire circle and to all the leaders and children that came along to see it first ablaze and make it a special night to remember.

Merlins Scouts Roar at Dragonboat Race

Merlin Scouts took to the water on Sunday 2nd July to take part in the Annual District Scout Dragonboat Regatta at the Wokingham Waterside Centre. The team of 10, plus Drummer to set the pace, streaked through its qualifying heat to grab a place in the semi final where it unfortunately met its match from much older teams. Not to be down hearted, the Scouts made the best of a blisteringly hot day by throwing themselves into the many activities there (climbing wall, bouncy castle etc) alongside hundreds of other Scouts.

New GSL invested with Beavers and Scouts at group campfire

Steve Capel was officially invested as 1st Woosehill Scout’s new Group Scout Leader (GSL) at the Group’s first joint campfire, attended by all Sections.

Steve Capel Invested

Steve joined new Beavers and Scouts as they took their Promises and reaffirmed that he would ‘do his best’ as he received the Group’s distinctive blue necker from youngest Scout. Following the ceremony, everyone gathered round the roaring campfire to sing songs and enjoy hot chocolate, marshmallows and cakes. A great way to mark a new era for 1st Woosehill, welcoming newbies to the Scouting family and marking the start of a new school year for returning youngsters.

Steve Capel with Beavers and Scouts

Merlins Scouts Win The Berkshire Dragonboat Regatta, June 2015

On a blisteringly hot day in June Merlins scouts competed in the Berkshire Scouts Dragonboat Regatta held at Wokingham Waterside Centre. By the 4th race the exhaustion was only being overcome by adrenaline! The competition was fierce, but a mixture of fantastic team work and determination helped the Merlins scout team to a stunning victory. All the effort was worthwhile for the smiles and excitement when they lifted the cup at the end of the day. Congratulations champions!

Working party report

Thanks to all those who turned up to help us clear up the grounds around the hut today. Many hands made light-ish work and it’s great to have the place looking good for the BBQ next month.

There will be plenty of other opportunities to help out over the next few months so watch this space!

Sleep in a box for Shelterbox

Before Christmas Merlins scouts had a visit from a Shelterbox representative to explain to us what the charity does and show us the contents of an emergency box. To follow on from this visit the scouts decided to raise some money to support Shelterbox, and they would do this by getting sponsored to spend a night in a cardboard box. They liked this idea because they felt it would give them a small taste of what it would be like to have no home. On a cold night in March 10 scouts managed to do this, and some even slept pretty well!

Some comments from a scout:

The Shelterbox sleep-in-a-box night was cold and wet but fun. I was certainly glad and grateful to get home and spend the next night at home in my own warm dry bed.

For more details on Shelterbox visit: https://www.shelterbox.org/

Remembrance Sunday

Flags from the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of 1st Woosehill Scouts were proudly displayed for the first time at Woosehill Community Church when they attended the Remembrance Day service there on Sunday 9th November 2014. Reverend Patrick King welcomed the 50 plus children, teenagers and their leaders as he presided over the service that culminated in the youngsters ‘planting’ their handmade poppies in the ground outside the Church.

Scout Book Report: Theodore Boone by John Grisham

Adam N – 1 June 2014

I really enjoyed the book, the main character and storyline about a murderer. I have already read another book in the series, which I thoroughly enjoyed and have the other 2 on order.

Luke L – 20 October 2014

Theodore Boone is a really good book about a little boy who’s mum and dad are lawyers. There is a murder trail in Strattenburg and Theo Boone is the only one who knows the truth.

I liked the judge Henry Gantry because he is a nice person who is open to everybody.

I did not like the bit when April’s mum and dad were divorcing because I found it a bit pointless.

I think people who are interested in law or who want to get a job should read this book as it will show them what court is about.

Rating: 8/10