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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.”
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.
This summer Merlins and Buzzards scouts joined together to take 40 scouts to WINGS, an international camp which takes place in Windsor Great Park every 5 years. There were about 6000 scouts and guides from about 30 countries. The fields were buzzing with different languages with the iconic Squircle at the heart. Activities available were incredibly varied and included wheelchair racing, overground caving, rifle shooting, rafting, mop hockey and Bollywood dancing! Learning about other cultures during the World Fair, swapping badges with groups from near and far and the lively night life all made vivid impressions on scouts and leaders alike.
Here are some comments from the scouts who went:
‘WINGS was a fantabulous experience – all of us learned a lot from it.’
‘We had lots of fun and met lots of new people from many different countries.’
‘We all made friends we will never forget!’
‘As well as new people there were new experiences and new activities. In each of the zones everyone learnt something different or tried a skill that they had never done before. We all had something to take away with us (including great memories)!’
‘I liked the experience of meeting new people!’
‘WINGS 2014 was amazing, I loved it. The activities were amazing.’