A new focal point is taking shape in the grounds of the 1st Woosehill Scout Group in Chestnut Avenue. Contrary to popular belief the mysterious shape isn’t a crop circle or alien landing pad but the ground work and outline for a brand new fire pit with purpose built seating. The work being carried out in the photos by none other than the Group’s very own Group Scout Leader, Steve Capel, has been funded by a donor who knows from their own experiences that camp fire evenings are a highlight for all 1st Woosehill members, be they Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers through to the adult leaders, volunteers and families. Work is quickly progressing, so watch this page to find out when the first fire will be lit to ‘launch’ the new facility!
Our Christmas working party assembled between Christmas and New Year to work off some turkey and pudding, and tackle jobs inside the hut and around the grounds. Steve Capel locked himself in the kitchen, to plumb in the new hand wash basin that we have purchased, as well as updating and improving all the water and waste pipework to the main sink unit.
Martin Bishop, Pete Goodey and Phil Wells set to work outside, with the main objective being the removal of the vast amount of leaves that covered everything. We managed to clear all the leaves off the grassed area and carpark, as well as to cut back all the brambles and vegetation around the fenceline. It took the 3 of us most of the day to complete this, but it will really help the grass to recover and grow in the spring now that it is no longer buried.
Many thanks to the 4 volunteers who did turn up, we could have tackled more if we had more helpers on the day. But don’t worry, if you weren’t able to help this time because of family commitments, there will be another working party in the spring and we would love to see you all then!
Super Beavers from 1st Woosehill proved themselves to be Superheroes with their daring stunts on Camp. Twenty five Swifts and Kingfisher Beavers spent the weekend at Youlbury Scout Camp in Oxford at the beginning of September. The boys and girls were challenged to complete five daring tasks – zip wire with 5m belay descent; crate stacking, archery, G3 swing and fire lighting skills – to prove what superheroes they are! When not flying through the air or mastering dangerous skills, the Beavers also enjoyed overnight camping in Bell tents, hot chocolate and marshmallows around the campfire and bacon butties for breakfast. As an added bonus, all the youngsters, Leaders and volunteers were rewarded with the Damboree 2018 badge, part of a national Scouting campaign that encouraged Beavers to spend a night sleeping in a tent.
Youngsters from 1st Woosehill Scout Group beavered away doing good deeds at home to raise over £120 for the Ollie Young Foundation. Swifts and Kingfisher Beavers helped out their families and neighbours doing such jobs as gardening, washing up, making beds and tidying toys to raise money for the local charity which they had chosen to support as part of their Community Impact badge. Ollie Young’s grandmother, Barbara, came to the Scout Hut to collect the cash and thank all the Beavers for their help and commitment.
Swifts and Kingfisher Beavers had an amazing evening at the Apple Store in The Oracle learning to become computer designers of the future. The youngsters found about technology and data, old computers and how to research them on the iPad, were shown how to work an Apple Pen and then used it to design a computer for the future! Beavers had such wonderful ideas as a computer shaped like a bunny, one that listened to commands, one where you simply had to hover your fingers over the keypad and one entrepreneur even designed their own brand name and logo! Thanks to the staff in the store, the Beavers were all able to complete their Digital – Citizen badge at the end of the session.
Through a recent series of fundraising events we’ve raised over £800, see below for more details.
Tombola success at the Wokingham May Fayre!
The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all rallied together to man the ever popular chocolate tombola on the 1st May in Wokingham and raised a tremendous £583!
Thank you to all those who rifled through their wardrobes over the Easter holidays and generously filled the bags with unwanted clothing. We raised £183 from all your donations.
A scrumptious way to celebrate St George’s Day!
St George’s Day was marked by 1st Woosehill with a march up to Woosehill Community Church and a lovely service there. After a glorious march, tea and cake was served in the Scout Hut and a songs were regaled around the camp fire. Thank you for all those who attended. We raised £68 from the sale of the refreshments.
In a final year end fundraising push, 1st Woosehill Scout Group raised over £900.
Bag packing at Morrisons raised over £760 with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all working together throughout the day.
The group also assisted with this years Santa Float, raising over £140 as a result from some Christmas goodwill and family fun.
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.
Scores of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and their families turned out for the annual 1st Woosehill BBQ on Saturday 9th July. The evening’s events were kicked off by the AGM which included a photographic presentation of all the amazing activities the different sections had taken on over the last 12 months and entertainment by Merlin Scouts.
Once the official proceedings were over, the food and fun began with everyone tucking in to hot dogs and burgers, enjoying sweet treats at the tuck shop and gathering round the camp fire for a Scouting sing song. As an added bonus to the event’s social role, the Group made £944.24 to put towards vital equipment and upkeep of the Hut. Many thanks to organiser, Lucy Hutson, and her trusty helpers Nicky Roberts and Amanda Parker and to everyone that helped clear up the next day!
On Sunday 12th June, 8 volunteers turned up for the annual working summer party to tidy up the outside of the hut and the grounds ahead of the AGM and BBQ in July. The sun was shining after heavy showers in the morning, and the vegetation around the hut was tackled wide a wide range of tools and machines, and lots of enthusiasm! The hedges, grass, borders and overhanging trees were all transformed, and everything looked vastly improved at the end.
Many thanks to everyone involved during the afternoon. In addition to the 8 in the photo, Andy Newman helped to set up and Trevor Lawrence volunteered his Explorers to burn all the off-cuts later in the week.