Beavers (& dads) put on a Mother’s Day treat

Eager Beavers at 1st Woosehill Scouts pulled out all the stops to lay on a special treat for the most important ladies in their lives! The youngsters opened the Scout Hut doors for the annual and much-anticipated Mother’s Day Cafe and pulled out all the stops to show their mums how much they mean to them. Once greeted at the door by their ‘waiter’, each mum was accompanied to a table and asked for their refreshment order. Having delivered a hot drink and specially decorated cookie, the Beaver the joined them for some time together. As if that wasn’t enough, the Beavers then presented each lady with a gift bag of goodies that they had made earlier in the session. To help put on the event, a group of dads helped out with the crafts and manned the kitchen, making hot drinks and doing the washing up afterwards – many thanks we couldn’t have done it without you!

Big Hearted Beavers go the Extra Mile (or Two!)

Beavers went the extra mile to help those in need in Wokingham by completing a night hike from their Scout Hut in Woosehill to deliver food donations to the Foodbank collection point at Waitrose. The youngsters filled their backpacks with goodies such as tea, rice, pasta, breakfast cereal and toiletries and then walked nearly two miles in the dark to make the drop off. Along the way, Beavers practiced their Green Cross Code as part of their Safety badge. Well done to all of them for being so committed and kind.

New focal point taking shape

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!

Christmas Working Party 2018

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!

Phil Wells

Group Chair.

Daring stunts for Superhero Beavers on Camp

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.

 

First Beavers from 1st Woosehilll Abseil at Earleywood Scout Centre

Fearless Beavers from 1st Woosehill took on their biggest adventure yet – abseiling down the 30ft climbing wall at Earleywood Scout Centre in Sunningdale. The youngsters took on the physically and mentally demanding task as part of their Personal Challenge badge. Beaver Leader, Pingu, said: “Our Beavers have never abseiled before because we thought it might be too hard for them. However this group is so brave that we thought we’d give it a go and they all did amazingly, pushing themselves to their own personal limits. This just proves that it doesn’t matter how young or small you are, when you are in Scouting you can achieve anything you put your mind to!”

Beavers Good Deeds Help Ollie Young Foundation

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.

Beavers Build Apple Computers of the Future!

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.