Catching Times

With the warmer weather, our youth members have been enjoying some outdoor activities.  The Cubs spent a recent evening at Eling Creek, catching crabs.  The conditions were perfect and they had a great haul of the snappy creatures, who were all safely returned to the water.

Our Beavers have been practicing their ball skills, with some great talent on show.

The Scouts have now returned to their boating programme and are out and about on Testwood Lakes a couple of times a week.  Good to see the enthusiasm as they got kitted up in wetsuits and got their craft ready for the water.

It’s donkey time again

2019 Donkey Derby PosterYes, believe it or not, Eling Sea Scouts’ Donkey Derby will soon be here.  Please make a note in your diary for 1pm Saturday 18th May-  a family fun day not to be missed, now in its 24th year.

This is the main fundraising event for the group, and helps us provide skills for life, challenge and adventure for over 120 local youngsters, as well as maintaining our Aquativity Centre at Testwood Lakes, which is shared with Sailability, who train disabled people to get out on the water.

Entry is £1.50 on the day, but buy a programme from local sellers before the event and you will only have to pay £1.  To add to your fun for the day, why not sponsor a donkey for as little as £10?  You will be able to name the donkey, you will be credited in the programme and could win the prestigious owner’s trophy.  You can also nominate a child between 9 and 14 years and under 50 kilos to ride your donkey. 

It takes a lot of effort to put on this event each year and we’d like to thank the team of parents and supporters who ensure that Totton gets to enjoy the day each year.  We are now looking for people to join our fundraisers, including a chairperson to lead the team.  Full details of what is involved can be found here.


Cubs having an abbey time

As part of their World Challenge and World Faiths badges the Cubs recently had a look behind the scenes of the 1000 year old Romsey Abbey.  Volunteers were on hand to explain the long and fascinating history of the church – the largest Parish Church in Hampshire – and they were able to visit the bell tower.  But the highlight was the chance to ring the Abbey bells, which encouraged some great teamwork as you can see from the pictures. Thanks to the volunteers who gave their time to show us round and answer our many questions.


Experience of a lifetime

Sixty two Beavers from the District enjoyed an exciting sleepover in the Royal Navy’s Submarine Museum in Gosport last weekend.  Among them were five from our own Group.   They were shown around the WWII submarine, HMS Alliance, built model submarines, toured the Museum’s exhibits, watched a film and even slept on the museum floor.  “My son is just buzzing with excitement“, wrote one parent after the event, “He absolutely loved it! – an experience of a lifetime.”

Thanks to our Beaver Leaders for organising the event and looking after our young people during the event.