A light breeze, calm waters and a warming sun. What more could you wish for out dinghy sailing? Over 20 scouts took to the River Test opposite Southampton Container Terminal on a Sunday morning in October, to be assessed for their RYA dinghy sailing qualifications; and the conditions were perfect. Despite the lack of sailing practice this summer because of the algae problem at Testwood Lakes the Scouts were soon showing what they could do to the assessors and a small group of parents and friends on the shore.
Thanks to the assessors, leaders and parents who make these events possible, and congratulations to all the Scouts who passed their assessment.
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Unfortunately, not real beavers, just our Beaver Scouts taking advantage of the dry weather to explore the area around Testwood Lakes. With around a dozen butterfly species, numerous other insects and birds such as Little Egrets to spot there was plenty for them to discover during the evening.
Robin hands over the Group at the 2018 AGM
As Marcus, our new GSL, takes over from Robin we take a brief look back at the previous twelve months in the Group. What a successful year it has been! Our fantastic volunteer leaders continue to deliver a packed, varied and challenging programme to all the sections. From the Frisby Golf and Murder Mystery evenings of the Explorers, the Cub’s Summer Camp at Weymouth, orienteering and trampolining evenings, to the Scout RN Swimming gala at HMS Raleigh and trying the shipping simulators at the Warsash Maritime Academy, our young members have enjoyed a wonderful year. If you want to see more about their experiences check out our section pages.
Anna steps forward to take up the role of Croup Chair. L-R Dot – Secretary, Ann, Peter – Treasurer, Marcus – GSL, Mark – outgoing Chair, Robin – outgoing GSL
Almost seventy people attended the AGM, whilst out on Testwood Lakes the Cubs and Scouts continued with their 24 hour “Boat” to raise money for the Group. The meeting was held outdoors, with the smells from the conveniently placed BBQ ensuring the briefest of meetings. The Treasurer’s report highlighted the sound financial footing of the Group, with significant investment in boating equipment, whilst maintaining the Aquativity building, thanks in part to another successful Donkey Derby. The New Forest North District Commissioner and Chair were on hand to thank Robin and also our outgoing Chairman, Mark, who hands over to our new Chair, Anna.
Awaiting the start of the 2018 AGM
Our Cubs have been having learning new skills for life this week – some have been out on the lake in rafts they have made themselves, whilst others have been learning fire-lighting skills and toasting marshmallows.
Our Cub Pack had a double celebration this week. The theme for the week was US Independence Day – looking at 242 years of American History. Not quite so long, but sometimes feeling like it, Cub leader Darren had his 25 years of Scouting service recognised with the presentation of the Chief Scout’s 25 Years Service Award by New Forest North District Commissioner Kerie in front of the Cubs. Well done, Darren, here’s to the next 25 years.