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.
Phil the Bag is coming back. We are now collecting unwanted adult and children’s clothing, hats, shoes, belts, handbags, and household textiles including sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers, curtains and towels – so please fill a bag, or two or more and bring back to the HQ by Thursday 5th July **WE NEED AT LEAST 40 SACKS**.. For alternative collection/drop off arrangements if you cannot bring to the HQ, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, All clothing must be in weareable condition. Read the rest of the article …
Testwood’s resident herd of cows watch the sponsored “Boat” kayaks – Damon Kennard
Anyone walking around Testwood Lakes after dusk on Friday 22 June would have been surprised to see kayaks and dinghies still out on the lake. The 24 hour sponsored “Boat” starting at 6 pm on Friday, aimed to raise money for the Group as well as giving young people from all the sections the opportunity to get out on the water and learn new skills.
Leaders and young people splashed, paddled, rowed and tacked their way around the lake in relays. A few managed to grab some sleep whilst others were out on the lake.
On Saturday Cubs and Beavers also took to the water in the perfect conditions, with brilliant sunshine and light winds, watched by parents and friends of the Group who enjoyed a BBQ in front of Aquativity.
Many thanks to the Leaders and Instructors who made this possible.
The Group’s AGM was also held outside during the event against a backdrop of coloured sails and kayaks.