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National Commissioner at Testwood

Alex Minajew, National Commissioner for Programme visited the County Pulling Regatta on Saturday, 25th September.

(Picture: Scout Association)

Alex spent several hours visiting the Groups taking part, talking with the youngsters and Leaders, before presenting prizes to the winners.  Commenting on the venue, Alex said what a fantastic facility the lakes were, and looked forward to seeing the new Aquativity Centre once it was completed.  Despite the windy weather which played havoc with some of the starts, a full programme of races were run.

Eling Scout Builds School In Zambia

Flic Wright, one of our ex Scouts and Explorers, has been on an expedition to Zambia to build a school. 

(Picture: Flic Wright)

Flic joined 28 Scouts,Guides & Leaders from southern England on the four week trip to the remote Siavonga District, on the shores of Lake Kariba. Working alongside Zambian Scouts and helped by local villagers, the team constructed a school and medical centre. Flic said, "It was the culmination of two years hard work, fundraising and training. The new centre will make a huge difference to the lives of the local children, who previously had to walk up to 10 km through the bush. We are all delighted that not only have they called the School 'Katulumba', which means 'We are thankful' in the local Tonga dialect, but we have heard that they have also given that name to the village."
Click here to find out more and see some of the fantastic pictures the team brought back. A full report will be out in the October's edition of HSN


Four of our Scouts scooped the District Eagle Trophy

(Picture: Nicky Culley)

A team of fours Scouts from the Warrior Troop took line honours in the District Eagle Trophy in 2009 - can they repeat it in 2010?

The winning team walked for approx 6 miles completing manned bases along the way and answering questions at set grid references. All had a great time and have put their names down for this year's event! we wish the teams luck.

Cubs raise money for Shelter Box

The Cub Scouts put their best feet foward in aid of ShelterBox.

(Picture: Vanessa Slawson)

The Cubs decided to raise money for the ShelterBox Charity by doing a sponsored walk. Lookig splendid in their uniforms they walked alongside the River Test from our existing Headquarters to Testwood Lakes, the site of our new building, to be known as Tetwood Aquativity Centre, which will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the Group.
They raised £220 in just under an hour and arrived in time to see the sun set over the lakes.

RN Recognition retained!

Well Done to everyone for a splendid turnout and thanks to everyone who helped make the evening go so well.

(Picture: Frank Wright)

Royal Navy Staff Officer Scouts, Lieutenant Commander David Griffiths, inspected the Troop and Sea Explorer Unit as part of the ongoing assessment for Royal Navy Recognition. After being piped on board, David met the Group Chairman and Leaders.

Following Colours, the Lt Cmdr inspected the Group, including Cub Scouts who were moving on to the Troop, both watches of the Sea Scouts, Sea Explorers and Leaders.

22 May 201 - The Fifteenth Annual Donkey Derby

This was a huge success again this year, raising well over £5000, with large crowds enjoying the sunshine. This would be impossible without our fantastic supporters - here is a tribute to them.

The Donkey Derby is run each year by the Eling Sea Scouts to raise money for their Group, including their Aquativity project. This is to build a new Scouting HQ, combined with a boating facility for local young people and disabled people, to be located at Testwood Lakes to the North of Totton. To find out more about the Aquativity project e-mail