Welcome to 4th New Forest North (Eling) Sea Scouts

A thriving Royal Navy Recognised Group based in Totton, near Southampton UK, with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Sea Explorers
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Group News

Eling helps national drive for volunteers

BBC TV film crew at Testwood Lakes.

Maria - our newest recruit in shot!

AS PART OF THEIR coverage of National Volunteer Week, local BBC has been looking at the problems Scouting faces in getting enough volunteers. Our own Akela, Vanessa, was interviewed on BBC Radio Solent, in her new role of County Development Officer and from this came a request to do an item at Testwood. Scouts and helpers were quickly contacted and turned out in force to provide a boating background for the interviews. The bright colours of the sails and the kayaks contrasted with the grey skies, providing almost perfect conditions for filming.

Both our GSL Paul, and Vanessa were interviewed by BBC's Rachael Canter, along with FI Durrant, ACC Youth Participation, from County.

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23 May 2011 - The Big Build Begins

After fourteen years, construction of the Aquativity Boating Centre starts.

Telling the world about it!

After many years of hard work by numerous supporters we are pleased to say that the builders have now started the first phase - constructing the foundations. Already the shape and size of the building can be made out. The dream of the Group for a modern, purpose-built boating facility, in keeping with Scouts in the 21st Century is taking place.

District Camp is right on target

Explorers, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers celebrate St George.

Enjoying archery(Picture by Flic Wright)

Joining Groups from across the New Forest North District, youngsters from Eling enjoyed a fabulous long weekend's camp at Ferny Crofts. Themed around St George and the Dragon the event replaced the normal parade through Lyndhurst because of clashes with the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Eling Scout at Windsor St George's Day Parade

National Parade takes place in briliant sunshine.

Flic passes the saluting base(Picture by Frank Wright)

Our own Scout Leader, Flic Wright, joined over 300 Queen's Scouts from the United Kingdom at the annual St George's Day Parade, held in Windsor Castle. Crowds of proud familes were joined by those volunteers who had received Silver Acorns and Silver Wolves, to watch the parade in perfect conditions. No Royals were on hand, as the event fell just after the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, but the salute was taken by the Lord Lieutenant of Royal Berkshire, Hon, Mary Bayliss, representing The Queen, who was joined by the Chief Scout Bear Grylls.

Family Fun Day

We have a fabulous facility at Testwood Lakes.

Families out on the water (Picture by Paul Bullock)

Sunday 15th May saw families and volunteers in the group enjoy a few hours on the lake themselves. This attracted people from all sections and provided an opportunity for the Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts to kayak, sail or row. It was a great day and the weather was really good. Food and drink was cheap and plentiful, with the BBQ working hard. A family treasure hunt around the lakes kept everyone busy whilst waiting for a go at boating.

District Eagle Trophy Competition - Posted 10 Feb 2011

Eling Scouts enjoy night activities.

The Eagle Trophy (Pictures by Flic Wright)

On a windy, but unseasonably warm, night in Febuary, seven teams of Scouts from New Forest North District gathered at Wilverley Camp Site in the New Forest. The annual Eagle Trophy Competition is an incident night hike, challenging navigation as well as Scouting skills. Eling's young team came a magnificent third place, beating more experienced teams.

With almost gale force winds, conditions were tricky,but the group of seven made good time, overtaking other teams. Five manned bases included pioneering, a blindfold string trail and a barrel run and there were a number of unmanned bases.

Eling Leader at Festival Of Remembrance

Ben Martin lays Scout Association wreath at the Cenotaph.

Scouts laying wreath. (Pictures by Frank Wright)

As well as helping out at Eling, Ben is a member of the Queen's Scouts Working Party, a national Scout Active Support unit, who assist at many of the national Scout events such as the Windsor St George's Day Parade.  Ben was chosen to help out at the Festival of remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall and at the Remembrance Day Parade in London.   Here are his personal thoughts on the day.

I have done this event before, but this was my first year attending as an Eling Sea Scout and so I was very keen to be part of it wearing my uniform (and in my opinion looking much smarter than the Land Scouts!).

Newsletter update posted 7th December 2010

Read the latest news from the Group.

Just a quick update on the newsletter.

Firstly the main two diary dates for the first half of 2011 are:

District Camp (incorporating St George's Day celebrations): 29 April-2 May

Donkey Derby: 2nd July.

Secondly, we've started a blog!/

The Aquativity project for our new HQ is progressing and we've started posting regular updates online to keep everyone informed of status. 4 postings so far and plenty more to come. Click on the Aquativity page above - all the posts are available from there and you are encouraged to comment on anything you see. Note that www.aquativity.org.uk will take you to the same place.

Aquativity.blogspot.com also contains the same postings to try to catch the blogger audience.

Visit to HMS Torbay - Nov 14 2010

Scouts tour visiting submarine.

H.M.S. Torbay's Badge.

Sixteen Scouts with their Leaders were lucky to receive an invitation to vist HMS Torbay, a Trafalgar Class submarine, when she visited Southampton.  Fresh from their Remembrance Day parade the group toured the 4700 tonne vessel as she lay alongside at the Dockhead.  They saw just how much space there is for the 130 crew, visited the mess decks and discovered just what life aboard a modern submarine could be like.  With six hour watches, shared bunks and only recorded movies to watch, a tour of duty could seem a long, long time.  Our thanks go to the Officers and Crew of H.M.S. Torbay for showing us round.

Remembrance Sunday Parade

Large crowds brave the rain to remember the fallen.

The British Legion Poppy. (Pictures by Frank Wright)

Larger crowds than normal lined the streets of Totton to watch the annual Remembrance Day Parade.  Eling Scouts were alongside local Groups, Guides, Army Cadets, Air Force Cadets and representatives from other local organisations, at the Totton War Memorial. The local MP Julian Lewis also joined members of the Royal British Legion and local Counillors and took the salute before the parade was dismissed.

The grey skies lent a sombre note to the proceedings, but the rain held of during the brief service and wreath laying, whilst flags were dipped during the two minute silence and the Union Flag lowered to half mast.