Hello Shipmates!

Before we start-  the pirate picture is of me, Marcus Sly, as Pirate Pete at the St. George’s parade in Lyndhurst which 4th Eling New Forest North Sea Scouts hosted. I am now six months in as your new Group Scout Leader, GSL, but the Beavers only know me as pirate Pete. Rather embarrassing in hindsight! Read the rest of the article …

Aviva Community Challenge – We Need YOUR Help

Update:  Voting is now closed!  Thanks to everyone who voted for us as we now await the results.

As you may know, we have had problems with green-blue algae on the lake for several years.  Once this blooms we have to suspend boating, missing out on the opportunity to train our young people in water sports.  To overcome this we fitted some equipment to our pontoon which kills the algae, but earlier this year it was vandalised and put out of action.  We have had the equipment repaired but it cost £1000 to fix.  We have had some private donations towards the costs of repairs, but we have now entered into the local Aviva Community Challenge to raise additional funds. Read the rest of the article …

A perfect day for sailing

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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Beavers at Testwood Lakes

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.