Last year at the county GrizllyPaw Camp 1st Woodford Halse & 2nd Daventry joined forces to share the workload of the camp. This then sparked an idea to join forces once more for an easter camp. So jump forward to Bank holiday Monday 11am we set off in convoy to Torquay with 11 scouts, 3 Explorers, a Cub a Beaver and 6 Leaders. with the traffic gods being kind and with one stop off and a slight diversion, we arrived in good time at 4pm at Torbay Scout Campsite. All tents were set up in no time. with use of the whole site to our selves for the week a bonus. We have a building for cooking and eating in with minimal equipment required from our own stores. We awoke Tuesday morning with excellent views of the sea from our tents, and then off out to The living coast to see penguins, after lunch over to Paignton Zoo where we let the scouts go off in small groups to explore and see the animals for themselves. Wednesday morning we awake after a lie in to a day on site shooting, grass sledging and caving, in the afternoon we pop down to Watcombe beach for a couple of hours playing in the sand and exploring but a bit too cold for a swim. we had to take care as it's a very steep walk down. with a few geocaches to spot but only found one. Thursday we woke to a lovely sunny morning with a good view of the sea. Off down to go Coasteering at Churston Cove and after lunch Paddleboarding at Goodrington Sands both with Reach Outdoors. Back to site to drop the tents and we all spent the last night in the halls as the weather forecast for Friday was not good for packing away wet tents.
Beaver Experience Homelessness
Beaver Scouts Challenge themselves to experience homelessness and raise money for The Big Issue Foundation.
11 Beavers from the 1st Woodford Halse Scout Group took on the challenge of being homeless. The overnight camp took place at the Dryden Hall in Woodford Halse and gave the Beavers the opportunity to sleep in a cardboard box. The boxes were supplied by Storagebase in Banbury. The Sleepover gave the Beavers an opportunity to work towards various badges including Community Impact and adding to their Nights Away experiences. The young people, aged between 6 and 8 were clearly enthusiastic about the challenge. They decorated their boxes and talked about what it would be like to not had a comfy bed to sleep in. By creating awareness, they raised £32.50 to help support the work, The Big Issue Foundation does. Adult Volunteer, Jennie Curtis said; ‘The Beavers have been looking into what it is like to be homeless. They made me a cardboard shelter as well so I could join in. It certainly made me think more about what I have” Henry Burton, a Beaver said “I was so excited to come, the sleepover was amazing. I learnt about how homeless people don’t have a lot and why they sleep in cardboard boxes” Eliza Lewis-Dickson, a Beaver said “I am going to like my bed more when I get home but it was really good." Bear Grylls said ‘Scouting’s 500,000 members are an inspiration. It's great to see it. It's all about friendship and fun and adventure – people who might not normally have the chance for adventure. Scouts are shining lights in their communities.’ Creating opportunities for young people to develop social skills, independence and form friendships is central to scouting philosophy and has long term positive impact on young people lives Scouting is shaped by young people in partnership with adults and we are always looking for new volunteers and if you fancy a go at 1st Woodford Halse why not join the adventure at www.scouts.org.uk/join.
Founders Day 2016 - Cubs 100
Cub Scouts and volunteers from all over Daventry and District have taken part in a Cubs 100 event which also celebrated Founders Day. The event took place on Sunday 21st February at Sulgrave Manor. The Cubs took part in a truly Tudor experience which included learning about Tudor life and writing with a quill and ink. They also had a guided tour of ancestral home of George Washington and grounds and got the opportunity to meet some American Scouts from the American Air Base in Croughton. The event was the perfect way to have fun, undertake challenging activities, complete badges and awards and try something the young people hadn’t done before.