Southampton City Scouts News

Walk-A-Bout 2012

Posted on Saturday, August 25th, 2012

For Teams of Four, Within “Fort Purbrook” Portsmouth

sleeping the rest of the night there.


Walk-A-Bout 2012

Posted on Saturday, August 25th, 2012

A meeting for Leaders and instructors and those persons Running a Base will be held on Wednesday 3rd October at the HQ of the 1st Southampton @ 7.30pm Lordswood Southampton. Team joining instructions will be issued at this meeting.

SS Shieldhall Seamanship Training Day

Posted on Sunday, August 19th, 2012


SS Shieldhall Seamanship Training Day

Posted on Sunday, August 19th, 2012

The day consisted of instructional sessions which provided theoretical and practical training, these included launch of rescue RIB; communication, flags, radio, weather reports, radar, etc; chart work, the international buoyage system, etc; berthing hawsers, heaving a line, coiling ropes a few knots; reeving blocks and tackle to advantage, use of ships derrick(s) to lift heavy loads; fire fighting; Instructional tour of the ship’s machinery spaces incl., boiler and engine rooms.
A further training day is being run on 29 September 2012 as the July one was over subscribed. Cost is £15 per head, no charge for accompanying leaders.

We request that leaders/helpers sit in or get involved in the various training sessions. Ideally, we ask for a ratio of one leader / helper to every six scouts. Participants need to bring their own lunch.

It is recommended that bookings should be made as early as possible to :-
Richard Walker, Ticket Manager (also 14th Eastleigh) Tel.0844 357 2329 or e.mail at

Pictures taken by Mr Ian Bowman.

Fly goes to a Wedding

Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012

David had been a member of the Seahawk Venture Unit of the 13th Group when they were in the old West District. They were an unruly bunch, a bit wayward at times but did some really good things. Above all they had a real friendship and loyalty to one-another and loved their Scouting. 6 members of the old Unit were there, two ex-leaders and some who were in the Unit before or after David and his friends. Naomi, Jason and “Bob” were around at the changeover to Explorer Scouting.

Keiron, now leader of Network, was Best Man and Harris and James were ushers. James and Gemma, who now live in Australia, had come all this way just

for the Wedding. The old friends from the Unit stood solidly together and worked hard, determined to make the occasion a success for David and his Bride.

This Picture includes 9 Queen’s Scouts


If anyone doubts the good things that Scouting brings about they should have witnessed this happy reunion of a group of old friends from 15 to 20 years ago.


David met Lynda on a Cycling Meet and it wasn’t that long before he moved his Tree Surgeon business down to Plymouth where Lynda is a teacher. After the Wedding they mounted a tandem and cycled off to the wild blue yonder.


I am sure that we all wish David and Lynda every happiness in their lives together on their Bicycle built for two.


Himalayan Balsam Bash

Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012

Over the course of our five hours both movements worked together in four mini groups. Two groups worked in different areas to pull up the Himalayan Balsam Weed. This is an invasive weed that needs to be cleared on an annual basis to reduce its invasion from riverbanks. This will then allow natural vegetation to thrive for the benefit of all natural insects.

This was simple done by wearing gardening gloves and protective glasses, reaching as far down to the ground as you could. Getting around various obstructions, and pulling to get the roots up. This was much easier than it may sound. Then we just made piles of the weed as tall as Scouts to be sorted by the organisers in charge at a later date.

Another group went on a litter pick armed with grabbing sticks and bags to collect a wide range of rubbish left by either people on picnics or who had just dropped it as they walked through the reserve.

The final group, armed with secateurs and shears, were helping to tidy up the paths by cutting back the bushes etc, which were growing over them, so a clearer pathway for the public to use was established.

During the day all groups rotated to cover each other’s tasks and also have an opportunity to take part in various other roles.

We also took a packed lunch along with us and sat down together to eat during the day. This is when some Scouts (younger ones) and Brownies realised that they knew one another from either their current school, or the Scout had moved onto secondary school, but used to go to the school where the Brownies currently do.

The weather during the day was very kind to us with the sun coming out for the whole time we were there.

At the very end the Friends of Monksbridge, who we were helping out, gave some of the children who had not left earlier, a small coke in the local pub garden to say thanks. They said that we had done much more then they had expected, but our number of 16 Scouts and Leaders along with 11 Brownies and Leaders attended (making 27 of us) did help.

They also asked whether we were up for it next year. Everyone seemed happy with this idea.

Himalayan Balsam Bash

Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012

All in all a good day for both the Scouts and Brownies showing the local community what we can get up to and showing them that some of the local children do care about the environment and are happy to help clear it up, and that both movements can work together in harmony to a common goal.

From Russ.

29th SL/GSL.