From Colin

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012

District Development Day

Having invited all the key people to the district development day it is really good that we will have a good many of you spending the day with us. To all of you that are going can I say thank you and I look forward to us spending the day together and looking at ways we can develop and improve the scouting in Southampton. For those of you that can’t join us I will be summarizing the outcomes so you are kept informed of the direction that the district is going.

See you all at 9.45am at Fernycroft Lodge on Saturday 3rd November.
I recently attended the Cub & Scout Leaders Council and heard of the plans that they have for this term, it is great to see and hear all that you have planned.
The 2nd & the 22nd Cubs recently held a family camp which unfortunately I could not attend due to other commitments but I hear they we’re both great successes.
You would have read in the Echo that the 1st Scouts won this years County Emlyn Competition. This is a huge achievement for Andy and his Scout Troop. Well done to Taylor the Patrol Leader and his wonderful patrol you did yourself and City District proud.

The Beavers had a great day at Fernycroft with a large amount of our beavers attending and having a great time.

Wilverley had another maintenance day which was far better supported a huge thank you from me to those that came and spent the day helping keep the camp site in good condition.

I also went and enjoyed the coffee and cakes at the 1st Scout Group Macmillan charity event which was very well supported. Well done to all the leaders and helpers that made the event possible.

I also went for a pleasant walk around Wilverley Enclosure to see all the bases at the Scout Madison hunt which was won by the 29th Scouts. Congratulations to them and all the Troops who joined in the event. A special thank you to the Leaders for the day.

I have made several wood badge awards to our leaders a big congratulations go to Mark at the 25th and Zoe & Donna at the 22nd. It is great to see the commitment that our Leaders make and for that to be recognized by such an award. Well done to the training advisers who have helped them.

The 29th & 25th Scouts joined us for the twilight race for life on the common in aid of cancer research. It was rather wet but we didn’t care it was great fun and clearly it is great to see scouting out more for these type of fund raising events. Well done to Graham and the Leaders for their support.

Finally I had a great day out with the 14th Cubs who were staying at wilverley and wanted a driver to take them to splashdown for a fun swim. That took me back to some really happy memories from my time with the 22nd Scouts and all the great camps we had and the visits to splashdown to get them clean!!

The Sports committee is planning the forthcoming swimming gala which is being held on Saturday 17th November 2012. The committee are meeting again on Thursday 1st November to settle the final plans would all groups please make sure that your sports rep attend this meeting at Doreen’s House.

I now head off to start my first aid training with Sarah for three Mondays in a row. If you’re going I will see you there!!

Your GSL’s have a paper copy of the new 2013 district diary which is also on the district website. Please remember that you can forward all your good news stories as the happen throughout the month and then Tony will put them all together for a left hand shake publication at the end of the month. So please remember to get all your adverts and good news stories to Tony by the 25th of every month. We always need to shout loud about  what we are doing.

A few leaders have recently received a membership card from Scout HQ which is incorrect. On behalf of scout HQ I would like to say sorry. If you do not have an accurate membership card please just tell me and I will try and get a correct one sent to you.

Please don’t forget if you need to speak to me with anything your concerned about just give me a call and I am sure I can help you.

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Yours in Scouting

Colin Floyd