Southampton City Scouts News

From Colin

Posted on Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Well done to those that took part in the Cub and Scout six a side football competition and a big thank you to Ant and Graham for a very well organised and sportsman like competition.

For those of you that ran in the District Cross Country event a big thank you, it was dreadfully cold but great fun. Thanks to Carol and Mike for organising the event perhaps we could look at doing this event in the sunshine next year!!

St Georges Day Parade 21st April at 1.30pm at Kingsland Market Square

Get out those flags and clean the brass we are on parade. This year’s parade and service is being organised by Itchen South Scout district. I am told that we are having problems, the police are not willing to give us permission to parade down St Mary’s Street. As soon as we have that sorted we will inform you of the final arrangements.

Wye Valley Adventurous Activity Weekend 3rd to the 6th May 2013

The arrangements for Wye Valley are going very well, a big thank you to Ian Budd who is doing a grand job of getting everything well organised.

I would ask all Leaders to get the final payments to Ian as soon as possible please. Ian will be sending to you soon the permission to camp forms which we will need you to get filled in and returned to him before the event. All of the info we require such as parent contact info, health declaration, kit list, pick up and return info, home contact and size of bikes are all on the same form. It is great to see that we have so many more youngsters and adults booked to go on the weekend; it is always great fun and a great opportunity for us to meet up. See you there.


The wilverley consultation is still on going and if you have not yet given your views on the future of the site please do so. So far lots of you have said please keep the site for our district but I would urge you to also suggest ways in which we can take the site forward and continue to operate it to its present high standard well into the future. Please remember we are still looking for someone to act as the booking officer.


We have met up and talked to Piotr Czemiajew the scout leader of the polish scout group. We are discussing joint ways for us to scout together on occasions. Piotr is passionate about his scouting and I hope that this will be the start of us working much more together in the future.


The district census tells us that we have grown by 2.1% this year but we need to do much more if we are going to address the demand for scouting in Southampton over the coming few years.

So let us grow even more this year.

To help you with that we will be providing you soon with a “grow your own group“ resource box.  This will have a range of materials to help you invite many more new adults to join us in scouting. We just don’t need more adult leaders we need everyone. The main focus is on flexible volunteering with parents for them to give some of there time no matter how limited that may be.

It could be that parents would be willing to help the group supporters (group exec) the aim is to have at least two parent representatives from each of the three scout sections. That will enable the section leaders to concentrate much more of the delivery of the scout programme leaving all the other responsibilities to the supporting committee.

I would ask you to read a news article in the Sunday Express here which talks about how the Duchess of Cambridge volunteers for her local scout group and it also tells us how nationally scouting has 37,000 wannabe scouts. Southampton also has a substantial amount of young people that are eager to join us. Isn’t that sad.

Scout Badge Arrangements

Please remember that if you need any district badges and for all your badge requirements we now have a badge Secretary much more local to us. Itchen North badge secretary now holds badge nights at Rampart Road Bitterne, (just over Northam Bridge) on 16th April, 7th May, 11th June, 2nd July @ 7pm to 8.30pm. Joanne Collins the new badge secretary will also send you badges if you call her on 07894 865276.

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.

Yours in Scouting,

Colin Floyd, District Commissioner,

Mob Tel 07770364711 or 
Please visit our district web site:

Fly On The Wall

Posted on Sunday, March 31st, 2013

On the Friday evening another leader called. He wanted to talk over some concerns he had. Grey Wol and I consider it a compliment and are always willing to help. On Saturday there are always the checking up and preparations to be made but also a visit to Grey Wol’s Mum as we were totally committed on the Sunday. Late afternoon we had a phone call from Lisa. She hadn’t seen us for ages and wondered if she could call round. We have known Lisa since she was a young Cubscout at the 13th right through to her Explorer scouting. Well it was nearly midnight when Lisa left. She will be a qualified Doctor in four months time but is still involved in Scouting. We had lots to talk over.

After our late night, Sunday morning dawned grey and bleak with a chilly wind. We picked up Kane, Endeavour’s only competitor in the Cross Country and drove to the Sports Centre. Kane was pleased to see his old Troop the 9th and after helping me to give some shelter to the organisers stood talking his old friends. The numbers for the event were down this year but sometimes leaders and our young people are over committed, however there was good parent support and the event went well. The Sports Committee have lost one or two trusty members recently especially Doreen who has been at every Cross Country since it was started – she was missed and our thoughts are with her.

We dropped Kane home, he had run himself into the ground trying to keep up with the Ellis twins and needed rest and recuperation. After a spot of lunch ourselves it was off to the Theatre.

The “High Five” Concert was organised to support the Wessex Heartbeat Appeal which is our District charity this year. The performers were from local schools and dance and music groups all between five and twenty years of age. The Explorers were all there waiting for us including Ben who had been at the County Youth Conference all weekend and had had rushed back to be with us. While we were waiting in the Foyer for instructions one of our lost friends, Josh, saw us and came in to have a friendly chat he had left after an upset but he was obviously pleased to see us again.

Our duties were to give out programmes and goody bags to family groups and to rattle our buckets for donations to charity. After helping with the preparations we were taken below stage for some refreshments and then dispersed in the foyer and around the theatre to do our job. Some worked in pairs some independently. When the show started we gathered in the balcony to watch the performance. The show was to a very high standard with dancing, music and singing, the work that had been done by the young people, their teachers and trainers, was amazing and the Show was really enjoyable.

After the Show we were all in the foyer rattling our buckets until the last of the audience had left. We had been at the theatre form 3.00 o’clock until 10.30. Ben left early and also Joe who had a foreign exchange student arriving that night. The Explorers were polite happy and smart throughout. We had a nice message of thanks from the organisers and a credit in the programme. Our bucket collection raised £1,360 – Yes I think you can say a busy and worthwhile weekend.



Sports Award For Doreen

Posted on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

mini-doreen_old.jpgHampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Council organised the ceremony. Doreen was nominated out of a short list of four to receive the award “For over 60yrs service to sport” in Hampshire. Her involvement with sport in Scouting was mentioned at the ceremony. Doreen has been Chairperson of our District Sports Committee for many years. Doreen is also a long standing member of our Active Support Unit. I’m sure the whole District will join me in offering our congratulations to Doreen on this well deserved award. Well Done.

George Longhurst

Beaver Scouts doing their bit for ‘Hi Five’ Appeal

Posted on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013