Southampton City Scouts News

The 29th do the Scout Librarian Badge

Posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

14 Scouts from the 29th Immaculata Scout Group attended a local Library in order to each gain their Scout Librarian Badge. This was a Badge that some Scouts showed an interest in gaining and when it became confirmed to take place, a few more Scouts signed up too.

During our visit the Library Staff kindly planned and ran the Badge for us, so the leaders could put their feet up and read a book or two.

The Badge was separated into three parts, one was talking about the different kinds of books available in the Library to what the Scouts were interested in reading etc., another part being all about planning a journey using the reference material available and the final part was about searching for books and locating them, to doing some shelving and assisting the staff with placing books back on the shelf in the correct places which had been returned from lenders.

At the end of the day all Scouts were kindly passed by Ali and Karin who were members of staff that kindly planned and run the badge for us for free. This was a fairly simple badge to gain with very minimum preparation and planning to set up. The Library was also happy to run this as they were introducing what the Library has to offer to young people who may not normally visit a library. Showing them that a Library does not just lend books and indeed much more.

Below are a few pictures of the Scouts taking part in the various parts of their badge.

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Russ Andrews,

29th Immaculata Scout Leader

Leader Training Early 2015

Posted on Sunday, December 28th, 2014

There are two opportunities to do “Module 1” (Essentials – including SafeGuarding) in early Jan 2015. (Everyone must validate module one within five months of joining.) Also coming up: Module 3 and Module 10.

  • Module 1 (“Essentials”) Training – Fri 02/01/2015 – 19:00-22:00 – at the 1st HQ.
  • Getting Started Training (Module 1 “Essentials” – am, Module 3 “Leading a Section” – pm) – Sat 17/01/2015 – 09:00 – 16:00 at the 29th HQ.
  • Module 10 “First Response” – Sat 21/02/2015 – 09:30-16:30 at the 9th HQ (venue to be confirmed).

Drop me a line if you might be
interested in attending.

For other modules please see the Hampshire training calendar here: Adult Training calendar in pdf format. Use the online application form for Hampshire courses. I would particularly recommend the weekend courses in March and May – these are typically oversubscribed so book soon if you are interested. No charge for these courses (but there is a “no show” fee if you book and don’t turn up).

Best Regards,

Nico Chart,
Local Training Manager

Poppy Appeal – Total Raised

Posted on Sunday, December 21st, 2014


I have now heard from The British Legion with the total collected by members of Active Support and helpers from the District, for the Poppy Appeal. We collected £2,427.47p. This is a fantastic amount. My thanks go to all who were involved in this worthwhile cause.

George Longhurst
Active Support Manager

Roll of Honour: November 2014

Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Wood Badge


Awarded to Members on completion of their leadership training

Congratulations to Adam Higgins of the 7th Southampton on receiving his wood badge.

Chief Scout’s 30 Years Service Award 

Congratulations to Graham Wide for receiving his 30 year Service Award 

Chief Scout’s 25 Years Service Award


Congratulations to Richard Jacob for 25 years’ Service. Very well deserved

Queen Scout Award


A big well done and be proud message to Sophie Baldwin, Heather Porter and Thomas Bourner who have just completed and been awarded the Queens Scout Award by Adam Jollans the County Commissioner. They will now go the Palace to parade in front of the Queen. Fantastic.

District Commissioner Blog November 2014

Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Wow this term is going fast and it will soon be 2015!!

Congratulations to Graham wide for receiving his 30 year Service Award and to Richard Jacob for 25 year’s Service. Very well deserved.

Congratulations to Adam Higgins on receiving his wood badge.

A big well done and be proud message to Sophie Baldwin, Heather Porter and Thomas Bourner who have just completed and been awarded the Queens Scout Award by Adam Jollans the County Commissioner. They will now go the Palace to parade in front of the Queen. Fantastic

I am delighted to welcome Mike Langford and Heather Porter as the new Leaders of Network Scouting. With the able support of Joshua Smith as Network Chair this section I am sure will continue to grow. They have written a development plan that has a number of key objectives:


  • Get the finances sorted, agree a membership fee and open their own bank account with at least three signatories.
  • To be self- sufficient for camping equipment.
  • Develop close links with Itchen North and South Networks
  • To develop close links with all our Explorers making sure that they get a taste of Network Scouting BEFORE they are 18 years old.


Thank you to everyone who attended the Remembrance parade at the Cenotaph, helped with the selling of poppies and to those groups who attended their local church. You did us proud.

The District swimming gala took place and the group award went to the 14th Scout Group in Highfield congratulations to them. The event was very well attended and was great fun thanks go to all the groups that took part.

The scout Walkabout competition was great fun and a big well done to the Scouts who took part and to all the leaders. The event was won by the 13th Sea Scout Troop Well done to them.

The district web site is presently under a thorough review and I hope the new improved site will be up and running for you all very soon. Please remember that the web site is our main vehicle for communication between us all and it acts as the face of our scouting in the community. If you have any group events or those that are held by the district please shout load about them and send some pictures and words to the media team. They look forward to receiving your good news.

The Compass data membership system is now live and we have a lot to do to get our data as it should be. We are doing a clean up operation of our adult data and once that is completed we will be looking to get our young person data recorded on compass. That will be a task that will need to be done by groups and I will be talking to Group Scout Leaders at our meeting on the 10th December on the time frame for that work and the support and training we will offer them. Would all Group Scout Leaders please do your best to attend this important meeting.

Don’t forget we need lots of parents to get involved have you asked one yet? If you have vacancies in your group advertise them on the red vacancy board we provided for you.

We will be updating our district directory very soon so if you have any changes in your personal details have you moved home changed your email address or telephone number? please make sure Graham is aware of those so that your information is up to date.

If anyone wishes to talk to me and clarify anything, I am always pleased for you to contact me by email or by phone or in person just ask away.

I hope you all and your families have a wonderful Christmas and a joyous new year See you all in 2015.

Yours in Scouting,
Colin Floyd,
District Commissioner

Bushcraft Skills Training Course

Posted on Monday, December 1st, 2014


Ferny Crofts Activity Centre, Hampshire, 15th March 2015.

This one day course aims to give leaders knowledge in many aspects of bushcraft. It includes shelter building, fire lighting, backwoods cooking, wood whittling and knife, axe and saw work. The cost of the course is £90 including food on the Saturday evening and camping.

Please see for more information, or contact Ferny Crofts on 023 8084 5092 or at to book.

Swimming Gala 2014

Posted on Saturday, November 29th, 2014

What a start, with the entrance to the car park blocked off and then when the temporary entrance was found due to building work many parking spaces were missing and most of the others were in use.   

Despite this we saw the biggest involvement in the gala since the District was formed with 29 Beavers, 7 Cub packs and 8 Scout Troops.  It meant that we had to run heats for all the races and with me increasing the number of events for Cubs, bringing them to the same level as the Scouts, we ran out of time to carry out a presentation.  I was under strict rules from the pool booking officer that we had to be clear the pool by 9.30.  I am in the process of visiting Packs and Troops to hand out the medals, certificates and Trophies.

May I thank all the officials, helpers and the adult support team for all the assistance on the night.  


Summit Weekend, North Wales, October 2014

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

“Summit” has become a bit of a hidden asset. Perhaps most of the District does not know that City District has a very strong team of experienced and qualified mountain leaders who take Explorers and older Scouts to the rugged Mountains of Snowdonia every autumn. It is a tradition that has continued since 1970 and one that we should be very proud of. The usual venue is Hafod a Welsh Scout Council Hostel in the Ogwen Valley. Last year through a booking problem we had to go to a hostel near Cadair Idris but this October we were back in our old haunt.


Ogwen Valley and the Glyders from Pen Yr Olwen

Numbers were down a bit, still enough for three good teams on the hill. We met at the 22nd HQ for the hardest part of the weekend – the 250 mile minibus trip, soon after the end of school, with arrival close to midnight. On arrival one thing became apparent; the Wind. This was nothing to do with excess of burgers at the Service Station. They, after a hot drink slipped off to their bunks. The leaders adapted their routes to suit the warnings of high wind. Morning broke, breakfast and the hustle to get ready for the day. Flasks had been put out the night before and had been filled according to their wishes.  The troops were checked to see they had the right kit and necessary adjustments made.


The view down onto Llyn Ogwen

I  must mention team Rutherford – apart from organising the whole thing and making sure everyone had got away safely, our leader and his wife Kirsty took their two young children onto Pen Yr Ole Wen the high mountain opposite the hostel. It was a very windy day radio reports said that the wind speed on the tops was 60mph.


In Safe Hands

Leaders left their route cards for Harold and me–we were two of the original Summiteers and stayed down to act as Basemen. Some went directly from the Hostel but at least one group were transported to a start point several miles away. For all Parties it was an act of commitment to hard mountains and high wind.

One Party had started from the North. It was a great route but unfortunately the route southwards was directly into the wind along a rising ridge line two big mountains lay ahead and the party were beginning to tire. Sensibly their leaders decide to come off early into the town of Bethesda. They phoned ahead to ask for collection. Harold and I haven’t got insurance for the minibus and he was thinking of making two journeys in his car. Just then the first party arrived back tired but happy. Their leader Paul immediately volunteered. We showed him the pick-up point on the map and off he went. The Rutherford Family walked in, fresh and happy and the children got back to their drawing books. Then the final Party arrived having walked in from the hill. Hot drinks were consumed and everyone got busy: wet stuff in the Drying Room; boots in the Boot Rack; and rucksacks unpacked. They all enjoyed the rest and the warmth of Hafod while dinner was cooking. A hearty meal and we broke into two groups: the Leaders relaxing and talking together and the Scouts talking about the day and playing cards. (Well, there was another group, Harold and me talking quietly together about Summits past and how pleased we were to see it all happening still.)


What 60mph Wind?

The next day offered the chance to do real rock climbing and the group drove off to Capel Curig with the intention of trying the Pinnacles. Unfortunately the heavy rain didn’t stop and climbing on wet rock is almost as bad as sitting waiting to climb in the wet. Walking isn’t too bad and the party had a low level walk back to Hafod. Meanwhile the non- climbers went up to Y Garn and the Glyders at the back of the Hostel. All arrived back early and after another good meal everyone tucked into packing and putting the Hostel to rights. By three o’clock we were ready for the off and the long drive home with a group of young people who had: got over their fears; tested themselves in a harsh environment; and had memories that will last a lifetime.


The Personel:

 Scouts and Explorers: Sam, James, Owen, Zak, Olivia, Nick, Greg, Dan, Matt, Patrick, Chris, Kyle.

Leaders: Ian R, Ian B, Paul R, Rob, Dave Mac: Sam T2, Kahryn.

Ex Officio’s, Kirsty: Fran: Rory: Geoff, Harold and Glyn the Sheep Dog.


Geoff Johnson

Active Support

Poppies and Remembrance Parade

Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014


Thank you to everyone in the District who helped with selling poppies this year. My thanks go to not only members of Active Support, but also to members of the District Team,and Scouters, Scouts and Explorers from the 13th Group, who covered both of the Sainsburys stores all day on last Saturday and at times during the week. I will publish how much we collected when the British Legion tells me.
Can I also congratulate all of those who attended the Cenotaph Parade on Sunday morning. My own two Beavers and Cub who laid our poppy wreath were smart and well behaved, as were all of the other Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers who were in the District contingent. You did yourselves proud and many people commented on the fact that young people were present at the service. Well done. Mike Jackson, who paraded with you, has asked to be included in my comments and shares my opinion on how well you all did.
Well done to you all,
George Longhurst
Active Support Manager


Halloween Night at the 29th

Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2014

On Friday the 31st of October, the 29th Immaculata Scouts enjoyed an evening of Halloween fun from making Human Mummys to Apple Bobbing. During this evening they also had a go at Pumpkin Carving, using 6 Pumpkins that Sainsbury’s in Portswood had kindly donated to us free of charge.

These turned out with all different kinds of design in which some are shown below.


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We were also kindly donated a rather large pumpkin as well, in which took three leaders to pick up! It was grown in an allotment and its weight was a good 15 stone (210Lb)! After taking out the middle with a spade and brickie’s trowel, we were ready for carving.

Many thanks to Margaret and Peter for kindly donating us this large pumpkin and below is how it turned out.







Of course it would not be right if we did not light up the pumpkin to see how well it worked!

By Candle Light


Many thanks to Karen in Sainsbury’s at Portswood and Margaret and Peter for their kind donations.

Good fun was had by all and we’re looking forward to doing some think similar next year.

Yours in Scouting,

Russ Andrews,

29th Immaculata Scout Leader