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.