Southampton City Scouts News

Beaver Funday

Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2015

On Saturday 30 beavers from 5 colonies with 9 leaders and helpers spent the day at Ferny Crofts on a fun day. They climbed and abseiled on the small tower. Cooked bacon, dough twists and melted marshmallow over an open fire. Used to go carts and followed the picture trail around the site. In between the activities they had lots of drinks biscuits, cakes and a picnic lunch. They all went home happy but tired, complaining of aching legs from the go carts, I think that included to adults.

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Gail Langton
District Beaver Leader

Network Plans it’s Future

Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

A successful planning meeting for Southampton City Network following the recent Network reboot for those aged 18-25. An evening of planning leading to a programme full of adventure and activities – from camping and hiking to archery and climbing to karaoke, there’s something for everyone!


If you’re aged 18-25 and want to find out more about and get involved, join the Southampton City Network Facebook Group:


District Comissioner Blog – September 2015

Posted on Sunday, September 13th, 2015

I hope that everyone has a really good rest from scouting over the summer and that we are all raring to go again. I have to say I managed to get some rest and I look forward to a great year ahead. For those that took the children on camp over the summer well done and thank you for the time you gave for them. I hope you all had a wonderful time.

We have much to look forward over the next year with the 110 years celebration of the Cub section and our district camp next year being the highlight events. Let us make 2015/2016 great fun.

I would like to say a big thank you to Stuart Ganney for his support over the past five years with the scout section he and I have agreed that due to home commitments he will step down from being ADC Scouts. I really hope that Stuart can return to us in a new role when he is able. I am pleased to welcome Andy Clasby to the role of ADC Scouts. Andy is a very experienced scouter who is very well known in the district and he starts his new role with great energy and enthusiasm I am sure everyone welcomes him to the district team. Andy will be assisted by Andy Sager and Luke Hall who take up the positions of district scout leaders. I wish the new team and all of the scout section a great and rewarding time.

A big congratulations go to Hannah and Sophie Lockwood of the 22nd Scout Group on being awarded their Chief Scout Gold Award. Very well done to you both and the leaders for a great achievement. Also a huge thankyou and congratulations to the following Leaders for the recognition of the service and training of our adult volunteers:

Ant Wilkinson 15 Year Service 2nd
Cheryl Parker 5 Years Service 2nd
Lesley Murphy 5 Years Service 7th
John Edsall 5 Year Service 11th
Michelle Crooks 5 Year Service 11th
Lewis Gallacher Wood Badge 22nd
Jennifer Oates 10 Year Service 26th
Ben Mc Donagh Wood Badge 29th
Kerry Budd 15 Years Service 13th
Linda Westerman 5 Year Service District
Adrian Norton Wood Badge 25th
Sarah Durham 10 Years Service 11th
Gary Coen 10 Years Service 22nd

Our next district team /GSL meeting will be taking place at Bevious Town School on Wednesday 7thOctober 2016 at 7pm. Please put this date in your diary and I will send you an invite soon.

Don’t forget to ask for more adult volunteers, we have a Southampton City wide adult recruitment page if you have anyone at all who would like to get involved in our scouting please refer them to that will tell them of a range of different opportunities to join us and our adventure!! We are also looking to recruit more adults to help us with the Tuesday morning maintenance team at Wilverley. If you know of anyone who would like to get involved please ask them to contact me or Laura Dyer the camp Site Manager. We would love to hear from them.

On a personal note I enter my last year of scouting as my term of office ends on the 27th July 2016. Some of you have been asking when the new DC will be appointed. That is not a matter for me that is the work of the district and Hampshire Scouting. I continue to hope that an appointment will be made soon to help me over the next year and have a good period for me to pass over the reins so that the change is smooth and beneficial.

That’s about it from me for the moment any queries or concerns or better still good news please get in touch.

Yours in Scouting,

Colin Floyd, District Commissioner,

Mob Tel 07770364711 or

Roverang Scout and Guide Show

Posted on Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Roverang have big plans ahead to for their 59th production in April 2016 too with a new production team with some new and exciting ideas, bringing Roverang ever closer to its 60th year!!!
Cast registration details are outlined below and will be held at 3rd Itchen North HQ, Brook Road, Bitterne. Roverang cast is open to members of both The Scout Association or Girlguiding UK under the age of 25.

Adults cast : Open to Rangers, Explorer Scouts, Scout …Network/leaders from 14+ – 6-7pm on Sunday 4th October
Junior Cast: Open to anyone who is Scout or Guide age for the week of the show – 4-6pm on Sunday 1st November
Kids Cast: Open to anyone who is Cub or Brownie age by the week of the show – 4-6pm on Sunday 1st November

And if you want just a sneak peek of both the above productions them along with the talents of Basingstoke Gang Show, Andover Gang Show and Odiham Scout Show, then why not come along to ourCounty Show on 18th October in Winchester and show your support. Tickets available from

Scott Marshall
County Creative Activities Advisor 
Hampshire Scouts

Remembrance Day

Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Our District has been invited by The Mayor of Southampton to attend the Remembrance Day Service, at The Cenotaph, on Sunday 8th November 2015.

It is hoped that we can make up a contingent comprising, a Beaver, a Cub and a Scout and Explorer and a Scouter from every group in the district. Also all Active Support and Network members are invited.

Our aim is to have a good smart contingent for the remembrance parade at the Cenotaph in West Park Southampton for this year’s Remembrance Service. Last year was a lovely event and it gave our young people a chance to show their respect and remembrance and it was particularly mentioned by those attending, including the Mayor, that it was lovely to see our youngsters taking part.

Of course if your group has already arranged to go to your local church that is fine I am just pleased that they are doing that. But for those groups that do not go to a local church we would like you to join us at the main Southampton Cenotaph.

We hope we will have at least 50 people attending. Even though I have said only one please do bring more if you wish to.

We will meet at 9.45am at Guildhall Square I will be there earlier, so please look out for me. You can park for free up to 12 noon on a Sunday at the West Park Car Park.

Please do make sure you are all in smart uniform please, polished shoes etc. I will have poppies to give you if you have not already purchased some.

The parade will be marching from Guildhall Square to the cenotaph and back to Guildhall square after the service so Parents please come and see the parade and pick up your children from guildhall square just before 12 noon.

If you could all please send me an email to say if you are coming or not I would be grateful.

Colin Floyd
District Commissioner

07770364711 or

Leader Training Sep-Oct 2015

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

We have plenty of leader training courses running during Autumn 2015 and I recommend signing up for any that you have not done. Let me know if you would like to register for any of these courses:

Sat 5 Sep am Module 11 Administration Southampton
Sat 5 Sep pm Module 12 (A) Delivering a Quality Programme Southampton
Sat 5 Sep pm Module 12 (B) Programme Planning Southampton
Sat 12 Sep day Module 10 First Aid Fareham
Sat 19 Sep day Module 10 First Aid Romsey
Sun 20 Sep day Module 25 Assessing Learning Eastleigh
Sat 26 Sep am Module 14 Young People Today Southampton
Sat 26 Sep am Module 15 Promoting Positive Behaviour Southampton
Sat 26 Sep pm Module 19 International Southampton
Mon 28 Sep eve Module 1 Essentials Southampton
Wed 30 Sep eve Module 23 Safety for Managers-Supporters Eastleigh
Sat/Sun 3/4 Oct W’end Modules 11-13-14-15-17-18 Residential Weekend Ferny Crofts
Sun 4 Oct am Module 5 The Fundamentals of Scouting Southampton
Sun 4 Oct pm Module 7 Scouting for All Southampton
Sat 10 Oct day Modules 1-2-3 Getting Started Southampton
Tues 13 Oct eve Module 15 Promoting Positive Behaviour Southampton
Sat 17 Oct am Module 24 Managing Adults Eastleigh
Sat 31/Sun 1st W’end Modules 5-7-8-9-12a/b-16 Residential Weekend Ferny Crofts