Southampton City Scouts News

Canoe Club: BCU Courses in 2016

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016

The Southampton City District Canoe Club is offering a selection of different courses, including:

  • Paddle Power Start: For beginners who wish to try the sport in one session
  • 1 star Paddlepower passport (Beginners): The basic skills of kayaking and a short evening trip
  • 2 star Paddlepower discovery (Intermediate): Paddle skill elements for both kayak and canoe
  • 3 star (Advanced): Advanced skills to handle a kayak or a canoe

The weekly fee for each session on all the above courses are just £3 for those in member groups, or £6 for non-member groups

Find out more about the courses available, and how to get involved!

2nd Southampton & 62nd Bristol Scouts Unite

Posted on Sunday, January 24th, 2016

It’s starting to become a tradition within our Scout troop to camp in the peak of Winter, when there is maximum chance of it being cold, muddy and wet!
Each year I vow never to camp again in January but somehow I’ll be talked into it and something will end up in the diary. I’ve learnt that actually there are many benefits. For example you’ll often have the campsite to yourself and it’s great to fix the post Christmas blues with a camp on the horizon.

In November 2014 Fran our ASL moved away from Southampton to Bristol to start a new job. She also immediately got back involved with Scouting and took up the role as a SL for a brand new troop in her new hometown.
We have kept in touch, shared programme ideas and heard about 62nd Bristol Scout’s new troop grow and grow. The young people of both groups knew about each other and eventually we planned a camp for them to meet up.

Last week almost 50 Scouts, 3 young leaders and around 10 leaders had a blast at Ferny Crofts. Immediately Scouts across both groups got on well and exchanged their favourite wide games, card games and scout night activities. As leaders it was also great to share ideas and hear about how Scouting is run outside our own district.

During the day we were treated to the exceptional facilities at Ferny Crofts such as the crate stacking, gladiator wall and assault course. The Winter made it the more fun with the ridiculous about of mud you can cake yourself in at every opportunity. We had to put up with some rain too, but it made the night hike all the more adventurous jumping over puddles.

So, don’t dismiss camping in January… You may find it hard to beat for the rest of the year.

Swim Test Evening: Tuesday 22nd March

Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Scouting requires you to hold a blue card swimming certificate to prove that you are a competent swimmer before you join in our wide range of water activities.

If you are going to District Camp you will need to attend this test evening and get a blue card swimming certificate.

The next Blue Card Swimming Test Evening will be on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at the Regents Park School Swimming Pool, Richville Road Entrance at 6.30pm sharp.

Please bring TRACK SUIT BOTTOMS and T-Shirt

District Founders Day 2016: Cancelled

Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

I am sad to say I have not had any group or section come forward this year to help with Founders Day as the 29th Scout Group did last year.

I am sure you will all agree that is disappointing especially as everyone was so keen on us having a celebration of Baden-Powell’s birthday rather than a traditional church service type event.

That lack of support leaves me no alternative but to cancel this years Founders Day.

Colin Floyd
District Commissioner

Wilverley Working Party: 5th March 2016

Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016

There is a Wilverley Working Party weekend on Saturday the 5th of March 2016 from 9am to 5pm.

Come and join us in some basic maintenance at the Southampton City District camp site at Wilverley. Free camping and facilities for the Saturday night, or just come and join us for the day! Wear old clothes and bring work gloves.

Please call to tell Colin Floyd if you are coming so we can arrange refreshments and lunch on 07770364711 or email

New District Commissioner Nominations

Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2016

The search for a new District Commissioner has begun!

A letter from our Assistant County Commissioner, Margaret Patrick, is being sent by email or post to all adults in our district.

You can read the letter and attachments by following these links:

  1. Letter:
  2. Nomination form:
  3. DC Job Description:

Leader Training January – February 2016

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016

We are running several courses in January and February 2016. Please take advantage of these opportunities to becoming chilled and skilled!


Let me know if you are interested in any of these courses.

Nico Chart
Local Training Manager
Mobile: 07776 207187

A bit of fun: The Map Fold challenge!

Posted on Monday, January 4th, 2016

Our new years resolution is to finally learn how to fold a map properly! We challenge everyone in Southampton Scouts from Beavers to Leaders to fold an Ordnance Survey map as quickly as possible.

Our best time so far is 14 seconds, achieved by the 2nd Southampton? Can you beat it?