Southampton City Scouts News

Explorer Scouts train for their Chief Scout’s Awards

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2016

The Explorer Section cover Platinum and Diamond Scout awards and matched to the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s awards. A major part of these awards in the expedition element. Within the section we have the skill set to help with expedition on foot, on the water and on bikes. We have now launched Expedition training to cover both sets of awards and both levels.

On the 23rd of April, the Explorer Scouts had their first training session, held out in the New Forest. This training gave the Explorers a chance to further what they already new about navigation or build new skills if new to scouting. The session covered map reading, bearing, route cards and expedition kit requirements.

11 Explorers took part in the day from across all the units and they will now hopefully go on to plan their Platinum / Bronze practices and Final expeditions later this year with the support of the Section leader team.

Good luck to them all…

David Bowers
District Explorer Scout Commissioner

Latest News from Pro-Badge Scout Training: April 2015

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

The last weekend of the Pro-Badge Training Scheme current season took place last weekend. We ran the Chef and Backwoods Cooking badges for Cub Scouts and the Survival Skills and Camper badges for Scouts. The weekend was wet at times but all had a good time.

Joshua of the 13th achieves every Beaver badge

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Joshua of the 13th Sea Scout Beaver colony has gained every badge available in Beaver scouting.

This is a wonderful achievement and Joshua has worked so hard.

Congratulations to him and I am sure he will now look forward to even more challenges once he starts in the Cub section.

Joshua and his family and the 13th can be very proud we’ll done

Colin Floyd
District Commissioner

29th Scouts visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2016

The 29th Scouts took part in a Local Knowledge Workshop run by the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. During the workshop, the Scouts learnt about how the dockyard and Royal Navy has changed over the past 100 – 200 years using archive sources such as photos, as well as dressing up in different uniforms that were worn at that time.

A guided walking tour took place where they were allowed to go behind the scenes and access places that are not open to the general public. This included visiting the attics where 100’s of objects not normally on display are kept. They also got to see the marks and graffiti left behind by the dockyard workers and shipwrights from the Georgian store.

During the day, they also had a tour through HMS – Hear My Story Galleries and learnt about Warfare via touch screen, as well as learning about modern day life on board a Navy ship. Along with the extra tours around Highbury College and learning about how pulley systems and ratios work, to viewing both HMS Warrior and Victory, a good day was had by all.

Our thanks goes to Daniel and his team for organising the workshop for us.

Russell Andrews
29th Scout Leader

St George’s Day 2016

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2016

In celebration of Saint George, the Patron Saint of The Scout Association, Southampton City Scouts across the district, joined by those from the Itchen South and Itchen North districts, took part in a parade and service on the afternoon of 17th April, St George’s Day.

The Parade took place in The Guildhall Square and in addition to the Mayor it was attended by over 700 Young People, Leaders, parents and members of the public.

We would like to pass on a big thank you to everyone who attended the St George’s Day parade this year.

HSX Patagonia 2017 – Recruitment

Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2016

Since its foundation in 1986, Hampshire Scout Expeditions (HSX) have successfully run over 20 international expeditions for Hampshire Scouts across the globe. In 2017 they’ll be breaking new ground and heading to the Patagonian Andes!

Patagonia is a sparsely populated region located at the southern tip of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes, characterised by granite pillars, deserts, steppes and grasslands.

The expedition will take place over the course of six weeks, in the winter of 2017, with the expedition team likely to leave in late November 2017, returning in early January 2018. The trip will comprise of three principle elements; a community development project working with the locals; a trek around the Torres del Paine National Park and climbing in the Andean mountains; and to finish, a series of cultural tours and adventurous activities. Participants will experience Chile’s unique culture, incredible sights, stunning scenery and fascinating history.