Southampton City Scouts News

Canoe Club White Water Trip

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016

Far, far too early one morning last December three quite sleepy Scouts met at the 25th, helped load kayaks onto cars and set off into the pitch darkness.

This was the Canoe Club’s first white water day trip. The Scouts had all passed a PaddleSport Discovery course (equivalent to the 2* award) earlier that year. With the techniques from this course under their belts and bright yellow helmets firmly wedged upon their noggins, we were able to treat them to a slightly more exciting and demanding river than can be experienced at the Wye Valley camps.

Two vehicles travelled 130 miles from Southampton to Exemoor in Devon. Our trip down the river Barle started at the ancient Tarr Steps and finished at the village of Dulverton. We paddled for three to four hours, the water was excellent, there being plenty of it, with continuous grade 2 rapids from start to finish. The Barle provided some great autumnal scenery and we even found a rather excellent spot for a picnic on the banks.

The Scouts all paddled brilliantly. As leaders we could tell they were all nervous at first, but the wobbles soon gave way to big grins as they began to confidently smash through bigger and bigger stoppers and even surf on waves.


The Future of Biblins, Wye Valley

Posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

For those who have visited the campsite at Biblins, Wye Valley, the future of the campsite is in question.

The campsite now faces closure unless they are able to secure funding to upgrade the site. To help achieve this, they have sent out a survey to collect views on the site, along with more details about the situation. You can find both here

Module 38 – Skills for Residential Experiences

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2016

1st / 2nd April 2017 @ Ferny Crofts. This is an additional ‘skills’ module which expands on Module 16 (Introduction to Residential Experiences), and is also very useful to those seeking to become a Nights Away Advisor .

The weekend is an ideal opportunity to learn from experienced trainers/scouters and from other delegates attending. This is an ideal ‘practical skills’ weekend to get leaders thinking about ‘the OUT in Scouting’ and learn in a safe environment.

There is also a Module 16 being run on the Friday evening (31st March) at Ferny Crofts. There are still places available, so please use the link to book: Adult Training Forms. For more information on these modules go to the Adult Training Modules.

Torchlight twilight tours at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2016

This October the Royal Navy Submarine Museum will be running special after hours torchlight twilight tours. Special tours for Scouting groups are being held on Tuesday 25th October at 6pm and 8pm and then again on the 28th October at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.

We will also be able to offer these from November onwards as special visits for uniformed groups and also a new selection of workshops at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum connected with science, communication, local knowledge amongst other badges.

Daniel Ball
Engagement and Learning Officer
T: 02392 727587 / 02392727564
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Leader Training Dates for 2017

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2016

The adult training scheme course dates for 2017 have been published on the Hampshire County Scouts website.

If you want to sign up for any of the weekend multi-module courses then book early to avoid disappointment.

National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra 2017 – Applications Open

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016

NSGSO Orchestra and NSGSO Concert Band

The Orchestra is now in its 42nd year, and after the success of forming the Concert Band last year it will again be run alongside the Orchestra. So there is a choice of 2 ensembles to apply for. There is slightly different criteria for each – please see below and also our website for specific information.

The NSGSO Course

The NSGSO meets every year for a fantastic week’s course of music and social activities led by professional tutors and conductors and hosted by 6 staff members. The course will be held in Stourbridge from Sunday 30 July to Sunday 6 August 2017. During the week the Concert Band will perform 2 concerts in the community and also their main Saturday lunch time concert. They will also have the opportunity to take part in the two concerts with the Orchestra as guest artistes. For the Orchestra the week will culminate in two evening concerts in Birmingham on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th August with the Concert Band as guest artists. Both the Orchestra and the Concert Band will also play a joint piece together at the Friday and Saturday evening concerts. Alex Peace Gadsby, England Commissioner is already booked to attend the concert on Saturday evening 5th August.

To see for yourself what the NSGSO course involves watch our short promotional film

To apply for the 2016 NSGSO Course and to find out lots more detail go to

The closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 10th December.

For the Orchestra all applicants must be:

  • A Member of the The Scout Association or Girlguiding
  • Aged 13-25 by 31 August 2017
  • Proficient player of a least one orchestral instrument (Grade 5 or above)

Please note

  • String players who are Grade 4 may be accepted under certain circumstances.
  • Applicants between the ages of 26-30 will be considered in the event that a section is under-subscribed.

For the Concert Band all applicants must be:

  • A Member of the The Scout Association or Girlguiding.
  • Aged 12-25 by 31 August 2017
  • Proficient player of a least one concert band instrument (Grade 4 or above)

Details of all instruments are on the website at, or read more for further information


Afternoon Tea & Fundraiser for Macmillan and Breast Cancer Care

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016

Saturday 1st October 2016, 3-5 pm

Come along and have a cream tea with a hot or cold drink, included in ticket price. Take part in a quiz, play some games, buy a piece cake and maybe win a prize in the raffle all for a little extra.

Tickets of the door:
Adults £2
Concessions £1
Children 50p

Held at the 1st Southampton Scout HQ
Aldermoor Road, SO16 5NU

All profits to Macmillan Cancer Support and Breast Cancer Care.

DC’s Notes – September 2016

Posted on Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Thelma Young has kindly agreed to be the “Acting DC” for Southampton City Scout District while the search for a new District Commissioner goes on. The DC duties will continue to be shared by the “team DC” so that Thelma is supported by:

  • Ian Budd – Nights Away (NAN forms), adventurous activities, permits, district events, etc.
  • George Longhurst – awards, presentations, etc.
  • Nico Chart – admin, training, media, etc.
  • Graham Meering – Compass, DBS checks, etc.

I am sure you will join us in thanking Colin again for his leadership, dedication and service as our DC for the past five years. Colin is going to become County Network Commissioner as well as being our Campsite Manager looking after our own camp site at Wilverley in the New Forest.

And thank you everyone for your continuing enthusiasm and hard work that it takes to give the young people of Southampton a great time in Scouting. Let’s make it another good year!

Best Regards,
Nico, Graham, George, Ian, Thelma.

S.S. “Shieldhall” – Youth Training Day – Sat 15th Oct 2016

Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

All “signed-up” young participants will also receive a free ticket for the short (3 hour) cruise that “Shieldhall” will be making on the afternoon of Saturday 17th September (15.00 to 18.00 hrs) when we will be sailing from 48 Berth down the length of Southampton Water to the Solent. It is planned that the Southampton Maritime Trust will be onboard outlining details of their Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War Project plus on the way back we should see the departing cruise liners “Brittannia”, “Celebrity Eclipse” and “Emerald Princess”.

The full adult’s ticket price for this sailing is £27.50 but each group will be entitled to two half price tickets for accompanying adults. The full rate is applicable to other adults over and above the two as said. The ticket price for youngsters over and above those attending the Y.T.D. is £10.00 / hd.

We can also advise that we will allow early boarding and the opportunity of visiting all area’s (under supervision) i.e. the bridge, engine room, etc., as we prepare for going to sea.

At this moment in time I can confirm that there are still places available albeit a little limited in number. Early application to our Mr Nigel Philpott, Ticketing Manager, for these remaining places is therefore recommended. To book “on-line” @ or call 0844 357 2329.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard again sometime soon.

Kind regards,

Richard W. Jarvis.
Youth Training Co-ordinator.

Pro-Badge Camps 2016/17

Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Pro-Badge is an Activity Badge Training Scheme, which uses the resources of the Solent Scout Training Centre at Lyons Copse, to the best advantage of the Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Scout Leaders. The scheme provides training for badges that require predominantly outdoor Scouting activity or natural resources.

You can book your Cubs and Scouts in to weekend camps over the coming months to give them a chance to earn some of the outdoor-based badges.

Leaflets for the forthcoming Pro-Badge season are now available on the ProBadge website, please click here for the Cub Scout leaflet, and here for the Scout version. Please feel free to pass onto other Cubs, Scouts and Leaders.

This year we will also be running a Pioneer course for Explorer Scouts, this will run on our November weekend. Please note that Explorers will have to camp as we do not have indoor accommodation for them.

To book on any courses please contact via the website links or email me direct.

Thank You

“Scissors” (Clive Clark)
Camp Leader