Southampton City Scouts News


Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The Mannequin Challenge is sweeping the nation! Last weekend 14th Southampton Friday Scouts freeze-framed during 2 night hike across the New Forest… Take a look below at how they got on. (nobody move!!!)

Great hike today – 18km from Wilverley to Ferny Crofts (basically one side of the New Forest to the other). Mannequin challenge & various Bear Grylls documentaries on route! All back safely, eating & making fire.

Posted by Ed Jellard on Saturday, 12 November 2016

Module 38 – Skills for Residential Experiences

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016

1st & 2nd April 2017 @ Ferny Crofts

With the main camping season just around the corner, this is an ideal ‘practical skills’ weekend to get leaders thinking about ‘the OUT in Scouting’ and learn in a safe environment.

The weekend is an ideal opportunity to learn from experienced trainers/scouters and from other delegates attending.

This is an additional ‘skills’ module which expands on Module 16 (Introduction to Residential Experiences), which ideally should be completed prior to attending this weekend.

There is a Module 16 being run on the Friday evening (31st March) at Ferny Crofts.

This weekend is also very useful to those seeking to become Nights Away Adviser,271,277 .

There are still places available on both Module 16 and the weekend, so
please use the link to book: Adult training application forms

Leader Training Courses Coming Up

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016

The adult training scheme in Scouting is modular and flexible, concentrating on learning rather than just attending courses. Training can be carried out using a range of methods: one to one, courses, videos, workbooks and e-learning.

The Modules cover the skills required for all roles in Scouting.

Application form for Hampshire Scouts Adult Training:

Poppies and Cenotaph

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016

Poppy Selling

A very big thank you on behalf of The British Legion,to members of Active Support,the 7th,25th and 13th groups for the hours they put in at Waitrose in Portswood selling poppies. Thank you all very much, I will publish the amount collected when I have it.


Well done to everyone who attended the service at the Cenotaph today. You were all very smart and well-behaved and a credit to our District, The Scout Movement and yourselves. A special thank you to Akela, Kate Budd and her two Cubs for laying the wreath on behalf of the Scouts. Give yourselves a pat on the back you all did well. I’m very proud of you.

George Longhurst
District Team

Explorers Complete DofE Bronze Expedition

Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2016

On the last weekend of October, 9 Explorer Scouts from The Southampton District put on their hike boots and rucksacks to embark on their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition.  The two teams completed their training and a practice expedition earlier in the month and spent several evenings planning routes and preparing route cards.  Each team had to carry everything they needed for the two days, including tents, first aid equipment, cookers, food, and all their personal kit.  

The Explorers set off from Ferny Croft on Saturday morning, navigating across the forest to arrive at Wilverley campsite mid-afternoon.  After cooking a hot meal they settled down to good night’s rest.  On the Sunday morning the teams packed away their equipment, making sure they left the site spotless and continued their Expedition to Pickets Post.  As they navigated through the forest they gathered information and photographs ready for a group presentation, which will complete the requirements of the D of E Expedition.

We were lucky to have dry and mild weather for the weekend, with an added bonus of an extra hour of sleep, due to the change of the clocks.

We will continue to support the Explorers with the other sections of the D of E Award:  Volunteering, Skill, and physical, and hope to be able to present their Bronze Awards along with Chief Scout’s Awards soon.

As well as all 9 Explorer Scouts completing their Expedition; Explorer leader, Jake Toomer, has successfully passed his assessment as a D of E Expedition Assessor.  We now have 4 qualified D of E Expedition Assessors in the District who look forward to seeing more groups next year.

Thanks to Mark for assessing Jake’s Assessed Assessment. Also thanks to Vicky and Rozy for acting as D of E Supervisors on the practice and Assessed Expedition.

Amanda Toomer,  AESL Endeavour