Southampton City Scouts News

Free Kayak Taster Sessions for Scouts and Explorers during Easter Holidays

Posted on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Are you a Scout or Explorer? Do you want to try Kayaking?
If you answered yes to both then join our “Taster Sessions” on April 8th

In a break with tradition we are holding a taster day on Saturday 8 April for troops and units.  We plan to have two sessions, one in the morning 10:00-12:00 and one in the afternoon 13:00-1500.

This is the first day of the school holiday.  Saints are not playing at home that week.

Venue: The club is based at the 25th Southampton Scout H.Q. at Crosshouse Public Hard, Crosshouse Road, just by the Itchen Bridge.

Personal Kit Required: Old trainers, nylon lightweight anorak, swim wear, T-shirt, shorts, jumper and towel. Optional: Wet suit, wet suit shoes and waterproof trousers The personal equipment is likely to get wet so bring a dry set of clothes (including shoes). Bring bags to separate your wet and dry clothing. If the participant needs to wear glasses for this activity please bring a suitable securing strap.

Swimming Ability: All Scouts and Explorers wishing to go afloat must pass the District Swimming Test, which can be arranged through your Scout or Explorer Leader.

Cubs and Scouts Football Results

Posted on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Congratulations to the 14th Highfield Cubs and the 29th Immaculata Scouts for winning the football in the Six-a-Side competition this weekend! Well done to all the teams who took part.

Southampton SSAGO and Network Winter Camp

Posted on Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Our Winter camp this year would be our first joint weekend away with Network. All 24 of us set off from Southampton with a trailer full of kit, a minibus and car full of people ready for a weekend spent exploring the Peak District. After a bit of a shaky start with the keys for the Scout & Guide centre not appearing for a while, soon the food shopping was done and it wasn’t long before the minibus arrived. After a long journey we set up our beds (as we were staying inside) and enjoyed soup as our supper before getting a good rest ready to walk up Kinder Scout the next day.

Saturday morning was an early start but it was well worth it with the day ahead that we had planned. Most of us walked up Kinder Scout but a few opted for a day trip to Manchester, spending lots of time on the trams! Those of us going to Kinder Scout walked to Jacobs’s ladder where Tom and Ben were both presented with their Queen Scout awards by Mark Terry (Deputy UK Scout Commissioner).

Once all of the compulsory group and award holder photos had been taken we continued to the summit of Kinder scout. At the top there were numerous selfies and standing on trig points as well as enjoying well deserved lunch break before heading on along the ridge and past the waterfall. It was fairly uneventful up until we reached the stream where some ended up having laughing fits from falling in the rather deep mud. We also came across a Christmas tree alongside the river where we found the perfect opportunity to sing ‘All I want for Christmas’ and there were plenty of songs to be sung along the route. Further along our way we met a lady who looked a little lost in a bog and so we happily assisted her back. All in all it was a fantastic walk up and down Kinder Scout! There was even more excitement to enjoy back at base with jigsaw puzzles, board games and a visit from other SSAGO clubs!

Sunday began with a full English breakfast and for some this included a custard cream! Sadly it was some time to pack up and begin to head back. But before we did, we stopped off in a small village in the Peak District, which was hit by the plague. Some of us opted to go for another walk, whereas others visited Eyam Hall (a National Trust site). Then it was time to head back to Southampton after a lovely weekend!

Lauren Whittaker
Social Secretary
Southampton SSAGO

Kinder Scout Queen’s Scout Award Presentation for Network Members

Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Congratulations to Tom and Ben from Southampton City Network for completing and receiving some of the top awards within Scouting. Tom was presented with his Chief Scout’s Diamond Award and Queen’s Scout Award, with Ben receiving his Duke of Edinburgh Gold and Queen’s Scout Award.

Presented at the start of their climb of Kinder Scout in the Peak District at the start of their Wintercamp, they were joined by Mark Tarry, Deputy UK Chief Commisioner, who presented their awards. “It is really great to be presenting these top awards to Ben and Tom, Network members, who are experiencing fun, adventure and friendship with Southampton”.

As with Hampshire tradition, both Tom and Ben had the chance to wear the Silver Elephant, the highest award in Indian Scouting and was presented to Earl Mountbatten whilst he was Viceroy of India.

Joined by their friends from Southampton City Network, Southampton SSAGO and Solent SSAGO, they then set off for the top of Kinder Scout (and made it back down safely, Silver Elephant in tow).

Hampshire WSJ Leader Selection Weekend May 5th-7th

Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

The Hampshire World Scout Jamboree Leader Selection Weekend will be taking place May 5th – 7th 2017

The 24th World Scout Jamboree will be held in the summer of 2019 in North America, although the location is in the USA, the event is being jointly hosted with the Mexican and Canadian Scout Associations and promises to be a life changing experience for all involved.

Hampshire County Scouts are now looking at forming the leadership teams, with selection for young people later in the year. If you are interested in being a part of this adventure, either as a leader or as part of the International Service Team then please register your interest by visiting

You can contact the Hampshire WSJ team by E-mail to

Adult volunteers can also enjoy life changing adventure

Watch 14th Highfield Spring Camp

Posted on Monday, March 13th, 2017

Our first camp of the year as a troop at Cricket Campsite. Lots of firelighting, cooking, exploring, shelter building ……… watch the video!

11th Southampton Annual Quiz: 31st March 2017

Posted on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

The 11th Southampton are hosting their Annual Quiz Night on the 31st March 2017, at 7pm at their HQ. Teams will be made up of around 8 people, with refreshments available.

The cost is £2 for adults and 50p for kids, with tea, Coffee, soft drinks Cakes, pastries, and biscuits available to purchase.

You are welcome to bring your own beverages and nibbles, and please do bring prizes for the raffle.

Contact Kris to sign up before 24 March on 07512 034 855.


Wye Valley 2017 – Sign up now!

Posted on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

It’s back

Southampton City District’s legendary all inclusive adventurous activity weekend.

Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May

  • White Water Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Archery
  • and more…

All for just £75

In 2015 more than 135 Scouts, Explorers and Leaders took part in the fun. Make sure you’re there in 2017

Poster and Permission Form

For more details ask your leader or contact Ian Budd DDC. Tel 07786 036407. Email:

Take a look below at the video below from when we went in 2013



Explorers Founders Day Paintballing

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

On a bright sunny February day the Southampton District Explorers assembled for a day of Paintballing. We were kitted out with body armour, overalls and goggles and received our safety brief before we were set loose with our paintball markers. Throughout the day we had various missions to complete including storming the London bus, defending a castle and saving ‘George’ in the Tomb Raiders.

We used many of our Scouting skills of: courage; stealth; following instructions; being self-reliant, as well as working as part of a team.  We remembered our Founder Lord Baden Powel as a military man and reflected on his ability to turn his battlefield experiences into the positive youth movement that we all enjoy today.

Happy Birthday BP.