Southampton City Scouts News

Southampton City District has a new District Youth Commissioner!

Posted on Sunday, November 15th, 2020

Hi, I’m Lloyd Pearson and I am the new District Youth Commissioner for the Southampton City District! I’m sure you have lots of questions so let’s get straight into them:

Q: Who are you?

A: So, for those in the district who don’t know me yet, I am an enthusiastic scout who takes on any challenge that comes my way. I’m currently an Assistant Scout Leader at the 29th Immaculata and an Explorer Leader at Kraken Explorers (Who meet at the 14th). I’m also an active member of the Southampton City Network and have been since I was 18. In the past I’ve also been heavily involved in Southampton SSAGO (Student Scout and Guide Organisation) and even sat on the National SSAGO exec for a year.

Q: What’s a District Youth Commissioner?

A: A district youth commissioner is someone whose role it is to encourage youth involvement in decision making in the scout district. This breaks down into 3 key areas: Youth Shaped Programmes, Developing Young People, and Embedding Young People in Local Decision Making.

Q: So how do you do that?

A: For youth shaped programmes, I will engage section leaders across the district and encourage and help them to run programmes that are shaped by the young people, whether that be beavers giving simple feedback on things they’ve done or want to do, all the way up to scouts holding patrol leader forums or explorers running their own programmes. To develop young people, I and the district, shall ensure that they have the training they need to excel at roles they take on, whether that be as a patrol leader, explorer taking part in a committee, or a network member who’d like to join an exec. Lastly, for embedding young people into local decision making, we want to get young people as involved as possible in actually making the decisions that are made as a district, to do that we’ll be hosting a district youth council where explorers and scouts will be able to attend and make their views heard, we’ll be encouraging group execs to consider bringing more young people onto the team and lastly we’ll be putting together a youth team who will be getting actively involved in making new and exciting things happen, like running new competitions or activities they’d like to see.

Q: Tell me more about that youth team!

A: I’m glad you’re so excited about it, imaginary interviewer, as I certainly am. The district youth team is going to be a really exciting opportunity for Explorers and Network members in the Southampton District. There will be a rep from every Explorer unit (Enterprise, Griffin, Kraken, Phoenix and Young Leaders), a Network Rep and a rep from SSAGO. The Explorer units and Network will also gain a second rep in the year after to make sure that everyone always has someone they can ask for help when they join the team and we’ll rotate the reps every year after. If that sounds a bit confusing here is a diagram to help.

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Q: So what exactly will this team do?

A: So, this team will visit the local scout groups and their sections to help the leaders develop their youth shaped programmes. They will hold meetings to discuss things that are raised on the district exec. Plan events to develop their organisation skills. Attend the county youth council and much much more.

Q: When will this team be formed?

A: I’ll be looking to get members elected to this team from the respective units in January and February next year, so if you’re an Explorer or Network Scout in the Southampton City District keep an eye out for news then.

Q: So, exactly how excited should I be right now?

A: Very!


Bear Grylls: Why Scouting Is So Powerful

Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2020

This is a documentary following Bear Grylls – the public face of the scouts in the UK, and the youngest ever Chief Scout – as he explores the stories of some of the scouting heroes, who demonstrate exactly why Scouting is such a powerful force for good.


We’re celebrating St George’s Day online!

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Hampshire Scouts and non-members are invited to join us online to celebrate St George’s Day as a county!Our live stream will take place on Thursday 23rd April – link to follow – which shall include the big clap to recognise our valued key workers.


Gone Home: Chris Lade

Posted on Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Chris Lade was a member and later Scout Leader at the 11th for a number of years and one of the original Leaders at the very first Summit weekend at Yr Hafod in 1972 after also being a leader in 1969 on the Pennine Way, the start of continuous mountaineering in Southampton West District.

Chris emigrated to Canada about 40 years ago where he married and raised his family but always maintained a keen interest in Southampton Scouting. He will be remembered by many of the older members of the District. Chris sadly died on Saturday 14th March after a long illness, he was 72.


Cancellation of District Camp and St Georges Day Events 2020

Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2020

In light of the developing Coronavirus situation and the significant financial risk to Southampton City Scouts if our event has to be cancelled at short notice by measures out of our control, discussions have taken place with our Executive as to the viability of continuing with District Camp and 2020 and the St Georges Day event 2020. Insurers have issued notification that claims in respect of Coronavirus are unlikely to be covered.

As a consequence of these discussions, we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel District Camp and St Georges Day Events 2020.

We are aware this is extremely disappointing for the 600+ Young People, leaders and volunteers.

Please discuss any concerns you have with your Group Leader or contact the District Team.


Gone Home: Les Grafton (Updated with Funeral Details)

Posted on Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Les Grafton, a member of the Scout Movement for over 60 years has died in hospital on Thursday 1st August. Les was a member of Southampton City District Active Support. Funeral details in due course.

The funeral service of the late Les Grafton will be at the East Chapel, Southampton Crematorium, Bassett Green Road, Southampton,SO16 3QB at 2pm on Tuesday 20th August 2019. Afterwards, everyone is invited to The Atherley Bowling Club, Hill Lane Southampton SO15  5DB. The family have asked for a Uniform Scout Guard of Honour at the Crematorium. I would ask anyone wishing to take part in the Guard of Honour to be in place by 1.45 pm.


Gone Home: Margaret Grafton

Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

One of our long term members of Active Support, Margaret Grafton, passed away in her sleep at the weekend. She had been unwell and in care for some time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Les and his family at this sad time.

Margaret had given over 60 years of service to the Scout Movement.

A Memorial Service/Funeral for Margaret Grafton,will be held at 11 am on Thursday 13th June 2019 at St. James Road Methodist Church, Shirley. The Active Support Unit will be mounting a Guard of Honour at the church. Any uniform members of the district who would like to join the Guard of Honour will be most welcome and should be at the church by 10.45 am.


Double Silver Acorn Awards Presented

Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2018

Well done to George and Thelma on receiving their Silver Acorn awards at St George’s Day


Karen Shillabeer – Gone Home

Posted on Friday, November 24th, 2017

Karen Shillabeer – Gone Home – Friday 24th of November 2017

It’s with great sadness to inform you all that Karen Shillabeer, who was the Beaver Scout Leader at the 29th Immaculata Scout Group for many years during the 2000’s before moving to Falmouth which was her dream, sadly died after a long illness in a hospice in Falmouth on Friday.

Karen continued her Scouting in Falmouth and joined the 6th Falmouth Sea Scouts, when she then moved section to become their Cub Scout Leader, although Karen became KAA instead of Akela.

Karen will now be able to meet up with Ian, her late husband, and our thoughts and prayers are with their children Ashley and Kristian who now find themselves without a Mum or Dad.

Yours in Scouting

Russ Andrews.
29th Immaculata Group Scout Leader.


Cenotaph and Poppies

Posted on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Thank you to those of you who joined the parade at the Cenotaph on Sunday morning, especially as it was so cold and breezy. We were a small group but I know our presence was appreciated by the public by the amount of applause we received in the march past.

A special mention for the four Beaver Scouts who joined us. They were so well behaved, and smart and even though they were cold, they did not show it. Thanks also to the Leader and two Scouts from the 9th who laid the wreath on behalf of the Scouts. Well done.

Thank you also everyone who sold poppies in Waitrose on behalf of the British Legion. Members of Active Support, The District Team and the 7th Cubs and the 13th Group members sold poppies Monday to Saturday from 9 am. to 7 pm. each day.

I will circulate the amount collected when British Legion tells me.

Thank you everyone who supported these two important events.

George Longhurst
Active Support