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Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
The Hampshire Camping challenge has been adapted for camping at home. To get the camping challenge badge with #hscampathome you simply have to ‘camp’ a certain number of nights before the end of the year. Any nights can count from January.
We will also accept ‘camping’ indoors, maybe in a den you have built or a pop up tent. Sleeping in your bed doesn’t count! There will be a prize for the most interesting place.
This challenge is now open to Beavers (min 3 nights), Cubs (min 6 nights), Scouts (min 9 nights), Explorers, Network and Leaders (min 12 nights). Section leaders can complete with their section (I.e. do same number of nights) if they wish.
There are some ideas for extra Scouting challenges that can do done while camping to get the badge, plus some additional ideas for virtual camps:
Here are ideas on where you can camp:
* Camp in your garden
* Hammock or bivouac
* Under a table or bed
* Set up your tent indoors without pegs* Sleep in the bath tub
* Sleep in the under stairs cupboard
You can sign up as an individual (Explorer, Network & Leaders only) or leaders can sign up a section. Please note that virtual certificates will be presented and badges will be available for purchase for approx £2 for Beavers, Cubs & Scouts via leaders. Explorer, Network and Leaders will be provided by the County team.
Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2020
We’ve just updated our webpage about SSAGO! Thats Southampton Student Scout and Guide Organisation! To find out more, take a logo at our SSAGO page
The Great Indoors: 100+ stay-at-home activities to help your kids learn new skills over the next few weeks and months.
Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2020
We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to do what we can to help.
While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.
Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2020
Wilverley Campsite is now CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE in order to comply with Government and Scout Association guidelines relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bookings from May, that have not already been cancelled by the site users, will remain on the availability calendar, but can only happen if the site is re-opened. This will remain under constant review on a rolling month basis. Indications are that the closure is likely to extend well beyond this.
Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
I’m writing to share critical pieces of information relating to the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. This email follows my previous communications with volunteer managers over the past few weeks.
Late [yesterday] afternoon, the Prime Minister has said that everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others.
Suspension of face-to-face activities
Given this guidance, all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events must be suspended from Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults and will be until further notice.
We must continue to respond to the developing situation in a calm, measured and appropriate way. We will continue to follow official guidance. The safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. That is always at the heart of our decision making.
The Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage
is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Given the latest Government guidance, we are cancelling the following events : Day of Celebration at Windsor Beaver and Cub Fundays at Gilwell Park and Woodhouse Park, Gilwell 24
We will be communicating to specific audiences about these event cancellations over the next week. We’d ask that you wait for this information to be sent out rather than contacting us immediately, due to the volume of enquiries we are currently receiving.
If you or your team are involved in organising any future Scout events, you will now need to review these plans and risk assessments given this new guidance.
Jamborees and other large events
If applicable, we suggest you regularly check the websites of relevant large-scale events, for example, Jamborees and camps, for specific updates from the organisers.
The organisers of the European Jamboree 2020 in Poland have shared this update and continue to add to their frequently asked questions on the changing situation here. If applicable, please continue to monitor these updates.
Scout trips abroad
We asked the Government (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) for clarity about youth groups travelling abroad, as the current advice only specifies school trips. We will let you know when we receive an update.As well as the Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website has the latest information, guidance and travel advice, along with details of any restrictions – which must be followed.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation may have implications for your travel insurance. Check with your insurers directly about the levels of cover. If you have taken insurance through Unity, they have provided an update here.
Scout Information Centre
The Scout Information Centre will only be able to deal with emails and web chat until further notice. As you can imagine, we are experiencing an unprecedented level of enquiries at the moment, so please use the Government guidance as your primary reference where possible.
Keeping you updated
The Government have now committed to daily briefings. So we can keep you up to date, we have created a webpage: scouts.org.uk/coronavirus which we’ll update from tomorrow.
Doing our bit
I think we all agree that it’s in challenging times like these, that our Scout values matter most. We are talking to the Government and other community organisations to see how Scouts can support our country during this crisis. We must make sure that we do this in the safest possible way, and don’t put anyone at further risk. We will update you more on this over the coming weeks.
Scouting at home
We are planning to share activities for young people to do at home with their parents if families are faced with self-isolation. We will be communicating more about this soon.
As always, I want to say a big thank you for everything you do for Scouts. By checking and following the latest Government advice and by taking a calm and measured approach, we can continue to ensure that young people and adults stay safe.
UK Chief CommissionerScouts
Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2020
Southampton City District Scouts is closely monitoring the current Coronavirus situation.
The District will be guided by the government advice and the Scout Association’s guidelines, both available on the link below.
If there are any updates to the current advice we will circulate these to the District and update the website and social media pages.
This page was last updated at 1430 on 05.03.20
Posted on Friday, December 27th, 2019
As 2020 marks the start of a new decade. We thought it would be nice to look back at some photos of scouts in Southampton in previous decades. Here are over 80 photos of scouting in Southampton from the 50’s to the 70’s.
If you’d like to see more photos from the archives. Check out 2nd Southampton’s Flickr album.
Captions are work in progress
Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
Well folks here we are at the end of two weeks selling poppies. My grateful thanks go to all of the members of Active Support who did a “stint” at our stand in Sainsburys. Also my thanks go to Thelma Young, Kerry Budd, the 7th Cubs, the 26th Cubs, the 29th Cubs, the 11th Group and the 13th Group. You all did a great job. I have a running total of money collected until Friday evening, but I am going to keep you in suspense until I have the full total from British Legion. It will surprise you all !!!Thanks also to those members who joined me at the Cenotaph on Sunday morning and to the members of Network, Siobahn, Bailey and Henry who laid a wreath on behalf of the District. I think we all did a great job in showing Scouting supporting the community. Total amount collected for the Poppy Appeal will be circulated when I have it. Thank you all, George Longhurst.
Herewith the total collected for the Poppy Appeal, by the District on behalf of The British Legion. £7,869.25p (This includes money collected by the 13th Group at their church parade) My contact at British Legion tells me that this is a record amount collected on that site. Once again WELL DONE to everyone who took part.
Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
Over the last few weeks the 11th cub scouts have been learning about the charity Kicks Counts and how they can use their rubbish to raise money for them.
Kicks Counts is a charity that was set up in 2009 and aims to reduce the stillbirth and neonatal death rate by raising awareness of baby movements. How important it is to be aware of movement in the womb.
One of the ways the Charity fundraises is by working with Terracyle.
Terracycle is a recycling company that has specialises in recycling typically hard-to-recycle waste. They offer people the opportunity to be collect certain waste and send it to them to be recycled. All products they collect are not recyclable by our regular council bin collection, so any items sent are saved from going into landfill. Terracycle clean and melt the waste into hard plastic that can be remoulded to make new recycled products.
For example: confectionary wrappers, milk bottle tops, biscuit and cake wrappers, dental products, cat food pouches, bread bags, crisp packets, baby food pouches and stamps.
The cubs collected all their items together in the hall. This all had to be sorted into categories. So each Six was given an item to collect from the pile – some of these had to be flattened out, others had to checked and cleaned.
Once sorted the items had to be bagged up and taken to the collection point in Millbrook.
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Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
Well done to everyone who took part in last weekend’s district Archery competition. The results are in:
Cubs Highest individual score:
3rd Place: Daniel P – 14th -265pts
2nd Place: Lewis P – 22nd -266pts
1st Place: William G – 29th – 274pts
Cubs Highest team score:
3rd Place: 2nd – 635pts
2nd Place: 1st – 704pts
1st Place: 22nd – 779pts
Scouts Highest individual score:
3rd Place: Sophie S – 22nd – 248pts
2nd Place: John C – 2nd – 248pts
1st Place: Rachel L – 22nd – 280pts
Scouts Highest team score:
3rd Place: 29th team B- 578pts
2nd Place: 29th team A – 598pts
1st Place: 22nd – 888pts
Explorers Highest individual score:
3rd Place: Sophie L – Phoenix ESU – 229pts
2nd Place: JD N – Kraken ESU – 238pts
1st Place: Theo L – Kraken ESU – 271pts