Southampton City Scouts News

Wilverley Building Oficially Re-opens

Posted on Saturday, June 30th, 2018

The District held its AGM at Wiverley today so celibrate the great work done by all the teams out there over the years,
The site looked great in the sunshine with the new District Section flags.
Arthur Ashton officially re-opened the Challes Allen Buillding that had had so much work done on it over the last year.
He also unvailed the new Roll Of Honour board in the Cottage celibrating all those that have helped on the site.
Thanks to all involved with this great District asset. It’s down to the District  to get out and use it as much as we can.
David Bowers (DC)

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

Wilverley Campsite Maintenace Weekend: Sept 23-24

Posted on Sunday, August 20th, 2017

We are having a Wilverley working Party Weekend on September 23rd-24th. It is always great fun so please do your best to come along and please ask anyone in your group to come and give us a hand.
If you would like to stay over on Saturday night you will be very welcome.
Full details below. Please let me now numbers well in advance for catering arrangements.


Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th September 2017

9.00am to 4.00pm

Please come and join us in some basic maintenance at Wilverley. We have a list of jobs that are in need of doing before the Autumn. Please come for the weekend or just for either of the days. It will be great to see you all.

Did you know we have a reward scheme?
Helping at a Working weekend means you can earn points towards camping for your group.

How does it work? 
It’s simple, for every half day you volunteer on a working weekend you earn a point. Each point is equal to 1 person’s overnight camp on the field.  So if you come with 3 others or even send a family of 4 for a day to represent your group they can earn you 8 points.

These points can be saved, added together from other working party weekends and used when wanted.

Please contact Colin Floyd if you are coming so we can arrange refreshments and lunch on 07770364711 or email

Colin Floyd
Southampton City District Camp Site Manager Wilverley

Poppy Selling at Waitrose

Posted on Saturday, December 10th, 2016

I have been informed by the British Legion that our Poppy Selling at Waitrose raised a total of £1,871.95.

Well done to everyone who helped. This was a wonderful effort for a very worthwhile cause. Thank you all for supporting Active Support in this venture.

Happy Christmas everyone,
George Longhurst

HSX Patagonia 2017 – Recruitment

Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2016

Since its foundation in 1986, Hampshire Scout Expeditions (HSX) have successfully run over 20 international expeditions for Hampshire Scouts across the globe. In 2017 they’ll be breaking new ground and heading to the Patagonian Andes!

Patagonia is a sparsely populated region located at the southern tip of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes, characterised by granite pillars, deserts, steppes and grasslands.

The expedition will take place over the course of six weeks, in the winter of 2017, with the expedition team likely to leave in late November 2017, returning in early January 2018. The trip will comprise of three principle elements; a community development project working with the locals; a trek around the Torres del Paine National Park and climbing in the Andean mountains; and to finish, a series of cultural tours and adventurous activities. Participants will experience Chile’s unique culture, incredible sights, stunning scenery and fascinating history.

British Legion Poppy Collection

Posted on Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Thank you to everyone in the district who assisted Active Support in selling poppies for the British Legion. Special thanks to my own members of Active Support, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders plus some non-uniform members, from the 7th, 13th and 26th groups for all the help and long hours spent selling.

I am pleased to announce we collected the marvellous sum of £4,256.82p. That is a magnificent effort that not only helped the British Legion in their work but showed to the public that we as a youth movement are willing to help others.

Well done and thank you

George Longhurst
Active Support Manager

Active Support

Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

The Active Support Unit meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at at the 11th H.Q. in Kentish Road, Shirley.

We currently have about 20 members.Our membership is made up of Scouters who have all worked in the various sections of the movement but now feel they do not want the weekly commitment.However many have a life time of experience and involvement with Scouts and feel that they would still like to belong to the “Scouting Family”. There is no upper or lower age limit to join us.

For some of our members A.S.U. is their only involvement with Scouting however some still hold other positions within the district.

We have been supporting some groups on a regular basis because of leader shortages. In a typical year we would assist at the following events:

  • Beavers Loggerheads Competition, Christingle Service
  • Cub Scrapheap Challenge Competition, Sports, Athletes Badge, Carol Service
  • Scouts Madison Hunt
  • Walkabout Explorers Summit Expedition
  • District Swimming Gala, AGM, St Georges Day and Founders Day Parades
  • We also support the British Legion selling poppies and in 2014, raised £2,500.

We also have a social calendar and in the past have visited the Poppy Factory in London, The R.H.S. Garden centre at Wisley and had a minibus tour of the New Forest and Christchurch and have been out for a meal.

In the year 2014 we gave 350 man hours of service to the groups, the district and the community.

Remembrance Day

Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Our District has been invited by The Mayor of Southampton to attend the Remembrance Day Service, at The Cenotaph, on Sunday 8th November 2015.

It is hoped that we can make up a contingent comprising, a Beaver, a Cub and a Scout and Explorer and a Scouter from every group in the district. Also all Active Support and Network members are invited.

Our aim is to have a good smart contingent for the remembrance parade at the Cenotaph in West Park Southampton for this year’s Remembrance Service. Last year was a lovely event and it gave our young people a chance to show their respect and remembrance and it was particularly mentioned by those attending, including the Mayor, that it was lovely to see our youngsters taking part.

Of course if your group has already arranged to go to your local church that is fine I am just pleased that they are doing that. But for those groups that do not go to a local church we would like you to join us at the main Southampton Cenotaph.

We hope we will have at least 50 people attending. Even though I have said only one please do bring more if you wish to.

We will meet at 9.45am at Guildhall Square I will be there earlier, so please look out for me. You can park for free up to 12 noon on a Sunday at the West Park Car Park.

Please do make sure you are all in smart uniform please, polished shoes etc. I will have poppies to give you if you have not already purchased some.

The parade will be marching from Guildhall Square to the cenotaph and back to Guildhall square after the service so Parents please come and see the parade and pick up your children from guildhall square just before 12 noon.

If you could all please send me an email to say if you are coming or not I would be grateful.

Colin Floyd
District Commissioner

07770364711 or

A Grand Day Out for Active Support

Posted on Sunday, August 9th, 2015

On Wednesday 5th August 12 members of the ASU enjoyed a “Grand Day Out” Having collected everyone from home we were on our way by 10 a.m. First stop for morning refreshment and a walk round the shops was Lyndhurst. unfortunately at this point the weather decided to rain on us.Then it was back to the minibus and down to Christchurch where everyone had time to do as they please as well as have lunch.Some decided to visit the shops, some to visit the Priory,and some were adventurous enough to hire a boat on the river and the sun shone on us all the time…

We met up again at 2 30 p.m. for the return journey stopping off at The Station Tea Rooms at Holmsley for a cream tea.This was a treat from one of our late members,Doreen Old who had bequeathed that we should “Do something nice” in her memory, and we toasted her with a cup of tea.We then made the return to Southampton dropping everyone of around 4,30.p.m. It was agreed by all that we had a very enjoyable day.

Our thanks go to Mansell Park Primary School for the use of their excellent minibus and to our D.C. Colin Floyd, for not only arranging the use of the minibus but delivering it to me and collecting me afterwards. Cant wait to do it all again sometime!!

Brownsea Island 2015

Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2015

Elaine reports on the May 2015 Beavers trip to Brownsea Island…

The day began at 8:30 when we boarded the coach for the journey to Sandbanks. On arrival at Sandbanks the very excited but  well behaved Beavers walked the 5 min journey to the ferry, The short journey on the ferry was spent pointing out different landmarks that could possibly be Brownsea Island.


On arrival at Brownsea Island we all went round together, taking in the breathtaking views and looking out for animals such as the Red Squirrel.


We were given a talk at ‘St Marks Church’ by one of the amazing volunteers, the Beavers were in awe listening to her, she then sent them on a hunt in the church to find the ‘Kneeler’ that had been made by our Southampton City Active support Ladies.


Later we went down to the beach where the beavers had a great time playing in the sand.  Then we walked back up to ‘Horse field’ where we had lunch, the Beavers were fascinated  when a visitor ‘A Peacock’ came to join them for lunch.


After lunch we walked round to ‘The Trading Post’ where we took group photos, then walked up to the Scout stone where we renewed our Scout Promise and the Beavers were all presented with a Brownsea island woggle.



We then carried on walking round the Island to the wonderful play area that has been created from trees that have either fallen or been felled on the Island.



The day finished with a gentle walk past the reed beds back to meet the ferry for our return journey home.


Elaine (Clover).