It’s been a busy Summer, with many of our young people attending various camps across the country. Here’s a round up of what happened while school was out for summer!
This year, the scout troop made their way to Chelwood near Bath for a week of activities including caving, cycling around the canels and kayaking on the river Avon – Including operating the locks
Rather than rely on adults to get them to camp. The 9th Scouts made their own way from Southampton to Brownsea Island (Home of the first scout camp). Find out more about their adventure below:
13th Southampton Sea Scouts
The 13th Group held their Summer camp locally at our district camp site in the New Forest. There was still plenty of water, even on dry land.
14th Southampton (Wednesday Troop)
These scouts attened Jurassic International Jamboree in Purbeck. A week long camp with the chance to meet other scouts from over the world.
14th Southampton (Friday Troop)
A very adventerous week for this troop. They made it all the way to the Peak District and climbed some very impressive rock faces.
29th Immaculata Southampton
The Scouts spent their summer camp and enjoyed a swim at the pyramids, took part in archery, tunneling, climbing at Rock Up and rafting. Along with a few visits out and taking on an assault course. The usual Scouting skills and hiking were also included. Here’s a few photos for you…
SSAGO (Student Scouts and Guides)
The Southampton Student Scout and Guide Organisation take to the Lake District for their week-long summer camp!
Explorers (Apollo, Enterprise, Endeavour and Nemesis Units)
Our 4 Explorer units spent 5 days camping out at Walhampton School in the New Forest. Durin their stay they took a trip to the Isle of White for some coasteering, visited Lymington Water Park and powerboated to the Needles.
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All personal kit to be packed in a soft bag – the best bags are hold-alls (rather than rucksacks) as they allow easy access to everything without having to empty everything into the tent!
Please mark all kit clearly. Explorers should pack themselves so they know they have everything, and they know where everything is.
Please triple-check everything is present – we do not have spare equipment and cannot do activities without the right stuff, meaning you may end up missing things if you do not have the right gear – and depending on numbers, this may mean other partipants are affected too.
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Sleeping mat (the tents are not large enough for air beds)
Waterproof trousers and jacket with hood – in day-sack, not main bag – I cannot stress these two enough as we’ve been stung many times on camps before. Trousers that “dry quickly” are not waterproof – they absolutely must be waterproof overtrousers/overcoats – they’ll probably look shiny.
2 Complete sets of clothes
Trousers (ABSOLUTELY NOT jeans – once they’re wet, they’re very cold and don’t dry quickly)
Underwear (one set per day)
Wash kit – toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, flannel.
Plate, bowl, cup
Knife, fork, spoon.
Torch with spare batteries. Pack the batteries separately so they can’t run flat while in your bag.
Bin Liner (for wet kit)
Sun cream and any medicines needed.
An optional small amount of money to spend during trips
Small-ish backpack big enough to carry lunch, drink and waterproofs while hiking
Water bottle (ideally 1.5 litres, but must be at least 1 litre)
Packed lunch/snacks/drink for the journey out to camp on Friday
Trainers that will get drenched during water activities
wetsuit shoes or old trainers for mud run and water park.
Water park and Mud run additional details:
Mud Trail Session
Please wear old clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy, and don’t forget to bring a towel and bin bag to take muddy clothes home. We recommend old trainers and long sleeves and trousers. Shoes must be worn on the trail.
Our showers are outside ‘beach style’ communal showers; it’s a good idea to wear swimwear under your clothes so you can strip off and wash before entering the changing rooms.
Wetsuits can be hired on the day for £5 and shoes for £2, or you are very welcome to bring your own. Old trainers or wet shoes are ideal, flip flops and crocs are not suitable. Please remember to bring swimwear to wear under a wetsuit, and a towel. Shoes are required to be worn on the park (bring your own or hire ours).
Please leave at home
Electronic items, and anything easily breakable.
Food/snacks – other than packed lunch – food in tents attracts mice and ants!
Please pack waterproofs and drinks bottle, along with the packed lunch, in the small day-sack so we can check everything before setting off.
A couple of weeks ago a team of 6 Explorers and Network Scouts ventured up to Snowdonia for the weekend to climb some snow-capped peaks. The scenery was breath-taking, made all the better with our accommodation. A cosy cottage in the middle of nowhere without electricity. Luckily there was a log fire to keep us warm after a chilly hike in the mountains.
It was an unforgettable weekend. Thank you so much to Ian Rutherford for organising the trip. Thanks also go to Cantell School for their generous rental of their mini-bus.
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.
You’ve got to be tough to get through a weekend in Snowdonia! Scouts, Explorers and Network members have just returned from an adventurous trip reaching the peaks of North Wales. Saturday’s mist, rain and wind didn’t stop our teams reaching the summits of Snowdon and Tryfan. By Sunday the weather eased, rewarding us with some stunning views. Well done to everyone who attended, it’s a big achievement.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Summer!!!! (followed by Christmas).
The long days, sunshine and school holidays can only mean one thing… Summer Camps!
This page will be updated throughout the Summer to show you what our groups have been up to.
Explorers: Tanzania 2017
Some of our Explorer Scouts (and leaders) have been in Tanzania ALL SUMMER, They have undertook a community project (such as building a school, medical centre etc.), and took part in various activities, a safari, and a mini jamboree to celebrate 100 years of Tanzania Scouting.
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Apollo ESU also visited South Wales for a week-long break. They took part in Canyoning, Rafting, hikes, day trips to Cardiff and Escape rooms. Here’s a video of one of the canyoning jumps in the Brecon Beacons:
14th Highfield Friday Scouts
Clearly Wales is the place to be for adventure! 14th Friday Scouts travelled all the way up to Snowdonia for their 9 day camp which included herding sheep out of our camping field, climbing & scrambling up mountains & down valleys, exploring underground slate mines by boat-ride, exploring tree-tops via many many zip-wires, cycling on “single-tracks” in hilly forests, bouncing in underground trampolines and surfing in a man-made lake. This video shows it all!
This video shows some of the best bits!
Friday Scouts 9-Day Summer Camp in 90 seconds – it doesn't really do it justice, but during the week, we:* herded sheep out of our camping field* climbed & scrambled up mountains & down valleys* explored underground slate mines by boat-ride, climbing, abseiling, via-ferrata and zip-wire* explored tree-tops via many many zip-wires* climbed & bouldered on rocks* cycled on "single-tracks" in hilly forests* bounced in underground trampolines* surfed in a man-made lakeThe lovely Welsh weather sadly cancelled a few of our plans (biggest zip-wire in Europe, coasteering, hammocking expedition & sea-kayaking) – but we all had a great time!Roll on the next camp!
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1st Southampton Scouts
1st Scouts have been up to in the sunshine at Ferny Crofts this summer. Building shelters, sleeping out in hammocks & cooking pizza in the new oven. Take a look at their video below
25th Southampton Scouts & Explorers
This Sea Scout group have been making use of their new boats with summer trips out on the Solent. Here’s some snaps of their trip to the Bramble Bank sandbar which appears in the middle of the Solent during a low tide. A great spot to play some wide-games
29th Immaculata Scouts
The 29th Scouts were on summer camp in Christchurch. 🙂 During the week they visited Brownsea Island, the birthplace of Scouting, and renewed their promises at the site of the first Scout camp that Baden-Powell ran. Here they are at the flagpole!