Southampton City Scouts News

DC’s Diary: Network’s Christmas Camp at Wilverley

Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Last weekend Southampton City Network along with members from Southampton and Solent SSAGO’s had a festive weekend at our district campsite. Activities included a fire (of course), a Christmas Dinner with all the works and other games. They even found time to help keep the site looking great. Thanks to all who took some time out to work onsite, fixing the gate post to the enclosure and clearing up the site.

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).

Southampton SSAGO trip to Snowdonia

Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

On a cold February weekend, 19 members of Southampton SSAGO (Student Scout and Guide Organisation), went on an intrepid trip to Snowdonia, climbing both the tallest mountain of Snowdon and the finest mountain of Tryfan that Wales has to offer, along with visiting the Welsh Mountain Zoo.

After a long journey up to north wales, we eventually arrived at the centre at 2AM so we quickly went to sleep. On the Saturday morning, we set out to climb the tallest mountain in Wales, Snowdon. The weather was fantastic if not a bit cold and as we ascended the amount of snow on the ground increased and the amount of slipping increased leading to a combined attack with some members using crampons to guide the other members up.

Eventually we got to the top and with a great sense of achievement took the compulsory group photo. This meant it was time for the next challenge; Getting back down.