Southampton City Scouts News

District Camp From The Sky

Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2018

Watch this incedible birds-eye video from this year’s District Camp. Drone footage of Lyons Copse Camp Site and Kayaking.

Can you spot yourself?


4 Leaders on their way to America

Posted on Sunday, May 13th, 2018

Congratulations to these adults in out district who have been selected as international Service Team (IST) for the 2019 Jamboree in America
Lexie Massie: 29th / SSAGO            
Alice Mintoff: ADC Scouts / Network
James Mintoff: Youth Commissioner / 25th / Network
Amanda Toomer: Explorers
Good luck all….


Roll of Honour: Thelma & George

Posted on Monday, March 12th, 2018

From the DC;

Congratulations to two of the district team on being awarded their Silver Acorn this year.

Well-earned from many years of service to Scouting in Southampton.


Wye Valley 2017

Posted on Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Last weekend over 150 Scouts, Explorers, Network members and leaders spent the long bank holiday weekend in glorious Wye Valley. We took part in archery, kayaking, mountain biking and hill walking.

For more photos and updates from the camp, take a look at our Facebook and Instagram page. 14th Highfield (Wed Troop) made this excellent video which captures the camp brilliantly.

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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


Beaver Funday

Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2015

On Saturday 30 beavers from 5 colonies with 9 leaders and helpers spent the day at Ferny Crofts on a fun day. They climbed and abseiled on the small tower. Cooked bacon, dough twists and melted marshmallow over an open fire. Used to go carts and followed the picture trail around the site. In between the activities they had lots of drinks biscuits, cakes and a picnic lunch. They all went home happy but tired, complaining of aching legs from the go carts, I think that included to adults.

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Gail Langton
District Beaver Leader


Roverang Scout and Guide Show

Posted on Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Roverang have big plans ahead to for their 59th production in April 2016 too with a new production team with some new and exciting ideas, bringing Roverang ever closer to its 60th year!!!
Cast registration details are outlined below and will be held at 3rd Itchen North HQ, Brook Road, Bitterne. Roverang cast is open to members of both The Scout Association or Girlguiding UK under the age of 25.

Adults cast : Open to Rangers, Explorer Scouts, Scout …Network/leaders from 14+ – 6-7pm on Sunday 4th October
Junior Cast: Open to anyone who is Scout or Guide age for the week of the show – 4-6pm on Sunday 1st November
Kids Cast: Open to anyone who is Cub or Brownie age by the week of the show – 4-6pm on Sunday 1st November

And if you want just a sneak peek of both the above productions them along with the talents of Basingstoke Gang Show, Andover Gang Show and Odiham Scout Show, then why not come along to ourCounty Show on 18th October in Winchester and show your support. Tickets available from www.hampshirescoutspresent.co.uk

Scott Marshall
County Creative Activities Advisor 
Hampshire Scouts


Quiz Night: 14th of March

Posted on Saturday, February 28th, 2015

On behalf of the International 3, there will be a Quiz Evening held at the 11th Headquarters (on Kentish Road in Shirley)

The evening is being held on the 14th March between 7-10 pm with a cost of £4 for Adults, £2 for Children and £10 for a Family (2 adults, 2 children).

Tickets can be bought from any of the participants, or people can pay on the night.


Swimming Gala 2014

Posted on Saturday, November 29th, 2014

What a start, with the entrance to the car park blocked off and then when the temporary entrance was found due to building work many parking spaces were missing and most of the others were in use.   

Despite this we saw the biggest involvement in the gala since the District was formed with 29 Beavers, 7 Cub packs and 8 Scout Troops.  It meant that we had to run heats for all the races and with me increasing the number of events for Cubs, bringing them to the same level as the Scouts, we ran out of time to carry out a presentation.  I was under strict rules from the pool booking officer that we had to be clear the pool by 9.30.  I am in the process of visiting Packs and Troops to hand out the medals, certificates and Trophies.

May I thank all the officials, helpers and the adult support team for all the assistance on the night.  

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How Scouts Can Help You Find a Job

Posted on Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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Applying for university, taking a gap year, looking for your first job or changing career? Becoming a Scout volunteer can boost your CV, your UCAS statement, your prospects and give you the edge at job interviews.

In a recent independent study, 41% of employers said that if an applicant was a Scout volunteer it would positively influence a decision to employ them.

The job market is competitive. Latest figures show that 2.51 million people in the UK are currently unemployed; while the number of 16 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training (known as ‘Neets’) is approaching 1 million.

Scout volunteers can work towards nationally-recognised qualifications that employers value – like first aid and health and hygiene. You can also be trained to deliver adventurous activities like archery, climbing, caving and abseiling – or become a qualified mountain leader.

The training modules the Scouts offer can get you qualifications that are recognised by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL).

Volunteering with Scouts can also give you lots of transferable skills. Here are just a few:

  • Motivation
    Attending regular meetings, completing training modules, planning activities for your Scout section, managing volunteers or Scout finances all demonstrate that you are conscientious.
  • Leadership
    Scouting is about spreading positivity and a can-do attitude among young people in order to help them to develop.
  • Communication skills
    Scout volunteers deal with people of all ages and backgrounds and develop excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Time-management
    Our volunteers are excellent at juggling demands at Scout meetings and balancing their lives with their volunteer work.
  • Problem-solving 
    Scouts are creative and resourceful. As a volunteer you’ll develop practical problem-solving skills that translate to everyday life.
  • Teamwork
    From running a Scout Group to swinging through a high ropes course, Scouts is all about teamwork.
  • Confidence
    Working with young people or other volunteers is all about inspiring others. Being a Scout volunteer gives you opportunities to try new things and test your own abilities.
  • Experience
    Scouting offers unique opportunities that will expand your horizons and help you grow both personally and professionally.
  • Flexibility 
    The Scouting programme is varied and diverse, so volunteers continually have to adapt.
  • Crisis management
    Scouts are trained to respond quickly and sensibly in adversity.

Find out more about the transferable skills of Scout volunteers by downloading our free Get Ahead resources, which have been produced to help adult volunteers (18+) or Explorers and Network members (aged 14 to 25).

How to volunteer

Volunteering with us is easy, fun and flexible – how much time you give is up to you. Whether you help out once a fortnight, month or term or just at special events, there is bound to be a role you can play, and no matter how you get involved, you’ll be trained and supported.

Many different volunteer roles are available too – you don’t have to work with young people and for instance, could take up a finance, media or management role. Search for your scouting role on our Voulnteer page