Southampton City Scouts News

Southampton City District has a new District Youth Commissioner!

Posted on Sunday, November 15th, 2020

Hi, I’m Lloyd Pearson and I am the new District Youth Commissioner for the Southampton City District! I’m sure you have lots of questions so let’s get straight into them:

Q: Who are you?

A: So, for those in the district who don’t know me yet, I am an enthusiastic scout who takes on any challenge that comes my way. I’m currently an Assistant Scout Leader at the 29th Immaculata and an Explorer Leader at Kraken Explorers (Who meet at the 14th). I’m also an active member of the Southampton City Network and have been since I was 18. In the past I’ve also been heavily involved in Southampton SSAGO (Student Scout and Guide Organisation) and even sat on the National SSAGO exec for a year.

Q: What’s a District Youth Commissioner?

A: A district youth commissioner is someone whose role it is to encourage youth involvement in decision making in the scout district. This breaks down into 3 key areas: Youth Shaped Programmes, Developing Young People, and Embedding Young People in Local Decision Making.

Q: So how do you do that?

A: For youth shaped programmes, I will engage section leaders across the district and encourage and help them to run programmes that are shaped by the young people, whether that be beavers giving simple feedback on things they’ve done or want to do, all the way up to scouts holding patrol leader forums or explorers running their own programmes. To develop young people, I and the district, shall ensure that they have the training they need to excel at roles they take on, whether that be as a patrol leader, explorer taking part in a committee, or a network member who’d like to join an exec. Lastly, for embedding young people into local decision making, we want to get young people as involved as possible in actually making the decisions that are made as a district, to do that we’ll be hosting a district youth council where explorers and scouts will be able to attend and make their views heard, we’ll be encouraging group execs to consider bringing more young people onto the team and lastly we’ll be putting together a youth team who will be getting actively involved in making new and exciting things happen, like running new competitions or activities they’d like to see.

Q: Tell me more about that youth team!

A: I’m glad you’re so excited about it, imaginary interviewer, as I certainly am. The district youth team is going to be a really exciting opportunity for Explorers and Network members in the Southampton District. There will be a rep from every Explorer unit (Enterprise, Griffin, Kraken, Phoenix and Young Leaders), a Network Rep and a rep from SSAGO. The Explorer units and Network will also gain a second rep in the year after to make sure that everyone always has someone they can ask for help when they join the team and we’ll rotate the reps every year after. If that sounds a bit confusing here is a diagram to help.

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Q: So what exactly will this team do?

A: So, this team will visit the local scout groups and their sections to help the leaders develop their youth shaped programmes. They will hold meetings to discuss things that are raised on the district exec. Plan events to develop their organisation skills. Attend the county youth council and much much more.

Q: When will this team be formed?

A: I’ll be looking to get members elected to this team from the respective units in January and February next year, so if you’re an Explorer or Network Scout in the Southampton City District keep an eye out for news then.

Q: So, exactly how excited should I be right now?

A: Very!


Christmas Camps

Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2018

We’ve noticed plenty of festive events going on around our district this holiday season. Here’s a taste at what’s going on…
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13th Beavers Christmas Sleepover:

Explorers’ Christmas Camp

 

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Ice skating ⛸

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14th Scouts (Wednesday Troop) Christmas Camp

Network Christmas Camp

 

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The crackers have been pulled and Christmas Dinner, with all the trimmings, is served!

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Explorers’ Christmas Cracker Challenge

 

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Christmas Cracker Challenge

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Cubs Carol Service


Do you like to sing, dance or act? Sign up now for Roverang 2019

Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018

What is it?

Roverang is a Scout and Guide show that is focused on having fun whilst putting on a stage show in a professional theatre. It gives young people the opportunity to sing, dance and act on stage of a professional theatre. There are NO AUDITIONS, we want everyone to have the opportunity. We want young people to have fun, make friends and enjoy the magic of the theatre.

Who?

Roverang is open to all members of the Scout and Guide movements from Beavers and Rainbows up to Network and Rangers (Up to 25 years old)

Where?

Rehearsals take place every Sunday at St Marys Independent School, Midanbury Lane, SO184DJ

Adults, Juniors and Kids rehearsals are 4pm – 6:30pm. Miniz (Rainbows and Beavers) rehearsal times will be set a little later but will be about an hour long at some time between these times.

Cost?

We charge a one off subscription fee of £45 for cast members except for the miniz who pay £25. This covers the cost of the rehearsal venue, costumes etc.

Sign me up!

The sign up day is Sunday 14th Oct 4pm  at the school. Adults, Juniors and Kids cast will stay until 6.30pm for their first rehearsal. Miniz cast will start rehearsals a couple of months later.

It’s a great opportunity to experience something that most youngsters don’t have the opportunity to take part in. if you’re not sure if it’s for you, come along for a few weeks and see what you think.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Stuart & Sami

Roverang 2019 Producers

 


Photos: Snowy Summit Expedition ⛄️

Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

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.

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Summit 2017

Posted on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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.

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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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Summit Camp Photo Gallery

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Scouts, Explorers and Network members have just returned from an epic weekend in the mountains in Snowdonia, they even had decent weather this year! Thanks to 25th ESU who shared these pictures. Also, check out some other photos over on Google Photos and Instagram and share us your photos if you were there #summitcamp

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Summit: Our Trip to Snowdonia

Posted on Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Greetings from Snowdonia! Scouts, Explorers and Network from across the district have had an brilliant day in the mountains.


Network Plans it’s Future

Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

A successful planning meeting for Southampton City Network following the recent Network reboot for those aged 18-25. An evening of planning leading to a programme full of adventure and activities – from camping and hiking to archery and climbing to karaoke, there’s something for everyone!

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If you’re aged 18-25 and want to find out more about and get involved, join the Southampton City Network Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sotoncitynetwork

 


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