Rolleston Scout Group News 2011

Winter 2011 News

Well the end of the year is nearly upon us and your scout group has certainly packed a lot into this year.

Since my last report the biggest thing the group has taken part in was THE DEEP camp. This saw over 120 of the group take part in a fantastic Group camp, which started here in Rolleston, with a Campfire, camping and all the usual craft and scouting activities. Then we boarded 3 coaches and travelled to The Deep in Hull. The Deep is Europeís largest aquarium and the worldís only submarium. The visit saw all the sections have a private tour of the building, which is home to over 20,000 fish, sharks and other crazy things. The deep team then entertained the entire group with various bases, where they all made their own t-shirts and badges. Then the best bit of the night where they unpacked their sleeping bags and snuggled down, actually sleeping next to the shark tanks, the manta rays and the jellyfish. It was such an amazing sight to see just a mass of sleeping bags and sharks, very strange indeed. Then an early morning wake up call at 6am for breakfast and a coach trip back to HQ. It was a very different Group Camp but a fantastic experience and all the children really enjoyed it.

We would like to also say a sad farewell to Barrie Myatt, who left the Village and the group after 32 years service to our Scout Group. He joined the group when he moved to the village and was the treasurer of the group during the building of the Scout Headquarters. He remained on the executive committee for a number of years and then took on the role of running the caravan site. Together with his wife Brenda who has recently sadly passed away after a long fight with illness they were responsible for raising thousands for the Group. People like them are few and far between and on behalf of the Scout Group and Rolleston, THANK YOU.

In November we saw the launch of the second Cub Pack. This is really great news for the group. We still have a waiting list in Beavers which is not so good but with the second Cub Pack to take the increased numbers of Beavers coming up through the ranks after opening the 2nd Beaver colony last year we should see the group increase even more.

This said numbers means nothing to us. We pride ourselves on delivering consistent quality Scouting and we are a uniformed organisation which wears it colours with pride. We are now actively recruiting for four new assistant Cub Scout leaders along with NON-UNIFORMED helpers to assist with our ever expanding event calendar.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the team, then please get in touch. We have now launched a face book page. This is designed to be a purely a method of communicating with the adult helpers, simply LIKE the page and we can inform you when we need help, many hands make light work.

And to finish, with Christmas shopping upon us if you use the internet please shop via

You still shop at all the high street shops but they give us a percentage of what you purchase at no cost to you, this also includes insurance, stationery, and much, much more.

Thanks for reading, Graham M Jacks (07768 047 332)
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Autumn 2011 News

Well what a fantastic year we have had so far. The Scout group has been very busy since my last report. We have seen the Cubs take part in two camps, the first being a Camp over at Sherwood Forest and the second in Willesley on the Leicestershire border. The Scouts took part in the county Born Survivor Camp at Kibblestone and the Beavers celebrated their 25 year anniversary with an activity day at Beaudesert Campsite on Cannock Chase. In addition to this all three sections have delivered a massively wide ranging balanced program week in week out of which you should be proud.

The Scout Group as a whole is still expanding and the second Cub Pack will open after the October Half term. All plans are now in place and it will certainly take the pressure off the Monday Pack which is fit to burst. Well done to all the leaders who have worked on this.

We have seen many events including another great Rummage Sale and Carboot and of course ROLLESTONBURY. The concert this year doubled in profit from 2010. This was mainly due the introduction of four catered corporate marquees. My I just take this opportunity to say thank you to all the event team who helped put on the concert. The night was a great success and the sixties night was enjoyed by all.

Believe it or not the planning is well underway for the next concert which will see us jump back in time once more for ROLLESTONBURY THE 80s NIGHT. The date is set July 14th so put it in the diary now and the corporate marquees will be again available to hire but a word of warning, two have already been booked.

September sees the Group camp take place and this one is quite special as we have hired the Europeís largest aquarium to sleep in. Not literally but the contingent of over 130 will have the chance to sleep next to Sharks, Jelly fish and so many other species I couldnít list them all.

Looking ahead we are going to put some major investment into the building again. Our combined fundraising efforts will be need to pay for the installation of a top grade Fire alarm and an upgrade to our emergency lighting throughout the building. This equipment doesnít come cheap and will cost well over £10k, so this is why we do need your support. The subscriptions that the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts pay goes nowhere near covering the water bill let alone the Gas, electric and insurance. This is why parental involvement in the group is needed more than ever. As I mentioned planning has already started for ROLLESTONBURY but we have many other ways that people can get involved. Maybe a spot of gardening at the front of the HQ, or joining our growing management team, or try your hand at marqueeing.

Yours in Scouting,
Graham M Jacks

Summer 2011 News

May I take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to all of you that supported the group by attending the annual Rolleston Scout Carnival. We cannot achieve the things that we do as a Scout Group without the support of the village and all the sponsors of the carnival programme. The carnival is of course a major aspect of our fundraising calendar but we do make a huge effort to keep prices down to keep it a traditional event the family can enjoy, so we hope you did and once again THANK YOU.

It is with great pride that I can announce that for the second year running Rolleston Scout Group is the largest in the district and that even with our increasing numbers and second Cub Pack opening in September our quality of Scouting still remains second to none. This is due to the continued commitment of your leaders and I would like to say thank you to them on your behalf.

Our Scouting programme is packed, with the Cubs camping both locally and in the depths of Sherwood Forest and the Scouts heading to the Born Survivor camp inspired by our Chief Scou,t the world famous adventurer Bear Grylls. With over 140 of the group going to sleep with sharks in September who said Scouting was boring? More on our DEEP ADVENTURE in the next edition.

ROLLESTONBURY 2011 is set to be the best yet and we want you to be a part of it, the date is set for Saturday 16th July. We are turning back the clocks to the swinging sixties for a night of dancing and nostalgia. This year we have two brand new bands (to us), firstly we have a solo artist Bruno Gallone playing hits from the Kinks to the Arctic Monkeys, and then he is followed by our headline act PLATINUM. This is four piece band lead by front man Brian Kite playing all the sixties hits and now with and extended music licence we are seriously set to party.

We are now in the position to offer corporate hospitality for this event. You will be provided with a 20ft x 20ft, or a 40ft x 20ft marquee complete with tables and chairs, a private area to sit and watch the concert, and a member of the events team to serve you drinks from our bar or collect your food from our fantastic catering marquee.

You are of course welcome to bring your own food (but all alcohol must be purchased from our bar). Why not order in a take-away, as was done last year? The marquee is directly facing the stage (weather permitting), also you will be given VIP parking spaces for you and you party.
For full details and a plan of the concert, prices and option, please visit our website.

Tickets are available now at a discounted price from Starbucks News, Stretton News and Little Rascals

Many thanks
Graham M Jacks Group Scout Leader

Spring 2011 News

2011 Is as ever shaping up to be yet another very busy year for the Scout Group. The planning for the Carnival is well in hand, this year taking the theme of Book Characters. It will be held on Sunday 15th May the weather is booked and it will be warm and sunny all day. All the village both young and old really seem to love this event so we are going to bring back the arena that we used to have to the Carnival. We will see the return of the Tug of war Championship, childrenís races and complete with birds of prey and a childrenís funfair it is promising to be a great day.

The second part of the groupís expansion will go live just after February. We are opening a second Cub Pack to decrease our numbers in the overfull Monday section, to increase our overall capacity and destroy our waiting list. All the leaders are now in place and rearing to go. The programme will be the same for both nights so no one will miss out. The new section will be held at the HQ on a Thursday night from 18.30 till 20.00. It will be starting quite small but with the Beavers now standing at 36 in number it wonít take long to fill.

I would like to take this opportunity congratulate all the leaders for their hard work over the last few months in the planning and the implementation of these two new sections of the group. Stuff like this does not happen by accident or without a considerable amount of time and effort so well done to all the team.

All sections this year will have at least one residential experience, from district camps, section camps, to an event called Born Survivor, named after our Chief scout BEAR GRYLLS, and our very own THE DEEP ADVENTURE, where we are to take the whole of the group (around 150) on three coaches and spend the night in Europeís largest aquarium. The children will actually sleep next to the shark, ray and jellyfish tanks, I donít need to say that the camp is nearly full so if your name isnít down (Hurry Up)

ROLLESTONBURY returns this year on Saturday July 16th with a sixties theme, headed by Platinum, Bruno Gallone and professionally compered by the excellent Adrian Bates. More information to follow.

We are achieving so much and if you want to join a winning team, then give me a buzz, thanks for reading, and for all up to date info on the group and all the events visit our up to date website,  or even call me on 07768047332.

Yours in Scouting
Graham M Jacks

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