Rolleston Scout Group News 2016


Winter 2016 News

Since the summer your village Scout Group has been out and about taking advantage of a great Summer and Autumn it's quite amazing.

So, after the team recovered from Rollestonbury both Scout troops were back into expedition mode. The Wednesday Scouts were off first to Ferny Crofts scout camp site in the New Forest

For the first time since the troop formed we undertook a week long camp in the New Forest. I wonít go into detail but will list what we got up to: shooting, 3 stack, Frisbee golf, field games, mountain biking, hiking in the New Forest, adventure courses, campfires, volleyball tournament Ė we came second out of the whole camp site, splashdown, Brownsea island, visited the location of Baden Powells first camp site and invested Charlie there, rafting, orienteering, trip to the beach, sunshine, torrential rain, fish and chips from the chippy, curry night, Mexican night, Chinese night, beans, sausages, bacon, smores. We did all that in a week Ė how did we squeeze it all in?

Then secondly the Friday Scouts went to the international scout centre in Kandersteg Switzerland. They took part in many activities on camp including high altitude hikes, cultural visits and activities with scouts from other countries.

The whole group got back together in September for our annual group camp. This year it was based at the HQ with additional activities at Burton Canoe Club and Whitemoor Lakes. This year it was the largest group camp with over 55 tents (one caravan) and a total attendance of 198 !!!!!. This camp proved to be so much of a logistical nightmare we had to hire a coach to run the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts between the canoe club and the HQ.

This year so far we, as a Scout group, have provided 868 nights camping for our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. If you add to this all the activists that all seven sections take part in week in week out, and the three fantastic events Pageant, ROLLESTONBURY, and Bonfire Night that the group has in its portfolio I'm sure you will join me in thanking all the team that make it all happen.

It takes a team of Parent helpers, leaders and management to make our team. My vision for the future of RSG is to commit to the future, it's not all about being the biggest or the best, it's about doing the best we can as individuals and more importantly as a team

RSG is a team and the team works. As a great man once said - ďWe make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we giveĒ (Winston Churchill)

Get involved, you may just surprise yourself how rewarding volunteering can be,
Many thanks,
Graham Jacks
Grahamj0124@gmail.com
07768047332


Autumn 2016 News

Since my last report the whole group has achieved so much that I canít get it all in to this report but I will try.

Beavers dived straight into some amazing activities straight after carnival such as climbing, den building, and many other things which all lead to the County beaver day and sleep over at Beaudesert Camp Site on the edge if Cannock Chase. We had a contingent of nearly 50 on the camp made up of 30 odd beavers and a support team to make sure they were well fed and looked after. The event was designed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Beaver section joining the Scout association. A truly great weekend involving, caving a pirate show and a massive birthday tea,

The Cubs also have a big birthday as they celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouts. They have been up to many activities working towards their badges including open fire cooking, Barn dancing and many more activities. In June the cubs completed their annual hike from the village to Hanbury and back. This walk is quite a challenge for the cubs but they managed it with ease and raised over £1000 for Cancer research UK. This is a brilliant effort so well done to all and a great example for Cubs thinking about others,

Both the Scout sections have also been gaining awards and preparing for the up coming camps to Hampshire and Switzerland. They have also visited the new community fire station and had a great night being shown round by the team.

May I say a massive thank you to the whole village for either attending, or supporting ROLLESTONBURY. Each year we try to make the event he best it can be and with the addition of a Real ale bar I think its safe to say we made quite a few people happy on the night, but maybe not so happy in the morning. ROLLESTONBURY has now become our largest fundraiser, not only raising funds to run our Scout Group but also enabling us to donate money to other charities. Over the last few years we have donated money to St Giles Hospice, Cancer Research UK, Prostate Cancer UK, the Staffordshire Scouts Kenya Project and new for this year CLAPA, a VOLUNTARY charity to help families with children born with a cleft palate or facial deformity. ROLLESTONBURY will return next year with a few more surprises in store. More details later in the year.

Scouting is so addictive, itís seeing the faces of the kids in your section week after week develop, gain new skills, become their own person and gain a good foot hold in life. Now I have to say that reward of seeing children in your care coming through the HQ door as a Beaver and walking out as a 14 year old Scout thatís done things in the group that otherwise they would never have thought possible and become a better person is unimaginable. It happens all the time. You donít have to be a super hero to be a volunteer, but the rewards are way beyond super.

Thanks for reading
Graham
GSL@rollestonscouts.org.uk
07768047332


Summer 2016 News

What a year. Firstly, may I say a massive thank you to the whole village for either attending, supporting, being a starring role on a float or putting up with the disruption that is caused by our annual Carnival. We had a great day so thank you once again.

Our next event is our largest of the year and that is of course ROLLESTONBURY. This has turned into a great success and for that part I am immensely proud but again on the matter I would like to thank the village in advance for supporting this event. The band have been confirmed as One Stop Boogie (OSB). Between the team at RSG and OSB we are going to deliver a fantastic night of quality entertainment themed on the classic 70s V 80s. This one we have done some years ago and it proved to be such a smash that it is back by popular demand. OSB have put together a brand new show, complete with new singers to bring you a night that you will certainly enjoy. We have also teamed up with PYROTEX (who just won another world title) to bring you a fantastic firework display to accompany the show. Advanced tickets are now on sale from Starbucks News in the Village and Stretton News (in the precinct) Stretton. We do urge you to buy the tickets from these shops. Due to the popularity of the concert we may have to limit entrance and the wristbands will guarantee entry and of course they are cheaper.

All sections of the group are busy training, and practicing their skills for the upcoming camps ahead so more of that to report on next time. The Scouting program is packed full of great things that I canít really lost them all, but some of the things the sections have been getting up to is, plate decorating to commemorate the 100 years of Cubs, talks from a climber who recently claimed Mt Everest, and international cooking to name but a few.

Scouting is so addictive, itís seeing the faces of the kids in your section week after week develop, gain new skills, become their own person and gain a good foot hold in life. Now I have to say that reward of seeing children in your care coming through the HQ door as a Beaver and walking out as a 14 year old Scout thatís done things in the group that otherwise they would never have thought possible and become a better person is unimaginable. It happens all the time. You donít have to be a super hero to be a volunteer, but the rewards are way beyond super.

On this note we have developed an Event Hero Badge. This is a badge that is presented to the Beaver, Cub or Scout that has volunteered with their parent and made an event happen. We have already handed out over 30 of the badges to some very proud heroes so itís looking very good.

Thanks for reading

Graham
GSL@rollestonscouts.org.uk
07768047332


Spring 2016 News

2016 is already a record breaker for Rolleston Scout Group (RSG). Since the last RSG report at the end of 2015 the Group as a whole has been very busy planning the year. I can honestly say that over forthcoming year the calendar is that packed it will take some keeping up with.

All the sections are taking part in at least two camps, and this year sees the Scout troop returning to Kandersteg Switzerland of a third time.

We have all the events lined up for the village too this year starting with the Carnival to be held on the 22nd May that is taking the theme of Robin Hood and his merry men. We have again teamed up with The Knights of Nottingham to deliver a brilliant professional show of jousting mayhem and action, with an increased arena, new stalls and attractions its one to mark in the diary.

ROLLESTONBURY is all confirmed and that will be held on the 16th July, more information on that soon and Bonfire night will be held on the 4th November.

At the start of the report it states 2106 is a record breaker well, RSG since 2006 has increased in size every year and 2016 has been no exception. We have now 207 uniformed members! Thatís up from 187 last year.
This is a massive achievement, but itís not about numbers. Anyone can have a large Scout group, thatís not the challenge, the challenge is to make it accessible to all, exciting, engaging and always a quality delivery of program and activities and I am proud to say we achieve this week after week. In 2015 we had over 50 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts gain their Chief Scout awards, (which is the highest they can achieve in their section) and this really is a benchmark on how balanced the program is.

This is thanks to all the Leaders that spend time planning the nights for all the Group but one thing that you should know is that they love it.

Scouting is so addictive, itís seeing the faces of the kids in your section week after week develop, gain new skills, become their own person and gain a good foot hold in life. Now I have to say that reward of seeing children in your care coming through the HQ door as a Beaver and walking out as a 14 year old Scout thatís done things in the group that otherwise they would never have thought possible and become a better person is unimaginable. It happens all the time. You donít have to be a super hero to be a volunteer, but the rewards are way beyond super.

On this note may I welcome Laura Hammond to our ranks and she is now an Assistant Scout Leader in the Wednesday troop, Welcome to the team. If you have an hour or so a week free and you want to make the difference get in touch, you may just be surprised. Being a leader isnít for all of us, you may wish to help on Events or on the management side of the group there are really so many ways you can get involved and join a winning team.

Thanks for reading
Graham
GSL@rollestonscouts.org.uk
Mobile: 07768047332


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Last updated: 1 December 2016