What have Bugbrooke and Harpole Scouts been doing over the last year ? Our reports in the Bugbrooke Link Magazine say it all, and are reproduced below. They will be kept up to date as new reports are added:
Bugbrooke and Harpole Scout Group
-Report from June 2007
Beaver colony have been busy this spring term gaining their Artist’s
badge, doing craftwork including colouring in and making a model fire
engine. They’ve made passports, personalised with their names, height,
shoe size and fingerprints. The boys have been on an outdoor treasure
hunt, finding the letters to spell “Beavers”, and have had a games
night with 3 teams competing in bean-bag throwing, darts and a game like
quoits, tossing horse shoes round a stick in the ground.
have made modelling clay volcanoes, which they filled with sodium
bicarbonate. The addition of red food colouring and vinegar produced
messy and effective lava eruptions. They’ve made film canister bombs
and propellers, as well as doing paper chromatography with food
colouring in preparation for their Scientist’s badge. Cubs made
Mothers’ Day cards featuring elephants, and brought in their favourite
games for a games evening, including chess, Top Trumps and a Dr Who game
with sound effects. Cubs and Beavers have both made cup cakes. Beavers
took theirs home but the Cub buns provided refreshments for about 25
people who came to our Parents’ Meeting. They heard Tony Inwood, our
District Commissioner, tell us about the St George’s Day activities in
Daventry – more on this later – and our need for a new Beaver
leader, and parent helpers at weekly meetings. Our chairman asked us to
note that in August we will be calling for volunteers to repaint the
Scout Hut and give it a good spring clean. In addition we need to put up
all the tents that are in the storeroom, see what goes together and what
is no longer useful. Tony assures us that our hut is the best in
Daventry District, so please everyone, respond when you get the letter
with the date and time, and come and join in.
Dragons, knights and about 300 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts paraded through Daventry with a band playing to mark St George’s Day, led by St George himself on a very well behaved white charger, on April 21st. Members of 17 Scout groups across the District renewed their promises before a series of races and events took place. 3 teams of Bugbrooke Scouts have been working on their go-karts, all in preparation for the Scouts kart race, where 30 teams were entered, and negotiated a tricky course on a tennis court. We are proud to say that one of our teams won the race against fierce competition
Members of Daventry Town Council and Daventry Mayor Deanna Eddon
attended the event, and the Mayor made a speech congratulating the boys,
leaders and parents for being part of Scouting. She said this is such a
worthwhile activity, instead of hanging around the streets and getting
into trouble. This sort of positive behaviour should be front page news,
instead of the few wrongdoers.
spent the weekend April 20–22nd at Welton, a ‘greenfield’ site
with no facilities, a new experience for everyone. Thanks to confusing
directions around road works in Daventry, the leader with the ropes and
tent pegs got lost, and the tents were eventually put up in the dark.
One of the Scouts commented, “I can see why people invest in a satnav!”
The rest of the camp went very well with the St George’s Day
activities, and a superb Sunday lunch with roast chicken and Yorkshire
marks the Centenary of Scouting worldwide, as it is 100 years since
Scouting was started by Lord Baden-Powell with a camp on Brownsea
Island, August 1907. All our lads have received a Centenary badge and
the option to have a special necker (neck-scarf) to mark this important
year. Scouts are attending the Centenary camp at Youlbury 25–28th May.
Our Scout Group is planning a camp on the Primary School field in
Bugbrooke in the summer holidays for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts as our way
of observing the Centenary.
are looking to recruit a new Beaver leader in the next few weeks to
replace Sue, our temporary leader. Beavers are 6–8 years old, and meet
for an hour every week in term time after school. 2 or more people could
work together so that it would not be a weekly commitment. The idea of
scouting is to develop children and young people and is very worthwhile.
The Scout Association provides excellent support and training for
leaders. If you are interested in becoming a Beaver leader, or would
like an informal chat, please ring the secretary.
Finally, for information about the Scout Group, please ring me, or visit the website, www.bugbrookelink.co.uk/scouts
Margarent Raymond, secretary. Tel. 830532
and Harpole Scout Group - Report from April 2007
Cubs have been busy over the winter months. They went
on an evening hike with torches and fluorescent jackets along Bugbrooke
footpaths, going round the cricket ground and across the sheep field,
playing a wide game on the Millennium Green and getting back to the Hut
by a circular route. They have made pancakes for Shrove Tuesday and
finger football players, who had a game of football on a pitch marked
out on the Hut floor. They have designed and constructed 3D model
dinosaurs in teams of four. It’s amazing what you can do with
cardboard, tissue paper, string, paint and art straws if you’re
Scouts took part in the Winter “Brass Monkeys” camp at Overstone in
association with Braunston Scouts. They had all kinds of weather, frost,
hail, wind and rain to cope with, not unexpected in January, and enjoyed
rifle shooting, an aerial slide and other activities that made it all
In early February, the Group “Splat the Leader” fundraiser was a
great success, Jumble was cut up, soaked in warm water and thrown at our
game Scout Leader who retaliated by throwing it back. Everyone within
range rapidly got wet and muddy, and all for a good cause. A big thank
you goes to everyone who sponsored the boys.
Three teams of Scouts are busy making go-karts for a Daventry District
race (all the Scout Groups in the Daventry region). One of the special
kits available has been purchased for our youngest members, the other
budding engineers are making karts to their own design and choice of
materials. Metal shelving comes in handy for a sturdy framework, along
with plywood for panels, old plastic chairs for comfortable seats and
wheelchair and bicycle wheels for mobility. The Scouts Kart race will be
held in Daventry town centre on April 21st as part of the St George’s
Day celebration. The lads are camping for the rest of the weekend at
Welton “green field” site. This is a new experience for them,
facilities are basic!
2007 is a unique year in Scouting worldwide, as it is 100 years since
Scouting was started by Lord Baden-Powell, who ran a camp for boys on
Brownsea Island in August 1907. To celebrate the Centenary of Scouting,
Daventry District has planned a series of Join-in-Scouting activities
which started with the “Brass Monkeys” camp in January that our
Scouts enjoyed. The St. George’s Day races are open to the public in
Daventry on April 21st. In May, Scouts are going to Youlbury Scout
Activity Centre, and joining in the fun at the “Dr Who” camp with
activities from past, present and future.
Closer to home, our leaders are planning a camp on the school playing
field in Bugbrooke for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in the summer - watch
For more information about the Scout Group, please visit our website,
, or ring the contact number. We are grateful to two
Duke of Edinburgh Award students who are doing a great job assisting our
Cub Leaders. We are in urgent need of new Beaver Leaders to run the
Beaver Scout Colony (6–8 year olds). If you can help, the committee
would be very pleased to hear from you.
Margert Raymond, secretary. 830532.
Bugbrooke and Harpole Scout Group - Report from December 2006
Several Cubs have been invested, and all have been working towards their sportsman and naturalist badges. To encourage the boys working for their collector’s badge, Sue brought in a huge array of scouting and guiding badges, gained over the years, and her collection of cigarette cards. Cubs showed, among others, their collections of swimming badges, sports trophies, models of Toy Story characters and sports stickers. Cubs have been making crafts with a Halloween theme, a witch on a broomstick and a jointed skeleton. This week they have made poppies.
Scouts enjoyed a weekend camp at Overstone, 22nd to 24th
September. with a visit to Sywell ‘History of Flight’ Airshow on the
Sunday. There were heavy showers for a large part of the weekend, which
was character building for the 9 lads. The boys did axe-work, cookery, and
played games on Saturday. They broke camp in the pouring rain on Sunday
morning, and worked really well together as a team. Everyone expected the
Airshow to be cancelled, but at 12pm the sun came out and the afternoon
was brilliant. Because the lads were in uniform, they were allowed beyond
the public flight line for a group photograph with a Spitfire, and the
close inspection of Mustang, Kittihawk and Hurricane aeroplanes.
Scouts have taken part in a forum discussing subjects of interest including Remembrance Sunday commemorations. Our lads come from different church backgrounds and none, but we have in common the desire to honour those who died serving our country. Scouts will be taking part in the Remembrance Sunday parade and service on November 12th. They discussed the recent media interest in young people and what can be done to help them live fulfilled lives, and not get involved in crime, anti-social behaviour and drugs. Experts agree the most successful ways of keeping youngsters out of trouble are organised constructive activities such as those offered by rugby, football and judo clubs. Scouting groups have been highlighted too; they provide opportunities for young folk to find out what skills they’re good at and find fun, in a safe and controlled environment. These activities promote useful relationships with different age groups, new interests, respect for themselves and others, and a sense of belonging. Our Scouts are aged 10 to 14, but scouting doesn’t stop at 14. The older you get, the more is on offer, including the opportunity for international travel. Explorer Scouts are 14 to 16, progressing to Network Scouts (16 to 25), followed by Fellowship, 18years+. In fact you can keep going in scouting indefinitely, it can be lifelong.
Looking ahead, Scouts are planning to go to the Winter ‘Brass
Monkeys’ camp, linking up again with Braunston Scout Group. We would
like to thank an organisation in the village which has supported the Scout
Bugbrooke & Harpole Scout Group - Report from October 2006
You can find earlier Scout reports in the Link Magazine Archives
on this website
You can find earlier Scout reports in the Link Magazine Archives on this website
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