Cub Chess Competition

On the 17th March we took part in the cub chess competition. We didn’t win any trophies but the team did really well. The team were runners up in the pack competition and Rhori came joint third in the individual.

Well done All!




Spring 2018 Group Newsletter

Group Newsletter Spring 2018

Dear Parents, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers & Young leaders,

We are all hoping for an improvement in the weather so that we can get the young people out and about enjoying their Scouting in the fresh air. The beavers have already had their Nights away experience this year, see below for details, they didn’t let the inclement weather on the Saturday morning stop them enjoying the outdoors, I am sure the rest of the sections will follow suit!

Christmas 2017 – We had another successful Scout Christmas Postal service, this is one of our main fund raising activities for Group Funds so we are very grateful to all of you who have helped or used the service.  Every stamp sold and every card delivered makes us, the group, money.

This summer we are also supporting several events in the local community. See below in the dates for your diary for details.

Dates for your Diary in 2018

National Scout Day – 29th  April: St George’s Day Celebrations/National Scout Day is an important occasion for us as an organisation for 2 reasons; during the day we reflect on the values and standards that we, as scouts, try to uphold and it also gives us a chance to be seen in the wider public eye. Without support from the public we could not continue to deliver the youth programme that we do. This year it takes the form of “A Celebration of Scouting and our Patron Saint, St George” and will be an afternoon of Fun, Games and Challenges at the Wyndham Park Open Space, College Street. Scouting is more than just a youth club and this is the opportunity for our members to demonstrate that they are proud to be part of our Group, and the world-wide Scouting family. We are still the largest group in the District so let’s show them that we are!

19th & 20th May & 4th& 5th August – Programme selling at Thruxton Racing Circuit, British Touring Car Championship and the British Superbikes. I hope you have all seen the note with details and have offered your services to help. Thanks to all of you who already have signed up, it is one of our main fundraisers for the group.

15th May – The Bourne Valley Celebration of the Group’s achievements in the past year and AGM, 6.30 for 7pm start at the Glebe Hall. A Scout AGM is not just a dry as dust meeting but a chance to celebrate the not inconsiderable achievements of the Young People in our group. At the AGM we are launching the new Bourne Valley initiative, “The Woggle of Commitment”, and the AGM will be the first ”qualifying point”. Therefore I would like to suggest that all of our members are present and have a parent or representative attend this important meeting. We ask this to show your support to your child and the Leaders who deliver the exciting programmes that the children enjoy week in week out. At the end of the meeting there will be Cheese & Wine for adults and refreshments for the children.

May 26th Funday at the Glebe hall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hall. The scout leaders will be out in force arranging activities, archery, making meatball launchers and toasting marshmallows, other youth groups will be running more activities and there will be a bouncy castle too!

June, date to be confirmed – Our Annual Strawberry and Cream Evening, on a Tuesday evening at the Glebe Hall.

Look out for the notes/emails giving details of all these events nearer the time.

June 23rd –  Explorafest – An afternoon and evening of entertainment, music, food and drink. If you have a free hour or so between 4pm and 11pm that day, why not pop along to the Glebe Hall and see some local bands, not to mention performances by the Explorers; have a drink and a bite to eat, (Bourne Valley leaders are renowned for the quality of their food!)  and enjoy the company.

30th June – Winterbourne Fete – we will be once again marching in uniform in the parade, manning the hot dogs and helping out with other stalls.

3rd July – Scout Group’s Annual Strawberry and Cream evening at the Glebe Hall 7pm – 8.30pm. Attendance at this event  will be another qualifying point for the Woggle of Commitment

21st July –We are also supporting the Idmiston Memorial Hall Fete, we will definitely be running Archery and Dragon Racing and possibly manning the hot dogs.

12th August – Bourne Valley have offered to man a checkpoint at the 54321 Race in Salisbury. The race organisers  donate money to the District Campsite Fund in respect of the district scouts manning 5 of the checkpoints.

September – Date to be confirmed – we are planning to run a Carwash in aid of the District Scout Campsite Fund.


Camps and Holidays in 2018

Here are the dates of the sleepovers and camps that we have arranged to date.

23rd 24th March– Beaver Sleepover at the Glebe Hall, this has already happened and was a great success with 18 beavers and 5 leaders enjoying over 20hours of activities. I am sure all the other sections nights away activities will be just as successful

22nd  -24th June – Cub Camp at 1st Sandleheath Sea Scout Centre, Nr Fordingbridge

Gilwell 24  6th -18th July,  for Explorers at Gilwell Park,  Chingford, London.

29th July – 4th Aug – Joint Scout Troop Summer Camp for both Troops at Wiltshire Scout Centre Potterne Wick.

6th – 15th Aug- Explorer Summer Camp at Gdansk, Poland

30th Nov – 2nd Dec – Cub Christmas Pack Holiday at the Glebe Hall, Winterbourne

Put these dates in your diary, further details of all events out nearer the time.


Other Information

Gift Aid – Thank you to all of you who have completed these forms. Claiming the tax you have already paid on the money you pay for Subscriptions is a painless way of the group raising funds so if you have been given a form but not yet returned it please do so ASAP.     Calling ALL Internet users, this is a safe and easy way you can help the Group raise funds when you shop online AND every time you search too! All you need to do is log on to the site at:-

then click on the red button to register as a user and a supporter of Bourne Valley Scouts- then start browsing or shopping. Why not make it your home page, so that each time you go online you will be helping the Group with no hassle to yourself. Details also on the website.

Group T Shirts and Sweatshirts  We have a comprehensive selection of all sizes from the smallest beaver to the biggest leader. NB please note the Scout Shop do not stock the Bourne Valley tee shirts and sweatshirts, (Sweatshirts are for Scout section and Leaders only). Please ask at your section meeting.

Current Prices – T- Shirts             Children’s sizes £5,          Adult’s sizes £7.

Sweatshirts       Sizes XS, S, M, L,  £12each


Group Website /Facebook– Andy Stoddern, one of our Figsbury Scout parents, runs our Group Website and you can find it at  Take a look to see what we are doing. Stacy Blake our Group Treasurer keeps our Facebook page right up to date and you will find lots of photos, letters and information on it. If you are on Facebook and haven’t “liked” the page yet, please do!

Future Fund Raising Ideas – So that we can continue to keep our Subscriptions low we are constantly looking at new ways of raising money. If anyone has any ideas it would be great to hear from you. We are also always looking for parents to join our friendly Executive Committee, so if you think you can help the Group fundraise so the members of our group can have even more fun doing the activities we provide and keep our subscriptions low into the bargain, we would welcome you with open arms.


Finally –Thank you for taking the time to read this epistle, notes will be distributed about the various activities, camps and holidays in due course, in the meantime please put the dates in your diary and we hope that you and your children join in and enjoy all the camps, events and activities we are organising. Scouting is about having FUN, ADVENTURE and taking on CHALLENGES and that is not just the children, so why not JOIN IN? Helping out at section meetings, weekend activities or sleepovers and camps is all about FUN and FRIENDSHIP so why not just give it a go? For any nights away/camp activity you will need a Scout Vetting and Barring clearance so please give us plenty of notice as it takes a few weeks.


If you have any queries about anything in this newsletter please feel free to see me at your section meeting or telephone me at home.



Shirley Moores

Group Scout Leader

Christmas Party 2017

Bourne Valley Scout Group


To ALL Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers Mums, Dads, Brothers, Sisters, Everyone

You are invited to

Our Group Christmas Party

   On Tuesday 12th December At 6.30pm


The Glebe Hall, Winterbourne

Come and Join in ALL the FUN of a


This year it will once again be a Non Uniform

Wear something Christmassy evening

ALL Refreshments provided

We will be having a Raffle

(Any donations for the Raffle will be gratefully received)

Collect your Scout Post at the same time

Hope to See YOU ALL there to join in the FUN


Remembrance Sunday 2017

Remembrance Day 2017

Members from all sections were present at the local church’s, St Michaels, Winterbourne Earls and St Nicholas, Porton, Remembrance Day services.

Our flags were paraded at both churches, all the Leaders were proud of the way that our young people, from the youngest Beaver up to the oldest Explorer Scout, respected the solemn occasion.

Autumn 2017 Group Newsletter

Hi Everyone,

After a mixed summer of English weather when all sections got OUT and ABOUT as much as possible the autumn nights are unfortunately beginning to draw in. However you can be assured that we will still be getting all the members out and about as much as possible. The Scouts have already contested the Grose Trophy, teams from both troops took part and a team from Idmiston came joint 3rd. The cubs have taken part in the District Challenge Flag Competition, the equivalent competition to the scout Grose Trophy and I am pleased to report that they won! They will also be investing their 12 new recruits whilst on a hike on the last evening of half term. The beavers are planning a Campfire at which their 15 new recruits! are going to be invested. As I write four members from the Scout troop and Explorer unit are spending a weekend camping at the County HQ. They are on a selection weekend to choose the 40 members for the contingent going to the World Scout Jamboree in America in 2019.

Dates for your Diary

12th November – Remembrance Sunday Church Parade – We will be parading at both St Michaels, Winterbourne and St Nicholas, Porton on Remembrance Sunday.  See separate note for details nearer the date.

8th December –  Last day for posting Christmas cards using the Scout Postal Service. The Group will once again be selling the stamps during November and the first week in December and delivering post in our area before Christmas, further details will be out as soon as we have them. However your help buying stamps (saving yourself some money in the bargain) and delivering the post in our area will be gratefully received.

12th December –  The Scout Groups Christmas Party – at the Glebe Hall, Winterbourne, 6.30pm -8pm. EVERYONE welcome, beavers, cubs, scouts, explorers, mums, dads, brothers, sisters, put the date in your diary and come along, just  Be Prepared to have FUN at our Christmas Festive Quiz for ALL the family and refreshments will be on offer to everyone Of course you can collect your Scout Post Christmas cards to deliver at the same time.

26th January 2017 – Burns Night Supper and Cedliah . The Explorer Unit are running this evening which is in aid of their International Camp in 2018. The exact location has yet to be decided it may be Iceland or Switzerland. Please support this it really is a great nights entertainment, accompanied by an excellent 3 course meal and a bar. Look out for the fliers once they are in circulation.


Camps and Holidays in 2018

The Scout Group offers Nights Away Experiences to all our Members. It is a bit early as yet to have definite dates for most of them but we will let you know as soon as a date for those camps/holidays not already booked are known. Nights Away experiences are great fun and allow the young people, (and Leaders), to do lots of exciting activities and earn extra badges.

Beaver Sleepover  – Dates TBC

Cub Summer Camp –  DatesTBC

Scout District Camp – Dates TBC

Explorer Gilwell 24hr –  DatesTBC

Group Scout Summer Camp –  29th July – 4th August at Wiltshire Scout Centre, Potterne Wick

Explorer Scout Summer Camp – 3rd -15th August

Cub Christmas Holiday – Provisional Date 23rd -25th November


Other Information

Gift Aid – Thank you to all of you who have completed these forms, we now have forms for nearly all our members whose parents are eligible. Claiming the tax you have already paid on the money you pay for Subscriptions is a painless way of the group raising funds. So if you haven’t already signed up (or are not sure if you have) then please ask at your section meeting.     Calling ALL Internet users, this is a safe and easy way you can help the Group raise funds when you shop online AND every time you search too! All you need to do is log on to the site at:-

then click on the red button to register as a user and a supporter of Bourne Valley Scouts- then start browsing or shopping. Why not make it your home page, so that each time you go online you will be helping the Group with no hassle to yourself. Details also on the website.


Group T Shirts and Sweatshirts           We will be ordering more stock to ensure that we have a comprehensive stock of all sizes from the smallest beaver to the biggest leader. NB please note the Scout Shop do not stock the Bourne Valley tee shirts and sweatshirts, (Sweatshirts are for Scout section and Leaders only). Please ask at your section meeting.

Current Prices – T- Shirts          Children’s sizes £5,        Adult’s sizes £7.

Sweatshirts     Sizes XS, S, M, L,  £12each

Current Prices – T- Shirts          Children’s sizes £5,        Adult’s sizes £7.


Group Website This is flourishing under the excellent care of Andy Stoddern.  Please USE IT- if you lose a note, want up to date details of section meetings or just want to take a look,

WANTED – Our very successful Explorer Unit is in need of another Leader, would you enjoy supporting an active group of 27 14yrs -18yrs who like to take part in a wide range of activities, hiking, sleepovers, film nights, camps, cooking over fire and lots more. They decide and plan their own programme, which is organised and run by their own Committee with support from the Leaders. If you are interested or would like to know more contact the Unit Leader Tony Archer

Scrap Metal –  The Group has a contact who is prepared to collect scrap metal and then sell it on our behalf. Small amounts are not financially viable but if you have a substantial amount and would like it taken away please let your section leader know.

Family Social Events – The leaders would like to have Ideas for future Family Social Events that you would be like to support. A Fun Day, a Family Camp, Pinewood Derby, Skittles evening, Family Rounders match, YOU TELL US WHAT YOU WANT and we will DO OUR BEST to arrange some exciting events for you to take part in.

Please use the reply slip below to tell us WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE US TO ORGANISE, or any FUNDRAISING IDEAS you may have. The Leaders enjoy having all the fun and enjoyment of Scouting and we would like to share this with you ALL!


Finally –Thank you for taking the time to read this epistle, notes will be distributed about the various activities, camps and holidays in due course, in the meantime please put the dates in your diary and we hope that you and your children will enjoy all the events and activities we are organising so far. Scouting is about having FUN, ADVENTURE and taking on CHALLENGES, that is not just the children, so why not JOIN IN?


Hope to see YOU at ANY/ALL of our many events.


Shirley Moores

Group Scout Leader




Bourne Valley Group Newsletter Autum 2017 Reply Slip


Our Ideas for Social events we would like to support are :-





Our Ideas for future Fund Raising Events are :-




Many Thanks for taking the time and trouble to give us your input.


The Leaders and Members of the Executive Committee






Scout Christmas Post 2017

Scout Christmas Post 2017


Dear Parents,

We are once again this year taking part in the Salisbury and District Scout Christmas Postal Service. For those of you who are new to the group the Scout Christmas Post is a fund raising event that makes the group money and at the same time saves you money! The stamps cost 25p each and can be delivered in the areas set out below. The Scout Group receives 10p for every stamp sold and 10p for every card that we, as a group, deliver. We will be selling Stamps and collecting, sorting and delivering Post. The special scout stamps are available from your section leaders at section meetings as well as all the locations detailed below. Once you have stuck the stamps on your cards please post them in one of the special post boxes, the locations stated below. Once all the cards are posted they are collected and taken into Salisbury to be sorted and then we are given all the cards for our area, ie all parts of the Bourne Valley and Ford, to deliver. We will require lots of help with this part of the operation so we will be asking all of you to offer to deliver cards in the area you live. If you have a particular area you would like to deliver cards please let Shirley Moores, Group Scout Leader know asap. The cards will be distributed to you, the deliverers, at the Group Christmas Party, 12th  December, 6.30pm – 8pm (if you cannot make the party but would be prepared to deliver cards please let us know and we will save an area for you and arrange to get them to you). Thank You.

Jon Moores

Chairman of the Bourne Valley Scout Group Executive Committee

Locations where cards can be delivered

Alderbury, Allington, Amesbury, Barford St Martin, Berwick St James, Boscombe Village, Boscombe Down, Bishopstone, Bowerchalke, Broadchalk, Britford, Bulford, Charlton All Saints, Cholderton, Clarendon, Codford, Coombe Bissett, Dinton, Downton, Durnfords, Durrington, East Grimstead, Ebbesbourne Wake, Farley, Figheldean, Firsdown, Ford, Fordingbridge, Fovant, Gomeldon, Great Wishford, Hamptworth, Harnham, Homington, Idmiston, Landford, Langfords, Larkhill, Laverstock, Lopcombe, Lover, Morgans Vale, Netherhampton, Newton Tony, Nomansland, Nunton, Odstock, Old Sarum, Orcheston, Pitton, Porton, Quidhampton, Redlynch, Salisbury, Shrewton, South Newton, Stapleford, Stoford, Stratford Tony, Tilshead, West Grimstead, Whaddon, Whiteparish, Wilsford, Wilton, Winterbournes, Winterslow, Woodfalls, Woodfords, Wylye

Stamps  only 25p each

Stamps available from your section meetings as well as the following :-

East Gomeldon         Shirley Moores, 41A, East Gomeldon Rd, Gomeldon

Porton                         Porton Garden Centre

Korner Kuts, Winterslow Rd. Porton

Newton Tony             Mrs Heather Pannell, High Walls, Newton Tony

Winterbournes           Mrs Jess Futcher, Box Cottage, Main Rd, Winterbourne Dauntsey. (Please note the times on the poster outside the house when stamps are available for sale)

Ford                            Mrs Hayley Pearce, Paddock View, Green Lane, Ford

Amesbury                  Miles of Value, 28, Salisbury St, Amesbury

Postbox locations     All the above plus

The Glebe Hall, Winterbourne Earls.

St Michaels Church Porch. Winterbourne Earls.

The Memorial Hall, Porton,

Last day of Posting Friday  8th   December 2017

Please only send cards to the designated areas and only post cards with SCOUT STAMPS on in the SCOUT POST BOXES and NOT in the Royal Mail.

SORRY but Cards for any place not outlined above cannot be delivered at all.

If you have any difficulty purchasing stamps or posting cards please contact:-

John or Shirley Moores Tel No 01980 611614

All post will be delivered by Christmas Eve


November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 Group Newsletter

Beaver Scouts

Akela reporting again this month. Redwood, except for 1 week, has been away with work again so Cedar, Spruce, myself and Rikki from cubs have been looking after the beavers. The 10 beavers who have been “linking”, that is attending both colony and pack meetings for 3 weeks, have now “swum up the river” to the cub pack. As you may imagine with so many moving on, this has left vacancies in the colony, lots of vacancies! Hence at the end of September 15 new recruits started their scouting journey. Our existing beavers have been helping the new recruits to learn all the things that they need to know. So far they have met all of us at beavers and found out all about the beaver animal, where they live and about their special teeth which are orange and can regrow! They have also learnt all about the history and family of scouting. Still to learn is the Beaver Scout Promise and then they will be ready to make their Promise around the campfire and become full members of the colony.


Cub Scouts

Our new Cub Scouts have been busy learning all about Cub Scouts, much like the Beavers but more in depth! At the same time everyone, including the new recruits, have been practising for the District Challenge Flag. This is an activity day of traditional scouting skills, so at pack meetings the cubs have learnt how to light a fire; some simple first aid; pioneering : making a flagpole; tent erecting; grid references, compass and map signs as well as the history of scouting and The Jungle Book. As I write six of our Cubs, Theo, Ewan, James, Rhori, Archie and William have just returned from the competition (2 of these cubs are some of our new cubs). This was a whole day activity which took place at Downton Scout Headquarters and focusses on team building. They took part in 8 activities, fire lighting, tent erecting, backwoods cooking, first aid, pioneering -making a bowl stand, mapping skills, scouting knowledge and problem solving. I was very proud of them at the end of the afternoon when, not only did another Leader compliment us on what a super team of cubs who were a pleasure to be working with, but they were also announced as the Winners of the Competition. This half of the autumn term will be ending with a hike around Winterbourne ending up at the park, where our new recruits will make their Promise and be invested as full members of the pack.




Both troops have been busy recently not only at troop meetings but also at the weekends, they are all an enthusiastic set of young people. Troop meetings have included practising for the District Grose Trophy Competition which is the Scout equivalent of the Cub Challenge Flag competition. Teams of 4 -7 teams compete in the competition. It is a day activity and it also took place at Downton and is on a wider scale than the cub one. However it is also based on traditional scouting skills, tents, first aid, problem solving,, mapping, fire lighting etc. Idmiston Troop sent 3 teams and Figsbury Troop 2. At the end of the day Idmiston troop’s Owls patrol came joint 3rd.


Idmiston Troop

Members of the Troop helped at the local History weekend in Idmiston Church where they helped serve teas, wash up and generally talk to the public. This is all part of their commitment to supporting the Community. As I write 4 young people from the Troop and our Explorer unit are attending a selection weekend at the Wiltshire Scout Centre in Potterne Wick in the hope of being selected to go to the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, (an International Camp), in America. They are each contesting to be 1 of the 40 strong contingent who will be representing Wiltshire Scouts in America. I have my fingers crossed for all 4 of them.





Figsbury Troop

Two scouts from Figsbury Troop also attended bear Gryll’s Ultimate Survival Camp acting as marshalls and staff at water stations for competition. They had a whale of a time and were able to take part in some of the activities. They came home covered in mud with huge smiles on their faces, a T shirt and a medal to say they had completed the challenge. Jack even managed to get his photo taken with Bear. As I write the troop have organised and run a Jumble Sale at the Glebe Hall. They are fundraising for s special treat, not specified as yet. Anyway today was a great success and they made £250 for their “treat fund”.








The summer of 2018 will see the Explorer Unit attending an International camp once again. When going abroad the young people are expected to raise at least some of the funds themselves. Recently they have started their fund raising campaign with a Barn Dance. This was attended by about 80 people, The Wyvern Dance band played for and organised the dancing, there was a bar and a delicious 2 course Ploughman’s supper. It was an excellent evening, I enjoyed it immensely!, and they raised £1,012 towards the camp, a thoroughly enjoyable way of making money! Weekly unit meetings have included swimming, a film night and a sleepover at the Glebe Hall.

Group Contact Shirley Moores  Telephone 01980 611614. Email

October 2017 Group Newsletter

October 2017 Group Newsletter


Beaver Scouts

As I write, Redwood is preparing to “go across the pond” with work once again, so I have stepped into the breach. This term there has only been 1 meeting so far, the beavers had a “log chew” about their holidays and then did a code breaking activity/game. The colony has a busy few weeks ahead preparing 10 of them who are “moving on” to the cub pack for their transfer, finishing off a few badges that will enable 6 of them gain their Chief Scout Bronze Award, the highest badge a beaver can achieve. By the end of September we will have moved on the 10 beavers and welcomed 12 new recruits!

Last term the beavers finished of both the Navigator and Campcraft activity badges. For the navigator badge the beavers the beavers learnt some simple map craft skills and got familiar with the cardinal points of a compass. The campcraft badge involved learning to tie a reef knot, putting up a tent, finding out about camp blankets, collecting wood, lighting fires and cooking marshmallows, finally a day visit to Cub Camp was a highlight of the badge for those beavers who went.

Akela (Shirley) for Redwood (Pete)


Cub Scouts

As I write I have just returned from the second meeting of the term. This term we have 5 cubs moving on to our Scout Troops. 10 beavers are moving on to cubs and 2 young people from our waiting list have just started their Scouting career. This takes our numbers to 36, a full pack, luckily we are blessed with a good number of Leaders! The first week we had a “getting to know you” evening with games and activities designed to learn people’s names and find out a bit about each other. Six of the pack have now completed their Chief Scout Silver award so they have been planning the ceremony which will take place next week before 3 of them “move on” to the Scout troop. Tonight Ed, our Explorer Scout Young Leader gave a brilliant talk about his trip to South Africa during the school holidays. This was a Scouting expedition to do some work to improve the lives of people who live there. They built some traditional fire pits at Mafeking which are used to cook everyday food at the Scout HQ, Baden Powell is famous for the defence of Mafeking when he was in the army. There is a Scout Hut there called Baden Powell Scout Hut. They then moved on to a school where they built some “long drop” toilets- usually 6ft deep or in this case 4ft deep, (they ran out of time)! His talk was fascinating and kept 39 cubs as well as us leaders, totally engaged for over half an hour, a feat in itself as far as the Cubs are concerned. I am sure after what he told them about the kinds of lives the children he met out there lead, lots of them are scouts too, that the cubs feel so privileged for what they have, eg a toilet with a flush, electricity, a proper house and lots of toys.

Last term the pack got out and about as much as the weather allowed! The Athletes Badge evening and rafting evening both had to be cancelled due to inclement (to say the least!) weather. However the “new sports” evening, the weekend camp and the annual sausage sizzle on the last day of term, all went ahead so we didn’t do too bad. The camp at the end of June at Cranbury Park Campsite was a great success and blessedly dry! The cubs enjoyed a weekend of traditional scouting skills, putting up tents, pioneering, fire lighting, backwoods cooking, hiking, campfire and of course lots of games and most importantly FUN. Beavers from the colony joined came and spent the day with us on Saturday.

Akela (Shirley)

 Group Contact Shirley Moores, Group Scout Leader Tel No 01980 611614,


Idmiston Scout Troop

As I write this, we are only just starting back at scouts after the summer break, but we have a packed programme planned that will include defence of 3 of the District titles we won last year, trips out, hikes, shooting, camping and scout skills.

However, the long summer break was not an idle time. At the end of July both Bourne Valley Scout Troops joined together and 29 scouts departed on a week-long camp in Dorset, not far from Corfe Castle. The site was ‘Greenfield’, that is to say that it had no amenities – the water even had to be boiled before drinking. It was hard work and many found the change from previous campsites (with showers and toilets) rather a struggle. Their plight was not helped by the weather, which was far from kind. A week can be a long time at camp though and by the end the scouts were getting into the swing of things – perhaps we need to camp for 2 weeks!

The programme for the week included shooting, archery, a high-ropes course, hiking, cooking on open fires and even a trip on the Swanage Railway, giving the scouts the opportunity to spend their money in and around Swanage. The high-ropes activity was particularly impressive, not least because the rain was coming down in buckets at the time and the scouts carried on oblivious. One group was a little more interested when we returned to the campsite and they discovered that poor drainage and heavy rain had created an indoor swimming pool in their tent, but we had a solution and they still managed to get a good night’s sleep.

Taking inspiration from tv’s ‘Pimp My Ride’, our activity entitled ‘Pimp-up Your Leader’ made a reappearance on the programme. This gives the scouts the opportunity to drag the leaders’ fashion sense into the 21st century – ‘drag’ being the operative word. If you want to know more, check-out the BV Scouts Facebook page.

Our final evening in camp was spent at Dorset Water Park, 2 outdoor lakes equipped with large, floating, inflatable assault courses. We had arranged a private visit, which was fantastic and the staff were great – big thumbs-up from us. After an hour in the lakes, our day finished with fish and chips from the best chip shop in Swanage (they had a certificate from the local scout group to prove it) delivered to us at the park and thoroughly enjoyed by moonlight. Scouting – it’s not all tying knots you know.

April 2017 Group Newsletter

April 2017 Group Newsletter

I have just returned from our latest group activity the Pinewood Derby Race Day which is open to the whole family. All the “racing drivers” have been busy over the last few weeks making and decorating their racing cars from the special kits ready for Race Day when are raced down a special track. The final aim is to find the fastest car of the day! Certificates, trophies and medals are awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners in each class. Lots of homemade cakes and biscuits, tea, coffee and soft drinks fuelled the car drivers, the cars just needed gravity and the best aerodynamic shape. A FUN afternoon enjoyed by all from Beaver’s younger brothers and sisters to fathers of the Explorer Scouts!


Beaver Colony

New Recruits Since Christmas the Beavers have “moved on” 5 of their eldest members to the Cub Pack and our 7 new recruits from the waiting list have been busy during February and March finding out all about Beaver Scouting ready for making the promise at their Investiture which is taking place at winterbourne Park the day after the deadline for this magazine report..

Air Activities At the same time as welcoming the new recruits the beavers have started working towards the Air Activities Badge, so far they have made and flown paper aeroplanes to see whose could fly the furthest, found out a bit about flying in an aircraft and designed their own aircraft, which had to have special features that didn’t include weapons of destruction of any kind! A challenge for many of them. All that is left to do for the badge is to find out a bit about a real aeroplane of their own choice so a bit of homework is required, soon there will be lots of beaver Mum’s (and maybe Dad’s?!) sewing on Air Activity Stage 1 badges. We like to keep everyone busy.

Akela on Behalf of Redwood/Pete


Cub Scouts

Chess – With the 5 A Side Football behind us the Chess players in the pack started to practice for the third District Competition, the Chess Tournament. By the time you read this the competition, which is organised by Round Table in collaboration with the Salisbury Chess Club, will have been held.

Pack Meetings – If you have been following our report in this magazine I am sure you will agree that the list of activities we have covered this term so far are impressive. After half term the Cubs had a board games evening when the Chess players started their training. The rest of the pack brought board games from home. This is always very popular evening despite the current trend with the young people of today of playing games on a wide variety of technology. It’s very refreshing to see them having fun sitting around board games in groups, laughing and chatting together, not missing technology at all. In fact the same can be said for Camp where technology is banned, recently the leaders have been planning our summer camp which will take place at the end of June. Whilst the Chess players have been continuing their training the rest of the pack have been working for the Home Safety badge. They have been finding out how to turn off the main services into their house should there be a problem, what to do in the case of fire and devise an escape route from their house, make a list of useful emergency numbers and identify some hazards around the home.  As I write I have just been able to award 8 Home Safety badges to the cubs who have completed their homework

Swimming –An evening at Durrington Swimming Pool as well as being loads of fun was preparation for the fourth and last District Activity, The Swimming Gala which takes place at the end of March.

Akela/ Shirley


Figsbury Troop

Figsbury troop meet on a Tuesday night in term-time in the Glebe Hall, Winterbourne Earls from 7.30pm – 9pm. If you are a young person between 10 ½ yrs and 14 yrs, enjoy a wide range of activities and the outdoors we have spaces in our fun Troop available immediately.

Skills Challenge – This term the troop have been concentrating on the Skills Challenge badge. This has included a healthy lifestyle. We started off with improving the scout’s fitness. At the beginning of each weeks troop meeting for 6 weeks the scouts did circuit training for 10 mins. The aim was to improve on their scores and I am pleased to say that they all achieved the aim at the end of the 6 weeks. At the same time the scouts looked at healthy eating and sleep, all parts of a healthy lifestyle.

Lego – As part of another badge, this time the Creative activity badge, the scouts made time lapse videos out of Lego – very interesting they were too.

District Competitions – Being an active troop the scouts have also taken part in a number of District competitions, last Autumn The Grose Trophy an incident hike, the scouts hike between bases and at each base are challenged to do something from erecting a tent blindfold, to tying knots, map skills and lighting fires. Then there was The Cube, where instead of a hike the bases are based on the theme of the TV show by the same name.

Scalectric’s – Very recently they had a day of making model Scaletric cars and then racing them round a conventional track. Great fun.

Go Karts – Even more recently at troop meetings the scouts have been constructing Go Karts which they will be racing at Old Sarum the weekend after I am writing this report.

If you think all this sounds like a lot of FUN and you would like to JOIN  US please telephone me:-

Shirley Tizard/ Scout Leader

Tel No 07749895537


Idmiston Troop

The Troop’s focus for the past few weeks has been very much on completing elements of our training programme and progressing our senior scouts on their way to achieving the Chief Scout’s Gold Award. In February we were very pleased to be able to award this to two of our number, just in time for them to move onto the Explorer Scout unit. The target is to achieve another six before the end of the summer.

We have had time to fit in a bit of fun as well and Shrove Tuesday, as always, was a great excuse to spend an evening throwing pancakes around the Memorial Hall. The usual selection of revolting toppings also made an appearance (there can be only one real topping – sugar and lemon), although no reports of upset stomachs.

In early February, nine of our Scouts were lucky enough to be selected as part of the Salisbury District shooting squad and represented the District at the Wiltshire Scout shooting competition. Three of them, Zac, Ben and Jake, were in the team that took the honours shooting from the sitting position and went on to come second overall. We have high hopes for next year.

Ian Jack, Scout Leader

Remembrance Sunday 2016

Members from all sections were present at the local church’s, St Michaels, Winterbourne Earls and St Nicholas, Porton, Remembrance Day services.

Our flags were paraded at both churches, all the Leaders were proud of the way that our young people, from the youngest Beaver up to the oldest Explorer Scout, respected the solemn occasion.

Once again a credit to both parents, us their leaders, the Scout Association and themselves.