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Sainsburys Active Kids is back for 2017!

Active Kids is back, with our ambassadors Daniel Sturridge, Ellie Simmonds, Jonnie Peacock and Lucy Bronze on board – and 2nd Penrith Scout Group needs your help too.

Collect vouchers when you shop at Sainsbury’s and donate them to 2nd Penrith Scouts to exchange for new equipment and experiences, to help our kids lead healthier lives.
Find out more about Active Kids at activekids.sainsburys.co.uk

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Wolf Camp celebrates 100 years of Cubs

[cp_one_half]The start of June saw Eden District Cub Scouts celebrated the 100th year since Lord Baden Powell founded the Wolf Cubs.

Cubs were created to compliment the Scouts who were formed in 1907. From that small start there are now 25 million members of the Scout movement worldwide. To commemorate the centenary a Wolf Camp was run at Broadness Farm, Bassenthwaite. 108 cubs attended from all over the Eden district, they came from 1st Keswick, 2nd Penrith, 1st Shap, 1st Appleby, 1st Kirby Stephen, 1st Hesket in the Forest and 2nd Eden Valley. The weekend was blessed with excellent weather and the theme of the camp was to follow traditional Scouting activities. All of the cubs were able to kayak, canoe, play wide games, cave in a portable caving activity, cook on backwards fires, build shelters and follow a blindfold trail. Beacon Archers from Penrith and Keswick Archers provided archery lessons for all the cubs. They identified a few cubs with a natural talent for the sport.

On Saturday the camp had a visit from Andrew Corrie, the regional commissioner for the north of the country. Travelling from the Manchester area he was pleased to see all of the cubs taking part in traditional Scouting activities. On Saturday evening we had a huge campfire with a backdrop of Bassenthwaite Lake at sunset.

Over the course of the weekend all of the cubs made new friends from all over the Eden district. They spent two nights under canvas and learnt many new skills towards an array of badges.

Whilst at the camp the District Commissioner, Simon Woodrow, was able to present long service awards for leadership to Hilary Duncan, 1st Hesket in the Forest; Harry Harrison and Rachel Pullen from 2nd Eden Valley.

Kieran B and Brandon L, both cubs received their bronze Chief Scout awards which they achieved as Beavers. This being the first step towards becoming a Queen’s Scout which is an award presented by the Queen or a member of the royal family at Windsor.

Simon Woodrow said at the end of the camp that the whole weekend had been a complete success. “All the young people achieved a great deal through fun and adventure, many of them overcoming fears to enjoy the activities provided for. At the camp there were 40 adults leaders and helpers over the weekend, all of whom put in a great deal of work to make the event enjoyable and safe for the cubs. Eden District has approximately 500 young people and 100 adult leaders and helpers involved in the scout movement .This type of event is what Scouting is all about.”

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Swimming Gala Success!

2nd Penrith Beavers and Scouts attended the annual district swimming gala, with impressive results!

With fierce competition from 8 other groups in the district, our young people battled to beat them to the finish line.

Group achieves 2nd (Scouts) & 3rd (Beavers) place!beavertrophy

Parents watched in excitement as our Beavers managed to win overall 3rd place, whilst the Scouts dived in to 2nd place overall. One parent commented; “Fantastic night – you all did so well… so proud… Plus you all HAD FUN”.

A huge congratulations to Eamont Beavers; and all the Scouts that took part.

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From the Group Scout Leader: April 2016

Baden Powell, our founder, gives this advice to leaders: “In Scouting, a boy is encouraged to educate himself instead of being instructed.” It is enchanting to see this happening at 2nd Penrith.

I joined Blencathra Cubs one Wednesday, for pancake night. The cubs learnt how make batter and practice their cooking skills, which included learning from their mistakes when the pancakes got burnt! They even had the chance to experiment with different flavour combinations.

It was wonderful to see the Cubs working with other cubs to solve problems (like how to toss a pancake, and catch it in the pan). In that 1 hour of educating themselves, they learnt more than an hour of leaders cooking pancakes for them – and that is what makes so Scouting special.

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Bonfire Night Social 2015

Come and join us for our annual Bonfire Night Social! We will have a traditional scout campfire, hot dogs, hot chocolate and sparklers! All of the family are welcome, for an evening of fun and entertainment!

£2 – Hot Dog & Hot Chocolate

FREE – Sparklers and Campfire

Sign up here!

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Family Camp was Awesome!

cratestacking On Friday the 21st to Monday the 24th May, 2nd Penrith Scouts held a family camp. I didn’t know what to expect, as I thought there was only going to be two scouts. However there was three scouts and I met Nathan, who is Robs son,I hadn’t seen him in years. The actual camp was brilliant, the activities were fun, we learned loads, went bell boating , shelter building, knot tying, orienteering and lots more!

We did are activities in groups, I was in group three; we did all of are activities in these groups, and I benefited as a scout because the scouts helped with the cooking I also led people in the washing up.campfire3

However, the best thing about camp was the camp fires, once again I wasn’t allowed to help “I wonder why?” But on a serious note the camp fire is always the best part of camp but I didn’t expect the parents to know some of the songs! There is usually a fire going on in camp, but then we have a big fire. However, there isn’t usually two camp fires, but on the Sunday night we were visited by 17th Barrow scouts, we sang, did sketches, all the scouts did “The John Lewis sketch” I was John Lewis! We learnt the shrinking machine. The best part of meeting the Barrow scouts was we traded neckers over some nice hot chocolate!

If some one asked me if there should be another family camp I would definitely say YES!

James D

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From the Group Scout Leader: July 2015

Annual report 2015

I am pleased, in my second year as Group Scout Leader, to be able to celebrate 2nd Penrith Scout Group’s 90th Birthday year with you. The young people in our group today, enjoy a tradition of fun and adventure dating back to 1925 in Penrith. The year so far has seen lots of group activities, culminating in our hugely successful Family Camp. My thanks and gratitude goes to all of the leaders and helpers who support the group and enable our young people to take part in an exciting and varied programme.

 

Census

The biggest challenge for the group currently, is our fall in membership numbers. Over the last 5 years, we have seen a considerable decrease in total membership, We have halved in size since 2010, from 132 to 65 members this year.

Since last year, the largest reduction in numbers has been in the Beaver section. This is related to the closure of the Lowther Beaver Colony, due to a lack of adult leaders. Total Cub numbers have risen by 8 over the last year, thanks in part to the opening of a new Cub Pack. Scout section membership has halved in size over the last year, mainly due to leadership changes, and scouts moving up to Explorers.

This trend is something we must reverse. In this coming year it is essential that we examine why this trend is happening in Penrith, and what we need to do to about it.

Unless we make positive changes, we risk being unable to support Scouting in Penrith We may lose the valuable experiences, friends, skills, and adventure that Scouting brings.

 

Beavers

I am glad to say that our young people have had a great year. The Beavers, led by Matthew, James and Rob have given the colony an excellent programme, and as a result they continue to have a full colony. I was pleased to hear that the district beaver sleepover went well, and they all had a great time.

Cubs

Our Cub section has grown this year, with the addition of a new cub pack, led by Wendy and Chloe. Liam and Rob also provide a fun and lively programme for Beacon Cubs. I am delighted that the Cubs have completed lot of activities away from the hut, such as Pond Dipping and planting flowers and herbs at the railway station. 2016 celebrates 100 years of Cubs, so I expect we will see another successful year of Cub Scouting.

Scouts

The Scout section has welcomed Matthew as an Assistant Scout Leader, but we continue to have difficulty recruiting a Scout Leader. As a result, we have not been able to provide as much of a programme as we have liked. However, in response the Scouts themselves have stepped up to the mark, organising their own activities and working as a patrol to continue their Scouting careers. I would like to give a special ‘Well Done’ to the Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders for their enthusiasm and initiative over the year.

 

Group Activities

Taking part in activities together and involving parents is an important part of Scouting. Not only does it build friendships between sections, but it helps create a real sense of family and belonging in the group. Over the last year we have had several highly successful group activities, including our annual bonfire, pancake night and St. George’s activity day. Our May Day float received 2nd place, and the sections did well at the Swimming Gala. The main highlight has been our Family Camp, where young people, parents and siblings spent a long weekend at Great Tower Campsite, on the edge of Lake Windermere. Activities included crate stacking, orienteering, blind trail and bell boating.

 

The Group Executive

I would like to thank Jonathan and Rachel for all their hard work managing the group finances, and Sharon and Janet who continue to support us on the group executive. Without support ‘behind the scenes’ we could not provide good Scouting to our young people. We have spent the year without a chairman or secretary, which has been problematic. These are two very important roles, in ensuring that the group continues to operate effectively.

This year we have begun work on a group development plan, which aims to help grow and strengthen our group for future. We will continue this work in the coming year. As part of this plan we have changed the way we administer subscriptions, allow parents to pay by standing order. Not only it this one less thing for parents to worry about, but it also takes a weight from leaders, who have less worry about chasing up subs payments.

 

Challenges for 2015/2016

The 3 I’s for next year:

  1. Improve adult and parent support on our Group Executive Committee
  2. Involve young people to shape Scouting within our Group
  3. Inspire our young people to make a difference in the community

 

Mike Freeman
Group Scout Leader