1st Little Gaddesden Scout Group
Well what a lot of Beavers we have! Our colony is currently full and there is a waiting list. Word has spread about all the exciting things they have been doing and Genny, Amy and myself are pleased they are enjoying themselves. Lots of parents have come along to join in our outdoor activities. We hope this may inspire some of them to join us as leaders, as most of our current team’s children will be moving up to Cubs soon and we need more leaders in the pipeline for the colony to continue. Your child does not have to attend to become a leader – nor do you need to have children, so if you have spare hour a week on a Friday and are keen to encourage these 6 to 8 years olds in outdoor, adventurous pursuits along with indoor cooking and craft activities, please contact Caroline Simmonds – email@example.com to discuss what is required.
We celebrated our 30th birthday with an overnight camp at Phasels Wood, followed by an activity day including low ropes course, climbing, orienteering, aero ball and the Cresta run. At this event we also invested our final four Beavers; Max, Finlay, Mattie and Sophie. There were also lots of badges to award to all the other Beavers, five of whom achieved their Bronze Chief Scout’s Award - Ryan Simmonds, Bhav Patel, William Baker, William Crampton and Ben Stevenson. This is the highest award that the Beavers can achieve and now that there is a new badge scheme launched by the Scout Association some are well on their way to gaining the award in the new scheme too.
The term ended with a hike from Ashridge Monument to Hill Farm, where the children enjoyed a tractor ride around the farm on a gorgeous summer evening.
For all enquiries regarding joining or helping at Beavers you can contact Caroline Simmonds or Tim Cooper.
Beaver Scout Leader
It is fair to say that the 1st Little Gaddesden Cub group has been busy! Despite the rain of the spring and early summer we have been lucky and managed to get outside to the Cub Camp most weeks; in fact the Scout Hut has rarely been in use. The Cubs have been working exceptionally hard on making their Camp complete and it is looking like a camp that Bear Grylls would be proud of! The Cubs have enjoyed sledging on baking trays down the sides of Golden Valley, bike maintenance, games and many a passer-by has commented on seeing groups of boys having great fun in the woods…and making lots of noise!
Perhaps one of the most memorable events that will stick in the Cubs’ minds was when Richard decided to test them out with their very own Bush Tucker Trial – yes, they really did try Crickets, Mealworms, Locusts and Buffalo Worms. All but one Cub tried them and some even enjoyed them. Paul and Doug took the Cubs on a treasure hunt around the village in a thunderstorm and the Cubs have also enjoyed a visit to Pets at Home where they got to learn about and hold lots of the animals and reptiles.
But the highlight of the Cub year will be without doubt the Cub 100 Camp at Tolmers Activity Centre, Cuffley. Celebrating 100 years of Scouting, 2,000 cubs from across Hertfordshire descended for a fun-packed weekend. As it was Richard and Penny’s inaugural foray into the world of Cub Camps, Tim Cooper suggested we team up with the Gossoms End pack and the Cubs joined together for camping and eating. We must pass on a big thank you to Sam Gillanders, Lorna Foster and Darren Lavin for all their help and advice!
Fifteen Cubs from Little Gaddesden arrived on Friday evening, having already competed in the Inter-Village Sports event, and so began a weekend of activity after activity after activity from enormous inflatables, shooting, kayaking, zorbing, climbing, go-karts – the fun just kept on coming. We had set up a ‘What’s App’ group for the parents and the Leaders did a superb job of sending through regular photos – so much so that the Mums and Dads were exhausted just by looking at what their Cubs were up to! Every single Cub had a truly fantastic time and arrived home on the Sunday evening exhausted but very happy.
Sadly, we will be saying ‘goodbye’ to Jamie Baker and Henry Farnan, both whom have contributed to making the Cub pack a happy place to be. We end the year with a whole load of badges for the Cubs to sew onto their uniforms over the Summer break. Thank you to Tim Cooper for his endless supply of help and advice and a really big thank you to our Leaders, Paul Emes, Doug Wallace and Jo Baker. It’s certainly been a fun few months since I took over the reins of Cub Leader!
Cub Scout Leader
The summer term has seen the Scouts doing what they love most: being outdoors. This involved cooking over fires, whittling wood, playing games with our near neighbours Potten End Scouts and lots of cycling activities.
Our scouts always come away from our meetings full of fun and enjoyment, having learned a few things and made friends along the way.
If you know someone who would like to join our troop, aged between 10½ and 14, then contact our Scout leader below. Our success is possible from the wide range of support from adult volunteers. Are you social and willing to take on an adventure or two with our Scouts? Then contact our leader.
Tim writes: “I want to say thank you to all those who kindly contributed to the purchase of a wooden seat, to mark my time as Group Scout Leader here in Little Gaddesden. The seat has been installed outside the churchyard, and I hope you will sit awhile to enjoy the peace there and to admire the views.”