During 2016, 100 years of the cub scouts section has been commemorated in many ways. We finished off our own celebrations with two exciting events – the regional Cubs 100 flag parade at Flamingoland and the district Promise Party held at York University.
We were watching the forecast all through the week and whilst it was a cold day it didn’t rain. That’s not to say we didn’t get wet though!
We started the day by parading the 1st Clifton, Atlantic and Pacific pack flags around the park with groups from all over the North East region, much to the excitement of a rhinoceros that was charging around its paddock.
We met back at the start point where the giant necker was suspended from the masts of the pirate ship. This necker is made up of signed individual neckers from groups throughout the Region.
We spent the rest of the day following the zoo trail. After being nominated for his commitment to Cubs activities James Byatt from our Atlantic pack was lucky enough to be chosen to represent North Yorkshire feeding the Meerkats. Being in the enclosure having meerkats walk all over him was an experience I suspect he will remember for a long time.
To finish the day we went to the Sea Lion show, where we renewed our Cubs promise, and were thrilled by the skills of the sea lions. Lots us were on the front row and several Cubs were part of the show when they got soaked by Clive the sea lion. After the show we went to see the sea lions in the back pool. Not wanting us to feel left out the other sea lions seemed to take joy in soaking the rest of us stood watching!
A thoroughly enjoyable day. Special thanks to Kathryn Surtees for helping out with driving the minibus.
The Promise Party was a national celebration that included a Promise renewal and was held on 16 December 2016 at 7.16pm (19:16) to commemorate the official registration date of the Cub Scout section.
We all had a fantastic time at the University, what a great way to end the year and celebrate all the activities we’ve enjoyed in this centenary year and everything we enjoy about being cub scouts.
As Sea Scouts we enjoy many activities on the water and teach all our members to understand the importance of doing these safely.
In October we held our annual water activity day to give our younger members a taste of the various different boating activities we offer and it was great to see so many families on the river having fun during the day.
All those who took part were asked to make a small donation to help us support York Rescue Boat – another local organisation promoting education and awareness of safety around our rivers.
A few weeks later, two representatives from York Rescue visited a scout section meeting and were presented with a cheque for £100 from the donations collected. Thank you to all our families for contributing and helping us to show our support to our community.
Steve Backshall, presenter of wildlife programmes such as Deadly 60 and Fierce, brought his Wild World tour to York this week and several very excited 1st Clifton Cubs and Beavers had the amazing experience of meeting Steve backstage during the show interval.
As Steve is a Cubs 100 Ambassador and Buglife’s Vice President, Barry had arranged for the children going to the show to meet with Steve backstage to talk to him about their conservation work with the Jewel of York, the Tansy beetle. Unfortunately Steve’s packed schedule meant there wasn’t enough time to chat but they did get their photo taken with Steve and a giant Tansy beetle (not a real one!).
We’re proud to be Buglife’s Tansy champions! Tansy champions meet wildlife hero
Buglife Tansy project
As part of their learning about wildlife and conservation, our Beavers and Atlantic Cubs have been involved with the Tansy project throughout this year. The project aims to protect the rare and endangered Tansy beetle, the ‘Jewel of York’ – these beautiful beetles can only now be found along the banks of a short stretch of the river Ouse and in one other part of the country so we are very lucky that they live right alongside us here on Rawcliffe Meadow.
The children have learnt that endangered animals are not all big and their threatened habitats are not all a long way away. With the help of Julia, Buglife’s Tansy project officer, the project has taught them about this first hand and in their own local environment, opening up an exciting new area of exploration and discovery.
Julia brought some Tansy beetles along to our scout hut for us to see up close. She also had some Tansy plant seeds that we were able to sow and watch the plants grow. When they were ready, our Dolphin Beavers helped Julia to plant out their plants on the meadow along with some more from Julia’s greenhouse. It has been fantastic to see how enthusiastic the children have been about being outside, learning about animals and about how plants grow.
On a lovely summer’s evening, our Cubs went on an exciting adventure hiking around Rawcliffe Meadow in search of Tansy plants and beetles in the wild and were thrilled to spot them several times. We’ve been pleased to hear that some of them have even made trips back to the meadow since the group trip to share their knowledge and experience with their families.
Having fun, enjoying being outside, learning new things and having adventures with friends are what the Cub and Beaver programmes are all about and the Tansy project has been a great opportunity for us to do all these things as well as getting involved in a project within our community.
We hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer holiday and you’re now looking forward to getting back to school (maybe?) and back to scouts, cubs and beavers (definitely!).
Here are the important dates for when section meetings will begin this term.
Beavers and Cubs: first meetings week beginning Monday 12th September
Scouts: Thursday 8th September. Please note that Friday boating sessions have now finished so there will be NO boating 26th Aug or 2nd Sept.
Next paper collection day is on Saturday 3rd September
As always, we really need as many people as possible to help with this so we can get the job done as quickly and easily as we can. Please get in touch if you think you will be coming along so that we know how many people to expect. We will need at least 2 drivers and 2 driver assistants if you can offer any help with this too.
Bag2School clothes collection
We’ve another date booked for a Bag2School collection on Friday 14th October. Bags should arrive a few weeks before but any bags are accepted. Give your summer wardrobe a clear out and start saving up your clothes to help us raise money for the Group.
We’ve had a facelift!
Finally, we’d like to thank Andrew Thirlwell and Phil Bodmer for taking time out of their holidays to give the outside of the scout hut a much-needed coat of paint, making the place look much more presentable and helping to preserve the old building a little longer. No more patchwork!
Thanks also to Kathryn for organising a car boot sale trip and everyone who helped to clear out the Hold of many years of accumulated pre-loved items (aka junk!). This has freed up lots of space and will help us start to get our storage more organised – we’ll just have to try hard not to fill it with more junk!
Thank you all for coming along today and supporting the Group and particularly for helping make the afternoon special for Peter’s celebration. It was wonderful to have such a great turnout – insufficient chairs is rarely a problem at AGMs and committee meetings but one we were happy to have today!
If you wish to view the Treasurer’s Report and Accounts, click here.
We hope you enjoyed the occasion and experienced a little bit of what your children get up to during their time in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Perhaps you will also have taken away a renewed appreciation of the effort and time put in by all our Leaders to offer these opportunities to your children.
As the Group Chair, Tony, mentioned at the AGM, we are always on the look out for more parents (or any members of the community) to join the committee and we would be really pleased to hear from anyone who thinks they may be interested in helping to support the Group or indeed helping out directly with any of the Groups Sections. No specific qualifications or experience are necessary, just a willingness to get involved and work as a team in the best interests of the Group. We’d love to hear from you!
The Silver Wolf was introduced by Lord Baden-Powell and remains the Scout Association’s highest award for service to Scouting. The Silver Wolf is the unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout and is given in recognition only of services to Scouting of the most exceptional nature.
Peter has been a Leader with the Group for almost 55 years after joining as a scout himself in 1953. The Group is very pleased that Peter’s support for and dedication to the Group and to Scouting has been acknowledged with this award. Over this time, many hundreds of local children have passed through as members of the Group and benefitted not only from Peter’s instruction but his generosity and kindness too. Some will even have brought their children back to be members as well!
We’re sure you’ll all want to wish Peter many congratulations on receiving this well-deserved award. The Silver Wolf award will be presented at our Family Day on Sunday 26th June and we hope all current members and their families and any former members and supporters will be able to attend to help Peter celebrate this wonderful achievement and the receiving of his award.
The paper collection seems to have been boosted thanks to the extra flyers sent out in the last few weeks so thanks also to those who have helped with delivering those.
The scout hut grounds are looking refreshed after a much-needed trim and the highlight of the day was discovering a bundle of old newspapers dating back as far as 1929. Our young (and not so young!) volunteers were excited to read about times gone by, including the Queen’s Coronation and a look back as far as Queen Victoria. You never know what might happen on a paper day – why not come down next time and find out for yourself!