Annual Chess Competition

The Annual Chess Competition between members of Minster, Ebor and Selby Districts and Guides from North Yorkshire South took place in March.

1st Clifton were represented by several Cubs and Scouts. Whilst not being amongst the overall winners, we congratulate our young people on taking part, on their enthusiasm and great behaviour and for trying their very best. Well done!

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Boating season

boating seasonBoating season starts again on Friday 6th May.

There will be no Thursday meetings again until September and all meetings during the summer will take place on Fridays on the river (unless advised otherwise).

Scouts should be at the Scout Hut for 6pm dressed for the river. We will return to the hut around 9.30pm.

Dressed for the river means

  • Wetsuit
  • Warm old clothes for Boating
  • Old trainers or boating shoes
  • Wind proof trousers and Wind proof jacket (e.g Kagool and overtrousers)
They will also need to bring:
  • FULL change of clothes (including footwear)
  • Large towel
  • Hot drink and a snack
  • A signed permission form – you should have received an email with this attached

Please make sure that you and your child have read and understood the procedure and rules information before attending which can be viewed or downloaded here: 1st clifton boating rules 2016

York Canoe Race

The rather damp and dreary June weather didn’t deter our group of scouts who had chosen to take part in the 10th annual York Canoe Race a few weekends ago. Judging by their smiles it looks like they all had a great time.

A full album of photos from the day can be viewed on our closed Facebook group page – if you are a Facebook user and the parent of a current group member then you can request to join this group.

HMS Bristol 2015

They're on their wayDuring the May half-term school holiday, eight of our scouts along with Group Leader Peter set off bright and early on their adventure south to HMS Bristol in Portsmouth.

On the journey, they were excited thinking about the activities they would be doing and wondering who they would be sharing a mess with. They passed the time playing card games, chatting and catching up on some sleep.

After a long but safe journey, one of their first activities was to gather on deck for the obligatory camp photo – an unusual experience being with other scouts who dress the same as we do!

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freya in chargeAfter the not so interesting but important first day jobs of unpacking and doing drills were out of the way, the rest of the week was packed with much more exciting activities; some highlights for our scouts included yachting, kayaking, coracling and RIBs. Sadly, some scouts were disappointed that they did not get their turn at powerboating because of the windy weather.

They enjoyed experiencing life on board ship and slept soundly in their bunks every night after all that fresh air. The food was nice and some even report that they really liked marching to breakfast every morning!

This year for the first time, the camp newspaper ‘The Bristol Times’ was published online. Take a look for more photos and details of what the scouts got up to.

Most importantly our scouts had lots of fun and made plenty of new friends that they hope to keep in touch with. It has given them confidence to try more new things in the future.

One final piece of advice from Jack to anyone planning on going to HMS Bristol next year:

Time is very important and therefore bring a watch, preferably waterproof.

Boating Season

Friday 1st May – Friday 14th August 2015

14373067144_731272ea18_oThere will be no Thursday meetings during this period, including 30th April.

Meet at the scout hut at 6pm prompt dressed ready for the river. We should be back at the hut by about 9.30.

We will need help with the transport of scouts to and from the river (Blue Bridge) and you should have received a copy of this rota by email.

All under 18s need a completed permission for – please ask for a copy if you have not received one by email.

You will need:

Wet suit (recommended)
Old clothes
Old kagoole
Wet shoes or old plimsoles
A HOT drink
A snack
A towel
A complete change of clothes (don’t forget shoes)

St Georges Day Parade 2015

This years St Georges Day Parade will take place on Saturday 25th April.

All Scouts are expected to attend in Full Uniform

Scouts please meet at the eye of York at 1:00pm

At 1:25pm the procession will leave for the Minster via Tower Street, Clifford Street , Nessgate, High Ousegate, Parliament Street, Davygate, Blake Street and Duncombe Place.

This year there is an award for the Group who present themselves throughout the procession in a positive light to the public .

Summer Camp 2015

This year summer camp will be based at Kettleness near Whitby

Dates: Monday 17th August – Saturday 22nd August 2015

Activities: Sailing, Kayaking, Pulling, Climbing, Powerboat, Windsurfing and many others

Cost: Between £120 – £150 for the week

Please let me know if your son/daughter is interested

Saturday 31st January – 1pm

Community Walk as part of the Community Challenge Badge

Scouts will have to navigate to a number of community features and then take photos to prove they have been there. On route they will be delivering flyers for our paper collections.

Meet at the Scout Hut at 1pm

No Uniform Required – Just clothing appropriate for the weather!

and a signed permission form!