York Cubs cooking competition

On 14th April, teams of 4 young people from Groups across York took part in the York Cubs cooking competition at Snowball Plantation.
Despite being 1 man down, James Murray, Daffyd Chiplin and Adam Foster put in a great team effort to represent 1st Clifton and proudly showed off their many skills. They got their own fire stove going before peeling, cooking and mashing potatoes to serve with the peas and sausages that they also confidently cooked themselves.
For pudding they prepared freshly made custard from custard powder and milk which they served with Swiss roll. Finally they made tea or coffee for the judges before the inevitable washing up!
We’re very proud to say that the boys earned a very respectable 3rd place – congratulations!


Spotlight on York Rescue Boat

York Rescue Boat is an organisation that was set up to provide better safety in and around the York rivers. Part of this is the education of young people so that they may know what actions to take should they find themselves in an emergency.  The team gave Atlantic Cubs a great insight into their role, what they could do in an emergency, prior to everyone having the chance to rescue a buddy – on dry land of course!

You can find out more information about the York Rescue Boat here

St George’s Day parade 2018

Scout groups gathering at the eye of york with castle in the backgroundWell done to all our young people who came along to join the St George’s Day parade and service today along with our dedicated adult volunteers. Thank you for representing our Group so well with your smart turnout, excellent behaviour, great singing and efficient marching.

We’re very proud and you should all be too as this earned us the award for best Group in the parade for Minster District. Well done everyone!

We’d also like to congratulate Antony Hale, Group Chair and Acting Group Scout Leader, who was unable to join our parade in York today as he travelled to Windsor to collect a special award for his many years service to Scouting. Antony has been awarded the Bar to the Silver Acorn in the St George’s Day Awards, an award for distinguished service in recognition of his numerous roles over many years in the Group, District and at Snowball. Congratulations Tony!

Olympigs triumph!

It was tense and exciting at the scout hut for our Winter Olympigs tonight!

Well done to our fantastic fundraising team – what a super event, well organised and great fun.

Many thanks to all our generous sponsors:
KL Photographers
Morse Coaches
Spotlight Dance School
Pond Cottage of Stillington
Neil Webster PVC Window Doctor
TRT Rehab Therapy
Royle Recruitment
1st Byte IT & Telecomms
IMS Building & Roofing
Process Print

And kind donations of food and drink from:

Thank you to all who bought tickets and came along to support the event. We raised over £900!! for our Group funds – well done and thank you everyone 🙂

Snowball Fun February 2018

Not ones to miss an opportunity to get out and about – the building works at the hut gave Atlantic Cubs a great excuse to go to Snowball.

Once in, the cubs enjoyed a number of games and challenges before putting their backwoods cooking skills to the test. ‘Campfire made wagon wheels’

Why not try these next time you have a BBQ?

You need:

  • skewer
  • marshmallow
  • 2 chocolate biscuits

To make:

  1. place the marshmallow onto the skewer and gently roast over the fire/BBQ until golden brown – don’t leave it too long or it will catch fire!
  2. using the biscuits (chocolate side) trap the marshmallow between the biscuits and pull it off the skewer.
  3. voila you have your very own ‘wagon wheel. Be careful the marshmallow will be hot and very sticky!

Finally, a HUGE THANKS goes to our parent helpers, without whom we would not have been able to hold such activities.



Beaver Camp 2018

Wow! What an exciting time we all had!

Last Friday and Saturday (2/3 Feb) many of the Sharks and Dolphins (leaders, young leaders and Scout) met at Snowball Plantation for a night and day of absolute fun.

We arrived and made a range of animal masks and wore them around the camp fire. It was a great atmosphere and we sang lots of songs and talked about fire safety.

After exhausting our singing voices we moved back inside for hot chocolate, hot dogs and fish finger sandwiches. For some reason everyone was still wide awake so we watched some Minion shorts and laughed lots. Ban-an-a!!!!! Then, finally, bedtime!

Some minutes later, morning arrived and we moved onto a day of activities. Many of these related to badges and learning. All of them related to fun. We started with an obstacle course which included javelin, log balance, log relay, football skills and Frisbee throwing. It burnt off a lot of our energy and allowed the Beavers to work as teams to earn points.

Some Beavers are working towards their navigation badge so we split into our groups and, using a compass, worked on a series of questions relating to different points on the site; they had to find their way to these points using their compass and identify the object needed to answer their questions. They all did really well.

All this exercise made us hungry so next on the agenda was learning how to safely light a fire and cooking our own lunch: Campfire Calzone and Wagon wheels. Yum!

And then…home for a rest.

We all had such a good time and, most importantly, we made lots of fun and lots of friends!

Beaver sleepover kit list


This is a typical kit list for a 1 night Beaver Sleepover. All this kit should fit into a holdall or kit bag (no bin bags or suitcases please).

All kit must be clearly named.

(There will be 30 sets of similar kit and clothes!)

  • Uniform & necker (to be worn for arrival and departure)
  • 2 Season sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Pyjamas (sorry no nighties)
  • Complete change of clothes
  • Clean underwear and socks
  • Trainers or shoes
  • Pair of boots or wellies
  • Wash kit including a towel and flannel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Warm jumper / fleece
  • Waterproof coat/ jacket
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Spare bag for wet/muddy clothes
  • Water Bottle
  • A sleepover mascot (Teddy), optional
  • For indoor sleepovers indoor footwear
  • Camp fire Blanket (if you have one). Why not start a camp blanket for this camp
  • For winter activities please pack hat, gloves and a warm coat


DO NOT pack the following:

If there are special dietary conditions discuss with organiser

  • Food and Drink (we provide that)
  • Sweets and tuck (we provide that too)
  • Electronic games / toys
  • Radios / MP3 players / iPods
  • Mobile phones (You will be informed who your In Touch contact will be during the camp)
  • Other electronic equipment
  • Pen knife
  • Matches/lighters
  • Money

If you are going to buy a sleeping bag or other outdoor equipment, the following shops usually offer discounts to scouts, you will need to show your group Necker to qualify:

  • Go Outdoors
  • Mountain Warehouse
  • Millets
  • Blacks
  • Cotswold Camping