Renown Sea Scouts Troop headed over to Belchamps Scout Activity Centre in mid-June for their annual Training and Activity Camp.
They had a great weekend of activities, setting up camp on Friday night and playing a widegame in the woods. Saturday morning was training in use of saws and axes to cut wood, and how to light a fire, then in the afternoon heading over to the air rifle range for some shooting. All the meals were cooked by the Scouts in their patrols over open fires, with spaghetti bolognese and homemade garlic bread for dinner. As it got dark on Saturday evening we invested 3 new Scouts into the Troop, where they made their promise and drank the health of Davey Jones’ Locker by the light of the camp fire.
Sunday was back into activities, with the four patrols swapping between the High Ropes course (record 42 seconds from start to finish!) and Pedal Kart racing, whilst packing up the site in between.
All great Scouting #SkillsForLife with a fantastic bunch of Scouts in the Troop! Next stop Summer Camp – only 5 weeks to go!
As part of our fundraising efforts to expand our HQ and increase the number of activities we can run in Old Leigh, we held a Fish n Chip Supper and Quiz Night in The Den on Saturday 8 June.
A great fun night, and wonderful to see so many families with the Scouts & Explorers along with leaders and their friends come down for the evening. We raised over £800 for the Group, and more importantly had a great time doing it.
A huge thanks to everyone who came and made it a fun night, and especially to Quizmaster Tim, Scorekeeper Sam, and organisers Megan & Marcus.
As part of the commemorations marking the 75 anniversary of the Normandy Landings on D-Day 1944, one intrepid Scout from 3rdCB ventured to France with his family to pay homage to his Great Grandfather.
Bill Law, a paratrooper with the 7th Light Infantry Parachute Battalion, jumped into France on 6 June 1944 as part of Operation Tonga, just two days after his 20th birthday. He was one of 630 who landed near Pegasus Bridge in an effort to capture the strategic crossing as allied troops landed on the nearby beaches. 75 years later his great grandson, also called Billy, joined veterans and families at the 7th Parachute Btn’s memorial, proudly wearing his namesake’s medals to lay a wreath in his memory. After the service the family planted an olive tree at the Pegasus Bridge Museum in honour of Bill, who by the time it was disbanded in 1948 had been the longest serving member of 7 Para, and passed away in 2007. Billy junior had the opportunity to meet some of his great grandfather’s friends and comrades to talk about their experiences. Continue reading Scout pays homage to D-Day Veteran Great Grandfather→
This year’s water activities programme is now ready to go, with RYA Sailing Courses and open boating for all Scouts & Explorers to join in with. All courses based on national governing body standards and taught by qualified instructors, leading to formal qualifications as well as Scout badges.
As you may be aware, we are due to undertake some significant building works at The Den, hopefully starting in the next few months. This is likely to impact on our ability to run boating courses at The Den, and as such we have had to cut down on the number of courses we are able to run this year.
Eight Scouts from Renown Troop have achieved the top training award in Scouts this year: the Chief Scout’s Gold Award. It’s the culmination of their time in the Troop and lots of hard work; to gain the award the Scouts had to complete 9 separate challenge badges, including an expedition away, as well as at least 15 nights away and 6 different activity badges. Well done all – thoroughly deserved!
Our biggest fundraising event of the year was held on Sunday 9 September – Old Leigh Regatta!
The sunny day drew huge crowds into the Old Town for a mixture of live music, family games (run by the Scouts), a wide variety of food and drink outlets, including a vast display of home made cakes in the 3rdCB Tea Tent from our parents. Visitors joined in watching traditional favourites, the Cub welly hoying competition, Scout Sedan Chair Race, water games from the beach, and cockle & banana eating contests.
Thank you to everyone who supported us for the day, either by helping on stalls, in the tea tent, marshalling and on the road barriers, setting up & packing away, donating jumble or making cakes. We raised £2,300, with a bit more still to come from the collecting tins. We really couldn’t do it without your help and it makes a huge difference to the activities & facilities we can offer to the Scouts.
Ever seen 1,400 plastic ducks racing down Leigh Creek? You have now!
Our Scouts have been out helping the Lions Club of Leigh-on-Sea with their annual duck race in Old Leigh, shepherding the swarm of yellow ducks in their race along the creek. Starting at Bell Wharf as the tide started to flood, the flotilla made its way to the finish line by the Peter Boat, where they were gathered up in one of our rowing dinghies and transported back to The Den. The ducks are sold at £1 each to raise money for local charities, with a prize for the first 3 across the line.