Random Ramblings from the Group Scout Leader – September 2021

Date: 8th Oct 2021 Author: Deborah Dumville

We’re back, I think?

Hopefully by now all our sections are back to their evening meetings indoors at Shrewsbury House and at our Scout Hut and we can now all tentatively start to plan our scouting adventures on and off the Hill way into the future. Please bear with us as we are not out of this Pandemic as yet and the situation is constantly changing and we may with regret have to cancel meetings at the last moments notice.

With formal meetings starting to go ahead it’s time to get your uniforms out of their wardrobes and dusted down and ironed, and with luck they might even still fit? if not, uniforms are once again available on Monday nights at The District Scout Centre, 19 Waverley Crescent, Plumstead, SE18 7QT from 19.30 – 21.00. or on-line at shop.scouts.org.uk. I would like to remind all parents that a uniform consists of scout activity trousers or scout activity shorts, a sweatshirt and polo shirt for beavers and cubs and a scout shirt plus scout belt for scouts and explorers, scarves and woggles are available from the leaders and free to all new members. If anyone has difficulty paying for a new uniform and I know that many people are this Autumn, please do talk to the leaders in confidence as we do have funds set aside to cover uniform purchases.

Deep Clean of the ‘Hut’

On Saturday 2nd of October, we will be holding a Work Party at the Hut at 10.00 am in the morning. Jobs that need tackling: A deep clean of the interior, weeding and clearing a pathway around the Hut, making firewood for our campfire, and sweeping the roof of fallen branches. If you could spare just an hour it would be much appreciated by us all, please bring with you garden rakes, brooms, large brushes etc, etc. We also need to water to be brought with you from your homes as we still have no access to the Church Hall and its kitchen. Thanks for your help in advance.

Group Campfire Thursday the 7th of October at Woodlands Farm

After an absence of two years, I am pleased to announce that the Group Campfire is on once again hasted as usual by the mighty Mr Paul O’Brian! All Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and their Parents, are invited to join us for a singsong, followed by cocoa and hotdogs and our mass conker smash. Do dress warmly and bring a waterproof coat and umbrella, uniform is not required but members should wear their scout scarves!

We start at 19.00 and we should be extinguishing the campfire by 20.00. No parking is available on site, so please use the 89 or 486 buses, or walk.

JOTA at Severndroog Castle Saturday the 16th of October

Jamboree on the Air or ‘JOTA’ is a World Scout Event where over 1 million Scout participants set up base stations in their home countries and communicate with other Scouts via short wave radio and skype over the weekend of the 15th and 16thOctober. Along with the Cray Valley Amateur Radio Club we will be running a base station at the Severndroog Castle for our members and members of our Scout district to experience a truly worldwide scout event. The cost per session will be £40 per section of 8 members, which includes a visit to the observation platform and a JOTA badge to wear on uniforms for the coming year. Your leaders will let you know times etc over the next few weeks. Uniform is required.

Bag Packing 4th December

Put this date in your diary, to be confirmed. We will hopefully be asking all members to come along and support this fundraiser on Saturday 4th December at M & S Blackheath. All Cubs, Scouts and Explorers will be needed to attend at the supermarket to work the tills between 10.00 and 17.00. Our section leaders, nearer the date, will decide rotas which will be for no more than two hours long each. Any parents willing to help supervising our members would also be most welcome.

Group Camp at Hope Hill 2022.

The Leaders and Executive Committee have unanimously agreed to go ahead and hold a Group Camp for all our members over the first May Bank Holiday in 2022 at Hope Hill Scout Camp, Meopham, Kent. It’s a huge undertaking setting up a camp for the extended weekend for a possible 100 members and 25 leaders and parents, but after having to cancel the event in 2020 I am even more determined to make this camp happen next year, and also for it to be an amazing weekend of adventure and fun for everyone bar none at the XRE. Watch this space!

Be Prepared


Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls