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Section Update – February 2017

Posted on March 1st, 2017 by Webmaster

Beavers celebrated the Chinese New Year, which is the year of the Rooster, by sampling Chinese food, making lanterns and playing Chinese themed games. Some of the activities qualified the Beavers for part of their teamwork challenge badge. We now have an 11th Beaver mascot that spends a week at home with one of our members, who has to complete a diary about what adventures the mascot gets up to during his stay. Two Beavers have moved up to cubs and three new members joined us after half term.

Two very proud cubs were recently presented with their Chief Scouts Silver Award, the highest award in the cub section. Both Archie and Olivia have been valued members of the pack since moving from Beavers and are now looking forward to moving on to the Scout section. The Cub leaders hope that they will enjoy their time in Scouts as much as they have done in cubs.
In order to qualify for their Astronomer badge, recent activities have included learning about stars and planets and observing the night sky. There have also been themed pack meetings based on the Disability Awareness badge along with Environmental and Conservation challenges.

Both the Cub and Scout sections entered teams in the District swimming gala, at Spen Pool. Both teams acquitted themselves very well, considering the young age of many of them. The scouts were attempting to retain the trophy, finishing in a very creditable 3rd place.

The Scouts have had a very busy month, besides taking part in the Swimming gala, three members entered the District shooting competition, where they had a fantastic result; Charlotte, Katie and Evie being placed first, second and third respectively. Scouts may only take part in this competition, if they have already passed their Master at Arms Badge. Well done to all of you.
As part of the World and Creative Challenge, scouts have built bird nesting boxes and bat roosting boxes which have been erected at Fan Wood, our District campsite.

We have recently been informed of the death of Denis Mills; a friend of the 11th and former District Commissioner for Spen Valley.

The group is making plans for its’ main fund raising event of the year, the Summer Gala, held on Hunsworth recreation Ground adjacent to the HQ on Sunday 21st May. Already, we are collecting items suitable for raffle and tombola prizes, bottles, books and toys. Any donations would be gratefully received.

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Section Update – January 2017

Posted on January 28th, 2017 by Webmaster

Our Beavers colony goes from strength to strength, with the number of members at a maximum. Our leadership team is at full stretch, and are grateful for the help of young leaders, 14 or 15 year olds who have all progressed through the group and are already putting something back, in addition to being members of the District Explorer Scout unit.
If there are any adults who would be prepared to help at our Beaver colony, please contact the group.

2016 was the year that cub scouts celebrated their 100th anniversary, during that time they took part in several ‘Cub 100’ events, including District Field day at Fan Wood and the County celebration camp at Bradley Wood. Friday 16th December was designated as the day when cubs throughout the UK would renew their promise together. Our cubs incorporated their renewal into the Christmas party celebrations at the HQ.
Girls and boys between the ages of 8 & 10 are always welcome to join our pack in Hunsworth.

As part of their Christmas celebration, the Scouts visited ‘Adrenaline’, an indoor trampoline park, with over 140 connected trampolines; great fun was had by all. This was followed by party food and games, back at the HQ.
The 2017 District competitions kicked off with the 5 a side football tournament which is run in two leagues, our team lost only one of their league matches, but this was not sufficient to get them into the final. The overall winners were the 7th Spen Valley (Gomersal)

The group is making plans for its’ main fund raising event of the year, the Summer Gala, held on Hunsworth recreation Ground adjacent to the HQ on Sunday 21st May. Already, we are collecting items suitable for raffle and tombola prizes, bottles, books and toys. Any donations would be gratefully received.

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Section Update – Dec 2016

Posted on December 25th, 2016 by Webmaster

Our Beavers have taken part in ‘My skills challenge’ and; as part of the Healthy eating challenge,
have been discovering how much sugar is found in some food and drinks, and why this may not be such a good thing.

Cubs have taken part in activities that will qualify them for the Community fire safety badge, whilst also enjoying a Halloween evening and a fire work party with the usual bonfire food. Three of our cubs have recently moved up to scouts and seem to have settled into the troop. Several cubs and leaders attended the remembrance Sunday, parade and service at East Bierley.

Scouts have taken part in Patrol and Troop forums, this enables members to, for example, propose future activities, present ideas for troop meetings and prepare menus for camps etc.
As part of the Creative challenge badge, scouts took part in a musical evening when they made a number of instruments which they used to accompany themselves whilst singing camp fire type songs. When did you last see a homemade tea chest base being played?
We have also made items such as key fobs, woggles and friendship bracelets from para cord (coloured nylon cord) along with whistles made for hollowed out branches.
Scouts and leaders also attended the remembrance service at East Bierley.
The month ended with the annual weekend at Wharfeside House in Kettlewell. The weather on Saturday was perfect for a Dales walk, frozen ground underfoot, cloudless blue sky and bright sunshine all day. After a village treasure hunt on Sunday morning, the weekend was rounded off with an afternoon visit to Skipton baths. A great weekend!

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Group Long Service Awards

Posted on April 26th, 2015 by Webmaster
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 Beaver Leader Joanne Littlewood (5 Years)  Assistant Scout Leader Karen Lomas (10 Years)
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  Scout Leader David Bentley (50 Years!)

Congratulations to All who received awards today at the district St Georges Day Parade.

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Important Dates

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by Webmaster

Important Dates

There will be no Cubs or Scouts until Friday 30th Aug 2013

There will be no Beavers until Thursday 5th Sept 2013

Anyone wishing to attend the Spen Valley District Camp in Sept needs to return their form and monies no later than Friday 16th Aug to their leaders home address.

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Field Day 2013

Posted on July 6th, 2013 by Webmaster

This Years Field Day was a double celebration for the leaders at the 11th.
Firstly Beaver Leader Jackie Jackson who was presented with the Award for Merit for outstanding service of not less than 12 years. The Award for Merit implies keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period. Secondly Assistant Cub Scout Leader Jo Littlewood was presented with her Wood Badge to mark the completion of her leader training.

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Beaver Leader Jackie Jackson Receiving her award from Spen Valley DC Mike Terry
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Assistant Cub Scout Leader Jo Littlewood Receiving her award from Spen Valley DC Mike Terry

As well as the two awards above, Group Scout Leader David Sowden had the pleasure to invest two new leaders into the group.  Steve Dobbie was invested as an Assistant Scout Leader & Daniel Lomas was invested as an Assistant Cubs Scout Leader.  Daniel will now be a third generation Lomas to have been involved in Scouting here at the 11th!  Welcome to both of you and hope you enjoy your time here at the 11th!

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 Steve & Daniel following their investiture by GSL Dave Sowden

 

 

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Award Congratulations!

Posted on July 6th, 2013 by Webmaster

Double Congratulations to two leaders from the 11th today! Firstly Beaver Leader Jackie Jackson who was presented with the Award for Merit for outstanding service of not less than 12 years. The Award for Merit implies keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period. Secondly Assistant Cub Scout Leader Jo Littlewood was presented with her Wood Badge to mark the completion of her leader training.

Congratulations to both of you from everyone here at the 11th!

Photos to Follow ASAP.

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Bookbridge Charity

Posted on June 27th, 2012 by Webmaster

Can You Help The Bookbridge Charity?

This charity aims to improve children’s access to education in developing countries by establishing education centres. Bookbridge works with scouts in Germany, the USA & the UK, they send used children’s books to schools where they teach English.

How Can We Help?
Last year, scouts across the UK collected 75,000 books.
This year, from 2nd – 13th July, we would like our Beavers, Cubs & Scouts to join in the national collection and donate their unwanted CHILDRENS books, which we will send to the charity.

Find out more on the Bookbridge web site.
Please bring books to the HQ on any meeting night up to and including the 13th July.

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Beaver Update June 2012

Posted on June 27th, 2012 by Webmaster

Since the last woggle Beavers have been very busy, we sent quite a few up to Cubs and gained a couple of new ones. We have also got a new helper called Jo who the Beavers have named Squirrel so i would like to welcome her on-board.  Activities wise we have had 3 major events the first been the Beavers 25th birthday bash, this was well attended and we all had fun doing party games and then the band played us Happy Birthday, a very memorable event.  The second event was St Georges day which was hosted by us the 11th, the Beavers helped with the presentation and did us proud.  Our last event was the biggest and the best it was Big Camp, I took 9 of them to the Harrogate showground for 24hours where we camped with over 5000 other scouters and did lots of very exciting activities please take a look at our web site to see the pictures. At the end of the 24hours I don’t know who was more exhausted me or the kids !   We will be finishing for the summer on Thurs 18th July and returning on Thurs 13th Sept where we will be receiving some new young beavers. Have a good summer and see you all in Sept.

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Big Camp 2012

Posted on May 8th, 2012 by Webmaster

Over the weekend of Friday 4th – Monday 7th May 2012 Beavers, Cubs & Scouts attended the West Yorkshire Scouts County Big Camp at the Great Yorkshire Show Ground Harrogate.

The weather was kind during the day, but cold on an evening (-6C), and it was even reported to have snowed! but all the Young people enjoyed themselves, in total there was over 5000 people and they all had the chance to take part in over 300 activities! It was a fantastic weekend and everyone who atteneded had a fab time.

Please click here Big Camp Photo Gallery for a selection of photos from the event

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