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Virtual Big Camp 2020

Please see below some information from West Yorkshire Scouts about Virtual Big Camp.

On the original weekend of BIG Camp 2020 (23rd-24th May) we will be holding Virtual BIG Camp. The event is open to all in Scouting (not just West Yorkshire Scouts).

How do I get involved?
On the weekend itself (23rd to 24th May) you just need to go to our Facebook page (@wyscouts) and our website www.thebigcamp.org.uk (the website will go live on the Saturday morning). Over the weekend on the website there will be BIG Camp activity zones with challenges or activities to do at home. In addition we’ll be running ‘Live on Stage’ a series of pre recorded and live content hosted by our Youth Commissioner Team (with a number of very special guests). This will be streamed live on both the website and Facebook page from Saturday lunchtime to Sunday lunchtime. On the Saturday evening we invite you to take part in our camp, with members camping out in gardens (or living rooms) and watch the virtual handover when our CC Mark Stageman steps down after 10 years.

Do I need to do anything in advance ?
Most of the activities you will be able to do from materials sourced at home, however we will be releasing a Virtual Kit List in the next few days which will be on our website (www.wyscouts.org.uk) and our Facebook page @wyscouts.
To share or upload outputs, we will be using a google form, so would be helpful if those taking part had a Gmail account (or had registered their emails to use on google beforehand). We will issue instructions on how to do this with the Virtual Kit List on the website.

The full ‘Live on Stage’ Schedule will be published via Facebook and the website next week before the event.
For those young people taking part from West Yorkshire Scouts we will be issuing an occasional badge (to qualify a young person needs to register and upload material from activities). Badges wont be available until after face to face scouting resumes and will be available for leaders to pick up (for their entire group) from the shop at Bradley Wood.

We look forward to you joining us on the weekend

Kind Regards
West Yorkshire Scouts

Big Camp 2020

WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING DURING THE SPRING BANK HOLIDAY 2020? (22nd – 25th May)

NO IDEA?? – THEN READ ON.

You and all members of the 11th are invited to join up to 5000 other Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers & Leaders at the West Yorkshire Scouts BIG CAMP to be held at the Yorkshire Show Ground, near Harrogate.

There are over 250 on site, exciting daytime activities planned, with something for all age groups, along with lots of entertainment in the evenings.

Scouts & Explorers will arrive on Friday, for 3 nights of camping; Cubs on Saturday, for 2 nights. Beavers will also join us on Saturday to camp for one night.

See the video’s below for an idea of the activities on offer and what has happened in previous years.

Big Camp 2020 Promo Video

Big Camp 2015 Highlights

Costs
The cost of the camp will vary, depending on whether your child is a Beaver, Cub, Scout or Explorer.

i.e. The charges being made by West Yorkshire Scouts for the campsite facilities and activities are as follows:-

Scouts & Explorers – £50
Cubs – £40
Beavers – £30

Clearly, on top of these figures will be transport and catering, which would increase the cost quite considerably.
However, Spen Valley District has agreed to pay the transport costs and because the group is in a healthy financial position, the executive committee has agreed that all members attending the camp will receive a 50% subsidy, which brings the overall cost down to:-

Scouts & Explorers – £25
Cubs – £20
Beavers – £15

If you would like your child to attend the Big Camp during the weekend of 22nd – 25th May 2020, please speak to one of the section leaders, on or before Friday 1ST November.

Section Update – February 2017

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.

Section Update – January 2017

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.

Section Update – Dec 2016

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!

Important Dates

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.

Field Day 2013

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

 

 

Award Congratulations!

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.

Bookbridge Charity

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.