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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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Scouts Kettlewell 2016

Posted on December 9th, 2016 by Webmaster

The Scouts annual trip to Wharfeside House Kettlewell was held over the weekend of 25th – 27th November 2016

For the walk we drove into Buckden and walked up the hill out of the car park and over to Cray where we used the stepping stones to cross the River Wharfe, we then walked along the hillside to Scar House and before dropping down to Hubberholme we visited the ‘Worm Hole’ which every Scout successfully climbed through the dried up waterfall. From Hubberholme we followed the River Wharfe into Buckden and drove back to Kettlewell.








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Scout Leader Recognised in Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List!

Posted on June 11th, 2016 by Webmaster


It is with great pride and pleasure that today we congratulate our Scout Leader David “Midge” Bentley, who has been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours list today. David has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his 52 years Service to Scouting.
David joined the 11th Spen Valley aged eight and became a leader at 18. Now aged 69 he has dedicated more than 51 years to helping 100s of youngsters. His dedication has led him to seeking qualification in skills such as archery, shooting, climbing, and mountain safety, so as to ensure he was able to instruct or supervise in these activities, opening up these activities for Scouts in the area.
From all the Leaders and Exec members B.R.A.V.O. and a huge congratulations a very worthy achievement.

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Quiz Winners for the 6th Year!

Posted on March 13th, 2016 by Webmaster


Congratulations to Scout team who for the 6th year successfully defended the Spen Valley Scouts District Quiz trophy!  The team answered questions on various subjects including; Scouting knowledge, Sport, The natural world and Around the world; well done to them and fingers crossed for next year!

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Cub & Scout Swimming Gala 2016

Posted on February 6th, 2016 by Webmaster

Friday 5th February 2016 was the data for this years Annual Cub & Scout swimming gala, which was held at Spenbrough Swimming baths.

This year the competition was great and both teams swam very well with some great swimming from individual swimmers in their heats and the finals.
The Cubs came overall a joint second and the Scouts managed overall to come first! which was fantastic as they had been second for a few years previous.

Pictured below is the winning Scout team, taken with Spen Valley DC Mike Terry.  Well done again to all swimmers from both Cubs & Scouts.


Scout Swimming Team Winners 2016

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Scouts Summer Camp 2015

Posted on September 26th, 2015 by Webmaster

During August 2015 the Scout Section had their annual summer camp.  This year the Scouts visited Walesby Forest Scout Campsite in Nottinghamshire, and enjoyed all the activities available to them.
A Selection of Photos are available below, showing what they got up to.

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Field Day 2015

Posted on July 6th, 2015 by Webmaster

Rugby World Cup Theme, each Scout Group Camping was given a country, we were South Africa. We also made decoys for the Siege of Mafeking set.

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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)
  Scout Leader David Bentley (50 Years!)

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

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