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Uniform Update – October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers of all members of the 11th Spen Valley Scout Group,

As you are aware, the Scout Association is a uniform organisation. All members, including leaders, wear the OFFICIAL uniform as follows.

Beavers – Turquoise crew neck sweatshirt, navy blue activity trousers and group scarf.

Cubs – Dark green crew neck sweatshirt, navy blue activity trousers and group scarf.

Polo shirts are an optional item for both Beavers & Cubs but are only classed as activity dress, i.e. not official uniform.

Scouts – Teal green long sleeved shirt or blouse, navy blue activity trousers, leather scout belt & buckle and group scarf.

When a new member is invested into the group, they are presented with a group scarf & woggle.

Every member is also provided with a group polo shirt, which may be worn as activity dress, i.e. not official uniform.

Unfortunately, in recent years, the standard of uniform worn by many of our members has become a cause for concern.

As a result, the leaders would appreciate your co-operation in improving the standard of turn out of your young people.

The major problem is leg wear – Jogging bottoms, leggings and even jeans have become a common sight amongst our members.

It would be great if we could get our members into official scout trousers, but in the meantime, school type trousers would be acceptable.

The group has a number of pairs of pre owned official scout trousers, which, if suitable can be purchased for £5.

All items of uniform can be purchased from the Heavy Woollen District Scout Shop in Batley, official scout trousers are £15 and are available in Youths, age 4, 5/6, 7/8. Youths & Girls – 9/10, 11/12, & 13. Please support this local, not for profit shop.

The leaders would greatly appreciate your co operation in this matter.  If there are any problems, please speak to you child’s leader in confidence.

Many Thanks

11th Leaders & Exec Committee

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.

District Field Day 2019

Saturday the 6th of July is Field Day, the annual district event!

Scouts will be camping Friday – Sunday. Beavers and Cubs can come for the day on Saturday, please meet by the Frank Harris Centre at the top of the campsite at 1:45 for the start of the parade at 2pm.

After the parade the Beavers and cubs can explore the various stalls and activities on the day, all we ask is parents stay with the members who are visiting and not camping!

Any questions please just ask any of the leaders.

We hope you can make it!

Summer Gala 2019

Sunday 19th May 2019 was the date for this years Annual Summer Gala.

A Big Thanks to everyone who came along this afternoon support us at our Summer Gala.
Especially to Spen Valley Scout & Guide Band, and the PM Gibson School Of Theatre Dance (Hunsworth)
The weather was good to us and we hope you all had a good time, we managed to raise just over £1000.00 for group funds.

A selection of photos is below:-

Remembrance Parade 2018 – Sunday 11th November 2018

Once again we have been invited to join with the people of Hunsworth, East Bierley & Birkenshaw to come together to mark remembrance Sunday.

This is the day when people who have lost their lives in conflicts and wars all over the world are remembered, but this year is special because 2018 commemorates 100 years since the end of world war 1.

Please meet in the yard in front of Birkenshaw Church at 09:50 am, to parade to the memorial garden at East Bierley for a memorial service, followed by a two minutes silence at 11:00 am,

Parents and families are welcome to join us in the parade.

All members – wear smart uniform please, if you do not have official uniform trousers please wear school uniform type trousers.
It is likely to be cold so you should wear a warm coat (waterproof if wet) and perhaps a T-Shirt or similar under your uniform top.

Members should be collected from East Bierley at about 11:15 am.

Your Attendance would be much appreciated.

Thanks

11th SV Leaders

 

Gone Home – Christine Dawson

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of Christine Dawson

Christine has been at the heart of the 11th Spen Valley for the past 40 years, first in the role of Akela and then as the group treasurer

She was highly thought of and will be deeply missed

Our thoughts go out to Paul and Alistair and their families.

Funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as we have them.

David Sowden – GSL

Scouts District Cooking Competition 2018

Scouts from all over the Spen Valley District, today, were battling it out to be the next Gordon Ramsey, and once again the 11th did the group proud.  Well done to Olivia and Oscar on winning the district cooking competition with their curry and cheesecake. Pictured above Spen Valley District Commissioner David Sowden and Olivia and Oscar from the 11th Spen Valley.

Scouts Quiz Winners for the 8th Year!

Congratulations to Scout team who for the 8th 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!

Important Diary Dates 2018

 

Friday 9th February 2018 Cub & Scout Swimming Gala Spen Pool @ 19:15
Friday 16th February 2018 Cubs to Scouts Going up Ceremony 20:00 @ the HQ
Friday 9th March 2018 Scouts District Quiz 11th HQ at 20:30
Friday 30th March 2018 Good Friday NO Meeting for any sections
Friday 21st April 2018 Scouts District Cooking Competition 10:00 – 12:00 7th HQ
Sunday 21st April 2018 District St Georges Day Parade (See Separate Details)
Friday 11th May 2018 Cub & Scout Section Weekend Camp Weekend Camp at Fanwood (See Separate Details)
Sunday 20th May 2018 Group Annual Gala Parent help needed
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th July District Field Day Weekend 11th Group are the host group this year
Saturday 7th July District Field Day Beavers and Cubs invited to Fanwood for the
day stalls and other activities, come along and
find out all about Scouting in Spen Valley.