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February Newsletters

The February  2018 Newsletters have now been published and can be downloaded by clicking the appropriate link below. These newsletters tell you all about the activities for March to June.

Monday Beavers

Woodward (Tuesday) Beavers

Barlow (Thursday) Beavers

Hopkins (Tuesday) & Walton (Thursday) Cubs

Haddon (Tuesday) Scouts

Wilson (Wednesday) Scouts


Important Scout Newsletter – Pioneering Camp


Scouts Takeover Day at Wasps on Sunday 4th March




Members of Warwickshire and Coventry Scouts along with all parents have been given another great opportunity to celebrate Scouting by attending a WASPS Rugby game on Sunday 4th March 2018. Wasps will be playing London Irish. The Kick Off is 15.00hrs but everyone needs to arrive at least 1 hour before Kick Off


There is free entry for all Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and younger family members and reduced rates for juniors and parents. Beavers, Cubs and younger family members under 10 yrs old will need to be accompanied by an adult, who will need to buy an adult ticket which costs £21.00

Scouts & Explorers can attend without an adult. Nearer to the date we will arrange a meeting time & point for all Scouts & Explorers who are not accompanied by an adult.

A booking form and more information can be downloaded here, or you can pick up a printed copy from the @leaders Table’ when you are paying subs this week.

Scouts (only) will take part in a number of activities on the day including a Half Time Parade.

Scouts can also take part in our competition. Winning Scouts will be Mascots on the day. Information is available from your Scout Leader.

For any queries or for further information please contact Woody

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to all of our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders, Committee, Supporters, Parents & Carers. We look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year. Our meetings and activities start again on Monday 8th January 2018

Wilson Scouts – Last Night – Important

Wilson Scouts – Important Notices

Last night someone took home the wrong uniform. Could everyone check uniforms please and let Woody know on 07710113291 if they have the wrong uniform.

A pair of School shoes and two pairs of trousers were left last night at the hut. Please let Woody know if they belong to you.

Also found were a pair of keys. Please let Woody know if you have mislaid keys.

Calendar Updated

The Calendar page of this website was updated on Wednesday 1st November. Everything should now be up to date. If you spot any errors please email,uk


November Newsletters

The November Newsletters have been circulated by email and hard copies. These newsletters contain lots of  information including details of meetings and activities until the end of February 2018.  To download a copy of a newsletter please click the relevant link below.

Monday Night Beavers

Woodward (Tuesday Night) Beavers

Barlow (Thursday Night) Beavers

Hopkins (Tuesday Night) Cubs

Walton ( Thursday Night) Cubs

Haddon (Tuesday Night) Scouts

Wilson (Wednesday Night) Scouts


Sailing Adventure

Mel, Jess & Ben who are three of our Explorer Scouts, together with Richard, Jo & Sam who are three of our leaders Enjoyed  a sailing adventure. They were onboard a yacht called ‘Offshore Scout’ which is a modern Oyster 49 ketche belonging to ‘Adventures Offshore’. On Saturday 20th August they joined the yacht at Ipswich. On Sunday they sailed to Ramsgate. They crossed the Channel to Dunkirk on Monday. On the crossing they managed to get two sails up and go without the motor. Tuesday was spent exploring Dunkirk. On Wednesday they were off on their adventures again when the sailed to Ostend. On the trip to Ostend the wind was in a good direction for sailing and they enjoyed a day of good speed. They had five sails up and the yacht had a good lean. They had a little time in Ostend before setting off later on Friday for the long  overnight crossing back to the U.K.

Adventures Offshore is a sail training charity based on the UK east coast offering a wide range of offshore sailing adventures to young people and adults, in UK waters and beyond. As part of the worldwide Scouting movement, they share and aim to supplement the objectives of The Scout Association. Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. Adventures Offshore, use offshore sailing as a tool to achieve these objectives, by providing young people with the opportunity to participate in a uniquely adventurous and exciting activity in a challenging environment.  Follow this link to see more photo’s

Scout & Explorer Activity Day

On Saturday 22nd April  10 Scouts & Explorers, accompanied by 4 Leaders enjoyed Adventure Day at Beaudesert Scout Activity Centre  in Staffordshire. The Scouts & Explorers    enjoyed Crate Stacking, Jacob’s Ladder & the Via-Ferreta which are all ‘roped’ activities at height.. The activities were led by Beaudesert’s excellent activity staff.  The Scout had the opportunity to pass three sections of their Adventure Challenge Award. Beaudesert also has an excellent camp shop known as the ‘Providor’, everyone took the opportunity to visit the Providor to buy souvenirs , ice creams , sweets and the like.  Everyone had great day. To see some photo’s of the day click here

St George’s Day Parade 2017

On Sunday 23rd April over 120 members of 1st Bedworth took part in the Nuneaton District Saint George’s Day Parade. The Parade was organised by 1st Bulkington Scout Group who laid on a brilliant event. We paraded from the Alms Houses to the Civic Hall where we took part in a celebration and awards event. After the event we paraded back to the Alms Houses . 1st Bedworth were the biggest contingent on the parade and we are very proud of our youngsters and adults who turned out for the event . As well as a great turn out we were recognised in the awards. 1st Bedworth Hopkins Pack were awarded the York Cup as runners in the Pack of the Year. Our Explorer unit were runners up in the best Unit of the Year. Our Tuesday Beaver Colony (Woodward Colony) were runners up in the best Colony of the Year. Tom who is one of our Explorers and a Young Leader was presented with his D of E Bronze Award. Truly a proud day for 1st Bedworth. To see photos of the event click here

Beaver Police Visit

On Thursday April 13th Barlow Beavers had a very interesting visit from a Policeman. He told them what it was like to be a Policeman and how he used his kit. As you can see from the pictures he also allowed the excited Beavers to wear his uniform. Beavers from Monday & Tuesday night were also invited to attend the night. To see a few more photo’s click here 

A Fantastic Donation

Everyone at 1st Bedworth Scout Group would like to thank Nuneaton Flower Guild, for their kind donation to the group for £2,301. This was the result of the group being their nominated charity for the year. The Flower Guild raised this money over the year by holding a number of events. This donation is a massive boost to our funds and will enable us to buy much needed equipment which will benefit all of our youngsters from the youngest Beaver through to the oldest Explorer.

Richard Bond our Group Chair being presented with the cheque.

Richard Bond our Group Chair being presented with the cheque.

Beaver Olympics

During the Olympics our Beavers joined in the fun by having an Olympic themed Colony Night. The Beavers enjoyed a number of Olympic sports and challenges. 13987738_10209419141452060_994469186_o13977905_10209419141692066_1770855861_o

Green Fingered Beavers

A few months ago our Beavers planted some seeds in troughs and pots outside of the Scout Hut. As a result of their green fingers the outside of the Scout Hut now looks a lot brighter. What do you think of these Sun Flowers. Wow Beavers ! Well done 🙂

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Scout Canoe Expedition

On Saturday 2nd July at approximately 9:00 am, 12 scouts and 5 leaders arrived at the marina in Nuneaton, packed and ready to set off for their first day of the expedition.

As I was one of the girl scouts on this expedition, I know that we all had to pack very lightly, as we had to fit our kit and somebody else’s kit in one barrel. (It was a tight squeeze)

When we set off, the weather and wind didn’t seem too bad to handle at first, but as we got further into the day the wind became stronger and it started to rain, which made our canoes twist and turn in all different directions.

We were paired up with people in the group, but were moved around throughout the day to test each other’s ability in controlling and moving the boat. I also think that the barges did not help with controlling as we had to move every time somebody on a barge came past. Also the fact that we had to pass 11 locks on the way wasn’t the best.

Finally after an extremely long day we did reach our camp for the night, which was a scout hut in Polesworth. This felt like a massive relief, even though there was more work to do before we could rest, such as carry all the canoes off the canal, closer to the hut and then cook our dinner.

I thought that my dinner choice was easy but nice, which meant that we could get everything done quicker.

By this time it was getting dark, so the leaders had to put up the hammocks in the nearby forest and they still didn’t have enough time to get a hammock up for everyone. Luckily I was one of the scouts that did get to sleep in a hammock. It was comfy.

The next morning, I was the last scout to get up, as usual, so I had to quickly get changed and have my breakfast. Then we headed back, this time the water was a lot smoother, the weather was beautiful and we didn’t have to travel as far. We all got picked up by the mini bus and went back to our scout hut for collecting time, which was around 4:00pm on Sunday.

I think that even though this camp was very tiring I would definitely do it again. It was GREAT!  🙂

By Emma

Haddon (Girl) Scout Troop

Thank you Emma for the great report. You all did  well on the weekend and you can be proud of yourselves. You all earned you Expedition Challenge Award. Thank you Kevin, Steven, Dean, Neil, Lewis & Richard for making the weekend such a great success.


Contact from upstate New York

Ashley who is a volunteer at a youth centre located in upstate New York near Albany it’s capital , contacted us.  Ashley works with a very special group of children! With Spring upon them and Summer on it’s way, they are preparing an open house barbecue picnic for the parents of all their students! The youngsters in Ashley’s group are involved in making the event a success and while looking for information they came across our Group Website.

Sara, who is one of Ashley’s students brought in an article for Ashley to see, with all kinds of barbecue tips when preparing and cooking food outdoors. Ashley  suggested that Sara should share this with us, not only because of all great tips, but because knowing how to prepare food in the wilderness is a great survival skill. Here is the article –

Ashley asked us to add this link to her article on our web page, which we were happy to do (see our Links Page), Ashley said that the whole group will be so excited to see  the link . Ashley also promised the whole group a barbecue pizza day if we added the link. Hey kids out there in upstate New York it looks like you are in for a pizza.



Yet more Bedworth Brains

The Team On Saturday March 5th a team from our Barlow & Woodward Beaver Colonies entered the District Beaver Quiz which was held at 1st Bulkington Scout Hut. All of the Beavers and Adults had a great time. The Beavers did brilliantly and were runners up loosing by only one point to 1st Nuneaton.

Our team consisted of Keyan (Our animal expert), Tamlyn (girl brain power), Oliver (great enthusiasm), Dylan (nature specialist), Ollie (great general knowledge) & Lewis (our Scouting pro’)

Woody’s Final Austria Update

Our party has safely returned from their adventure in Austria, tired, weary but with memories that will last a lifetime. I am looking forward to speaking to our Scouts, Explorers and Leaders and hearing all about their great adventure. Over the last week I have been following the feedback from Austria with growing pride and admiration. Our party had a great time, threw themselves into the activities and gave one hundred percent effort and enthusiasm. Their conduct was a credit to 1st Bedworth and to Scouting in general, parents and carers you can be truly proud of your youngsters.
I cannot praise Ryan and his team highly enough, they did a magnificent job. As someone who has had the privilege to lead and co-lead a number of international trips I appreciate the amount of work that is involved in delivering a successful experience. I am proud to have leaders of such calibre and dedication as members of the 1st Bedworth team. I am confident that the future of the Group in in safe and secure hands as the new generation of young adults at 1st Bedworth  take the Group onto even greater events and experiences than ever before

More Beduff Brains !!!

Following on from our success in the District Scout Quiz we are proud of our Explorer team who came second in the District Explorer Quiz on Wednesday. Well done Mel, Matt, Lewis & Tom you are an excellent team. Congratulations to the team from Coton Explorers who came first.

Beduff Brains

We are really proud of Ben, Hollie, Nicole & Ryan  our ‘Brains of Beduff’ who last night lifted the Trophy at the Nuneaton District Scout Annual Quiz. There was stiff competition from several other Troops from Nuneaton, Bedworth & Bulkington but our quartet were triumphant on the night in a closely fought contest.  “This is the first time in my memory that we have won this trophy” commented Woody, our Group Scout Leader. Woody has been around a long time so it must be many years since we last won ! . The team was a joint effort between Haddon (Girls Troop) & Wilson (Lads Troop)  who for one night put aside their normal boy/girl rivalry to prove that they can be a formidable combination.


Receiving the Trophy from Sam Marshall – Nuneaton District Commissioner


Back at the hut afterwards and still celebrating.

Some Important Information

Haddon Troop Nights

Troop Nights start at 7.00pm and finish at 9.00pm on Tuesday Night.

Everyone needs to ‘book in’ and pay subs at the ‘Leaders Table’ in the small hall as soon as they arrive at the Scout Hut, and make their tuck order if any is required to be handed out at the end of the night.

Scouts should arrive  at the Scout Hut between 6.45pm & 6.55pm on Troop Night.

Everyone needs to wear full uniform to Troop Night. Everyone also needs to bring a change of clothes to wear for activities. We strongly suggest that these are old clothes as they may get very dirty, wet or occasionally even damaged.  Everyone needs to make sure that their ‘changedown clothes’ will keep them warm and dry  as no matter what the weather or time of year we may be doing activities outside.

Mobile Phones

We have an absolute ban on any Scout having a mobile phone in their possession on any Scout activity. If we find a Scout has a mobile phone with them during an activity they will be required to hand the phone over to the leader in charge who will only return it to a parent or guardian, or an adult nominated by the parent or guardian. The Scout will also be placed on fatigues. We would prefer that all Scouts leave their mobiles at home but if they have to bring them to Scouts they will be expected to turn them off and hand them in to the leader in charge for safe keeping until the end of the activity. We apologise if this policy seems a little harsh but it is a result of ‘bitter experience’ and is entirely un-negotiable



We think that it is important that all of our members take pride in their appearance and one of the ways  that this is demonstrated is by wearing full and correct uniform to Troop Night and other appropriate activities. Full and correct uniform is:

Green Scout Uniform Shirt

Royal Blue Necka with appropriate woggle

Black, dark grey, or navy blue ‘School type’ trousers, not tight fitting or ‘leggings’ or jeans.

Black, dark grey or navy blue socks that at least cover the ankle

Black footwear , boots or shoes are preferable but plain black ‘trainers’ that look like shoes are acceptable. On some activities walking boots are also be appropriate.

All items should be clean, tidy and worn correctly.

We expect Scouts to take responsibility for their own appearance and they may be sanctioned if they are not in correct uniform. However we do understand that on occasions there may be situations where it is not possible to be in correct dress, In these circumstances we would really appreciate parents or guardians letting us know by note , text  or verbally to avoid their youngsters being unfairly sanctioned.


Contact on absence

Parents please help us by always letting us know if your youngster is unable to attend a Troop night or other activity they are expected to attend. Either call or text Woody on 07710113291 , Ann-marie on 07850096360  or email .


Some Important Information

Wilson Troop Nights

Troop Nights start at 7.00pm and finish at 9.00pm  on Wednesday Night.

On Wednesday night the Scout Hut will be open from 6.30pm.

Everyone needs to ‘book in’ and pay subs at the ‘Leaders Table’ in the main hall as soon as they arrive at the Scout Hut.

The Tuckshop will open at 6.40pm for anyone who wants to avoid the queue for Tuckshop at the end of the night. The Tuckshop will close at 6.55pm and anyone who has not bought their Tuck by this time will need to buy it at the end of Troop Night.

Everyone needs to be at the Scout Hut by 6.55pm on Troop Night.

Everyone needs to wear full uniform to Troop Night. Everyone also needs to bring a change of clothes to wear for activities. We strongly suggest that these are old clothes as they may get very dirty , wet or occasionally even damaged. Everyone needs to make sure that their ˜changedown clothes will keep them warm and dry as no matter what the weather or time of year we may be doing activities outside.

Mobile Phones

We have an absolute ban on any Scout having a mobile phone in their possession on any Scout activity. If we find a Scout has a mobile phone with them during an activity they will be required to hand the phone over to the leader in charge who will only return it to a parent or guardian, or an adult nominated by the parent or guardian. The Scout will also be placed on fatigues. We would prefer that all Scouts leave their mobiles at home but if they have to bring them to Scouts they will be expected to turn them off and hand them in to the leader in charge for safe keeping until the end of the activity. We apologise if this policy seems a little harsh but it is a result of ‘bitter experience’ and is entirely un-negotiable


We think that it is important that all of our members take pride in their appearance and one of the ways  that this is demonstrated is by wearing full and correct uniform to Troop Night and other appropriate activities. Full and correct uniform is:

Green Scout Uniform Shirt

Royal Blue Necka with appropriate woggle

Black, dark grey, or navy blue ‘School type’ trousers, not tight fitting or ‘leggings’ or jeans.

Black, dark grey or navy blue socks that at least cover the ankle

Black footwear , boots or shoes are preferable but plain black ‘trainers’ that look like shoes are acceptable. On some activities walking boots are also be appropriate.

All items should be clean, tidy and worn correctly.

We expect Scouts to take responsibility for their own appearance and they may be sanctioned if they are not in correct uniform. However we do understand that on occasions there may be situations where it is not possible to be in correct dress, In these circumstances we would really appreciate parents or guardians letting us know by note , text  or verbally to avoid their youngsters being unfairly sanctioned.


Contact on absence

Parents please help us by always letting us know if your youngster is unable to attend a Troop night or other activity they are expected to attend. Either call or text Woody on 07710113291 or email

Bag Packing Success

This weekend a number of our Scouts and Explorers , supported by an adult team have been Bag Packing to raise funds for activities. On Saturday we were at ASDA Nuneaton where we raised £1066.41. On Sunday we were at Morrisons on the Holyhead Road where we raised £1074.26, making the fantastic total of £2140.67 over the weekend. It was really nice to receive so many positive comments about our youngster’s politeness , hard work and smartness from members of the public. We continue to be so proud of our youngsters who are truly a credit to Scouting. We would sincerely like to thank the colleagues at both stores for making our bag packs possible and for being so supportive and welcoming. A big big thank you to to the shoppers at both stores who contributed so generously. A special thank you to the adult leaders who supported this weekend , to Jo for organising the events , and to Mel & Jess our counting machine operators.

Remembrance Day Parade

We are very proud of our members who attended Remembrance Parade this year.  Despite indifferent weather over 120 members of 1st Bedworth were smartly turned out on Parade. We were lucky that the rain stayed away during the parade. We would like to thank the Bedworth Branch of the Royal British Legion for allowing us the privilege of being allowed to parade, The Reverend Richard Hare for an excellent thought provoking and entertaining service and the ladies of the catering team for the brilliant buffet afterwards. The Photos below are courtesy of Jason Arrowsmith- Thank you Jason12122764_932036140204329_7591403523807673447_n 12208351_932036560204287_2860596870998880135_n 12208496_932036260204317_8885703839284431630_n 12208725_932036520204291_8984901812102750362_n 12227555_932036423537634_984686188565148315_n

How to become a Scout

Scouts_CMYK_green_linearDuring your first few weeks in the Troop   you will get to know the members of  your Patrol, and your Leaders. You will notice that the other members of the Troop wear a smart uniform and are awarded badges. This is because they are Scouts and have been Invested. You should aim to become a Scout as soon as possible. To become a Scout a you need to do 3 things:- 1)     Get your uniform 2 )    Earn your Scout Membership Badge 3)     Become  ‘invested’

1) Getting your uniform

Scouts wear the following uniform:DSCF2691 A smart teal green shirt. A Royal blue ‘necka’ with a woggle. Black, dark grey or navy blue trousers. Black shoes or boots Dark grey , navy blue or black socks You will probably only need to buy your uniform shirt. The uniform shirt costs £17.50 and can be bought on Troop Night as we keep a stock of them at the Scout Hut. you  probably already have black trousers and black shoes that you wear for school. You royal blue necka will be presented to you at your investiture along with your badges. You do not have to pay  for your necka and badges

Earning your Scout Membership Badge

Membership Badge

The World Membership Badge worn worldwide by over 28 million Scouts.

To earn your membership badge you need to complete the following requirements:-

  • 1) Get to know other Members and Leaders in the Patrol and Troop
  • 2) Find out about the activities that the Patrol and Troop does
  • 3) Know and understand the Scout Promise and Law
  • 4) Know and understand the rules of the Troop.
  • 5)  Know and understand the Scout Motto, Sign, Salute and Handshake.
  • 6)  Show a general knowledge of the history of Scouts and Scouting around the world.
  • 7)  Know what to do at your Investiture.

The first two requirements

During your first two or three weeks in the Troop you will get to know the members of your Patrol, the other Scouts in the Troop  and your you will find out about the sort of activities you will be doing as a Scout. This means that you will cover the first two requirements without making any special effort.

3) Knowing & understanding the Scout Promise & Law.

All Scouts throughout the world make a Scout Promise at their Investiture and do their best to live their lives by following the Scout Law. You need to try and learn these if you can, but most importantly you need to understand what they mean First of all let’s look at the Scout Promise which is ? ‘On my honour I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God & the Queen, to help other people and to keep the Scout Law’ so what does this mean- On my honour…. Do you know what your honour is? When you promise ‘on your honour’ it means that nothing will ever make you break your promise. You really mean it. … I promise that I will do my best…. You will do as well as you are able, because it is very important to you. You will not always succeed , but your promise is to do you best. If you fail try harder next time, don’t just give up trying. … do my duty….. Duties are those tasks which you have to do. You should try to do those things you know need doing before someone else tells you to do them. … God….. If you go to Church or Sunday School that is one way of doing your duty to God. Respecting nature and the environment which are God’s creation is another way. …. and to the Queen…….. Your duty to the Queen, includes showing respect for her and what she stands for as the head of our country. This includes obeying the laws of our country , respecting the Union Flag and standing to alert when the National Anthem is played.. ….to help other people ……. Whenever you see someone in need of help, don’t let them struggle, find out if there is anything you can do to help. Try and do at least one good turn each day. When a Scout does a good turn they should not expect or or accept any payment. …. and to keep the Scout Law. You will always do your utmost to obey the rules of the Scout Law. Now for the Scout Law ! There are seven Scout Laws. You can see them below together with an explanation of what they mean. 1. A Scout is to be trusted . Scouts are trusted to use and look after a lot expensive and hazardous equipment such as axes, saws, stoves and tents .Because you can be trusted to put it right if anything goes wrong you’ll be allowed to use and do a lot of things other young people of your age wouldn’t be able to .No Scout would dream of lying, or stealing, or cheating in games because Scouts can be trusted. If a Scout makes a promise they always keep it. Your parents, Leaders will ask you do do a job, and then trust you to get on with it. If you don’t do your jobs in camp, the whole Patrol might be held up in what they are doing. 2. A Scout is loyal. Do you support a football or other sports team ? Then you’ll be loyal to them. When you’re loyal it means you stand by someone and help them even when things get tough. Try to be just as enthusiastic in your loyalty to your parents, school, friends, Patrol & Troop as you are to your sports team. People will like you if they know you are loyal and you won’t let them down 3. A Scout is friendly and considerate. When somebody new joins your Patrol or Troop, try to make them feel welcome. Ask them about their interests and help them settle in.Scouts have always protect birds, animals and the environment, so be considerate when you are camping and don’t leave things lying around that could injure wildlife or one of the other campers, like broken bottles, polythene bags or tin cans.If people are rude to you, try not to be rude back. Always speak and behave politely remember ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and you will earn the respect of everyone you meet. Be considerate to your neighbours, for instance don’t make a lot of noise when you know they may be ill in bed, or are sleeping after working a night shift. Give up your seat on the bus to an elderly or infirm person 4. A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts. As a Scout you have brothers and sisters throughout the world – every other Scout. They have made their Scout Promise just like you. You can meet them at District or County events or competitions, or while you are on camp, or whilst abroad or on an international event. You are expected to treat all other Scouts as your equal no matter what colour they are, what religion they are, or if they have a special needs 5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties. A newspaper report told of a 13 year old Scout who kicked in two doors to rescue four children while the adults in the street just stood and watched! You might not be asked to show such courage but you are expected to be calm in an emergency of any kind and remember your Scout training. Your difficulties might be school work or an unkind nickname. It is easy to get discouraged ,but if you learn to say to yourself over and over again’ I can, and what’s more I will’ and learn to laugh with people even when the joke is on you, you’ll suddenly find you have succeeded. Difficulties sometimes occur at camp – perhaps your tent is blowing down in the wind and rain at night. Try to make a joke of it and enjoy laughing at your troubles, and you will find things are not so bad, after all 6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property Make the best use of your time – finish your homework as soon as you get home, then you will have the evening free to do other things. At camp finish off those chores before you go and play a widegame! Being careful of possessions and property includes that of other people as well as your own. Remember to use equipment carefully and always put it away correctly afterwards. Hang up your Scout uniform when you take it off. A Scout would never deface property with graffiti or vandalise any property. 7. A Scout has self respect and respect for others. This law includes looking after your body and mind. You need regular exercise and you need to eat properly. Your body needs proper foods to keep it healthy. Washing regularly and especially before handling food is very important. Look after yourself, don’t rely on someone else to tell you when to do things. For example, your parents or leaders will not always be with you to tell you to get washed , or dress smartly or behave yourself properly. Respecting others includes respecting their views even if you do not agree with what they say. Bullying either physical or verbal has no place in Scouting. You should respect your parents, leaders and teachers by doing as they ask you and not answering back.Keeping your mind healthy includes doing your best at school and making sure that the things you think and say could be repeated in front of your parents and not embarrass anyone. You shouldn’t make fun of people because they are fat, thin, a different colour, not as smart as you or if they are different to you in any way.

4) The rules of the Troop.

Because all Scouts should try to follow the Scout Law at all times we do not need to have lots of rules. Most of the Scout Page 1rules we do have are about keeping ourselves safe and you will learn these rules as you take part in the activities that they relate to. The rules that you need to know right at the beginning are probably these : You are expected to turn up up meetings and activities regularly and on time, wearing the correct clothing and always being prepared to go outdoors whatever the weather. If you are not going to be able to attend an activity or you are going to be late you are expected to let your Patrol Leader or a Leader know before the meeting or activity. You are expected to follow instructions given to you by more senior members. We always wear our uniform with pride, we make sure it is clean, smart and complete. We never wear ‘part’ of uniform. When we wear uniform we always bring old clothes to change into for activities so we don’t mess up our uniform. You should  leave your mobile ‘phone at home , or hand it into a leader as soon as we arrive at the activity. You should never have anything with you at Scouts that you couldn’t legally buy in a shop

5) The Scout Motto, Scout Sign, The Scout Salute and the Scout Handshake

The Scout Motto The Scout Motto is “Be Prepared.” With this in mind, you should be ready for all eventualities both at meetings and activities. An example of this is bringing all you need for camp, or waterproofs when it could rain. Because of your Scout Training you should always be prepared for any emergency.

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The Scout Sign

The Scout Sign The Scout Sign is made with the right hand. The sign is made with three fingers as shown in the picture. The three fingers remind us of the three parts of The Scout Promise, Duty to God, To the Queen and to others. The Scout Sign is only used when making or re-affirming the Scout Promise


Scout Salute

The Scout Salute All Scouts make the same salute. The salute is made with the right hand and is only used when you are standing at Alert. It is used as a greeting, when we break the flag, at presentations , and as a sign of respect.


The Scout Handshake

The Scout Handshake Scouts greet each other in a special way. They always shake hands with their left hand. The origins of this custom come from when Baden-Powell was a soldier in Africa. He saw lots of tribal chiefs who carried spears and shields. They always carried their spear in their right hand, and their shield in their left hand. It was a sign of great trust for them to offer their left hand when shaking hands. This is because they had to put their shields down but they were both still carrying their spears. Baden-Powell adopted the left hand shake for Scouts to show the trust they have for each other.

 6) History of Scouts and Scouting around the world.


Robert Stevenson Smythe Baden-Powell usually known as BP

The Scout movement was started by a man called Robert Baden – Powell. He was born in London in 1857 and is usually called just B.P. ! As a boy he enjoyed pretending to be a hunter or an Indian scout. One of his favourite places at school was called the Copse. It was out of bounds to all the boys at Chaterhouse School where he boarded at, but that made it all the more exciting as he had to avoid the teachers. B.P. hated school and was not very good at many of the subjects he was taught. When B.P. left school he joined the army as an officer. He travelled a lot with the army. He served in India & South Africa. In 1888 he was fighting in South Africa and having captured a Zulu chief called Dinizulu he was given a long necklace of wooden beads by him. Much later B.P. used these beads to make the first Wood Badges which are awards given to Scouters when they pass their leadership training. While still in South Africa B.P. became famous for his defence of a small town called Mafeking. He used all of his cunning to hold out to an enemy force of Boer soldiers who out numbered his men by nine to one. After seven long months , during which food and supplies became very short, he was finally relieved by a larger British force. During the siege he organised the boys of the town into the Mafeking Cadet Corps and they ran messages on foot and by bike to all of his outposts, often under fire. 220px-BP_and_future_Scouts_at_BrownseaBack in Britain Everyone was glad to hear the news that Mafeking had been relieved and agreed that B.P. was a national hero. He was only 43 when he became the youngest Major-General in the British Army. When B.P.came home to Britain he was upset to see boys in big towns had nothing to do except to hang around the streets and to get into trouble. He decided to put into practice some of the ideas he had used in South Africa to help the boys of Britain. He knew boys enjoyed outdoor life and so he organised a camp for 20 boys on Brownsea Island in Pool Harbour in Dorset. Here he taught them about exploring, camping, boating, stalking, life saving and many other things which Scouts still do today. An important principal of the camp was that the boys were on their honour’ and were trusted to organise themselves, which B.P. knew they could do. After the camp B.P.wrote a book called ‘Scouting For Boys’, which was bought by thousands of boys all over the240px-Scouting_for_boys_1_1908 country. They formed themselves into Patrols and did many of the things they read about in the book. Before long, they found adults to help them and Scout Troops began. In 1910, B.P. retired from the army and at the request of the King he devoted all of his time to organising and developing his new movement. Scouting soon started to spread throughout the world and B.P. traveled to many countries to meet the Scouts in those countries. In 1920, at Olympia in London, the first international Scout Camp, known as a Jamboree, was held. Towards the end a young Scout declared, “We, the Scouts of the world, salute you, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Chief Scout of the World” and so B.P. became the first and only Chief Scout of the world. Bear GryllsIn order to train adults to become Scout Leaders, B.P. used a camp site in Epping Forest called Gillwell Park. It is still used today for training and as a camp site and is visited by many thousands of Scouts from all over the world. In 1929 B.P.was made a Baron by the King for all of his work with Scouting. B.P. chose the title Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell. When B.P. became old his health started to fail and he moved to Kenya because the weather was better there and he loved Africa, He died in Kenya in 1941 and he is buried at the foot of Mount Nyrie a place that he loved. After B.P.died countries started to appoint their own Chief Scouts. The U.K. had had several Chief Scouts since. Our present Chief Scout is Bear Grylls.

 7)  Scout Investiture.

Below there is an outline of how the ceremony is conducted. Investiture* The Troop will fall in as we normally do at the end of Troop Night. * The Troop will be brought the Alert by the Scout Leader. * The Scout Leader will ask your Patrol Leader to bring you forward to stand in front of the him/her. Your Patrol Leader, you and the Scout Leader will then salute each other. * You will be asked by the Scout Leader if you understand and accept The Promise and Law. You reply that you do accept them. * The Scout Flag will be lowered between the Scout Leader and yourself. * The Scout Leader will place his/her left hand on the flag and you do the same. * The Scout Leader will then make the Scout Sign with the right hand, then ask you to do the same. The Scout Leader will then ask all of the Invested members to make the Scout Sign, which they all do. * The Scout Leader will then say the Scout Promise line by line, and you you repeat each line after the Scout Leader has said it. * The Scout Leader will say that you are now a Scout and that you are trusted upon your honour to keep your promise * You and the Scout Leader now take your hands of the flag and stop making the Scout Sign. All of the other Scouts will stop making the sign as well and everybody is standing at alert. * The Scout Leader and you then make the Scout Handshake with your left hand. * You will then be presented with your necka if you were not a Cub and most of your badges but not your Patrol Badge. * You and your Patrol Leader then turn to face each other. Your Patrol Leader then presents you with your Patrol Badge and welcomes you to the Patrol. You & your Patrol Leader then make the Scout Handshake with your left hands. * You and your Patrol Leader then turn to face the Scout Leader and all three of you salute each other with your right hands. You and your Patrol Leader then return to your Patrol.

Your Investiture

When you have passed your Scout Membership Badge and you have your Scout uniform you can be invested as a Scout. This is one of the most important events in a Scout’s life and it should be treated with respect. Don’t worry if it seems a little confusing because the Scout Leader will remind you if you forget anything. The most important thing is that you understand the Scout Law & Promise, and that you make a sincere promise to accept them and that you are prepared to do your best to live by them.                                                                                                                         To pass requirements 3,4,5,6, & 7,  you need to read the information sheets and remember as much as you can. If you find it difficult to read or understand the information sheets please talk to your Patrol Leader who will be happy to help you. Tell your Patrol  Leader when you have read the information sheets and you think you are ready to be invested. You Patrol Leader will have a chat with you to see if you are ready to be invested. If you are ready you Patrol Leader will tell you and let the Scout Leader know.

The Group Executive

The Group Executive Committee are the Trustees of 1st Bedworth Scout Group and are responsible for the governance of the Group which is a registered charity in its own right.

The Committee meets regularly on the second Monday in the month in January, March, May, July, September and November.

The meetings are held in MOG’s Room and start at 7.30pm

Scouts Raise £720 for Dogs For The Disabled

Scouts from Wilson & Haddon Troops raised a total of £720 which they presented to representatives from Dogs For The Disabled at their Annual Presentation Night on Saturday 3rd October.
In June the Scouts who were working on their Community Challenge Award invited Teresa Fletcher to come along to their Troop Nights. Teresa told them about the excellent work that Dogs For The Disabled does for people with additional needs. Teresa brought along her daughter Bethany and Quartz her Assistance Dog. Teresa explained how Dogs For The Disabled train assistance dogs to support people in their homes and in the community and how the Assistance Dog services support children and adults with physical disabilities and families with a child affected by autism. Teresa also told the Scouts that Dogs For the Disabled rely on voluntary contributions from the general public.
The Scouts thoroughly enjoyed Teresa’s talks and were determined to raise some funds to help the cause. Each Patrol in the two Troops decided they would to raise £20 to support the cause. They immediately set about organising a number of activities including sponsored walks, jogs and abseils. The Patrols raised a total of £332 with these activities. This was far more than the £200 target they had set themselves.

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The Big Dog’s Breakfast was blessed with good weather and was busy all day

Teresa later mentioned the ‘Big Dogs Breakfast’ a national initiative to raise funds. The idea behind the Big Dog’s Breakfast was to provide a breakfast for humans and their doggy companions, to provide a fun activity and of course to raise funds for Dogs For The Disabled.

Members of the Troop Leadership Forum  loved the opportunity to raise even more money and a team of Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders between the ages of 11 and 14 years old immediately set about organising the event. Local businesses and the parents of the youngsters were very generous in donating prizes & cakes for the day and many of them made special ‘doggy treats’ for sale.

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Cameron & George who were two of our organising team getting ready to serve hot drinks.

The Big Dog’s Breakfast which was held at the Scout Hut on Saturday 19th September was blessed with good weather and a good turnout of dogs who brought along their human companions. Quartz brought along Teresa & Bethany to join in the fun, and he was joined by Ursula who is a puppy under training and her socialiser Angela. The Scouts cooked bacon & sausage batches to sell and there was also cakes and hot & cold drinks for sale. Activities included a dog agility course, face painting, tombola, hook a frog and guess the number of dog treats in the jar. The day’s activities raised over £388.

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Jessica from our organising team, ensuring fair play on our Dog Agility Course

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Members of the organising team presenting the cheque for £720 to Teresa from Dogs For The Disabled at our Presentation Night,

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Corey from our organising team preparing to serve bacon and bacon sandwiches assisted by Neil.

The youngsters involved raised all of the money on their own initiative, and by their own effort. The adult leaders are extremely proud of them. They deservedly took great pride in presenting the cheque to Teresa, Bethany , Quartz, Angela & Ursula on Saturday night.

On October 15th Dog’s For The Disabled changed it’s name to Dog’s For The Good

Link to Dogs For the Good website.

Link to the article in Nuneaton News

Photos of Big Dog’s Breakfast

Natasha ‘Gets In’ WISPA


The Front Page of Wispa

WISPA is our County Scout Newsletter that is posted to every adult member of Scouting in Warwickshire. Natasha who is a Cub in Walton Pack wrote a report on the County ‘Get In’ Camp which was held at Ragley Hall in May. We thought the report was brilliant but we could not feature it on our website at the time as we needed to wait until it had been featured in WISPA first. Obviously we weren’t the only people who thought the report was brilliant as the editor has given her a full page in the August edition. We are proud of Natasha. You can read her report below.

Hi, my name is Natasha and this is my report on Get In camp 2015 for Warwickshire Scouts.

I arrived on site at 7.30pm on Friday the 15th of May and was whisked straight away to meet up with of Nuneaton District gang show to practice for our performance during the opening ceremony.


Natasha’s article in Wispa

After the opening we were all treated to a fireworks display which was really, really good. It was then back to to my groups camping area for supper and bed. On Saturday morning we got up and had breakfast and then it was time to starting having fun doing all the great activities. I went on the all inflatables, my favourites were the rodeo bull and water zorbing. I also had a water wars and got a bit wet, but it was fun. I also had a go at caving, which I thought was scary, but really liked it. Then I had a go on both of the climbing walls, and my favourite wall was the one without the buzzer at the top. I went and had a go at archery and used I a proper bow and arrows and I even got two bullseyes. I visited both the food tent, where I made fruit kebabs, armpit fudge and cooked a pancake on tin can using a candle. and the make it tent where I made a wooden train, pipe cleaner man, wooden snail key ring and peace lantern and a paper plane. When it was our turn to visit the circus, I thought it was really, really funny and my part was the people with the hula hoops. I really liked the campfire and enjoyed very much even though I couldn’t hear much. During the weekend I also played in the adventure playground and had loads of fun in there.

On the Sunday morning when back around and did some more of my favourite activities from Saturday. After dinner it was time to get changed into my cub uniform and go to the closing ceremony and go home very tired and very happy from having so much fun over the weekend.

Thank you to everyone who planned the camp and everyone who help the activities. I really enjoyed this camp, and I am already looking forward to the next one.

Natasha, Cub Scout with 1st Bedworth Walton pack. Aged 9.

Paranormal Investigation Weekend


The Ghost Investigators. Scouts, Explorers and Adults from 1st Bedworth

On Friday 24th July a group of 22 from 1st Bedworth visited an old Victorian School at Long Eaton near Nottingham for a Paranormal Investigation Event. The group consisted of older Scouts, Explorers and adults. We used a professional  company called Haunted Happenings to provide this experience. We arrived at the School just before 9.00pm and we were given a briefing by the events staff. The staff also took us through a procedure that allowed us to create our own ‘safety zone’ that we could go into if at any point during the night we felt uncomfortable. Luke who organised the event had already split us into three Ghost Investigation Teams (G.I.T.’s) called Old G.I.T’s , Mean G.I.T’s and Little G.I.T’s. Each team consisted of a mixture of Scouts, Explorers and Adults.. The teams were each issued with a night vision camera to record their experiences.

K2 Meter

E.M.F. Meter known as the ‘K2’

After our initial briefing the lights were extinguished and  the whole group moved into a large room known as the Day Room. Some of the group sat around a large wooden table and other sat around the room on the comfy furniture. Here we were introduced to one of the pieces of equipment which we would be using all night. E.M.F. Meters, known as K2’s and Cat Balls .The E.M.F. Meters which detect electro magnetic variations  had a display that was a steady green light when all was normal and flashed from green, to amber, to red when they detected a spirit in their vicinity.

Whilst in the Day Room we were introduced to ‘Calling Out’ which is how you invite the Spirits to join the proceedings. Basically you introduce yourself and politely invite the Spirits to make their presence known. The staff stressed the need to be polite to the spirits at all times and that we must thank them if they communicated. Another key thing we were told was that we should try and debunk any unexplained happenings and try to come up with a rational explanation. All of us were encouraged to join in the ‘Calling Out’ It was whilst we in this room as a large group that we had our first encounters with the spirit world. On more than one occasion when we tapped on the table our signal was returned. The E.M.F meters also detected a response a few times. One of our group who was a self declared ‘non- believer’ seemed to attract to attract the most attention from the ‘other side’. He was asked to kneel in the corner of the room and place a sweet on his open hand. He then called out and invited the spirits to take the sweet. After a couple of minutes the sweet jumped out of his hand and he said it felt like it had been snatched from him. We repeated this experiment and the same thing happened again.


Ovilus – Similar to the one we used

We were in the day room for about 30 minutes. We then split into our Ghost Investigation and moved around the different rooms trying different ways to contact the spirits. We spent around thirty minutes on each activity.

One of the pieces of kit we used was called an Ovilus. Basically this is a device that converts environmental readings into words. When you ask the spirit a question the device often displays a word of answer. Usually without this device you are limited to ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers.  We were all a bit sceptical about this piece of kit as many of us thought it could possibly be programmed in advance or maybe controlled remotely, but it did produce some interesting results.

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an example of a group Table Tipping. We used a square table and there were only four people around the table.

We also tried Table Tipping . We stood around a table in the corridor and we all placed our finger tips lightly on the table. We called out questions and asked the spirits to answer by tipping the table one way for ‘yes’ and the opposite way for ‘no’. Again we had some interesting results. One team had the table balancing on one leg and at least one of the teams found the table violently turning ninety degrees and also the table rocking backwards and forwards. We really couldn’t explain how this was happening as it was an open legged table without any cloth or cover so we could see everyone clearly and we were resting our fingers only very lightly on the table.

Another experiment involved us sitting around a glass which was in the centre of a table. We all placed the backs of our fingers on the glass. At one end of the table was an E.M.F. Meter. We asked the spirits questions and asked them to move the glass towards or away from the light to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to our questions. We again had some interesting results with the glass moving moving quite quickly on some occasions.

During the evening we had regular refreshment breaks and the individual teams all had opportunities to carry out their own investigations. The night ended at 2.00am with us all sitting in the main corridor with our backs to both walls and facing each other. The cat balls were placed between us at regular intervals where we could all  clearly see them. Again we called out to the spirits and asked them to light up the balls if they were present. Spookily the balls lit up several times and many of us felt draughts even though there were no windows open.

The night was a very interesting experience with lots of events that we could not easily explain. The youngsters in particular behaved in a very mature way and fully participated in all of the experiments. The staff were very complimentary about our group. Here is an email we received from them.

To understand the emails below you need to know that Hazel is the owner ‘Haunted Happenings’ who was present for part of the night and Rob is one of the staff who ran the event.

From: Hazel Ford
Date: 27 July 2015 at 11:23
Subject: Friday Ghost Hunt
To: Luke Atkinson

Hi Luke,

I hope that you are all ok and that you enjoyed the event on Friday.  I know that the team really enjoyed working with you all.  I just wanted to let you see an email that was sent to me by Rob, one of the team members.

Thank you for being such a brilliant group.



Hi Hazel,

I am just writing to you to say that the group we had on Friday was brilliant to work with they gave it every thing they had. The calling out questions was very good, and they worked hard with the equipment. I just wanted to tell you how great the night was as I know mostly you will have people complain but this night needs to be noted as a great night given by staff and guests. If you could please let the guest know how well behaved and how hard they worked and it was a pleasure to work with them.

Hope to see you again soon Hazel.

Many Thanks,


When we returned to the Scout Hut we had some food and a few hours sleep. We spent Saturday making our own documentary film of the investigation. The documentary was finally completed in the small hours of Sunday morning. First we watched the two Zombie films we had made in the previous two years and then we watched the documentary.  We enjoyed  a few hours sleep before going home on Sunday morning.

The documentary will be put online soon for you to watch.

This weekend would have not been possible without the expertise and help of Luke and the team at Haunted Happenings to whom we offer our sincere thanks.

What will we be doing next year at the ‘Film Making Weekend’ ?………..Sorry you will have to wait to find out.


Bag Packing – Sunday 5th July

We are really pleased with results of yesterday”s bag packing at Sainsburys in Nuneaton and Tesco at Bedworth. At Tesco we collected £690.30 and at Sainsburys we collected £519.72. We also received lots of positive comments about the politeness,smartness and behaviour of our bag packers. Well done everyone. We would like to thank the management and staff at both stores for allowing us to bag pack and for being so welcoming and friendly.A tremendous thank you also to the customers at both stores for being so generous with your donations.

Adventure Afloat

On Friday 12th June a group of excited youngsters and leaders  from 1st boarded the minibus that would take them to Barby Moorings near Rugby where they would be boarding the 72ft Narrowboat ‘Centenary’ to crew her for a weekend of adventure. The group consisted of 5 Cubs, 3 Scouts and 4 Leaders. During the weekend the youngsters practiced all of the skills of operating a narrowboat, including helming (steering)  the boat, learning about boat maintenance & safety , operating the locks, learning the vital skills of living onboard a boat and teamwork. Their journey took them along the Oxford Canal before turning onto the Grand Union canal just before Braunston. They followed the Grand Union through the long Braunston Tunnel to Norton Junction. They successfully navigated Centenary up the Watford Locks which is a tricky staircase lock and through the Crick Tunnel which they reached on Saturday afternoon before turning the boat around to return the way they had came back to Barby. Everyone had a great incident free weekend and our rookie helmsmen & helmswomen did a great job of controlling the boat and avoiding running it aground. Several badges were earned during the weekend including Nights Away, Water Journeys and the Scout Power Coxswain.

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