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.
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.
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.
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 Jason
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday 20th June 1st Bedworth had the privilege of organising the District Scout Point to Point. Andy Clarke volunteered to head the organising team and what a great job he did! Andy was well supported by a large number of adults from 1st Bedworth both before the event and on the day demonstrating the sort of teamwork that makes 1st Bedworth the successful Scout Group it is. On the day the 1st Bedworth team was joined by a number of Leaders from some of the other groups in Nuneaton District who made a big contribution to the success of the event on the day.
Six teams entered the event, two of which were from 1st Bedworth. Despite some interesting navigational decisions from some of the teams and some very challenging weather conditions all of the teams covered most of the 8.5 km route, completing a number of challenges on the route.
The icing on the cake for the 1st Bedworth Leaders was that our team from Haddon Troop (girls) won the event and Wilson’s team (lads) were third placed. Well done both teams ‘you did 1st Bedworth proud’