Friday 18th - Sunday 20th February @ Great Tower - £30.

Join together with 100+ other Scouts from across Preston for an action packed indoor weekend. There's a wide variety of activities to try: conquer your fear of height's on the leap of faith; test your building skills when crate stacking; practice your aim with shooting an archery. Something for everyone and not to be missed.

Booked so far: Rachel, Eleanor, John, Laura, Chloe, Luke, Matthew A, Andrew, James, Keaton, Alex

Book your place now:

Friday 14th - Sunday 16th January - £30

An indoor weekend at Guy's Farm (provisionally) and a second chance to enjoy all the fun of Christmas.

Always a fun relaxed weekend, with Christmas Dinner as the highlight.

Booked so far: Rachel, Eleanor, James, John, Laura, Liam

Places are limited - book yours now:

Thanks to everyone who supported our group and the district in our centenary draw.

The winners were drawn at the Centenary Ball on 27th November - well done to everyone who won.

Preston & District Cubs Carol Service

Thursday 2nd December 2010
St Walburge's Church

Commencing at 7pm
This week at Beavers, we will be making Christingles ready for the District Christingle Celebration Service next week.

The service will be held on Monday 6th December at Fulwood Methodist Church (opposite the Withy Trees). We will meet on the car park behind the Church (Highgate Avenue) at 6:15 so that we can take our seats in church on time.

Beavers should be in full smart uniform, including scout or school trousers and school shoes.

Parents are very welcome to stay for the service or collect their children from the car park afterwards at around 7:30pm.

During the service there will be a collection, to be divided between Fulwood Methodist Church and Derian House.

Four Scouts made this film to showcase what they do in their communities. The film was premiered in London on 1 November 2010 at an event to thank the individuals, companies, trusts and foundations who support Scouting in many ways. Without them we couldn't do all the things you see in this video.

How could you help Scouting?

Sat, 4 December, 11:45 – 16:00 @ St Anthony's Church

Once again, we have been asked to help at the SVP's Party for the parish's older people.

We are looking for older cubs and scouts to help at the party by:
  • assisting people into mass;
  • assisting people to the social centre;
  • serving drinks and food;
  • playing bingo on behalf of the less able
This is really appreciated by the people that attend and is a great opportunity to put something back into the community.

Please speak to your leader if you would like to help
The District's annual swimming gala will take place on Saturday 13th November at West View Leisure Centre

The Cubs' event is first followed by the Scouts.

Cubs 6pm for 6:30pm Start
Scouts 7:30pm for 7:45pm Start - 9pm Finish

Swimmers should arrive in full uniform, with their swimming kit packed.

Speak to your leader if you would like to take part.

Please Note: Photographs may not be taken at this event

The best swimmers may be selected to swim for the District at the County Swimming Gala (Helme Shield) on Saturdav 4th December.
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd January @ Waddecar

A by invitation only event for 2-3 of our older scouts to join with other scouts from across the district to learn more about the requirements of this prestigious award - the top award in the scout section.
Changes to the plan

Because of a compulsory leader's training course and high school open night, both scout nights will meet on Wednesday (6th Oct) and we will be going to Waves in Blackburn.

Scouts will need to make their own way there and meet outside at 7pm, the session finishes at 9pm when scouts will need to be picked up.

To comply with the Scout Associations new rules, Scouts taking part who cannot swim 50 metres (2 lengths) must be under the direct supervision of an adult in the water. This must not exceed two non swimmers to one adult.

Please book your place using the form below.

Tickets will go out to all sections this week for the District's Centenary Draw. There will be one book per family, but just ask if you need more. Proceeds will be split between 7th Fulwood Scout Group and the District's Centenary events. This will include a community project to mark our Centenary. The plan is for 100 small trees to be planted by Scouts around the car parking area at the new Brockholes Wildlife Centre.

Please return ticket stubs and money plus any unsold tickets by October half term. The draw will be made on 27th November 2010.

There are over 25 wonderful prizes including:
  • £100 Cash
  • £50 Cash
  • SEAT car for the weekend
  • Pantomime Tickets
  • Cinema Tickets
  • Meals out for 2
Can you help us? We are looking for young people to volunteer to help us promote Scouting this Saturday 2nd October. We will be on Preston Flag Market from 1pm - 3pm and are looking for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to come along (in uniform) and join in some activities and games, to give people a better idea of the things we do. It may be an ideal opportunity for parents to make an early start on the Christmas Shopping!

If you can help, please call Chris Eaves on 01772 716360.
On Saturday 18th December, Preston & District Cub Scouts are arranging a cub's trip to the pantomime "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at Preston's Charter Theatre. All 120 seats in the Upper Circle for the 10:30am marinee have been booked, so it is a case of first come, first served.

Confirmed numbers and payment for this event are required at October's Leaders Meeting (11th Oct). Because of the block booking we have been able to obtain these seats at a reduced price of £10 per seat.

If your child wishes to go, please see Akela for a reply form and return it together with you £10 fee as soon as possible. We will provide drinks and sweets on the day.
Subs for this term (until Christmas) are now due, please return your envelope to your next section night.  Beavers/Cubs £22 Scouts £27. 
Next week (w/c 13th Sept) both Beaver colonies will be going bowling on their usual night.  Please meet at Lakeside Superbowl at 6pm for a 6:15pm start and collect your child again at 7:30pm (ish).  Beavers should attend in full smart uniform.  We will pay for the cost of the bowling and provide a drink, so there is no need for your child to bring any money.
Next week (w/c 13th Sept) both scout nights are going to the driving range on their usual meeting night. We will be meeting at the Preston Grasshoppers range in time for a 7:30PM start and will finish at 9PM. Scouts should attend in full smart uniform. We will pay for the scouts to play, however it is up to yourselves if you wish to give them some money for a drink/snack.
Hope that you have all had an enjoyable summer holiday and look forward to seeing you all back at Beavers/Cubs/Scouts week commencing 6th September.
On Saturday 10th July, Beavers from both our colonies made the trip to Waddecar by coach to join the Cubs and Scouts (who were camping for the weekend) for a day of fun.  The Beavers enjoyed having a go at the high ropes course, climbing and caving in the badgers warren.  The weather improved in the afternoon and everyone made the most of the water slide and bouncy castle.   The day was rounded off with a fantastic campfire and barbecue and the beavers (and their leaders) returned home tired and happy.
Well done to all our cubs who took part in the District Cross County at St Peter's School.

We are organising an activity day at Waddecar the cost of which will be £10.00 and this includes the coach.

There will be many activities available during the day and these include:

Pond dipping
Lost welly creek
Climbing and abseiling
Panning for gold
Badgers’ warren

Look out for your letter this week and return with your money as soon as possible to book your place,
Friday 28th - Sunday 30th May @ Waddecar £30

A great opportunity for scouts to learn some camping and outdoor skills and gain their outdoor challenge award.

On Saturday 22nd May, one of the sunniest days of the year so far, 17 of our Beavers, from across both colonies boarded coaches at Preston college and headed for the Lake District.  They enjoyed a fantastic day visiting the Aquarium of the Lakes and travelling not just by boat, but also by steam train.  At the end of the day there was just enough time left to play in the park before it was time to return home tired and happy. 
The story from county rally
A sea of blue and orange greeted visitors to Waddecar Scout Camp site this weekend as West Lancashire held their annual County Rally event.  Against the backdrop of an almost cloudless blue sky, this blast of colour was thanks to the scores of tents which filled the site.
County Rally is a Camp enjoyed by Scouts from all 8 Districts across the County, who come together for an action-packed event.  The Camp provides the young people with lots of opportunities to try new activities, refresh Scouting skills, make new friends and most important, have fun!
This year's activities ranged from climbing, abseiling, canoeing and archery to a raft race, tug of war and grand prix trike racing!  A parascending simulator and Mario Wii provided the computer-based entertainment. 
Nick Kasmir, County Scout Leader said "outdoor adventure is what we're aiming to provide, catering for all ages and levels of experience.  We want to be completely inclusive, even if the Scout has never tried the activity before (canoeing), they can take part".
13 year old, Jack Doyle from 2nd Walton-Le-Dale said "this is my 4th County Rally and I've had a fantastic weekend, the trike racing was definitely the best bit for me though!"
Over the two days there was some friendly rivalry with the Scouts competing first of all against other Troops in their District and then against the top Troops from other Districts. 
Making friends was a theme running throughout the weekend.  Assistant County Commissioner Dave Marsh said "for many of the young people, County Rally is the first time they have met up with Scouts from outside their District.  For a 12 year old, a Camp on this scale is a significant and memorable experience.  We want them to leave having made at least one new friend". 
One person that went away with lots of new fans was Rhys Alexander from 1st Fleetwood.  He rocked the 1100 strong crowd with his rendition of Jon Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer at Saturday evenings 'Kids got Talent' show.  His reward was to break the Flag at the Scouts Own ceremony on Sunday morning but only after the crowd delivered their own outstanding performance of YMCA!
Other acts at the Show ranged from stand up comedy to acrobatics, break dancing to traditional Danish chanting, the latter provided courtesy of the County Scout contingent who are visiting Denmark later this year and who spent the weekend selling Danish pastries to raise funds for the trip!  After working up an appetite on stage the Scouts went off to enjoy a chip supper from the Camp Chippy run by the West Lancs' Service Crew volunteers.
All good things do have to come to an end and after a short award ceremony on Sunday afternoon, the coaches arrived to take everyone home.  Looking around at the tired but smiling faces I'm sure they'll be back for more very soon.....
This terms subs are now due. We are trialling a new system of collecting these and you will receive a personalised envelope with this letter. Please return this next week enclosing your subs. The cost is £22 for Beavers and Cubs, and £27 for Scouts. It is essential that these are paid at the beginning of a term so that planned activities can be financed, and also to enable us to pay our other costs such as insurance and rent for the Annexe.
As well as being the patron saint of England, Saint George is also the patron saint of Scouting and so every year scouts across the country mark the occasion of St Georges Day.
On the day…

Mrs Gardner has kingly agreed that St Anthony’s pupils may wear their Beaver, Cub or Scout uniform to school on Friday 23rd April.  (This will exclude year 4 pupils who are taking part in a Tudor day.)

Following on from this, if anyone should express an interest in Scouting, we do have spaces available, please speak to the section leaders or myself.  There is also a buddy badge available for young people bringing along a friend who goes on to be invested.

On Sunday (25th April)  – St Georges Day Parade

This is the one occasion of the year when all Scouts in the District parade together and:

Everyone is expected to attend

Please ensure that your uniform is of the highest standard, with:
·        New Badges - sewn on your uniform (especially the membership badges).  It would be great to see everyone wearing their new Preston Centenary badge (at the top of their left sleeve) and Zodiac Challenge (on their left breast)
·        Old Badges - removed (Scouting 2007, New century challenge and Project Malaysia)
·        Neckerchiefs - washed, ironed, nicely rolled, with a woggle.
·        Scout trousers (or school trousers if you do not have any)
School shoes (no trainers)
You may have read in the Lancashire Evening post recently that this is a special year for Scouting in Preston as we are celebrating our 100th birthday. There will be a commemorative badge for your uniform and some special events through the year. Dates for your diary are:
Sunday 25th April - St George’s Day Parade, followed by Centenary party in Avenham Park
Friday 9th – Sunday 11th July - District Celebration Camp at Waddecar
Weekend of activities for Cubs & Scouts
Activity day and sleepover for Beavers

Look out for more details later in the year.

As we broke up for Christmas, work was well underway on the new roof. We also have new lighting in the sports hall. Thanks again to everyone for voted for the Annexe in the Real Radio competition.
 This year’s dates have now been set:

Sunday 7th February
Sunday 4th July
Sunday 19th September
Sunday 14th November

Meet at 10am in the Annexe
(Readers 9:45am in Church)

Full smart uniform (No trainers)
Back by popular demand. If you, or someone you know, have been on our family camps or activity days, you’ll already know what a great event they are.

Can you spare some time to help organise a small part of this event to make this year our biggest ever as part of The Big Adventure.

Come to our launch night on:

Wednesday 10th February
7pm – 8pm
in St Anthony’s Annexe

Perhaps you have:

  • Feedback from a previous event
  • Activities ideas (maybe from when you were a scout or guide)
  • Thoughts for evening entertainment
  • A hidden talent for catering, organising, canoeing, etc
Whatever you skills …