NOW is the time for Scouts and older Cubs to decide whether they will be joining us for this fantastic experience next Summer.  

Let us know if you're thinking of coming - Count me in

Red Rose 2014 is an international Scout and Guide camp organised by West Lancs Scouts. The next Red Rose camp happens 26 July – 2 August 2014.

The camp takes place at Westmorland Showground, positioned as the perfect gateway to everything the Lake District has to offer. The site is used to handling large events like the Westmorland County Show and we’ll be kitting it out with everything needed to turn rolling fields into a vibrant Scout and Guide village for a week!

A wide range of on and off site activities plus evening entertainment is planned for Red Rose 2014 – get on the water with Splash , Explore what the Lake District has to offer and Challenge yourself in the on-site activity zones. At night there will be something for everyone, whether you want to catch up with your sub camp neighbours, go down to the coffee bar or party the night away.

Red Rose 2014 costs £150 for participants including all activities, camping, sub camp polo shirt, necker and badge.  The group will add an additional £50 to cover food.  Transport arrangements will be decided nearer the time, we may need parents to take people there, or there may be a small additional charge for minibus or coach transport.

Payment Options

1) 10 Monthly standing order payments of £20 starting 15th October 2013 to 15th July 2014
This covers camp fees and food

2) 10 Monthly standing order payments of £25  starting 15th October 2013 to 15th July 2014
This covers camp fees and food and £50 spending money for the week

3) Cash/cheque payments
  • £15 before 31st December 2013
  • £135 before 31st May 2014
  • £50 before 18th July 2014 
Let us know if you're thinking of coming - Count me in
Our last Church Parade of the year, Sunday 10th November, is also Remembrance Sunday and the young people are asked to make an extra-special effort to attend.

46th Preston have again invited us to join them at their Houghton Bottoms camp-site.  This time it will be for a weekend (indoor) camp, from Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th November.

The programme is still being finalised but currently includes a night hike and a visit to Waves.

The cost will be £24  - see camps/events payments
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This weekend's Scout camp is now definitely on.

Our District Commissioner, Judith Jamieson, has informed the County Commissioner that she would like to retire in December after 10 years in the role. join 46th Preston Scouts at their site at Hoghton Bottoms.

Wednesday 16th October 6:15pm - 9:30pm

It is 5 years since we last reviewed the amount of subs.  As I informed you before the Summer break, we have decided to equalise the amounts across the sections.  The new amount will be £6.25 per child per month for all sections (£75 per year).  This means Beavers and Cubs will pay slightly more each year than they do currently, Scouts will pay slightly less.   Over a child’s life in the group this difference will balance out.  We believe this still offers excellent value compared to other youth activities.  This wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated volunteers, who give their time for free, the Gift Aid scheme and your support through fundraising.

Message from the Group Scout Leader...
At the end of the Summer Term the leader of our Ribble Colony expressed that she would like to stand down due to work and family commitments and her own son having moved on to Cubs.  I would like to thank Jo for her hard work and enthusiasm during her time as leader.
It is the start of a new year in Scouting - we hope you all had an enjoyable summer break.

We currently have 18 Cubs in Tuesday Pack – 4 Cubs – Declan, Daniel, Dominic and Finlay are due to start linking with Scouts as they have reached the age of 10 ½ - we shall miss them when they do move on but wish them all the best. The next Cub does not leave us until April 2014.

As usual we should be grateful if you would all still find the time to help us via the Parent’s Rota.

During the darker nights we shall be concentrating on badge work – please encourage the Cubs to bring their work book to Pack night - some of the badges we all do together but we also ask them to find out information or carry out work at home.

We are continuing the points system we have for good behaviour, tidy and correct Uniform, attendance at Church Parade, going to District Events, volunteering for Competitions, good badge work etc. Continuous bad behaviour will result in deduction of points, a word with yourselves, no football, OR, as a last resort, they will be asked to leave to make way for someone who really wants to be with us. We have had numerous chats about behaviour and the Cubs recently came up with a list of 10 Rules - this is displayed in the Annexe and all these rules are included in the points system.

A list of future events known to date is shown below:-

  • 22nd September 2013 – Church parade at 9.30 am Mass – FULL UNIFORM PLEASE.
  • 29th September 2013 (Sunday) – Wet & Dry Adventure Day at Waddecar – this replaces the original Outward Bound Day which had been arranged at County level for older Cubs at Great Tower, Windermere – Letters with further information to be sent out in next couple of weeks to the7 oldest Cubs attending this event.
  • Sometime during October there will be a Silver Award Presentation evening for Preston Cubs.  Cubs receiving this award will be sent an invite from the District organizing team (date/times etc. to follow).
  • 9th November 2013 – Preston & District Splash Night (swimming competition) at West View.
****Details will also be out soon regarding the Cub 6-a-side football league – we hope to start up matches again at Tulketh High School early October 2013.
As the Summer holidays draw to a close, all sections will be returning this week.

The Scout section had a fantastic summer, enjoying 10 days camping in sunny Guernsey and trying loads of activities, including: go karting, horse riding,  candle-making, climbing, abseiling, coasteering and many more.  Although it already seems a long time ago, I'm sure the memories will last a long time.  Planning for next year's Summer camp, Red Rose 2014 is already well under-way.

The section leaders have met over the Summer and have a great programme of activities ready for all sections to enjoy over the Autumn term.

A reminder of our meeting times:
  • Beavers - Tue/Thu 6:15pm - 7:30pm (NB Thurs Beavers has returned to it's earlier time)
  • Cubs - Mon/Tue 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Scouts - Thu 7:45pm - 9:30pm
Please ensure 2 leaders have arrived before leaving your children.

The Chariot Race is an extremely popular event held every year at Bispham Hall, Wigan, during the first weekend in October.

The weekend is attended by groups from all over the UK.
The Event is open to all Scouts aged up to 14 years on the day of the race.
The basics of the race are that each team competes in Saturdays' qualifier, with the highest placed 20 scout teams going through to Sundays' final. Each team must have their own chariot and it must complete the course, but not necessarily in one piece! The racing takes place over a cross-country style course with some obstacles thrown in for good measure, the most intimidating of which is the dreaded pond!
Places limited to those in the team.

The cost for the weekend will be £30 - are you interested? Count me in

A fantastic opportunity for scouts, explorers, network and leaders to try taster sessions of all sorts of water activities including Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing & Rafting.
Sunday 15th September
The Anderton Water Centre (nr Chorley)


  • Cost £10
    • Pay online using BT MyDonate
    • or cash/cheque at Scouts on Thursday
  • Meet at the annexe at 8:30am(!!)
  • Wear: 
    • clothes and (old) trainers (or water shoes) for on the water
    • Neckie (tied at the bottom with no woggle)
  • Bring:
    • Complete change of clothes and shoes
    • Towel
    • Plastic bag for wet clothes
    • Packed lunch and drink
    • Small amount of money for drink/snack
    • Raincoat/suncream/sunhat/warm clothes - depending on the weather!
  • Return to the annexe 4pm.
Let me know if you are coming by Tuesday evening - Count me in - otherwise you will miss out

What a fabulous weekend the Scouts had at the Big Expedition!

They have been looking after themselves this weekend to achieve their Expedition Challenge, one of the hardest Scouting challenge badges.

Over the weekend they have:

  • Made their own way from the annexe by bus and two trains to Clitheroe 
  • Visited 2 local tourist attractions (Clitheroe Castle and the Sculpture Trail)
  • Pitched their own campsite
  • Shopped for their own food
  • Prepared their own meals
Very well done to the first 7th Fulwood Scouts to complete this challenge: Tom, Laura, Olivia, Alex, Jack, Corey and Brendan.
Scouts from Spain at Red Rose 2014
Red Rose 2014 is an international Scout and Guide camp organised by West Lancs Scouts. The next Red Rose camp happens 26 July – 2 August 2014 at Westmorland County Showground on the edge of the beautiful English Lake District and within easy reach of a wide range of activities.
Attending our Scout Jamboree is an opportunity to meet Scouts and Guides from all over Britain and across the world while enjoying an action packed week of activities – from sailing and kayaking on Britain’s largest lake to climbing mountains or biking through forests - all in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District National Park.
An afternoon of family fun on St Anthony's School field, next Sunday (7th July) from 1pm - 4pm. 

We need adult volunteers to spare an hour or 2 to help with the BBQ.  This could be setting up before the event, cooking, selling/serving food, clearing away afterwards.  We also plan to have a couple of sideshows which we will need help to run and collect money in.  Many hands make light work - tell us how you can help


  • Preston City Pipe band
  • Bouncy Castles and Slide
  • Climbing Wall
  • Face Painting
  • Bar-B-Q
  • Ice Cream
  • Punch & Judy
  • Face painting
  • Tombola
  • Stocks
  • Tug-o-war
  • Penalty Shoot Out

Young people will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Our final  parade of the school year in on Sunday 14th July.

Meet in the annexe at 9:15am.

Please note that Mass at St Anthony's now starts at the earlier time of 9:30am.  This means that:

  • The practice for readers/bidding prayers is at 9am in Church
  • Everyone else should meet in the annexe at 9:15am

Please remember that duty to God is part of the young persons' promise and therefore we expect a good attendance.  If for any reason you can not attend, please send apologies to your section leader in advance.

Our new scheme to pay subs by standing order monthly isn't quite up and running yet, so will start from next term.  This means that this term's subs need to be paid by cash or cheque (£25 for the term).

If you haven't paid subs for this term please can you pay this week.

Look out for more details soon on how to set-up standing orders to start from September.

The standing order will be for just £6.25 per month and is controlled between you and your bank.  We do not have access to your bank detail and cannot control or change this payment.  As well as helping you remember to pay on time, avoiding embarrassing reminders, standing order payments will also free up leaders' time to run better activities for your children.

The competition takes place over 2 days, starting before lunch time on the Saturday, and ending mid afternoon on the Sunday.

A practice day will be held at the annexe on Saturday 
6th July from 10am - 4pm.  Lunch is provided and the day is free of charge.

The competition shall judge the standards and abilities of the Scout Patrol to plan, organise, and run their own weekend camp, which should have an active and fun programme and shall include the preparation and cooking of meals.

With the leadership of the Patrol Leader, the Scout Patrol will be expected to pitch and setup their own campsite, to build and demonstrate at least three camp gadgets, to prepare and cook a three course international meal, to prepare and cook a breakfast over a wood fire, to run at least one patrol activity as well as complete some weekend challenges.

The Scout Patrol shall be self-sufficient for the weekend, bringing with them all necessary camping and activity equipment. All costs for the camp, including site camping fees and activity costs shall be covered by the attending Scout Patrol.

The competition will be held at Waddecar Scout Camp Site

Event Start: 11:00am Saturday 13th July 2013

Event Finish:  2:45pm Sunday 14th July 2013 with the Trophy Presentation

Who's interested? - Count me in
Quiz, raffle, refreshments and bar. 
Friday 3rd May 7pm - 9pm

Adult tickets (£2 each) include a free drink from the bar. 
Free entry for children. 

Proceeds to support 7th Fulwood Scouts. 


See your leader to buy tickets or pay on the door.

Mrs Gardner has kindly agreed that St Anthony’s pupils may wear their Beaver, Cub or Scout uniform to school on Tuesday 23rd April. 

This is a great opportunity to show off your uniform with pride and tell your friends about the fun you have.

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.

Don't forget there is also St George's Day Parade on Sunday 28th April.  More details will be out soon.

The parish SVP is collecting old, unwanted sleeping bags on behalf of the Foxton Centre.  This is a drop in centre
in the inner city and they have a great need for the rough
sleepers who call there.
If any of you have these tucked away in a cupboard please consider donating them.

The appeal is ongoing and sleeping bags can be donated at any time.

Sleeping bags can be brought in to section meetings after Easter.

Saturday 6 April 2012  

Older Cubs and Scouts needed to help at the SVP society's annual Easter Party. 

Young people will help the older people at the party in getting into church and the Social centre, serving drinks and food, and playing bingo.

Meet outside church at 1145am and collect from the social centre at 4pm.  Full smart uniform (no trainers).

Put your name down here - Count me in
Please note that there will be no section meetings for Beavers or Scouts on Maundy Thursday (28 March).

The other sections will meet on Monday and Tuesday of holy week as normal.

All sections will return for the Summer Term, week commencing Monday 15 April 2013.

A message to all Scouts from the Assistant County Commissioner for Scouts.

To: Warren Frost, Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts), Preston & District Scouts.

Good morning Warren, I hope this e-mail finds you well,

Many thanks for your minutes, I noticed in the PL Forum notes, that the PL’s have requested to try and get Bear Gryll’s,  Chief Scout to attend County Rally 2013. What an absolutely brilliant idea, if we can get it to happen.  I can’t promise anything as I know he is filming in Australia at the end of May, but leave it with me and I will see if it’s possible, I will do my best to get him there if I can. Have they any ideas on how they would wish him to arrive ? don’t tell me an Helicopter or parachuting in like the Queen at the Olympics !!!! now that would be interesting to get an Helicopter into Waddecar again, but we have done it before !.

Could you please pass onto your Scouts this e-mail and my personal thanks for the ideas and  also that we take every comment a PL Forum makes with all seriousness and we listen to everybody, after all it is their Scout Section, hopefully, I’m not promising yet ! but we we will try to get Bear to attend County Rally 2013 and land in an Helicopter, I’ll make a few calls and get back to you.

Could you also mention that the PL Forum is their opportunity to have a voice and say in what goes on at County, District and Troop level and that we listen and do something about it, we always do.

Best Wishes, In Scouting


Scouts and Scout Leaders,

You are all invited to join with your fellow Scouts at our flagship Scout Section annual camp.

What is County Rally? - County Rally is the biggest gathering of Scouts in our Scout County each year and takes place
at Waddecar Scout Activity Centre. This year we expect to have over 1,000 Scouts at the camp.

The weekend is action packed with lots of activities and competitions for you to enjoy from when you arrive on Friday evening to when you leave very tired on Sunday afternoon.

Activities this year will include … Archery, Climbing, Shooting, Canoeing, Model Car Racing, Crafts, Volleyball, Tug-of-war, Fire Lighting, Giant Table Football, Circus Skills… plus many more!!!

This years’ camp has a theme of “Chief Scout’s Gold”, with a huge number of activities to take part in from across all of the Challenge Awards. The camp will be a great chance to try some new activities and give yourself a boost to gaining your Chief Scout’s Gold Award.

Don’t forget everything you do at County Rally contributes to the many awards on offer in the programme leading to YOUR Chief Scout’s Gold Award … so what are you waiting for?

We look forward to your booking and involvement with County Rally. 

You can book by making a "donation" on our BT MyDonate Page

If you are working and paying income tax, the Scout Group can claim Gift Aid on your child(ren)’s subs. All you have to do is complete a Gift Aid declaration and return it to the group.  Gift Aid declarations will be distributed to all children over the next couple of weeks.

We can reclaim 25p, from HM Revenue & Customs, for every £1 paid, so for each young person the group receives an extra £18.75 each year.  In total, this could mean almost an extra £2,000 for the Group every year, all for no effort or cost on your part. 
You aren’t committed to making any payments now or in the future, and don’t have to disclose any personal information about your income or tax arrangements.  We only need one declaration per household to cover all siblings and it lasts for the duration of their time in the Group, although you may cancel it if you cease to be a taxpayer. 
The wording of the declaration has been updated slightly.  Existing Gift Aid Forms are still valid, but we need to draw your attention to the new wording.  Please let us know if your circumstances have changed and you wish to cancel your declaration.
New Gift Aid Declaration:  "I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. I understand the charity will reclaim 28p of tax on every £1 that I gave up to 5 April 2008 and will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give on or after 6 April 2008."

The way we collect subs will change from May to a £6.25 monthly standing order.

Collecting subs continues to be a challenge for us.  Currently over half of this term’s subs are overdue.  It is both time-consuming and embarrassing chasing these up.  Standing orders offer a quick and simple way to ensure subs are paid on time.  Unlike direct debits they are controlled by your own bank, which means you can stop the payment yourself if your child leaves the group.  The only information we need to set this up can be found on the front of your cheques.  If, however, you would prefer to set the standing order up directly with your bank, that’s fine – just let us know so we can provide you a reference number.
It is 5 years since we last reviewed the amount of subs.  We have decided to take this opportunity to equalise the amounts across the sections.  The new amount will be £6.25 per child per month for all sections (£75 per year).  This means Beavers and Cubs will pay slightly more each year than they do currently, Scouts will pay slightly less.   Over a child’s life in the group this difference will balance out.  We believe this still offers excellent value compared to other youth activities.  This wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated volunteers, who give their time for free, the Gift Aid scheme and your support through fundraising.
Forms will be given to children over the next couple of weeks and should be returned as soon as possible.
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.

Sunday (28th 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). 
  • Old Badges - removed (Preston Guild, Project Peru and Diamond Jubilee)
  • Neckerchiefs - washed, ironed, nicely rolled, with a woggle. 
    • Please speak to your leader if you need to purchase replacements
  • Scout trousers (or school trousers if you do not have any)
  • School shoes (no trainers)
All sections (except Brock Beavers) return this week

  • Eagles Cubs - Mon 7th Jan
  • Eagles Cubs - Tue 8th Jan
  • Ribble Beavers - Thu 10th Jan
  • Scouts - Thu 10th Jan
Brock Beavers will return the week after on Tue 15th Jan.

Our Scout Troop is preparing for a great year of camps

  • 18-20 Jan - Chief Scout Gold Weekend
    (2 scouts by invitation)
  • 1-3 Feb - Christmas Camp,  
  • 22- 24 Feb - Winter Camp
  • TBC - Outdoor Challenge
  • 10-12 May - County Rally
  • TBC June - Co-Camp 
  • 12-21 Aug - Guernsey
  • 6-8 Sep - Water Weekend
  • 4-6 Oct - Chariot Race
  • 29 Nov - 1 Dec - Christmas Camp
Guernsey will be the event of this Summer.

Red Rose 2014 will be the event of next Summer.  A fantastic international camp in the English Lake District from 26th July - 2nd August.
A good number of Scouts and older Cubs from 7th Fulwood have already returned interest forms for the Guernsey trip.  They will join almost 100 scouts from across Preston on this fantastic experience.  

You're not too late!

See also: Update from district team

Make sure you don't miss out, by returning your interest form with a £30 deposit by the end of January.

More details and application form

All Preston District Scouts and Leaders, are invited to attend a 10 day international camp on the island of Guernsey, 12th-21st August 2013. We are hoping to take 100 Scouts.

We will be running a very busy and active program, throughout the camp, which will make for a fantastic experience. Some of the activities that we intend to be running are:

Horse Riding; Beach activities; Rock Climbing; Visit to Castle Cornet; Backwoods Cooking; Visit to a Candle maker; Swimming; Body Boarding; Visit to German Underground Hospital and Museum; Incident Hike; Widegame; Go-carting; Visit St Peter Port; Abseiling; Raft Building; Mountain Biking; Canoeing; Pioneering; and a few more. 

Come and join us for the trip of a lifetime.
Amaze your friends with the Union Flag on your shirt.
We can't promise sunshine, but we will do our best, we can promise:

International Experience
Fantastic activities
‘Fine dining’
‘Luxury accommodation’
Great memories
Amazing photo's


More details and application form
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