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.

...to 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)

Details

  • 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