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ShelterBox Press Release

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Beeston Scouts Raise over £1700 for ShelterBox

The 6th Beeston Scout Group, supported by the Magellan Explorer Scout Unit and Trent SN Network Scouts, have raised an amazing £1739 for the ShelterBOX charity.

Colyn Kemp, Group Scout Leader at the 6th Beeston said “Conscious of the plight of others less fortunate than ourselves, and as part of our commitment as Scouts to ‘help other people’ we decided to do something about it.

“We contacted ShelterBOX – a charity that supports people who have lost everything as a result of a man-made or natural disaster. They distribute ShelterBoxes that contain the bare essentials to house families, keep them warm and fed, (free from mosquitoes) and includes tools to help them rebuild their lives. The boxes even include crayons, books and sometimes a cuddly toy for children. It was the perfect choice of a charity for our young members to help.”

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Track our ShelterBoxes!

Shelterbox Certificate

The fundraising last year raised £1675.81 which bought two ShelterBoxes outright and contributed to two more. They are all now in the warehouse waiting to be sent to four families who have lost everything. Of course, we don’t know when or where the next disaster will strike, but it’s good to know that we are living up to our motto of “Be Prepared”. To track our Shelterboxes, please visit the ShelterBox website and search for box numbers 5954, 5955, 5956 and 5957.

Once again, many thanks for all the time, energy and generosity given by so many people for this worthy cause.

International Partnership Award

International Partnership AwardCongratulations to all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network and Leaders who took part in last year’s fundraising for ShelterBox. As well as raising enough money to buy very nearly three whole shelterboxes, we have earned the much coveted International Partnership Award. This badge is worn the on right sleeve, below any other badges on that arm.

Christmas Carol Service

6th Beeston Scout Group proudly invite you to our annual Christmas Carol Concert on Friday 20th December at 6:30pm in the HQ (doors open at 6pm).

As well as the traditional, well-loved carols, the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will be all be performing for your entertainment!

Scouts Christmas InviteBethlehem Peace Light

The service will include the presentation of the Bethlehem Peace Light. If you would like to take the Peace Light flame home with you, please bring a suitable lantern.


Please also consider baking some cakes for our Shelterbox home-baked cake sale. Don’t forget to bring along some money to buy one of the fabulous scarves we’ll have on sale too.

Shelterbox Sleepover

Evacuee Beavers, Cubs and Scouts arrived at the HQ in dribs and drabs to find a scene of abnormal chaos. No-one seemed to know exactly what was going on, and there was talk of anticipated power cuts.

Luckily, most of the evacuees seemed to have arrived with sufficient clothes and bedding, but little or no food or shelter. Not long after everyone had arrived, we lost power in the main hall, and only had a dim light from the kitchen to work by. A couple of adults helped the Cubs set up a tent for them to sleep in while the older Scouts kept the younger Beavers entertained.


Bob Bear and a couple of other leaders managed to get a fire going and cooked some hot dogs while other leaders found a place for the Beavers to sleep and the Scouts put up a tent for themselves. still pretty much in the dark.

Supper was a disorganised affair – not everyone got their food at the same time, and not everyone got the same food, so some scouts had to wait their turn. After supper, we had a sing-song to keep our spirits up, and then it was time for the beavers to go to bed.

The Cubs and Scouts played quietly for while before they too went to bed. Some people had a good night’s sleep, but others had a more restless night. One Beaver unfortunately suffered with his asthma and in the early hours, he was medevaced to a place of safety (his mum came to collect him).


In the morning, the wide-awake Beavers had to find ways of playing quietly so as not to wake the older Cubs and Scouts – never wake a sleeping dragon!

After a light breakfast, some leaders found a supply of huge cardboard boxes and other materials The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were challenged to work in teams to build makeshift shelters fit for a Rama, which they did with brilliant ingenuity.


By lunchtime, help had arrived, and each evacuee was safely and happily reunited with their parents.

The leaders were very glad to be able to find other shelters of their own.

A great experience for us all, providing just a tiny glimpse of life in a refugee camp.

View all the sleepover photos