What a busy and exciting, wet year we have shared, starting with a soaking on our St George’s Day Parade.
In May the Beavers visited the BIG Weekend County Camp at Southwell Race Course on the only dry day of a very, very muddy camp. It is always good for Beavers to see where the older young people sleep, eat and play on camp. It is good to see the next step of the journey of Scouting.
Our Summer Term was dominated by The Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics – what an exciting year! In June, the sun shone at least once. We invited our families to join us for our Diamond Jubilee. It was lovely to put the bunting out and play games with the whole family and of course eat our picnic together.
The torrential downpour stopped just as 6th Beeston Beavers, Cubs & Scouts; Magellan Explorers and Trent Scout Network as well as family members, Executive Members and Leaders lined the streets to see Torvill and Dean carry the Olympic Torch in the Relay. It was lovely to be part of this Group Family.
In the Autumn term, the Beavers learnt about International Scouting following Yogi’s and Paddington’s visit to Portugal with the Explorers and Bob Bear’s International Service in Finland. It is good for Beavers to learn
about the world beyond Beeston and also to glimpse some of the opportunities available to them as they progress through Scouting. As a result of these experiences, our Lodges have assumed a new importance and each has its own identity and chant or animation, which we shared with the Group at our Carol Service.
What a Winter! We enjoyed the snow, unfortunately there was so much of it that the NESST Ramble had to be postponed until April. We did manage to have a Brilliant Beaver Sleepover in February, you can read about it, there are plenty of pictures as well.
We were visited by the Police. It’s OK, we had invited PC Billy to come and tell us about keeping safe. He brought some friends along and they showed us around the Police Van (the siren is VERY LOUD!!) and some of us even dressed up in their uniforms! Cookie Bear really looks the business!
When we are not out and about exploring the world, we are at HQ playing games, singing songs, creating art, learning about maps, making models, planting seeds and bulbs, learning about other countries, reacting to fire drills, running races, dad-dancing, building mega-catapults, circuit training, cooking, telling everyone about our hobbies, asking questions endlessly… we are just so busy!
6th Beeston Beaver Colony continues to thrive. We have offered a full and varied programme to our amazing Beaver Scouts who make us smile – most of the time! In return, the Beaver Scouts have shared with us their laughter and their curiosity as they make sense of their ever-widening world. They have impressed us with their kindness and automatic accommodation of each others’ varied needs. They put the Scout Law into practice without even thinking about it. This makes us feel both privileged and proud to work with them.
Scouting is a GREAT BIG ADVENTURE that begins in the Beaver Section. Long may the adventure continue! You can find out what we are up to on our website: www.6thbeeston.co.uk
Thank you Beaver Parents for all your support and lending us your little joy-bringers each week.
Thank you Brilliant Beaver Leaders (and our families) for being a fantastic team.
Thank you Beavers for being the best and most Brilliant Beavers in the whole wide world and Beeston.
Paddington – Carmel Gummett-Kemp
On behalf of the Brilliant Beaver Leader Team
In my first report as Chairman I am happy to announce that we have a thriving, diverse, busy, financially sound and above all, fun group. I am also pleased to report that there are no plans to increase subscription costs in the coming year. Subscriptions have remained static for the last seven years due to diligent financial planning and the economic health of the group is largely due to its popularity and the work of the management team.
I would like to acknowledge the fantastic contribution of time and enthusiasm given by the various Section Leaders and the Section Assistants to this Scout Group. I also wish to praise the time, energy and enthusiasm put into the Group by the Group Scout Leader, Assistant Group Scout Leaders and the members of the Executive Committee. The contribution of all of these people to the smooth running of the Group is essential and greatly appreciated.
I would also like to thank our hirers without whom we could not finance the maintenance of our building. We aim to achieve a good working relationship with our hirers and value their help and assistance with the running of the building.
The various sections require additional help during specific activities and I would like to thank all those parents who have given their time to help with various activities such as camps, transport, catering and supervising activities at events such as the Summer Event. All contributions of time, no matter how small, are greatly appreciated.
I look forward to the coming year and expect it to be just as successful as the last.
The Beavers arrived with their parents, with arms full of sleeping bags, pillows, roll mats, and of course their teddy.
Once they had made their beds, we said goodbye to parents and went on our mission around Beeston, taking photos of us next to the Beekeeper man, the Ten Bell, some bike stands, a church, to name just a few.
Another thing to tick off our mission list was to buy a postcard and stamp from Mrs Stubley at our Scout Shop, write the postcard and send it to the rest of the Beavers in their lodges to hear about all the exciting things we got up to.
We then all went to play in the playground, we had heaps of fun all playing and running around… then back to the Scout Headquarters for some serious fun fire-lighting with Bob Bear – that was really difficult and we had to be really, really careful! Then Cookie Bear fed us some much needed yummy hot jacket potatoes and her fabulous fruit platters.
After dinner we went back outside all wrapped up to sit around the campfire and sing songs. Then we were so tired, we went to bed and had a brilliant bedtime story and then all* the Beavers went straight to sleep…
* OK – not all by any means, but most!
On Sunday morning the Beavers got woken up at 7:30 by a loud horn (yes parents… we had to wake them up!). We then had a brilliant breakfast and in teams had to make a life size Beaver Scout out of tubes, string and paper!
Have a look at our photos and see what we were getting up to.
A brilliant weekend was had by all and we can’t wait for our next one!
The 6th Beeston Scout Group celebrated their 75th Birthday on Saturday 24 September with an open afternoon to which all past and present members of the group were invited.
Attendees were able to practice some Scouting skills, notably the making and baking of bread twists, which were wrapped around green sticks and then cooked over an open wood fire. Various craft activities were also available including making a mosaic of the group’s 75th anniversary logo.
Amongst those who called in to tender their congratulations were Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry and Broxtowe Councillors Pat and Linda Lally. Anna spent some time talking to Explorer Scout Max Emmett about the World Scout Jamboree held in Sweden, which he had recently attended.
A bouncy castle, sumo wrestling and a disco were laid on for the younger members and a barbecue* and other refreshments were available throughout the afternoon.
The afternoon party was brought to a close with the presentation of a 75th birthday cake. The honour of cutting the cake went to former group member Ian Blakeley who’d had the longest association with the group out of those present. The day ended with a social evening for the over 18‘s which was enjoyed by all who attended.
Many thanks to all the leaders, parents and other volunteers who helped to make this such an enjoyable day.
Nottinghamshire scouts have opened a new a charity shop on Beeston High Road (opposite Yeomans). The shop raises money to provide activities for young people and free training for leaders.
Please come and support the shop by buying or donating clothing, bric-a-brac or household goods.
More volunteers are needed to staff the shop, so if you or any of your friends can spare some time during the week or on Saturdays, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to an existing volunteer.
i.Scout Charity Shop
101a High Road
Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2LH
Magellan explorer Max Emmett is one of four scouts selected to represent the South West Notts District at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden in 2011.
Max joined the 6th Beeston as a beaver and is currently helping out as a young leader with the current beaver scouts. He’ll be joining thousands of scouts from across the world for a two week camp in Kristianstad.
To raise funds for the trip, Max produced and sold a competition quiz booklet. Max’s Book of Quizzy Fun-Fun! The competition was won by the Benford Family, who were the only entrants who gave the correct answers to all 64 questions.
Max would like to thank everyone who bought a booklet , sales of which raised £144.50 towards the cost of his trip.