88th MANCHESTER SCOUT GROUP AGM 23/5/2002
Chairmanís review of the year
23rd May 2002.
Discipline has been a major concern this year.
The cub section is so large that if they do not have strict discipline they get nothing done. A number of cubs have left saying the discipline is to great. It would be nice to be able to go back to two packs
The Beaver section has also had major problems with unrulely behaviour , it has improved since the boys and parents were advised. Unfortunately this has not prevented both our permanent warranted leaders from quitting from the beaver section from the summer holidays and Caroline Keef our student leader finishes this summer also. We need warranted leaders to run this section from September and if we canít get any the section will have to close, and we do not want that to happen.
At some point in the future the district will start the Explorer scout unit for Didsbury and we will effectively loose up to 9 scouts and probably there support to the group.
I do not want to paint a gloomy picture because the changes being implemented this year by the scout association should be good for scouts. But with our Beaver problems and the Explorer scout being District run the group could loose over a third of its membership.
On a brighter note I would like to welcome Caroline Knools to the group. She came down to the troop for the first two weeks ago and has agreed to take out a warrant and become ASL to Mike. She will be the first leader not to be a student for some 10 years.
Can I reminder everyone of the group web site where past and forthcoming information can be found.
Finally I would like to thank the section leaders and the executive committee for all their hard and dedicated work over the year.
The Beaver Colony has yet again had a busy and varied year. Caroline and Sue (Sunderland) were rejoined by sue Bulleid after her break from the Colony. With three leaders we were able to offer more places thereby reducing the waiting list to something more hopeful for those with names still on it. We are doing our best to bring boys in as quickly as the older Beavers go up to Cubs.
We had a very busy Christmas period with the District carol service being particularly well attended. A number of the boys were also lucky enough to join the Cubs inn a trip to the pantomime, Mother Goose. Once again the District organised a wonderful trip to Blackpool. This year was extra special as, not only did we visit the Tower and Jungle Jimís, but also found time to fit in a performance of the new Tower Circus Ė an excellent day out.
Weather permitting we hope to get out and about during the summer term and, perhaps, finish the year with our usual "Beaver Olympics."
Cub Scout Report
This has been another difficult year for the Cub Pack especially with the lack of leaders, but can I take this opportunity to thank those parents who have helped us on a regular basis, whose help is invaluable.
Well I hope the Cubs have enjoyed a varied and exciting program over the past 12 months, we have seen our numbers fluctuate between 32 cubs at the start of last year to 26 cubs at present. During the past year 8 Cubs have moved into Scouts and 10 new Cubs have joined.
Well what have we done!!!!
May - Harry Potter Cub Camp at Sandiway, an excellent 3 days in the sunshine and we even played
our very own version of Quidditch.
June - Road Safety and the older cubs went to Scout Camp at Great Tower in the Lake District
July - Nature with a talk on Bats., The 24hr Challenge where the cubs started out Ten Pin Bowling at
Parrswood, then Canoeing and Orienteering at Sale Water Park, then off to Barnswood Scout
Camp for the evening Camping and Backwoods Cooking. Up at 4:45am for a Sunrise hike and
back home for lunchtime.
Sept - Beatle Drive
Oct - Knotting
Nov - Codes, Science where the cubs did sweet pioneering, propeller boats and Remembrance Day
Dec - Science continued with Go Karts & Fridge Magnets
Jan - Bookreader Badge and Horoscopes
Feb - Our 1st Winter Camp up at Linnet Clough with the theme of Detectives
Mar - Flags & Countries also Sand pictures
April - Writers Badge
Alan & Helen (Cub Scout Leaders)
Scout Section Report
The outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease last year, resulted in major changes to our programme for last year. Most notably, Scout Camp was reduced to a single weekend with hiking and climbing activities dramatically reduced.
Despite this, a number of successful events took place and details of these may be observed on our website.
The troop is currently some 20 Scouts strong and aided by capable Patrol Leaders and with the support of the Leaders I anticipate that the changes due to take place over the next year will result in a stronger troop.
Forthcoming activities include Scout Camp, this year at Ennerdale in the Lake District National Park and a Climbing weekend, currently scheduled provisionally for September.
In October, the troop will join other Scouts in the County at a Technology camp that will run concurrently with Jamboree on the Air.
Mike. J. Ney, (Scout Leader.)