2nd DIDSBURY (88th MANCHESTER) SCOUT GROUP AGM 10/6/2004
Group Annual report
10th June 2004
Firstly, thanks to leaders and exec for another successful year for the group, without their dedication the group could not exist. A special thank you to Ann Lole for her years of dedication to the group as treasure, she will be stepping down tonight but I expect she will still support the group when she can.
Successful Didsbury festival, Bonfire night and murder mystery evening were held during the year.
Mike Ney has become ADC Scouts and the week to week running of the troop is now done by Noel helped & Martin Miller as a young leader, Mike Ney and Keith Hampson still give their expertises when needed. Until recently Caroline Hall was Scout leader but has had to take a break but she hopes to return.
Three new tents have recently been purchased all dome type with sawn in ground sheets. All have been put to good service at cub camp and scout camp.
A new unit now meets at the Lodge and had resumed the name of Vikings and the meeting day of Wednesdays, they are called “Didsbury Viking Explorer scout unit” at present there are 7 members all were scouts with our group. As the new structure for the scouting means that the Unit is not strictly anything to do with the group as it report directly to the District other groups are being encouraged to feed the District units but to date this has not happened. The unit is open to girls as well as boys but at present it is all boys.
Both the cub pack and the beaver colony are full and have waiting lists. The numbers could manage to start a second pack and colony, all we need is more warranted leader.
The group website is now didsburyscouts.org.uk thanks to Phil Gunhouse our District chairman for hosting it free of charge on his server space.
Cubs BBQ 24th June 1800 before cubs at the Baptist church, its part of the church’s get to know you campaign.
Kandersteg next year 6-20 August 2005.
Keith Hampson (GSL)
BEAVER SCOUT REPORT
This year we have initiated the new Beaver scout programme, this means that beavers have for the first time been able to gain badges. We have geared the programmes to incorporate activities that will enable the beavers to gain the badges. To gain the outdoor badge we have had visits to the park where we’ve carried out sleuthing and tracking, they have also been taught how to light gas cookers and we’ve also included some cooking. Again this year we visited cub camp, the activities they did with the cubs meant that this also contributed towards their outdoor badge. Learning about Diwali, the festival of light, and joining with the beavers from the district for the carol service contributed towards their friendship badge. To gain the discovery badge we carried out various experiments with magnets, grew mustard and cress and made an erupting volcano! Recently we have been learning about the countries that make up the United Kingdom, their flags, patron saints, days and emblems and now we have moved onto Greece with the oncoming Olympic games. There are some beavers who will be able to go on to do the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award as they have gained the previous badges, as yet no-one has gained this badge. There are also activity badges and eight beavers managed to gain their stage one IT badge, thank you to Keith and Alan for testing them. Thank you to Keith for organising the trip to Blackpool with the cubs, to the tower circus, when there weren’t enough beavers from the district to fill a coach.
We would like to thank Jenny and Rhys for the assistance they have been giving us over the last six months, their help has been invaluable.
We will now be asking parents to again help on a rota so that we can continue with beavers and if anyone is wanting to start another colony just let us know as we have a waiting list of boys ready to start! (Pay - none, Time – once a week plus preparation and visits, Patience – loads, Fun - Plenty)
See you Saturday
Amik – Sue Sunderland Hathi – Helen Hampson
Cub Scout Report 2004
Again this has been another exciting year for the Cubs, taking part in many varied activities including the Creative and Caring Challenges
June: Photographic Treasure Hunt around Didsbury.
July: Map & Compass, Storking/Sleuthing in the Park.
Sept: Creative Challenge
Oct: Sweet Construction – building a tower – maximum weight, TV advertising – market a new product, its somewhere on video
Nov: Bonfire Poster Competition and successful film night – Johnny English
Dec: Visit to the Circus at Blackpool.
Jan: Caring Challenge – healthy eating
Feb: Safety in the home and Fire Drill
Mar: Home Help (cooking, sewing, ironing), Explorer Night evening
Apr: Community Police visit
May: Photography and Morphing
Jun: Cub Camp – Tatton Park – The Vikings are coming – visit the group website for photos.
The Pack continues to grow, numbers held at 30 cubs. As the older cubs have moved up to Scouts their places have been filled by the older Beavers.
We have a new assistance helper a university student Chris.
Jonathan Doyle also still helps even after completing the service requirement for his D of E, he has now agreed to take out an ACSL’s warrant with the pack
Sue and myself would like to thank all the parents that have offered their support to the pack this year and especially to Alex McNeill who has been a great supporter all year, not to mention the many hours put into making the shield and axes for Cub Camp.
Alan Robinson (Cub Scout Leader)
There has been some major changes to the troop over the year. Six of the older scout left after Christmas to go into Explorers which left only 8 scouts but we are pleased to report that numbers are now up again and there are 15 in the troop.
The troop attended the Technology camp at Linnet Clough in October and many badges were gained some of the scouts who are now in Explorers are now wanting to take their Radio Amateur licence.
Since the new year the programme has been aimed at getting the troop to have a good patrol system. There are at present two patrols Vipers and Raptors and team work is beginning to happen.
Some recent activities have been model car racing, Bowling and making patrol T shirts. A week end camp “in the rain!!” was held at Linnet Clough in April this was to introduce the new cub recruits into “scout” camps ready for our annual camp.
We are just back from a successful annual weeks camp where 10 scouts attended.
Noel Privat (ASL)