Burdi Boys 2019

Our old friends in Potteries North District are putting on their Gang Show, Burdi Boys, in November. Our Beaver Leader Rachael and Scout Leader Paul are taking part again.

You can buy tickets here and go along and support them.

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2019-08-31 Eyam Carnival

The talented members of our Drum Corps were out playing again this weekend. They played at Eyam Carnival in Derbyshire.  As usual they wowed the crowds with their brilliant playing!

More photos are in the gallery.

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World Scout Jamboree 2019

A video of the photos and videos from Jasmine’s trip to the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in the USA and Canada.

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2019-08-09 Niagara Falls and Back Home

Jasmine and Staffordshire’s Scouts visited the world famous Niagara Falls on Wednesday.

After this they travelled back to New York to catch their plane home.

More photos can be seen in the Gallery.

The trip of a lifetime to the World Scout Jamboree in the USA is now coming to an end and they are all on their way home. The next WSJ will be in South Korea in 2023. Will any of our Scouts be attending this one?

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2019-08-06 WSJ Washington DC, Baseball & Oh Canada!

After the closure of the Jamboree, Jasmine and the Staffordshire Scouts went on to Washington DC where on Saturday they did some sightseeing and visited the Smithsonian Museum.

See the photos here.

On Sunday, the whole of the UK contingent, over 4000 Scouts, watched the Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays baseball game. They gained a bit of attention when they stater to cheer the fielder Anthony Santander!

We were on stand 82. We had a really good view.

More photos are in the Gallery.

Yesterday, Monday, they went on a bus to Cananda crossing over the Niagra River.

More photos in the Gallery.

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2019-08-02 WSJ Has Closed – Now on to the Next Adventure!

Jasmine bumped into someone we know on Wednesday. Our old friend (oh, and County Commissioner!) Jackie Brocklehurst!

Today (2019-08-02) we leave site. The leaders wanted us up, dressed and packed for 6 am, this meant that we have to get up at 5 am. What didn’t help was last night we had the closing ceremony. But that was great because Pentatonix were there. We’re  now  off  to  Washington  DC.

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2019-07-31 Message Home from the WSJ

A lot of the UK’s Scouts have been able to send video messages home via an American TV station local to the WSJ.

Sadly, their website is blocked in the UK as they’re not yet GDPR compliant(!).

However, see below!

 

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2019 District Camp

Over the weekend of 12 – 14th July 2019, the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of our Group, joined over 450 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 13 other Groups from Newcastle District, for this year’s District Camp. This is only the third full District Camp in 12 years, so it was  a special event.

The Cubs and Scouts arrived on the Friday evening, and after setting themselves up in their tents, they joined in with the rest of the camp in the opening ceremony.
Each of the Groups were given a Country to represent as the camp had an international theme partially due to the forthcoming World Scout Jamboree.  The evening’s activity was a wide game for the whole camp! Following a lot of running around, it was time for supper and bed.

More Friday photos are in the gallery.

Everyone was up early on Saturday morning so we could get breakfast. This was cooked by a great cooking team in the Fox Glen.  Food was served in two servings due to the large amount of people on camp, so after breakfast, our Group had a bit of free time before flag break. During this time, the Beavers arrived and just had enough time to get into their tents before flag break.

The mornings activities were based on the Groups countries.  Our Group was representing France, so when we hosted the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the other Groups, we got them to play boules! Our young people threw boomerangs, wrote in hieroglyphics, played cricket, had henna tattoos and played hockey.

Then it was lunchtime.

Following from lunch, we took part in an ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition. Our young people were split into teams and we had some Cubs from Basford join us. The competitions involved a lot of bouncy items and water (see the photos!).

Following tea, we took part in an international parade around the camp. Everyone dressed up in costumes from their countries and were led by the talented young people in our Drum Corps. The parade went over to the road to the Training Centre side of the camp for a huge campfire.  Each Group performed a song or sketch. Due to Rachael losing her voice, Beth stepped into her shoes for the evening and led us and the camp in a rousing rendition of Frere Jacques!

The campfire finished and the fair opened. There were bouncy castles, slides, candy floss, trampolines, a BBQ and a live band. To close the evening there was a firework display.

More Saturday photos are in the gallery.

On Sunday, after breakfast, there was a short Scouts Own and flag break. Following this was the District’s world record attempt for the largest human Fleur De Lis (the scout symbol). At the time of writing, we are waiting for confirmation of the record!

The final event before the camp close, was a huge colour run for all the young people. They ended up covered in paint!

The camp was closed, thank you’s were said and everyone went home very tired!

More Sunday photos are in the gallery.

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2019-07-29 WSJ Some New Pictures

Jasmine has just sent through some more photos from the 2019 WSJ in America.

First, is the drawing done of Jasmine by one of the Polish Scouts last week.

Next are some pictures from Saturday (27th July) and today (29th July).Photos can be seen ion the gallery – 27th July here & 29th July here.

Keep an eye open for more updates soon

 

 

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2019-07-26 WSJ A Quick Update

Yesterday, Thursday 25th July, Jasmine and the Staffordshire Scouts did some archery, which they all enjoyed. Later, they walked to one of the beautiful lakes on the site.

Today, Friday 26th July, has been Culture Day. Scouts from the different countries have been experiencing each other’s cultures.

When walking round, we stopped at Poland’s camp and I had a drawing done of me. Then at the USA’s camp we got hot dogs from the New York contingent. We then got chocolate from Brazil!
When we looking after our stand we gave out oatcakes, Marmite and we also played cricket!

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2019-07-24 WSJ Opening Ceremony & Today’s Activities

From Jasmine –

The opening ceremony was great. On the way down our unit was singing and we were louder than the US contingent behind us!

 

Some photos of the Opening Ceremony are in the gallery.

I am off site today (Wednesday 24th July) walking up Mount Jack.

 

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2019-07-23 WSJ Update

Staffordshire’s Scouts are now at the World Scout Jamboree site. They travelled there on 22nd July and Jasmine has sent us some photos from the site today.

You can see the rest of the photos in our gallery along with a couple more from Sunday in New York.

The WSJ opening ceremony is happening at 0.30, UK time on Wednesday 24th July and you can watch it here.

More from Jasmine soon.

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2019 World Scout Jamboree

Following on from Rachael in 2007 and Jack in 2011, one of our Scouts, Jasmine (now an Explorer), is going to the  World Scout Jamboree.

The 2019 World Scout Jamboree is above all an educational event that brings together the world’s young people to promote peace and mutual understanding and to develop leadership and life skills. It is being held in West Virginia in the USA and is being hosted by the Scouts of Canada, Mexico and the USA. You can see all about it at their website.

Jasmine is part of the Staffordshire contingent and they travelled to the USA yesterday (Saturday 20th July 2019).

See more photos here.

Today (Sunday), they are in New York doing some sightseeing before they go off to the WSJ itself.

More photos here.

Jasmine will be sending us photos and updates when she can, so keep your eyes open!

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2019-07-18 The Cubs go Bell Boating at Trentham

The Cubs go bell boating on the lake at Trentham Gardens, and this year, it didn’t rain.

You can see photos in the gallery.

 

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2019-07-05 Sports Evening

Last Friday, it was a sunny, warm evening and the Beavers and Cubs, along with family and friends, had a sports evening on the Marsh.

Silly games were played and family and friends joined in. Hoops were hula’d, balls were kicked, pegs knocked in the ground and parachutes were crawled under on another outdoors evening.

No prizes were given out(!), as the idea of the evening was for outdoor fun!

More photos are in the gallery.

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