Over the 1st weekend of November, the Beavers and Cubs had a Halloween Camp at Kibblestone.
The Cubs stayed out all weekend, while the Beavers just came out for the day on Saturday.
On the Saturday, everyone was showed how to light fires (which was rather tricky due to the amount of rain that had fallen), carved pumpkins with scary faces and these were all displayed in front of the Cub Lair with candles in them. The Beavers and Cubs all dressed up in scary costumes and watched a Halloween movie.
Following this everyone watched a firework display and then had a campfire. Unfortunately, this was inside as all the wood was too wet!
After the campfire finished the Beavers went home and the Cubs went to bed!
Following on from last year’s epic parade, on Sunday, Remembrance Day, our Remembrance Day Parade started at St. Barnabas Church, Bradwell and was again led by our Drum Corps. Our young people were joined by the Basford and St. Wulstan’s Scouts, Centurion Explorers, Porthill’s Guides and Bradwell’s Boys Brigade, by members of the congregation of St. Barnabas Church, Fr. Chris, Rev. Karen, lots of parents and a number of veterans!
There were around 190 uniformed people in the parade and probably the same amount who came with us!
The parade was watched by many people along the route.
The Beavers carried poppies with the names of the 23 Porthill Scouts who had been killed while serving in the First and Second World Wars (see our Remembrance Page).
At Porthill’s War Memorial, a wreath was laid by a Scout and Guide in memory of those killed in all wars. The police who had ensured we were safe on the roads while parading, also placed a wreath on the Memorial.
Thank you to all who came. See more photos in the Gallery.
Well done to the Cubs who took part in the District’s Cub swimming gala last night. Cub Leader Sharon, was very proud of them all! Our Cubs came 5th out of 9 teams.
St Giles came 1st, Basford & Whitmore 2nd and Westlands came 3rd. More photos are in the gallery.
Yesterday in Newcastle town centre, it was the annual Grow Fest (formally Food Fest) and the Drums were there to entertain the shoppers. They were there as part of the District’s participation in the event to raise money for Scouting and to raise awareness of Scouting in our local community.
As part of the day, various Scouting awards were made by our County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, The Worshipful the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme Councillor Simon White & Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson. One of these was a 5 Year Service Award to Alan Banks – congratulations Alan and thanks you for the last 5 years!
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?
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!
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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