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!
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).
Continuing the outdoor activities theme, the Drums have been playing at Tideswell and Bakewell Carnivals.
On Saturday 29th June, the Drums payed at Tideswell Carnival for the first time. It was a very hot and sunny day and the drummers had plenty of opportunities to drink some water when stopped on the route. Many people commented how professional and talented our young people are. They played so well, they have been invited back next year.
Then last Saturday, they played at Bakewell Carnival. After a few showers which cleared up from about 12.30 they had a great day. The young people had a game of football before the parade and there appeared to be a lot more people out on the route this year.
Lots of good comments about the young people were overheard and at one point when they were stopped, a woman actually came to speak John and said how good the young people sounded and how professional they all looked!
Rather than stay inside during the summer, our Beavers and Cubs have been out and about recently.
The Beavers were at Consall Scout Campsite on Friday. After having a walk around the camp, they toasted marshmallows on a fire. All of the Beavers came back for seconds!
The Beavers love singing campfire songs, so while at a campsite they had a good sing!
The week before, the Cubs went to Apedale Museum to visit the coal mine. They all went into the mine to see what it was like to work underground. They also looked around the museum and learned about the history of Apedale from prehistoric times, via the Romans, to modern time and all about the local coal mines.
Our very talented drummers have, once again, played for the crowds in Newcastle Town Centre.
On Sunday 27th May, as part of the Jazz and Blues Festival, they played in front of Newcastle’s iconic Guildhall. There was a worry earlier in the day that they would have to play in the rain, but the clouds cleared and the sun came out! They gave a great performance and received much applause from the crowd!
Firstly, they had a visit from Explorer Leader Paul who came to tell them about his experience of having a stroke. One of the things Paul had to learn after his stroke, was how to tie his shoe laces one handed! After showing the Cubs how he does it, the Cubs had a try.
Yesterday, the Drum Corps played at the Foxfield Railway’s War Weekend. There were many old military vehicles on display, including many Jeeps, a replica Spitfire and an old WW2 era Admiralty van which is owned by one of our drummers’ grandfather.
Also displayed was the 3 ton American Army Truck that joined us on our Remembrance Day Parade last year.
Today (Monday 6th May 2019), the Drums played in the parade around Newcastle Town Centre as part of the Lymelight Festival. Our Drums have been playing this festival since its inception in 2013 (see here).
The Parade included many other community groups, including, following the Drums, some Imperial Stormtroopers! Thought has been given on how to play the Imperial March on glockenspiels and bugles! Some of the other community Groups had decorated umbrellas (quite apt given the weather before the parade!) for the parade.
On Sunday, we joined Scouts from across the District to parade in Newcastle Town centre to commemorate the patron saint of Scouting, St. George.
Over 400 Scouts and their volunteer Leaders, gathered at The Queens Gardens Newcastle before parading at 2.45pm along The Ironmarket, via High Street to the Guildhall. This event was organised by the District Youth Executive, and at their request and design, was a mixture of tradition.Our Beavers and Cubs carried swords they had made themselves and the Scouts carried the biggest red dragon (we thought that this is England not Wales!) for the parade!
The parade was led, as usual by our excellent Drums Corps and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr James Irvine Hinchcliffe-Friend, and Newcastle Mayor Cllr Gill Heesom, took the salute along with Vera our DC at the Market Cross.. There was then a celebration of songs and readings, presentations of awards and all Scouts renewed their Scouting Promise. One of the presentations was to our Beaver Leader Rachael, who was awarded her 10 Years Service Award – congratulations Rachael!
Following on from their epic trips to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry 2 years ago and Cadbury World last year, the Beavers visited Warwick Castle last week.
Setting out early in 2 minibuses which were hired from Keele University Student’s Union, there not being an easy way to get there by train, the Beavers arrived and were met by knights and castle servants. One of the knights had heard about Scouts and was very please to meet the Beavers. The servants were pleased that the Beavers had come from such a long distance away and asked if their horses were ok and resting safely in the stables!
After a quick go of the Horrible Histories maze, it was time to go and see the trebuchet in action. Sadly, it had a crack in the arm, so it wasn’t being used. The Beavers were treated to their own talk about knights and the castle so to avoid disappointment.
After a quick bit of lunch, it was time to see the birds of prey show. Owls, falcons and hawks flew right over their heads! Following on from the birds of prey show, it was time to explore the castle. The Beavers went along the walls, up the towers, visited the Victorian apartments and even got sent to the gaol!
Following a visit to the shop, where a lot of swords, maces and shields were bought, the Beavers had a play on the castle green.
Sadly then it was time to collect the horses and return home!