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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Carnival Time

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.

More photos are in the gallery.

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!

More photos are in the gallery.

Look out for the Drums playing at more local events over the summer and Eyam Carnival in September.

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Who Needs Computer Games?

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!

You can see photos in the gallery.

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.

You can see photos in the gallery.

As we said, who needs to stay inside playing games when you can toast marshmallows or visit a real coalmine?

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District Scouts Night Hike

Back in March, the Scouts took part in the District’s Night Hike Challenge.

The Scouts had to successfully navigate their way around a course using only maps in the dark.

They did very well and came joint first with Red Street Scouts. Well done Scouts!

More photos are in the gallery.

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The Drums play the Town Centre

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!

Photos are in the gallery.

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The Cubs Learn About Strokes and Go Bowling

The Cubs have been busy recently.

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.

More photos are in the gallery.

Thanks to Paul for coming to talk to the Cubs.

Then, last Friday, the Cubs went bowling. They went to Wolstanton bowling green and were taught how to play. After a few practice sessions they had a tournament to find a winner.

Many thanks to Lee for showing the Cubs how to play.

More photos are in the gallery.

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The Drums play at The Foxfield Railway

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.

More photos are in the gallery.

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