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Scouts join in UK Parliament Week!

It’s UK Parliament Week and tonight our Scouts took part.

A huge thank you goes out to our local MP Justin Madders who came along to give a talk about Parliament and his job!

During the course of the evening, some interesting topics of discussion naturally came up including Brexit and that banned Iceland advert.

Merry Christmas

As another fun filled year of Scouting across all 3 sections draws to a close, we’d just like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and an adventurous New Year! It’s been an incredibly action packed year, involving:
  • A number of teams of Scouts competing in the 50th Cheshire Hike.
  • A group camp hosted at a very soggy Dunham Massey Scout Camp.
  • The Beavers section celebrating their 30th Birthday.
  • The Cubs section celebrating their 100th Birthday (a year long celebration known as Cubs100).
  • The whole group reaching 10 years of continued growth.
  • Hosting our very first Macmillan Coffee Evening in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.
  • The 6th year of our ever growing Bonfire and Firework Spectacular.
We look forward to seeing you all again in 2017. Return dates for each section will be posted in due course.

Our first Newsletter!

On Friday night, the Scouts were tasked with putting together a newsletter that we could hand out to Parents/Publish online. So in three small teams, the Scouts went away and produced a number of articles for our very first newsletter. Scouts were invited to write about things they had already done in Scouting, things that are coming up and also to think about what’s involved with being a Scout Leader. This simple activity has allowed the Scouts to reflect on some of the activities they have taken part in this year, and has also allowed them to tick a load of work off across several badges (including Communicator, Creative Challenge, Teamwork Challenge, Writer and Media Relations and Marketing). Without further ado, here’s the result of the Scout’s work (click the button below to open, requires Adobe Reader to view). Download Newsletter - 1st Edition PDF

Search and Rescue Activity

cqzc2plwyaazl4zOn 19th and 20th August, nine of our Scouts took part in a District held ‘Search and Rescue Activity’. Here’s what two of those Scouts – Cody and Josh, had to say about it. When we got to Forest Camp, we carried our equipment to the I.C.C. (Incident Control Centre), where we were given a briefing and GPS unit. We were then told to search a sector of the forest for possible casualties.
Josh – We were very tired, but it was a fun experience.
We found the casualty, which we had to report to the I.C.C. – we also used basic First Aid to like checking the pulse and airways. We had to set up an emergency shelter, where we could keep the casualty sheltered and to also set up a sleeping area (some of us didn’t get much sleep). cqzdjkcwcaantj3We then radioed in to the I.C.C., where they arranged an air supply drop from a ‘helicopter’ – once the supplies had been dropped, we used a GPS to find them and bring them back to the base. Using the supplies, we were able to treat the casualty and also feed ourselves. After receiving the supplies and attending to the casualty, we were instructed to radio in to the I.C.C. at a set time every hour. In the morning, we had to pack up base and take our equipment and the casualty to the I.C.C.
Cody – Very tiring, but it felt real. Will definitely go again!

New Term Start Dates

We hope everyone has enjoyed their summer break? As a new academic year starts, so does an exciting year of Scouting! For your information, here are the start dates of the new term for each section:
  • Beavers – Tuesday 13th September
  • Cubs – Thursday 8th September
  • Scouts – Friday 16th September
REMINDER – There is a joint Beavers/Cubs/Scout activity (albeit at staggered times) at Moel Famau on Sunday 11th September. Information for this activity should have come out from section leaders before/during the summer break – however there is an attendance limitation on this event for permit reasons. If your child is confirmed as attending this event, please check with your section leaders for relevant/upto date information.

Group Camp 2016 – Close and Pickup

We’re currently aiming to close camp shortly after 3:00pm. However we would greatly appreciate any help from parents from around 1:30pm to allow us to break camp and load the trailer ready for closing the camp.
Please be aware that due to the amount of rainfall we’ve had over the last two days, the campsite is extremely boggy – so be prepared for muddy shoes!! We also kindly request assistance at the Scout HQ tomorrow evening (Monday 22nd May) from around 6:30pm-7:00pm to unload the equipment into our stores. As a reminder (and for those who may not have dropped little ones off on Friday/Saturday), the address is: Dunham Park Scout Camp, Farm Walk, Off Dunham Road, Bowdon, Altrincham, WA14 9SP. It’s the first left off the A56 (heading towards Altrincham) from the Bowdon roundabout (just after the speed indicator sign). We have also put up a sign to indicate where the junction is (it is easily missable).
Directions (Coming from Elton, Helsby and Frodsham)
  • Join the M56 Eastbound heading towards Manchester.
  • Leave the M56 at Junction 7 for Altrincham.
  • At the roundabout take the third exit onto the A56 (Dunham Road).
  • After around 500 yards (0.3 miles), turn left onto Farm Walk.
  • Keep following Farm Walk until the end of the track, this should lead you into the Camp Site.

1st Ince and Elton Triumphs at the Cheshire Hike!

inceandelton_cheshirehike141st Ince and Elton submitted two Senior team’s into this year’s Cheshire Hike, and both teams did extremely well! We’re extremely proud to reveal that our Senior teams came 1st and 2nd in the district (overall 7th and 11th)! Here are the full results for Mersey Weaver:

Junior

  1. Daisy Peacock and Grace Rimmer from 1st Helsby (5th place overall)
  2. Izzy Dodgson and Holly Cleland (6th place overall)

Intermediate

  1. James Halliwell and Alfie Porteous from 1st Helsby (2nd place overall)
  2. Laura Knipe and Zoe Kimber from 4th Frodsham (3rd place overall)

Senior

  1. Jack Whibberley and Alex Usher from 1st Ince and Elton (7th place overall)
  2. Zach Hunter and Jack Murray from 1st Ince and Elton/Cestrian ESU (11th place overall)

Senior Plus

  1. Matthew Marnell and Sam Burgess from Cestrian ESU (overall Cheshire Hike winner with a tremendous score of 4459 points)
  2. Joe McDonnell and Toby Jackson from Cestrian ESU (6th place overall)
Congratulations Scouts, and hopefully you’ve spent the last week recovering! And if that wasn’t enough, our winning teams presented a presentation about the Cheshire Hike to the rest of the troop on Friday night, explaining what the hike involves, how the points are scored and what it means to reach the finish. Hopefully they have inspired some of our younger Scouts to consider taking part in next year’s Cheshire Hike!

Christmas Break

Beavers have their last meeting before Christmas Tonight (Tuesday 18th December), with Cubs last meeting being held on Thursday 20th December. Scouts last meeting was on Friday 14th December with our first meeting back after Christmas being held on Friday 4th January 2013. Return dates for Beavers and Cubs are still to be confirmed. 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Scouts join MP for Speaker’s reception

Speakers Reception 2012

Two Scouts from 1st Ince and Elton headed to London with a contingnent of 38 Scouts on Tuesday 12th June for the annual prestigious Speaker’s reception. The event, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Scout Group and the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, is a unique opportunity for young people in Scouting to experience meeting with their own and other MPs in the House of Commons to talk about the challenges facing Scouting, such as the lack of adult volunteers.
 
The Scouts got the opportunity to meet their local MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston Scouts, Andrew Miller and spoke to him about local issues in the local community and more importantly, if he was a Scout as a youngster himself.
 
One of the Scouts, James Leyland who was given the opportunity to attend the reception said:
 
"The trip to London gave me the opportunity to mingle with Scouts from all over the country and meet our local MP to discuss things that interest me. It also gave me the chance to visit Parliament and to talk to MP's; to find out what it was really like, not just as the media presents it. It was an amazing opportunity and experience which won't leave me for the rest of my life!"
 
Ashley Proctor, one of our Scout Leader's who also attended said:
 
"The Speakers Reception was a fantastic opportunity to meet other Scouts from all over the country and to also meet my local MP to discuss issues about Scouting and the local community. It gave me an insight into what goes on in Parliament and the chance to see what MP's are doing to help support Scouting across the country."
 
Andrew Miller MP said,
 
“I was delighted to meet some of the Scouts from Ellesmere Port and Neston at such a special event. It is clear that Scouting continues to be relevant and dynamic, providing young people the chance to try out new adventures, from hiking to snowboarding to working within their local communities. I have learned more about the challenges faced by the movement such as the lack of adult volunteers and I look forward to supporting the groups in my constituency through raising awareness of this issue in Parliament.”

Easter 2012 return dates

As the Easter Holidays draw to a close, 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group our preparing for the new term. With that in mind, here are the return dates for each section (in order of date):

  • Scouts return on Friday 13th April 2012
  • Beavers return on Tuesday 17th April 2012
  • Cubs return on Thursday 19th April 2012

We hope everyone enjoyed the Easter Break and we look forward to welcoming back Beavers, Cubs and Scouts on their respective start dates.