District Cub Bush Craft Day

Rickmansworth & Chorleywood District Cub Bush Craft Day 2014 will be held on Saturday 4 October at Chorleywood Camp Site – arrive at: 9.45am and end at: 5.30pm

The cost is £5 per Cub and activities will include fire lighting without matches; cooking without utensils; and a Campfire to end the day

Cubs should bring a Packed Lunch and can gain their Backwoods Cooking Badge!

District Beaver and Cub visit to Christmas Pantomime

The Scouts and Guides have again booked the whole of Watersmeet for this year’s pantomime, Aladdin, on Sunday 7 December, which is attended by Beavers, Cubs, Brownies and Rainbows from across the District.

If your child, and/or your family, would like to go please download and complete the Aladdin booking form and give that with your payment of £13 a ticket (cash or cheques made payable to “Croxley Forest Beavers”) to your leader no later than Friday 19 September 2014.

And we’re back…

All of our sections start again this week after the summer break and there’s loads to look forward to!  We can also congratulate one of our Apollo leaders, Stella, on the birth of her daughter.
The Cubs and Beavers have both got camps planned and there’s the District trip to Watersmeet panto in December. 

There’s a Bushcraft day for the Cubs in October and visits, trips, badges – and fun of course! 

If you’re over 18 let us know if you want to be part of the adventure as well!

Leaders’ chance to give their views

We need your views as adult volunteers.

As we strive to achieve the ambitious goals set out in Scouting for All, our Vision to 2018, your views are more important than ever.

Last year, we ran our member attitudes survey for the first time. Over 6,000 of you responded and gave us vital insight and feedback. We learned that 93% of our members are proud to be Scouts, with 87% of you recommending volunteering with Scouts to family and friends. This is great news.

We also learnt that while members feel proud they do not always feel valued for their efforts in Scouting and more work is required to help all members know who their line manager is and that both parties understand training needs better.

We want your views again, so we can see what has changed over the past 12 months. We want to find out what has improved and what still needs work to ensure that all of our members feel empowered, valued and proud.

The annual survey is your chance to raise the issues you want to be addressed. It’s an opportunity to let us know how you are finding your Scouting experience at the moment, and how we can help to make it even better.

Your response to this survey will help HQ and Counties/Areas/Regions (Scotland) understand what is working well. More importantly it will show us what kind of things take away your enjoyment and enthusiasm, highlighting areas that need further support and work.

There will still be consultation on specific issues or projects when appropriate, but this annual member survey will allow you the chance to feed back on other issues personal to you in Scouting.

The survey will close on Monday 8 September allowing the summer for you to complete it. Once the survey closes the results will be analysed and shared with the National UK Chief Commissioners team and County/Area/Region Commissioners to give a breakdown of trends in the local area. You are not asked for your name or membership number within the survey.

Complete the surveysurvey and let us know your views.

What Beavers did in 2013/14

Over the last year Mountain Colony has nearly doubled in size from 13 to 24 Beavers, and we have two regular adult helpers as well as a Young Leader.  One of our other Occasional Helpers left us to adopt two children of his own. 

 The highlight of the year was our first Nights Away at Phasels Wood as a Beaver and Parent event where our Beavers helped cooked their own supper. We’re already planning a joint one with Forest Colony for October. 

We’ve raised money through a sponsored skip for the British Heart Foundation; for Herts Air Ambulance by a sponsored bandage tie; and for our group by helping with bag-packing at Morrisons.  We took part for the first time in the Rickmansworth Parade andSt George’sDay Parade and had a fun time at the District Beaver Sports Day.

We went to the Gr8 Big B@ash, held a half-term Activity Day at Phasels Wood, got cold whilst sledging at the Hemel Snow Centre, visited the Aldenham Hare Krishna Temple and All Saints Church, and have learnt about First Aid, martial arts, and tag rugby.  Some of our Beavers went sailing at BLYM as part of our Group’s 2013 AGM.

Over the last year we’ve invested seventeen Beavers and awarded 131 badges including five Chief Scout’s Bronze Awards.

Revels in the sun

Members from the whole Group had a great time at the sunniest Croxley Revels ever this Saturday!  Thanks to all our Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, volunteer leaders and parents who took part.

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Beavers Nights Away

Playing in the woods. Scrambling the indoor climbing wall. Careering down a toboggan run. Cooking your own food. Playing games, having fun, making friends and making memories.

You can do all of these and more at our first joint Croxley Green Beaver nights away at Phasels Wood Activity Centre in Kings Langley.

The cost is £25, with a £5 deposit payable by 4 July and the balance by 11 September. Places will initially be limited to 13 Beavers from each
Colony. We also need some parent volunteers to help please – we will be sleeping in a hut!

For more information talk to your section leaders. Mountain Colony Beavers can also book
on MyScout.

Download a Flyer

We did one thing for Scout Community Week 2014

On 8 June 2014 we took part in national Scout Community Week by helping the Friends of Croxley Common Moor clear the Common – a site of special scientific interest – of ragwort (a plant that’s mildly toxic to the animals that graze on the moor) and the very little litter we found there.

Thirty Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and another fifteen leaders and parents helped fill an amazing 73 bags of ragwort – the most that the Friends have ever collected.  

Download the Friends of Croxley Common Moor programme here. 

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Young Leaders’ Scheme recognised

The Scout Association’s Young Leaders Scheme (for Explorers between 14 and 18) has been recognised by the Institute of Leadership and Management, one of the UK’s leading providers of leadership and management qualifications.

Young Leaders are Explorer Scouts between 14 and 18 who decide to commit a significant amount of their Scouting time to helping with Beavers, Cubs or Scouts.  We currently have several Young Leaders helping in different sections, with potential for many more!

The ILM’s accreditation shows the quality and credibility of the Institute of Leadership and Management to organisations when Young Leaders apply for jobs or further education.  You can download details of the scheme here.