Scouts  7th Banstead   

 

Beavers: For boys and girls aged 6 – 8 years old. Motto: “Fun and Friends”.  The annual programme includes games, some badge work, learning through fun activities, outings and sleepovers.  Beavers meet in the Scout HQ at the back of the church on Thursdays (5.30 pm – 6.45 pm) in term-time. Contact: 01737 358077 for more information.

Cubs: For boys and girls aged 8 – 10.  The programme includes camping, sleepovers, badge work, games, challenge awards and outings.  Cubs meet in the Scout HQ at the back of the church on Wednesdays (6.30 pm – 8.00 pm) in term-time. Contact:  01737 356201 for more details.

Scouts: For boys and girls aged 10 – 14.  Includes camping, hiking, badge work, cooking initiative tests, sleepovers and outings.  Scouts meet in the Scout HQ behind the church on Fridays (7.30 pm – 9 pm) in term–time. Contact : 01737 356201 for more details.

Membership fees:  All sections pay a £45.00 Joining Fee with the membership fees for 2014 set at £35.00 per term thereafter, plus section subs of £5.00 per term.

Parade Services: Interactive, all-age services for all ages but aimed especially at children and young people. Parade services usually take place in January, February, March, June, September, October and November on the last Sunday of the month (except in March when it takes place on Mothering Sunday).


Activity reports to March 2015:

Beavers

The Beaver section has 18 children.
 
We’ve worked on lots of badges, as well as playing lots of noisy games. For our Animal Friend Badge, we kept diaries, to show how well we looked after our pets or garden birds.  We also had a visit from the Blue Cross, to hear about their work and to learn about how to behave around dogs.  For our Promise Challenge, the children learned about the Good Samaritan story and also talked about good deeds they had done.  As part of this badge, the children also wrote and read out their own prayers.

We had a really good turnout at the carol service and then a really successful joint Christmas party and sleepover with the Cubs.

In the spring term, we’ve been learning about disability.  This started with a discussion about what disability means and who the children know with a disability.  A visit from Hearing Dogs helped the Beavers to understand how assistance dogs work.  We also played some games to demonstrate how to adapt and participate in games without speaking, seeing or hearing (though not all at the same time!).  The leaders especially liked the non-speaking games!

This term, we also have run a series of “show and tell” weeks.  Each child came in and talked about or demonstrated a hobby or collection or sport that they enjoy at home. Our plans for the summer term include another sleepover, a cinema trip and lots more badge work.

Liz Batten
Beaver Scout Leader  

Cubs

The Cub section has 16 Cubs at present with no more Beavers due up until this autumn.
 
We spent the Autumn term finishing off the My Faith Badge and the Global Challenge, and we have also spent 4 weeks doing the Map Readers Badge. This  spring term we have spent  4 weeks completing the Animal Carer Badge.  This culminated in a Grand Pet Show with the cubs bringing in their pet photos, favourite cuddly if they didn’t own a pet, plus a visit from a rabbit, a cat, and a rather evasive tarantula called Edwin!  Prizes were issued to all under a wide variety of categories. Other activities have included trying out some new parachute and hoop games, painting, decorating candle holders for Mother’s day, and finding out how to write “Jesus Christ is Born” in over 60 languages to add to our country flags so that we could decorate the church for the Group carol service.
Community service has included helping at a litter sweep in Burgh Heath and filling 38 Samaritans Purse shoeboxes.   We also entered the District Cooking Competition and came second, and the District Bowling Competition which all the cubs enjoyed.  
We have also had two joint activities with the Beavers:- an evening Torch Trail in November and a joint party and sleepover in January.
Ten cubs have gained their Chief Scout Silver Award.

Janice Barber
Cub Scout Leader  

Scouts

The Scout section has 21 Scouts.  

We spent the autumn term completing the Outdoor Challenge, Campers, and Camp Cook Badges that were started at summer camp.  Other activities have included two cooking evenings: one a breakfast session and one where they made sponge puddings, a food technology evening with a crisp tasting test, a skateboard challenge, and an evening building an indoor golf course for their Creative Challenge.   The PL’s & APL’s also had to run their own training sessions one evening, and last week one of the scouts brought his band up to play for us. We have held two evening hikes: one to the Silent pool near Guildford and the other a Blindfold drop where the scouts were taken out blindfolded and dropped off with a map, compass and a bearing and told to make their own way back – which they did!
We joined in the Burgh Heath litter sweep, helped with the shoeboxes, and at the end of November the scout section cooked and served Sunday lunch for church members who would normally eat alone.   
In February we held a really successful Frost Camp which included a day trip to London to visit ‘Ripleys Believe it or Not’ and was made all the more exciting by waking up to snow on the Saturday morning.
Two scouts have gained their Chief Scout Gold Award.

Enquiries: 01737 356201   Janice Barber - Cubs & Scout Leader.