Pancake Breakfast – thank you!

Many thanks to everyone who helped at Saturday’s pancake breakfast, whether the Scouts who waited on tables, the cooks, the poor person washing up in the corner, or those of you who came and ate carbohydrates for such a good cause!

pancake breakfast at St Pauls SouthvilleThanks too to St Paul’s Church who let us use their building at no cost so that all proceeds can go towards the rebuilding of our Spyglass Scout centre next to the church. We don’t know quite how much was raised yet as some scouts, cubs, and beavers will be handing in ticket money this week. Don’t forget to do that when you meet on Monday or Wednesday.

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Our third pancake breakfast!

pancake breakfast poster

This year the 4th July falls on a Saturday so it’s a perfect excuse for another US style pancake breakfast to help raise money towards building the Spyglass scout hut.

We have a new venue this year: we will be at St Pauls Church Southville from 9:30am to 12pm on Saturday 4th July. There will be traditional American pancakes with butter and Aunt Jemima syrup, and plenty of fresh filter coffee and juice to drink.

If you’re a parent in the group or a Scout, we need your help! You can help by shopping, preparation, cooking, selling tickets, and clearing up. Contact baloo@255th.org.uk to find out more.

Recent activities

Eastwood Farm
Eastwood Farm

The 255th Beavers have been enjoying a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities recently to make the most of the summer evenings.

On Sunday 14th June, nine of our Beavers joined us for a river trip from the s.s. Great Britain to Beese’s Tea Gardens. From there, they went on a nature ramble through Eastwood Farm nature reserve. They saw and learned about a range of plant life, birds and mini-beasts, from herons to ladybirds, goose grass to ground beetles and teasels to tadpoles.

The following evening, the whole Colony descended on Victoria Park for an active outdoor evening, where they had the opportunity to climb along a row of trees, run an outdoor assault course and play a game of ‘landmine clearance’. As well as being fun and challenging for our Beavers, these kinds of activities are great for badge work too.

Red Lodge show off 'Hogwarts'
Red Lodge show off ‘Hogwarts’

The Beavers have been just as busy indoors, too. Tonight, the Beavers worked in their lodges to build castles out of junk. All four of the models were fantastic, but the best models showed some real teamwork, supported by our team of leaders and other adult volunteers. We thought Red Lodge’s castle showed the best design, which they gave the appropriate name of Hogwarts.

St. George’s Day Parade 2015

This Sunday 26th April, 1:15pm sharp. Brunel’s Yard next to s.s. Great Britain on Gas Ferry Road BS1 6JR.

Clean uniform, navy black/blue trousers, ironed neckerchief, black shoes. Scouts to wear hats (and belts if possible). Layers underneath for warmth. Carry light raincoat.

March starts at 2pm along Cumberland Road. Service at St. Mary Redcliffe Church (some seating at back may be available for parents).

Pick up time from church is 4:15pm.

All change…

New Beaver badges
New Beaver badges

2015 brings with it a bold new programme for Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorer Scouts. The old Challenge awards and Chief Scout’s awards have been replaced with a new suite of very modern-looking and more complex Challenge awards.

Leaders within our Group have been working hard to get to grips with the new programme. Our ambitious summer programme for the Beaver section (now available on the programme page), for example, includes many activities targeted at these new Challenge awards.

Beavers who started in the Colony up to the end of 2014 will be allowed to complete the old Chief Scout’s Bronze Award before September 2015, and we will be working to get all of them up to this award by the end of the summer term if at all possible. Beavers who started from January 2015 onwards will be our first to proceed with the new programme, and we wish them the best of luck. Last weekend’s fantastic Beaver Sleepover will have got two of them off to a great start on this journey – more details of that event, including a photo gallery, will follow soon.

Akela, we will do our best

Akela
Akela
Philip Burnett, known to our Cub Scouts as Akela, has been back at home for nearly a month now after a long stay in hospital following serious complications arising from a stroke and is being looked after by his family, including our former Beaver Scout Leader, Debbie Burnett. Phil is doing well but still has some way to go on the road to recovery.

In the mean time, the Cub Pack will continue to run in the safe hands of our former Group Scout Leader, Chris James. Akela, we are just keeping your seat warm for you. Get well soon!