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.

255th Beavers try out British traditions

Welly Wanging
Welly Wanging

255th Beavers visited Greville Smyth Park on a sunny Monday evening last week, where they had a chance to try their hand at three British traditions.

First, they had a go at welly wanging, from Yorkshire. The challenge was to see who could throw a Wellington boot the furthest. Congratulations to Zach, who was the clear winner.

Second, the Beavers had a chance to try caber tossing, from the Scottish Highland Games. It may not have been a full-sized caber, but some of the Beavers showed great technique. The winner was Morgan, by a country mile.

Chasing the cheese
Chasing the cheese

Finally, and most hysterically, the Beavers had a go at our local tradition of cheese rolling, from Gloucestershire. After practising individually with Babybels, the Beavers all ran together. Well done to Zachary for catching the big cheese!

As well as trying several fun new activities, the Beavers worked towards their old Global Challenge or new My World Challenge. Following the Sleepover and other recent activities, there will be a lot of badges to hand out on Monday!

Coming soon: A gallery of the photos from the Sleepover, once we have got everything together.

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.

Remembrance Day service

The 255th Bristol (Channel) Sea Scouts will be attending a Remembrance Day service at St. Paul’s Church, Southville, this Sunday (9th November). Please could all members of the Group attend. We will be assembling outside the church at 10AM. All Beavers, Cubs and Scouts wear full uniform including dark shoes and trousers and should be wearing a poppy.

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!

Recent activities

Litter picking
Litter picking

All three sections of the 255th Bristol (Channel) Sea Scouts have been having a busy time of late, and there will be further updates to follow.

Most recently, youth and adult members of the 255th Bristol (Channel) Sea Scouts joined forces with the Totterdown Scouts (175th Bristol) to carry out a litter pick in Victoria Park as part of Scout Community Week. The weather was better than forecast, everybody enjoyed themselves and plenty of litter was found.

Target practice
Target practice

Last month, the Beaver section enjoyed an exciting visit from a tender and firefighting team from Bedminster Fire Station. As well as being given a tour of the contents of the fire engine, the Beaver Scouts actually had the chance to wield a working fire hose – surely every young person’s dream? A gallery of photos from the visit is now available.