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1st Finchley Scouts present you with 3 short films made by themselves.
An adventure to rescue evil master’s minion from two rivals in order to save R2D2, the untold story about a particular scout who tries to escape from a camp, and an advertisement for the ultimate solutions against wild scouts…
Disclaimer: The group holds no responsibility for damage caused by laughing while watching these videos.
Everyone welcome back from summer and we hope you had a great one!
Our Scouts joined by 2nd Edgware Scouts also had an unforgettable time on the narrowboat this year.
Check out the time-lapse video of 4 days’ awesome experience in 4 minutes!
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Happy Founders Day!
‘Life without adventure would be deadly dull‘ – Lord Baden-Powell.
If Scouting is about fulfilling your potential then Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (or BP) certainly fulfilled his.
BP, or ‘Stephe’ as he was known as a child, was born in Paddington, London, on 22 February 1857. He was the eighth of 10 children of the Reverend Baden-Powell, a professor at Oxford University.
BP preferred the outdoors to the classroom and spent much of his time sketching wildlife in the woods around his school. His irrepressible personality infuriated and impressed his teachers in equal measure.
After school, he went into the army, where he led a distinguished career through posts in countries including India, Afghanistan, Malta and various parts of Africa.
The most famous event in BP’s military career was the defence of Mafeking against the Boers in 1899, after which he became a Major-General at the age of only 43.
BP retired from the army in 1910 at the age of 53, on the advice of King Edward VII, who suggested he could provide more valuable service to his country by developing Scouting and its sister movement, Guiding.
In 1912, BP married Olave Soames and had three children (Peter, Heather and Betty).
Chief Scout of the World
BP wrote no less than 32 books, the earnings from which helped to pay for his Scouting travels. As with all his successors, he received no salary as Chief Scout. He received various honorary degrees and the freedom of a number of cities, along with 28 foreign orders and decorations and 19 foreign Scout awards.
In 1938, suffering ill-health, BP returned to Africa to live in semi-retirement in Nyeri, Kenya, where he died on 8 January 1941 at the age of 83. He is buried in a simple grave at Nyeri within sight of Mount Kenya. On his headstone are the words, ‘Robert Baden-Powell, Chief Scout of the World’ alongside Scout and Guide emblems. He was later commemorated in Westminster Abbey, London.
BP is remembered on Founder’s Day, which is celebrated on his birthday (22 February) each year. To this day Scouts continue to enjoy activities in the outdoors and live out BP’s ideas.
As the great man once said, ‘life without adventure would be deadly dull.’
Over the third weekend in October each year the worldwide Jamboree on the Air and Internet takes place. The event sees half a million Scouts and Guides from all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio or the internet. It provides a fun and educational Scouting experience, promoting a sense of belonging to the worldwide Scout Movement.
For our Cubs and Scouts Frith Grange Campsite was our local JOTA-JOTI hub over the weekend of the 17th & 18th October 2015. Various activities all based around communication were set-up with Scouts sending messages using Semaphore, the phonetic alphabet & morse code using two way radio’s. At the same time Scouts were using the computers to communicate online and the radio station set-up by Southgate Amateur Radio Club to communicate over the air.
One of our Cubs, Lola took part and these are her thoughts on the day;
I really enjoyed myself. What my group did first, was send questions and talk to other cubs or scouts on the computer, I talked to somebody who was from New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, London and Italy. We had to find out what their favourite breakfast was. Some of the favourite breakfasts were: bacon and eggs, pancakes, pasta and porridge. The strangest was pasta. We also had to find out their JID, I only got two and they are: 5gb42u and 3pk23p.
In another activity we had to crack the code: two people would go outside and two other people were inside, people who were inside had to tell them to go forward, backward, left and right, and would have to give the people who were inside the numbers and they would have to crack it. Then they would swap over. The message was: Cubs have fun. Which is so true!
Whether you can spare an hour a month or a day a year the everyday adventure of Scouting is only possible thanks to our adult volunteers, who support Scouts in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a charity Trustee. We help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship.
Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people. Our approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer. Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.
1. Do I really have the skills you need?
You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.
2. What if I don’t have that much spare time?
Volunteering with us is easy, fun and flexible – how much time you give is completely up to you. Whether you help out once a fortnight, month or term or just at special events or camps, there is bound to be a role you can play, and no matter how you get involved, we’ll make sure you’re properly trained and supported.
3. What will I get out of volunteering?
As well as gaining externally recognised skills and having a brilliant time, Scouting also offers the chance to build on personal skills, like teamwork, confidence and leadership. A study found that over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives.
4. My child is in Scouting – is there anything I could do to help?
The short answer is yes. Many of our helpers and leaders are parents of our youth members because they’ve seen firsthand how Scouting benefits young people and want to give something back. It’s also a chance to spend more time with your children and learn new skills. Speak to your child’s leader to discuss how you might become involved.
5. Are there any age restrictions on helping out?
As long as you’re over 18, you can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers. If you are aged between 14 to 18, there is the option of becoming a Young Leader.
To find out more about how you could make a difference please complete the form below or contact Howard our Group Scout Leader for an informal chat on 0208 123 1263.
After several weeks of training and months of preparation our first floating Scout camp set sail on Friday 25th September from Little Venice!
Friday morning was an early start for Howard & Paul as they collected Theo from Hillingdon Narrowboat Association in Hillingdon and moved him to Little Venice ready for the Scouts. Theo is a 71 foot long narrowboat with separate bunk areas for our boy & girl scouts, a galley area and ample space to sit and eat in the ‘lounge’.
Friday evening with Theo safely moored in Paddington Basin just off Little Venice the scouts joined us on-board, found their bunks and got to explore Theo before their first safety briefing. Quiz master Roni joined us on-board too and the evenings quiz got under way.
Saturday morning with 10 Scouts and 3 leaders on-board it was an early start. With a breakfast of cereal, eggy bread, beans & bacon inside us our aim for the day was to head east along the Regents Canal and to moor up at the Olympic Stadium at Stratford, 9 miles and 11 locks away. Our route would take in Regents Park and London Zoo, Camden Lock, the Islington Tunnel and Victoria Park.
At just after 9am we set sail, it was a gentle start to the day as we navigated our way through Little Venice and out towards Regents Park. As you enter Regents Park you pass under Macclesfield Bridge which is more commonly known as ‘Blow up Bridge’. It gets its name as a result of the boat Tilbury, carrying gunpowder to a quarry in the Midlands, exploding, demolishing the bridge and killing three people at 3am on 2 October 1874. Locals sprang from their beds, fearing an earthquake.
As we headed further east we passed through London Zoo, got to spot various animals and heard bird song from the aviaries. A little further ahead came a sharp left turn as well as the ornately painted Feng Shang Princess floating restaurant.
Camden Lock came into sight and it was time to get everyone off, remind them of safety around locks and get them ready to ‘work’ their first lock. The locks here were constructed between 1818 and 1820 and are the only twin-lock remaining on the Canal. Safely through the lock and onto the next, one lock down ten more to go.
Two more locks follow in quick succession here before everyone was back on-board and we headed further east towards Kings Cross and the Islington Tunnel. Before we entered the Islington tunnel it was time for lunch and we moored up by Battlebridge Basin.
Revived it was time to go through The Islington Tunnel which is the longest tunnel on this trip at 878m long. It’s quite eerie in this tunnel as you glide along focussing at the light in the distance trying not to clip the walls of the tunnel. As we popped out the other side the sun was still shining here in London. A couple more locks and we could see Victoria Park on our left hand side, not much further now.
As we turned the final corner in the evening sun you could see the Olympic Stadium, we had made it to Stratford and our mooring for the night. Having moored up we headed off to explore The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before dinner. Rolling down hills seemed to be the favourite activity until we found the adventure play area.
With stomachs rumbling we headed back to the boat. Our dinner of pasta and meatballs hit the spot after a busy day. Tonight’s entertainment was high stakes bingo!
Snoring was detected from all cabins by 10pm.
Sunday morning saw us up early again and another beautiful morning greeted us on-board. The waft of breakfast spurred everyone on to get up and get ready for another day on the canals. Ben joined us on-board this morning as we planned our day which saw us reverse our route back towards Little Venice.
Scouts, windlasses in hand, wound locks and spent more time today at the helm practising their steering as we navigated our way back along the canals. In what seemed like no time at all we were mooring up for lunch and disembarking several scouts who were off to receive their Chief Scout Silver Awards on Sunday afternoon.
Lunch cleared up we were on the move again. The canal was much busier today with lots more boats on the canal and in locks slowing our progress. Camden lock came into sight and as it had been our first it would also be our last lock on this camp.
Next stop Little Venice, we moored up close to where we had been on Friday evening. It was sad to see the last few scouts disembark and wave farewell as another great camp came to an end.
For some of us the voyage continued as we headed off again back towards Hillingdon to return Theo.
As with all things in Scouting, its only with the support of leaders who volunteer their time freely, parents, family and friends who help and assist that camps like these can happen so Thank You to everyone who contributed in any way to make this camp a success.
You can find more images from our Narrowboat Camp in our gallery
Well done to all 17 of our Cubs and Scouts who received their Chief Scout Awards on Sunday.
Their Chief Scout Bronze and Silver Awards were presented by Jack Caine our new County Commissioner during the award ceremony held at Ashmole Academy. Recipients all received a special woggle, badge and certificate.
From left to right – Rohan, William, Jake, Nathan, Harmony, Matthew, Charlotte, Casper, Leo, Millen, Carys, Barney, Ben, Elliot and Leena.
Congratulations to you all and to Isaac and Rafi who received Chief Scout Awards too but were unable to attend the ceremony.
Another sunny day with maps at the ready, today’s fearless five set off on our Hampstead Heath Geocaching Hike. Our route saw us head south along Dollis Valley Greenwalk from Frith Grange Campsite to Hampstead Heath for a cheeky 7 mile hike.
We paused for lunch watching local teams play rugby on the Hampstead Heath Extension. A quick game of ‘Dorito Roulette’ later and the Scouts were keen to head south towards the first geocache!
Whilst hunting for our second geocache we spotted an otter playing in the pond close by. It’s always amazing when you see wildlife up close like that.
All in all another great days hiking. Thanks to everyone who took part and supported us to make the day possible.
You can find some photos from today’s hike and our route here
Blessed with good weather the hike was the ideal opportunity to practise our orientation and map reading skills ahead of bigger hikes to come. Brushing up on attack points, contour lines, grid co-ordinates, legs & route’s and how they help us reach our final destination made for a fun session.
Along the route we managed to ‘bag’ a few geocaches too as we took in our tranquil surroundings.
A great days hiking, thanks to everyone who took part and supported us to make the day possible.
If you want more detail about the hike you can see our route here