Monday, April 27, 2009

Scout Hut Clear-up

Thanks to all the Scouts who helped on Saturday morning clearing up round the back of the Scout Hut. We cleared back the thorns and shifted several barrowfuls of dead leaves and mulch from the gutters. It looks much better now, and should help to cure the damp problem. We'll be having another session in the next few weeks to do the vicarage side of the hut. Scouts who contribute a total of six hours to the clear-up effort will gain the Community Challenge badge.

The new heaters, which were purchased with the aid of a grant from the South Yorkshire Community Fund, have now arrived, and we'll be installing them in the next few weeks.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


A very big thankyou to all the children and parents who turned up for the parade at Hoyland Common to represent Ardsley in the annual St Georges Day celebration. The sun shone and the wind blew helping to make the flags fly. There was plenty of singing and several performances in church as well, helping to make the day special. The brass band also did us proud during the marching. So, thanks a lot. Those of you who had other, more important?, things to do missed a grand afternoon. Special thanks to Thomas L for carrying the Beaver flag, Niall for the Cubs and Thomas C for Scouts. You all did a great job and made us proud! See Kim next week for a thankyou present.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

St. George's Day Parade

Each year Scout groups across the world get together to mark St. George’s Day. (St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouting as well as all his other jobs.) In our District, each Group takes it in turn to host a St George’s Day parade around their village. This year it’s Hoyland Common’s turn.

We would like all Beavers, Cubs & Scouts to join us this Sunday (26 April) to mark St. George’s Day. We will be meeting at Fitzwilliam Street at 1pm, and parading to St Peter’s Church at Kirk Balk. After a short church service we will parade back to Fitzwilliam Street. We expect to be finished by 3.30pm. Please wear full uniform.

Directions: Travelling from Birdwell to Hoyland Common, go straight ahead at the Allotts Corner traffic lights. Fitzwilliam Street is second on the left.

Friday, April 17, 2009


If you have not already done so, please make sure you have paid your APRIL subs this week as they should have been paid on the 1st or 2nd of April. MAY subs are due to be paid NO LATER THAN 6th and 7th May. Please put £8.20 in the Subs box in a named envelope with your subs card. Thanks.

Cub Camp

Please let Kim or Akela have your completed Permission to Camp forms asap and the £10. We haven't heard from a few of you so please remember to text, phone or mail Kim to let me know if you are going or not.

St Georges Day

Sunday April 26th will be our annual St Georges Day Parade. Details to follow but please try to put it in your diary as we would like to see most, if not all, of our members turn up. It's usually around 2 to 4 pm and is Hoyland way. We will post final details later in the week when we have them.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Easter!

We would like to wish all our members and their families a Very Happy Easter! Don't forget we are open as usual.

Love Ian, Kim, Akela, Rich, Ed, John, Steve, Lauren, Sara and our newest recruit Charlotte.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Scout Camp: 1 - 4 May

After the success of our long weekend camp at Silverwood, the Scouts next adventure will be to Great Towers, situated in the Lake District, near Bowness-on-Windermere. It’s an excellent camp site which we’ve visited many times over the years, and we’re really looking forward to it!

The camp will take place from Friday 1st May (leaving early evening) to Monday 4th May 2009 and will cost £50 per person. Numbers are limited due to transport, so places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you would like to go, please download the letter and return the reply slip with a £10 deposit as soon as possible.

Permission to Camp forms will be sent out 22 April. You can download a kit list from here.

Between them our Scouts have accumulated a total of 483 nights away. We've added a league table to the blog sidebar, which is currently lead by James with 55 nights away.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Silverwood Camp-a few photos!



Silverwood Camp Report

Eleven scouts took part in this weekend's camp at Silverwood. We arrived on site at 7pm Friday evening and got the tents up before enjoying a supper of fajitas around the camp fire. On the Saturday the scouts set to building a bivouac in the woods, and, much to the leaders' surprise, they actually followed through and spent the night in it! We also made a hobo-b-cue out of an abandoned supermarket trolley and used it to cook lamb kebabs. On Sunday we had a go at flying a radio-controlled helicopter - alas it crash landed and broke, so we had a game of softball instead. That evening the scouts made a fantastic chilli and then amazed the leaders by clearing up afterwards. On Sunday morning, in between packing up, we had a game of volleyball. The weather stayed kind to us, so all-in-all a great weekend.

As a result of this weekend's camp, Thomas and Sam have both passed 35 nights away, while Emily has reached 5 nights away, which earns them a badge.

Our next adventure is a camp in the Lake District from 1 - 4 May, when we'll be going to Great Towers campsite near Bowness-on-Windermere. Letters will be going out this week with more details.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Spring is Here!

We took advantage of the lovely weather to

go into the woods on a scavenger hunt looking

for signs of Spring.

Spot the blossom!

Hi ho! Hi ho! It's down the woods we go!