Thursday, May 31, 2012

Final call for donations for Summer Fair 16th June 2012

Any unwanted gifts for tombola

Any bottles of spirits, wine, beer and pop

And if people could donate buns and cakes - please bring on the day. (let us know that you are pledging to do this though)

Please bring all your goods at the next meeting - Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.

Can we take the opportunity to thank you for your donations so far and your ongoing support of our fundraising efforts.

The Ardsley Scout Leaders

Monday, May 28, 2012

Beavers Visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Saturday the 26th of May saw the Ardsley Beaver Scouts take a trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.  We had a scorching hot day for our visit but every inch of the park was explored and enjoyed by the 21 Beavers, 4 Leaders, 3 Young Leaders and several parents and grandparents.

We spent the morning viewing and petting animals from goats to meercats then took a stroll through the lemur enclosure.  We found a shady spot for our lunch followed by a session in the adventure play zone balancing, swinging, climbing and generally having a good time.

Here the girls show the boys how a rope swing should be done . . . . .

Or was it the boys show the girls ? . . . . . . . 

A little bit of team work get the boys across the low ropes, then we headed off to enjoy ice creams before setting out to view the Leopards, Tigers and Lions.

We took a moment for a rest and a cool off, time to reflect on our day.
Everyone had a great time, thanks to the Beaver leaders team and our YL's doing a great job as always, and parents for helping us out and thank you Ed for stepping in as a Beaver Leader and photographer for the day.


Scouts This Wednesday

It's the 2nd week of geocaching this week, so be prepared to be outside and dress according to the weather forecast!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Beavers Zoo Trip

Everyone going on the Beavers Zoo visit needs to be at the Scout HQ at 09:15 on Saturday morning.  Coach departs at 09:30

Collections at the Scout HQ at 16:15 approx.

It looks like it may be good weather so please send your Beaver already covered in sun protection, in full uniform including necker.

Kit List Essentials:
  • Backpack (they may have to carry this all day, so do not overfill)
  • Packed Lunch
  • Drink
  • Sunhat
  • Suncream
  • Rain Mac
  • Money (for ice-cream and more drinks)
Please keep an eye on the weather forecast and send your Beaver dressed appropriately.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Scouts Turf 'n' Surf weekend - 22nd to 24th June

The next Scouts activity weekend will be a Turf 'n' Surf weekend.

Friday and Saturday - Land Based Activities on the Turf
*Sleepover at the Scout Hut From Friday Night (includes Supper)
*Saturday (Day)- Incident Hike / Skills Bases and hiding our own Ardsley Scouts Geocache Treasure somewhere in the community (includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (BBQ)
*Saturday (Night) - Big Screen Movie
*Camp Fire

Sunday - Water Based Activities on the Surf
*Raft Building
*Wind Surfing (if we get enough attending)
*Bell Boating
*Sailing (if we get enough attending)

Includes Breakfast and Lunch

Drop Off / Pick Up - Scout HQ: Parent volunteers required to transport Scouts to/from Scout HQ to Pugneys Waterpark, Wakefield.

Cost £25

Alternatively you can secure your places by printing out the form below and returning a £10 deposit by the meeting night on Wednesday 23rd May:


I _______________________ (Scouts Name) wish to join in on the Turf 'n' Surf Scout Activity Weekend from 22nd to 24th June 2012 and I enclose a £10 non-refundable deposit.

I________________________(Scouts Parent/Carer) can transport Scouts to/from Scout HQ and Pugneys Waterpark, with the agreement of the party's parents/carers.

Please enclose your form and payment in a sealed envelope marked with your Scouts name and "Turf 'n' Surf weekend"

Any questions, just ask.
07778 000934

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Explorer D of E trip

This weekend saw 6 of our Explorers put weeks of planning into use as they set out on their Practice expedition for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.

After fixing tents to rucksacks and sharing out the food It was time to start there 14 km hike from the Scout hut to Silverwood .
Arriving a few hours off schedule (they say they had a long lunch)
Meths Burning cooker thingy
they  pitched their tents and had a few hours to recover before it was master chef time cooking  their teas on trangia stoves (meths burning cooker thingies)

Sunday morning and it was time for breakfast before striking camp and setting out on a gentle 8Km  towards Cannon Hall Country Park.
All packed and ready to go.
Well done to all 6 who took part and despite looking tired I'm sure they are all looking forward to planning and walking the Qualifying expedition in the near future.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Scouts - this Wednesday

Scouts will be learning about Geocaching and will be hunting for some caches. If Scouts have access to a device that allows Geocaching they can bring it along. Otherwise simply prepare for being outside and dress for the weather forecast.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Scout Expedition Camp May 2012

From Friday 11th May, 9 Scouts set off from the Scout HQ on a 8 mile hike to Silverwood Camp Site.  After pitching up , the Scouts collected wood for the fire and enjoyed hot chocolate and buns before retiring to bed.

On Saturday morning the Scouts rose to cook breakfast on an open fire, collect wood, fetch water and build survival shelters ready for their beds later on Saturday night.  After setting off on a hike towards Wentworth Castle where they undertook a Leaders Challenge, where they searched the parklands for points of interest and took photos of each.

After returning to the camp, the Scouts prepared the fires for a serving of baked potatoes and delicious fillings.  After a quick rebuilding of the shelters, the Scouts settled down to gain their experience of sleeping in a survival shelter.  Hot chocolate and biscuits set the Scouts up for a good nights rest.

Rising on Sunday morning the Scouts started to show signs of tiredness as they played out a wide game, but they carried on to the conclusion at lunchtime.

All in all, this was a great achievement for all the Scouts who have met their requirements for their Expedition Challenge Badge, and some also gained enough experience for some activity badges too, including their Survival Skills Badge.

Thanks for all the help to the other leaders.

All the photos from the weekend can be found here.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

A guide to joining Ardsley Scouts (Section)

With the addition of 3 new members this month, some information was required to inform and support both parents and scouts alike.

Please find links to A Guide to joining Ardsley Scouts (section) which complements the Welcome Letter.

As always, any questions, just ask.

07778 000934

Friday, May 04, 2012

Scouts Expedition Challenge Camp - NAIF & Kit List

For all those Scouts (and Parents/Carers of) who are signed up for the Scouts Expedition Challenge Camp here is some information that you need.

Scouts Expedition Challenge Letter

Nights Away Information Form including Kit List

Please bring all your kit including your rucksack for checking next Wednesday 9th May 2012.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

St. George's Day - Photos

If you did not attend St. George's Day at Wentworth on Sunday, you would not believe how wet it was...Here's the evidence, thanks to Sharon for the photo's, my camera was staying firmly in it's case in all that rain :-)

Scouts with brolly in one hand, make their promise

The value of a good waterproof with a hood!

Flags were still paraded, despite the rain
Let's hope we get Sunshine for our next event!