Wintercamp 2021

Wintercamp 2021 is just around the corner and this time it’s Virtual!

Join us between the 15th and 17th January to melt away those winter blues for an action-packed weekend of virtual, interactive fun!

Work your way through our 5 activity zones: –
Active
Arts & Crafts
Science
Skills
Sustainable Development Goals

There are 150 activities suitable for all age groups for you to create your very own Wintercamp experience from the comfort of your own home! These will be available from the Wintercamp website from 6pm on Friday 15th January. As such this year’s Wintercamp is open to Beavers, Cubs and Scouts (and Guides and your friends).

What’s more, all our activities are linked to the Scout Programme so you can work towards badges & awards whilst having fun!

New for 2021, we are excited to announce Wintercamp TV. We will be broadcasting live from 6pm on the 15th and throughout the weekend with special guests, live demos, interactive quizzes, Q&As and updates on our interactive Wintercamp Challenge leader board.

Speaking of Wintercamp Challenge, do you think you have what it takes conquer 25 interactive 1-minute challenges? Tune into Wintercamp TV from 6pm on the 15th to find out more! You might even get to appear on Wintercamp TV.

What three words quiz

picture showing land split into squares, each has three words

The makers of what3words have divided the world into 3 metre squares. Each square has been assigned a unique combination of three words. Using a free phone app, anyone with what3words can pinpoint locations, such as building entrances and communicate this to others. It is a tool we have been using in Scouts as an easy way to give a precise location to the Emergency Services.

Northumberland County Scouts have created a what three words quiz to help you practice. It is open to all Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. You will need to either download the app or use the what3words website to complete it.

The prize draw will take place at 10 pm on the 31st of January 2021 so make sure your entry is received before then for your chance to win. 

Merry Christmas

christmas tree ornament with the Scout logo on

This has been a very challenging year. Merry Christmas to all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts plus all the adult leaders, parents, helpers and executive committee members who make Scouting happen in Stocksfield.

Scout Post 2020

Cards ready to be delivered

Sadly this year we have taken the decision to cancel Scout Post this year due to the ongoing pandemic. We look forward to posting your cards again next year.

Box challenge

Box filled with small things

Calling all members of Northumberland Scouting from the tallest Beaver to the smallest Explorer, Cubs, Scouts, Network, leaders and parents you are all invited to compete in the packing challenge of the decade! Physical scouting may have stopped but we can still do stuff from home and this is just the beginning!

Your challenge is to fit as many single items without repeats in to one of the following:

  • Match box
  • Tick Tack box
  • Playing card box
  • Paracetamol box.

Keep a list of everything you can pack into your box, take a photo and email sam.lacey@northumberlandscouts.org.uk and we will announce the winner in each section.
Every participant will get a certificate for joining in.
Get your entries in by next Wednesday – the 25th of March!

Example entry:
Cub section
Hadrian district
1st Stocksfield Cubs
Jo Smithers
Match box
Pencil stub, leaf, piece of grass, pin, cuddly toy, grand piano, compass, key….

Camp@Home

Hammocks in the woods

Calling all young people from across Northumberland, the UK, and the Wider World. COVID-19 may have changed the way we do things, but it won’t stop Scouts camping!
Northumberland Scouts are organising a month-long Virtual Camp across April, from the 1st to the 30th. The camp will end with an attempt to set the world record for the largest virtual camp on the 30th of April, when we’d like as many people as possible to participate.
Take up the challenge and let’s keep on #virtually camping, here are the “Rules”We’re asking you all…… Hedgehogs, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network, Leaders, Parents, and Young People interested in joining in the fun to: 

  • Pack a bag
  • Build a den at home / pitch a tent in the garden/ hang up a hammock (whatever you can)
  • Sleep in your shelter of choice
  • Build a ‘campfire’ (real or virtual)
  • Take part in a “Scouty activity”
  • Help with cooking meal

MOST IMPORTANTLY……. Each night you participate share a creative photo, video, blog, etc. to our social media with: #CampAtHome 

  • Facebook: Northumberland Scouts
  • Twitter: @1stStocksfield and @NorthlandScouts
  • Instagram: @Northumberland_Scouts

 Then share them with your leaders and friends to show that although we can’t meet “Face to Face” Scouting doesn’t stop!

Each Young Person who takes part will be entitled to 1 Night Away for each night they participate (as long as they aren’t sleeping in their bed). Meaning you could get up to an extra 30 Nights Away if you take on the challenge! Everyone who participates will also get a #VirtualCertificate for joining in, we will also be awarding special #VirtualCertificates for those that manage the full month. Additionally, if you take part on the 30th of April and we get enough participants you’ll be part of setting a world record!

The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors

We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, The Scout Association wants to do what it can to help.  

While we normally love the great outdoors, The Scout Association has pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas. We hope they will keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

There are also plans afoot for “virtual meetings” so that we can all carry on Scouting – more details to follow soon

Cancelled

coronavirus

I have just been emailed by Tim Kidd, the UK Chief Commissioner for Scouts. With a heavy heart he instructed us that all Beaver, Cub and Scout meetings and activities are cancelled with immediate effect. This is after the Prime Minister’s instruction to avoid non-essential travel and contact. As a Group we must await further instructions from The Scout Association. Plans for online and at-home activities are being developed.

Dr Malcolm Murray
Group Scout Leader

Camp

  • Scouts and Cubs learn to fence
    En guarde!

Older Beavers and Younger scouts joined the Cubs at a camp at Dukeshouse Wood. They left with new experiences, new friends and a significant amount of mud on their clothes!

Thinking of Others

Makeshift shelter

Everyone in the Group has been raising funds to try and finish off the new hut. At the same time though, it is important that our members also think of others. For the last three years the Scout Troop has effectively been homeless, operating out of a range of temporary locations. This was used as a stimulus for discussions about homelessness, poverty and the things we take for granted. Scouts built temporary shelters using scavenged materials. They collected donations for a local food bank. Together with the Beavers, Cubs and Leaders, they have also been learning about sanitation and have been working to twin our toilets in the new hut, to create new toilets elsewhere where they are really needed.

Page from a quiz about toilet twinning
Scouts learnt about sanitation issues in a quiz. The answer is D by the way 🙂

I am always impressed by their resourcefulness. Three Scouts raised almost enough to twin a toilet on their own through an impromptu bake-sale. The Cubs also made and sold some nice looking mince pies after their Christmas play.

A plate of mince pies, each topped with the Scout emblem
Fantastic mince pies