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

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!

Group Fun Day – 8th July

Hungry Hippo Game

The Group’s Annual Family Fun Day will be held at Broomley Grange  on Saturday the 8th of July. All members, friends and family are welcome. For more details and to book a place, contact any of the Section Leaders.

Working together

#YouShape

The Scout Association is keen for people (within Scouting as well as outside it) to recognise that it is “Youth Shaped” – all about young people and adults working in partnership together. UK Scouting is focusing on February to really support young people and volunteers to embed this traditional part of Scouting into what we do and celebrate what are already good examples of Youth Shaped Scouting.

Groups are challenged to run a series of YouShape activities where the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts take a significant role in determining the programme. One way that sections can do this is to declaring it for everyone to see, by creating a pledge that both leaders and young people can sign up to.

A new start

Blockwork foundations

The foundations for the new hut are now in place, giving you a good idea of the size of the completed project. Fund-raising continues so that we can add the basic wooden structure and make it water-tight.

In the interim, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are either meeting outside or using other venues across the village. Check out My.SCOUT or the section pages for more details of the interim arrangements.

Sunshine

Happy Families

We had a great Group Family Day – helped in part by amazing weather. 1st Stocksfield Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, family and friends spent the day at Broomley Grange. Activities ranged from traditional outdoor adventure activities –  crate-stacking, scaling the climbing wall, running the assault course – to classic camp games – welly hurling – to the quite frankly bizarre – playing hungry hippo using washing up basins and skateboards. There was no doubt which was the favourite though – I think we could have spent the whole day on the waterslide!

There was also a healthy turnout for the AGM – thanks to those who volunteers to help on the Group Executive Committee – you make it happen.

Group Fun Day – 16th July

On the zipwire

All Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, their parents and siblings are invited to the 1st Stocksfield Group Fun Day. This year it will be held at Broomley Grange (NE43 7RX) – [map].

Come along and join in the fun – try out the zip wire, assault course, etc. and see what everyone has got up to this year. There will be presentations from each section and the annual awards ceremony. Food will be provided. All welcome.