St George’s Day Celebration a huge success

Once again Chorley District Scouts came together this year to celebrate St George’s Day. This year, the celebration took part in Astley Park, with the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts parading through the park from Astley Hall, before taking part in activities on the park. The scouts also renewed their Scout promise together, an annual tradition.

The parade was enjoyed by Lindsay Hoyle MP and the Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley.

St Georges Day

Challenges, Chess, County Camp and a cold

What a week!

Monday night visited Clayton and Whittle to see their pack and was given the honour of presenting two silver awards to Matthew Hargreaves and Sam Perkins. Well done guys a great step up the top awards available to all scouts.

Formally invested as ADC Wednesday and straight into my first meeting with the Cub Leaders at the All Leaders meeting.

I was made to feel really welcome by the leaders and assistants many of whom have been doing this job a lot longer than me. Ann-Marie Fisher was there from County to keep an eye on me to make sure I didn’t slip up on my first outing….bit like a cub helping another!

A really good meeting with some great ideas towards the district programme for the years ahead.  (Notes have been circulated, if you’ve not seen them drop me an email.) Long chat about County Camp more of which we will circulate in the next few days.In particular we need to identify two teams, one for central catering for the district for 160+ and a team to run the district bases. We’ll tell you more about that next week.

Silver AwardsOne thing we agreed to work on was maximising the achievement of top awards and for us cubs that’s the silver award. At the next meeting this will be the top of the agenda, sharing best practice and methods of all leaving cubs having achieved their Silver.

Struck down with a cold, (Mrs ADC says worst attack of man flu she’s ever seen !!!). Spent most of Thursday and Friday at home.

Saturday saw our first entry in a long time in the Cubs County Chess Championship. Our Team of Oliver Crook, William Dempsey (1st Chorley Methodist) Riley Lengden (Euxton Methodist),and Arran Curwen Ben Kirkham (Whittle and Clayton) performed really well in what is clearly a very serious competition. I had to judge a table, even I had to be trained up on the complex scoring system and rules.

But our cubs did us proud, Oliver, who told me before hand that he was “pretty good” went on to win every one of his matches and Oliver Chess Champgained overall Champions prize for the district. What a result.  This will be a regular feature in the District programme and we need to return next year to defend our win. Well done to all the team and their parents who had to sit in another room for 4 hours!

I wrapped up Saturday with a visit to Waddecar where Hollinshead Street were camping in Helme Lodge with about 30 cubs and beavers. Undaunted by the return of wintery showers, they were obviously having a great time. Led by Spy CampAlice and Paul,  I joined them for a Campfire and saw them all dressed up in their theme of Spies and Secret Agents. The leaders there were doing a great job and were well supported by several parent helpers who made their weekend away a great success. Reminded me how important our parent helpers are and we must make sure they get the recognition they deserve. A big thankyou from me to all of you mums and dads who help in our groups around the district.

A lot going on in the District watch this space for more next week. Let me know what your packs are doing so I can come along and support.

West Lancs Cub Scouts Camper Badge 17/18th May

Camper Badge       Camper Badge WeekendNights Away

Why don’t you bring your pack to Waddecar and complete (nearly all) the Camper Activity Badge. With our team of experienced leaders we will help you deliver a great camping experience to your Cubs. And at only £6 its great value.

See the Leaders form in the downloads section and call me if you need any more info.

 

Join us in Ireland in 2014

Ireland1The Cub and Scout sections of Chorley District are holding a joint camp in the Summer of 2014 in Ireland. This is a great chance for the Cubs and Scouts to mix, and to get a flavour of international Scouting.

Find out more about the trip and download application forms and flyers from the Downloads Area.

 

Japanese Adventure Begins

Last weekend 5 young people from Chorley District were selected to join the West Lancs Scouts unit to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015.

The World Scout Jamboree is a world-wide Scout camp held every four years, and the young people from Chorley and West Lancs will join 3000 others from across the UK, and 30,000 from around the World to take part in the event, which is bigger than the Olympic Games!

The fundraising now begins in earnest as the young people start to raise the money they need to attend the event. But they know it’ll be the experience of a lifetime, living together with other young people from around the world with no borders or conflict, just friends celebrating what they have in common, starting with their membership of the Scouts.

Congratulations to them, we know they’ll do us proud representing Chorley.

Chorley take bronze at County Swimming Gala

We’re delighted to say that Chorley District came third in the County Swimming Gala – The Helme Shield – on Saturday night.

Congratulations to the whole team who represented us so proudly, and thanks to our support team of volunteers for organising and supporting our swimmers.

Second Cub Pack opens at Trinity

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County Commissioner Cubs Ann-Marie Fisher Welcomes 17 new Cubs to the world of scouting.

On the 21st October newly formed Trinity Methodist (All Saints) cub pack were invested at the All Saints Scout Hut.

Akela, Jackie Blades, Asst Cub Leaders Kaa (Alex Sharples) and Chill (Scot McNamarra) were invested by Andy Lewis Group Scout Leader. The new leaders team the proceeded to invest 17 new cubs.

The investiture was attended by Ann-Marie Fisher County Commissioner Cubs who said ” This is the first time I’ve seen 17 cubs invested at one time, this is another great example of how scouting is growing in this county faster today than ever before”

The cubs laid on entertainment to a packed hall of parents, covering the early history of scouting and remembering the things our founder did to create the largest youth movement in the world.

Afterwards, Andy Lewis (Trinity Group Scout Leader) said ” Trinity Group has the fastest rate of growth over the last two years in the district, what a great way to celebrate the Groups 80th Anniversary year with the opening of a second pack. With the fantastic support we get from our adult volunteers we are creating a great movement that more and more scouts from 6 to 60 plus want to be involved with”

It doesn’t stop here though, it looks like Trinity will be expanding even further as they look towards a second scout troop and even a second Beaver Colony next year.

Yarrow Viking Explorer Scouts take to the water

Last week Yarrow Viking Explorers took to the water to have a go at canoeing and kayaking. Paddling form Burscough to Parbold on the Leeds to Liverpool canal, they took it in turns in the different boats as the sun slowly set behind them, making it a perfect evening.

They are now hoping to purchase some more kayaks so that they can get more people afloat at once, and then get some qualifications so they can go further afield.

Here’s some photos of their adventure:

 

Chorley Capers Sign-up Day

It is that time of year again 🙂

An important date for your diary is Sunday the 30th September from 2pm-3pm at Hollinshead Street School.

Sign-up day for Chorley Capers 2012 cast and Crew

If you’ve not been a part of this before, don’t miss out this year and especially, please ensure that your Young People have the opportunity to be a part of the cast.

For more information, check out the following:

Website:              www.chorleycapers.org.uk

Facebook:           www.facebook.com/chorleycapers

Twitter:                @chorleycapers

Please register for the mailing list on the web site, follow us on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook to ensure that you are kept up to date with everything that is happening with the show for 2013.

Another set of dates for your diary are the show dates:

  • Wed 13th March 2013
  • Thur 14th March 2013
  • Fri 15th March 2013
  • Sat 16th March 2013

All performances start at 7pm and finish by 10pm at St Michael’s School, Astley Road, Chorley

Things that YOU can do to help us:

  • Ensure your Young People know about the show, that they are welcome to come along and take part and get a copy of our info leaflet
  • Facilitate your Young People getting to the sign-on day on the 30th September
  • Join the Adult Cast and have some great fun in the process
  • Become a part of our Backstage Crew involved with scenery, props, lighting, sound etc
  • Apply for one of the roles listed on our Vacancies Page on the web site
  • Invite Parents with the right skills to also become an Occasional Helper and get involved behind the scenes
  • Join a team of people for the week of the show helping in the changing rooms or front of house
  • Get your local business to sponsor the show in one of various ways in our advertining/sponsorship leaflet
  • Bring your Group along to see the show one one of the perfomance nights above.

We are very aware that Chorley Capers and the opportunity for our Young People to take part in a creative performance is just one small part of the huge, varied programme that we offer but please remember that Chorley Capers only takes place every two years and this may just be a life-changing or shaping opportunity for one of yours who deserves the opportunity to take part.

If you have any queries at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch via any of the web site or Social Media above or give Pete Sturgess a call on the phone.

New Scout Group in Buckshaw Village

Scouting is Coming to Buckshaw Village!

I’m delighted to say that a new Scout Group will be opening in Buckshaw Village in January 2013. We have recruited a Group Scout Leader and a Beaver Scout Leader, meaning we’ll be able to offer Scouting to at least 24 Beaver Scouts (aged 6-8) from January 2013.

We are now asking people to register their interest by e-mailing andy.marsden@westlancsscouts.org.uk. This can be as a parent of a young person aged between 6 and 25, who would like to join Scouting, or it could be adults who are interested in flexible volunteering opportunities in Scouting. Either way, we’d love to hear from you.

Are you in Buckshaw Village? Get in touch and let us know what you think and if you’d like to get involved in the adventure of Scouting!