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Wolf Cubs visit HMS Belfast, 10 Downing Street, and Flipout

October 01, 2017, 04:01:18 PM by webmaster.

We left with Wolf Cubs of 2nd Goring and Streatley to go by train to London Paddington. After arriving at Goring station, we took the Bakerloo line and Jubilee line to London Bridge Station. After taking a picture with Tower Bridge in the background, we boarded HMS Belfast and explored her. The Wolf Cubs enjoyed the turrets, bridge, sickbay and the engine room.

It was then time to take the Jubilee line again, but this time go on to Westmister Station. We were now hungry, so after a 10-minute walk we arrived at McDonalds at Whitehall.

Once we had finished lunch we walked towards Downing Street.
I had written to the Downing Street correspondence office several months ago, and wonderfully, they granted my request for us to enter Downing Street and have our picture taken outside the famous door.
So, just before Downing Street we assembled and made sure that our uniforms were very smart. During this time, we had no less than 20 different tourists ask if they could take our photo!

We then proceeded to the gate and showed the Police Officer on the gate the letter. He checked the adults’ photo ID and then allowed us through the gate into Downing Street. The Police Officer was very impressed with the smartness of our uniforms. After a quick security check, we could then approach the famous house. Sadly, the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office (Larry the cat) wasn’t about, but apparently he had been around in the morning. The Police Office told us a bit about Downing Street and took our picture of us outside the famous door of Number 10. The Police Officers were very friendly and accommodating, and we were made to feel very welcome.

After a quick look at the PMs armoured Jaguar, we thanked the Policer Officer and left the street (which is interestingly actually a col-de-sac).

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OWS Get Together 2017 - Poland

September 03, 2017, 02:09:08 PM by webmaster.

Pictures of the OWS Get Together trip in Poland have now been uploaded.

The BBS join our friends from Poland, Ukraine, and Germany at Pod Durbaszka; a fantastic lodge in the mountains.

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Scout Camp 2017

September 03, 2017, 01:37:36 PM by webmaster.

Pictures of the Scout Camp 2017 have been uploaded.

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Group Camp 2017

September 03, 2017, 01:33:13 PM by webmaster.

Pictures of the Group camp 2017 have now been uploaded.

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St. George's Day Parade 2017

April 30, 2017, 01:11:59 PM by webmaster.

Pictures for the St. George's Day Parade 2017 have now been uploaded

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Wolf Cub Sleep-over and BBS get together

December 31, 2016, 01:55:56 PM by webmaster.

Ten Wolf Cubs from 2nd Goring and Streatley, joined five Wolf Cubs from 1st Upper Rissington took part in a Wolf Cub Sleepover and BBS Get Together.

The Wolf Cubs arrived at the 1st Newbury Scout hut at around 14:00 on Saturday, all very smartly turned out in their uniforms. After Grand Howl, the Cubs played a few ‘get to know you’ games and then some favourite cub games. All accompanied with the warmth of the log burner in the hut.

The 1st Newbury Scout hut has a very lovely camp fire circle so the Cubs proceeded to build a very large camp fire and learn about the correct way to do it under the instruction of some scouts. We would be having a camp fire later, but first we would have a small hike around Newbury. The hike would take us along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Cannel and then through the Town Centre.

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Wolf Cub Brownsea Island camp

July 14, 2016, 06:50:50 PM by webmaster.

2nd Goring and Streatley Wolf Cubs join 1st Wessex on Brownsea Island for a camp.

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Senior Scout Jack Gains the Grand Scout Master Crown Award

May 22, 2016, 08:29:20 PM by webmaster.

Senior Scout Jack after many years in the 2nd. Goring & Streatley BBS Scout Group and passing many tests and badges to develop good citizenship by forming his character and developing skills in leadership, observation, obedience, self-reliance, inculcating loyalty and thoughtfulness for others; service to the public and promoting his physical, mental and spiritual development has finally achieved the highest accolade award for a Scout, that of the ‘Grand Scout Master Crown Award’ which is identical in the training and skills to be achieved as required for the Boy Scout Association’s ‘Queen Scout Award’ before this changed in the 1960’s. The last Senior Scout in Goring or Streatley to gain such an award was approximately 1958/1960 this demonstrates very high standard that this award commands and is acknowledged both publically, by employers and also counts towards university entrance.

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St. George's Day Parade & Visit 2016 - Sherborne, Gloucestershire

May 22, 2016, 08:10:24 PM by webmaster.

This year's Association's St. George's Day Parade and Service took place in Sherborne, Gloucestershire where a new BBS Scout Group had just been formed. 2nd. Goring & Streatley chartered a 60 seater coach to take us all to the parade, but even two cars had to follow carrying the 65 booked to attend. Our party comprised the Beavers, Wolf Cubs, Scouts, Senior Scouts, Scouters and our new Rover Crew. We all gathered at Goring & Streatley Railway Station at 7:45am on Sunday, 24th. April, 2016 ready to depart at 8:00am on the dot.

On arriving at Sherborne we had a quick snack before joining with the main parade comprising contingents from four BBS Scout Groups. The parade was led by a bagpiper and drummer so it was easy to maintain a good marching pace and all in step. The parade was just over a mile long to the beautiful Mary Magdalene Church at Sherborne that adjoins the very historical and very grand manor house. Just before the church there was a Saluting Base occupied by the High Bailiff of Northleach, his wife and old members of the BBS from early Scout Groups in Cirencester and Gloucester. The service was prepared by David Cooksley, Chief Commissioner and involved as many of the scouting congregation as possible from all the groups in attendance and was led by Canon Ron Lloyd.

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Great British boy Scout Bake Off

April 03, 2016, 05:37:44 PM by webmaster.

Senior Scouts from the 2nd. Goring & Streatley BBS Scout Troop amongst many other interesting and challenging badges undertook the 'Master Cook' badge that involved roasting, boiling and baking under traditional Scouting camp cooking condition on open wood fires and mud ovens, with some spectacular and top chef results using only fresh ingredients ~ beautiful bread and butter puddings, shepherd's pies, camp bread, casseroles, fish dishes, pasta and garlic bread, curries and spotted dick, etc. Mums and Dads who have camped with the Scouts previously know how challenging the meals are and what great cooks the Scouts make, in fact even suggesting that we challenge the Master Chef Team to a cooking competition using Scout camp cookhouses only, great idea.

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Still The Smartest Scout Group in English

April 03, 2016, 05:25:16 PM by webmaster.

The 2nd. Goring & Streatley BBS Scout Group proved it again, not only are they the Scout Troop to win the last time (three times all together) the ‘Smartest Traditionally Uniformed Scout Troop in England’ competition that was annually organised, and therefore have retain the trophy as seen in the photograph, now their smartness has also been recognised and acknowledged by a leading pottery company who researched the internet and decided to make an almost exact replica of our Scouts in the form of a 25cm (10”) high Meerkat fully dressed in our Scout Troop uniform, including in great detail the BBS Arrow badge, the ‘Tenderfoot’ investiture badge along with the ‘Order of World Scouts’ badge and of course. The ‘Order of World Scouts’ to which we belong, being the first and earliest world scout organisation founded in 1911, that later Baden-Powell copied for his Baden-Powell Scout organisation.

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Senior Scouts Visit to The Houses of Parliament: Senior Scout Civics Badge

September 12, 2015, 10:36:45 AM by webmaster.

The Senior Scouts are currently training for their Senior Scout Civics public service proficiency badge needed for the Grand Scout Award (same as the Queen Scout Award) this involves a great deal of research, studying and attending presentations.

The first part involves studying the workings of Local Government at all levels, funding, voting qualifications, committees, and also the workings of the European Parliament, this was all excellently presented to them by Mr. Clive Williams, previously Chief Solicitor for Berkshire County Council that the Scouts found very interesting and enlightening.

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Chocolate Bingo Raising Funds for the Uganda Expedition

September 12, 2015, 10:10:00 AM by webmaster.

As part of our fund raising towards the Scouts Uganda Expedition/Project, the Scout Group held a trial Chocolate Bingo event. Stitchy and Seb were the bingo callers and James the official referee. The evening was well supported by our Beavers, Wolf Cubs, Scouts, Senior Scouts, Rover Scouts, Scouters and parents and close family members, so well supported that all the tickets were completely sold. The hall was packed and the bingo commenced with great excitement, and soon Lines and Full Houses BINGO was called, cards checked and chocolate prizes handed out. People passing by the hall popped their head in a said what a great idea, you must do this for the village which was exactly the intention after this trial session. The excitement and fun was great, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and are looking forward to the next Chocolate Bingo session and this also added a further over £200.00 toward the Uganda Expedition/Project.

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Scout Missioner and Senior Scout Public Health Badges

August 16, 2015, 12:56:31 PM by webmaster.

Scouts and Senior Scouts decided that they wanted to take the Scout Missioner and the Senior scout ‘Public Health’ badges. Anita Owen, one of the Senior Scout’s mother and a Registered Nurse prepared the Scouts for their badges by instructing and lecturing on the looking after the sick and bed ridden, by understanding the importance of hygiene and cleanliness, making up a sick bed and a sick room, as well as knowing how to change a bed with the patient still in it. They were also taught how to bed bath a patient, take temperature, respiration and blood pressure and understand the meaning of the readings. Also how to give medicines, prepare suitable food and how to prevent bed sores. Finally for the Scouts how to apply dressings and also roller bandages to the hand, knees and foot.

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Annual Scout Group Weekend Camp 2015 for Scouts and Wolf Cubs: Obstacle Course

August 15, 2015, 07:10:35 PM by webmaster.

This year’s camp was held in Streatley Meadows (near to home) because the local Primary School were holding their Annual Summer Fete on the Saturday of the camp and they had requested that the Scouts erect an ‘Obstacle Course’ as a fund raiser for the Scouts Uganda Expedition/Project and a draw for the Fete. Scouts always pleased to help agreed to incorporate this into their weekend camp programme. In addition because the Scouts going to Uganda would need to live for three weeks each in a small hike tent, it was decided that the camp would be a light weight camp using our high performance hike tents instead of the normal large canvas patrol tents.

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Wolf Cub's Excellent Shoe Shine Idea

August 15, 2015, 05:51:50 PM by webmaster.

The 2nd. Goring & Streatley Scout Group are raising funds to send some of our Scouts to Uganda in 2016 where they will be extending a school that the Scouts original built in 2010. So Wolf Cub Senior Sixer Ben came up with the idea of offering a shoe polishing service in the Arcade in Goring on Saturday 30th.May, 2014. With posters posted around the village and publicity given in the GGN. At 10.00am the Wolf Cub and Scout volunteers were set up awaiting customers, and soon the bags of shoes started to arrive that customers left and returned later to collect, also individuals took the seats provided and had their shoes cleaned immediately as well as a good chat with the Wolf Cubs and Scouts.

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Beavers Annual Sausage Cook Out

August 15, 2015, 04:55:39 PM by webmaster.

The Beavers always look forward to their sausage cook out, whilst Skip sets the fire and set light to this the Beavers are taught how to build a fire correctly, not ever to play with matches or fire, and never to light a fire without their parents’ consent and being present.

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Scout Troop Annual Summer Camp 2015

August 15, 2015, 02:21:27 PM by webmaster.

Eighteen Scouts and Scouters from our Scout Troop attended this year’s Annual Summer Camp that was held at Elmore Back, Gloucestershire near to the City of Gloucester from Saturday 25th.July to Saturday 1st. August, 2015.There were three Patrols ~ Falcon Patrol with PL William and Second James; Lion Patrol with PL Sebastian and Second Harvey; and Panther Patrol with PL Abigail and Second Molly. Skip was Camp Chief assisted by Stitchy, and Akela as Quartermaster.

The camp site was an excellent site for our traditional Scout Troop, off the beaten track, a real rural setting near the banks of the River Severn. The farm owner kindly provided a big supply of wood that she stored in an open barn and water had to be fetched from the farm house. The camp site was a very large grass protected on all sides by high hedging.

There had been very heavy rain storms on the Friday before we departed for camp that had made the camp site a little muddy but the Saturday was fine and we were able to pitch the camp in the dry, once the camping kit arrived. On the way to camp Skip’s van gear box fell apart inside, Stitchy who was driving the van had just about got the van off the main carriageway before coming to a stop, then it was waiting for the AA to transport the van to the camp site in order for the kit to be unloaded, this put us about four hours behind schedule, but the Scouts in the minibus arrived well in advance of the kit and had dug the lats before the rest of the kit arrived. On the Monday the van was collected and taken to the garage for repair, substantial repair, but was returned at 3.30pm on the Friday ready for loading to go home, thank goodness. The first couple of days were a mixture of fine warm weather and then showers, some prolonged; but the latter days were generally hot/warm sunny days with some windy spells. The final day, the Saturday was fine and sunny just what was needed for striking camp in the dry.

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The Father & Son/Daughter Weekend Camp May 2015

June 21, 2015, 12:34:08 PM by webmaster.

The weather started off wet on the Friday evening after we arrived at camp, but everyone was cheerful and looking forward to the camp. Then Saturday came with overcast skies and sunny periods, warm in the sun. Sunday was fine almost the whole day and very hot at times.

The Scouts and parents pitched the tent on Thursday evening and set up the camp site so this was fully set up and ready for the Friday start. Skip took on the role as Camp Chief assisted by Stitchy; Akela had the harder task of being Quartermaster on job that keeps you on the go.

The Scouts, Wolf Cubs and Fathers (called ‘Seniors’ for the weekend) arrived at 6.00pm on the Friday for flag break; a warm welcome and the start of the camp; allocating the Fathers, Wolf Cubs and Scouts to their three Patrol in this camp (Lion, Wolf and Seagull - ‘give us your chips’) the three Patrol Leaders being Senior Scouts Jack (Lion), Abigail (Seagull) and James (Wolf); this was followed by the allocation of tents, the Fathers (Seniors) camp in Patrols the same as the Scouts, so each 14' patrol tent hold up to six Fathers. Once everyone had set out their kit in their tents and supper had been served and over; Stitchy ran a game of Manhunt whilst the rain had stopped. Then it was off to bed and a quiet night’s sleep - you have to be joking, the chattering from Wolf Cubs and Fathers went on into the early hours, and this started again in the early hours.

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BBS (South) Annual St. George's Day Parade 2015

June 21, 2015, 11:34:57 AM by webmaster.

This year's St. George's Day Parade took place on Sunday 26th.April in one of the villages of the Grand Scout Master, the Reverend Michael Foster, the village of Tarrant Keyneston. The 1st. Wessex as is their custom camped for the weekend just on the outskirts of the village and were blessed with good weather despite being a cold wind blowing at times. The 2nd. Goring & Streatley travelled down by coach on the Sunday and arriving just before the parade was due to march off.

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Scout, Wolf Cub, and Beaver of the Year 2014

February 15, 2015, 03:24:50 PM by webmaster.

For Year 2014 the 'Scout of the Year' was awarded to Scout Ciara from Streatley who gained most points throughout the year for her support at Scouting events and activities; attending regularly at Scout Troop meetings; the monthly Church Parades; camps; hikes and raising considerable funds for the Scout Group through 'Bob-A-Job' and other fund raising activities; and for generally setting an excellent Scout standard for the other Scouts to follow within the Scout Troop. Ciara Scored 100 points, followed closely by PS Sebastian Avery from Goring with 96 points and in third position PL Abigail from Calcot with 86 points.

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Scouts Egg Cooking by Candle Power

February 15, 2015, 02:33:28 PM by webmaster.

Scouts were each provided with kitchen foil, metal coat hanger, candle, very small amount of cooking oil and a quail egg (as these are small and cook very quickly). All the Scouts successfully cooked their eggs without breaking their yokes and all were consumed far more quickly. The quail eggs were so scrumptious that the Scouts asked for more. 'More!' Skip roared in true Dickensian style.

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Helpful Beaver Badge: Surprise for Parents

February 15, 2015, 02:01:20 PM by webmaster.

As part of the 'Helpful Beaver' badge, the Beavers were told that they had to imagine that it was their parents' Wedding Anniversary or maybe a special event that they wished their parents to celebrate, so they had to imagine that they had cooked a very special meal and now had to set the table properly for their parents to enjoy the meal. The Beavers placed a table cloth on the tables and then all correctly set out the cutlery, plates, condiments and plates, what a good job they made of this and of course all passed this part of the badge test.

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World War One Exhibition: 100 Years Remembrance

December 13, 2014, 05:56:01 PM by webmaster.

Scouts and Wolf Cubs from our Scout Group were invited to take part in a World War One Exhibition held in the local village hall. It was considered that Scouts should be included because they played a very important part in the First World War, having been volunteered to assist were required, unlike the Boys Brigade whose leaders apparently would not give permission for its membership to assist. The duties of the Scouts, both boys and girls, bearing in mind that the British boy Scouts & British Girls Scouts were founded in 1909 and therefore the Girl Scouts played an equal role as the Boy Scouts, but there were less of them, was very wide spread non-military roles from running messages for the Armed Forces and War Office, Police, Railway Companies and the Post Office; along with many other Civil Defence duties such as guarding railway stations, bridges, railway lines, telephone lines, coastguard duties etc against spies and saboteurs; also helping in hospitals, collecting waste paper, card and scrap metal for recycling and organised growing of vegetables and catching rabbits, helping on farms because with such a shortage of manpower there were no others to do these tasks and too keep the country safe and in food.

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Scout Cord Presentations

December 13, 2014, 05:32:25 PM by webmaster.

Skip (David Cooksley) felt very privilege and proud to be able to announce that five of our Scouts had gained their 'Scout Cord' they were PL Oscar, PL Abigail, PS Robbie, PS Sebastian and PS William all now 15 years of age or almost, the highest award for a Scout involving passing many progressive tests and gaining many badges in order to make them a worthy holder of this award, so very well done to all five.

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