1st Wargrave Scout Group

Scouts Giant Bridge Building & Spring Term Programme

At Scouts we are over half-way through a very busy and fun-packed spring term programme. Scouts have already enjoyed a games night, a session on the importance of camp hygiene and basic first-aid, a night hike across Bowsey Woods, and cooking pork dumplings (Jiaozi), as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Back in February whilst there was snow on the ground, Scouts built a giant bridge indoors using wooden pioneering poles. Square, diagonal and shear lashing knots were deployed to brace the spars and to provide strength. The whole scout troop and various leaders managed to cross the bridge without it collapsing!

During March we have more cooking planned with a savoury twist to our normal pancake making and racing! We will also be holding an International Evening (just before the Brexit deadline) to remind ourselves that Scouting helps young people to develop, listen and learn new skills and experiences, to make a difference on a global scale. Scouts will also present on their hobbies and interests, and we will hold a mechanical engineering challenge evening. Highlights before the Easter break include our popular “Winter Camp” which is held inside the hut in patrol tents, and the term ends with a visit to the new Wokingham Climbing Wall.

Over Easter 1st Wargrave organise the Village Easter Egg Hunt at the Scout hut on Saturday 30th March between 2pm and 4pm. As well as a route around the recreation ground and village streets, there is a more adventurous orienteering course up at Bowsey Woods. All entrants receive an Easter Egg prize.

Recently we said goodbye to Paul Worthington who has been involved as part of the leadership team at Beavers and then Scouts for the past decade. Paul was presented with various gifts by our Group Scout Leader, Pete Fry. We will miss Paul and wish him well with his next adventures.

Paul won’t be the only one departing us, over the next year or so we have a few more leaders retiring and moving on from Beavers (6-8 years), Cubs (8-10.5) and Scouts (10.5 to 15). This will leave us somewhat short of staff. We rely on a number of very committed adults to run our weekly programmes and camps. It’s a very rewarding give-back to the amazing village community we live in, and an honour to help our young people develop and flourish.

Our leadership team will be at a number of events throughout the year (Easter Egg Hunt, 10k Water Stations, Festival Fete, Village Fireworks, Xmas Post) so there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions about the various roles on offer. In the first instance to find out more please email Pete Fry at: GSL@wargravescouts.org

Download the Scouts Spring Term 2019 Programme here (PDF File)