Scouting is thriving within Chieveley!
Our Beaver colony was launched in Autumn 2018, closely followed by our Cub pack in Autumn 2019. During the Summer term we are also piloting our new Scout troop. Our Group has 24 Beavers, 30 Cubs and 9 Scouts.
Many will recognise the Scouts neckers - our bespoke 3rd Chieveley pine green, white and grey design reflects our strong connection with Chieveley Primary School.
We were relieved to return to face-to-face meetings in April 2021, albeit cautiously! The Cubs first event, aptly themed ‘The Great Escape’, saw small groups navigate on foot from Chieveley to Snelsmore, while the Beavers learnt and followed tracking signs in the Curridge woodland. Since then we've enjoyed a wide range of activities.
Weekend camps are a classic Scouting highlight and we recently enjoyed our Spring Camp at Rushall Farm. With 17 Beavers, 38 Cubs, 15 Leaders and 3 Scouting guests, it was a large, lively and very active camp. Our Cubs camped for two nights, while our Beavers camped for one night. We were delighted that 1st Hermitage Cubs also joined us. It was pretty chilly early morning but the sun soon shone through. Our weekend was filled with fire-lighting, water filtering/purification, blind-fold trails, frisbee golf, various balancing challenges and a classic campfire – check out some of the pictures in the gallery below.
Other Beaver activities have included:
- Excitedly den-building at Snelsmore, bug-hunting and making bird feeders in Chieveley, cycling at Greenham, grass-sledging in Cold Ash, fitness training on the army base and visiting the Newbury fire station.
- The Beavers especially enjoy their evenings at Angels Corner campsite in Upper Bucklebury where they make fires, toast marshmallows and dampers (bread sticks) and play wide-games in the woods.
- A recent highlight was their sunny watersports day at Burghfield, including sailing and stand-up paddle boarding.
Other Cub activities have included:
- Night-hiking up Beacon hill, dragon-boating on the Thames, tracking at Snelsmore, exploring the waterways at Speen Moor, pedalling the Hermitage/Hampstead Norreys cycle path, popping corn over embers in Bucklebury, litter-picking across the village and completing various team-challenges around Newbury and local woodlands.
- Multiple weekend camps at Thirtover and Rushall Farm have also enabled us to be together for longer periods to build our bushcraft and navigation skills, and enjoy many team challenges.
We are currently piloting our new Scout troop, hoping that we will be in the position to continue this long-term – we would love to have a few more adult volunteers to join our leadership team so we’re not spreading ourselves too thinly across our three sections, please contact us if you’re interested.
A step-up from our younger sections, our Summer Scout programme includes survival skills, scuba diving, dragon-boating, a visit up St Mary’s bell tower and trip to Reading by train.
Scouting through lockdown
COVID was obviously a tough time for children and families, and we were grateful to be able to continue to meet weekly online throughout the lockdowns. Our online programmes included a range of home scavenger hunts, vegetable and bulb-planting, fire-lighting, cooking, digital escape rooms, science experiments and crafts to keep the young people engaged and connected through the most unsettling period.
Scouts is a worldwide, uniformed youth association with a core mission to ‘actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society’. Founded in 1907, there are now over 50 million Scouts worldwide, including our very own village Group - 3rd Chieveley.
While our village Scout Group is called 3rd Chieveley, many young people at Priors Court School also enjoy being members of the 2nd Chieveley Scout Group (1st Chieveley Scout Group was discontinued many years ago).
Trained Leaders manage our week-by-week programme, including risk assessments and safety aspects, while our Executive Committee support us behind the scenes. All are volunteers but, supported by The Scout Association policies and resources, we aim to deliver fun-filled programmes to equip all the young people with #skillsforlife.
Please contact us if you’d like to know more.
To see our gallery click on the picture below, and then click on any picture to start a slideshow.