Scouting is thriving within Chieveley!
Our Beaver colony was launched in Autumn 2018, closely followed by our Cub pack in Autumn 2019. Our Group has 24 Beavers and 30 Cubs.
Many will recognise the Scouts neckers - our bespoke 3rd Chieveley pine green, white and grey design reflects our strong connection with Chieveley Primary School.
Scouting through lockdown
COVID has obviously been 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.
Back to face-to-face Scouting
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.
Both sections continue to meet outdoors only, with very active and varied schedules each week. Our Cubs and Beavers know to always ‘dress for the weather’ and we’ve been blessed by fantastic conditions – so far, we’ve only needed to cancel one session due to torrential rain.
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, and fitness training on the army base.
- The Beavers especially enjoy their evenings at Angels Corner campsite in Upper Bucklebury where they make fires, toast marshmallows and play wide-games in the woods.
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, and completing a team-challenge around Newbury.
- The Cubs highlight was our October weekend camp at Rushall Farm where they pitched tents, made trebuchets (catapults), navigated a route to explore the area, cooked casseroles and dumplings over fire, and baked orange cakes in the embers.
We were so pleased that some of our Beavers and Cubs were able to join the village Remembrance Service in 2021 although, with COVID cases rising in the school community, some could not attend and we took the tough decision not to progress inside St Mary’s Church with other adults.
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.
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