Badge Activity Mapping Charts

Badge Activity Mapping Charts

The 1st Facebook sites for Scouts, Cubs and Beavers are a great source of information and resources for each section

Recently, the following Badge Mapping Charts for Scouts, Cubs and Beavers were posted and the feedback from users both nationally and in our region has been excellent – they can be found below.

If you have any feedback on them, or you want to review the additional resources available you can do so via the relevant 1st Facebook site below – you will need to join the group initially.

Profile – Neil Hogg, Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner (Cubs Section Support)

Profile – Neil Hogg, Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner (Cubs Section Support)

I started my Scouting life as a Beaver at the 108th Merchiston (now Pentland), going all the way through the sections there until eventually becoming a young leader then Assistant Leader at both the Cubs and the Scouts at the same group. In 2009 I was “promoted” to Cub Scout Leader which is a role that I held until 2016. During that time, I also took on the role of ADC Cubs in Pentland in 2014. The highlight of my time as ADC Cubs was being involved in the centenary celebrations in our District which included our District camp which was attended by 260 Cubs.

I was appointed Deputy District Commissioner in January 2017 and then took over as acting District Commissioner for Pentland in August 2017.

As well as those roles I have also found time to help out as a District Training Advisor and a member of our District Appointments Advisory Committee member.

I am looking forward to taking on this new role as Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner and hope that I can help support the Cub sections within the Region.

Cubs and Beavers have fun outdoors

Cubs and Beavers have fun outdoors

Cubs and Beavers from the 82nd Craigalmond (Cramond) Group had a brilliant September Camp at Netherurd, a fantastically equipped and located Guide centre. In total 42 Cubs and 5 Beavers spent two nights away with the camp theme of Space.

Activities at camp included zip lines, backwoods cooking, shelter building, rocket making (and launching), scavenger hunts and star gazing. Everyone who attended went on a very sunny hike that took us all up to the summit of a local hill with great views.

Thanks to a fantastic set of leaders and some thorough planning it was a very successful weekend! The camp was blessed with great weather for September and everyone went home very tired but happy!

A busy night at Cubs learning to tie the Reef Knot and Round Lashing

A busy night at Longniddry Cubs learning to tie the Reef Knot and Round Lashing. The Cubs then had to capture an escaped lizard, make a flagpole higher than the Bowling Club’s one, drop a tennis ball into a space on the roof and make a 4 metre selfie stick! As you do!

1st North Berwick Beavers and Cubs raise over £2,000 for Summer Camp

The 1st North Berwick Scout Group has been busy recently raising much needed funds towards its annual camp.

The camp is taking place at PGL Dalguise in June. The 1st North Berwick Scout Group needed to raise money towards the cost of transport to and from the camp as 2 buses are needed for almost 100 Cubs, Beavers, leaders and the parent helpers who are expected to attend.  The annual camp is always one of the highlights of the year for the Cubs and Beavers. They will be spending 2 nights away and are able to take part in water sports and other activities that are not available locally.

In order to raise money towards the bus hire, 43 Cubs and Beavers, aged between 6 and 10 years, completed a sponsored hike on 17 March from Yellowcraig Beach back to their base at North Berwick Scout Hall.  The youngsters proudly carried their Scouting flags the entire way, helping to raise awareness of the Scout Association too.

On Saturday 30 March, the Group also held a coffee morning at North Berwick’s Hope Rooms.   The Cubs and Beavers served tea and coffee along with home baking. There was also a tombola, raffle and some lovely Mothers’ Day gifts, which all contributed towards the fund raising. The event was a real success, raising over £900, and was supported by some of the founder leaders of Beavers in East Lothian.  

Thank you to everyone within our local and scouting community for your amazing hard work and support for both these events.  We have been able to pay for the transport for the camp, meaning each child’s payment has been greatly reduced. 

With the money raised we were also able to purchase camp blankets for all the Beavers and Cubs, and had a commemorative camp badge made. We ran a design competition for it, with the winning design created by one of our Cubs, Austin Walker. Well done Austin!

Laura Hill, 1st North Berwick Beaver leader

Fifty Cubs from Durham visit Edinburgh and have a great time!

Fifty Cubs from Durham City District came up by coach for their District Camp at Bonaly Scout Centre in Edinburgh. On Saturday we woke up to snow followed by lots of rain, but the Cubs weren’t going to be put off by that.  Having started to plan the route on Friday night, Cubs set off in smaller groups to get the bus into Edinburgh, half were to spend the morning at Dynamic Earth and the other half to start on Monopoly Run.

The morning group eventually made it to Dynamic Earth having got very cold and damp after walking across Edinburgh, so they were very grateful for the hot chocolate that I bought them on arrival to warm them up!  The staff at Dynamic Earth were fantastic – nothing was a bother and we delayed our tour to get warmed up. We spent around 4-5 hours in Dynamic Earth, although some groups spent more time than others. The Cubs had an amazing time!

We then set off trying to get to as many locations as we could and for Cubs to get their photo taken at those places.  We met some very friendly Policemen outside the Scottish Parliament who spoke to the children and let them have a look at their handcuffs.  My group were determined that we would get to The Royal Yacht Britannia, which we did!

Back to camp for a nice warm dinner and an indoor campfire as the Cubs had been cold and wet enough for one day. Well done to our Leaders and Young Leaders who ran our singing for us. It is always good to have lots of volunteers.

On Sunday morning we took the Cubs to the swimming pool at Wester Hailes where the staff were really accommodating.  Cubs took part in staged swimming badges with a number of leaders on the side checking off each stage. The remaining leaders stayed in the pool, just in case, but all went well and 50 Cubs achieved a swimming badge! We split the Cubs into 2 groups and the other half went to Ratho climbing wall where all the Cubs had the opportunity to take part in climbing.

Thank you, Bonaly, for a great weekend, we will definitely be back again soon.

Sarah Dodds, ADC Cub Scouts, Durham