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4th New Forest North (Eling) Sea Scouts

April 2012

Sea Scouts NEWSLETTER 2012













Chairman’s corner



Fundraising and


A fantastic builing on the shore of Testwood Lake

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Recent activities

2012 Calendar

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Help needed!

Cubs Recent activities


Sponsor by Shopping Online and Recycling Donkey Derby

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Dear all Welcome to our first Newsletter for 2012 The group scouting year has now kicked off and you will find all the programmes on our website. Before I go any further I would like to say a huge thank you to a couple of people who have just left the group. Maggie Peall has been working as an Asst. Cub Scout Leader for ten years and done a fantastic job in supporting Vanessa. Jack Wotherspoon has guided the group as treasurer through some exciting times and kept us on the financial straight and narrow. To both we wish them all the best for the future and thank them for the sterling work they have done. We also have two people joining the group. Michael Suter whose son has just joined our Beaver section is our new treasurer and Sue Wotherspoon has taken on the role of membership secretary, on behalf of the group we

All the sections are up and

running after Christmas and have some exciting section nights planned. By the time you read this our Scout section and Relentless Explorers will have already competed in the RN Swimming Gala, whilst the Beavers have celebrated the Chinese New Year in there own way. In this the Queens 60th anniversary there are many activities, which our group will be involved in. The first is Founders Day, which we are running this year and will take the form of a campfire at Ferny Crofts towards the end of February.

welcome you both to the group and wish you well. See our web site at for news about future events.


Brian, Dorothea (Fundraising chair) and I held parent meetings before Christmas. The reason for this was to explain to parents how our group works and the need for help in areas such as fundraising and especially the need for people to work on this committee to help organise and plan our fundraising year. To date I have to say that no one has come forward from the group. If we are to keep a thriving group and raise the money we need to continue for this to happen we must have people taking on these roles. Please think about this and contact one of the committee to find out more. Derrick and Shirley Smith have stepped down after about 9 years working with the Beaver colony. Derrick was Beaver Leader and Shirley was an Assistant Beaver Leader.  They have been great stalwarts within the colony helping it to develop and grow. Working with the other leaders and Young leaders they have left it in fantastic shape for our current and future children. We are very fortunate that they will not be leaving the group Derrick is taking on a Quarter Master role and Shirley will be helping out with the fundraising committee.  So thankfully we still be seeing them around the group.Well done to both of you and we wish you all the best in your new roles. I would like to finish on a really happy note. In recognition of their hard work within the group the following people have been given the following awards:

S ERV IC E A WA RD S Amanda White

25yrs service award

John Pickering

5yrs service award

John Wotherspoon

5yrs service award

Karen Pickering 5yrs

5yrs service award

Shirley Smith 5yrs

5yrs service award

Nicholas Scott

5yrs service award

Congratulations to you all on your fantastic support to the group Whatever else you are doing this spring I ask you to get involved with our group, get active and together we can continue to provide the best scouting for your children.

Happy scouting in 2012!

Paul Bullock Group Scout Leader

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Chairman's Corner

been trying to make do without a secretary, but we're looking Welcome to another exciting forward to seeing Lisa back so year for Eling Sea Scouts. With we don't have to put up with my a building shell ready for poor minute taking any more! internal fit-out, we are pulling Later this year, Eric Hills, our together funding, materials etc. Quartermaster, will be moving to get the new building ready for North to Derbyshire, so we use. Initially for boating, and confirming plans for a team to then upstairs for general take on managing our general Scouting. The building looks equipment (we have a few people fantastic on the shore of keen to be involved, just working Testwood Lake - we desperately out how best to arrange it). And want to get it ready for moving we've had some shuffling around in. of parents' reps as their children move up through the sections. We have a few changes to the Not all sections confirmed yet, but I'm pleased to welcome back admin leadership team, with a Sarah Abbess, previously a Scout new treasurer (Michael Suter) parent rep, and now our first replacing Jack Wotherspoon ever Relentless Explorers after 5 years fantastic work thanks Jack. Lisa Marshall has parents' rep on the Group been working out of the country Executive. for the last few minutes so we've

Donkey Derby SATURDAY 26TH MAY 2012 1-5PM

As ever, we are keen to see more help so that we can continue to offer excellent Scouting with excellent support. The fundraising team in particular, covering Donkey Derby as well as many other events and activities, has only 5 members and really need more help. Please let me or Dorothea Kennard know if you can help in any way, even if you can't make it to meetings there are plenty of jobs to be done. Brian Cope Group Chairman Shortly • A fantastic builing on the shore of Testwood Lake • Help needed! Desperately want to get it ready for moving in • Donkey Derby - join in


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Eling Beavers joined over 3500 Beavers, Parents and Leaders for a day of v fun and adventure at Paulton's Park. From 8am the Colonies started to arrive at the New Forest Adventure Park, creating a colourful show with their bright e Eling Beavers joined over 3500 Beavers, blue sweats and Group neckers. Parents and Leaers for a day of fun and adventure A special guest was on hand to greet A special guest won hand to greet the youngsters as the youngsters as they arrived; the County's they latest recruit, "Big Beaver", who high-fived the excited Colonies. All day long the youngsters enjoyed the rides, blessed by dry weather. Another special guest, Santa Claus, spoke with each Picture courtesy of Frank Wright Beaver and gave them a Christmas present.Big Beaver joined them on the rides, screaming as loudly as anyone. Adam, the •Our Beavers Colony meets inTotton County Commissioner, was so pleased with on Tuesday nights. Big Beaver, that he presented him with his •Beaver Scouts are aged 6 to 8. •At 8 they swim up into the Cub Wood Beads... Scout Pack.   •See below for some of the exciting things they have been up to at events and meetings.  WANT TO JOIN?

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4 TH NF N ELING S EA S COUTS NEWS 201 2 Waingunga Cubs

Our Cub Pack meets in Totton on Wednesday nights. Cub Scouts are aged 8 to 10 1/2.   At 10 1/2 they move up into the Scout Troop.   See below for some of the exciting things they have been up to at events and meetings.  WANT TO JOIN?   (Picture courtesy of Vanessa Slawson)

Waingunga Cubs Report January - April 2012 We were busy last term with a variety of badges and challenge award work. After the new year we started our Scientist Badge and learnt about a whole host of stuff from the mad scientist who came along to help us do our experiments! Thank you to Sanja, one of our Explorer Scout leaders for her expertise and for turning up in her white coat – it was great fun. We have also been working hard at our Fitness Challenge this term as well. We have to try 2 new sports so we invited Lynden Bowen (a Cub Leader at Copythorne) along to teach us some country dancing – it certainly made us puff so it must be good for us! As part of this award we have also looked at what other exercise we do regularly and learnt about eating healthily. To be continued...

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4 TH NF N ELING S EA S COUTS NEWS 201 2 We had to say good bye to Maggie Peall (Rikki) in January as has moved back to Continued : Waingunga Cubs Report Lincolnshire. Maggie had been with us for 10 years after January - April 2012 moving down to Southampton in 2002 – we will miss her ‘kneckers’ and woggles. Thank you Maggie In early March we ran the for being such an inspiration annual Parent and Cub camp and joy to work with, there at Ferny Croft Scout centre are many Cubs who could not and had a splendid weekend have done their Scouting trying new activities –with 12 without your extra help and Cubs and 12 parents taking support. part it was a great weekend. Thank you to everyone who joined in – the best bit has to be the marshmallows on the campfire?

The Founders Day campfire was also well attended and we were pleased to be able to invest Maria (Kaa) one of our Assistant Cub Scout Leaders that night. A special night to make your promise for anyone.

On the other hand - we have welcomed Robyn Wines (Raksha), a Cub leader from Somerset to the Pack. She has just moved to Totton with her work and has decided to continue her Scouting with Eling Cubs. I hope you enjoy your time with us Robyn.

troop – Ruben Kidby, Jarvis Gray, Jevan Hales and Daniel McClaren have now all completed their Silver Chief Scout Award – well done guys a really big achievement. Enjoy your time in the Scout troop. We have also welcomed 4 beavers from the Colony – James, Justin, Jessica and Liam have all been invested as Cubs and getting stuck into the activities we do. Very exciting to see our young members moving from one section to another. We are not about to start the summer activities where most of our time we will be out and about. If you miss a meeting then please send me a text to find out where we are the following week. After all we are now sc………………….outs!!!! Vanessa Akela 07900 536504

We have said our goodbyes to a number of Cubs who have all transferred to the Scout

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4 TH NF N ELING S EA S COUTS NEWS 201 2 Sea Scouts enjoy a full programme of boating at the lake during the summer, with two sessions each week;

Warrior Sea Scouts

Picture courtesy of Frank Wright

the Scouts enjoying rafting, kayaking as well as sailing.

The Troop proudly bears the name of HMS Warrior - now preserved in Portsmouth and featured in many of our header photographs. Whilst members enjoy the normal Scout activities there is also a strong emphasis on nautical skills, including swimming, dinghy sailing and kayaking. The troop meets every Thursday night in Totton at 7.15 pm. Boating activities will normally be at Testwood Lakes. The Scout Section is for young people, both boys and girls, aged between 10½ and 14 years.  WANT TO JOIN? Eling Scouts enjoying close racing at the beautiful Testwood Lakes during filming by BBC News.

See our exciting activities

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4 TH NF N ELING S EA S COUTS NEWS 201 2 Caving Trip On a warm sunny Sunday in March 5 Scouts , 1 Leader and 1 young leader from Warrior Troop went caving with the Hampshire Scout Caving Club. We went to the popular caving regions in the Mendip Hills. Mendip caves tend to be shorter with Swindon’s Hole being the longest at just under 10km. Mendip caves are generally smaller passages with more crawling and less vertical pitches and although shorter in length the number of caves in a small area is very high which makes it a very popular area for beginners . Caving offers all kinds of adventures and experiences for novices and experts alike and the first steps into the darkness was made a lot easier knowing that the Hampshire Scout instructors had visited the caves many times before. After the initial nerves and concerns about getting lost or stuck I began to enjoy this new experience and would recommend everyone to

Cooking Competition After some weeks of menu planning , list writing, shopping, and creating time plans, Zach led us boldly into the District cooking competition. We entered two teams this year and started feeling a little worried when we saw the opposition. Most of them looked like they could handle a saucepan or two! We set to work laying the table and handing in our costing and menus to the judges. We made a good start and prepared the desert so that it would set in time. On to the starter and main. The roux sauce went well with no lumps and we all helped prepare the vegetables for the dip and Bolognese sauce. The judges came around and tasted our meal, and then we all tucked in to the dishes we had made. So far so good, all we had to do was to clear away and that’s when it happened! Tom started to flag and became allergic to washing up!

have a go. It was a great day out. Tom Cully Warrior Troop Youth Leader

We all tried to speed up but could not go any faster and the final few point went down the drain with the washing up water. After a very brave battle we came away with 2nd place and our other team were 3rd. I am sure that when we are older and wiser next year we will be back. Emma Cully Intrepid Patrol

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4 TH NF N ELING S EA S COUTS NEWS 201 2 If you are interested in finding out what the Explorers have to offer please use see our website.

New Section: Relentless Sea Explorers

Explorer Highlights.

Welcome to the Relentless Sea Explorers' page. The Unit is linked to 4th New Forest North (Eling) Group. Explorer Scouts usually meet in Totton on Tuesday nights but owing to the varied nature of the programme and the joint events with other units, meetings may be held in other locations on other nights. This is a new section for the Group founded in 2006 for Scouts aged 14 to 18. Members will concentrate on developing social and leadership skills as well as advanced nautical skills, Young Leader skills.

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4 TH NF N ELING S EA S COUTS NEWS 201 2 Here are lots of ways in which you can help:

FUNDRAISING We meet very informally usually on the 2nd Monday of the month to organise ways to raise money not only for our new HQ but also fund new or replacement equipment for the group. Here are lots of ways in which you can help:Come along to our meetings or ask to be included in our mailing list – there could be something you could help with if you can’t make it to the meeting.

Can your business help to raise money for us? If you make business purchases for your company, you can support us by making these purchases with easyfundraising. There's an extensive list of retailers used by businesses including Staples, Viking, Rymans, DELL, PC World, Apple, Eurostar, Virgin, thetrainline, O2, Vodafone and many more.

Shop Online’n Raise Money! Have you heard about easyfundraising yet? It’s the easiest way to help raise money for 4th New Forest North Sea Scouts! If you already shop online with retailers such as Amazon, M&S, Argos, John Lewis, Comet, Vodafone, eBay, Boden and to name but a few, then we need you to sign up for free to raise money while you shop! So how does it work? You shop directly with the retailer as you would normally, but if you sign up to for free and use the links on the easyfundraising site to take you to the retailer, then a percentage of whatever you spend comes directly to us at no extra cost to yourself. And more! See our web site at for news about future events.


4 TH NF N ELING S EA S COUTS NEWS 201 2 Shop Online Download the find and remind toolbar to make it even easier and the group will receive 50p. - Wherever you are on the web, Find & Remind will automatically alert you when a donation is available from a retailer.

Employer match funding In the last twelve months we have received fund matched donations of £750 from ExxonMobil, £500 from Lloyds, £100 from Ordnance Survey and £100 from Diverse Yachts

Beautiful Testwood Lakes. Make a donation towards our Aquativity Building. Desperately want to get it ready for moving in.

Sellers Anyone selling on eBay can list an eBay for Charity item and donate a percentage to the group.

Buyers Donate at checkout When you pay through eBay Checkout for an item you’ve won, you have the option to add a small donation of £1 to the group You can choose which charity (or charities) you see in eBay Checkout on the “My Favourite Charities” page within your Donation Account.

Services at Hamble. Do you or any members of your family work in the private sector? If so please check your employer’s policy on charitable giving/corporate responsibility

Netley Marsh Steam Rally Litter Pick 21-23 July 2012

17 t h A n u a l D o n k e y D e r b y will take place on Saturday 2 6 t h M a y 2 012 . A l l m o n e y raised will help the Aquativity Centre at Tes twood Lakes

We need volunteers to litter pick on Saturday 21st July and Sunday 22nd July from7.30-9am and on Monday 23 July from 6pm. Those helping on the morning clear ups will get wristbands which allow entry to the event over the weekend. Last year we received £600 from the Steam Rally Committee who were also very generous in making a donation of £2000 towards our Aquativity project.

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4 TH NF N ELING S EA S COUTS NEWS 201 2 Just a note to your Diary:

We would like you to start collecting any types of unwanted textiles in any condition Including: All kinds of clothing, Shoes, Bags, Belts, Hats, Curtains, Towels, Bedding. The collection will take place at the end of June so we are giving you plenty of time to dig out those odd socks, bobbly jumpers and outgrown shoes.

Please please do not throw Your empty printer ink cartridges away Donate them to the group And we can recycle them to raise money. (No toner cartridges though.)

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4 TH NF N ELING S EA S COUTS NEWS 201 2 Just a note to your Diary:


in its 17th year, this is our biggest fundraiser of the year, raising approx ÂŁ6000 in 2011. To continue to make this a


success we need everyone to help in some way. We need help in sourcing equipment and donations for prizes, there are lots of jobs which need doing in the run up to the event and volunteers are needed to set up the day before and on the morning of the 26th, man stalls and help clear up at the end. Please keep the day free (and the 25th as well if possible) and contact the fundraising committee to find out how you can help.


All money

raised will help to fund the building of the new Aquativity Centre at Testwood Lakes.

Charity Number 302268 4th New Forest North (Eling) Sea Scouts Aquativity Project

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