March 2013 Happy Easter to you all! Inside This Issue Coming Soon: District St Georges Day Parade. Elvetham Heath 2.15 – 4pm Sunday 21st April 2013.............1 1st Crookham and 101st Odiham (Zebon copse) IT evening...........................................................................2 Coming Soon: Race night at 1st Crookham. 27th April 2013...........................................................................3 Cub District 5-a-Side Football Competition Jannette McElarney, ADC CS ........................................................3 Cub District Chess Competition Jannette McElarney, ADC CS..........................................................................4 New Air Explorers Group opens and is invested Tony Perrett, ESL....................................................................6 Gliding at Lasham! Brendan Geoghegan, Odiham Air Explorer.........................................................................6 Gilwell Media team pay 101st a visit Sara Sanderson, GSL 101st.....................................................................7 Thanks to Waitrose, Fleet Graham Read, ASL 101st..........................................................................................7 The 2013 Scout Census Jakki Holland, DC........................................................................................................8 2014 World Scout Jamboree - selection weekend Catherine Read, SAS...........................................................9 Coming Soon: Jott – Jamboree On The Trail 2013 Saturday 11th May..........................................................10 National Scout shop – How to Save on Postage..............................................................................................11 Hampshire Youth Council Megan Cookson, 1st Crookham Scout..................................................................12
Coming Soon: District St Georges Day Parade. Elvetham Heath 2.15 – 4pm Sunday 21st April 2013 Why St George? Why did Baden Powell choose St George to be the Patron Saint of Scouting? Baden Powell choose St George to be the movements Patron Saint because of the qualities of the legendary Roman soldier; qualities that reflect good Scouting: Responsibility , Truthfulness , Devotion to duty , A brave heart , A noble spirit , Dedication to helping others This is why we expect all scouts to join together on or near this date to remember our values and our Patron. On a Sunday in March a group of scouts got together to help to formulate the service that you will enjoy on St Georges Day. This years service is being held on Sunday the 21st April at Elvetham Heath Church with a parade starting at 2.15pm followed by a service at the church on the Heath finishing no later than 4pm. VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED - CONTACT JAKKI HOLLAND We are in need of a few more volunteers for the St George Service - we are in need of a few older Cubs / Scouts / Explorers, please let either Jakki Holland or Matt Head know if you're interested. Jakki, DC
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1 Crookham and 101 Odiham (Zebon copse) IT evening The cubs at 1st Crookham and 101st Odiham (Zebon Copse) have all had an "Information Technology" week. The evening was designed around, "data" - where it comes from, where it gets stored and how it gets processed. The cubs, in small groups, were able to try out some hands-on activities - to dis-assemble a hard disk (a great hit with the cubs!), to understand what is inside, see the moving parts and understand that the data is kept even when the power is switched-off, understand that a computer can do many different things because they run "programs" - which is the name for a series of steps or instructions. We then looked at, unplugged and thought about all of the components that make up a computer and talked about examples such as, in-car navigation systems, games consoles, mobile telephones and finally an industrial rack server. Using the new Raspberry Pi computers, we looked at the MIT "Scratch" programming environment - which allows the programmer to apply loops, logic and sequence to a graphical cartoon environment. Using a Bar Code Scanner we looked at how data can be stored in other forms, how bar codes can be read, if it is quick to use and how flexible and friendly the cubs found it. As part of the experiment the cubs discovered that bar codes can be read upside down and we talked about why this might be.
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Coming Soon: Race night at 1st Crookham. 27 April 2013 1st Crookham Scout Group proudly presents: Supper at the Races Tickets ÂŁ6, Doors open at 7pm. Racing starts at 7:30pm Anyone interested please email: email@example.com
Cub District 5-a-Side Football Competition
Jannette McElarney, ADC CS
As always this is a very popular competition and this year we had 14 teams entered. 22 games were played and by the end of those we had a winner from each division - 29th Pondtail A team, 100th Trident, and 6th Panthers - who had all won all their matches and all had 9 points. For the semi final we also wanted the best runner up team and this is where the problems started! There were 3 teams in contention - all with the same number of points, all with a goal difference of +1: 1st Saxons, 22nd and 100th Mosquito. So we had to add a couple of games to determine which team should go through to the semi finals. 1st Saxons played the 22nd which, even after extra time was a draw, so we had to resort to a penalty shoot out which was won by 22nd. Then they went on to play 100th Mosquito which finished 0:1. The first semi final match, between 29th A and 6th Panther A, resulted in 29th going through to the final. The second semi final between both 100th packs was won by 100th Mosquito. The final between 29th A and 100th Mosquito was very tense. The whistle was blown at the end of time but neither team had conceded a goal, so it went into extra time. At the end of that the teams were still even so we went to a 3 penalty shoot out. The first penalty was scored by 100th, with 29 th missing theirs. Both scored on the second penalty, then on the last one Mosquitoes missed whilst 29th scored, so it was still level pegging. Now it was sudden death! The pressure was enormous and then finally we had a winner - 100th Mosquito team! Well done to all the cubs who took part and good luck to Mosquitoes as they prepare for the county competition later this month! The Newsletter of Odiham Scout District, page 3 Got an idea for an article? Email Catherine Read at: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2013 Cub District Chess Competition
Jannette McElarney, ADC CS
Pack eliminators were held and come the night of the competition we had 48 cubs entered. There were 2 age groups, under 9 ½ and over 9 ½. Phil Ash from Fleet Chess club was our adjudicator and was very impressed by the standard of play. All the cubs who took part in the district competition were considered to have passed their hobbies badge as they had obviously been playing for more than two months. All the cubs played three matches against cubs from other packs and then while they had refreshments, their scores were added up. There were 3 cubs in the bottom age group that all had the same number of points – William (100th Trident), Toby (6th Panthers) and James (28th) so they had to play off against each other. In the top age group there were 2 cubs with the same score – Ben (100th Trident) and Owen (6th Tigers). After a few more nail biting matches the final winners were decided – Toby and Owen. They will both now represent us at the county competition in Basingstoke on 23rd March. Good luck boys! Jannette McElarney ADC CS
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March 2013 Hampshire's big Jamboree in 2014 "H0014" Following the success of Hampshire 007 the county is looking for another action packed week in 2014. It's time for Scout Groups to register your interest in Hampshire's Jamboree to keep in touch with developments. The event will be held from the 10-16th August 2014. A fantastic week of activities for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers at Buddens Farm in Dorset. Everyone from Hampshire, UK and overseas welcome. If you would like to know more about Hampshire's Jamboree in 2014 please visit the website at www.h0014.co.uk
What's On- District and County Cub Events 2013 25th May to 31st May CubJam 2013 Saturday 29th June Water Activities Day
Gilwell Horseshoe Lakes
County Scouts Camp 17-24 August 2013 (Lyons Copse) A weeks traditional Summer Camp for Scouts, Patrols and Troops who would not otherwise benefit from a week long Summer Camp. This opportunity is ideal If you cannot arrange a camp, where you haven't enough leaders, where you you would like to learn more about running a camp or where you don't have a Camping Permit. Scouts are welcome with your without Leaders, but Leaders and Young Leaders are are very welcome and will be fully involved running the week of activities. Scouts will be camping in Patrols and will be cooking their own meals under supervision with the food provided. If you would like to know more or like provisional book places contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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March 2013 New Air Explorers Group opens and is invested
Tony Perrett, ESL
In February a new Explorer unit in the District was invested at Crondall hut. Tony Perrett takes on the group of new explorers. As well as evenings on expedition meal planning and camping, they have already been gliding at Lasham airfield (see article below), ice-skating and bowling; and are all beginning their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Gliding at Lasham!
Brendan Geoghegan, Odiham Air Explorer
You know when you try something new and you feel a bit nervous? For me, gliding was much more nervewracking than that. On the day of the gliding it was extremely cold, and snowing. I was really tired from the restless night before. We were on camp in February, where it didn’t matter how many layers you had on, you still froze to death! I was quite nervous about the gliding because I didn’t know what it would feel like, and the fact that the instructors had to show you how to use a parachute, in case of an emergency. The gliders we were using were winch launched into the air. That’s where a wire attaches your glider to a big engine that goes from 0-60mph in just 3 seconds. The glider gets pulled along the ground for about 25m before it launches into the sky. When it came to my turn I was very nervous, having watched most of my
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March 2013 friends getting launched into the air at a considerably sharp angle! But then once I was in the air, all my nerves and cold hands just disappeared. I began to realize that there was nothing to be nervous about at all. You reach a considerable height; I could only see clouds when I went up, but on a good day I bet you could see for miles. I felt free. With help from the calm and kind instructor I was able to fly the plane pretty much by myself. They taught me how to turn and how to get out of a stall. They even let me land the glider – with help. Then to end it all off I got a little log book that I could keep all my times of the flights in. It’s a great experience and I would recommend it to everyone – unless you’re afraid of heights!
Gilwell Media team pay 101st a visit
Sara Sanderson, GSL 101st
On Friday 15th March, we were privileged to have the Gilwell Media Team visit 101st Scout Group. During their visit they were especially interested in understanding how the new Group had started, who the new Leaders of the Group were and their motivations for starting the group. They took lots of photos of the children having fun during their sessions and they interviewed a number of the leaders of the group. Also, we were lucky that they could be part of an investiture of children in to the Beavers and Cubs. The children made and played skittles, small parachutes, bean bags etc. which they enjoyed. All the leaders were grateful for the opportunity to speak to Scouts HQ about their reasons for starting the group and highlighting the challenges in getting places for their children in Fleet; we are all really pleased about the progress made at 101st so far - This group has given approx. 52 children the opportunity to have fun, become independent and enjoy the great outdoors! Sara Sanderson GSL 101st Odiham ( Zebon copse) Watch out for the article in a future edition of Scouting magazine!
Thanks to Waitrose, Fleet
Graham Read, ASL 101st As a new group, 101st would like to sincerely thank Waitrose of Fleet for helping us start to build up our finances. Waitrose nominated us as one of their “Community Matters” charities for the month of January, which raised £225; a very welcome contribution towards allowing us to buy much needed equipment.
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March 2013 The 2013 Scout Census
Jakki Holland, DC
Thought I would share the final census figures showing breakdown of numbers across the groups - this has now been signed off by County and will be published in the District Annual report. The units/groups with the biggest growth in Membership are: Explorers, 100th, 1st and 2nd. With a total of 872 (730 male, 142 female) young people, this year we have grown by a massive 13.2 % which is fantastic, thank you to all.
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March 2013 2014 World Scout Jamboree - selection weekend
Catherine Read, SAS
Its a freezing wet day in March and I'm off to Ferny Crofts for the Japan World Scout Jamboree selection weekend. We have to bring a tent, so thermals are a must too! The selection committee had us in groups making a carrier for a 500 ml water bottle out of newspaper and sellotape - but we had to be economical too, with paper 'charged' at 20p a sheet and sellotape 30p per 10 cm. The afternoon saw us crossing a large pond on an A frame and team building challenges etc. If that was not enough wet out door weather, we were also cooking on open fires that evening during a thunderstorm. Drying out in the evening, we watched a DVD of the last Jamboree to inspire us about the trip. On the Sunday (my birthday!) I woke up in a tent with the rain still falling to find that I had a tent with a water bed and en suite pool (note to self: take a better tent next time). After a hearty cooked breakfast, we headed up to crate stacking and all aboard on top of a pole. It was great to actually do some of the activities, rather than my usual 'just watch and supervise'. Whether I'm selected or not, it was a great weekend and the selection team and other participants were great fun and easy to get on with. Catherine Read Scout Active Support HartBeat Editor Gutter Ball
'A' frame across muddy pond.
Walking the plank with Graham Southerland
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March 2013 Coming Soon: Jott â€“ Jamboree On The Trail 2013
Saturday 11th May
What is JOTT? Jamboree On The Trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can. Cubs and younger Scouting sections could visit a local nature trail as part of a weekend camp. A Scout Troop might check out a hiking trail while working on badge requirements. An Explorer Crew might make a Service Project out of restoring or maintaining a hiking trail. In their own way, everyone will be hiking the same direction: towards a better future through Scouting. JOTT is held on the second Saturday of May each year. 28th Odiham have been taking part in JOTT for many years and find it a great afternoon for all families in the whole group to get to get together, chat , recruit new helpers and for the young people to talk with others to see what is done in other sections and get away for electronic devices for an afternoon. They can even buy a badge for their efforts for their camp blanket. The world JOTT website is here: http://jott.org/ The UK JOTT website is here: http://jott.org.uk/ You can order badges for this years hike from the UK website.
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March 2013 National Scout shop â€“ How to Save on Postage Why not pick what you'd like from the National Scout Shop catalogue*, or on-line website, but then ask our District Shop to order them for you for delivery to the District Scout shop â€“ and save on postage costs. Contact Lisa on 07788 213378 or simply visit the district scout shop on a Saturday morning. *You should have received the catalogue with the recent Scout Magazine.
Odiham District Scout Shop New Opening Hours - The shop will now open a week prior to the end of a school holiday, so parents can kit their children out before the new term starts. Second Hand Uniform - The shop is now providing second hand uniform, if you have any unwanted uniform that you would like to donate to shop it would be greatly received. All profits would go back into scouting. Helpes Needed - Do you have 2 hours on a Saturday morning to spare to help in the shop. We work on a rota basis meaning you would only need to work once every 4th Saturday and we are very flexible. If interested please phone Lisa on 07788 213378. Also don't forget that new leaders can purchase uniform at a discount from Odiham District scout shop.
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March 2013 Hampshire Youth Council
Megan Cookson, 1 Crookham Scout
On Friday the 8th of March 2013 me and 3 other scouts went on a Hampshire Youth Council camp at the Ferny Croft Activity Centre down in the New Forest. When we arrived on Friday down at Ferny Croft we got our special Youth Council neckers witch where black with a pink outline. Me and the other girl unpacked whilst the two boys also unpacked. After unpacking we met our new ambassador for Hampshire who is James Ketchell*. After that we had all the boring rules like the bed time rule and what to do in an event of a fire and all of that lot. After sitting down we deserved a well earned snack and cup of tea. We did some activity’s then went to bed at 11:30pm but we didn’t get to sleep until about 3:30 am on Saturday. On Saturday I woke up at 7:00am and was very tired. We then waved off our new ambassador who was going with some of the other scouts on the ferry over to the Isle of Wight. We then went to breakfast. After breakfast we had some free time, then we started our busy day by learning to promote scouting in a good way, as well as how to take good pictures. We then had lunch. After lunch we had our activities that we had chosen, and I did zip-wire that was great. We then had a break after we did a survey for everyone in scouting, before having dinner. After dinner we did a quiz and got sent to bed at 11:30pm but once again went to bed at 3:30am - although we were tired, we just couldn’t get to sleep. Luckily on Sunday morning we didn’t have to get up until 9:00am so I got to have a lie in. We had breakfast then did a bit of planning for h0014. After we did a “climbing wall of youth involvement” which isn’t a climbing wall like most of us thought of us it was! Basically it was explain different ways how people are utilised in scouting. We then had a forum where we discussed how our scout groups are run and also what we can do to improve how scouting is run. After we had a well earned lunch. After lunch we had an awards ceremony and then went home. I learnt a lot from going on this camp, like how to promote scouting, also me and another person from my group who came with me, have also made some changes in our group. By Megan Cookson 1ST Crookham Scouts Spartans and Hampshire Youth Council attendee. *Follow James Ketchell, Scout Ambassador, on Twitter as he cycles around the world. http://www.jamesketchell.net/blog/scouts-ambassador-launch/
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