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T A E B M DRU d Frie bers, Leaders, Parents an em M r fo e in az ag m g tin The Teignbridge Scou




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DRUMBEAT Drumbeat July 2011

DISTRICT COMMISSIONER ADC Beavers ADC Cub Scouts Jeff Hiscoke 01626 201368 ADC Scouts ADC explorers Scout Support Leader Ken Purchase 01626 353063 District Network Leader Debs Rylands 07786444816 ADC International Patrick Gourd 01626 773903 ADC Development - Form "M" Assessor Adrian M Partridge 01803 812280 Local Training Manager Chris Solway 07969324649 Ten Tors Training Manager Mike Ruffles 01626 824675 Scout Shop Manager Dulcie Purchase 01626 353063 Media Development Manager Steve Michaels 07919375464 District Chaplain Rev. Tony Meek 01803 814370 DISTRICT PRESIDENT Lord Clifford 01626 852179 District Chairman Robert Gray 01803 812776

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t we are not just a group bu w ho on s se cu fo ue iss This nal district, a county a natio that we are also part of a we ting is international. Plus body and also that Scou e leader is just part of th also look at how being a big adventure.

Title Marshall Arts Caption Comp River Deep, Mountain High Spring Watch London Bound Nessy Zoo Hurdlestone Feature Flying High Cub Camp 1 Cub Camp 2 Do us a good turn Mini 5 Tors You Tube Shelter Box Find your group

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be strong? just asked by a kid how to n faith. Then Good friends. My Christia d endure be brave when scared an Twitter when tired Bear Grylls on

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“.. and they thought the camera was off...”

Scouting can happen almost anywhere and this was proven when Peter Harvey group scout leader from 1st Lustleigh Scout Group invited Drumbeat to come and experience a scout night with a bit of a difference.

spend a friday evening.

Soon Peter got the proceedings underway and after Flag break we were joined by Jamie Hull Greenwood and his team.

Even though he probably would not like me saying this the best way to describe Jamie was to cross the humour of Michael Mkyntire with Speed and flow that hollywood gives Jackie Chan. As Jamie gave us one of the most entertaining and thought provoking nights I have Knowing I was going to get lost and ever witnessed in any Scout that it was a while since I had used Hut/Tent. grid references (although Peter did give me plain English directions Jamie 5th Dan Nami Do Yawara later) I left early and after battling (Jujutsu) and his team Charles - 3rd through the rain and the mist Dan Yawara (Jujutsu) and new eventually arrived at a field with the recruit Seth Bate - 1st Kyu Yawara most fantastic views across (Jujutsu) had a wealth of experience between them and used every part of Lustleigh and beyond. that experience to give a great You could get no better place to hold demonstration on some of the a Scout Meeting right up in the thoughts and reasons behind the art. moors with the mist rising through the trees and later the sun settling in Jamie firmly believes in mixing and the sky it was just a fantastic place to learning together with other Arts in It has been over twenty years since I last experienced this village so it was with some trepidation that I agreed to meet Peter in a field nearby for a demonstration evening of Marshall arts.

“.. next the magical art of levitation.. Just copy me.. ”

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can all pull together, we “.. come on guys .. if we ” Petes car out of there..

order to push the peaceful nature of martial values and this flowed through as he started off by explaining the history of Marshal arts how it all began from India migrating through Asia before taking on the many forms that we see today.

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can get

that if you try hard enough you will succeed.

Jamie went on to say that in Scouting you always try and get as many badges as possible and to always do your best again very similar to marshal arts where always learning even when you are He also outlined how the principals helping others. of Marshal Arts are also reflected in Scouting and demonstrated that The night was rounded off with Baden Powel was not only a great various demonstrations of innovator but he was also a great techniques and methods plus the odd solider with more Medals than Chest improptue games of “tug of war” and in order for Baden Powel to get plus demonstrations on that you those medals he would of had to of don’t have to be built like a 7ft body learnt the basics of unarmed combat. builder to have strength, courage Plus its thoughts and processes and a passion to succeed it what ever believing in what you are doing and you want to do.

Nine Ashes Scout Camp (Near Bodmin)

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Lots of mentions this week for our Bear in the Air Pic “Don’t worry Bear I will catch him in my hat” - Paul 1st Facebook.

I’ve put this beard on so he does not think hes on the Graham Norton Show again... Steve

I’ve eaten raw fish, drunk water through elephants dung but don’t think I have ever tried Pixie.. Ed

So with the hurdlestone theme we have got to get some from 1st Shaldon on this one...

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Challenging walk on Dartmoor raises funds for local scouts

The recent River Teign Sea Scout Group annual sponsored walk expects to raise several hundred pounds towards much needed camping and sailing equipment. There were three walks (3km, 5km and 10kms) in the Hound Tor area for the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. In total 65 children and parents took part in the event.

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1st Shaldon

Check out 1st River Teigns website for some great pictures and a video for when they were joined with Bishopsteignton Scouts and the Teign Canoe & Kayak Club for an adventure on the water.

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thick fog where the participants were grateful for the support provided by the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team from Ashburton who manned the checkpoints.

Craig Scollick, chairman of the scouts group said ‘ Despite the fog and drizzle we had a fabulous day and are grateful to all those who took part. We had twice the Being Dartmoor the event started in participants we had last year and are hopeful we will have even more next time.

We would also like to thank Dartmoor Search and Rescue for marshalling the event and hope that they will come again next year.

One parent said ‘ We felt much safer in the thick fog knowing the rescue team were marshalling the event. I now realise how difficult it must be for them to find people who are lost on the moors’ Craig Scollick Group Chairman 1st River Teign Shaldon

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Volunteers Restoring the Waterways IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group was formed in the 1970’s by volunteers active in waterway restoration work. Every year WRG runs over 20 week-long residential volunteering opportunities called ‘Canal Camps’ and our regional groups ensure that almost every weekend there will be volunteers hard at work somewhere on the waterways.

Montgomery Canal (Shropshire)

%JGUVGTſGNF%CPCN (Derbyshire)

6th - 13th August £56 13th - 20th August £56 20th - 27th August £56 27th August - 3rd September £56 26th December - 1st January £56

2nd - 9th July £56 9th - 16th July £56

Activities: lock construction, brick & block laying

Activities: construction, piling, heritage restoration, stone walling

%TQOHQTF%CPCN (Derbyshire) 16th - 23rd July £56

Activities: construction, stone walling

%QVUYQNF%CPCNU (Gloucestershire) Inglesham Lock

13th - 20th August £56 20th - 27th August £56 27th August - 3rd September £56

IWA National Waterways Festival (Burton upon Trent) 25th July - 3rd August £72

Activities: demolition, dam construction, bricklaying

Activities: festival site construction River Avon (Warwickshire)

%QVUYQNF%CPCNU (Gloucestershire) Eisey Lock

2nd - 9th July £56

Activities: landscaping, machine operation, concreting

16th - 25th April £72 25th June - 2nd July £56 6th - 13th August £56

Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation (Essex)

Activities: demolition, bricklaying, landscaping

19th - 26th February £56 22nd - 29th October £56

Activities: vegetation clearance, bank protection

Monmouthshire Canal (South Wales)

Basingstoke Canal (Surrey)

9th - 16th July £56 16th - 23rd July £56

25th June - 2nd July £56

Activities: heritage, construction skills, vegetation clearance

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1st Liverton

“.. apparently these odd fellows are frequently seen 1st Heathfield and 1st Liverton butterfly and bug walks, bee around these parts .... ” groups provided refreshments at the keepers, the Devon Bat and Devon recent Springwatch Festival in Moth groups, and owl pellet Yarner Woods. Both stalls sold out dissection. by the end of the day - cakes and biscuits from Heathfield and Local craftsman were also on hand Burgers & Hot Dogs from Liverton! to show wood turning skills and providing tours of the disused The local warden for the site, Andy mining activities nearby. Bailey, provided an extremely varied programme of events for the It really was a very good day out in day which resulted in over 700 a very friendly atmosphere with people attending. The weather was enthusiastic volunteers from all over the county and we hope to be involved again next year! Photo: Andy Bailey Rob White Group Scout Leader, 1st Liverton “.. whilst liverton sweated over hot coals ... Andy at Heathfield helped out where he could.... LOL” Photo: Andy Bailey

fine and dry with all the stallholders clustered around the classroom site in the middle of the woods - which did provide quite a logistical challenge to get all the tents and gear onto the area. Both young and old were fully entertained with activities including mask making, face painting, bunting making, clay modelling and bug hotels, plus Old Fairweather recalling tales of old.

Photo: Andy Bailey

See even more on the “Yarner Woods” Facebook site

Wildlife was in abundance - guided

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DRUMBEAT e h t n i p u s b u C Big Smoke

We drove in a hired minibus on Friday evening to the Southall Scout Activity Centre (SAC) in west London. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a supper of Pizza cooked by Bagheera and Raksha who had gone up to London earlier by car.

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South Embankment to HMS Belfast - we could have stayed all day there as there was so much to see but in the early afternoon we were on our way to London Bridge tube station Next on to South Kensington and spent the remainder of the afternoon in the Science Museum. Just before the museum closed we were on our way back to Southall – too tired to walk back to SAC from the station now so jumped onto a London Bus.

We were then all wearing white polo shirts, Scout baseball caps and Highweek red neckers – not official Cub Uniform but we find it great for spotting our Cubs in crowded London.

After a good night’s sleep we had a We then had a about a mile and half full English Breakfast and made our walk to Southall Train Station where packed lunches. we caught the Heathrow Express train into Paddington. A short tube ride afterwards we were in Waterloo station and walking to the London Eye. We watched a short 4D movie then we were lucky enough to have a pod to ourselves on the Eye – superb views in superb weather!

Back in SAC for the evening – Cubs had some free time then had to build the camp fire. Bagheera treated us to some excellent BBQ fare ( having a chef as a leader is definitely a bonus!) then onto camp fire activities with songs and skits. Cubs soon went to sleep that evening!

Sunday morning soon comes and after another excellent breakfast it was time to pack everything away in to car and minibus, clean up the bedrooms, hall, kitchen and loos,

Then onwards via a few miles hike along the

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say goodbye to Min (booking secretary of the site) and then a drive to north London to the RAF Museum in Hendon. Armed with pre-prepared work sheets Cubs then spent the remainder of our time in London working towards the Air Activities Badge. Half past three soon came – a member of Museum staff dressed in WW2 RAF uniform presented the Cubs with their Air Activities Badge , a quick look around the shop and then back in to the minibus and onwards to Devon. We popped into a McDonalds on the way home – we got back to Highweek H.Q. 45 minutes later than expected.

The A303 was closed due to a serious accident and we had a

longish detour to the A35 but the awaiting parents were all aware of this as they received texts letting them know.

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Another great weekend finished! Let the next begin....

Jeff Hiscoke Akela 1st Highweek Village Cubs

Remember to check out the Highweek Cubs Website for more fantastic pictures of their London Adventure

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selves Without people like your out on this little guy might miss Mountain Biking Orienteering Kayaking Climbing Flying Sailing Abseiling Cooking Camping Motorsport Skiing Rafting Team Building and lots lots more.

out “Bear Grylls� by Join us and our Chief Sc g that every child volunteering and ensurin nture has the right to an adve

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“.. exactly how many eyes does a beaver have .... ”

Julie from the zoo, then gathered everyone together and let the ones who had stomach for it - hold a corn snake and look at other bugs, before letting them raid the gift shop. Since it was relaunched in November last year, 1st Kingskerswell Beavers is now going from strength to strength with an amazing group of 16 young Beavers - all wanting to join in the adventure (and being very loud about it.). Plus a new dedicated team of leaders is now getting onboard to really help move the section forward as they aim for their Chief Scout Awards.

the 25th anniversary of Shaldon Zoo so with their help we thought we would organise a short day out to the Zoo followed by some fun and games on the Beach.

We must say that Shaldon Zoo staff were fantastic, with special thanks to Julie Matthews, who gave us a great introductory talk about the Zoo and what they had done in their 25 years of being a charity, then let the To Celebrate the 25th Anniversary Beavers explore the Zoo filling in of Beavers, we noticed it was also the fact sheets as they went.

Later they followed a trail down through the dark tunnels, the slippery steps and onto the Ness Beach to be met with a sausage sizzle put on by parents and our GSL.It ended with some very worn out and sand covered Beavers, but for a first day out with the new group, it was definitely a success. Where to next.... only Otter knows.. Otter Beaver Leader 1st Kingskerswell

“.. Mr Monkey needed to cross his legs due to the number of fruit shoots consumed .... ”

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Scouts HQ. Walborough St. Newton Abbot

Wednesday 13th July


(Balanced Programme)

Wednesday 7th September


(Young People Today)

Wednesday 21st September

1&6 (Introduction Modules)

Wednesday 12th October


(Activities Outdoors)

Wednesday 23rd November


(Tools for the Job)

Wednesday 7th December

1&6 (Introduction Modules)

Please book at least 14 days before the course date. Each course in 2011 will be limited to 15 Participants.

Please email all course applications to Book online at

Evening courses start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm to meet with other leaders

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Multi module day, learning delivered will cover: Skills for residential experiences - planning evening Skills for residential experiences - residential weekend Skills of leadership working with adults International

Dates of first aid training will be advised shortly

Uniform does not need to be worn, please bring a note pad and pen

Remember Deadline to get your stories, news, vacancies and letters in is by 20th of each month.

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DRUMBEAT New Website Needs Help..

The new Teignbridge Scout website friend, anyone that just enjoys is nearing completion, so pop over scouting, we want to hear from you. to and take a look We have also added A Photo Gallery of recent events that the district or So far there are dedicated sections groups have been involved in, but for each of the groups in the we need your pics. Teignbridge district, with contact details. Some groups have supplied It will also be good to hear your information, but we want you to be Tweets and your likes, so make sure able to post your own news, stories you follow Teignscouts and lets and adventures straight onto the site share all those great things that as a and we want people to get involved. district we get up to. You don’t have to be a leader, you can be a parent, scout or just a

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international events so if you fancy going to Denmark 2012 or Kernow Kapers you will find all the information you need here.

Finally, you can access your favourite district scouting magazine plus a whole host of other information, so please feel free to email us and get involved.

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DRUMBEAT Hurdlestone Special Feature ...

If you happen to come by any of the chatter from either scouts or leaders - on Twitter or Facebook - there is one word or sentence that gets bounded across the district... Hurdlestone is a joint operation between Teignbridge District Scouts “When is Hurdlestone this year...” and the Guiding community for teams of between four and six People have been talking about Hurdlestone 2011 since the day the aged between ten and fourteen. The last one finished. Now this years idea is based on fun, skill, event has passed, they are already adventure, camping and more fun. It is definitely a highlight of the talking about 2012. Scouts adventure and one not be missed. For those that don’t know the outline of the weekend - it is as follows.

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After a hearty breakfast each team makes thier way to one of the fifteen bases, which are placed at various positions around the local countryside, creating a course that stretches over eight miles in length.

Bases can consist of anything from an assault course where speed and agility are the key to success, to more traditional skills based around camping or health and safety.

Each task has to be carried out as a team and to the best of their ability with points being awarded for most accurate, fastest speed, least faults etc etc. At the end of the day scores are worked out for each of the bases, with podium places

Over four hundred young people, from all over Devon, consisting of over ninety teams from both Scouts and Guides arrive at the Hurdlestone camp on the Friday. They set up camp, get ready for an early night, perhaps a cup of cocoa and prepare themselves for the challenge to begin.(yeah right)

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defined based on these scores, with no team being able to win any more On Sunday the famous Hurdlestone than one award. sack race and activity day take place. This is finished off with the Whilst all the number crunching is award presentation, the crowning of going on all entrants are treated to a the overall winners, before finally fantastic on site disco which creates heading back home for a well earned a great party atmosphere and really rest. unites the whole camp into the late hours of the night. See next page for more resultsand check for more bonus pictures.

Why not join the Facebook hurdlestone page or tag #hurdlestone on twitter plus special Scout camping days at Alton Towers and Warwick Castle

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The most amazing thing about Hurdlestone is the level of support that is given to all the entrants - not only in the facilities provided on site, including all the logistics of camping, feeding and entertaining which were all second to none. It is the sheer level of back room staff, administration and health and safety that is also provided. There were over one hundred support personnel working the event. At any time it was possible to locate any given member of any group very easily.

I had the privilege to travel around in one of the many safety cars circumnavigating the course. This was helping with every eventually, from making sure hot and cold water was always available to entrants and support staff, to redirecting groups when they got their left and rights confused.

Even when one of the guiding groups lost their report card, using the fantastic communications provided by Torbay Amateur Radio Team, it was easily located and delivered to their next base ready for them to get on their way.

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The Results 1st Place Bovey Muppets

It goes without saying that these 1st Bovey Tracey Scout Group types of events could never happen without the hours and hours of support given by hundreds of volunteers. These volunteers come Megans Perfect Crew from both inside scouting and (Akward Silence) guiding and also from numerous 1st Buckfastleigh Guides groups and businesses that made the day such a success.

2nd Place

Joint 3rd Place

A very big Thank You goes out to all Bloodhounds Yet Again of those involved and we look 1st Chivenor Scouts forward to seeing you all again next and the year.

“.. Slippery slope no prob lem, just turn left at the sla lom and across the spiders we b ...�

Lollipop Ladies

1st Bovey District Rangers

Well done everybody!

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“.. Sun sets on anothe r Hurdlestone ...”

Base 1 Aerial Runway

1st Elburton Guides

Base 2 Obstacle course FAST - Rocket Heads 1st Fremington Air Scouts

Base 3 Calculations

Base 4 TARS

Rubber Duckies

Famous Five Plus 1

1st Fremington Air Scouts 1st Newton Abbot Guides

Base 5 Water challengeCheddar & the Cheese Puffs 3rd Plymstock Guides Base 6 Space Hopper Cheese On Toast

Base 7 Rifle Shooting Highweek Hawks

2nd Bovey Tracey Guides

1st Highweek Village Scouts

Base 8 2011 Challenge Awesome Neons 2nd Budleigh Salterton Guides

Base 9 Base 104

Base 10 First Aid

Team 102

Owl City

Praying Mantis A to Y

Base 11 Map & Compass Skittles

Base 12 Camping Skills Only 69p

Base 13 Knots

Base 14 Archery

Base 15 The Maze


Matt's Marauders Poison Ivy

1st South Zeal Scouts

1st Ipplepen Pioneers

3rd Newton Abbot (SA) Guides 1st Kingsteignton Guides

8th Newton Abbot Guides 1st Ipplepen Scouts 1st Pinhoe Scouts

1st Tawstock Scouts

1st Ivybridge Scout Group

...” “.. so It’s time to party

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to John and Jeff, who came along to cover the theory side of flight [enabling all our Scouts to attain their Air Activities Badge ] and especial thanks to all leaders and Becky our parent helper, who gave up their weekends to make this camp such a big Last month, 1st Lustleigh held thier The Scouts were also treated to a success. . Scout/Explorers Summer Camp at guided tour of the Devon Air Ambulance. This was especially Peter Harvey Eaglescott Airfield ,Mid Devon. rewarding for one of our Scouts Group Scout Leader Although the weather was not as "Harry" as he has just raised over 1st Lustleigh nice as it had been of late, all of our ÂŁ600 for them on a sponsored Scouts and Explorers had an bicycle ride from coast to coast . Many heartfelt thanks to the crew of unforgettable experience. the Air Ambulance. They were all able to take a flight in a Eurostar light Aircraft , where Our sincere thanks also go to Brett they had a choice of flights. With and Barry [Fly-be Pilots] for helping some opting for a longer flight over to plan and organise the camp, the Bristol channel towards Lundy Island and back via westward Ho and Torrington.

The huge grins on the faces of the returning Scouts said it all ! ! ! !

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DRUMBEAT Watcombe District Cub Camp

This weekend the 2011 District Cub Camp was held at Watcombe in Torquay. It turned out to be another fun filled weekend of fun and adventure that resulted is some very tired and happy children who were left wanting more.

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groups for a quick supper, then off to bed and went to sleep straight away .... you hoped.

Next morning they were up for a hearty breakfast and then two Double Decker buses, kindly supplied from Stagecoach, arrived to It all started off on the Thursday, take all the cubs and leaders for an when leaders and helpers helped action packed day at Woodland rig the camp for the weekend. Leisure Park, Dartmouth. Ready for over 100 boys and girls, aged between 8 and 10 to Each of the cubs and leaders donned turn up in the mood to have fun. their souvenir camp T-shirts and filled the park with a sea of purple Jeff Hiscoke, Assistant District children, eager to try out every ride Commissioner for the Cub possible. Section, started the proceedings with the raising of By 4pm we refilled the two double the flag, but only deckers with very tired cubs ready after his son a for the journey back. On arrival young leader had they were treated to a feast of got them all in the Sausage and Mash. spirit of the weekend. Then a quick game outside the tent before heading down to the camp The cubs then ran fire for a traditional sing song. Led back to their by our famous hosts from Torbay.

“.. Foods Up ...�

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“.. You can check online on where to put your badge or alternatively look it up here ...”

They were joined by some young Beaverss taying at the same Camp. We even managed to include some vuvuzelas in a rendition of “I am the music man and I come from down your way”. Remarkable.

We have to give a special thank you to Michelle Hargreaves from Stagecoach with all the help and support this camp may not have happened.

Plus as always a big thank you to all leaders and parents who helped. Johnathan a Leader from 1st Highweek said “It was how Cub Camp should be, endless activities, energetic atmosphere and I can honestly say, as a leader, it was one of the most relaxing Cub Camps I have ever been on! Everything was planned and communicated in such Surprisingly enough, all cubs awoke a professional way, when it came to on Sunday Morning bright eyed and helping with the weekend, it was easy, which made it a lot of fun." bushy tailed ready to start again.

All the fun was finished off with cake and coco back at the tents, before the leaders had a chance to kick back and take in the days proceedings. Many also enjoyed time to take in the most amazing view across the bay and an almost perfect night.

So after another hearty breakfast Another Leader said of the camp “I each group of leaders set up a base think Jeff has now set the benchmark it will be with a different activity great to see what he has to test the cubs grey planned for 2012. A matter and put into really great camp.” practise some of the skills they have learnt whilst being a cub.

“Shall I drop ...”

“Yep ...”

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“.. Best thing is the leaders get to have a go themselves ...”

You know what its like you wait for one Cub camp to come along and then two arrive both together.

Well whilst the district camp got underway in Watcombe other groups from 1st Chudleigh, River Teign Sea Scouts, Dawlish, 1st Newton Abbot, Ashburton and Bishopsteignton gathered at Huish Woods camp site in Taunton for a fun filled weekend organised by Jane Gourd, Akela of the 1st Newton Abbot pack.

had an early night on Saturday and a bit of a lie in on Sunday!

Andrew Whatty ran the traditional camp fire on the Saturday night with a very raucous sign off between the cubs where it was decided that Chudleigh definitely have the noisiest cubs.

Many Thanks need to be extended to all of the leaders who ran the activities and most of all to Jane Gourd and Patrick for all of their Activities included a night time hard work and wood walk, climbing, an aerial enthusiasm yet runway, caving, the zip wire, again. woodcraft, stamp making and designing their own commemerative woggle. “.. River Teign Leaders on Up (very!) bright and early on the hand to help Saturday morning, it was smiling again ...” faces all round for lots of fun and a lot of action. No wonder everyone

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o d o t u o y t n a w e W us a good turn... YOU CAN MAKE YAOUR DIFFERENCE IN COMMUNITY Meet Thomas, a fictitious character but someone we come across every day in Teignbridge. Thomas is like any 5 1/2 year old Boy or Girl - he is looking for Fun, Play and Adventure but he is looking to do it in a safe friendly environment. Like hundreds of children each week he is wanting to join the Scouts. “Scouts gives you a great start in life...”

Thomas wants to join his friends in the local Beaver group which is designed for children aged between 5 3/4 to 8 years of age. He even has his jumper ready from his older sister and is

looking foward to the day when he can do some of over 200 activities that her group get involved in. The group is ready - they have the facilities, they have the programme they have all his friends. The only thing that they don’t have is leaders.

We believe that every child has the right to an adventure and we never want to turn anyone away from scouting,

In order to give a safe environment we have to have enough leaders and at the moment children like Thomas are staying at home, waiting whilst friends have fun.

So we don’t mind if you can offer an hour a week or can help every night. Volunteering with the scouts is the best job you will ever do. So don’t delay just s.c countmein@teignbridgescout

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Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said: “While lots of people know that Scouting is all about adventure, they often don’t realise that adult volunteers get to do just as much as our young members through their involvement.” Scouting gives you confidence, passion, a spirit for adventure and most importantly a belief in yourself

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The wonderful people who give up their time to become leaders are the backbone of these groups and provide an invaluable community service.”

So how could you help and become a volunteer?

Current Vacancies

Although every group will always welcome new leaders here are just some of the groups that need your help urgently to either open new sections or securing the groups that are already running. This will allow more people to take part in the adventure and to ensure groups are not closed due to the lack of leaders. 1st Bishopsteignton Group Scout Leader

Volunteers can give as much or as little time as they like.

For example take Richard he says "Being a Scout Leader is absolutely fantastic, its great watching young people grow and try out the activities and of course you get to try them out too. Something’s that most adults would never try and it’s a brilliant topic of conversation for job interviews people seem to be generally impressed".

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It is really quite easily, you don't just have to tie complex knots and you wont have to wear shorts unless you want to. If you can ride a bike, play a guitar, play a sport, maybe you have management skills or could help behind the scenes, even if you could only spare one hour a month, you will make a great volunteer. The great thing is we provide you with great training, full uniform and all the support you need. Its easy to join just call Steve and let him sort it all out for you. 07919 375 464

1st Dawlish Group Scout Leader

1st Heathfield Cub and Scout Leaders 1st Kenton Cub and Scout Leaders

1st Kingskerswell Assistant Group Scout Leader Plus volunteers to form Fundraising Committee 2nd Newton Abbot Cub and Scout Leaders

3rd Newton Abbot Leaders in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Plus they also need a Group Scout Leader to help move this successful group forward.

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DRUMBEAT Date set for Mini 5 Tors

Details of the District Ten Tors Training Team's 2010 Mini 5 Tors event have been released. The event will take place on Saturday 24th September. The start/finish this year is at Prewley [SX 546909] with routes of 16km, 20km and 25km distance on north west Dartmoor.

Can Cub Scout, Scout and Explorer leaders start to think about including Mini 5 Tors participation in their respective autumn programmes and starting to make any necessary plans before any summer break.

I'd welcome the support of Explorers with 45 or 55 mile Ten Tors experience to help the Ten Tors Training Team to run the event at the start/finish as well as check pointing and/or sweeping; expressions of interest.

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Any queries - please contact me and I'll do my best to answer them.

Mike Ruffles. Look forward to hearing from you Organiser,Teignbridge District Ten and your leaders in September - see Tors Training Team you on Mini 5 Tors!

You can download entry forms and details from our website and click on links.

Liverton hit Youtube

I Know we all have busy lives but if why not let us know and we might you get a moment head on over to add it to our District site youtube and check out Livertons Video recently placed on there by Ross an Assistant Scout leader who also runs Livertons own group website.

“Sorry I’m afraid there’s no other way in to the beer tent ...�

Here is the link.

Why not leave a comment and let Ross know what you think, if you have created your own Scouty video

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DRUMBEAT t s e v n I n o t w e N d 2n in Shelter Box

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On 19th May I visited 2nd Newton This was followed with some Abbot (Salvation Army) Beavers interesting questions and answers from the parents all wanting to know and Cubs. more about scouting and what it They had a presentation by Alan involves. . Baker from Shelter Box, who even This was then put up the tent in the hall. followed with some The youngsters enjoyed it and asked r e f r e s h m e n t s before all before lots of questions of Alan. going home. Afterwards I had the pleasure of investing the new Cub Scout Jeff Leaders, Phil and Jo Sweet, and all ADC Cubs the new Cub Scouts.

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Drumbeat Issue 41 July 2011  

Scouting Magazine for Teignbridge - Aimed at Members, Parents, Friends and Leaders

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