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2016 St Georges Day Parade - 24th April

posted 30 Mar 2016, 03:20 by Fergus Lang

This is probably the only event during the year where we really do expect 100% attendance in FULL uniform please. It is massive opportunity to showcase scouting in the local community and we are officially the biggest group in the district. This year 1st Hook Band will be again be playing in the Parade. We will meet as usual at our headquarters by 13.30 and march as a whole group to Hollyfield Road to meet up with the rest of the District. The church service is at Our Lady Immaculate and march-past will again be as other years. We will then march back to Hollyfield Road where the District will be dismissed, and then we will be marching back to HQ where we will have a nice cup of tea and be presenting the annual Oakey Awards. Obviously we would like every member of the Group to attend this special day.
I hope this is quite straight forward but, please, if you have any queries regarding the arrangements then please do ask.

Malaysia Night

posted 16 Sep 2015, 02:16 by Fergus Lang

We will be taking the Scouts into London this Friday on a joint activity with the Explorers. We will be going to the Malaysia night in Trafalgar Square which plays host to a bustling night market dedicated to Malaysian food, music, culture and entertainment. This looks to be a fantastic evening and a good opportunity to work towards parts of the World challenge badge. It will also give a bit of an insight in to what can be expected for those going to Malaysia next Summer.

We will be meeting at the front of Surbiton train station in full uniform at 7pm and aim to leave as close to 7pm as possible. Please bring with your zip oyster cards and a waterproof in case the weather isn't kind to us! We would optionally suggest bringing a small amount of money should you wish to purchase any food or refreshments at the Malaysia night. We will aim to be back at Surbiton for 10pm but will update Twitter and Facebook with our exact ETA. 

If you are not able to or planning on attending this Friday please can you email troop.leaders@1sthook.org.uk to let us know so we are not waiting at Surbiton for you and can leave as quickly as possible.

Camps coming up....

posted 3 Jul 2015, 01:29 by Fergus Lang   [ updated 3 Jul 2015, 01:29 ]

Tonight is the deadline for signing up for the National airgun competition at Bisley in October, we have 3 spaces left. Finally don't forget to sign up for family camp at the start of September, it's a great relaxed camp. Deadline next Friday.

Info for both camps attached.

White Spider - 24th June

posted 10 Jun 2015, 00:18 by Fergus Lang

We announced last Friday that we would be going climbing at White Spider Urban Climbing in Tolworth.

This will be on Wednesday 24th June from 8 - 9pm. We will be meeting at 7:40 to ensure we have all the paperwork and necessary signatures and permissions. This meeting replaces Scouts on Friday 26th, when we will be loading the lorry for the Group Summer Fair on Saturday 27th. Please don't forget we will need help loading so please spare an hour on Friday night to help.

This is limited to 36 spaces, and we will be allocating places on a 1st come, 1st served basis. To secure your place please complete the attached permission form and bring payment on Friday. 

This activity will be subsidised by a Jack Petchey award and from troop funds so the cost for each person will be just £5.00.

Scouts will not need to wear uniform, activity tops and comfortable shorts or tracksuit and trainers.

Summer Camp 2015

posted 27 May 2015, 04:08 by Fergus Lang

Summer camp is booking up fast, and so to those that are wishing to go as well as those that have already signed up, we have now received forms from Tolmers with regard to permissions for activities. They have requested these back by early June. 

If these do not get filled in, kids will not be able to do any activities on site and will miss out on lot of fun :(

Therefore, we will need to know final numbers with ALL forms by next Friday the 5th June. We will have a number on hand on the evening but if you are able to print and bring with you that would be great.

All forms / information both from us and Tolmers (regarding the types of activities) are attached.

Any questions as always please reach out to us

Summer Camp 2016

posted 20 May 2015, 08:02 by Fergus Lang

This year we are 'Coming to Tolmers'. An action packed activity camp. This year the theme is Cops and Robbers, so get your thinking caps on for this year's t-shirt design. All the details are in the letter attached.

2015 St Georges Day Parade and Oakey Awards

posted 13 Apr 2015, 02:22 by Fergus Lang

This is probably the only event during the year where we really do expect 100% attendance in FULL uniform please. It is massive opportunity to showcase scouting in the local community and we are officially the biggest group in the district. This year 1st Hook Band will be again be playing in the Parade. We will meet as usual at our headquarters by 13.30 and march as a whole group to Hollyfield Road to meet up with the rest of the District. The church service is at Our Lady Immaculate and march-past will again be as other years. We will then march back to Hollyfield Road where the District will be dismissed, and then we will be marching back to HQ where we will have a nice cup of tea and be presenting the annual Oakey Awards. Obviously we would like every member of the Group to attend this special day.
I hope this is quite straight forward but, please, if you have any queries regarding the arrangements then please do ask.

Annual Subs

posted 23 Mar 2015, 09:26 by Fergus Lang

It is that time of year when the Group Leaders along with the Group Executive consider the budgeting aspects of maintaining our Verona Drive headquarters for the forthcoming year. It has always been the overriding policy of the Group that the greater part of the overheads of the building be met by subscription, which allows for fundraising income to be directed towards renewal of equipment and improvement projects. A proportion of these subscriptions also go to pay each member’s capitation fee to Scout headquarters, and for the general running of the individual sections. I would also like to take this opportunity to assure you that your monies go entirely to providing the facilities and activities we share, and that our leaders and helpers do not receive any payment for the considerable time and effort that they put in. 

We constantly monitor the outgoings of the Group to keep them to a minimum, but it is inevitable that our policy on subscriptions continues to mirror the Group’s major overheads. This year we have not had an increase in the amount of capitation fees per person that we have to pay, but still have many projects to maintain our buildings which need attention, both large and small. The Leaders and Exec have, therefore, made the decision that we will be keeping the subscriptions for 2015/2016 at the current amount of £150 for the year. We will, as ever, have to keep up with our fund raising efforts throughout the year and I take this opportunity to urge you to support all our efforts with as much time as you can give to make them a success. 

We hope that you will agree that this still represents great value for money but at the same time we are very conscious of the fact that for some families, especially with siblings in the group, this represents a substantial outlay. In order to spread the payment we will continue to have, and urge you to take up, the standing order system of payment which will commence about the middle of May and cease the following February. A new order is required each year. Exact dates are highlighted on the attached form, which we ask you to fill in and return to your section leader by 24th April. For those without access to bank standing order facilities, the section treasurers will be only too happy to discuss alternative payment schedules for the year ending 31st March 2016. 

We have always said that there should be no barriers to a young person enjoying their scouting and all it has to offer, and this includes the financial side. In the case of genuine hardship, please do not hesitate in contacting your Section Leader or myself in the strictest confidence. 

Thank you in anticipation of your understanding and for our part we will continue to provide the best Scouting experiences we possibly can.

Easter Camp

posted 12 Mar 2015, 04:25 by Fergus Lang

Venue: Lyons Copse, Sandy Lane, Shedfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2HQ

COST:  £55 per person 

We are eggstremely happy to announce our Easter camp details for 2015. We will be heading back to Lyons copse for what will be a shell of a weekend with lots of puns! 

The Scouts will be cooking outdoors in patrols and sleeping in tents, however we do have use of a building in case the weather turns really nasty. A whole host of activities are in the planning.  (Easter camp is an ideal opportunity to achieve some of the badges that count towards the Chief Scout’s Gold Award.)

 There will be lots more information available at the parents meeting for camp on Friday 20th March at 8:45pm.  We would encourage you to attend this meeting if at all possible, especially if this is the first time your child is to camp with the troop.

 In the meantime we would gratefully appreciate it if you could return the reply slip below ASAP indicating your child’s intention to attend.  A £10 deposit would also be appreciated, as there are some costs we need to meet up front.

 If you would like any further information at this stage please do not hesitate to speak to one of the leaders.

Night Hike

posted 12 Mar 2015, 04:22 by Fergus Lang

We will be meeting at HQ at our usual time of 7.30 but as we then need to travel to Leith Hill please ensure you are on time so we can leave promptly.

 If you are not doing the night hike this week and will not be at scouts please can you email to let us know so we are not waiting around for you.

Pick up will be at 9.30am on Saturday morning, below is a kit list of what the scouts need to bring.
  • Activity top and Scarf to be worn (Full uniform not required)
  • Comfortable hiking boots and warm socks
  • Waterproof jacket (depending on the weather)
  • Waterproof trousers (depending on the weather)
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves
  • Lots of warm layers of clothing (depending on the weather)
  • Torch or Head torch
  • Small bag and water bottle (optional)
For the sleepover – (to be left at HQ for when we return)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Roll mat (the floor is hard!!!!!)
  • Night clothes
  • Change of clothing for the next day.
  • Toothbrush etc..

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