Autumn 2012

Soccer Sixes

September has also proved to be a busy month in the scouting calendar. As well as ‘the Meet’ it has also seen the return of the 3rd to the soccer sixes. Although the group did not win any trophies this year a great time was had by leaders, explorers and scouts.

Whilst Grace coached the scout team on the astro turf Gail and the explorer girls were up on the grass. The explorer team was a little short of players but they soon had the support of Warwick and at one point had 4 different explorer teams playing for them.  Despite the girls not being regular or even occasional players of the game they soon learnt one end of the COURT from the other!  They threw themselves wholeheartedly into the game and those that played with them loved their good spirits throughout. 

The lads also played an excellent game and assisted the explorers in their games later in the day.  Special thanks to Briton and Lucy for taking the penalty shoot outs and to James Simpson for being awarded with the property he left on the ship. 

Both Grace and Gail would like to thank Lucy, Chloe, Issy, Rhea, James Simpson,  James King, Nathan and Briton for their excellent behaviour and positive attitude throughout.

-- Gail Minton (ASL)


 

Annual Camp

This summer’s annual camp was held at the group’s old favourite, Lake Bala in Wales. Once again we were joined by our friends from Gosport and much fun was had by all.  Despite not having some of our usual leaders and skills instructors those that did attend worked hard to ensure that the camp was successful as ever.

Bill stepped up to the mark as both Scout leader and chef Delia Coleman assisted by 10 men Taylor whose motto seems to be if your eyes aren’t bleeding once you have eaten it, it simply wasn’t hot enough. Josh Rix put together a fantastic program which covered much badge work as well as plenty of fun.

Highlights included a day out in Barmouth  burying Allan in the sand and making him into a very pretty mermaid, a visit to the big boys toys shop, Joshs very long evening stroll, a very smoky wide game, pirates, save the ducks, super slippy slippy slide, lots of open cooking activities and an expedition in which one group of scouts proved that their skills would serve them well if stranded on a desert island whilst the explorers proved that they need their moms on camp to assist them.

-- Gail Minton (ASL)

GSLs Report

We draw towards the end of 2012, and also to the end of my first year as Group Scout Leader at the Third. Thankfully I can look back at this time and think that whilst I had little or no idea what I am doing in this role, I have been very well supported by my Leaders and Executive Commitee, and we have scraped through. When I say scraped, this is a somewhat modest assessment.We have seen some real growth in numbers, particularly at Beaver and Cub level. To support this there has been some significant changes amongst the leadership of the group, with new leaders and assistant leaders in each section. We hope to continue in this growth, with both children and adults becoming involved.

We have had a successful year of events, notably winning a good number of trophies at the National Sea Scout Meet, competing in the Royal Navy Soccer Six tournament and in the Honda RIB challenge. This has been alongside our usual calender of camps, Cub and Beaver sleepovers and an enjoyable Annual Camp at Bala with our friends from Gosport Sea Scouts.

The plan for 2013 is much of the same and more. More camps, more events, more sailing and kayaking , increased growth in children and adult helpers and generally, much more fun for everyone involved. To compliment this we are looking at increasing the size of our fleet of boats and canoes, and also investigating the possibility of affiliating our sailing with Chase Sailing Club, based at Chasewater Reservoir  In the short term we look forward to "The Killocks" awards evening later this month, which is an open invite to all, and to the visit from Lieutenant Commander Cahill from the Royal Navy at our Admiralty Inspection this December.

I would like to briefly take the opportunity to thank all those leaders and helpers that have helped make 2012 so entertaining, and to all the children and parents who choose to spend their time and effort supporting Third Walsall Sea Scouts. Without all of your help and support we would not be able to achieve a fraction of the things that we have.

Many thanks to all.

-- Matthew Minton (GSL)

 


Beavers

 

We are delighted to have so many Beavers and prospective Beavers. Over the past year we have participated in the Scout association Sporting Adventure programme earning Bronze, Silver and Gold. Awards following the activities specified. There are 1412 teams taking part and we are approximately 150th in the scores.

Beavers are now offered two opportunities to sleepover camps each year, our first was a joint Beaver/Cubs camp inside Killock, our second the first Beaver/Cub camp under canvas in Killock grounds. Both were a great success and much enjoyed as you can see in the website photo gallery. All those taking part earned their Nights Away badge and, following  a walk to St Martin’s church and interesting talk with the Vicar the Beavers completed their Faith badge.

All sections took part in an Group Environmental badge day led by Bobby our Bug Expert and the Beavers spent an evening at Powells pool trying out kayaks, rowing a rover and going a bit faster in the White Whale power boat. The weather was perfect and our Guardship Polestar was alongside the hard enabling everyone to have a look around.

Rain failed to dampen the end of year Sausage Sizzle with fun for all ages. We were sad to say goodbye to Amy our brilliant Assistant Beaver leader who stepped down to concentrate on Killock hire which is vital to our income. We have welcomed Kath to take her place and she is doing a great job now our records are on line.

We are planning a visit to the Pantomime at Aldridge Youth theatre to see Red Riding Hood, a matinee performance on Saturday 12th January, details will follow in November.

 

February 9th
Spooky Night
Follow the ghost trail, come in your scariest fancy dress, an experience and fun for the whole family.

 

-- Jane Taylor (BL)

Scouts

The Scouts did very well this year in the Meet, once again winning the overall trophie.

Scout numbers have grown over the past year with more Cubs coming up through the ranks.

We would like to thank Bill for stepping in as Scout leader at short notice when Jackie had to leave to have her baby; he's done an excellent job.

Although we're keen to grow the Scout section we do need more helpers on a Thursday night; if you're available and willing to give up some of your time to help out please contact Matt Minton on 07877874592.

The Scouts have taken part in a number of activities recently including the Royal Navy Soccer Sixes, the Midland Sea Scout Meet and a number of Third Walsall and District events.

Turnout on camps has been getting better throughout the year although there is still room to improve; if you are concerned about your child being away from home for the weekend please speak to a leader as I'm sure that they'll be able to convince you that it's nothing to worry about.

 

 

Explorers

 

Third walsall explorers have had a fantastic start to the year with the younger explorers starting their DofE bronze and the older ones their silver award. 

Our explorers did brilliantly at the Honda Youth Rib Challenge in July. They had to safely navigate a rib round a slalom course, pick up a man over board and reverse around a buoy as quickly and safely as they could. We came 4th in the older age group and 3rd in the younger age group. Hopefully we  will compete next year and maybe get a 1st?

We almost managed to do as well in the Meet this year as last coming a respectable (but not up to TWSS standards) second; while our pulling (rowing) was unbeatable we have seen that we need to do some more work around our sailing over the next 12 months to become more competitive.

-- Bobbie (EL), Chris (AEL) and Ash (AEL)

The Killocks

The first Award Ceremony of what we hope will become an annual feature of the TWSS programme is rapidly approaching; we intend to thank and acknowledge those who have achieved the most and tried the hardest over the past 12 months.

Parents are expected to attend and there will be a full bar and finger food on the night.

All parents have received invites to the awards (if not please speak to a leader) and we’re hoping for a good turnout on the night.

In addition to the awards we will also have investitures and our annual AGM so it is essential that as many folk as possible attend.

 
 

PSA

Thanks to all who organised the end of year BBQ and to all those who attended.

Please look out for the dates of the Autumn/Winter fund raisers.

We would welcome any future help from parents.

Please contact Al Lawrenson (01922 632211) or Sally Barnett(01922 746645).

Saturday 8th December
Christmas Strictly Come Dancing.
We are having professional dancers to try and put us through our paces! It will be bring your own supper and of course a bar will be on. Adults only. Time and any other info to be confirmed. Tickets will be on sale as of next week