The Autumn Term was extremely busy for all sections of the Scout group. There were two events which involved all sections:
The annual Remembrance Service at St Mary's with the march up the hill behind the Royal British Legion (Crich branch) and other local service groups. This year (2016) was the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the young people took a major part in the service. Members of the Explorers and Scouts read poems and literature written in the period 1914-1916; the cubs made paper boxes beforehand and read the prayers while the Beavers brought boxes of paper poppy petals to scatter on the altar to help us all understand the enormous numbers who were killed or injured in that battle.
In December, all the Scout sections helped to deliver the Christmas card with details of Christmas services in all local Churches. This project counted towards the team work challenge badge. The delivery was done in small groups, of mixed ages, with several parent helpers in attendance. The delivery of cards was followed by a fantastic Christmas party in the Comrades Club for all members.
Each Scout section had their own programme during the term:
The Beaver colony has twenty-two members, now meeting in just one session each Monday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with Sarah and Justin leading them. Twelve of the Beavers are halfway through their Chief Scout bronze award which they hope to achieve this year before moving on to Cubs. The plan for this term is for them to spend one night away as a colony - I hope it's not a location with water and trees or they might decide to build a dam! The picture shows the colony at Chatsworth, with the rest of Derwent and Dove District, for an Autumn day of adventures and activities. A while ago, the Beavers had spent a night away when the temperature unexpectedly dropped below zero, but the youngsters stayed on. For this "endurance" they each received a special challenge badge from the District.
This past year has been the centenary year for the Cub movement worldwide, and the Crich pack celebrated with a party on 16 December - the date when the Cubs began one hundred years earlier. The pack has continued through Autumn with meeting the challenges set by their leaders, with a Cubs 100 focus. The pack did us proud by winning the "Cubs Got Talent" event for the area. The winner and runner up then went on to perform at 'The Promise' celebrations at County Hall. At the end of term, one of the Cubs achieved his silver Chief Scout Award before moving on to Scouts.
The "highlight" of the term for the Scouts was their expedition and camp at Drum Hill. Five older Scouts were challenged to plan their own route to Drum Hill, organise some train travel and draw up a menu for the camp. The outcome was a walk to Wirksworth, train (Ecclesbourne line) to Duffield and walk up to Drum Hill where they camped overnight, cooking their own food. Next day, they walked to Derby to catch the East Midlands train back
to Cromford and walked back to the Scout hut. A challenge very well met! Meanwhile, the rest of the Scout troop camped at Drum Hill under the supervision of their leaders. Their activities at camp included pitching and striking the camp; preparing and making all meals over an open wood fire; and a wide game to establish the dimensions of the solar system using LED balloons! They also earned second place in the District Quiz - well done!
One thing which has thrilled the Scout Executive members over the past year has been to see a group of young people still wanting to continue in the movement beyond the Scouting age of 14, so they now meet (based in the Scout hut) as Explorers. We hope that they will continue to relish being members of this worldwide organisation, which develops potential independence, resilience and leadership skills in young adults. The Explorers have already made their mark by being young Leaders in one or other of the younger sections, by helping with the car-parking at Crich bonfire night and by decorating the Christmas tree in
St Mary's Church. Many thanks!
1st Crich Scouts could not be as successful and as popular an activity for our local youngsters without the voluntary hours and enthusiasm of the group leaders. Our village owes them all a huge debt of thanks. This past term we have remembered Barbara Haslam, a leader from the past who was Akela to the Cubs for more than fifty years. The Group has been given a money donation from Barbara's funeral for which we thank her family.
(Chair - 1st Crich Scout group)
The Scout Group is run entirely by volunteers for the benefit of young people in the village and surrounding area. We are always in need of additional help - not just leaders and helpers, but also assistance with administration and the maintenance of the hut and grounds. If you would like to help, please give one of us a call.