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Autumn 2017 has continued to be a busy period for all sections of our Crich Scout group and once again I am truly indebted to the loyal service that our section leaders give to our young people. It is all voluntary and I know that the time factor that our adult leaders give to their respective groups can be sacrificial.

The Beavers had two exciting events during Autumn. They visited Chatsworth with other Beaver groups from the District - this is an annual event and very much enjoyed by the youngsters.


Beavers meeting Paddy Cooke at Chatsworth

Beavers meeting Paddy Cooke at Chatsworth


Beavers also visited our local Fire Station, which was a truly memorable evening for them all.


Beavers visited the local Fire Station

Beavers visited the local Fire Station


The Cubs were doing quite a lot of "hands on" activities during the Autumn. And several bat boxes will be posted in suitable locations during the Spring.


The cubs built their own bat boxes  Careful measuring had to take place to ensure the boxes would be suitable for bats


Activities like this give opportunity for the Cub leaders to tick off several items in the Scout programme for each of the young members. Everything in the programme aims at another badge for the Cubs - so there is always a reward built into the activity as well as the enjoyment and skills learning! The Cubs had a great evening in November when they joined with Lea and Holloway for a Bonfire Night campfire and film night.

We are delighted to welcome a new Cub leader, Julie Wooley to the Group. Julie is working her way through the validation process which will permit her to run a cub session without Bill on those occasions when Bill's shift work denies his presence. This is great for the Cubs, as there have been times the Cub meeting was cancelled if Bill and Debbie were unavailable. So we are very pleased to see Julie join the team!

The Scout section held their annual Expedition Challenge and camp at Drum Hill in October. Those Scout members who are undertaking their Expedition must plan an expedition which involves more than one type of transport and then carry it through. The four Scouts hiked to Wirksworth, took the train to Duffield and hiked from there to Drum Hill where they pitched their tents and camped overnight. The remainder of the Crich Scouts with Lea and Holloway also, then joined them at Drum Hill for an overnight camp together.

The Explorer group is going from strength to strength. All the members are now enrolled in the DofE scheme. The requirements of the scheme turn young people into adults and open doors in employment and in Higher Education opportunities for those who achieve their DofE awards. Interviewers love to see DofE on a young person's CV, so good luck to all our Explorers as they work their way through the scheme! In early December, the Explorers had a lot of fun decorating the Christmas tree in St Mary's Church. It looked great!

The major event during Autumn 2017 was the Remembrance Day Service at St Mary's - this time led by our Group Secretary, Anette Love. This service always involves a great deal of preparation work by both the Service leader and the Scout members as they work alongside the Royal British Legion to get everything right and meaningful for those involved. In November 2018, the Remembrance service will be especially meaningful, it being the centenary of the end of WW1.

Then in December, all sections met together to deliver the Churches' Christmas card to most of the homes in the Parish. This is an enormous help for the churches involved. The young people then all met up at Crich Comrade's Club for a Christmas party.

We are thrilled that one of our Explorers has been selected to attend an International Jamboree in Japan (2019) and delighted that 12 of our Group members have signed up to attend an International camp in Sweden in 2018.



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.

Beaver Scouts: Justin 01773 857908
Cub Scouts: Nigel 01773 853707
Scouts: Mark 01773 850201