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The Scout Section is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs, and is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.


Activities

Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenge awards and activity badges.


Balanced Programme

Scouts take part in a Balanced Programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit, and helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.

Being outdoors is important, and half the programme is given over to taking part in traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.


International Scouting

Its international aspect gives Scouting a special appeal, and many Scouts now travel abroad during their time in the section. In 2011, 40,000 Scouts from around the world attended the World Jamboree in Sweden, and Scouts regularly participate in international camps and experiences both on home soil and abroad, each of them a unique experience in its own right.


Structure

A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.


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Where are we?

Southfields Primary School

Pastures Way

Lewsey

Luton

LU4 0PE

Bedfordshire

Southfields Primary School
Pastures Way
Leagrave
Luton
Bedfordshire
Luton
Meeting Times
Fridays - 19:00 to 20:50

Due to our active programme, we often meet outside of these times as well.

News & Blogs

Scout Hike/Camp Weekend, Bromham
28/05/2019 By Gary Sturrock

A warm Saturday morning 6th April 2019 and 20+ Scouts and Leaders meet up for a weekend hike/camp with a difference.

Scouts had prepared for this weekend over the past 2 Fridays, having planned the route, travel arrangements, food and kit.

The Bedford train awaited and off they set to travel to Bedford train station where the hike began. All scouts carried there own tents, bedding, food and eating equipment.

Once of fthe train a planned route was set and scouts started hiking. a good 7 mile hike to the County Campsite at Bromham where they would spend the night.

Half way round, lunch was the order ofthe day and a stop of an hour in beautiful weather before the final half of the hike commenced.

Arriving at Bromham the scouts immediately set about setting up camp, 2 man tents set up, stoves ready and an eveing meal of Army rations devoured the camp fire was built up and a night of fun and games commenced.

A dry night was followed by a breakfast sausage, eggs and bread (bacon was forgotten by the food orderer - Jacky Sturrock) so was missing off the menu. Tents packed down, washing done, kit packed and off they set again at noon for Bedford in a reverse of the route to the site.

A warm train and coffee awaited those who arrived early at Bedford station and the train home.

A tired set of scouts, some more than others, arrived back at St Luke's Church where they were met by their parents and the weekend completed.

PS Pictures also show the start of building work on the new Bromham Indoor accommodation lodge. 

Pictures attached.  

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Scouts Monopoly Challenge, London 2019
28/05/2019 By Gary Sturrock

This years London Monopoly Challenge was on Sunday 19th May and a beautiful day it was. 22 Scouts and Leaders met early 8am to book Rail Travelcards for the day before setting off for London and the start of the challenge.

Scouts and Leaders were split into 3 teams to complete the challenge of touring around London finding streets, attractions and sites based on the Monopoly board game, photography their team in front of each and complete an emoji quiz for extra points.

Each location was scored based on difficulty of travel and distance. Of they set, some in a hurry, some a little slower, but all with their own routes planned on the train down to London.

A plan was also drafted to meet up at Leicester Square for lunch at 1pm.

I can only go by the team I was with did, but they definitely set off at some pace. Quick points were gained within a few minutes and a short walk, then onto the underground to tour the sites, visit tourist spots and gain more points.

Lunchtime came quickly around and when all the teams met up a quick scan of the points showed a draw between 2 teams with the third just behind.

Food (Mcd's) eaten apart from Lauren Denyer who had her chips!! when a pigeon decided to drop a load on them from a great height!! and off we set again for the second half of the challenge.

Some great tourist sites were seen, pictures taken and points gained. The Dome costs £36 to climb!!!! for info. and we met up again at Kings Cross station for the trip home. 

Back in Luton a little late due to one team being delayed at meeting up time, parents picked up young people and we were finished.

Lots of pictures were taken and are shown below but overall a great day this year and something we will repeat yearly.

The scores on the doors were counted for the next Friday meeting and with some clever adjustments meant that all the teams came out with the same scores at 345 points each, a draw all round but a fantastic days site seeing for all.

 

   

        

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Group AGM 2019
28/05/2019 By Gary Sturrock

Friday 17th May and Leagrave Scout Group held its Annual General Meeting at Southfields Primary School.

The meeting started with a game show from the Young Leaders - 'Family Scouting Fortunes' and a lot of laughs rang out at some of the answers provided.

To commence the AGM properly the GSL John Rees announced the retirement for family reasons of our Chariman John Wilson. John we thank you for your service to the group and hope you will stay around and help out in the sections when you can.

John then announced that he had discussed with Syed Gilani to replace John as Group Chariman and he had agreed. So a big welcome to the Group Exec for Syed who acted as a parent representative prior to his appointment as Chairman. Congratulations.

Minutes of last meeting agreed and the usual agenda items were gone through before the presentations started. 

Gerald Law a recent recipient of the Bar to the Silver Acorn assited in presentaing the awards.

 

First came Beavers with the following winners:

Beaver of the Year:                 Joan Anderson

Most Improved Beaver:         Tyler Palmer

Fun & Friends:                        Vincent McClave

Improved Confidence:           Jayda Webb

Most Helpful Beaver:            Isabel Bideau

A medal for his acheivements in Beavers went to Bruce Jones.

Badger (Jacky) then asked all her leaders to come up and presented them with a small token of her thanks. 

 

Next came Cub Awards:

Cub of the Year:                     Callum Towler

Most Improved Cub:              Clayton Faraday & Joel Anderson

Best All Round Cub:              Maleah Francis

Best Behaved:                       Callum Stubbs & Jessica Bideau

David (a fill in for Cathy) then presented cub leaders with a small token of Cathy's thanks for their work during the year. 

 

Followed by Scout Awards:

Leaders Scout of the Year:   Georgia Bideau

Scouts Scout of the Year:     Fareed Gilani

Young Scout of the Year:      Arthur Gosk

Best Scout at Camp;             Faith Gazeley

Best Attitude to Scouting:    Sean Lynch

Gary then colled on all his leaders and thanked them for their assitance during the year with a small gift.

 

Next came Nigel for the Young Leader Awards:

Leaders Young Leader of the Year:                  Jordan Timms

Young Leaders Young Leader of the Year:      Daniel Denyer

 

John Rees then stood and presented his own award for work within the group to Alison Dewdney, out Group Secretary and a Cub Leader for her work during the year.

John then moved onto the Leader of the Year and due to a tie in votes the award for Leader of the Year went to 2 people; Nigel Timms and Gary Sturrock.

A large cake was then lit at stage side for Michael Waller for 30 years in scouting and Gary Sturrock for his 60th birthday.

Michael Waller was also applauded loudly by tlhe whole meeting for the award of his Silver Acorn. Congratulations Michael and very well deserved.

The AGM closed with the raffle where over 30 prizes were available and much needed funds raised for the group.     

Congratulations to all for a fantastic Year for the group and the youg people. Heres to another good one in 2019/20

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Cambridge Forward Incident Hike 2019
03/04/2019 By Gary Sturrock

Cambridge Forward Incident Hike 2019, 9th March @ Linton Village Hall, Cambridgeshire:

The results are in;

Leagrave Scout Troop sent 2 teams to take part in this event; 

Leagrave Scout Team A: Fareed Gilani, Joe Edwards, Sam Denyer & Jacub Kononowicz

Leagrave Scout Team B: Lauren Denyer, Morgan Campbell, Finlay McKay & Alex Lyddon.

Team A set off at 10.05 am and finished at 15.45 pm completing the route and incidents in 5 hrs 40 mins and gaining a total of 490 points

Team B set off at 09.23 am and finished at 16.45 pm completing the course in 7 hrs 18 mins and finishing with a score of 356 points.

The points totals gained by both teams gave them the following positions in the overall competition:

Leagrave Scout Team A: 3rd Place

Leagrave Scout Team B: 10th Place

Fantastic effort from both teams and congratulations especially to Team A lead by Fareed Gilani who finished 2nd in the Chaperoned event and 3rd Overall in the points competition.

 

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Adam Goodman Memorial Challenge 2019
02/04/2019 By Gary Sturrock

Adam Goodman Memorial Challenge 2019 and 20 young people and Leaders from Leagrave Scout Group along with 5 young people and leaders from Hydra ESU arrived to take part in this years challenge. Also present were Wigmore Valley, Strathmore and Lea amongst the 70 taking part.
All set up and the competition began with 1 team of Beavers, 1 team of Cubs and 2 teams of Scouts from Leagrave creating their water bottle rockets for the competition. 
After lunch the competition got under way with the design of each rocket being marked, then onto blast off by section.
The first part was for the furthest distance and if the rocket stayed intact.
Next came the highest rocket again with a check on the condition of the rocket.
Once the site had been cleaned up and the results checked, Yvonne and Sharon Goodman presented the trophies and flags to the winners. 
Longest flight went to Leagrave Scouts.
Wigmore Valley Group won the best designs for all sections.
Overall the Adam Goodman Memorial Flag this year went to Strathmore Blue Foxes, with Lea Scout Group second and Leagrave came in last of the 4 groups represented. 
Pictures of the day are shown below:

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Leagrave Scout Troop
Southfields Primary School, Pastures Way, Leagrave, Luton, Bedfordshire, Luton
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