On Saturday 24 October and also Saturday 7 November this year 77th Bradgate Scouts have once again given up their time to remember those that have lost their lives, or have been wounded during the 2 world wars and recent conflicts, by helping the Anstey British Legion with the Poppy Appeal by selling poppies at the Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre.

Over the two Saturdays each Scout did a 2 hour slot  in conjunction with members from the Legion to sell poppies, badges etc to raise much need funds This year the sum raised by the Scouts was a grand total of £651.11, which was far and above any of their expectations.

Mr Graham Baum of The Anstey Branch of the Legion personally came along to the Scouts meeting last Monday to present them with a certificate of thanks for their efforts.

Paul Smith, our District Commissioner also congratulated the Bradgate Scouts on achieving such a large sum over the short period of time. He commented ‘The time given up by the scouts shows that the young people within the district do put something back into our community to raise such a brilliant amount for those that gave up their lives so we can do what we do’

The picture shows Graham and Mary from the Anstey British Legion with the 77th Bradgate Scouts showing off their certificate of thanks for their time and effort.
Ever wondered what its like to be a spy? Sneaking around like an MI6 agent? Well the Wilford Cub Pack at Barrow did just that!

They spent a night being spies, writing secret coded messages in invisible ink, cracking enemy codes and sneaking into the secret base to catch the evil villain - The District Commissioner! 

The Cubs had a fantastic evening but that's all we can say as everything else is Top Secret! ... But we do have some highly classified photos below.
East Goscote Scouts visited Caterpillar® Learning and Inspiration Centre at Desford in over two weeks in November.  

The Centre is run in conjunction Birmingham Metropolitan College and provides engineering apprenticeships for young people. The college gave a short talk about the history of Caterpillar® and about the different types of machinery made by the firm. 

Then came the hands on activities!  The Scouts learnt how to assemble a brake pedal and connect up the electrics to the brake light. 

 There was also a tour of the factory and a chance to learn about production lines. How much did the Scouts remember when they did the Lego challenge at the end of the evening?.....

Sitting in a Backhoe Loader in the Visitor Centre gave the Scouts a sense of the scale of these machines. 

Even the big kids enjoyed themselves! 

The final challenge of the evening was for each team to build as many Lego diggers as possible in 5 minutes. Scouts had to work together to form a production line and create the finished diggers to the exact specification. This got very competitive!

And the winning team managed to complete all seven diggers exactly to the specification and
within the time allowed!! No mean feat as it is definitely harder than it looks.  A very big thank you to Michael from BMC and to Mick, Adam, Phil & Andy from Caterpillar for their
time and their willingness to share their expertise.  The Scouts had a fab evening learning about
Technology and Engineering and who knows we may have some budding apprentices among them. 

After a Successful  all leaders meeting where we looked at what we achieved over the past year, such as new equipment, international camps to Ardeche and Japan. 

We also looked ahead at what was coming in 2016, with the Beavers 30th Birthday, Cubs celebrating 100 years and the biggest thing to come to the District.... Charlie Charnwood!!
Charlie Charnwood will be going around the District to visit Beavers and Cubs at events.. Maybe even the Explorers too! 

Below you can see the video played at the all leaders meeting: