Woodhouse Eaves received a surprise visit and some fantastic news at their most recent meeting. The Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts could not contain their excitement when they found out that they had won a competition prize of £100,000 to build their dream Scout HQ.
Woodhouse Eaves was announced as the winner of the Building Futures competition – a collaboration between the UK Scouts Association and the Shanly Foundation, the charitable arm of the developer, the Shanly Group.
The Building Futures competition, backed by Chief Scout Bear Grylls, invited Groups across the country to design their ideal meeting place with the chance of winning the funds to build it. Groups were judged on the features that would make their meeting place sustainable, accessible and of use to the local community.
The Woodhouse Eaves group has been without a permanent meeting place for two years after the hall they were using was demolished. The group’s leaders have been working tirelessly to ensure that each week the 120 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are still able to hold their meetings in various community centres, hired rooms, garages and parents’ outbuildings.
Their submission not only tugged on the heartstrings of the judges but impressed them with their sustainable and realistic designs which included a climbing wall and campfire area.
On receiving the £100,000 cheque, Jane Cameron, Group Scout Leader said: “This is unbelievable – I can’t put into words how much this means to us. We’ve been doing our best to keep the Group going from meeting places across the county, but it has been a struggle. With this money means we can store our own kit, put pictures on the wall and have campfires whenever we want. We’re a resourceful bunch here at Woodhouse Eaves and so can’t wait to get our hard hats on and get cracking!”
The competition saw almost 100 entries which were judged by the Scouts Association and trustees of the Shanly Foundation. On choosing Woodhouse Eaves as the main prize winner, Michael Shanly, chairman of the Shanly Foundation and former Scout, commented: “What really struck us with the Woodhouse Eaves’ submission was their drive and passion to deliver the project having proven their fundraising skills and resources to make their dream HQ a reality.”
“With 120 members, we were seriously impressed that the group had been able to maintain their weekly meetings from various venues and it was clear that the whole group had been involved in the plans for the HQ. The design itself was practical and sensible yet innovative and attractive – something the whole community will benefit from.”
“We were overwhelmed with the number and the quality of submissions to the Building Futures competition. The interest in the initiative shows how incredibly important meeting places are to the success and sustainability of Scouting. These are not just buildings but a place where young people can come together to plan adventures and learn new skills that are so important for adult life. We see our donation as an investment in their future and the future of many Scouts to come.”
“We will be following Woodhouse Eaves progress every step of the way, from breaking ground to topping out, and look forward to being invited to their first campfire!”
Last weekend saw the 5 hut challenge, with Scouts and Explorers hiking to 5 different Scout Huts and taking part in different challenges.
It was a fantastic event and all the young people enjoyed the challenge.
What an action packed weekend! Saturday saw over 200 Beavers descend and a day of fun of adventure began!
The Beavers took part in many different activities such as bouncy castles with a special disco castle , grass sledging, making flying ships, marshmallow toasting and super popular Jungle trail!
Joining in all the fun was the mischievous Charlie Charnwood who ensured that everyone had a smile on their face.
In the evening the Beavers enjoyed a campfire with lots of singing and dancing and lots of investitures around the campfire too, including a whole new Beaver colony - Barrow Allison Beavers.
On the Sunday it was the turn of the Cubs to have there big birthday blowout!
They too took part in a a huge range of activities, similar to the Beavers but they had a special activity, the gun carriages where they had to work as a team to get their cannon up the hill to fire the balloon.
The Cubs also had a campfire where they too sang silly songs, had investitures and sang happy birthday before heading home with cake and a party bag... the perfect end to one amazing weekend.
The rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirts of Beavers and Cubs from the District this weekend, as they took part in their annual ‘It’s a Knockout’ fun day! Each Beaver Colony and Cub Pack in the District competed against each other around a fantastic course of inflatable obstacles to collect points for their group.
Each round became more of a challenge as the Beavers and Cubs went from the inflatable slide to the bouncy obstacle course. Jack Gunbobbin, 8 from Mountsorrel told us all about his experience: “I’ve been first twice! I felt proud of myself because there was like 9 rounds so I was quite lucky to be first twice. My favourite part is probably the race that I did because we did all three of the bouncy castles, and jumping in the paddling pool; that was really fun as well. Its good because you get all wet then you have to collect a ball and go round all the inflatables again whilst holding a ball and whilst wet so it was really fun”.
Of course it wasn’t just the young people competing – a Beaver Scout Leader and a Cub Scout Leader from each group also competed in the it’s a Knockout Challenge! A fun and enjoyable day was had by all. Congratulations to the Winning groups; Rothley Beavers and Sileby Cubs.
It is great sadness that we have to tell you that Anne Lewis MBE has gone home.
Anne has been a member of the Rearsby Scout Group and celebrated their 50th Birthday. She has been a supportive member of Charnwood District, being the Districts Leader Training Manager supporting new Leaders with their training. Anne also had a County role of DofE Coordinator, working with the young people and their Leaders to help them complete the DofE Awards.
Anne will be missed by everyone across the District. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.
‘We are the Romans, the Charnwood Romans, wearing our armour and our togas!’
In celebration of St Georges Day, Charnwood District held a Roman-themed camp at Rough Close Campsite! Beginning with a campfire, the Scouts and Explorer Scouts from the District took part in songs and created their own Sketches, including a St Georges Day re-enactment.
As hundreds of Beaver Scouts arrived the following morning for a fun-filled day of activities, the Cub Scouts jumped on the bus for an exciting trip to Warwick Castle! Throughout the weekend the young people took part in a large variety of activities, including Land Zorbing, Archery, Human Hungry Hippos, and Inflatable Activities, which was visited by the Mayor of Charnwood.
Explorer Scouts Shona, Josh and Will described the Human Hungry Hippos as ‘exhilarating, breath-taking and competitive!’. It was certainly a camp to remember, as Mathew Holms from Mountsorrel Beavers described the event as the ‘best Beaver day ever!’
Congratulations to two of our Leaders who have been recognized nationally for the work they have done locally.
Anne Lewis MBE (District Training Manager) has been awarded the Bar to the Silver Acorn
Andrew Caunt (District Cub Leader) has been awarded the Award for Merit.
On behalf of the District we would like to congratulate them on gaining these awards and thank them for all the work they have done in the District and will continue to do.
Forget Leicester City and Jamie Vardy, it's all about Charnwood District's football legends.
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers came together for the District football tournament, with tense heats, close semi-finals and nail biting finals it was one very exciting day.
Everyone played at their best and it really showed with only a few points separating the teams, but ultimately only one team from each section could be crowned the champions.
So here are this years champions:
Beavers - Rothley A Team
Cubs - Quorn Wednesday
Scouts/Explorers - Explorers
Well done to our winners and everyone who took part.
On 23rd February 1976, the 7th registration of a group named 40th Leicester was registered with the
Scouts Association. This group based at Anstey & Newtown Linford, celebrated their 40th birthday,
with over 200 guests of current and previous members.
Guests enjoyed a hog roast, drinks and music throughout the evening, with the games area being
well used by the young people. The alumni was well supported with lots of old memorabilia and photographs.
All previous members were presented with our birthday badge by Heather Savage who has been part of the group since it opened, with all current members will proudly be wearing the birthday badge on their kneckers.
The group also has a birthday camp planned for May.
It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Dot Wilkes has gone home.
She has been in Scouting since she was 15 years old and has helped hundreds of young people and adults on their Scouting adventure as part of Syston Scout group, Charnwood District and Leicestershire County.
Out thoughts are with Dot's family and friends at this time.