2nd Uxbridge (St Margarets) Scout Group is a thriving Group providing Scouting in North Uxbridge. It is one of the largest Groups in the County and meets at Gatting Way, off Park Road in Uxbridge, Middlesex. The Group regularly enters District competitions such as the coveted Stilwell Shield camping competition for Scouts, the White Trophy for the Cubs and the CARQ for Beavers. We are open to boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 60! If you would like to join the Group email GroupScoutLeader@2ndUxbridge.org or just come along one evening.
Stephen Leighs Group Scout Leader
Beavers 6 – 8 years Thursdays 6.15pm to 7.45pm
Cubs 8 – 10 1/2 years Tuesdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Scouts 10 1/2 – 14 years Fridays 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Explorers 14 – 18 years Mondays 8.00pm to 10.00pm
Last week, the Beavers wrapped up warm for a traditional campfire, complete with plenty of games and of course, songs!
In keeping with tradition, on Remembrance Sunday, November 10th, representatives from the 2nd Uxbridge Scout Group joined the local community and other groups for a special service at St Margarets Church. As with previous years, it was great to see such a large number of people attending to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
Simeon Keenan, our Scout Leader and Nicola Gilbody, our Cub Scout Leader (Akela) were both invited to the Hillingdon Borough Volunteer Awards last Tuesday 17th November held at Uxbridge College Hayes campus. They both received Volunteer Awards from the Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr. George Cooper. Congratulations and well done to both of them.
This year the scouts travelled north, to Beaudesert Park in Staffordshire. It is a large woodland site in Cannock Wood. The scouts enjoyed a wide variety of activities including Via Ferrata in a disused quarry, Ice cream making, a night hike and even a day out at Alton Towers!
The weather was varied as ever on a scout camp, but mostly dry and sunny, with a few heavy showers and plenty of mud to boot. Despite this the scouts, many of whom this was their first summer camp, got stuck in and certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Special thanks go to Tony for shuttling us all over the place with the Minibus, despite not actually camping with the scouts.
Our Beavers recently had an evening where they made poppies to use in St Margaret’s Church. Each poppy carried the name of a service man from Uxbridge who fell during the First World war. The poppies were to take to the Church and would be laid on the altar table at the Remembrance Day service. Below are some photographs from the Beaver meeting which also show six Beavers being invested at the end of the evening.
As is traditional, on remembrance Sunday representatives from the whole of 2nd Uxbridge Scout Group joined the local community and other community groups for the remembrance service at St Margarets Church. Due to this year being the 100th Anniversary of the breakout of WW1, a parade was arranged from the RAF base, through the town centre and on to the memorial at Marjacks Roundabout. It was great to see such a large number of people out to honour our fallen service men and service women.
This year’s summer camp took place at Ferny Crofts Scout activity centre.
The week started well with weather staying very pleasant for us to set up our tents. This was after we had to wait an hour to get onto the campsite! Saturday is a busy day for new arrivals, so we sat and had our lunches whilst the congestion went down.
Tents went up at a… leisurely pace and by the time they were done everyone was ready for some food. The standard of cooking was very good throughout the week, especially considering the number of scouts who were on their first camp.
Our first rain arrived on Monday, and it really let us know it was there! By the end of Tuesday everybody had we clothes to deal with and we had to pick up and move a patrol tent after its former location was suddenly below the water level! Another patrol tent was protected by some hasty digging to create a deep soakaway area. After the tents had been dealt with, our ever-energetic (and penguin-loving) young leaders set to work in the drying tent. It was a thankless task, with 4 gas burners being used to get the inside hot and dry out kit, but over the next 24 hours they rotated wet clothes in and dry clothes out, so that everyone had dry clothes once again.
Among the activities of the week were a night hike, a cycle ride through the forest, rifle shooting, crate stacking and several others. The sun finally returned to us on our last day so that we could pack away mostly dry tents!! The journey home was uneventful and hopefully all the scouts went home happy and worn out (I know us leaders did!)