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Welcome to the 1st Great Amwell Scout Group website.

Great Amwell Scouts is located on the edge of Ware in Hertfordshire.  We are a really enthusiastic and active group with two Beaver Colonies, two Cub Packs and a Scout Troop .

We meet on different nights through the week during school terms times at our HQ on London Road and form part of the nine groups that make up Ware and District Scouts.

Beavers (6 to 8 years)

Bears Colony:  Tuesday 17:30 to 18:45

Wolves Colony: Wednesday 17:30 to 18:45

Cubs (8 to 10½)

Leopards Pack: Tuesday 19:15 to 20:30

Otters Pack: Thursday 19:00 to 20:15

Scouts (10½ - 14 years)

Friday 19:30 to 21:30

 

To join our waiting list please follow the "Join us..." link on the right >

 

Please note: our Hall is unavailable for Private Bookings at this time. We are fortunate to have most of our available timeslots booked with regular clubs and other Youth Organisations; all other slots are used for Scouting and Guide events or to conduct routine maintenance. Thank you for your interest in our Hall.

 


 
Group Camp and AGM 2016 PDF Print E-mail

 

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The 20th to 22nd May 2016 saw a hive of activity at Group HQ with the Group Scout Camp following on from our AGM.  This Year the Theme for camp was Space.  The Cub Leaders engaged in a Star Wars Themed battle on their respective bases, with the Leopards joining the Dark Side, enticing the youngsters with the promise of cookies and then launching them firmly into space on an inflatable spaceship... well Ok, they launched them down a water slide not into space!  The Otter Jedis battled with the disturbance in the Force by recruiting everyone into the Jedi order and arming them all with lightsabres, having combat balance training on a slippery pole and then battling Deathstar pinatas.  R2D2 was taken hostage by the Darkside Leopards, but the Jedi Otters tried several rescue attempts, revenge for which saw a demise of the poor Wookie!  In between battles the kids were also entertained making and launching Bottle Rockets at the Scout Leader base, or designing their own space-themed solar system glow in the dark bags on the Beaver Leader base. 

We were very fortunate this year to also have a base run by a Team from Bayfordbury Observatory, University of Hertfordshire.  There were several interesting displays to explain how different colours seen in telescopes can tell us about the elements on other planets.  There was also a fantastic mobile planetarium, which the kids really loved.  We are very grateful to the Team from Bayfordbury for giving their time to us for free.

The rain mostly held off and the Cubs got to enjoy our new 6 man tents for the first time.  This year the Beavers stayed overnight too, enjoying a sleepover in pop-up tents within the hall. 

 

 

AGM reports summary:

Group Membership stands at 120 members and the Group is thriving financially due to regular booking contracts with our HQ, fundraising efforts and a strong Leadership team.

 

Beavers - Both Beaver sections joined several Annual District and Group Events, including the Ware Carnival, District Beaver sleepover, Activity Days, Easter Egg hunt, Tug-of-War, Christmas Carol Service, St George's Day Parade and the Remembrance Service. They all loved our joint weekend camping event, WaGAwood, which is run as a joint event with 3rd Ware at Thriftwood Scout Activity Centre, something they always want to do again.

Bears Beavers - 4 Leaders; Owl (Allison), Snail (Andy), Fox (Eve) and Mole (Mark) and 3 Young Leaders (Stick Insect, Bat and Otter) leading a full compliment of 24 Beavers.  New start and end of meeting ceremonies and a 'Beaver of the Month' scheme have seen the kids thrive with more enthusiasm.  The section has been busy enjoying a wide range of outdoor activities that our HQ location is perfect for.  As a special start of Summer Term treat, the Bears went to the Low Ropes and Zip Line course at Westmill farm.

Wolves Beavers - 2 Leaders; Ratti (Wendy), Vole (Lynn) and 3 Young Leaders (Fox, Cheetah and Chipmunk).  Cheetah (Oli) celebrated his 18th birthday this year and has agreed to stay on to help as a Section Assistant.  We also thank the Parent helpers who step up to help when we need extra adult support.  The Wolves have enjoyed a variety of activities including a trip to Rye Meads RSPB Nature Reserve and a visit from Guide Dogs.  We recieved a Gold Award for our entry in the Ware in Bloom Incredible Edible Challenge.

 

Cubs - Cubs also took part in several District Events, including Ware Carnival, Go Karts, Fun run, JOTI (Internet Jamboree), Swimming gala, The Wild Goose competition, Night Hike, Founders Day event and the highly competitive Oxley Shield Challenge. 

Otters Cub Pack:  5 Leaders; Shere Khan (Colin), Mowgli (Rob, the new Akela for the section), Rama (Vince), Raksha (Mandy) and Hathi (Rob) plus 2 Young Leaders.  The Otters were responsible for HQ needing a new Trophy cabinet with winning the Go Karting, the Fun Run and the top prize of the Oxley Shield.  Their Leaders also led and orgainsed the Carnival entry which resulted in Best Youth Entry and Best Overall.  They have also engaged in a number of traditional scouting activities, including a summer camp at HQ as well as visits to Bayfordbury Obervatory and Hertford Fire Station.

Leopards Cub Pack: 5 Leaders; Akela (Michelle), Ferao (John), Mang (Austin), Chil (Keith) and Shada (Pearl) plus 3 Young Leaders.  The Leopards have also enjoyed a wide range of activities including an up close night with some Birds of Prey, shelter making and a Police Visit.  The Leopards are also engaged with the Million Hands project which aims to unite scouting members into helping with other community projects, Leopards are focussing on Disability issues.

 

Scouts - 8 Leaders; Richard, Pete, Anthony, Neil, Stuart, Phil, Fraser and Graham.  With upto 45 Scouts the activities are often spread out over several weeks with the Group being broken down into smaller numbers for each activity.  The group enjoy many traditional Scouting activities involving Fires, walks and wood.  They have learnt survival skills including skinning rabbits, first aid and orienteering.  They enjoyed Night Hikes, a Cycle ride, Map work, Pioneering and fire making as well as joining in with the Million Hands project focussing on Disabilities.  They entered District competitions of the Raft Race, Green Beret Challenge, Swimming Gala, District Bowls (winning the 1st Place Trophy), District Cooking Competition and the Light Weight Hike. 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:35
 
Oxley Shield 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Congratulations to the Otters Team for winning the 2015 Oxley Shield Challenge!

 

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The Cubs Oxley Shield Trophy was presented to the District in 1929 by Commander Oxley of Wareside to be used in an Annual Challenge.  Originally, the Challenge took place as just a 1-day event, but in more recent years has incorporated an overnight camping element.  Each section within the District enter a team of 6 cubs comprising of 2 Cubs from each age group (i.e. 8, 9 and 10 year olds).  The teams perform a series of Scouting related tasks throughout the day and earn points for their knowledge and skills as well as for general behaviour and teamwork.  It is a very difficult challenge to win; this is the first time in 10 years since the Trophy has come back to Great Amwell!

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 20:28
 
Beaver Sleepover 2015 PDF Print E-mail

sleepover2015 012 Beavers from the Wolves colony joined in with around 50 other Beavers at the Annual District Beaver Sleepover event.  The event is only open to our 7+ year old members and so the Beavers tend to only get the chance to attend once during their time as a Beaver.   This year's theme was "Medieval" and throughout the course of the evening they made shields, helmets, tabbards and prepared items from which a castle and moat grew overnight.  They also iced some shield shaped biscuits which they got to eat with their hot chocolate as a snack before bedtime.

After the fun, they settled down in their sleeping bags and watched some short stories before lights out at around 11:30pm.  Most began to settle around midnight but there were some inevitable sugar highs, toilet trips and ones who just took longer to wind down.   Between 6:00 and 6:30am they began to stir.  They enjoyed a hearty breakfast of fruit juice, cereals, crumpets, toast and jam/honey. They had all learnt a song too for which they took to the stage on Saturday morning to entertain their Parents prior to heading home.  Their bleary-eyed smiles showed that they had all enjoyed their mini-adventure away from home, for many it was their first night alone away from their families.  Some of the Leaders stayed up all night while others grabbed a few hours of napping... I know I wasn't the only one who slept on Saturday daytime to recover!

 
2015 here we come! PDF Print E-mail

A new year begins.  We welcome our new members to the group - we have over a dozen new Beavers in recent months.  Seeing the new little faces in comparison with the ones who are ready for the move to Cubs makes me realise just how much they have grown in their 2 years, both in stature and confidence.   Sadly we say goodbye to one of our Bears Leaders, Sam aka Badger has an exciting new job which means she no longer has the time to help in her role as Assistant Beaver Scout Leader.

The Autumn term was packed with great activities across all our sections:

Our Beavers had fun at our annual family WaGAwood camp at the Thriftwood activity centre in Brentwood; a joint weekend camp with 3rd Ware Beavers with a great range of fun activites providing our parents with some much welcomed quality time with their Beaver.  The Beavers were also busy with a range of other activites including hikes and games, a visit to Scotts Grotto, ropemaking and paracord sessions, campfires, a phototrail and the usual Scouting basics.  The Wolves hosted a fundraising Cafe for family and friends and raised a whopping £142.35 for Children in Need.  The Christmas lead-up saw fun with parties, making Christmas decorations for the tree display in Leeside Church on Dickensian Evening and the District Christmas Carol Service at Christchurch.  

The Cubs enjoyed activiies ranging from climbing wall sessions, the Joti internet Jamboree, pioneering, bush trails and skinning rabbits, a trip to a WWII bunker or to the observatory at Haileybury.  Around remembrance day, some of the Cubs met a veteran called "Buster" - his story had them all captivated.  Halloween saw a night hike and sleepover at HQ, with spooky games muddy boots and mucky faces it looked like lots of fun. The Cubs joined the Beavers with the Christmas Carols at Christchurch and making Christmas decorations for Dickensian evening - their display looked brilliant.  They also enjoyed an evening of Carols around the campfire.  

Scouts also had a session at a Climbing wall and enjoyed a range of Scouting basics from pulling a car to orienteering, night hikes and pioneering.  Their preparations set them in good stead for the Hertfordshire Scouts Green Beret challenge at Phasels Wood activity centre.  They ended the Term with an Ice Skating session at Van Hages.

The year's activities have already got off to a great start, Burn's night almost took on a new meaning for the Cubs who sampled some Haggis and Tattie Scones last week... the doors and windows were all wide open to prevent the smoke from the frying pans triggering an inpromtu visit from the fire birgade!

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:27
 
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