Broughton Gifford Scouts are off Stateside

Two Broughton Gifford Scouts have been selected to join the Wiltshire contingent at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia in the US in the Summer of 2019. Twin brothers George and William Lister attended a selection weekend in early October with 109 others where they were tested on their scouting and teamwork skills. They were chosen to join the final team of 45 to represent Wiltshire and will join 39,998 other scouts from around the world in a week of activities, fun and festivities at the Summit Bechtel Reserve

They now need to get busy raising nearly £4,000 each to fund the trip (they are not only funding themselves, but also aiding a Scout from a developing nation to attend) so don’t be surprised if you see the odd fundraising event organised over the coming months. Clean car anyone….??

Hut gets a makeover

The hut is in the middle of getting a spruce up in getting some rotten boards fixed and then a coat of wood preserver. Did you know our lovely hut was once an MOD First Aid building on Salisbury Plain.

Many thanks to the Melksham Area Board for their support in funding this project

Thank you

Thank you for the nearly 10,000 Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers. We were able to “buy” sports equipment, kitchen equipment and a couple of camp table.

Scouts Clean up at Annual Karting Competition

The Scout section recently swept up at the 2017 district competition with “Chariot on Fire” winning the overall timed trials (also setting a new course record – not bad for a set of recycled pram wheels) and “The Coffin Dodgers” the constructors’ championship. Well done Scouts and watch the video here

Scouts Karting

Camping kings

20160925_171303000_iOSA group of Scouts from 1st Broughton Gifford & Holt Scout Group triumphed recently in the West Wilts District Maurice Gullis Camping Competition.

The six boys – Curly, Harvey, Alex, Digger, William H and G – demonstrated outstanding teamwork, organisation and cooking, as well as succeeding in a range of challenges. Of particular note was the way the team pulled together and the quality of the meals they cooked on an open fire. The competition has been run since the 1920s in memory of a Scout who loved camping. This was the first time we’ve entered.

Our Chil scoops the prize

We’re proud as punch to announce that our very own Chil has been named Melksham’s Person of the Year, 2015 by Melksham News. Of course we all already know how wonderful she is, but now everyone else knows, too! Thank you to everyone who took the time to cast a vote.

Chil, aka Anne Cranham in real life, has been involved with Broughton Gifford and Holt Scouts for the last 37 years, since becoming Chair of the Executive Committee in 1978. She remains our Chair, but is now also Assistant Beaver Leader (since stepping in as a temporary leader in 1999) and wears other hats within the group, not least Chief Cook and Bottle Washer at numerous events, fundraising ventures and camps every year and Hider and Keeper of the lolly sticks for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Common. Beyond BG&H she overseas all the district Beaver colonies as ADC – Assistant District Commissioner – organising many joint opportunities for fun for the young people, from the annual New Year Party to the frankly crazy district sleepover at Boomerang. An ADC does not usually also work directly with the young people in a group, but dedicates his or her time to organising larger events within the district. Chil somehow manages to do both.

She has an amazing skill to motivate children and gives them just the help and encouragement they need to do things for themselves, even things that, in every day life, might be considered beyond their ability. She enriches lives and helps children to discover interests and talents that they didn’t know they had. But she is also an amazing support and inspiration to the other leaders in the group, always ready to offer advice to someone when they are daunted by a new challenge.

As well as hut sleepovers, the biennial Beavers expedition to Brownsea Island and our annual Group Camp, Chil is also an invaluable presence at the annual week’s Scout Camp – not a soft option when it’s a greenfield site with no services or facilities in the Brecons in the rain! Her campfires are legendary. Chil knows all the best songs and she can get the shyest child or moodiest teenager involved and singing along – children are still singing the song weeks after a camp.

Of course, there is lots of hard work in the background that makes it possible for us all to have all this fun. The fundraising efforts Chil drives are vital to the group’s financial security and without these extra funds subscriptions would be substantially higher, and potentially out of reach for some families whose children benefit from the activities and experiences offered by the Scout movement.

Whenever something needs repairing, costumes need to be produced for a Christmas show or templates made for a craft session, Chil is there. For more ‘industrial’ jobs, like making a BBQ or repairing the generator, the long-suffering Mr Chil is roped in.

She is that rare mix of dependability, loyalty, dedication and selflessness. And the children respect and love her.

Give us a B … R … A … V … O ……!!

Cooking up a win for BGH Scout Group

Scouts cooking competition winnersA team of BGH Scouts has scooped first prize in the district’s Best of British Cooking Competition.

Dermot, Ellen, William H and William K (right) wowed the judges with their menu of coronation chicken, fish & chips and Eton Mess.

Comments from the judges included that the coronation chicken was “to die for” (let’s hope not!) and they particularly liked William H’s origami table decorations.

Two weeks before the competition, the Scouts held a trial run for the whole troop. Some delicious dishes – as well as some interesting experiments! – emerged. Photos of the night are here.

Scout camp will never be the same…

Hardy woodlanders brave gale-force winds

Jubilee Woods work dayWell done to the dozen brave members and parents who turned up on Saturday for the work day in Jubilee Woods.

Despite horizontal rain and gale-force winds, we managed to clear a good length of ditch, using the hazel we felled as material to build a boundary fence to try and stop the cows munching the trees.

As it turned out, and despite Kaa’s intrepid claims to the contrary, there was such a thing as the wrong weather as proceedings were curtailed early because of the risk of venturing deep into the woods in such high winds. Apologies to anyone who may have turned up in the afternoon to find the site deserted.

Jubilee Woods is looking good now and we hope to use it for camping trips this year – in somewhat better weather.