25th August Scouts Newsletter

Welcome Back!

I hope you have all had a good holiday and are raring to go for the new term.
Also welcome to the new scouts that have just joined us.

New Start Time
For now on Scouts will start at 7:30pm and finish at 9:15pm.
Juniper Green Church Hall – Hall 1 – Woodhall Avenue.

This is to accommodate leaders availability.

About Us
For those who are new to the 172nd Pentland Scouts I thought it might be worth introducing ourselves.
Currently we have 3 leaders:

Chris Welch – Scout Leader
I am the scout leader and have been with the 172nd Troop for 10 years.
I have been Scout Leader since 2002. Prior to 2002 I was Assistant Scout Leader.
Before joining the 172nd Troop I was an Assistant Scout leader in a group in Longstone for 7 years.
We have ran very many varied activities over the years and always try to get out and about as much as possible.
Some highlights include travelling to Holland and The Czech Republic, camping at -6 degrees Celsius, camping up the Ochil Hills.

Kirsty Smith – Assistant Scout Leader.
Kirsty has been with us for 4 years. Prior to joining scouts she was a Guide leader.
If there is any questions regarding payments for anything Kirsty should be the first point of contact.

Robert Candy – Assistant Scout Leader
Robert has been in the 172nd Scout Group since he was a beaver, and is always at scout events.

Neill Sinclair – Group Scout Leader
Neill has been Group Scout Leader since 2002. Prior to that he was Scout Leader.
Although he is not actually part of the Scout Leader Team, Neill very regularity is involved in the Scout nights and at camps.

Festival Camp 08
From the feedback I have received the summer camp at “Festival 08” in Fordel Firs, everyone had a great time. Lots of activities, friends, and fun were had.
All of the 172nd Pentland scouts that attended the camp have gained the Creative Challenge Badge.
We also gained the reputation of being the loudest sub-camp on site!
You can see the photos from camp on our website – http://www.172scouts.com

This Term
There are many activities in the planning stage for this term. Some of the possibles are Swimmers badge, mountain biking, Laser Quest anyone?, camping, and new challenge badges.

Fund Raising

It is at this time of year that we ask everyone in the Scout Group (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorers) to help with some significant fund raising.

We have 2 events that compromise our main fund raising for the year.

These are Scout Post and a Bag Pack. You may say, “but we already provide funding via the annual subscriptions”. The majority of subscriptions we ask for goes towards registration and insurance to the Scout Association. That means that if we want to run all the great activities throughout the year at a reasonable cost then we need to do fund raising.

The dates for fund raising will be communicated shortly.

Scout Post

I would like to ask that all scouts are involved in collecting/delivering Scout Post in December. This year we have managed to swap the Commiston area for Baberton. There are several other areas in Edinburgh that we deliver to.

Scout post can raise approximately £500 – £600.

Bag Pack

The other event that we do is a bag pack in one of the supermarkets. Once again I would like to ask all scouts to be involved in this. The more people we have available the better the fund raising is. I would also like to ask all parents/guardians to come along and help too since more adults can be useful.

We only ask you to do a 2 hour slot over the 6 hours that we do the bag packing for.

We can raise between £500 and £1000 depending on the number of checkouts manned.

Contact Information
Chris Welch – Scout Leader
Email: chris@172scouts.com

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