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Lock and Load

October 2021

Our two scout troops, Merlin and Blackhawk, had a joint Paintball activity at Delta Force.
Pitted against each other in friendly matches, they engaged in combat in a number of different scenarios. There was capture the flag, capture the head(!) and a last man standing free for all.
We were blessed with lovely sunny October weather too!

Cub Fire

If you go down to the woods...

September 2021

The Lynx Cub Pack went to the woods by Sand Bay for an evening of games.
They sat around the camp fire singing songs and then toasted marshmallows as the light dimmed.
They had loads of fun just running about together.
And why do they always find a stick to wave around?!

Forest skills

Forest Skills

September 2021

As the summer holidays draw to a close, our sections are planning for the Autumn term.
Blackhawk scout troop had a forest skills session in the woods. They played a few games, lit a few fires and cooked bananas stuffed with chocolate and marshmallows.
Many more adventures have been planned for the coming months!

Summer Camp

Merlin Troop Summer Camp

August 2021

'Merlin' scout troop were finally able to get away for a few days to camp in the Gordano Valley.
There was lots to do on site including pedal carts, snookball, obstacle course, wide games and open fire cooking. We even played a few games of Lazer Tag.
We hiked to Cadbury Camp (followed by some horses) where we ate a picnic.
It was fun chilling by the campfire too, singing songs and telling scary stories!
We are looking forward to hearing about 'Blackhawk' troop's adventures soon.

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Scout in a kayak

More time on the water

May 2021

The 'Merlin' scouts enjoyed two sessions of kayaking on Clevedon Marine Lake.
Clevedon Marine Active ran the sessions for us, teaching basic paddling skills and a few games.
We had lovely weather for our first week. The light rain during our second week wasn't enough to dampen our spirits!
Our other sections are looking forward to having their turn in the coming weeks.

Cubs on Zoom

Keeping in touch online

March 2021

We have all had a difficult year. Although we were able to meet face to face briefly in the Autumn last year, the bulk of our meetings have been online.
But all six of our sections have risen to the challenge. Amongst other activities we have had Zoom sessions where we have cooked lasagne, cake in a mug and tasty biscuits. We have drawn, painted, sculpted and constructed.
We have completed badges by learning about science, astronomy, nature and martial arts.
As we start to meet in person again over the coming months, hopefully we will remember the best of our virtual time together!

Frisbee Golf

Getting Back Together

September 2020

Our sections are slowly starting to meet again after the long break.
We have had hikes, visits to the beach, crabbing, chip shop challenges and frisbee golf!
We are looking forward to more activities, outside as much as possible, as we ease back into our scouting life.
It is lovely to see the smiling faces of our sections again in person!

Virtual Easter Camp

Virtual Easter Camp

10 April 2020

Being unable to go away as a troop due to the government restrictions, we held a 'Virtual Camp'.
On Friday evening, we prepared our hot chocolate for a Zoom campfire. We tried singing, but the time lag made this a bit tricky.
So we had a chat and swapped stories. The scouts then slept in their tents at home. Some were shelters built in the house and a few slept outside in their tents in the garden.
In the morning, the scouts cooked breakfast for their families. A couple of them took part in the 'Toilet Roll Keepy Uppy Challenge' and provided video evidence!



14 March 2020

Merlin scout troop joined scouts from all around Avon county for a competition to test their skills and ingenuity!
We entered three teams who moved from base to base completing various challenges. Some of these got them pretty wet!
We didn't walk off with the trophy, but we were able to join in the mass camp fire and taught the other scouts and guides one of our campfire songs.

New Years Day Walk

Strolling into the New Year

1st January 2020

It has become a bit of a tradition on our scout group to go for a gentle walk on New Year's Day. 2020 is no exception.
Cubs, scouts, leaders and parents got together to walk at Uphill Nature Reserve.
We enjoyed the exercise and being able to catch up with each other after the Christmas break!

Scouts Christmas Camp

Gingerbread houses and more...

1st / 7th December 2019

Both scout troops had their separate Christmas Camps this year. Merlin troop had a zipwire session and enjoyed playing games in the woods. Blackhawk troop did a bit of electronics, which included soldering circuits. They all got a chance to build and decorate gingerbread houses, with varying degrees of success!
Both troops enjoyed a proper Christmas dinner and received gifts.

Beavers Christmas Camp

Beavers' Christmas Camp

23rd & 24th November 2019

Wildcat beavers had an activity packed weekend for their Christmas Camp. Amongst other activities, they wrapped presents, made cards, moulded clay, created reindeer food parcels (environmentally friendly), played games, prepared dinner and sang Christmas carols around the camp fire! They enjoyed a full Christmas dinner and wrote their letters to Father Christmas.
Although it was a tiring weekend, not much sleep was to be had on Saturday night!

Kip on a Ship

Kip on a Ship

1 November 2019

Our Sea King Cub Pack visited London for the weekend. They slept on the WW2 war ship HMS Belfast. During the weekend, they took many tube journeys visiting places such as The Tower of London, The London Eye, St Jame's Park and 10 Downing Street.

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Kip on a Ship

Jamboree on the Internet!

19 October 2019

Both scout troops attended the District JOTA-JOTI event.

They contacted scouts around the world, tried a bit of world cooking and created electrical circuits.

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Scouts October Camp

Crates, Arrows and Conkers

4 October 2019

Merlin troop held an activity camp at Woodhouse Park. We had activities including crate stacking, archery and the adventure course. We also took a hike to meet a local scout troop who fed us hot dogs and taught us some new games and a great new camp fire song, which we have been practising! Back on site, we played a new wide game which involved hunting Big Foot!

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Cub Railway Camp

Steam Train to Minehead

27 September 2019

Sea King Cubs took a steam train trip to Minehead on their late Summer Camp. They did a treasure hunt along the sea front, finishing up at a restaurant where they ate lasagne! After that, they played a round of crazy golf and found time for the obligatory visit to the local shops and amusements. Back on site, they tried out some woodland skills including fire lighting, whittling and den building.

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Scout Summer Camp

Surfing in Devon!

12 August 2019

Both scout troops joined forces to go to Devon for a surf camp. As well as hitting the beach, they did a bit of climbing, tackled the obstacle course, built dens and played in the river. We also took an unscheduled day trip to Arlington Court!

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District Raft Race

Racing Rafts on Marine Lake

30 June 2019

Both scout troops took the plunge and entered teams in this year's District Raft Race. We have never taken part before and didn't quite know what to expect. Would we fail miserably and have to be fished out of the water, or would we be victorious. The scouts tried some innovative designs for the respective rafts, settling eventually on a mainly standard format. We certainly didn't disgrace ourselves. All four rafts floated and we even managed to win a race in one of the heats. We are definitely interested in taking part again next year!

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Cub Cycle Camp

Taking the Strawberry Line

1 June 2019

Sea King cubs took to their bikes to ride the Strawberry Line. Previously a railway line, this track took them from Yatton Station through to Cheddar. Once there, we camped at Cheddar Scout Hut and spent the afternoon around the town of Cheddar. Being cubs, a visit to the gift and sweet shops were a must. That pocket money just had to be spent! It was a bit rainy for the cycle home, but nobody complained!

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10th Birthday Party

We are 10 years old!

11 May 2019

From humble beginnings ten years ago, our scout group has grown into the six large sections that we have today. Running exciting and varied programmes, camping and getting out and about on adventures. We had a party on Saturday where we undertook loads of team challenges and prepared a unique version of 'A Million Dreams' to perform to the parents when they arrived in the evening for the barbecue. All in all, a great day of celebration. Well done to the beavers, cubs and scouts for joining in and to our fabulous leadership team and executive committee for making it all happen!

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Scout Easter camp

Easter Eggstravaganza

19 April 2019

Merlin scouts took a trip to Bishops Lydeard for their Easter Camp this year. We caught the steam train to Dunster and walked up to the castle from the station, stopping for lunch on the way. At the castle, we took part in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Back on camp, we lit fires, made pea shooters and played with nerf guns! Much chocolate was consumed during the weekend...of course.

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Beaver Space Camp

Beavers head into space!

22 March 2019

Wildcat Beavers had a camp themed around 'space'. They visited Techniquest and had loads of science and space inspired bases. They launched rockets, hunted for aliens, decorated cakes and carried out a few scientific experiments amongst other things. All of these activities counted towards more badges for their uniforms!

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New Year Walk

Strolling in the New Year

1 January 2019

A new year walk has become a bit of a tradition in our group. Some of our cubs, scouts and leaders turned up for a gentle amble through a local nature reserve. We were blessed with nice sunny weather, which contributed to a pleasant hour and a half blowing away the post Christmas cob webs. We are now looking forward to meeting up next week for the start of our new programme of activities for 2019!

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Christmas Camp

Christmas comes early for the scouts

9 December 2018

Both scout troops joined up for our traditional Christmas Camp. We played wide games, made hot drinks in Kelly Kettles, decorated biscuits and had a mini hike amongst other things. We ate a full Christmas dinner with sparkling 'wine' and 'Death by Chocolate' for dessert. The older scouts braved the wind and rain to stay out in tents over night whilst the others huddled inside and watched 'Jamanji'. On Sunday morning we had a visit from 'Santa' where the scouts received some presents!

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Paintball Adventure

Paintball Adventure

26 November 2018

'Merlin' and 'Blackhawk' troops spent the day paintballing in the woods. There were some great sets there including a fort, battle zone and pyramid. Yes, we admit there were a few bruises here and there, but it was a great experience contributing to a number of badge requirements! Well done blue team for winning over all and to the scouts who earned a 'Top Gun' rating.

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