The Woggle

The Newsletter of the 3rd Hayling Scout Group
September 2006

GSL's Update

Welcome Back
I hope you all had a great summer. I am sorry this edition of the Woggle is later than planned, but it is all down to the fault of the Editor (me!!).

100 Club Draw
Congratulations to Ann Morgan, Minnie Dean, Keith Yates, Ina Smith, M Spencer and Wendy Saunders who each won £25 in the August and September draws.

It is renewal time for our 100 club so if you have not received an email or letter or you would like to join us then please contact your leader or myself.

New Edition to the Simpson family.
Many Congratulations to Lorna & Jim (Lion Troop) on the birth of their son Ewen and a brother to Cameron. His name is already on the Beaver waiting list!!!

Amazing Summer Camps
I had the privilege of joining both Eagle and Lion troops for 3 days each at their summer camps in Devon. Apart from some traditional scouting activities such as cooking over wood fires, pioneering projects, hiking, they also had a go at real Rock Climbing, Kayaking, visiting "Diggerland" and driving tractors and diggers, archery and shooting. Well done to both troops.

Our Explorer unit spent a week in the Lake District with a week full of activity including some serious climbing and abseiling, gorge walking, challenge hikes and water activities.

During the 3 week period in July / August over 50 members of the group went to camp.

Planning for 2007 Summer Camps
Scouting is 100 years old next year both troops & the explorers are joining in with the Hampshire Scout Jamboree in the New Forest. More details soon.


Cubs Celebrate 90th Birthday in Camp

Cub Scouting is 90 years old this year and both Packs celebrated this with a combined Camp. Over 30 Cubs took part in the weekend on Hayling with a range of activities including Archery, building Go Karts, and an Assault Course. Everyone returned home on Sunday very happy albeit very tired.

The highlight of the weekend was the special Birthday cake, made for us by Sharron and Iced by Claire one of our leaders which was brought out during the camp fire. After singing happy birthday, the cake was cut by Scott, George & Daniel all of whom will soon receive their Chief Scouts Silver Awards, the top in the Cub section.

Otter's 9th best Patrol in Hampshire
Otter Patrol of Lion Troop represented Havant at the County Camping Competition and proved themselves to be the 9th best Scout Patrol in Hampshire.

During the weekend, the patrol were judged on their camping skills, including cooking, hygiene and their programme along with their teamwork and the leadership of Alistair the Patrol Leader. They also competed in a special project to build a large scale catapult from poles and ropes. We are all very proud of the achievements of Josh, Peter, Jake, Pete, Matthew & Alistair..


Top Awards for Joel & George

Congratulations to Joel Knight who received his Chief Scouts Gold Award, the top of the section from Ian Hawke the Group Scout Leader. To complete this award, Joel completed a number of challenges throughout his time in Scouts and organised a whole day event for the Scouts at Lion Troop Summer Camp. (I do not have a photograph at the time of writing but it will appear on our website shortly).

Just 2 days later Nigel Valette the Havant District Commissioner visited our Cub 90th Birthday camp to present George Warner with his Chief Scouts Silver award. For his personal project George cycled over 200 miles during a 6 week period.

Carnival Crockery Smash

Well done to Philip Blosse and his team on running another successful crockery smash stall at the Hayling carnival. With Sam Mill collecting the crockery and Phil organising the days event they raised over £250 towards group funds and also helped many people relieve their stress by hurling wooden balls at the plates etc.


Explorers Expedition on Exmoor

Well done to 4 of our Explorers plus Rachel from Exeter University on completing their 5 day expedition for the Queen Scout Award and the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award during the summer. The transportation of them plus all of their equipment was by the Hayling Island Businessman's Club minibus, driven by Terry Brinnen but after that the 5 were on their own - with their camping equipment, personal equipment, cooking equipment and food!!.

The photo shows the trimphant 5 on their return, Charles Harrison, Robert Venus, Richard Bingham, Rachel and Alan Oakes.

Nearly 100 Years

Next Year, over 28 Million Scouts from 216 Countries will all be celebrating our 100th Birthday. August 1st has been declared as "Sunrise Day" the birth of Scouting with a theme of "One World - One Promise".

Not bad from a camp of just 12 boys on Brownsea Island in 1907 eh!!!


Events This Term

This is our busiest term!!! Details of each event will be provided nearer the time, but please look at our website for some further information.

This time, for those of you receiving this newsletter online, please look at our website for details, For Parents receiving this newsletter via "snail-mail" we enclose a copy of the events sheet for the term.

Diary of Events


27th Executive Meeting
30th Quiz Night


1st Harvest Festival
9th Leaders Meeting
21st Scout / Explorer Night Hike


3rd Group Fireworks
13th Leaders Meeting
12th Remembrance Day Service
29th Executive Meeting


2nd Book Sale URC Hall
17th Xmas Post Delivery
18th Leaders Meeting