1st Stony Stratford Scout Group
The Scout Hall
Contact: Alby Wilson, Group Scout Leader (01908) 563398
Local scout group associated to the MK Scout District www.mkscouts.org
The Beaver Scouts meet on Mondays during term time.
The Cub Scouts meet on Thursdays during term time.
The Scouts meet on Tuesdays during term time.
LATEST NEWS - 1st Stony Stratford Scout Group Goes on Safari for Half Term!
On Friday, 5 Beaver Scouts, 7 Cubs, 1 Scout, 1 Explorer Scout, 2 Scout Leaders and 2 Parent Volunteers ventured off to Woburn Safari Park for the day. The monkeys on the Road Safari seemed to appreciate their mobile zoo and the otters were full of the joys of spring in the Foot Safari! In amidst other viewings, they learnt about sea lions, penguins, spider monkeys, the Indian elephants (including Tarli, the baby elephant whose name means 'star') and the Rothschild giraffes, before heading into the Arc to play - two by two.
After a quick 10 minutes and £5 max each in the shop, they returned to the Scout Hall, where they were joined by more of the Pack for the evening's Movie Night and Sleepover. Jungle Book and Despicable Me kept 23 Group members, 4 Group Leaders and 1 adult volunteer entertained until it was time to sleep.
Well done to Alex Letchford (Scout), for arranging such a great after-dinner game for the group - involving toilet roll, masking tape and snowmen. Also a big congratulations goes out to Dylan Piper, John Williams, Oren Sumpter, Edward Middleton and Cameron Letchford for attaining their Chief Scout Bronze Awards and to Ethan Sumpter and Alex Letchford for attaining their Chief Scout Silver Awards - the highest awards possible for their sections.
Said Becky Piper, 1st Stony Stratford Group Beaver Leader: “It’s great to see the different sections of the group working and playing together - helping to build a real sense of community spirit with common values.”
Responding to demand, the Scouting movement has ambitious aims for membership growth by 2018: 500,000 young people, globally, supported by 150,000 volunteers. In line with this, 1st Stony Stratford Scout Group (est. 1908) also has some exciting opportunities in the pipeline; they are keen to hear from any potential collaborators who may be interested in supporting requirements for young people in Stony Stratford - be it through volunteering, sponsorship or project collaboration. Please contact: Alby Wilson 01908 563398.
Sunday 22nd February is Founder’s Day - the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (born in 1857), the founder of Scouting and coincidentally also of his wife Olave Baden-Powell (born in 1889).
November 2014: Remembering Community First
“To the Glory of God, in grateful memory of those of this town, who fell in the Great War 1914-1918” - so reads the epitaph on the memorial in Horsefair Green, Stony Stratford which, on Sunday, drew a huge crowd from the local community around it for this year’s Remembrance Service.
Among those organisations present were: 1st Stony Stratford Scout Group, 1st Stony Stratford Girl Guides, Stony Stratford Rainbows, St Mary’s & St Giles School, St Mary’s & St Giles Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, Wolverton & Stony Stratford Rotary Club, Thames Valley Police, Stony Stratford Council, Milton Keynes Council, the RAOB and, of course, The Royal British Legion and Stony Stratford (MK) Lions Club.
An inspiring address was given during the course of the service, where it was highlighted that “there are two different types of people: care takers and risk takers.” We should be thankful and honor those who risk their lives to keep us safe and free.
Established in 1908, 1st Stony Stratford Scout Group led the parade up the high street to the war memorial, and hosted a community gathering in the Scout Hall afterwards, providing 150 members of the local community with hot drinks, hot dogs and cake.
Said Alby Wilson, 1st Stony Stratford Group Scout Leader: “We were thrilled to see so many of the local community come back to the Scout Hall. Everyone seemed to appreciate the hard work that Beaver Scouts, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts - as well as the leaders and their families - put into creating banners, table decorations, cakes and displaying historical memorabilia throughout the past week.”
Responding to demand, the Scouting movement has ambitious aims for membership growth by 2018: 500,000 young people, globally, supported by 150,000 volunteers. In line with this, 1st Stony Stratford Scout Group also has some exciting opportunities in the pipeline; they are keen to hear from any potential collaborators who may be interested in supporting requirements for young people in Stony Stratford - be it through volunteering, sponsorship or project collaboration. Please contact: Alby Wilson 01908 563398.
News - June 2014
A couple of weeks ago, Beavers brainstormed what they’d like to do for Scout Community Week.
With current levels of fundraising activity quite high generally, we felt parents needed a break and so supported the Beavers with their suggestion of a litter pick, helping to make our Community environment a nicer place in which to live.
Natalie from The Parks Trust was kind enough to facilitate our litter pick last evening, providing equipment and educating on the importance of keeping our environment litter free for both people and nature.
Beavers buddied up – one with a grabber, one with a huge black bag (big enough to accommodate a small person)! Staying as a pair proved challenging for some – at points we had grabbers with their bags nowhere to be seen and a re-sync was required!
After an initial clean up of the car park, Beavers stopped the traffic as they ventured sensibly over the road, two-by-two, to the sheep-grazing/hill/fishing field opposite. It was unfortunate that we weren’t able to pick the several unsightly, discarded bags of dog poo we passed en route – no dog poo and no broken glass for Beavers.
Beavers' attention was grabbed by the story (and exhibit) of the fishing hook, which had been left lying around and had found its way into a dog’s foot, causing damage to the animal – illustrating the point that litter can be dangerous to any animals (including sheep) which happen to be in the vicinity.
Speeding back to the car park, Natalie set up a litter pick game involving hoops and extra-long grabbers. Baby wipes and Bourbon biscuits rounded the session off nicely. Well done Beavers and thank you Natalie and The Parks Trust! Thanks also to our parent helpers, without whom it couldn't happen.
Quote from Natalie:
“Thank you Beavers for all your help litter picking. You have helped to keep your environment safe for people and animals. Litter picking is a brilliant way to help your community and make your area a nicer and safer place to live.
The Parks Trust”