Another successful camp in the New Forest over the February half term!
Mayor of Earley Cllr Linda Chambers joined the 84th Reading Beaver Scouts at Radstock Hall in Earley for their last meeting of the year on 13th December 2013 when two busy Beavers were awarded Chief Scout Bronze badges and certificates.
Beaver Leader Alison Swaddle said: “This is the highest achievement a Beaver Scout can obtain and we were all delighted that the Mayor attended to present Oscar and Ali with their badges. Oliver Clarke has also achieved his bronze this term but couldn’t be present to receive his award from the Mayor.”
All the Beaver Scouts enjoyed meeting the Mayor and asked lots of questions about her role. Cllr Chambers managed to satisfy their curiosity and let the Beavers examine her chain of office. She also helped them with Christmas creative activities and watched the Beavers play games.
Linda Chambers, the Mayor of Earley said: “I enjoy being out in the community and had an enjoyable and memorable time with the 84th Reading Beaver Scouts. I hope they enjoyed my visit and it was a pleasure to award the Chief Scout Bronze award.”
84th Reading Scouts, Sea Scouts and Cubs were very busy in December helping shoppers at the Winnersh Garden Centre and raised over £2400 to help fund their activities in 2014.
Group Scout Leader Jenny Miller said “Cubs, Scouts, Sea Scouts and Explorer Scouts carried Christmas trees to shoppers’ cars on three Christmas weekends. We are very grateful to everyone who supported our fundraising and we’d especially like to thank County Gardens who gave a very generous donation.
“Scouting is about adventure and we were fundraising to buy more camping equipment and subsidise our adventures to ensure every young person can participate. “
There was also a popular Guess the Weight of the Christmas Cake competition to win a splendid cake made and iced by the Dad of a Scout. 287 people had a try and the winning answer of 3.75kg came from a lady in Winnersh.
Cubs have a great time at summer camp at Woodhouse Park Bristol.
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Reading Rockets showing the Cubs how to play basketball – sign in to the Members area to see the videos!
84th Reading Beavers have been busy fundraising for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. The 24 boys who meet on Fridays at Radstock Hall in Earley organised a bring and buy sale before Easter. Toys, books and cakes were sold to parents and each other and the amazing amount of £85 was collected.
The Beavers learnt about sign language in the Spring term and enjoyed learning to sign songs, exchange signed greetings and play games to think about the challenges faced by deaf people.
In May two volunteers from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – Sally and Catherine – visited the Beaver colony to be presented with a cheque. The Beavers enjoyed meeting the three hearing dogs Daphne, Orla and Crumble and learnt about their training and all that the dogs do to change the lives of deaf people.
Sally Botwright said ” Hearing Dogs receive no government funding so every penny donated is gratefully received and we thank the Beavers very much and can assure them their money will be put to good use. If any other local groups/club would like a talk about Hearing Dogs please contact me on 01753 551814.”
Alison Swaddle , an adult helper at Beavers, said ” The Beavers worked hard and enjoyed raising the money and found the activities very interesting. They are working towards being awarded all their challenge badges to win the Chief Scout Bronze Award. They loved meeting the hearing dogs! ”
2 photos show Sally and Catherine and the hearing dogs receiving cheque from the 84th Reading Beavers
For more information contact:
Alison Swaddle Group Executive Chairman 07792 104221