Funky Gibbon in my head PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Mitchell   

OO, OO, OO, the funky Gibbon....

...was ringing in my ears as I navigated the wobbly balance log at 40 ft above the ground with no hand rails. Fortunately I was tied to a safety rig that appealed to the engineer in me for it's simplicity and safety. Where was I, I was on the top level of one of the Rope Runners courses weaving my way through the tree tops to an aerial runway that would eventually bring me down to earth in a big pile of safety bark.

Why am I here was the question on my lips, and then I looked around the maze of tree top courses (set at three levels from beginners to idiots [the one I am on!], I would guess it's called) and saw an entire troop of Scouts, our scouts, have the time of their life. That question answered I then wondered why we had a greater turn out tonight than when we do knots in the hall. Hrm.

Once I had completed the first two sections I suddenly found myself in a rythm and loving it, feeling a bit sad when after several goes the night was over to earliy, but after a good three hour workout. Once back on terra ferma, the chatter among the scouts said it all as they regailed their parents with stories of bravery and how they overcame terrors. Eventually Callum found all of the money that fell out of his pockets (whilst flying upside down) on the big aerial runway and all of the Scouts could go home.

Kiah one of our Young Leaders said of the night "Friday 15th June, Genesis scout group visited ‘Rope Runners’ (Run by one of our parent leaders Jo Ellis) A Start at 6:30pm for a introduction and finally we were all on the ropes. Having so many different courses to chose from everyone had so much fun (even the leaders gave it ago) no-one gave up and we all carried on until 10pm, things went great and we hope we can do things like this more often.

Everyone was so outgoing and gave it a go even if they were scared, the staff were brilliant and were a great help. I’m sure I speak for everyone, in saying a massive thank you to Jo, for allowing us to have this experience! Pictures will be uploaded soon from the night, our scouts had so much fun and we hope we could do something like this again in the future. Again another thank you to Jo, much appreciated."

As the Scouts leave grinning from ear to ear the only question on my mind is how do we top that!

Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2012 19:15
Ice Skating 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Mitchell   

Prancing on Ice - 5th go Skating 

The following information pertains to the Scouts ice skating trip on Friday the 13th January 2012:

Location: Chelmsford Ice Rink

Start: meet in the queue at 19:30 - 19:45

End: 22:00, in the lobby

Cost: £7.10, plus any money you need for drinks, snacks, etc. Please bring the money with you on the night

Dress: no Uniform, just wear your scarf for getting in. Some people like to bring gloves, just in case they fall.

 Parents, can you please either wait with your child and pay for them, or ensure they are dropped off with one of the leaders, with their money. Thank you.

Christmas Quiz Night 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Robinson   

5th Billericay Scout group presents a Christmas Quiz night.

The quiz night will be held on Saturday 19th November 2011, starting at 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start at the 5th Billericay Scout Hall, Greens Farm Lane, Billericay.

There will be prizes for the winning team and the format will be bring your own food and drink.

Tickets are £5 per person and can be obtained from your section leader or by calling 01277 658557.

There will also be a raffle for a bit if added fun. 

Please note that teams are limited in size to a maximum of 8 people.

This is always a great fun night for the family, hope to see you there.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 November 2012 18:20
End of Term Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Mitchell   

Wow, another year over, where does the time go. This year has been a brilliant year for our Troop, with regular activities such as the annual ice skating trip to some new ones like the 'Have a go, Gang show'. This year we also grew in numbers, and next term the Troop will start term with over 30 Scouts. I will come onto next year in a moment though. As the troop has grown so much in this year, I thought I would refresh ourselves of some of the great things the Scouts have done this year by choosing the best from Each Month:

  • Scouts cooking a curry night (Sept)
  • Making Life size robots from recyclables (Oct) 
  • Escape from Colditz Night Hike (Nov)
  • Paint a Christmas pottery decoration (Dec)
  • Ice Skating (Jan)
  • Have a go Gang Show (Feb) 
  • Part 3 of the St Peters way Walk (Mar)
  • Forrester weekend Camp (Apr)
  • Orienteering around the Meadows (May)
  • Car Mechanic badge (June) 
  • Crystal Maze (Jul)
  • Summer Camp (Aug)

Ok, so summer camp wasn't quite in August, but it was close enough and was so enjoyable that it had two months worth of fun in one week. That reminds me I must say a massive thank you to Claire, Neil, John, Gareth and both Matts for being such great supports throughout the week. Their support, involvement and leadership made the week as successful as it could be. Whilst on a thanking spree regarding camp I should also thank all of the Scouts for being model Scouts, on several occassions I recieved reports from the campsite and other troops about how well behaved and disciplined our Scouts were. Well done guys. apart from the Scout who was frog marched into the showers to have a wash by his parents I hope we managed to return all of Scouts home, a bit wiser, a bit bigger, a bit happier and a bit more confident. Regaling their parents and relatives with stories of daring adventures and excitement. Jack, one of our PLs has produced a YouTube video of camp, which I think you will all agree shows the fun time they all had. Here it is:

Just in case you are wondering, the wood construction in the film was a 4 hour pioneering project we gave the Scouts to build a draw bridge across a ditch. It worked brilliantly as you can see. The other fun stuff we did at camp was hiking, archery, grass sledging, orienteering, wide games, camp fire (with dodgy singing and songs), mountain bike riding, visiting a nearby town, swimming, low ropes, whittling, building fires and most importantly making new friendships and remaking old ones.

We took 22 Scouts to camp this year and next year we want to up that to 25. I suspect that won't be hard as next year is one of our big camps at the Essex International Jamboree. Information on this will be coming our at the begining of term as we need to prepare quite a long way in advance. Next terms programme will also be published shortly and the Patrol Leaders (who do a fantastic job through the PL Council we hold every week after Scouts, helping us tune the programme to best we can make it) have requested an old school style programme covering off all those things we used to do in the olden days.

Having written this blog, I think I have answered my own question at the begining, in that time flys by when you are having fun. Have a great summer break and see you back on 9th September 2011.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 August 2011 09:57
Scout Summer Camp 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Mitchell   

The key bits of information regarding the Genesis Scouts Summer Camp 2011 are as follows:

Leaders at camp will be Ian, Claire, John (part time), Neil, Gareth, Matt (H) and Matthew (M).

Camp scarfs will be red rolled into the 5th Billericay group scarf. The group yellow scarf sits on top of the red scarf when rolled (top tip: iron the scarfs flat first, then lay the yellow one on the ironing board, place the red on on top centred horizontally and lowered by an inch vertically[yellow one sticking out at the top], roll the yellow one over and iron in place, now roll along the edge of the yellow scarf and iron, repeat until near the bottom). 

Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2011 15:24
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