Philip McGaw

Beaver and Cub Fun Day at Bowmoor 2016

Join us for camping and sailing at our annual Fun Day at Bowmoor Lake.

In 2016 it’s on Friday 8th to Sunday 10th July.

The day is supported by the Scout and Explorer sections, all water based activities are led by qualified instructors.

Badges available include nights away, hikes, outdoor challenge and water sports.

Friday night is Fish & Chips and Saturday night is a traditional camp fire and songs. During the day on Saturday and Sunday there is a mixture of water and land based activities.

Please note that this is the same weekend as the RIAT at Fairford so there will be great views of the planes flying overhead as well.

Please see your section leader for full details.

Christmas post 2015 – how did we do?

Thank you to everyone who made this another successful year

The Scout post has raised £2224.54 for 1st Swindon Sea Scouts.

Sales of stamps were bustling at Morrisons with 10,082 stamps sold, sorting was frantic and confusing at times at Shaw Ridge (especially for those not being experts in Swindon streets!) and deliveries of 6,151 cards kept in good order in Haydon Wick by Bryan supported by members of the Beavers, Cubs, Scout and Explorer sections, leaders, parents and carers.

Working with the other groups in North Swindon District and Swindon Ridgeway District for every stamp we sold we earned 10p and for every card delivered we received 17p.

Stamp selling therefore raised £1081.20 and deliveries raised £1045.67.

We also received £97.67 from donations whilst selling the stamps.

The 1st Swindon Exec and all of the members of scouting in Swindon would like to thank Morrisons for allowing us to sell stamps again and everyone for their help and time in supporting the sales of stamps, sorting of the envelopes and delivery of all of the cards.

Happy New Year!

This now just leaves us to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and see you all in 2016!

2016 happy new year

Scouts Christmas post info 2014

Scouts Christmas Post 2014

Post your Christmas cards for just 30p!

The North Swindon Scout District supported by the local Scout groups including 1st Swindon are offering their special Christmas postal service again for 2014.

With this wonderful service, the general public can deliver their locally addressed Christmas post to designated points, where a stamp will cost just 30p, and let the Scouts do the rest!

Using the Scout Christmas Post

Stamps will be available during November and December for 30p each from designated selling points.
These locations will also have special Scout Post letterboxes – be sure only to use these, not Royal Mail boxes. If you post your cards in a Royal Mailbox the recipient will have to pay a £1 surcharge and that’s no use!
The Scouts will then sort the cards and deliver them on and after Saturday 20th December in time for Christmas. Locally, 1st Swindon will be delivering cards on Sunday 21st December as a group exercise.

1st Swindon Sea Scouts – Selling stamps

Members of 1st Swindon are selling the stamps at Morrisons in Haydon Wick at the following times and dates:
Friday 6pm to 8pm 28th Nov, 5th Dec 2014 and 12th Dec 2014
Saturday 9am to 6pm 29th Nov, 6th Dec 2014 and 1

Fire works at Lydiard Park

fireworksWe have another opportunity to support the event organised by 1st Purton and Lydiard Scout Group. This year the evening takes place on Saturday 2nd November.

Parents and Leaders with 1st Swindon can volunteer to help run parts of the event and by return the group will receive a % of the overall takings of the event. It is expected a volunteer could earn £24 for just helping on the evening, extra payments are available for Saturday morning set up and Sunday morning clear up.

It is a fun way to spend the weekend and you might also get to see the fireworks for free!

The arrangements for this years event are contained in the letter below. Please note that new volunteers must attend a day light briefing on Sunday 27th October

If you would like to help please complete the form and return to a Leader via email as soon as possible.

Fireworks volunteers letter 2nd Nov 2013

Working with Swindon College

The Wick's Community Challenge Certificate

The Wick’s Community Challenge Certificate

Students from Swindon College on two different courses came together in 2013 to help renovate part of The Wick.

Eight students on Building Craft Occupations and Wood Trades courses carried out the work. Areas which were improved included the main door and entrance area, the outside signage, kitchen and toilet areas including the floors, walls and units. Please see below some of the photos of the work carried out. We are very appreciative of the help and support from Swindon College

Link to article in Swindon Link magazine
Wick and College 1 Wick and College 2

Les Barnes 2011 results

The 2011 Les Barnes was held on the 2nd April 2011;

Entries are now closed.

2011 score sheet

Team No

Start

CP1

CP2

WP1

CP3

CP4

WP2

WP3

CP5

CP6

CP7

CP8

Finish

Total

Pos

Team Name

Troop/Unit

1

0

75

75

8

70

90

35

30

52

39

68

87

0

629

10

Team A

1st Swindon SS

6

2

0

65

75

6

81

65

40

40

82

46

80

82

40

702

3

Team A

1st Stratton

6

3

0

80

70

7

53

65

50

35

78

42

78

82

75

715

1

Lost Boy Scout

1st Purton & Lydiard

4

4

0

70

75

8

40

75

50

30

48

49

87

74

100

706

2

Eagles

17th Swindon

7

5

0

83

95

6

60

60

0

40

90

47

68

70

75

694

5

Team A

1st Wroughton Guides

5

6

0

65

60

7

70

85

28

34

74

46

67

85

50

671

8

Team B

1st Swindon SS

6

7

0

75

55

7

62

80

0

36

80

44

93

78

65

675

7

Team B

1st Stratton

6

8

0

60

55

7

35

95

0

40

65

46

69

55

0

527

11

Merlins

17th Swindon

6

9

0

87

50

8

60

85

39

40

94

46

54

100

0

663

9

Team C

1st Swindon SS

5

11

0

55

60

7

65

70

0

40

55

46

80

18

0

496

12

Lions

7th Swindon

7

12

0

89

95

8

70

80

0

40

64

44

76

78

50

694

5

Team B

1st Wroughton Guides

5

13

0

55

90

7

100

85

0

40

65

45

98

66

50

701

4

Team A

19th Swindon

5

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N/P

1st Wanborough

Withdrawn

Explorer Units -Captain Pyro Trophy

10

0

80

90

8

75

85

50

40

90

45

96

59

100

818

2

FG Sheldons

2nd Swindon

4

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N/P

Withdrawn

Phoenix Archer ESU

15

0

85

85

9

65

75

50

40

40

46

99

76

50

720

10

Cheeky Chops

Haydon Wick YGL

6

17

0

70

50

7

100

80

50

40

74

47

95

78

50

741

7

17th Old Boys

17th Swindon

5

18

0

75

95

8

65

85

50

40

40

44

95

77

50

724

8

Cynric A

Cynric Explorers

6

19

0

65

85

8

65

75

40

40

40

47

93

65

100

723

9

Team B

Phoenix Archer ESU

5

20

0

70

85

8

75

85

50

40

40

45

90

79

75

742

6

Chocholics

Haydon Wick Rangers

5

21

0

79

90

8

90

80

0

40

95

44

94

57

-5

672

11

CWESU1

Centurion Wolf ESU

4

22

0

75

85

8

60

90

50

40

40

48

98

78

90

762

5

Team C

Phoenix Archer ESU

6

23

0

75

95

8

100

95

50

40

55

46

97

86

65

812

4

Barracudas

Barracuda SESU

3

24

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N/P

Withdrawn

Cynric Explorers

25

0

89

95

8

100

75

50

40

100

46

97

67

100

867

1

Team A

Swot Explorers

5

26

0

50

85

8

90

85

50

36

95

48

98

98

70

813

3

CWESU2

Centurion Wolf ESU

3

27

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N/P

Withdrawn

Swot Explorers

Les Barnes 2012

Les Barnes Trophy Rules

  1. The competition is open to all patrols in the Swindon North District and to patrols invited from other Scout Districts and the Guides. A separate competition for Explorer Scouts & Ranger Guides may be run if entries warrant it.
  2. Each Scout or Guide Patrol must consist of a PL or an APL (acting as a PL) and at least three members preferably from the same patrol. There should not be more than one PL per patrol. Explorer & Ranger teams must consist of at least 4 members
  3. No team shall be accompanied by an adult unless prior agreement is reached with the organisers.
  4. The entry fee for the 2012 event is £15.00 per patrol/team & should be sent with the entry form. Cheques are to be made payable to the 1st Swindon Sea Scout Group.
  5. The competition will involve hiking and other scouting/guiding skills and therefore each team must carry the following equipment:
    • Per Team:
      OS map (No TBA),Compass, First Aid Kit,Survival Bag,Mobile phone (only to be used in an emergency), White & Red lights for road use – please note that pencil lights are not permitted for this use.
    • Per Person:
      Whistle, Emergency Rations(1000 cal and 500ml water),Notepad & Pencil, Torch + spare bulb & battery – please note that pencil lights are not permitted for this use.
  6. Team members should be suitably equipped for open country i.e. hiking boots or sturdy waterproof shoes, appropriate waterproof outer clothing, headgear and reflective items of clothing.
  7. Whilst it is the responsibility of their adult leader to ensure that they are properly equipped, ALL teams will have their footwear and clothing inspected on arrival at the assembly point. The organisers reserve the right to withdraw any individual or team that in their opinion are not properly equipped to take part in the activity.
  8. Each patrol will be allocated a start time and will have a time limit (to be set) to complete the exercise. The organisers reserve the right to retire teams who fail to complete the exercise in the time allowed.
  9. Patrols should report to the assembly point no later than 20 minutes prior to their start time. Further details on the exercise will be given to the patrol after they have passed inspection.
  10. Transport to and from the assembly point and the finishing point is the responsibility of the patrols. As a guide allow at least 6 hours after start time for collection.
  11. Mobile phones are not to be used during the competition except in an emergency situation.
  12. In the event of an emergency or team withdrawal the Organisers must be contacted in the first instance.
  13. Hot drinks will be provided at the end of the exercise.
  14. The Les Barnes Shield will be retained by the winning patrol for one year. The members of the winning patrol will also receive individual trophies and certificates. The Captain Pyro trophy will be awarded to the winning Explorer/Ranger team
  15. CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRY FORMS AND FEES IS 20.00 HRS date TBA
    Entry forms and fees should be sent to:
    Bryan McGaw GSL 1st Swindon Sea Scouts, 5 Catherine Wayte Close, Swindon, SN25 3PG or by email to [email protected] (Cheques can be sent by separate post).
  16. If you have any queries about the exercise (apart from what is actually going to happen) please ring Bryan McGaw on 01793 340702 or 07771 672691. Adults who would like to help during the evening are most welcome, and should contact Steve Iles or Bryan McGaw.
  17. A short event meeting shall be held on the Thursday date TBA at 1st Swindon Scout Hall, The Brow, Haydon Wick, Swindon.
  18. A briefing meeting for Leaders and base stewards only, shall be held at 2030 hrs on Thursday date TBA at 1st Swindon Scout Hall, The Brow, Haydon Wick, Swindon.
    Presentations for the event are anticipated to occur on either date TBA.
  19. Tony Kilburn, District Commissioner has agreed to be the independent adjudicator and his decisions shall be final.

Entry form the Les Barnes Trophy

  1. Troop / Guide Company / Explorer Unit:
  2. Patrol / Team Name:
  3. Explorer / Scout / Guide Leaders Name:
  4. Your Address:
  5. Your Name
  6. Your Email
  7. Your Phone Number
  8. Team Members:
    1. Name:
      Age:
      Rank:
    2. Name:
      Age:
      Rank:
    3. Name:
      Age:
      Rank:
    4. Name:
      Age:
      Rank:
    5. Name:
      Age:
      Rank:
    6. Name:
      Age:
      Rank:
    7. Name:
      Age:
      Rank:
    8. Name:
      Age:
      Rank:

    I accept the rules for the Les Barns

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