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FUNDING BOOST FOR PENYFFORDD SCOUTS

Posted on June 20th, 2016 by gra173
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Penyffordd Scouts have received £1800 thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The funding boost from People’s Postcode Trust will enable more members of Penyffordd Scouts to take part in a variety of water activities throughout the year.
People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. 55p from every £2 ticket goes to support good causes across Great Britain and internationally.
Andrea Dixon, Group Scout Leader of Penyffordd Scout Group said ‘The grant has been a fantastic help to the group and means that more young people than ever can try canoeing. The new equipment has been well received by the Scouts who all love the bright colours.”
Adventure is at the heart of Scouting and Penyffordd Scouts have always taken part in water activities as part of their varied programme.
13 year old Scout Sammy Bakewell said ‘The new equipment is great and much more comfortable than the old stuff, I really enjoy canoeing with Scouts and cant wait to do more in the future”

 

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Penyffordd Cub helps give care to collapsed man

Posted on March 7th, 2016 by gra173

 

 

A 9 year old boy recently helped give care to an elderly gentleman who had collapsed on the street, thanks to the first aid skills he had learnt in Cub Scouts.

Ethan Davies, from Penyffordd was out shopping with his parents when they heard a woman shout for help. As they went to look they found an elderly man who had collapsed, knocking out his teeth. Ethan and his parents approached to see if they could help, and Ethan said that they needed to take the gentleman’s mind off what had happened, and to keep him warm while they waited for the ambulance. So Ethan spoke to the man and told him to think happy thoughts, and used his coat to keep the man warm.

Ethan said ‘Some people had put coats on him already, but his legs looked cold so I used my coat to cover his legs to keep him warm while we waited for the paramedics’

Ethan then stood on a chair to look out for the ambulance, and when the paramedics arrived he waved them over, told them the man’s name and age and explained what had happened to him.

Ethan said ‘I learnt about first aid in Beavers and Cubs, the leaders set up a first aid incident, and they told us how to deal with casualties by keeping them warm and talking to them to keep their mind of what had happened’

Penyffordd Cub leader Hannah Morris said ‘We’re really proud of the efforts Ethan made to help this man when he really needed it. First aid is something we teach throughout a child’s time in Scouting, We hope the Cubs never have to use the first aid skills we teach, but it’s reassuring to know that with incidents like this, the Cubs can put the skills they have learnt to good use’

When asked why he decided to help the man, Ethan said ‘It was the feeling, that if that ever happened to me, I’d want other people to help me, like I helped the man’

 

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Well done Sharon!

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 by admin

Sharon Henshall, Assistant Beaver Scout Leader of the Castle Beaver Colony, a section within the 1st. Ruthin-Brynbach Scout Group, recently received a visit from the District Commissioner – Darryl Wright.

Darryl arrived at the Scout Hall to present Sharon with her Scout Association ‘Wood Beads’ and certificate, indications of which showed that Sharon had completed all the modular training required by the Association for her position within the Colony and Scout Group.

The beads are replicas of those initially handed out to Leaders, who had completed their training, by Baden Powell the founder of the Scout Movement. The original beads were taken from a beaded necklace presented to B-P by the Zulu chief as a token of friendship.

Sharon will be continuing with her training by increasing her skills as a canoeist along with other leaders within the Group.

The photo shows Darryl and a young Beaver handing Sharon her certificate whilst Nicola Minshull the Beaver Scout Leader looks on.

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Walking With The Wounded

Posted on September 27th, 2015 by Moz Morris

Wrexham Cub Scouts had some special visitors to their camp at Chirk Castle this weekend when six wounded veterans from the charity Walking With The Wounded dropped by.

The six heroes are walking 1,000 miles to raise funds to retrain and re-skill our wounded and support them in finding new careers outside the Military.

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Veteran Stewart Hill gave a brilliant chat to the Cubs about why the group are walking the length of Britain and how they had got injured. The Cubs were wide-eyed at the gruesome tales, especially when Scott Ransley took his false eye out to show them!

To find out how to support them, visit their website.

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Back from the World Scout Jamboree

Posted on September 19th, 2015 by admin
Twenty-seven Clwyd Scouts have returned from a huge camp in Japan attended by 35,000 Scouts from over 150 different countries. The World Scout Jamboree is held every four years and brings together young people to have fun, make lifelong friends and take part in tons of activities.

The Scouts were part of the 3,500 strong UK Contingent, second in size only to the Japanese Contingent, and had to get through a gruelling selection process to represent their country where three people applied for every place. Once through they spent 18 months training and getting to know each other before their journey even started, and set about raising the £3,000 it cost to go.

The Scouts started their adventure with three nights in Tokyo where they visited an earthquake simulation centre, went up a tower called the Sky Tree which is twice the height of the Shard in London, and enjoyed an evening of Japanese drumming. They then travelled at 200mph on a specially chartered bullet train to the Jamboree site in Yamaguchi where they spent 12 days.

Bethan Morris, 16 from Llangollen, was one of the participants. She said, “The whole entire atmosphere was electric! It was amazing to be able to talk to anybody as you walked around the site. Everybody was so happy to be there and it really showed in the constant smiles and chatter.”

During the Jamboree the Scouts took part in water activities, explored the surrounding natural landscape, visited local schools and took part in a World food festival. They also did activities in the Global Development Village and marked the 70th anniversary of the dropping of a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima with a visit to the city.

Sam Wilde, 16 from Gresford said: “I loved the Global Development Village because it opened my eyes to the numbers of charities and initiatives that are doing great work around the world both globally and locally for all sorts of people.”

Lewis Roberts, 17 from Wrexham said: “Visiting Hiroshima made it feel real and it was just shocking to see how much devastation could be caused. It’s just madness.”

After the Jamboree the party travelled north to the district of Mie where they split into pairs each hosted by a Japanese family for two nights giving them the opportunity to find out how people in Japan live their lives.

The next World Scout Jamboree is taking place in the USA in 2019.

Unit Leader David Morris said that those who wanted to attend should not be put off by the cost: “The cost for Japan was £2,995 and to many people this seemed an unreachable target, but many of our members managed to fundraise not only the full Jamboree fee, but all the extras that went on top too.”

“In total we raised £75,000 as a Unit of 40 people which was incredible, but is easily possible to do again. We’d like to thank all those who helped us raise this target and take so many young people to Japan.”

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Penyffordd Scouts 50th Birthday Fun Day

Posted on June 9th, 2015 by gra173

Penyffordd Scouts recently held a family fun day to celebrate 50 years of Scouts in Penyffordd Village.

The day, which was attended by over 200 current and past members of the Scout Group, as well as members of the Penyffordd community was a huge success and a brilliant way to celebrate 50 years of exciting adventure. Activities available on the day ranged from Bouncy castles, Archery and Abseiling to more traditional Scout activities such as cooking on an open fire.

Assistant Scout leader Graham Cooper, who helped organise the day said ‘We decided about a year ago that we needed to do something big to celebrate 50 years of Penyffordd Scouts, so all of the leaders got together and started to plan the day. So many local people and companies played a big part in the day, many of whom very kindly donated their time for free to help us have a fantastic day. As a group we do so many amazing things throughout the year and we wanted to give a people a little taste of this on the day, we had children on the day coming up and asking if they could join the group because they’d had such a great day which is fantastic, the day wasn’t just about looking at the past 50 years, but about looking to the future of the group.”

 

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Trooping the Colour – London!

Posted on June 8th, 2015 by SJWSL3rdPrestatyn

Three Skips, One ASL, One Young Leader and a gaggle of Scouts go to London!

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Our Clwyd Contingent set off at 5am on Saturday and headed off down South.  Dez SL of 1st Rhuddlan Scouts, was joined by Graham SL and a young leader of 1st Halkyn Mountain Scouts, Simon SL and Matthew ASL of 3rd Prestatyn Scouts, and scouts from 1st Halkyn Mountain, 3rd Prestatyn and 1st Carmel.

We had front row standing room at Horse Guards and eagerly anticipated the arrival of the guard regiments and their bands. They arrived with pipes and drums playing and we were treated to a truly British spectacle, and when Prince Charles heard we were there, he decided to come down to see us too!

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After Horse Guards we went to see Aunty Lizzies house…but she was out, so we decided to go and see Dave….but he was out too! We concluded that the only option was to go on a hike.  On our travels we saw the houses of Parliament, the Palace of Westminster, and the London Eye before taking a breather in Waterloo Station.

Fed and watered, we carried on to the the Imperial War Museum, London Bridge and the Tower of London.  Due to the Tower Gardens tube station being closed, we had to execute a daring race to Euston station, jumping on the train with less than two minutes to spare.  We were tired, our feet were sore and more importantly we were out of sweets; but we’d had a fantastic time!

Huge thanks to Des for organising the trip.

Written by Simon Williams, SL, 3rd Prestatyn.

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New Group at 1st St Matthews Buckley

Posted on May 29th, 2015 by mark winson

This new Beaver Scout section met for the first time on Friday, before the half term break. 13 new Beavers, both boys and girls, were recruited and played parachute games with Sue Lloyd and her support team. Meanwhile several adults were identified as wanting to help, including one new leader. More work still to do, but a good start to a new project.

Anyone wanting to join Scouting at St Matthews as an adult leader should contact Mark Winson by email mark@scoutswales.org.uk

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