I promise to do my best climbing

As our last meeting of the term PGL laid on a climbing activity for us, Thanks Guys. Seven new scouts managed to get to the top and shout out their Scout Promise before a slightly more formal, but without uniform, investiture with the troop flag. Climbing is always difficult to photograph from the bottom because you can only see peoples backs. Here's a few pictures for you to identify.

Four New Scouts with our Senior Patrol Leader

 Did you know Alan has just completed 10 years as a Scout Leader, Well done Al, imagine how good you'll be in another 10 :-)

This wall has a nasty overhang to negotiate
And this has very few blocks.
That's it now until after Easter. We are probably back on the 24th April but check the blog. Don't forget its St Georges Day parade on Sunday 26th so you've plenty of time to clean your shoes and iron your uniform.
Meanwhile some of us will be racing the pedal car, at camp in Cardiff or at Archery Squad Practice. I suspect the Drum Corps will be practicing as well. Some of the Explorers in the SBSMG will be in Scotland for the Winter Climbing week. Hikes for scouts start back in the middle of May.

Pedalcar Championships Sunday 29th March

Driving licenses have all arrived, just need to fix the front spoiler and make new number plates. We'll be racing as car 58 this season. We will meet at the Enigma at Shottaton Crossroads at 6am.... so you think that's really early, in fact the clocks change on Saturday night so it'll be 5am if you forget to change your clock. DON'T BE LATE, we don't have any spare time.
You'll need to bring with you.
Rain Gear, Cycle Helmet, Trainers, Sun Glasses (just to look cool), Gloves, Plate, Mug, KFS to eat, Sandwiches and Jelly Babies or other energy packed sweets! Probably a change of clothes and a towel in case you are wet or sweaty. If you've got a deck chair please bring it otherwise you'll have to share.
We should be back with the trophy at 8-30pm but that depends on how long we stay in McDonalds on the way back.
We have a couple of spectators but room for a couple more. Let me know quickly if you want to come. Pete L has to buy food... There will be no charge but you'll need to buy your own McDonalds so bring a few pounds.
Please read the following document with all information we need for the day.. http://tiny.cc/tpu0vx

Climbing this Friday 27th March..........

At last, we are back on track with the programme (and then we break up for Easter!!!).

Climbing this Friday at PGL.  We will have 2 sessions so you need to book for either 7 till 8, or 8 till 9.  There is a maximum of 16 per session, otherwise the instructors will be overwhelmed.  Please assemble 5 minutes before the start of your session in the entrance of the top sports barn (not at the hut).  Parents - please park in the hut car park and walk up, don't drive as there are lots of young people running loose in the area.  Please collect your child from the sports barn as well.

Dress to stretch - joggy bottoms, tee shirt and trainers would be good.

For a 7.00 till 8.00 ticket go to;

For an 8.00 till 9.00 ticket go to;

Drum Corps...............Thursday 26th March

Drum Corps will meet this Thursday 26th March - usual time and place!

Easter Camp at Cardiff Bay

If you have not yet paid the full amount or haven't handed in your permission form can you hand it in this Friday please?

SB Swim Squad

It was a great night for the Shropshire Borders Swim Squad. Well that's Boreatton plus two good swimmers from Long Mynd. We all have sore throats now from screaming at the swimmers. Some of the races were extremely competitive with only half a hands length separating the competitors. Everybody pushed themselves beyond the limit and hopefully have a medal to prove it. Well done to you all.
Overall the gala was won by Tern Valley District who pipped us by just eight point. We'll Be Back!!!
Shropshire Borders Swim Squad 2015

Welcome to the Troop

Welcome to all our new scouts who have crossed the river from Cubs (or life elsewhere). There's no going back now! Scouting is what YOU make of it. If you pay your subs, turn up on a Friday and treat it as a youth club, you'll probably enjoy yourself but it could be so much more....Almost every weekend there will be something going on, either in our Troop or within the District or County, if not check out the badge list, on the blog and set yourself a challenge. Of course when your new it'll all be a bit scarey but believe me life doesn't get any easier, so push yourself and take the risk, you may just enjoy it.
If your parents are reading this rather than you, you are failing on the first challenge :-) as you get older you should take responsibility for yourself, so getting organised for scouts is the first step;
What are we doing?
Is my uniform clean and ironed?
Did I sew that new badge on?
How am I getting there?
Do I need to bring, camp forms, money etc....
For your investiture you'll need to know the Scout Law and Promise. I assume you know the Scout Motto?
So it's with great regret I have to say, on Friday I left my camera in the car and walked  down to the river.... The photos from my phone are particularly rubbish but maybe you can recognise the blurred image on the Bosun's chair?


3 of our oldest Scouts were presented with their Chief Scouts Gold Award tonight after working towards it for nearly 4 years.
Well done you three.  Duke of Edinburgh Bronze next?

Pedal Cars are Go!

Thanks to the last minute response, we have 7 drivers available for the first race of the season. I've bought Race Licenses for you all, so we are good to go...
You may see in the calendar the National Scout Car Races are in Blackpool on the 4th July. Which will likely mean we have a camp two weeks running.... It also clashes with the Explorers DofE hike! Why are summers so busy?

County Swimming Gala Saturday 21st March

Hopefully you know if you are in the swimming team now. Here's the details..... Meet at 5-45pm at the Quarry Pool in Shrewsbury. You'll need full uniform (So you look good when we collect the trophy :-) and your swimming costume. If you want to lock your clothes in a locker you'll need a none refundable £1 from memory but we normally leave our clothes out and don't have any valuables as the pool is only for scouts.
Parents are welcome to spectate, no cameras pools side but needed for the presentation. They'll charge parents £1 to watch and they will have a raffle. It should all be over by 9pm.

Archery practice dates.........................

Here is the list of practices for those who are going to the Archery Nationals and anyone else who wants to shoot.  Please note there are a couple of changes to the dates and times previously given.

Sunday 12th April 1PM to 4PM 
Saturday 18th April 10AM to 1PM
Sunday 26th April 1PM to 4PM
Sunday 3rd May 10AM to 1PM

All sessions are at the Bowbrook archery field and the cost is £3 per session. 

Don't forget it's normal practice this Sunday at Sundorne School. 2-4pm £2, no uniform.

Cross the bridge to Scoutiness........Friday 20th March

It is time for the Newby Scouts to officially join the Troop by building a bridge across a stinking, bug infested piece of water, crossing it then eating burgers.  They will then be invested.  All very symbolic!

Of course, all the other Scouts will assist with their amazing pioneering and eating skills.

Scout shirts and neckers please but you might want to wear some old trousers (and bring a bin liner to sit on in the car on the way home).  Apologies to parents as we often over-run with this activity though we will try our hardest..........

SCUBA 2 Dive, Dive, Dive

So the second group of diver seems to have a good time too.... Where were you?
It was all OK

Hooray........it's nearly archery camp time!

It's nearly National Scout Archery Camp time again.  This is a great weekend packed with archery, fun activities and the chance to win medals!
Open to everyone (irrespective of ability so Phil is safe then!), who will attend several practice sessions leading up to the camp.  We leave from PGL at 6PM on Friday the 8th of May, travelling by minibus to Hertfordshire, returning on Sunday at about 7PM.
The total cost is £50, and is payable by Friday 13th of March at the latest along with a completed permission form.
Any questions, please give Phil a call on 07733 189916.

Friday the 13th.........................................

So you were doing Scuba last week?  Come to Scouts this Friday!
Did Scouts last week?  Go to Scuba this Thursday!


We will run the same activity as last week for those who didn't come so see you at 8.00 at the hut (or not).