I am NOT a number?

Sometimes there's just so much going on that we end up missing out on some events and activities that you'd love to do. Often there is no reason why you can't go by yourself or with a mate.
Two such events are the County Archery Competition and the Scout Cavers Badge.

First up is the archery; this is a county event to be held at the family fun day already in the diary. Organisation has been a bit slow this year so it means the chance of coming away with a medal will be better!
Unfortunately it's on Saturday 27th September so most of us will be at the Bickley camp. If you not then sent Jonathan £4-00 and go bring Boreatton some more medals. (We already have two National archery trophies in the group! Details and booking forms can be found here. CLICK Those of you who have been to the monthly archery practice will know the organisers, Tony Pierce, Jonathan Walton etc.
Your £4 entry fee also gets you into the fun day, so the rest of your family can do scouty stuff too.
You'll have to be good at archery or begging to persuade Jonathan to buy you a tee shirt though!

Second up is the Scout Cavers Badge, If you are 12 years old or above and not frightened of the dark then, Idris Williams, County Caving Adviser and former Boreatton Cub leader is organising the badge for just 12 scouts in Shropshire. It'll be one day shared between theory at Gobowen and Llanymynech Roman Copper mines. 
The skull that was found there has now been removed by the police, read HERE but more Roman artifact have been found and CADW are still working in the mine.
It'll then be a weekend in South Wales, where you'll do Porth-yr-Ogof, Bridge cave and Ogof Ffynnon Ddu and hopefully have a tour of the local Cave Rescue Depot. Click for DETAILS
Unfortunately the first day clashes with the National Rifle weekend so myself and Alan won't be around and I can't imagine anybody could persuade Phil to go back in a cave!!!
Here's a report going back to 2007 CLICK and a video of Ogof Ffynnon Ddu.
We'll be in Porth-yr-Ogof this weekend for the Mountain Group Camp so ask us about it next week!!!

Sausage roll...Swiss roll...Eskimo roll !!!

This Friday (19th September) we have an early start!  PGL are kindly teaching us how to canoe on one of their lakes so we will meet at 6.00 in the parking area straight through the barrier. We should be finished by 7.30.

Dress for the water (a wet suit if you have one) as you will get wet and cold.  Please bring a change of clothes and a towel, or a bin bag to wear on the way home so  the car doesn't get soaked :)


Gilwell Wintercamp 2015

Watch this video then tell us if you want to go.....

It's on the 9th to 11th January 2015 and will cost £65 plus any tee shirts / hoodies you may want to order.
As the weather will probably be awful it's only for scouts who have camped under canvas with us before, so if you haven't you need to come to Bickley or Kibblestone first.

Kibblestone Activity Camp

I'm still looking for 6 more scouts to come to Kibblestone. It's a great camp, though you may have to eat hot dogs for supper one night.... It will involve camping with other Scouts and Guides from the West Midlands. Sleeping in tents and doing activities such as shooting, high ropes, climbing, artificial caving etc. It will be a great camp for first time campers and we are planning to invest any new scouts who come. (Only one so far).
Finally as you'll read in the next post we are planning to attend the huge Gilwell Wintercamp in January with 2500 other scouts. As this may be in snow we will be restricting it to scouts who have already camped with us under canvas, so this is your last opportunity.
Read more about Kibblestone and book a place here please....http://boreattonscouts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/kibblestone-is-back-hooray.html

Archery Team Practice

If you want to go to Hertfordshire for the National Archery Championships in May you need to attend a few of the practice sessions so you know the safety rules etc.
Here a few picture from Sunday.
Our National champion shows how it's done

Gone One
Gone Two
Needle Match, Phil show Explorer leader Luke how it's done.

Bike Ride Pictures

Well done to all the cyclists. 29 miles done, 7.5 hours on the road, I bet you are all aching now. That's the major part of your cyclist badge done and for those you got some sponsor money I think Phil counts it towards the Community Challenge.

Ist Stop at Leaton Church

Bacon Butty Stop

The Weir

I reckon this was where the rest of us had got lost, Poynton Green

Alan's arrived, Back at Bomere

Bike ride selfie

As promised I have a prize for the most money raised, a cool scout branded wallet. Just a shame you've got to hand the money over before I give you the wallet!

Flag Game Results

Wow, you all did much better at this than I'd expected....

Kestrel's answer sheet, not the winner but definitely the neatest

Anyway here are the scores.
1st Place: Cobra...1400 marks
2nd Place: Hawk...1200 marks
3rd Place: Kestral...1130 marks
4th Place: Lion...820 marks
5th Place: Wolf...810 marks
6th Place: Stag...800 marks

Stags get planning
I did hear a rumour of one patrol leader cheating, I hope it was unfounded.

Rifle Squad Practice

I've phoned suad members about times for a first training session for Sun 14 September at Leaton Hall Range (although quite a few were answerphone messages so check your messages!)
Sorry it ended up short notice...
Here is the form we discussed! See you all (hopefully!) tomorrow. Remember high sugar levels are bad for shooting so no fizzy drinks or chocolate for 48 hrs before practice sessions.

Drum Corps Training Day URGENT News 12/09/14

The training day with the Army at Copthorne Barracks  has had to be changed to TOMORROW Saturday 13th September. Meet at the Gatehouse at 10-00 until 16-00. Full uniform and a packed lunch please....Oh and your drum :-) Click on the calendar for a map or write this down.. Copthorne Barracks, Copthorne Road, SHREWSBURY, Shropshire SY3 8LZ
The guy in charge is called Steve Jones but Roger should be waiting for you.

Bickley forms......................

Please let Phil have the permission form and the food allergy/tent thingy by next Friday so you get fed and have somewhere to sleep!

Archery practice...

Shropshire Borders Scouts Archery Team will be having a practice session this Sunday (14th September) between 1.00 and 4.00 at the Bowbrook Archery Field.

As always this is open to everyone and run as a drop-in so you don't have to do the full 3 hours if you have other commitments, and it costs just £2.  Don't forget - the more sessions you attend the better chance you have of being selected for the squad we take to the Nationals next year! 

If you haven't tried archery before then come along and give it a go! 
Any questions call Phil on 01939 260391.

Back to Basics Friday 12th September

Friday night is, as usual, Back to Basics. We've got lots of new scouts, a new patrol structure, and lots of information to pass out. Once that's done we can go outside and do a sort of wordsearch ?**? and show the new ones around our little play area.
What you'll need:-
SUBS (£35) New scouts can have a few weeks grace.
Camp money / forms if you are coming on any.
A basic selection of felt pens / crayons per patrol so bring some if you have them, red, black, yellow, blue, green.

Please make sure your parents have completed the Survey Monkey Questionaire again for the new year.
Don't forget it's the bike ride on Saturday, get some sponsors please..

Ironman, Sunday 14th September

As you know Rory has been a bit scarce over the last few months, well his time is nearly here.... Next weekend he takes part in the Ironman competition alongside such notable athletes as Gordon Ramsay???
The competition in Tenby comprises of a 2.4 mile sea swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile marathon run. It makes our expedition challenge look a bit easy doesn't it.
Anyway best of luck Rory, you'll have to show us the coveted tattoo when you are back!

Drumming for Sweets???

The Drum Corps entertained the crowds and the top brass of the Canals & Rivers Trust at the Maesbury Canal Festival on Saturday 6th September. Somehow the boat selling sweets seemed more appealing than the one selling cheese?

The Drum Corps meets on a Thursday at Baschurch Primary School 7~8pm. If you fancy a go speak to one of the leaders.


Don't forget - full uniform on Troop nights please.  We don't insist on the Full Monty as some Troops do - shirt and necker will be fine and don't forget, you have all week to wash everything!!!