Beavers and Cubs attended Christmas Camp at 1st Whittlesford and Duxford Scouts’ amazing hut over the weekend. This is one of our annual events and always features Christmas crafts, bouldering, caving, camp cooking, campfire, spooky stories, s’mores, movie night, and sleeping in the loft.
Thanks to our friends at 1st Whittlesford and Duxford!
A colour party is a group of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts given the job of carrying our flag at formal events. Young members from all three sections formed a colour party for the Remembrance Sunday ceremonies at Trumpington war memorial. Also present were Trumpington Guides, the congregation, officers and clergy of Trumpington’s Parish church St. Mary and St. Michael, and numerous other members of the local community. Traffic was halted for the two minutes’ silence. The colour party did a fine job.
Wow what a busy summer we had! Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all had a great programme of activities up to the summer break, including building various kinds of shelters. We ran our first ever AGM (we’re a charity so we have to have one) where the Scouts organised the venue and a BBQ for us (thanks team!) and the exec committee also got a grilling. Lots of Beavers graduated into Cubs and several Cubs graduated into Scouts. We wrapped up the for the summer holidays with the traditional campfire by the river Cam, where pretty much everyone received hard-earned badges, followed up with toasted marshmallows and a singalong. Then Geoffrey Coad our GSL had a big role in organising the massive CamJam camp during the summer holidays – something we’ll hope to send some of our growing Scout section along to in future.
As a new Scout group we’ve been really focused on getting ourselves up and running. I am very happy to say we have definitely achieved that! We are now well into our second year, with established Beavers, Cubs and Scouts sections.
Now, to keep on doing what we do, we need to reach out into our local community. We need to make new friends, engage new members, and spark new volunteers.
That means telling our story. A picture is worth a thousand words, so sharing great photographs and video is a really important way for us to do this.
Everybody is rightly cautious about how to do that so the group executive committee have put their heads together to create a brand new Social Media Policy. It encourages everybody to take pictures and sets out simple guidelines for how to do that appropriately and how 1st Trumpington Scouts can use them in our communications.
For parents the policy also explains how you can tell us your preferences for how we use photographs and video featuring your child.
Whether you are a parent, leader or young member, please take great pictures on your next activities! You can give them to me or one of our contributors to post about them here, or become a contributor yourself (just ask me). GSL will review your post and pow! You’re telling our story.
1st Trumpington have been growing steadily since starting up in September 2017, and we’ve ambitions for a lot more! Having had some generous help from Cambridgeshire Scouts to get up and running we’re now a fully fledged Scout group with three sections and an executive committee.
Our focus for the next year is to keep growing the group and put it on a sustainable path. The most important thing we can do is to help volunteers and young members find us, and that means making ourselves easy to find and easy to get in contact with. With that goal in mind, welcome to our new website!
This complements our public Facebook page and our Facebook group and Online Scout Manager for parents and leaders, and will become a place for all kinds of useful information and for telling 1st Trumpington’s story.
Please let me know your suggestions for how to improve it, or send me content to post. Members are extremely welcome to add posts themselves – ask me or Geoffrey for a login.