Phasels Wood stuff...................

Don't forget (as if you would) that the last practice before archery camp is Sunday the 3rd of May, 10 till 1.
For the camp, we leave Boreatton Park at 6.00 on Friday 8th May and return on Sunday 10th hopefully around 7.  If we are going to be earlier or later we will ring when travelling.
Please have a full meal before coming to PGL (there will be a snack available when we get to camp), and bear in mind that you will need to carry your kit about a quarter of a mile across the camping ground so pack everything into 1 bag - no separate plastic carrier bags please! 

On target!


It's time to practice to get ready for Bisley once more, and to introduce new scouts to Rifle and Pistol shooting - we are the best scout rifle squad in Shropshire and last year we won the National Championship main event Rifle competition! We can show you how to shoot properly and if you enjoy it, you can come with the squad to Bisley in October to defend our trophies!

We have to split the squad into two details and will shoot at my range at Leaton Hall Farm. Numbers are a bit limited so book early!

Also, this is an activity that is regulated by law as well as scout procedures. You MUST get your parents to complete the consent form as a legal requirement for taking part - the generic consent you may have completed on-line or earlier in term does not apply to this activity! No form=no gun

Left Right Left Right..............

You were great!!!  Ready now for the St Georges Day parade this Sunday.
If you enjoyed drumming, making farty noises on the bugle or want to play chop sticks in the dark then join the Drum Corps. 

Shelter in a Box for Shelterbox 22-23 May 2015 (Start of Half Term)

We've been hearing so much about man made disasters recently, we've tended to forget there are still natural disasters taking place. Shelterbox support both and so far this year have sent equipment to the conflict in Cameroon, an earthquake in Colombia, the cyclone in Vanuatu (nearest island to Tuvalu who's scout camped with our Explorers in 2012), the floodings in Madagascar and Malawi and the conflict in Gaza.

It's about time we did our bit and raised some money for a new Shelterbox. On Friday 22nd May we'll be meeting at the normal time but at Melverley village hall. You'll be sleeping overnight in the field outside covered in cardboard and newspaper just like many of the people whose homes have been destroyed. We'll be leaving at 10am on Saturday morning.

There are two scouts fast asleep under this pile of rubbish, and it rained all night!
We need to raise £590 to buy a box, last time we did it in 2013 we raised £737, can we beat that this year?
We are hoping each scout can raise a minimum of £25
Start collecting sponsorship as soon as you can and let me have the camp permission form by May 8th too.

Download as pdf here     

Hooray - a programme for the Summer Term!!!!

As always - subject to change due to ill Leaders, plagues of frogs and Ley lines.  Check the blog before leaving the house!!!

Be cool, drum for Boreatton...............Friday 24th April

Imagine how cool this would be! 

Marching at the head of the St. Georges Day Parade next year, playing a drum, bugle or lyra, the elite Drum Corps badge on your necker, being led by the Cat in the Hat!

This Friday we will all learn to march, have a go at playing a drum and find out if you are good enough for the Boreatton Drum Corps.

8.00 till 9.30 at the hut (don't forget the gate code - see Pete's email!).

Drum Corps - Fridays appearance at Scouts replaces the Thursday night meeting.

Subs - £35 please (by cheque if possible).

See you Friday : ))

British Pedalcar Championships Round One Review & Round Two Details

Finally here's the video from Round One at Wombwell.

Meanwhile Round Two is fast approaching and I know there's a few more people want to get involved.
So here's a booking form for those who would like to drive and anybody who would like to spectate.
The plan is generally to take our 3 fastest drivers and 3 chosen at random but as we have one scout who has a license but was reserve for round one, he gets one of the random places if he's available.
To complicate matters further, Woodman Pete can't come and help this time so if you can persuade a parent to come and look after cooking etc. that could guarantee you a place.  
We do need a parent helper for the day to go ahead.
We are limited to 9 Scouts, (6 drivers and 3 pit crew) as the car takes up 6 seats of the bus!!!

Race Two is a six hour endurance race, details here
Location : Bruntingthorpe car testing track in Leicestershire.
Date: Saturday 25th April
Depart from; The old Enigma at Shotatton crossroads
Depart time: 7.45am
Return: 10.00pm
(It's not school the following day but it is St Georges Day parade or Archery Squad practice...)

You'll need:
Cycle helmet, trainers, gloves, sun glasses? For drivers Only
Waterproofs and warm clothing for everyone.(It's an old airfield so bound to be windy)
Dry clothes and a towel.
Packed lunch and a drink.
It'll cost £10 to cover the cost of the bus and food.

Cardiff Camp Video

He's a slide show from Cardiff... You can watch it on You Tube.

Boreatton Scout Group AGM..........Thursday 30th April

Time for the Groups annual general meeting!  7.00 to 8.00 on Thursday the 30th of April at the hut, it is open to parents and any other interested parties.

There will be a revue of the previous year, presentation of the accounts and election of officers.

We look forward to seeing you there.

St Georges Day Parade.......Sunday 26th April


St George - Patron Saint of both England and the Scouts!

We will parade with all the other District Scouts behind our Drum Corps through the streets of Oswestry to celebrate Englishness and Scoutiness together on Sunday the 26th of April, meeting at Cae Glas park by St Oswalds church at 2.00.  We shall be finished by 4.00.

There are only 2 parades in the year that we expect you to attend, (Remembrance Sunday being the other) so please turn out in full uniform with badges sewn on, school trousers or skirt pressed and school shoes polished!    

Archery practice Saturday 18th April

Firstly, apologies for the lack of communication about archery being cancelled last Sunday (the 12th).  It was a last minute cancellation because of high winds and Pete and I were away on camp so didn't get the message till too late :(

There is another archery practice at Bowbrooks Field this Saturday (the 18th) between 10 and 1.
As always it is a drop in session and the cost is £3.

Cardiff Bay Camp Update

Camp is organised, the bus is booked, the food is ordered, the Spy Trail booklets are printed, Dr Who and the Boat ride tickets are paid for. All we need is you, your kit and for a few of you, your forms and money :-)
There's also a few special treats nobody, not even Phil know about...
The details, kit list etc are now hidden in history but he's a link
The only difference is you don't need to bring a knife, fork, spoon, plate and bowl because the centre already has them there. You can still bring a tea towel though! See you all at PGL on Friday at 4pm. Don't be late.
Remember to have a bite to eat before you leave (or bring something for the journey) as supper won't be till about 9pm. On Sunday we'll arrive back at 7pm but won't have eaten since 2pm. At least that means you can have a bit longer sleep before the excitement of school on Monday!
All bags will be in an enclosed trailer so anything you need on the journey will need to be kept separately. If you are risking your IPOD I'll try and remember the Bluetooth adaptor so put some good music on it. ACDC, Queen, Rainbow etc.....

Archery practice Sunday 12th April........

There is an archery practice at the Bowbrook archery field on Sunday April 12th between 1 and 4 (unless you are at the camp in Cardiff of course!).
The cost for this session is £3 and is aimed at those who are going to the Archery Nationals in May, but anyone is free to attend.  As always it is a drop in session and all equipment is provided. 

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..