Albany Academy was the venue the scouts chose to work on their Cooking Activity Badge and what a challenge they had. Their mission: to produce three main meals, three desserts and freshly-baked bread within 90-minutes, for Albany Master Chef Judge, Mrs Parry, to decide the winner!
On the menu was Red Thai Chicken Curry, Spaghetti Bolognese (using the Marzolini family's "secret recipe"), a vegan-friendly Sweet Chilli Stir Fry and a variety of baked breads (including garlic bread). For dessert, there were Blueberry Muffins, Flapjacks and Fruit Kebabs.
The Scouts couldn't believe how quickly the time went, the leaders couldn't believe how good the food was and Mrs Parry had the difficult task of judging who to appoint as ASJ Scout Master Chefs 2018... Team Veggie won on account of finishing on time, the presentation and taste of their dishes and the superb bread plaits they produced.
A big thank-you to Mrs Parry for letting us use your Food Technology kitchens and teaching us how to make such delicious recipes - we can't wait to try them on our next camp!
Our Scouts need your votes to help them to replace their worn out camping kit! Please take a moment to register and vote - your help will make all the difference! Up to ten votes can be allocated to each cause.
The needs of young people have changed considerably over recent years and the social and peer group pressure on them to succeed and conform has never been greater. However, one thing that has remained constant is that all young people are individuals and they need to grow and develop at a pace that suits them in an environment that is both safe and enjoyable.
Every young person has different needs and different abilities, but by providing the right environment they will blossom.
Scouting is based on a progressive programme of skill development that gives all youngsters, no matter what ability, an opportunity to develop at their chosen speed.
As a Scout Group we are fully committed to helping each and everyone of our young people to succeed in life. To teach them to look after themselves and others. To educate them about the world around them, its beauty, its dangers, its requirements and their commitments. The overriding aim for our young people, as they developed and mature from children to adults, is to provide a sound base to help and guide them through the mire of life’s problems.
In today's society of mass media and electronic games, young people need the opportunity of something different, to have an escape from the every day types of pressures. In our experience young people still enjoy getting out and about and trying new things. They thrive on challenges both great and small. All they need is the opportunity.
By running a progressive and modern programme made up of bite sized blocks of hands on practical experiences, youngsters learn without realising. The key is to make the activities fun, varied and achievable
We have found that one of the best ways for young people to develop and learn skills is through residential experiences. Being away from the home, with their peer group, allows the youngsters a controlled degree of independence, which gives them a chance to nurture companionship and to take responsibility for their actions.
The young people acquire a diverse range of skills during residential experiences. As an example simple activities like making a meal are progressively developed over time to cover diet, health, finance, hygiene, planning and working with others. It is amazing how many stories we hear of young people going to university and being unable to cope because they cannot cook and look after themselves.
No residential experience is complete without providing fun and challenging physical activities. These have a major effect on improving mental and physical well-being. They give the young people the chance to learn team work, decision making, leadership skills, to assess risks, solve problems, and improve social and communication skills.
Even the most timid youngster thrives in this environment, increasing in self-confidence and self-esteem. This can be seen by the smiles on their faces and the requests for more.
The Group is committed to providing as many residential opportunities for our young people as possible .
Over the last few years the Group has grown and now has over 70 young people attending regularly. However, with this increase in numbers so the need for resources has increased.
Whilst it would be nice to simply buy lots of new equipment, to be prudent and maximise what can be achieved we feel that the best way forward is to spend the monies wisely on a combination of the refurbishment of existing equipment where practicable and replacement of outdated gear with modern kit.
We believe that by doing this we will be able to fulfil our promise to provide an increased number and type of fun and challenging experiences to all our young people.
Scout Group Leader
There is no greater reward than to see the smile on a young persons face when they achieve even the smallest thing that they thought they couldn't do.
Our Cubs have a great opportunity to attend, and camp over at, Red Rose 2018 on 11th and 12 August. Red Rose is an international camp, run every four years by West Lancs Scouts, bringing together Scouts and Guides from around the world. This is the 20th time the camp will be hosted, and this time it will take place at Westmorland Showground, Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7NH. The Cubs will have the chance to attend the opening ceremony, enjoy the evening entertainment, camp in a huge marquee with lots of other Cubs and then experience International Day with Scouts and Guides. The cost is £25, which includes a t-shirt, branded necker, badge, and full catering. Places are very limited and on a first come, first served basis. - I have no control over who gets a place! As the camp is organised by the County and not our Group or District, there is a different way to book and pay. To book your place, send the attached form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use this address if you have any questions about the event as well. You will also need to send a paper copy with payment to Jenny MacDonald (address on page 2 of the form). There is lots more information on the camp, including more information on how to book your place, on the website - www.redrose.org.uk/cubs Thank you Mark Kirkham
The Scouts tucked into the meals they'd prepared on camp and were impressed with the results! #skillsforlife
Last October our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts spent a morning planting bulbs in Anderton and now Spring is showing the fruits of their labour!
Thank you to everyone who came to this evening's Carol Service. Best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year!
This year we decided to do something different in order to achieve the Astronomer Activity badge and so on a very cold Friday evening we hired the West Lancs Scout minibus to take us to the University of Central Lancashire's Alston Observatory. Not knowing exactly what to expect we were amazed to find, in what felt like the middle of nowhere, the impressive Alston Observatory Visitors' Centre flanked by two Observatory domes. Jordan and Dan, two Astronomy PhD students, were shivering outside waiting to greet us!
The Scouts were first taken into the Planetarium and given an overview of the history of the universe by Jordan and the main features of the observable universe. Jordan and Dan were really impressed with some of the questions they were asked and the scouts' knowledge of Astronomy.
Our next stop was to see the 15-inch Grubb-manufactured Wilfred Hall Telescope, which was built in 1894 but despite its size Dan explained why it's only as powerful as one of the much smaller modern-day mirror telescopes. We were then taken to the second observatory dome which houses, by contrast, the state-of-the-art 0.7m Planewave CDK700 Telescope. This telescope was named the Moses Holden Telescope in honour of the local Astronomer Moses Holden. The Moses Holden telescope is the most modern telescope available in the UK and is used for both teaching and public outreach. Despite being operational for just over a year, the telescope has already distinguished itself by imaging planets, nebulae in the Milky Way, distant galaxies and even confirming the presence of a planet orbiting a nearby star! Please scroll down to see a video of the telescope in action and Dan showing us some images the telescope has taken so far...
Our visit was finished off back in the warmth of the Planetarium, with Dan and Jordan taking us on a virtual journey of the galaxy. We learned all about the constellations which are visible in the night sky and the Greek mythology behind some of their names.
The last question of the evening was "please can we stay just a little bit longer" which summed up perfectly how we all felt.
A big thank you to Jordan and Dan at UCLAN for such an amazing evening - you definitely inspired some budding Astronomers at the ASJ Scout Group!
Our guide, Dan, showing us the state-of-the-art Moses Holden telescope...
ASJ Scout Group is calling for the support of the local community to help win funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund 2017.
We're relying on votes to increase our chances of winning funding of up to £1,000 which we hope will enable us to purchase much-needed camping equipment. Only projects with the most votes will become finalists, so additional support is vital.
Some eight years ago Anderton St Joseph’s Scout Group was slipping into oblivion. We had very few young people attending, only six Beavers, six Cubs and no Scout section. The Group was in a dire financial state with virtually no money and if not for the Leaders donating their own money the Group would have gone out of existence. They had little or no equipment and what they had was old, worn out and almost totally useless.
However the introduction of a new Leadership team at that time and with help from some willing parent volunteers we have managed to turn the Group around and we have grown so much that we now cater for around 70 young people every week. The Beavers and Cub sections are full to bursting and we now have a successful Scout section.
This transformation has not been easy and only achieved through long hours of work from the dedicated Leaders and parent Executive team who have put together exciting and fun programmes and raised funds to allow us to deliver these programmes. We have also received excellent help and support from our local Parish Council for the work we have been doing for the youth of the village and surrounding area.
Between us we have begged and borrowed equipment cajoled and persuaded people to help to get us through but we now need to move the Group forward. We need to be able to offer more activities and especially residential and outdoor activities. To do this we need to purchase some good quality camping and outdoor equipment to reduce our reliance on others.
Residential activities are an essential part of the development of young people; they provide the opportunity to learn many of the life skills they will need in future life in a safe and fun environment. They give the young people a “peg up” in life so that they are not solely reliant on other people to get by. We start with simple things like looking after their belongings, personal hygiene and develop this for the older ones to budgeting for and cooking nutritional meals and developing their ability to look after and care for themselves and others. The activities are designed to build self-confidence and self-esteem, teaching them about working together, to take responsibility for their own actions, to look after others, to respect people and property and enhance their overall well-being.
Most children these days live relatively sedentary lives and the residential experiences get them out undertaking physical activities. We design the activities to challenge them whilst being achievable and most importantly fun. This helps improve both their physical and mental well-being; they develop positive attitudes and the ability to take on life’s challenges. It also has a spin off by teaching them about nature, their environment and the different ways of life and the importance of preserving these.
It is essential that we begin planning the next phase in the Groups development now so that come spring and summer we have the additional equipment to allow us to get the youngsters out and about and enjoying the activities. We are a progressive modern group offering a 21st century programme that we believe meets the needs of the young people . We try hard to develop every young persons potential by using structured activities, in many cases individually tailored to their needs. It is clear that we are doing something right by the number of youngsters who regularly attend and seeing the huge development of individuals and the Group as a whole. This is also reflected in the confidence shown by the parents in letting us work with their young people .
Phil Fairclough, ASJ Scouts Group Scout Leader, says:
"We are now in a position where a little more help will see a big change to the dynamics of the programme and enable us to ensure that we can carry on developing fun programmes for the young people. Your vote will really help"
Congratulations to Ben Smith and Alex Bentham on achieving the Chief Scout's Gold Award! They received their awards last night after four years' of hard work and dedication.
This weekend ten of the scouts joined up with 2nd Wakefield (Crofton) Scout Group to hire the "Jubilee Venture" and "Scouting Venture" Narrowboats. Both boats were moored by the Navigation public house on the outskirts of Wakefield and Friday evening was spent getting to know both the boats and our new scout friends!
Saturday was an early 07:00 start in order to get on our way along the Calder and Hebble Navigation Waterway to Huddersfield - an all day journey and we needed to get there before dark. Unfortunately the River Calder was particularly swollen so we had to turn around at Mirfield and head back to Wakefield, but that didn't disappoint the Scouts who were having a great time steering the boat and working the locks in crews - volunteering to help other Narrowboaters in real Scouting style!
We made it back to Wakefield just as it was beginning to go dark and we had a slap-up meal on board the Scouting Challenge together before turning in at an early 10.30pm. We broke a Scouting weekend record as everyone was asleep (even the leaders) for 11pm and we all had a solid NINE hours' sleep through to 8am the next morning - working the locks and fresh air are a powerful sedative!
On the Sunday we explored the opposite side of the Wakefield canal and practiced manoeuvres in the River Calder, before servicing the boats at Horbury Basin and heading back to The Navigation, where we'd left the Scout minibus.
All the Scouts agreed that they'd had an amazing weekend and we can't wait to hire the boats again next year!