There was a fantastic parent and Scout turnout for this year’s Presentation Evening and Annual General Meeting (AGM) with Chorley MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, and County Councillor Kim Snape also attending to show their support.
The evening started with some words from Father O’Shea and then the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers all enjoyed some fun outdoor activities while the formal AGM took place.
After the AGM there was a tea and coffee break and the second half of the evening was the bit everyone was looking forward to – presenting this year’s awards!
There were badges awarded to members of each section, which were presented by Bill King, ASJ Scout Group's President. Special award presentations also included:
- Chief Scout Bronze Awards for Holly Salmon, Ben Davies, Phoebe Thompson, Thomas Lee and Cyrus Vatankhahan;
- Chief Scout Silver Award for Josh Smith;
- Best Beaver award for Holly Salmon and Oliver Wesley;
- Best Cub award for Isabel Kipling;
- Best Scout award for Ben Smith;
- Chorley District Archery Shield for Alex Bentham; and
- The Award for Merit to Group Scout Leader, Phil Fairclough
We would like to thank everyone for attending and for your ongoing support.
At the end of a long week in school or work, there’s nothing better than to put your feet up and relax in front of the tv right?... Not if you’re a Scout! On Friday 23 October ASJ Scout patrols assembled at the Scout Hall to pack the tents and supplies, then head north up the M6 to set-up the weekend camp. The traffic on the motorway conspired against us and it was almost 8pm before we arrived – so the Scouts were setting up a camp in the dark for the second weekend running!
The tents went up rapidly and we were planning routes for the next day, programming GPS way points and nursing mugs of steaming hot chocolate by 10pm.
On this campsite there was no shouting from noisy Cubs to wake us in the middle of the night, as there was last weekend, but there were a lot of unruly pheasants making a racket in the early hours!
The next morning we had a typical camp full English breakfast to provide fuel for the 14-mile circular hike up to Parlick and along the ridge to Fair Snape Fell. The weather was windy and cold but very clear, so there were fantastic views in all directions on the tops. OS maps and compass were used principally for navigation, but GPS were also used to confirm we were on course and to hunt Geocaches en route. This allowed the scouts to gain valuable experience towards their Navigator, Geocaching and Hikes Away badges.
Skip knocked up a, surprisingly, good pasta meal in the evening and we all had just enough energy left for some games of Man Hunt before it was time to light the campfire and eat supper.
The tents were put to the test throughout the night, with driving rain which turned the site into a mud bath by morning! Scouts love mud though, so after breakfast two patrols of scouts went orienteering around the Waddecar site and then return to pack up camp and head home.
All in all, another action-packed fun Scout camp :0)
With clear starry skies, a full moon and very little wind the conditions were perfect for this year's "Journey with a Purpose", which is an exploration over two days and counts towards the Expedition Challenge Award Badge. The Scouts assembled at Hordern Stroops, near Winter Hill, and began the walk towards Anglezarke reservoir at 7pm in the evening, arriving at Bibbby's Farm campsite at 11.30pm. The walk had been carefully planned out by the scouts in previous weeks, working out the way points, bearings, land features to help them navigate the route - in the dark - laded with heavy rucksacks.
The walk was great fun and the scouts assembled their tents in no time at all in the pitch black! The next morning's alarm call was provided by a pack of noisy Cubs in the next door field, but the Scouts had a hot breakfast to look forward to cooked on their trangia stoves.
After breakfast, camp was quickly packed and the Scouts hiked back to the Scout Hut to go home for well deserved baths!
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