Going for Gold (or Silver or Bronze)

All the young people in both our Guiding and Scouting sections have the opportunity to earn that sections top awards during their time in each section and whilst all our units are enjoying their summer holidays we’re going to take a minute to celebrate those the awards that have been earned this year.

How do the awards work?

In Guiding each section has Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards that girls work towards by earning Theme Awards that accumulate towards each award during their time in Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers. To achieve a theme award a girl must have earned an Interest Badge, Skills Builder and done lots of exciting activities from that theme. All the information about these badges are in each sections badge book.

In Scouting each section has one top Award, the Chief Scouts Award – Bronze for Beavers, Silver for Cubs, Gold for Scouts,  Platinum & Diamond for Explorers. To achieve the Chief Scouts Award a young person must earn all the Challenge Awards for that section (i.e Beavers, Cubs, Scouts) and a number of interest badges, although the Platinum & Diamond awards are a bigger challenge with nights away and other elements. All the information about these badges are on the Scouts.org.uk website and in the each sections Badges & Awards book.

This year…

Has not really been like any other year, with the majority of our units meeting online for much of the last year, it’s been even more challenging for our young people to complete these awards. So, we are very proud to congratulate the following young people for their achievements:

1st Bisley Rainbows
Rainbow Bronze Award
1st Bussage Brownies
Brownie Gold Award
1st Chalford Guides
Guide Silver Award
1st Eastcombe Scouts
Chief Scouts Gold Award

Adult awards

Scouting presents good service awards every year and what with the lockdown and the like last year, some of the awards took a little while to reach their intended recipients in 2020 and 2021. So Eastcombe Scout and Guide Group is proud to congratulate Tony (Group Treasurer) for reciving the Bar to the Award of Merit in 2020, as well as Tigz and Guy (Scout Leader & Assistant Scout Leader) and Petra (previous Cub Leader) who recieved the Chief Scouts Commendation for Good Service in 2020 too.

One presentation for a 2020 Award that took place in the last term was to Jim, Assistant Cub Leader with 1st Eastcombe Cubs at one of their first face to face cub meetings. Jim was presented with Award for Merit by Group Scout Leader Dave. The Award for Merit is a Scout Association award for outstanding and dedicated service to scouting – Jim has been a cub leader for many years, including with British Scouting Overseas and subsequently is fundamental to keeping 1st Eastcombe Cubs running, including learning how to run online meetings.

Girlguiding Gloucestershire have a set of their own Good Service Awards, the most recent ones having been presented at the (virtual) County AGM. This included the Inspiring Leader Award which was made to Mary, Rainbow, Ranger & Guide Leader.

September Reopening Working Weekend

Clearing the banks and filling in the gaps

Over the previously three months a group of volunteer leaders and parents from across the sections that meet at Eastcombe Scout & Guide HQ have been working to prepare the building, and therefore the Group, to reopen. The Re-Opening Working Group have undertaken a lot of risk assessment, discussion, deep cleaning, planning and consultation with other volunteers and the community groups that meet at our HQ as well.

The New Woodstore and renewed campfire circle

One of the final steps was a working weekend over the first weekend in September, where a group of volunteers got together to work through all the things that our preparations had identified as essential before we reopened. In terms of Covid secure works, we’ve removed the soft furnishings from the main hall and replaced them with frosting on the patio windows, and covered all of the display boards with sheeting that can be cleaned much easier, and is kinder than removing each group of young peoples work. We’ve also built a new outdoor woodstore and renewed the campfire circle (with thanks to Chalford Building Supplies for the wood and hardcore). The current guidance (September 2020) suggests that our youth sections are going to be meeting outdoors to enable social distancing and we’ve worked hard to make this a nicer, safer, place for the young people in our group.

Repainting in progress

In addition to some Covid secure works, we also did some overdue maintenance – repainting a neglected storeroom, renewing a lot of the safety signs and filling in the much grumbled about holes in the car park. Several members of the team also brought the car park edges under control, re-establishing a number of car parking spaces and improving visibility. There were also several odd jobs to be completed such as cleaning the holds on the bouldering wall and dusting the CCTV cameras!

All in all, and with grateful thanks to the groups executive and volunteer leaders, their families, and members of the Second Table on the Left for giving up their time this weekend. Everyones hard work has improved our meeting place and prepared the HQ for the return of our youth sections: Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows, Guides, Rangers & Explorers, as well as our regular community users, this term.

Tea break!