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Jun 3, 2017
There is a chance for all sections to visit HMS Somerset, Type 23 frigate, which will be in the bay for the Air Show
Feb 20, 2017
2pm at Beacon Quay, Torquay. Parade to Princess Theatre - IMMACULATE uniforms please
Feb 2, 2017
Helpers needed to get the campsite ready for this year, 9am - 4pm - free hot lunch!
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AGM Reports

 

Here are the Beaver's and Cub's Section reports of the Section Reports from this year's Group AGM

These can give you an idea of the variety and scope of the activities that our sections get up to with your children opver the year.

You can either scroll down and read the reports, or download pdf files by clicking on the following links:

Beavers AGM Report          Cubs AGM Report

 

The Beavers’ Section report was presented
 
to the AGM by Helen Wild, Beaver Section Leader
 
 
The Past Year
This has been another successful year in Beaver Scouts.  Both Vanguard and Vigilant Colonies have enjoyed completing a variety of badge work with each Term’s Programme as well as enjoying joint Colony evenings and outings.  The new Challenge and Activity Badges are now well incorporated into the Beaver Programme, however, we still have 7 Pre-2015 Beavers completing the old badge system.
 
The Beaver Sections have enjoyed various outings and activities over the past year which covers criteria for their badges.  These have included:
 
6th Torbay Group Firework Bonanza at Watcombe Camp – a huge success, well attended by the Beavers and an opportunity to meet all Scout members across the Sections.  I think the Leaders and Parents/Guardians have just as much fun, if not more, than the children.  We are all looking forward to this annual event
 
Bag Pack at Morrisons Nov 2015 which raised nearly £1,000 - much needed funds for HQ maintenance and boat repairs.  Well done Beavers & Cubs.
 
District 5-A-Side Football Nov 2015 – although not many Beaver Teams from across the District entered, it was a fantastic event which was well attended by the 6th Torbay Beavers.  Vanguard & Vigilant Colonies each entered a Team and we came 1st and 3rd respectively.  Well done.
 
Christmas Outing – Paignton Cinema Minions Movie: again a success as no-one moved for 90 minutes and was well attended!
 
Group Christmas Carol Service – The Beaver Section had a fantastic turn out and sang Little Donkey.  Always a favourite and successful event as it enables all Sections, as well as Leaders, parents and guardians to meet one another.
 
Meet a GP – as part of their My World Challenge the Colonies met a local GP who ran a brilliant session: she talked about visiting a GP, reassured them about what a GP/Nurse do to look after their patients, and brought along a variety of equipment to show the Beavers and which they got to use.  Thank you Dr Julia Gaffney.
 
Swimming Badge & Fun Session – Brixham Pool.  Well attended and encouraged the Beavers the importance of learning to swim especially if you are a Sea Scout.  Also the fun session was a great way for each Colony to meet and play together, as well as the parents and Leaders.
 
Charity Walk - 1 Mile around Paignton Green raised £55 for the Get Kids Going Charity.  This Charity buys sports and mobility equipment for disabled children.  One of the Beaver’s parents ran the London Marathon in aid of this charity and we incorporated this into their Health & Fitness Badge.
 
Zoo trip in May 2016 – Brilliant day out attended by 80% of the Beavers who were all very well behaved.  Again lots of badge work covered.
 
Water Activities Family Beach BBQ June 2016 – this was a huge success.  The weather was on our side and the feedback from Beavers and Parents alike was to say a huge thank you to all for arranging what was a fantastic evening.  I would also like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to everyone for making this possible.  It is one of the highlight’s of the year in the Beaver Calendar – so thank you from Kiwi.
 
Sleepover July 2016 – with an “I’m A Beaver Scout Get Me Out of Here!” Theme.  One to look forward to and is hugely popular.  Last year’s “At the Movies” Sleepover was a success.
 
Assistant Lodge Leaders
One year ago we introduced the Assistant Lodge Leader to assist the Lodge Leader;  Beaver’s equivalent of a Sixer and Seconder as in Cubs.  This has proved to be a successful move and it has given the Beavers something to strive for.  Well done to all Lodge Leaders & Assistant Lodge Leaders.
 
Awards
Each Term we award the following trophies:
 

Outstanding Beaver, Vanguard Colony:

Liam Woodward [Summer ‘16], &Gethin Cowell [Spring ’16]

Outstanding Beaver, Vigilant Colony:

Tyler Phillips [Summer ‘16], &Jack Barnaby [Spring ’16]

Progress Award:

Ruby Mathew, Vanguard [Summer ‘16], &Hayden Swadling, Vigilant [Spring ’16]

Caring & Sharing Beaver Award:

Ethan Howard, Vigilant [Summer ‘16], &Phoebe Fletcher, Vigilant [Spring ’16]

 
These Awards have proved to be a great incentive for the Beavers to do their best.
 
Leaders
Welcome to 2 new Assistant Beaver Scout Leaders (ABSL’s) Neil Tozer and Andy Shimmin aka Shark and Clownfish respectfully. Both have made a fantastic contribution to Monday night Beavers.
 
Running over the 2 evenings we now have:
 
1 x BSL [Beaver Scout Leader]
6 x ABSL [Assistant Beaver Scout Leader]
2 x ACSL [Assisant Cub Scout Leader]
1 x SA [Sectional Assistant]
1 x Young Leader
 
There continues to be regular training of all our Leaders with validation of their Training Modules.  Thank you to Gareth Cowell, GSL for overseeing their training records and permits.
 
The Waiting List
The Waiting List is currently closed to new members aged over 3.  We have 91 new members on the Waiting List and we are full until September 2019!  The Group’s website is regularly updated with this information.
 
New Members
September 2015 – April 2016 saw 32 new members join our Colonies.  All baring 3 have stayed with us.  We continue to recruit 3 times a year: January, April & September.
 
Beavers Linking to Cubs
September 2015-April 2016 saw 26 Beavers linking to Cubs. 
 
Bronze Chief Scout Award
September 2015 – April 2016 saw 21 Beavers; 15 boys & 6 girls, complete their Chief Scout Bronze Award.  Well done to them all as this Award takes the best part of 1½ to 2 years to achieve.
 
Future of 6th Torbay Beaver Section
With the continued dedication and support from all the Beaver Leaders we can look forward to another year of adventurous fun!   We aim to offer a wide and varied Programme and give the Beavers a wonderful experience in order to progress through all Scouting Sections.  The evidence of the Waiting List proves that we must be doing it right!   Which leads me nicely onto….
 
Thank You’s:
 
  • to my dedicated Team of ABSL’s, SA (Sectional assistants) and PH (Parent Helpers) for making the past year such fun!  Also to the Cub & Scout Helpers for attending the session[s] with your Leader parents – you do make a difference and the Beavers enjoy having you there – honest!
 
  • A special and huge Thank You to Explorer Scout Arran Wild for attending Beavers twice a week for the past 5 years ; helping set up/tidy away, assist in the bases/sessions, for helping the Leaders and for encouraging the Beavers in all that they do.
 
A special ‘Thank You’ to:
 
  • Val Cowell – Treasurer & Personal Shopper – for keeping track of all of the Standing Orders and buying in the shipping order of Beaver badges.
 
  • Chris Hartt – PA – for group texting/emailing all Beaver parents and Leaders on my behalf.
 
You both do a wonderful job of looking after me and you make my life so much easier.  I’d be lost without you both, thank you
 
 
THANK YOU
 
 
 
 
The Cubs’ Section report was presented to the AGM
 
by Jennifer Bailey, Cubs Section Leader
 
 
Both Invincible and Illustrious Cub Packs have had another very busy and successful year.  As well as a full programme of Cub activities they have taken part in events organised by the District, Borough and County.
 
The pack has continued to grow we currently have 35 in Invincible (with 2 linking to Scouts) and 23 in Illustrious (with 2 linking to Scouts). We have also been joined by new leaders – and have support from several parents.
 
We have continued to use Online Scout Manager to make record keeping quicker and ensure easy transition between sections. It has been invaluable with the introduction of the new badges last year.
 
This year celebrates 100 years of Cub Scouts and because of this there are many special events being held.
 
District, Borough and County Events
In November we took part in the District Football completion where Invincible pack came second and Illustrious fourth. Well done to all who took part.
 
We were delighted with the result of the Borough swimming gala held in December last year where the Invincible team won overall, and the Illustrious team came third. All the Cubs who took part did incredibly well – and the leaders in the leaders’ fun race didn’t do too badly either!
 
Camps and Sleepovers
In December 2015 we decided to repeat last year’s Christmas sleepover at Watcombe. With party games, fancy dress a full Christmas dinner and late night movie show, all cubs enjoyed it – 33 children attended. This year, however, we will be attending the Centenary No-Sleep Sleepover at Exeter University.
 
In September 2015 we had a very successful pirate themed challenge camp which saw 28 children camping at Watcombe. All the activities were pirate themed and they took part in activities such as air rifle-shooting, bandage the pirate, catapult building plus much more. We even had a treasure chest with golden coins!
 
At the beginning of April we held a Sixers and Seconders camp which was successfully organised and run by Sona (Si Costin) as part of his Nights Away Permit. 17 Cubs and 2 Scouts attended – there were many activities such as fire-lighting, problem solving, air-rifle shooting etc. and they were themed around ‘Escape the Watcombe Wasteland’
 
At the end of April this year we attended the Centenary Activity Camp at Watcombe, where the Cubs could take part in many activities such as Parcourt, Water slide, Climbing wall, arts and crafts – something for everyone. At the camp we also entered two teams into the ‘Gun Run’ with our teams placed first and second. The boys’ team won and the girls’ team achieved the fastest time of the day. 42 teams entered! We also saw some Cubs placed in the Cross Country Run.
We have now been able to borrow the guns so we can make our own!
 
Five Cubs were awarded their Chief Scout Silver awards, and two leaders their Wood Beads at camp.
 
In June this year we attended the Borough Camp at PGL in Torquay. 33 of our Cubs attended plus 3 Leaders - and we had a very busy, fun-filled couple of days where the Cubs were able to have a go at Zip Wire, Abseiling, Trapeze, Fencing, Archery and much more. The leaders had a go too!
 
By the end of this year we should see 6 nights spent under canvas plus 3 nights indoors - with many cubs taking the opportunity to earn different badges. Sadly, for the fourth year running we had no Summer Camp due to lack of interest, we are hoping to remedy this for next year.
 
Other Events
At the Christmas Carol Service we had a good turnout and a number of Cubs performed readings for us. They also sang and Makaton signed ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ to the congregation. They practiced hard and they were clear and easy to hear (and read).
 
Last week the weather conditions were kind to us (we had to cancel last year) we had the Packs’ Family Beach BBQs where the children (and some parents) took to the water and then enjoyed hot dogs on Fairy Cove. Hopefully next year we can encourage more parents to take to the water!
 
Chief Scout Silver Awards
In total this year we have awarded a total of 8 Chief Scout badges.
 
 
Events Coming Up
 
We also hope to have a good water season this summer with Cubs earning their water activities badges.
           
Our new leaders are progressing well, learning the routines of the section as well as keeping up with their training modules.
 
Thank you to Russ, Sandra & Val for their help on our barbecues, camps and sleepovers. To Val Cowell for her help at the BBQ’s and as Section Treasurer and to Gordon Cowell with all his support as Nights Away Advisor. I would also like to thank the Leaders from other sections who have helped and supported us with camps and activities. You are all valued very highly and I really can’t thank you enough!
 
Finally, my thanks go to all the Cubs, leaders and parents because without their support and input we wouldn’t be able to accomplish all the activities that we do.
 
 
THANK YOU