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Updated on the 20th of July 2017
New events - Group camp, Winter Solstice Camp - see "Future Events" page
There is a lot going on with Scouts at the moment with 2 international trips coming up, a Group Camp and also finding a new location for our weekly meeting place so we just wanted to update everyone and clarify what is happening.
On September the 29th until October the 1st we are at Group Camp at Lytham. We will be leaving Manchester as a group in 2 coaches. Due to the fact we are booking coaches we need a deposit of £10 for this camp by the time we finish for the Summer holidays. Our last meeting before then is Thursday the 20th July. The remainder of the fee can be paid when we start back in September. The total cost of the camp (including deposit) is £30.
Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele – Belgium trip
The trip to Ypres in Belgium is in October. We will be leaving on the evening of Thursday the 26th and returning on the evening of Sunday the 29th.
Those who have their name down for this trip should already have paid a deposit of £20 (if anyone has not yet paid we need it by Thursday the 20th of July please). The total cost of the trip (including the deposit) is £100. This will need to be paid by Thursday the 5th of October at the latest. We need to send off details soon to book the Eurostar trip from Folkestone to Calais so need the following details for everyone as soon as possible please:
Full name (as it appears on the passport),
Date of Birth,
Passport number and expiry date,
Emergency contact detail and home address (if different to what we already have).
There will be a number of activities and events in the build up to this trip (as there were for the Somme trip last year). The first of these is a remembrance service to mark the start of the Battle of Passchendaele on the 30th of July (the battle started on the 31st) at Heywood Cenotaph. We would encourage those taking part in the trip to attend – full smart uniform please.
Kandersteg International Camp (Switzerland) August 2018
We are still waiting for some deposits for this – if you have not already brought this it needs to be received by us by the end of our meeting on Thursday the 20th of July. We will be arranging an online payment system (although can take payments by cash if necessary). The total cost of the trip is £550, we are hoping to bring this down before we go by doing fund raising events – those going on the trip will be expected to do their best to help at these events.
We will need a new home before we start back in September. We are hoping to use the old HQ behind the United Reformed Church in Alkrington (many of you will know it form when we have had sleepovers there). We are hoping this will be permanent but there a lot of issues to sort out first. We will continue to meet on Thursdays at the usual time. This will be a real opportunity for us as we will not have the restrictions on time that we have had while at the school so we can get more done in our meetings. We will keep you informed about this as we find out more ourselves.
Thursday the 20th of July is our last meeting before the summer holidays. We aim to start back on the 7thof September (depending on how well our plan for a new home goes). There is just a chance we will manage to fit in a night away or other event over the holidays so please keep an eye on the facebook page and website.
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Somme trip 2016
After months of planning and preparation we finally completed our first international trip. At 19.00 on the 27th of October we set off in the minibus, making excellent (and unexpected) time on the motorway and arriving at Plymouth at around 01.00, hours ahead of our predicted time. Tijs allowed us to board an earlier train and fit much more into our trip on the French side. We visited many memorials, and saw many thousands of graves to the men who fell in the Great War, many of them never found and having no known grave. We attended the moving service at Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Each of our Scouts had been given the name of a Middleton man who had died at the Somme and we found their names on the memorial walls and left poppy crosses and wreaths (kindly donated by the Middleton Branch of the Royal British Legion).
We were hosted by the amazing Scouts and Leaders of the Groupe Saint-Martins Amiens who provided us with a campsite, the use of their activity centre and treated us to local french food. They even took us to meet the Mayor of Amiens! We are keeping in touch with them and hope to plan further events together in future, both virtually online and maybe even meeting up again sometime.
We are always looking for volunteers to help provide Scouting to the Young People of Middleton. If you think you can help, whether it be with Beavers, Cubs or Scouts, please click here to contact our Group Scout Leader.