RAC visit Beavers and Cubs

Road safety mascot Horace says: “Bright kids stay safe and be seen”

Westbury-on-Trym Beavers and Cubs meet canine road safety champion Horace

Forty Beavers  and Cubs in Westbury-on-Trym got to meet road safety hero Horace yesterday evening when he visited the 90th Bristol Scout Group as part of a road safety workshop.

Horace is the RAC’s road safety mascot and was created by Aardman to help promote road safety education to children. The RAC also teamed up with the Scout Association to engage their young people with road safety workshops to spread the message with engaging experiences, practical tips, challenges and competitions.

The Westbury-on-Trym Beavers and Cubs wrote to the RAC inviting Horace to visit which he was very happy to accept. The RAC also agreed to run a road safety workshop covering key issues including: road safety in a vehicle breakdown situation; the importance of being visible on the road, in-car safety and pedestrian crossings.

The Beavers and Cubs completed a series of challenges which will help them achieve their road safety badge which is sponsored by the RAC and features Horace in its design. Horace also handed out bright orange high-visibility vests to all the children.

RAC road safety champion Jacqui Thompson said: “Horace and our road safety team were delighted to join the Cubs and Beavers of the 90th Bristol Scout Group at the Methodist Church Hall in Westbury-on-Trym. We all enjoyed a couple of practical sessions running through road safety messages and key life skills on how to stay safe on the road.

“The children also got the chance to look around a real patrol van and see some of the 500 parts and tools our orange patrols carry to ensure they can fix our members vehicles and get them back on the road I think the Cubs and Beavers favourite moment was when they met Horace and many got the chance to sit in the driver’s seat in the patrol van and switch on the orange beacons!”

Beaver Scout leader Vikki Angell said: “It was a great evening for our Beavers and Cubs bringing important road safety messages to life in a fun and engaging way. The children loved meeting Horace and I am sure they will all be wearing their orange high-vis vests with pride when they are out and about on the road.”

Over 100,000 Cubs have completed similar workshops and learnt about the Green Cross Code to achieve their Horace road safety badge over the last two and a half years.

 

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Winter Term Highlights

It may have been the winter and cold and snowy outside, but that didn’t stop Beavers, Cubs and Scouts having fun! Here are some of the photo highlights from the past term:

Scouts made pancakes on camping stoves:

Beavers made pizzas:

When most meetings were cancelled, Scouts took to Skype to hold a virtual Scout meeting:

Both Beaver Colonies had a day on the docks, visiting the SS Great Britain and having a boat ride:

Scouts learnt how to change a duvet and poach an egg (and clear up) as part of their Skills Challenge badge:

Frome Beavers learnt all about photography with Kelvin and Nigel of Nige Burr Photography:

  

and Trym Cubs won the District Swimming Gala!

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Disability Badge

Busy two weeks for the Trym Beavers completing there Disability Badge. Last week we were lucky to have a special guest visit. Hetty a black labrador puppy, joined us with trainers David and Janice from Guide Dogs for the blind. And this week Helen Hollick came and taught the Beavers Makaton. They got a cerficate to prove it as well! Thank you very much to the wonderful volunteers that gave up there time to help us.

Halloween

Friday night Beavers had a great time before half term celebrating Halloween and dressing up. They all look great, if a little frightening!

Autumn Bazaar and Bike Sale

Westbury Methodist Church, where we hold all our groups, is holding an Autumn Bazaar on Saturday November 11th between 10am and 2pm.

As part of this event, the District Scouts will be holding a second hand bike sale.

Come along and grab a bike pre-christmas or sell any outgrown bikes.

You can either donate your bike to the Scouts or you can pay a fee and sell it yourself. Any size but we do ask that they are in decent condition.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Beavers Clip and Climb

Thursday Beavers went to Clip and Climb this evening where they all were able to climb up a wide range of fun and challenging walls then abseil back down again in complete safety. They all did brilliantly!

Summer Camp

This years joint Summer Camp was with 77th, 90th, 167th Bristol Scouts and Steama Explorers. We went to Winsford in Somerset, on the edge of Exmoor. The Scouts and Explorers were all split into patrols and cooked all the meals for themselves (and leaders!) on open fires, we just provided some food and instructions. The highlight of the meals was the ‘free day meal’, where we give each patrol £25 and take them to a supermarket, where they have to buy the ingredients to cook a three course meal. All the meals were excellent and ranged from eggs benedict, to curry, to stir fry and for dessert, trifles, strawberries coated in chocolate and spotted dick!

Activities for the week included high ropes, stand up paddle boarding, NGOOT (incident hike), crystal maze and lots of time in the river. The Explorers also completed a two day hike and undertook some conservation with Exmoor National Park.

Here are some photos from the camp.

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Westbury 1300 celebrations – yarn bombing

The 90th Bristol Scout Group have been involved in yarn bombing Westbury-on-Trym village. It is part of the celebrations for the 1300th anniversary of the village. The colour of the logo for the event is purple, so it was decided that it would be fun to yarn bomb the village in purple. The Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and leaders (along with the odd exec member) have made purple pom poms which can be seen hanging around the village.

There is also a children’s activity sheet if you need inspiration for how to get involved over the summer holidays – you can download it by clicking here.