Scout Group meetings on
meetings held on Wednesdays with Cub Group
The autumn term of last year
began with a reduced number of just 8 scouts.
Although a smaller group, we had a high level of
commitment and enthusiasm and the troop worked well
The autumn began with Operation
Commando in the Hafren Forest where our scouts set
out in a single group through the forest pursued by
teams of Explorer Scouts. The weather was great and
everyone got round safely although rather exhausted
and hungry as they missed the hot dog base.
Our key activity for the autumn
term was the production of a silent movie inspired
by Kenny Everett. The movie contains sketches
involving DIY tasks which rather predictably end in
disaster. Each scout had to create a task involving
ladders, hammers, drills and all manner of tools
which was then set to Kenny’s famous tune. At the
end of each sketch the scout was seen phoning 999.
Its on the website.
Our annual bonfire night with
the Cubs and Beavers was held at Dolforgan Hall in
Kerry with a BBQ at Geoff Williams’s yard. It was a
great success and everyone enjoyed watching the fire
and fireworks. It was followed by Remembrance Sunday
and a Christmas Party at the Kerry Lamb.
The Spring term included a 4
hour Night Hike from Pen-y-Bryn to Mochdre in which
our Troop took an interesting route bypassing our
own base completely and finishing at 2am. It was a
clear night so navigation by stars might have been
an option for them but not on this occasion.
We took the scouts to an
activity weekend at JCA in Condover as a combined
event with Llanidloes Scout Troop. Scouts enjoyed
wall climbing, bugging building, Jacob’s ladder and
a range of other outdoor activities and there was an
added element of competitiveness between troops.
The start of the summer term
included activities designed to contribute towards
the Chief Scout Gold Award. Our 2 most experienced
scouts, Steffan and Jamie, led a meeting each to
explore the diverse topics of the Tour de France and
the Pepsi / Coka Cola rivalry respectively which
culminated in them completing their Gold Award.
Other scouts are well on their way to completing
their Gold Awards too and the plan is for them to
achieve this before they move on to Explorers next
The summer included the All
Wales Camp in Builth Wells which was, as ever, a
great success with over 1500 scouts attending from
across Wales. Although smaller in scope than in
previous years there were a lot of things to do
including car driving and wheel chair basketball.
We camped alongside Llanidloes Scouts which again
added to fun of the event.
Over the summer a number of
scouts reflected on their commitments with school
and other clubs and sadly only one felt able to
return in September. With only 3 Cubs due to move up
to Scouts it was not possible to run an effective
Scout Troop so we were forced to suspend Scouts for
the autumn term. To provide an interim solution and
continuity until Spring a new Scout/Older Cub group
was formed and this meets on Wednesdays.
We thank the parents for their
continued support and we hope to see Scouts back
Last year we had our largest scout group to date peaking at 22 scouts but reducing to 16 at Christmas with 2 scouts moving on to the new Explorers group in Newtown.
The autumn began with Operation Commando in the Dyfinant Forest where our scouts set out in 4 groups through the forest. They got round safely and tried to avoid capture by Explorer Scouts but sadly did not hold on to many tokens.
It was followed with an activity weekend at PGL near Shrewsbury for the whole group; scouts, cubs and beavers. We took part in a variety of activities such as raft building, abseiling, climbing, high ropes, jacob’s ladder; all brilliant.
Our annual bonfire night with the Cubs and Beavers was a great success and everyone enjoyed watching the fire and fireworks. It was followed by Remembrance Sunday and a Christmas Party at Mirrens.
The Spring term included a 4 hour Night Hike from Penstroed Quarry to Mochdre and a visit to Cae Post
Recycling Centre. We undertook ecology projects including habitat boxes for bats and conservation work here at Abermule School.
The start of the summer term included a look at third world issues which contributed to 3 scouts achieving their Gold Awards which were handed out at the AGM in July. We are proud that these scouts were able to achieve the Gold Award before moving on to Explorers and we hope that other scout will be inspired to do the same.
The summer included a camp at The Forest, a hike to Dolforwyn Castle and some bush craft activities. A very wet charity car wash raised £50 for the
Nepal Earthquake Relief and we ended the term with the ever popular off road karting activity in Aberhafesp.
A video can be found on the Scout Events page of
The autumn term
has seen a reduction in our numbers to 7 but we
expect this to rise again over the year. All 7 took
part in Operation Commando and we enjoyed a camp and fun day at Broneirion with scouts and cubs from other groups in Montgomeryshire. The fun day raised a further £128 for
Nepal Earthquake Relief. The year promises to be just as busy, including another attempt at a silent movie, this time inspired by Kenny Everett.
have 22 scouts. We’ve had a busy year in scouts with
some excellent activities.
began with an activity weekend at PGL near
Shrewsbury where the scouts took part in a variety
of activities such as kayaking, abseiling, climbing,
orienteering and travelling on a zip wire. PGL was
brilliant and the scouts were so keen that we
returned again this year with Cubs and Beavers.
following weekend 5 scouts took part in Operation
Commando and found out why paying attention to
orienteering sessions is a good idea. They all got
round safely but did not hold on to many jewels.
celebrated our 60th anniversary in style with an all
day party. The weather was kind to us and parents
and former scouts joined us to take part in various
games, sports and a hog roast. It was opened by
bonfire night with the Cubs which was a great
success with our best ever fireworks display and
everyone enjoyed watching the fire and roasting
marshmallows. The meetings leading up to Christmas
were used to shoot a Benny Hill style silent movie
in the form of sketches which the scouts had to
prepare and act. It was great fun and can be viewed
on our website. A Christmas dinner at The Kerry Lamb
rounded off the year.
term began with a focus on communication where we
looked at Semaphore, Morse code and digital
technology. About half the troop took part in the
Incident Night Hike which was quite a challenge but
they rose to the task and used their orienteering
skills to get round safely.
We made a
visit to a local farm to see how a modern free range
poultry business with 16000 hens is run and had the
chance to see some new born lambs including one born
while we were there. This was followed by a DIY task
to build habitat boxes for bats where the scouts
showed imaginative ways to use a hammer. Later in
the term we went to McDonalds for a tour
around their kitchen and to carry out a litter pick
promises to be just as busy. A total of 12 scouts
took part in Operation
Commando in September and we returned to PGL
Activity centre in October. Parents are invited to see our diary with
details and pictures of events on our website.
troop has had an eventful year which kicked off with
a medieval theme. We attempted a 13th century castle
siege using egg boxes and paper catapults before
joining the cubs and beavers for a scavenger hunt
and hike at Dolforwyn castle. The warm weather
allowed us to have a camp at Bosun’s house where
scouts planned and cooked their own meals, enjoyed
nettle soup and learnt how to make a mug out of a
lump of wood. After some medieval games and heraldry
we moved on to IT skills and we looked at computers
from the 1980s to Windows 8, code breaking with the
enigma machine and WW2 gas masks.
We held 2
events with Cubs; Bonfire night which was as ever a
fun event with a fire, hot hogs, toffee apples and
marsh mallows and a Christmas party at La Terrazza
for which we all made decorations and invited local
illusionist Kelvin Dean to entertain us all
throughout the evening.
invited to visit Hafren Radio and had the pleasure
of recording our own advert which was aired on the
radio. Charlie became the voice of the troop and you
can hear the ad on our website. A movie night was
held looking at the films of Charlie Chaplin with a
view to producing our own silent movie which we have
of the year was a visit to RAF Cosford with the
whole group and 2 large coaches took us there. It
was a great opportunity for members of Abermule scot
group to do something together and the museum was a
real inspiration to them. An Orienteering and map
reading session was followed by a hike over Pennaron
Hill in Kerry using GPS navigation tools to find
As the term
came to an end we enjoyed a street sports session
at the Skatepark in Newtown, more camp based outdoor
activities and a laser shooting session at uStrike.
We rounded off the year with a charity car wash by
which we raised £40 for Air Ambulance followed by
the ever popular Off Road Karting experience in
Aberhafesp as a final treat.
promises to be just as busy, with big events
including, the PGL Activity weekend and Operation
Commando in September and the All Wales Camp in
June. Parents are invited to see our diary with
details and pictures of events on our website.
Since two new
leaders (David Hill and Paul Martin) took over the
running of Abermule Scouts last September 2011
things have been busy busy busy!! Initially we
started the troop with a number of around 8 Scouts
and at the time of writing this our numbers have
increased to a fantastic 18.
Our highlights for the year include Bonfire night,
the silent movie, Christmas meal, visiting
McDonalds, visit from Red Dragon Bushcraft, bowling,
night hikes, geocaching, and much much more! We
ended the year with Off Road Karting which was
brilliant fun !!!
Our first camp this year was to Staylittle Outdoor
Centre where we took part in archery and team
building tasks and this was followed by the All
Wales Scout Camp which hosted 1000+ Scouts!!!
Abermule Scouts restarted in September
2011 with two new leaders so this report covers only
the first 5 weeks. At present, we have 10 Scouts but
this number is due to increase between half term and
My name is David Hill (Skipper) and I’ve been through
the ranks for Scouting, I was a Cub, Scout and Venture
Scout in Newtown and now I live in Abermule.
I run Scouts with the assistance of Paul Martin (Bosun)
and have had good feedback from the parents on our first
few meetings. We have been running a mixture of events
ranging from pioneering skills, craft skills and team
games and have been getting the Scout records up to
date and creating structure within the Patrol.
Our first major event is a Fire Skills
Night in October in preparation for bonfire night. We
will be building a bonfire and learning different techniques
for fire making. The Cubs have been invited to join
us on bonfire night to enjoy the fire and watch a fireworks
display. Both Cubs and Scouts made a Guy to go the top
of the fire and went on the building a bonfire. Bonfire
Night was a huge success with fireworks lighting up
the sky. There were hot dogs, toffee apples and scouts
enjoyed roasting marshmallows on the embers.
Our plans for the future include Camping,
Hiking, Climbing, Sailing, getting involved in local
community conservation projects. Other plans include
fund raising for the Abermule Scout Group, inviting
local professional people such as Police, Firemen and
Ambulance men to carry out sessions.
This report will be updated with more information about
the activities we undertake
The Abermule Scout Group would like
to invite new members aged 10½ to 13 to join our Scout
Troop. Please contact us for more information
We look forward to welcoming new members
to the troop.
Address: Abermule Community Centre