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Scouts & Explorers Count Down to Adventure of a Lifetime

June 21, 2017 15:59 | Posted by | No Comments

In 10 days time, 26 Scouts and Explorers from Mersey Weaver with embark on the adventure of a lifetime by attending the World’s Northernmost Jamboree in Bodø, Norway.

Situated at 67 degrees north, above the Arctic Circle with beautiful mountain views. Bodø is the capital of Nordland county and is surrounded by some of the most pristine wilderness in Norway including 17 Nature Reserves.  As well as thousands of Scouts from all across Norway and Scandinavia, participants will be joining contingents from as far away as the USA, Australia, Netherlands and Hong Kong.. They will meet Scouts from other countries and learn about their cultures, make friends and maybe even swap a few badges!

The contingent will spend 10 days of self discovery in Bodø sharing a camp with our new friendship group 1st Fagerstrand. Together they will cook, eat and sleep as well as take part in some incredible activities including a 24 hour expedition, Sea kayaking and learn about the native peoples of Northern Scandinavia – the Sami. After the Jamboree, the contingent will head south by night train to spend four days with our friendship group in Nesodden, a peninsula just south of Oslo meeting their families as well as interacting with Beavers and Cubs. There will be time to explore Oslo and some of its culture including a visit to the Nobel Peace Prize Centre and a ferry trip down the Oslo fjord before returning home.

We hope to reciprocate our hosts hospitality by  welcome 1st Fagerstand to the District in 2018.

To get to this point has not been easy and it all started back in October when participants took part in a selection event which included an interview and teamwork activity. Since then not only have the participants been hard at work fundraising the full £38,000 they needed to make the experience possible (a whopping 70+ events were organised over the course of 8 months) but also taking part in a number of preparation and team building activities along the way including:

  • Halloween Social
  • Two Radio Interviews
  • Five Hillwalking Experiences
  • A Beaver and Cub Disco
  • Skills workshop
  • A weekend away at our Clogwyn Activity Centre in North Wales
  • A REC Frist Aid Qualification
  • Six Hike practices
  • A week-long Camp at Great Tower in the Lake District
  • Mask Making Day
  • Magazine Interview
  • Night Nav Experience
  • Six Norwegian Lessons in Liverpool

Some Highlights of the Fundraising Events included:

  • Nord Battle of the Bands
  • Nord Ball
  • Nord Helsby Family Funday

A huge thanks should go to Andy, Charlie, Fiona and James for all that you have done to support me making this experience happen for the Young People. Dex for all his support – I wish you and Nicola all the best with your new-born baby. Owen, Colin & Jeff for believing in me and giving me the backing. Cath for being an amazing treasurer and extremely prompt and efficient at making all the payments we’ve needed. As well as all those from the District Team, District ASUs, District ESU’s, District Executive and County Team who have contributed in one way of another to making this experience happen.

I would also like to thank all the local organisations, businesses, councillors, leaders, parents and friends of the District who have contributed financially to the project. We have seen great support from Cheshire Scout Council, Halton Borough Council, ETC UK, Frodsham Freemasons, Helsby Town Council, Helsby & Frodsham Lions, Howden’s Joinery, Inovyn Chlor, GMB, Essar Four Villages Half Marathon, Leslie Sell Trust, Frodsham Town Council, Helsby Rugby Club, Frodsham and Helsby Rotary, Soroptimists, Barclays.

And finally a huge B-R-A-V-O to all the parents and participants who have worked tirelessly over the last 8months fundraising.

Make sure you keep your eyes peeled on our Social Media Channels for updates while we are there; as well as our contingent mini site and blog https://nord2017.mwscouts.org

Oliver Chambers (ADC Adventure & Contingent Leader)

Scouts and Explorers take part in Xped24

June 21, 2017 14:33 | Posted by | No Comments

On the 9th/10th June, Scouts and Explorers from 11 different Groups and Units took part in an overnight hike which started at Forest Camp and finished on the border of Staffordshire. The Scouts & Explorer hiked through the night, stopping for only a few hours kip in bivi bags – an exciting experience in its self! The Scouts did immensely well braving heavy rain on the Saturday morning and still smiling throughout!

Organisers Richard Hamilton and Oliver Chambers would like to thank all the members of the Hillwalking and Trekking ASU for making the event possible as well as Alec & Mary Wynne for organising the basecamp,  Louise, Stephen, Andrew, Dave for Driving the two minibuses as well as Breeda and Dave Worthington for providing First Aid support.

Cheshire Hike 2017

June 21, 2017 14:20 | Posted by | No Comments

This weekend, Scouts from Mersey Weaver and other Districts in the County donned their backpacks and took part in “Cheshire Hike”. The event, now in it’s fifty first year is an annual competition open to all Scouts and Guides in Cheshire. The two day expedition is real challenge for all those who take part but with careful planning and good training, the Scouts that took part this weekend are living proof you can succeed! We are looking forward to hearing all the memorable stories from our young people and thank the leaders & parents that took the time to train them as well as the hike organisers and everyone that made the event possible.

Juniors 19km Saturday, 12km Sunday

Intermediate 25km (plus one optional 5km leg) Saturday, 16km Sunday

Senior 29km (plus two optional 5km legs), 19km Sunday

Senior Plus 34km (plus one option 5km leg), 19km Sunday

We would like to thank Richard, Carl, Mark and other members of the newly formed hillwalking and trekking ASU who put considerable effort in at a District Level helping to prepare teams for the event.

Well done to all the District Winners and Zac Hunter & Chloe Leyland from Cestrian ESU who won the Overall Senior+ category.

For any Scouts now considering taking part in the Hike next year stay tuned for details of our own event Mersey Weaver Trek for younger Scouts this Summer!

Another year of growth in Mersey Weaver

June 21, 2017 14:11 | Posted by | No Comments

Growth

The release of the 2017 census sees the Mersey Weaver District celebrating another year of growth! With 1563 members in total in the District – 223 more than the previous year!

 

The UK Movement also celebrates it 12th consecutive year of growth with 573,000 members in total – 115,000 of whom are volunteers, 25% of the UK membership is female and 21 young people are now joining the Movement every single day (on average).

Adult volunteers

As a volunteer-led organisation, we would not be able to provide our high-quality Programme to so many young people each week without dedicated adults. Owen Campbell, District Commissioner, stated ” I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the adult leaders and supporters for their commitment and enthusiasm in providing a fun and rewarding experience to our youth membership”.

After another year of impressive growth, we know that even more young people still want to join the adventure and are actively seeking ways to give them that opportunity.

District Search & Rescue Activity

September 3, 2016 13:53 | Posted by |

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On the 19th August, over 40 Scouts from across the District took part in an all night activity at Forest Camp Activity Centre. The objective of the event was to successfully locate, triage and treat a number of missing casualties that had becomes stranded and injured while parachuting out of a crashing aeroplane. The Scouts had to build their own shelters and cook a meal using the resources they were carrying with them but could also request additional supplies over VHF radio  flown in by drone!

Mersey Weaver Announce Contingent at Nord2017 – The World’s Northernmost Jamboree

June 5, 2016 20:14 | Posted by |

At the District Annual review ADC Adventure, Oliver Chambers announced a once in a lifetime opportunity for around thirty Scouts, Explorers and Network to attend the World’s Northernmost Jamboree in Bodø in July 2017.

Situated at 67 degrees north, above the Arctic Circle with beautiful mountain views. Bodø is the capital of Nordland county and is surrounded by some of the most pristine wilderness in Norway including 17 Nature Reserves. From 4th June to 8th July the sun never sets, providing a unique light, day and night!

As well as thousands of Scouts from all across Norway and Scandinavia, participants will be joining contingents from as far away as the USA, Netherlands and Hong Kong.. Meet Scouts from other countries and learn about their cultures, make friends and maybe even swap a few badges!

The District will also be fortunate enough to participate in a Home Hospitality experience staying with Norwegian families and experiencing day to day Norwegian life.

Through International events our young people help to strengthen relationships with other Scouting organisations throughout the world leading to better understanding of people and global issues.

For more info, head over to our event minisite http://nord2017.mwscouts.org

Reflections on St George’s Day

April 25, 2016 11:25 | Posted by | No Comments

Yesterday’s St George’s Day event was a step in a very different direction for the District. It’s time to reflect on what we were trying to achieve, how well we did and what we might want to learn for the future.

Our young people had told us loud and clear in our survey last year that they wanted something other than the traditional parade and church service. They wanted something more informal. They wanted to try some exciting and adventurous activities, the opportunity have an impact in their community and meet and mix with as many of their fellow Scouts as possible.

As a leadership team, we wanted to deliver what our youngsters had requested and also introduce as much as we could towards our Vision 2018 pillars of Adventure, Community Impact, Inclusivity, Growth and Youth Shaped Scouting. We wanted to show our young people the meaning of how they could act on their promise and “help other people”.

And so, we invited our “A Million Hands” partners to join us and deliver some activities as part of our Community Impact work; we brought in the climbing wall, cave bus and archery teams to deliver some adventure and tried a very different way to renew our Promise to be as inclusive as we possibly could.

So, how did we do? Well, it wasn’t perfect! We tried to mix our Groups together as they walked to the main venue, but it really didn’t work out and caused a great deal of delay and frustration. I promise we’ll take a look at how we can do that better in the future.

However, our A Million Hands partners’ and our adventurous teams did an outstanding job! We wanted to introduce the local contacts for our national partner charities to our Groups and we certainly did that. I’m sure that will be followed up with some great projects with our Groups working alongside the people they met yesterday.

And as for the promise renewal? I think the jury is out. It’s very difficult to lead a large group of people to renew what is now a large variety of promises at the same time. Several people have told us they enjoyed what we did, but we’ve also had a few comments that a little more structure might have been appreciated. Again, I promise we’ll think a little further on this one before next time.

But overall, I think we showed the way forward. We need to build on what we did, learn where we can improve and make it even better for next time!

Continued Growth in 2016

April 15, 2016 23:34 | Posted by | No Comments

Growth

Growth

The release of the 2016 census sees the Mersey Weaver District celebrating a year of growth! With 1430 members in total in the District – 324 of whom are volunteers.

Co-educational

We’re also product to announce  that 27% of our membership in the District is female.

The UK Movement also celebrates it 11th consecutive year of growth with 573,000 members in total – 115,000 of whom are volunteers, 25% of the UK membership is female and 21 young people are now joining the Movement every single day (on average).

Adult volunteers

As a volunteer-led organisation, we would not be able to provide our high-quality Programme to so many young people each week without dedicated adults. Owen Campbell, District Commissioner, stated ” I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the adult leaders and supporters for their commitment and enthusiasm in providing a fun and rewarding experience to our youth membership”.

After another year of impressive growth, we know that even more young people still want to join the adventure and are actively seeking ways to give them that opportunity.

2016 Cheshire Hike District Results

April 3, 2016 19:18 | Posted by | No Comments

 

This weekend, Scouts from Mersey Weaver and other Districts in the County donned their backpacks and took part in “Cheshire Hike”. The event, now in it’s fiftieth year is an annual competition open to all Scouts and Guides in Cheshire. The two day expedition is real challenge for all those who take part but with careful planning and good training, the Scouts that took part this weekend are living proof you can succeed! We are looking forward to hearing all the memorable stories from our young people and thank the leaders & parents that took the time to train them as well as the hike organisers and everyone that made the event possible.

Juniors 19km Saturday, 12km Sunday

Intermediate 25km (plus one optional 5km leg) Saturday, 16km Sunday

Senior 29km (plus two optional 5km legs), 19km Sunday

Senior Plus 34km (plus one option 5km leg), 19km Sunday

We would like to thank Richard, Carl, Mark and Barry who put considerable effort in at a District Level helping to prepare teams for the event.

For any Scouts now considering taking part in the Hike next year stay tuned for details of our own event Mersey Weaver Trek for younger Scouts this Summer!

District Winners

IMG_0370Juniors – Erynn Maddock and Daisy Marsh of 1st Newton and Kingsley

Intermediate – Oliver Jones and Oliver White of 1st Norley

Senior – Hannah Kimber (1st Ince and Elton) and Saffy Shingler (4th Frodsham)

Senior Plus – Jack Whibberly and Alex Usher of Cestrian Explorers

County Winners

Senior Plus – Jack Whibberly and Alex Usher of Cestrian Explorers

Congratulations

Well done to the following young people for completing the hike:

  • Juniors
    • Ella Pickstock and Kiran Dobson – 4th Frodsham
    • Jack Eston and MacKenzie Tudor – 1st Ince and Elton
    • Phoebe Rae and Amber Howarth – 1st Ince and Elton
    • Matty Chambers and Harry Jackson – 1st Ince and Elton
    • Guy Stubbs and Jamie Hurst – 3rd Frodsham Sea Scouts
    • Alex and Oliver Lavery – 1st Moore
    • Joseph Entwistle and Matthew Hilton – 1st Moore
    • Ben Maycock and Thomas Gannon – 4th Runcorn
    • Benjamin Shingler and Adam Rogers – 1st Helsby
    • Sam Lewis and Robert Jones – 1st Newton and Kingsley
  • Intermediates
    • Thomas Stanton and George Stead – 1st Halton
    • Cody Hunt and Jessica McKay – 1st Ince and Elton
    • William Loughlin and Josh Stubbs – 3rd Frodsham Sea Scouts
    • Brenden Edwards and Archie Wilson – 1st Moore
    • Kieron Martin and Declan Ryan – 10th Widnes (Hough Green)
    • William Standing and George Holland – 1st Helsby
    • Tom King and Alex Lamb – 1st Helsby
    • Claire Beech (1st Helsby) and Katie Heeley (1st Weston and Weston Point)
    • Jonathan Hughes and Cameron Simpson – 1st Norley
  • Senior Plus
    • Joseph McDonnell and Zoe Kimber – Cestrian Explorers
    • Benjamin Heath and Alex Richmond – Aquila Explorers