Reminders & key information:

This edition’s reminders:


Boomers and Castors will be cooking smores around a fire next week (weather permitting), as requested by some of the beavers, and we will be having a “log chew” where we can see what they would like us to put into the programme for next year.

Millstones – will be meeting at their usual time, albeit at the Scout Hut. This week, they’ll be making the most of the dark and playing some torch games.


Alegre – are expecting to go out exploring the local area on Tuesday, so please ensure your cub brings a coat. We are awaiting final confirmation, but we’ve planned a stop off to see the World War trench in St John’s Churchyard!

Bella Vista  – will be in the Scout Hut working on their home help and skills challenge badges. Bookings are now being taken for the Bella Vista Christmas Sleepover on the 8th-9th December.

Raptors  – We are confirmed at the Penistone Cycles. Slight alteration to times: it will be 6:30 till 7:30. We have no available lit space to run any games etc we, therefore, need your cub dropping for 6:30 and then collecting an hour later, please.


Enigma – are doing our second session towards the Activity Service Centre badge at Hesley Wood.  Usual meeting times, sensible footwear and suitable clothing for the weather is a must.  Scouts may also wish to fetch a drink with them and a snack if they choose as they will be working hard whilst learning all about running and maintaining an Activity Centre.

Wibbles – are taking part in Parliament week and will be debating topics past and present.

Viernes – will be enjoying a taster session at Quest Taekwondo. Normal meeting times apply, albeit at the Quest Taekwondo premises. Uniform is not required for this. Please send your young person with loose cool clothing and a drink.


Explorers will be meeting at Woodlands Driving Range at Staincross to practice their golf swing.

Explorer’s not going to golf, who would like to have a catch up with their Duke of Edinburgh award, should attend at the hut at the usual time of 8pm. This is an opportunity to get sections completed and bring evidence for signing off.

With the reminders out-of-the-way, let’s recap the week.

This week:

International badge

It was a busy Tuesday and Wednesday evening with the Castor and Boomer beavers working on their international badge. They had to colour in flags of various countries and tried some of the foods. For Spain, it was tortilla and chorizo. And for South Africa it was bunny chow, which is a loaf of bread cut in half and hollowed out, then filled with a lamb curry. The Beavers enjoyed it all and ate all the treats. Including the biltong, which is spiced and air-dried beef.

100 Centenary of RAF and WW1

Alegre cubs watched the thank you video by Bear Grylls and other celebs, learnt about the 100 centenaries of the RAF and WW1 and made poppies and Spitfire planes.

The link to the thank you video is:


SCUBA taster session

16 scouts from the Enigma and Viernes troops met at Stocksbridge Leisure Centre for a SCUBA taster session in the pool. This was a fantastic experience made possible by the Chapeltown Sub-aqua club; we’re looking forward to taking several more groups of 12+-year-olds in the future. Thanks to Steve and the team from the club – once we get their underwater photos through, we’ll share them on the website

Remembrance scavenger / creative session

Enigma and Viernes Scouts had shared meeting on Monday evening. A representative from the Royal British Legion came and gave a short speech about the Legion, what it stands for and how it supports communities. Afterwards, the scouts either went out into Penistone for a Remembrance scavenger hunt, or remained at the Scout Hut to create materials orientated around Remembrance. These varied from large poppies, posters and other Blue Peter-esque creations.

Remembrance walk

Wibbles went on a remembrance walk on Wednesday and visited the war memorials at the Grammar school, Thurlstone and St John’s. Scouts discussed the history of WW1 and placed a remembrance cross on each memorial as well as reading a poignant poem at each one. Well deserved chips on the way home topped off a respectful evening and scouts were all looking forward to taking part in the parade.
Congratulations to the New Patrol and Assistant Patrol leaders that were appointed and well done to all scouts that were presented with their latest badges.

Remembrance creativity

Our Millstones Beavers spent Friday evening creating Remembrance related materials.

Poppies and “the” anthem

This week our little Raptors have been hard at work making and placing felt poppies. Additionally learning the national anthem in time for their forthcoming centenary celebrations for the Armistice Day.
Sorry, we didn’t get a picture:
  • Bella Vista cubs made spitfire paper aeroplanes and Remembrance Crosses
And finally:

Remembrance Sunday

The group, along with several other organisations and community members took part in two local centenary Remembrance Day parades and services. Despite the damp, it was a great turn out both in Thurlstone and Penistone. We were delighted the church was, as always, packed. And we’re pleased to have received feedback from the public and members of the Remembrance planning teams highlighting the positive commitment and behaviour of all involved. We will collate the photos we have and post them in the next couple of days.