Hello 2019

We hope everyone had a great Christmas and new year.

Newcastle District has plenty of exciting activities planned for this year, so please make sure you keep an eye on this site, our Facebook page and Twitter account to keep up to date.

This year we’ll be doing another full District camp, so watch this space!

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Happy Christmas

Newcastle District Scouts would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!tree-183x300

We hope to see you all in 2019 for lots more adventurous activities!

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Castle Capers 2020

The District Executive has ratified the appointment of Jay Auckland as Director of Castle Capers 2020, of Steve Broadhurst as the show’s Chairman and of Gavin Eardley as the show’s Treasurer and Business Manager. We are now tasked with the job of putting the various show teams, necessary for a successful activity, together.

While it is essential that the show builds on the expertise of the past, it is equally essential it gives EVERYBODY in the District the opportunity to volunteer their services. It is impossible to know what amazing skills, past experiences or what willingness to learn is “out there” that would benefit Castle Capers – So, all we can do is ask!! The show needs to fill all manner of roles – from producers to ushers; on stage, front of house and back stage.

If you would like to be a part of Castle Capers 2020 – part of the production, management, business teams especially – LET US KNOW.

If you have a specific skill, experience or contact that you think might be useful to the show – LET US KNOW.

If you would like to “just help” and don’t quite know how you could be of use – LET US KNOW.

Even if you’ve been a part of the team for ages – let us know you still want to be part of the 2020 team.

After a really successful show in 2018 (in terms of being a successful Scout activity, a thoroughly entertaining evening, being financially sound and excellent public relations for Newcastle Scouting) we all look forward to an even more successful show in 2020 ……. and the planning has already started.

Please reply, with a note of how you feel you might want to help, by visiting our contact page by January 19th.

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Gone Home: Neil Czwartynski

We are sad to hear of the passing of Neil Czwartynski.

Neil was a leader at Silverdale during the mid 1970’s and 1980’s.

He was a supporter of the group while his boys Tim and Chris were in the group.

It was in April 2000 that he joined the Fellowship and was transferred into the ASU in 2010 and remained a member until his passing. He received the 15 year award in 2015 but this is not accounting for his service as a leader during the 70’s and 80’s.

He was a teacher in his working life and sport was the thing that he enjoyed, he was always present at Beaver and Cub sport events and also like to get involved with the District swimming galas.

As a Stoke football supporter I am lead to believe that he never missed a home match.

I have looked through the old log books for the group and he was named as Mr Neil, as boys could not master Mr Czwartynski!

Mike Deakin – District Scout Active Support manager

Neil’s funeral will be on Tuesday 4th Dec at Madeley Church at 11.00am.

Our thoughts are with Neil’s family.

 

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Remembrance Day 2018

Groups from across the District commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War and remembered those killed in wars in their own communities or in Newcastle town centre.

Photos can be seen here

We Will Remember Them

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Newcastle District Scouts Remember The Fallen

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae, May 1915

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We remember all killed in war and especially those Newcastle and Potteries Scouts killed serving their country and we are proud to commemorate them on this Roll of Honour.

Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle Division Roll of Honour

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New Scout Troop Opens at 94th Keele

We are really pleased to announce that a new Scout Troop has opened at 94th Keele. 

They have 2 brand new members and a number of Cubs joining them from Keele’s Cub Pack.

Many congratulations to Keele for opening a new Troop in the District and we wish them much success!

They also have a brand new website which you can visit here.

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Camping Equipment Disaster at Basford Scouts

After discovering that the storage area in the cellar of St Marks Church had been infested with rats, 14th Basford had to dispose of most of their camping equipment.
They are now on a mission to replace the contaminated kit and they now have Asda community funding.

So if you are shopping in Asda please ask for a plastic coin and put it into the Basford Scouts box to help them replace the ruined camping equipment.

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Centurion Explorers Trip to Canada

Centurion Explorers meet each Wednesday at 7:30pm for two hours, however on Wednesday 1st August the young people did not go home at 9:30pm like normal, they remained in the community centre to begin what would be camping adventure like no other they had been on. On the 2nd August 2018, Centurion Explorers from Newcastle-under-Lyme began an expedition to Vancouver, Canada. After over 18 months of planning, fundraising and hard work the unit including 20 young people and 6 leaders set off at 03:45 to fly from Gatwick Airport. After an early start, a 10-hour flight and an 8-hour time difference … the adventure of a lifetime began.

The first venture took us, 552ft high to see panoramic 360° views of Vancouver. Here, the young people began to see the size of Vancouver and pointed out locations such as Gas Town and the Whitecaps Stadium that they wanted to explore in that afternoon. With only a short time initially in Vancouver City Centre, we head to the Capilano Suspension Bridges, for spectacular views over 230ft above the Capilano River through open space and woodland. We were even lucky enough to spend an afternoon and evening at English Bay, to watch a firework display by South Korea in the final of The Festival of Light. Our first weekend went fast, and it was then time to get on a ferry and move camp, heading to Camp Byng, Roberts Creek.

Following the first trip, a highlight was the views and tranquillity at Camp Byng, heading out there for a second time, we were not disappointed. Camp Byng is a Scout Campsite, situated within a forest, next to a private beach, whilst the young people we took are used to seeing the goat that lives at Kibblestone Scout Campsite, nothing could prepare them for seeing the family of black bears that live at Camp Byng. Whilst in an area, where the was no Wi-Fi connection, the young people really began to gel as a unit, friendships formed and went from strength to strength. Activities here included a day spend at Pedals and Paddles, an opportunity for the young people to go sea kayaking and SUPing in the Sechelt Inlet, seeing rare starfish, seals and houses worth millions of dollars.

Following a peaceful week at Camp Byng, we headed back to Vancouver city centre where our non-stop adventure continued. Our adventures took us to Grouse Mountain, a 1,200m mountain where at the top we went on the Mountain Zip lines, with lines up to 200ft high reaching speeds of up to 80km/hr. Grouse Mountain also is the home to two rescued Grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, who stood less than 10m away from the young people.

Our final big trip took us down the Strait of Georgia, Whale Watching, our really early start was worth it when we were lucky enough to see a family of 6 orcas swimming in the wild. Following this our guide told us we were leaving because close by 2 large humpback whales had been seen. It is very rare to see both whale breeds on one trip, but we were lucky enough to see the orcas and then the humpbacks put on a show and wave to us using their fins which were estimated to be over 10ft each.

As the trip of a lifetime came to an end we brought our final souvenirs for our families and packed to come home. The fundraising and planning had paid off, our adventure was over, we had laughed and smiled every day; it was time to head home and catch up on hours of sleep. Scouting is always looking for more adults to volunteer their time, it’s only an hour a week, or a continuous 400 hours for the leaders that went on this trip, but, I’m sure each one of them would not change a thing.

Some comments by parents;
Thanks to all the leaders for giving up seventeen days of your valuable time to give our children such an amazing experience. It really has done him the world of good and seeing the enthusiasm on his face whilst telling his stories is heart-warming. You really are a fabulous bunch of memory makes.
Thank you to everyone involved in the organising of such a massive trip. He is truly privileged to have had the chance to go to Canada. We appreciate everyone’s hard work and his memories will last a lifetime.
A massive thank you to everyone involved with the Canada trip, from the organising of fundraising events to planning the itinerary and giving our kids the adventure of a lifetime and memories that will stay with them forever, I’m so proud that he is a member of the amazing Centurion Explorers, I cannot put into words the gratitude I have for you all, thank you doesn’t seem enough.

Grace Edwards
Assistant explorer Scout Leader
More photos are in the Gallery.

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79th Clayton Scouts Trip to Norway

79th Clayton – Strand Jorpeland 2018

Over the past 14 years Mitchell Troop Scouts have established and upheld a close relationship with a Scout group based in Strand Jorpeland, Norway. We first met this group at the International Friendship Camp at Kibblestone in 2004. We hosted them again at the IFC 2008 and 2012. In 2016, we held a Potteries themed camp for our Norwegian friends at Kibblestone, making more friendships and memories. In between all of this we have spent three very enjoyable weeks (in 2005, 2010 and 2014) with our international friends in Strand Jorpeland, Norway.

During our 2016 UK camp, Mitchell Troop was invited back to Strand Jorpeland. Planning commenced in September 2017 to take 16 Scouts, 5 Explorers and 7 Leaders across to Norway for the week long camp. Flights were booked, team building camps were held, and kit talks happened and finally, after 11 long months of planning, we were ready to depart on our adventure on the 28th July 2018.

Things got off to a rocky start upon arrival at the airport. 28 excited Scouts, complete with rucksacks and hand luggage, arrived to the devastating news that our flights had been cancelled and there was no other option but to turn around and go home. One by one, parents were called back to the airport and we sent some very tired and upset children away, with no idea of whether our trip would be going ahead.

Fortunately for us, Scouting in Newcastle really is made up of a fantastic team of volunteers. Within 8 hours of being turned away from the airport a team of 4 Leaders had sat around a kitchen table and rearranged coach transport and flights out of Aberdeen and Newcastle upon Tyne airports for the following afternoon. There are no words to express the thanks we have as Leaders, and from the Scouts and their families, to tell the District how grateful we were for their personal and financial support during these stressful few hours.

At 3:30am on Sunday 29th July, 24 members of the group boarded a coach to take them to Aberdeen airport. All in high spirits, they set off on their 9 hour journey. Meanwhile, the other 4 members of the group travelled to Newcastle upon Tyne airport to catch their flight.
By 8pm all 28 Scouts had passed through security, boarded their planes, touched down in Norway, caught a ferry, and were finally dropped off in camp, 28 hours later than expected.

But we had made it.

Upon arrival at Camp 773 we were greeted by 32 excited Norwegian Scouts, Rovers, and Leaders. This meant that we had a total of 60 Scouts between our two countries, camping together for the week.
On our first day we sailed ships to an island for a pirate themed wild camp. Some of the scallywags amongst us were forced to walk the plank which naturally ended up with most of the Scouts in the sea! We camped out under tarps and in hammocks, tried new foods, and rebuilt friendships. The following day we sailed back to Strand Jorpeland where we were treated to lunch at the Norwegian Scout Hut on the harbour. The Scouts played ultimate Frisbee and then took part in sailing themed activities before heading back to site for a wash in the fjord.

On Wednesday we travelled to Pulpit Rock where we planned to sleep under the stars. Whilst the sun set the Scouts set up their base for the night on top of the mountain. After sunset we walked to the edge of the cliff and, alongside 2,000 other people, watched the premier of Mission Impossible 6 in the open air. This was part of a big event in Norway that was reported by all major news networks as part of the movie was filmed on Pulpit Rock.

Having only had 45 minutes sleep, we hiked to the plateau of Pulpit Rock where we hoped we would catch the sunrise. Unfortunately we were met with pink cloudy skies and light rainfall, however the Scouts were still positive enough to pose for a group photograph with some of them daring to lie right on the edge and look down! Something which made our trip leaders stomach turn!
The Scouts then headed back to Camp 773 for some well-deserved sleep before more swimming in the fjords and then hosting an ‘English’ themed evening of food and activities. The Norwegians had invited family, friends, and old Scouters to join us for a Full English Breakfast and traditional English Scout games, rounded off with a classic campfire.

On our last full day with our Norwegian friends, we continued with our water themed camp and canoed 3 kilometres along the fjord to Grimsli  whilst stopping off at different shores to collect bingo cards. When we arrived at the beach we were treated to cheesy hot dogs in the rain before drawing the bingo and watching Leaders and Explorers take part in a very competitive ‘no rules’ canoe race. Needless to say everybody ended up in the water with our UK leaders winning the race (but not without cheating). The Scouts clambered back into their boats to complete the 3km return journey in tough conditions of headwind and rain. Upon arrival back at camp the Scouts chose to capsize their boats and were taught how to safely rescue each other before heading for some more fjord showers. In the evening we started to pack our bags and had our last supper together before heading outside for a group campfire. During the campfire we sang songs and were treated to a guitar solo, before exchanging gifts and hugs and toasting marshmallows.

On Saturday 4th August we said our teary goodbyes and boarded a coach for Sola Airport and the journey home began. After some minor hiccups the return journey ran considerably smoother than the outbound journey and we touched down on UK soil at 5pm where we were greeted by many happy parents.

Since arriving back in the UK we have received many positive comments from the Scouts and their families about what amazing memories they have made with their new friends. We have extended the invitation to the Norwegians to host them again in the UK in 2020 and we look forward to starting the planning process all over again!

Once again our thanks go out to Newcastle Scout District, families, friends, and fellow Scouters for all of their support in the planning and undertaking of this event.

Yours in Scouting,
Jon Mycock (Scout Leader),

More photos are in the gallery.

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