Mangotsfield Scout Group to mark 60th anniversary

Published on: 28 Jul 2017

MANGOTSFIELD Scout Group members have been taking part in a host of activities in the run-up to their 60th anniversary in November. 

A series of events have been planned, including a visit to Brownsea Island, in Dorset, where the first scout camp was held by Lord Baden Powell over 100 years ago, and a family camp at Upton Cheyney. 

Based in Baden Hall on Northcote Road in Mangotsfield, the scout group caters for a wide range of ages – from beavers and cubs to scouts and explorers. 

Simon Budd, Group Scout Leader, explained: “Over 125 young people enjoy activities at the scout hall in Mangotsfield each week. This includes Marvel Explorer Unit for 14-18 year-olds who participate in the Ten Tors event – an annual challenge for teenagers across the country. The youngsters enjoy making new friends, learning new skills and playing games with the emphasis on team building and the outdoors.”

A group leader for many years, Simon feels passionately about the positive impact of joining scouts on children’s development: “The aim of the Scout Association is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full potential and to make them good citizens. Young people can progress easily from beavers through to explorers, if they wish. However, a young person can choose to join scouting at any stage.

“Scouting provides an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training; it gives young people a chance to try new things, make new friends, and an opportunity to take a break from the playstation and enjoy the great outdoors.”

The Voice spoke to Elisha and James, members of Mangotsfield Scouts, about what it means to be part of Scouts. Elisha commented: “It means you are part of a community linked with other scouts, it means you are loyal and respectful. I enjoy scouts because we do fun adventurous activities.” 

James shared the enthusiasm: “I think it is very important to be a representative of the Scout community because we help the community by being active for young people and that's fun. My favourite activities since I joined scouts have been scuba diving and air rifle shooting which have been brilliant.” 

One way to celebrate this year’s anniversary was by organising a ‘design a badge’ competition for all the young members. The winner was Rowan Knight, from the Wednesday Beaver cub, who will receive a framed copy of his design. The winning badge will also be turned into a cloth badge for all members of the group to add to their scarves. 

Another event was a barbecue and campfire held at the Scout county campsite at Woodhouse Park, in Almondsbury, in July. About 50 children enjoyed the campfire and activities including archery, parachute games, sports and an ‘explore the area' game. 

Every year, the scouts take part in community events such as Mangotsfield Festival, which takes place in June, and the Remembrance parade in November. The Scouts have been running a hot dog/burger stall at the festival since it was first held 25 years ago.  

Simon said: “Mangotsfield Festival is the group's main fundraising event and they always take part in the parade through the village each year. The group is trying to raise sufficient funds for an extension to their building (opposite the Lamb pub in Mangotsfield), which used to be a chapel. 

“The scouts are hoping to apply for a SUEZ grant to update the interior of the building, which is still in its original state and in need of an upgrade.”

Anyone interesting in getting involved with Mangotsfield Scouts Group either as a leader, helper or committee member, can get in touch with Simon Budd via email: simondbudd@gmail.com or telephone 0776 520 1435.

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