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7th Retford Scout Group

14th February 2021
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Bassetlaw Scouts

7th Retford Scout Group had a barbeque outside the Scout Hut on 16th December, which gave them chance to see everyone who managed to visit one of the two sessions on offer. The group’s leaders gave out small Christmas gifts and cards to all their members. It was a lovely evening.
On the same night, Maureen Baguley, one of their adult leaders, was awarded an Oak Award from Nottinghamshire Scouts for her lifetime commitment to the Scout group. Kenny and Hazel Newstead also received one for their work this year – the only two awards for Bassetlaw. These were done on a Zoom presentation and the postman delivered the trophies.
On 23rd December they had a fun session on Zoom that was open to all members and their families. They had a funny Christmas quiz and a game. This replaced their usual Christmas party in the Scout Hut. It seemed very strange not to have been busy with the Scout Christmas Post this year, collecting cards in, sorting them and then delivering them. They hope to be back this year with it, restrictions permitting.
Two day hikes took place between Christmas and the New Year and it was reasonable weather, although the footpaths were very muddy. The younger members (with two adults) walked from Clarborough back to Retford on Monday 28th December and the older ones (with adults and Young Leaders) walked from Wetlands at Sutton-cum-Lound, via Chainbridge Lane to Hayton across the top footpath to Welham and arriving back at the Scout Hut.
They restarted back on Zoom on 6th January, talking about the Personal Challenge Award and the Expedition Challenge. All of their Scouts (with the exception of one) need to complete these towards their Chief Scout Gold Award. At the moment they can alter the requirements to complete two day hikes or an exploration and return home to sleep. They do, however, need to carry their kit and cook a meal en-route.
The Cubs on 7th January discussed the Personal Challenge Award and also learned some sign language (Makaton and British Sign Language) which is part of the Disability Awareness Activity Badge. Guest speaker, local man Trevor Baker talked about his disability.
The Beaver section is contemplating resuming after Easter or later on in May (subject to the lockdown restrictions) as they have not met since March 2020. Beaver Scouts are open to boys and girls from the age of five-and-three quarters up to a maximum of eight-and-a-half-year-olds. Those who are seven-and-a-half can move up to Cubs.
Cub Scouts have continued to meet on Thursday evenings as often as they have been allowed, either face-to-face or on Zoom. The minimum age is seven-and-a-half up to 10-and-a-half years old, again boys and girls.
Scouts meet on Wednesday evenings, on Zoom currently, at 7th Retford and their age range is a minimum age of 10 years old up to 14-and-a-half-years-old.
They have continued to move young people up to their new section throughout the restrictions so this has left some space in both Cubs and Scouts. If anyone is interested in finding out about Bassetlaw Scouts, please look at the website for details about all the local groups. For details about 7th Retford Scout Group, please either email 7thretford@gmail.com, or call 01777 704835.