The following item was sadly omitted from the spring edition of Uphillviews so for those wanting to know what has been happening with the group over the last few months – see below:

1st Uphill Scout Group, Spring 2020

Mark Madeley our Beaver Scout Leader reports: –

“We continue to have a healthy colony of 24 with a great team of leaders.  It was also good to final invest Matt Hamey into the Colony as a Leader and present him with the 1st Uphill scarf.

Over the Winter months badge work continued in earnest with the beavers looking at disabilities including a wonderful visit from a guide dog, which helped them ground their learning in reality.

We have looked at scientific experiments – bridge and tower building.  Machines with the Beavers making their own vehicles and race to see whose went the furthest.  We had a visit from Group Scout Leader Mark Matthews, with his motorbike to see a ‘real’ machine.

The Beavers have also looked at how diseases spread (before Coronavirus!!!) so that they learn of the need to wash hands, for example.

We had a visit to the Weston Cricket Club to learn some basic skills, this was a lot of fun.

As our programme is a mixture of learning and fun – the two do go together! – we often play games and we have been to Clip ‘n’ Climb in Weston, which is always popular.”

The Cubs started the new year working on their Personal Challenge badge, going the extra mile at home and doing the jobs mum and dad normally do for them.  They recorded their activity and reported back to the Pack.

We are benefiting from a terrific team of Young Leaders, ex Scouts and Explorer Scouts who have grown in confidence.  They have been such a success that they have even planned and delivered their own evening to the Pack with the regular Leaders supporting them.

Our Cub Scouts have also battled the weather and completed a coastal walk from Birnbeck Pier to Uphill under the cover of darkness, which is always exciting from this age group, 8 -10.5 yrs.

In the Scout hall we have looked at world book day and completed a big book swap whilst completing arts and crafts with unwanted books, thank you to Jo Hughes who came in to support us, great to see you back.

Finally, we had an exciting evening doing our bit for Sport Relief raising funds and donating an element of their weekly subs.

Verity Rose our Scout Leader offers: –

“1st Uphill Scouts have had a good start to the year by winning 1st and 2nd place in the Axe district quiz. Picture attached, of the Quiz shield presentation at a campfire, Scouts always doing something constructive and best if it’s outdoors. 

Four of our Scouts completed an expedition over two days, planning and navigating a hike from Pill on the Avon to Woodhouse Park, Thornbury.  The scouts carrying all their equipment and food had a particularly difficult time battling through Storm Dennis.  All this is hugely character building and the sense of accomplishment and enjoyment was clear in their presentations to the Group.

The Prestigious Gold Chief Scouts Award was presented by Assistant District Commissioner and previous Uphill Scout Leader Mike Brooks to Tom Crundwell and Charlie Beal.  This is the highest award a Scout can achieve before becoming an Explorer Scout and we are very proud of both of them.

Other activities this term have included map skills, cooking, a visit to the RNLI and we have an upcoming Golf trip as well as 11 Scouts attending the Avon County Jamboree in May.”


Mark Matthews

Group Scout Leader, 1st Uphill Scout Group 01934 612461 – 07785 243 990 

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