- Written by Stuart
Here is an update of what is going on in Scouts at the moment.
Scout information forms
In trying to keep emergency contact details and medical conditions up to date I recently sent out request for all Scouts to fill in and return an information form. Very few have been returned, could you please fill in the attached and return it to me either at Scouts or by email if you have not done so.
Carnival 21st June 2014
Every year Scout groups and other voluntary organisations take part in the Otley Carnival, to raise funds for good causes and generally have a good time whilst competing to win the best float in their class. This year is no exception, we are meeting up on the Saturday morning at 10:30am, please bring your bikes and your cycle helmets. We are not having a lorry this year, but a rolling float celebrating the grand depart coming through Otley. If Scouts could wear blue bottom half and a green top half (Scout shirts are ideal) and their neckars. Please bring a packed lunch.
Danefield meeting Wed 25th June 2014
We are meeting and picking up from Danefield Car park (up East Chevin Road away from Otley, first car park on the left) please lift share where you can.
Otley cycle races and Grand Depart 2nd July 2014
If you like cycling this week will be heavenly! Otley Cycle races are on the Wednesday and the Tour de France is rolling through Otley on the Saturday. To allow people to get their fix on the cycling bug this week we will going for a ride on the Tuesday evening (1st July 2014). We will be asking the scouts if they want to go on road or off.
We have gone through all the areas the Scouts will need to run an overnight expedition this summer. All we want now are some small groups of Scouts (between 4 and 7), we will be asking in meetings but we need Scouts to step up and take on an expedition.
Final meeting of the summer 16th July 2014
We would like to invite the parents to a Scout meeting and see what we do, have a go if you're game and have a bite to eat. I will confirm the location nearer the time.
Finally, dates for the future...
To help you plan ahead, the next camp will be 27th-29th September 2014. We have shortlisted a few locations but will consult with the Scouts, the kind of camp they want to do.
Any questions, just ask.
- Written by Trevor
After announcing a change of meeting night with England's World Cup match on Thursday, a number of parents have been in touch to let us know that Monday evenings are not convenient for an alternative evening.
Instead, we will be meeting on Thursday but with changed times - meeting at 6:30pm and finishing at 7:45 prompt to allow everyone to get home in time to watch the England match.
Apologies for any confusion and inconvience caused.
2nd Otley Scout Group will be taking part in this year's Otley Carnival but with a slight twist - instead of the usual float on the back of a lorry, we will instead be gathering on our bikes to create 2nd Otley's very own "Le Grande Arrive" - a gathering of out Scout Group's members on yellow bikes, wearing 2nd Otley colours and a few French touches thrown in for good measure. Details about the event are below:
When: Saturday 21st June
What time: Meet at the Scout building at 10:30am to decorate bikes ready for the Carnival
What do Cubs need: Their bikes, a cycling helmet (compulsory - any Cubs without one won't be able to cycle with us) and the correct clothing.
Clothing: green top halves (inside out jerseys will work), blue bottom half (trousers or shorts) - to replicate 2nd Otley colours of our neckers and the neckers themselves
Other outfits: We are also going to have a yellow jersey, a polka dot jersey and a white jersey. If you child had one of these tops that they can wear, please let me know. If more than one Cub wishes to wear these colours, we'll have a draw to decide.
Carnival event: Judging of all entries takes place on the Cattle Mart car park around 12 noon. Everyone will need to be in position at this point ready. The floats depart to make their way through the town around 1pm, heading to the Carnival field next to the river, sometime around 1:45-2pm.
Other things needed: If your child is around from 10:30am, they will probably need to have lunch with them.
Help: We don't have a huge number of leaders available so need parents to help get bikes ready (we're using yellow plastic covering so no damage to bikes) and then to get everyone across to the Cattle Mart car park.
We'd like to have a really large 2nd Otley contingent (peleton!) so please do all you can to encourage your child to take part in this event.
Any questions, offers of help, details of jerseys (yellow, polka dot, white), please let me know.
- Written by Trevor
The Cubs recently had a visit from Hope and Social who helped us make music and taught us a few songs. Ask your cub for details or check out the Hope and Social website
Hope and Social are a band that involve community groups to perform musical events and are part of the Grande Depart and Yorkshire Festival 2014.
Their aim is to involve as many as 1600 people, including the 2nd Otley Cub Pack, in their forthcoming gig at Otley Courthouse on the morning of 7th June. Time to be confirmed but it will be sometime in the morning. All power required for the gig will be provided by cyclists!
This will be a fun event that we'd love your Cub to take part in this event.
As the Hope and Social may record the event for their future use we do need to ask you to complete and return the attached permission form.
If you have any queries please let me know.
- Written by Trevor
The annual 5 a side football tournament will be taking place on Saturday 3rd May. Our Cub Pack will be entering two teams into the event. The tournament has always been a great way for not only Cubs who are already part of the Cub football team to join in but also Cubs who play on a less frequent basis to join in this event.
The tournament will take place on the playing fields behind Wharfemeadows Park in Otley,. Cubs will need to arrive at the tournament for 8:45am to register for the event. The tournament will last until shortly after lunchtime, depending on the progress of each of the sides entered.
I'd be grateful if you could let me know if your child would like to take part in the event. I will send further details about the event nearer the date of the tournament. 2nd Otley did very well in last year's tournament wit one team winning the trophy and the other only narrowly losing out in the semi-final which would have created an all 2nd Otley final.
- Written by Emma
This is just a quick update with some dates to put in your diaries. I need you to let me know two things – is your Explorer taking part in the bouldering competition Sun 2nd March and are they coming on the Expedition Sat 15th – Sun 15th March?
Sunday 2nd March: Explorers Bouldering competition - £5 to take part
There’s a regional (West Yorkshire) Bouldering competition happening next weekend and the Explorers have said that they’re up to it. We need to enter a team of six to take part – can you let me know if your Explorer wants to come and has availability? It’s at an indoor wall near Keighley and all lifts are provided. We want to book a 1400-1600 slot, but may have to book a morning one depending on availability. Further details at http://www.wyscouts.org.uk/events/bouldering-competition/. Let me know if your Explorer wants to take part.
Sat 15th March – Sun 16th March: overnight expedition
Our newest Explorers – George, Ali & Ben K – have to take part in an overnight expedition to get their Scouts Gold Award, (full details of the Scouts Expedition Challenge at http://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/2664/expedition-challenge - Area 1 - Expedition), so we’re planning a trip based around Pateley Bridge. We’re hoping to stay at the Pateley Bridge Scout hut, if they ever answer their emails… However, we’re definitely planning to traipse through Brimham Rocks, which is always fun. We need to firm up the accommodation before we can price up the weekend, but it’s going to be really, really cheap.
It should be a laugh, as well as preparing the Explorers for their DoE expeditions, as we’re well aware that their independent navigation skills need some polishing! We’re had a lot of interest but need to know who’s coming on the trip, now we’ve got a definite date.
Apex 2014 – cancelled
Unfortunately for everyone who was looking forward to the April and October Apex events, they’ve been cancelled due to the work commitments of the (voluntary) organisers.
The forms and cheques have been sent off to our regional Scouts DofE contact, so you should shortly be receiving log-in details to update your Explorer’s progress on-line. I haven’t got them back for everybody – the sooner you register, the sooner they can get started! More about the scheme at https://www.dofe.org/.
We’re considering moving meetings to Monday, as this would mean that we don’t have to share the hall with the Cubs. It’s also the day that other Wharfedale Explorers meet, so we’d have more opportunities for joint meetings or challenges. However, a couple of our Explorers have timetable clashes. Until further notice, we’re still meeting on Thursdays 1930 – 2100 unless notified otherwise.
- Thurs 27/2/14 Sledge-building (there will be snow, there will be snow!)
- Sun 2/3/14 Explorers bouldering competition
- Thurs 6/3/14 Expedition-planning meeting (if your Explorer isn’t coming on the Expedition, then we suggest that they don’t attend this meeting)
- Mon 10/3/14 Possible joint meeting with Parish Explorers – watch this space
- Thurs 13/3/14 No meeting, as it’s Expedition weekend
- Sat 15 & Sun 16/3/14 Expedition around Pateley Bridge
- Thurs 20/3/14 Meetings back to normal times & dates
Looking further ahead…
- Thurs 10/4/14 No meeting – Easter holidays
- Thurs 17/4/14 No meeting – Easter holidays
- Sun 27/4/14 St George’s Day Parade
- Fri 9/5/14 Torch Race – Explorers race in teams of 6, not 10 like in Scouts, so let’s hope they’ve trained well!
- Sat 21/6/14 Otley Carnival
- Fri 27/6/14 Prince Henry’s teacher training day – possibility of a long weekend away
As both there’s Year 10 exams and GCSE’s going on in May (Prince Henry’s Year 10 exams start Thurs 6/5/14), we’re intending to keep on meeting that month, but will probably make meetings shorter and sillier, to give them all the chance to run around, de-stress and blow off a bit of steam. After all, all work and no play… ;-)
Hope that helps you to plan your diaries – any questions, drop me a line.
- Written by Danny
It has been a great week for 2nd Otley as they swept the board and won both the District Cub and District Scout Quiz.
Last week our Clever Cubs regained the trophy that they won in 2012, but narrowly lost in 2013. They managed this with a fantastic 85% accuracy in their answers
Following up that tremendous result, our Smart Scouts won their quiz last night by a comfortable 4 point margin.
Well done to all those cubs and scouts who took part.
Victorious 2014 Scout Team
Tough quiz tests Wharfedale Cubs’ knowledge of Scouting
10:00am Sunday 23rd February 2014 in News
The annual Wharfedale Cubs district quiz took place at Curly Hill campsite in Ilkley.
A total of nine groups took part in ten rounds of questions ranging from sports and scouting to spelling and general knowledge.
There was even a round where the Cubs had to identify a sound. After a close finish, the winning group was the 2nd Otley Cubs.
Many thanks to the Wharfedale Service Team for organising the event.