1st Stirlingshire Carse Beavers
The Autumn term has got off to a good start with 1st Stirling Carse Beavers learning to tie shoelaces, picking blackberries and making 15 pots of jam for Contact the Elderly in Kippen, Gargunnock and Port of Menteith, learning navigational skills (reading a map and compass) in Kippen Woods and learning about mushrooms under the expert guidance of June Waley. Please contact: Annabel_gaywood@hotmail.com for more info on Beavers.
1st Carse Cubs
1st Carse Cubs (Kippen), have just started back. Yep that’s right, where does the time go? After a very successful year last year we are now fully back into the swing of things. Anyone who has been up to the old coupe area (by the duck pond) in the woods will see some of what we’ve been up to. Thanks, in no small way, to one of our adult leaders (Wallis Weir, Weir Forestry) we have continued to improve this area. We installed a brand-new totem pole next to the old totem pole. This was an exciting piece of landscaping and forestry engineering for the Cubs to witness that was erected by Bobby Wilson (Stephen Paul Associates) and Wallis combined. The 3 wooden benches for camp fire gatherings and cooking have been added to byclearing out the bases of the concrete recycling bins that are there, and creating an ideal, safe location for the Cubs to practice their camp fire building and marshmallow cooking. You will find us up in this area most clear Tuesday evenings having a whale of a time.
We have taken part in too many ‘cool’ activities for me to list, or I’d take up too much space in the ‘Wee Vine’. Activities we have undertaken include: bike ability, ‘field to fork’ theme, including farm visits, planting and harvesting our own crops and then cooking and eating (my personal favorite event).
As part of the forthcoming 100-year remembrance of the end of the first world war we will be supplying a detachment of cubs and leaders on the 11th November to help mark this event. As part of this we recently spent an evening at the war memorial at the cross, noting names and then researching what we could on the men who died and are remembered there. The Cubs were asked to choose a name that held a personal interest to them and in the next couple of weeks we will make a ‘poppy’ cross for that soldier to be placed on the memorial on “Remembrance Day”.
We are very much a community-based group and as such we are bringing back, by very popular demand, our Bonfire night. This year
it will be held on the Tuesday 6th November at the Football Pitch. This is our big fund-raising event and was extremely successful last year
as we raised more than we dreamed we would and were able to significantly help local charities and organisations. We would really like to do so again this year so please join us for a fun, laughter and a safe night of sausages, home baking, teas & coffees, music, fireworks, and a
large bonfire. It was a blast last year and with your support it should be a great night again.
These activities and adventures your children are having on their own back door do not happen without parental support. I am very lucky to be helped and supported by a likeminded group of leaders and parents. Our motto is, “If we’re having fun then so are the kids”.
Please come along and help, it really can be fun, and your local pack does need you!
You can contact either myself, Derek Shanks, or Cameron Skinner or via email us at – firstname.lastname@example.org