July saw 6th Farnborough’s AGM and Family fun night take place. The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were joined by thier parents, members of the committee and our DC Becky Riley.
We had the awarding of the Fiona Allgood Endevour award for the Beaver, Cub and Scout that had given a real effort this year.
We also saw Tim our Assistant Scout Leader awarded with his Wood Badge
The Group is very sad to be saying ‘goodbye’ to Jo and Bob Jones as they step down from their leader roles in the Cub pack. Although, having said that, as they have both agreed to stay on as Occasional Helpers perhaps we should just be saying ‘au revoir’!
Bob was first to join the movement back in December 1989 as an Asst. Cub Scout Leader with a group in Sandhurst. Jo’s Scouting career began in January 1990 when Bob volunteered her to take over the Sandhurst’s group Beaver section which she ran until 1992. In August 1993 Bob transferred to 4th Camberley; Jo eventually joined him there as Cub Scout Leader in 1996, having spent a few years as Asst. Beaver Scout Leader at another group. In August 2002 they both joined 6th Farnborough where they were warmly welcomed as without them the Cub Pack would have closed.
“Thank you” Jo and Bob for everything you have done over the years and the difference you have made to so many lives.
We also said a sad farewell to Sheila Brown who is stepping down as our Group Scout leader. Sheila first became involved as a parent in 1992 when her eldest son joined Beavers. As soon as her work commitments permitted she joined the Group Exec and was in charge of the cleaning rota, which at that stage comprised several mums all willing to get their hands dirty.
Later Sheila became a Parent Helper when her eldest was at Cubs as the pack only had a CSL (Margaret Ide); both ACSLs had left (Mike Hughes to District and Heather Friend to Gilwell) and not been replaced.
In 1999 the CSL decided to retire and rather than allow the Pack to close the ABSL (Fiona Allgood) and Sheila became CSL and ACSL respectively. Sheila was appointed in May 1999 and gained her Wood Badge in June 2001. Fiona sadly passed away in Feb 2001 which left Sheila in charge of the Pack.
Eventually Sheila told the GSL (Andy Paterson) that unless a CSL was found she would be leaving, which is where Jo and Bob came in.
In Sept 2002 Sheila transferred to District to set up the District Young Leader’s Unit and became an Explorer Scout Leader but the call of 6th Farnborough was too strong and in Sept 2003 she returned to the Group as Asst GSL to help out Andy who was unwell. At this time Sheila also started helping out at Scouts as ASL.
In 2009, after Andy retired Sheila was ‘promoted’ to GSL and in 2012 started helping out in Beavers when the BSL retired.
I think that it is fair to say that without the continued help and leadership of Sheila over the years 6th Farnborough Scout Group would not be were it is now.
It is because of people like Sheila, Jo and Bob that Scout groups can operate. I think that I can safely say on behalf of all the members of the group: Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Mums and Dads, both past and present…
Thank you for everything you have done for us, the things we know about and the many, many more that we don’t.
I asked the parents and young people if they could share a few words for the website and this is what they said.
“Can you thank Jo, Bob and Sheila fir all thier hard work they have put into Cubs. My son has thrieved so much since starting with them and his confidence has grown so much. He still loves cubs and am sure he will miss them very much”
“Thank you for your help you really made s difference”
“Thanks for making us feel welcome”
Afterwards the Beavers Cubs and Scouts all enjoyed activities from decorating biscuits to making their own paracord bracelets.
So thank you to everyone who has been part of the last year and here’s to the next one.