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Overton Recreation Centre

Overton Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

By Overton Recreation Centre Overton Recreation Centre

Wednesday, 23 May 2018


Overton Recreation Centre Contributor


As summer approaches, the Scouts are looking forward to getting back outdoors more regularly.


We spend as much time outdoors as possible in the summer, partly to escape the confines of Town Meadow hut but also to learn and teach skills that are otherwise unavailable through normal academic studies. Coming later in the term we will be holding a survival skills camp, going coasteering (scrambling and climbing around sea cliffs) and finally venturing on a week long summer camp near Bristol.


Already this term, we have taken part in the district orienteering competition at Alice Holt woodland. A team from Overton spent the afternoon map reading and exploring the forest in order to find orienteering markers.  The weather was very kind to us and the team had a great time, ending up 3rdoverall.


We also held a weekend patrol leader training course. The older Scouts took part in activities learning about leadership and techniques to enable them to lead small groups of young people. The weekend was packed with fun activities looking at leadership styles, teamwork and conflict resolution.  It  was a great success thanks to the hard work and commitment of the Overton Scout Leaders.


Despite the brief return of winter, the Cubs have been outside every week so far this term playing rounders to warm up and then practicing a wide game for the District Camp. 


We have been learning to light fires using flint & steel (as well how to be safe around a fire) and making shelters using only wooden poles, a length of rope and a groundsheet.  All useful skills given the weather we have been having on our Cub group meeting evenings so far this spring!

The Beavers, however, have been more fortunate with the weather for the past three weeks and have been outside pond dipping, making paper aeroplanes and firing water rockets. We also spent an evening learning what to do if we were to come across an accident.

We are looking forward to more outdoor adventure as (we hope!) the weather begins to warm up some more and the evenings are lighter for longer!

Volunteering Opportunities - Can You Help?

We currently have over 50 children on the waiting list, which is representative of the situation nationally resulting in many children missing out on the opportunities Scouting offers. Our main limitation in taking children from the waiting list is the number of volunteers we have to run the group.

Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for everyone. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.

All of this only happens when we have sufficient adult volunteers. At the moment we looking to expand and improve the range of activities we are able to offer the young people of Overton and are seeking adult volunteers to join a great team.

At present, we are particularly looking for volunteers to open a new Beaver colony.

As a volunteer for the group any of your children on the waiting list will be able to go straight into the section appropriate for their age.

If you are looking for a new hobby and interested in helping, or if you want to talk further about volunteering, please get in touch!

Contact: Stuart Williams - Group Scout leader

email: overton.scout.group@outlook.com

Contact Information

Overton Recreation Centre

Registered charity number 301912

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Bridge Street, Overton, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG25 3HD