Heron Beaver Colony – Review of 2018/19

Well to start off with very good news, our Fox (Alison) has become a Nana, to Amelia, born to her son Jeremy and his wife Emma, who now live in Australia.

Some not so good news, is that we are losing our GSL, Eileen, for me it’s the end of an era, I have known Eileen for almost 43 years, when she invited me to join Apache Pack, to get my son Stephen in, I thank her for that invite as I’ve enjoyed every minute in Scouting. We have had some great times over the year, I want to wish her a very well-earned retirement, but don’t go too far we will still need you.

Down to business, we have had another very busy and enjoyable year, the boys have worked extremely hard an gained a great deal of badges and 7 boys achieved their Bronze Award. Our entry in the carnival was to receive the Carnival princesses cup, the boys enjoyed sharing the cup by taking it home in turn, every 3 weeks.

Our sleepover went really well with all 24 staying over, we had it a little later than norm this year, so that they could do a torch walk and spooky visit to the Vicars garden, that they thought was great. It also gave them a good appetite.

We joined the District for annual visit to the Pantomime, a good time was had by all.   Our joint fireworks evening with Kingfisher colony went off well, after raining all day.

Our visits to the Mulberry’s in June to pot their planters up as part of their badge requirements, and again in December to give them the gifts and cards the boys had made, and to entertain them, it was enjoyed by both boys and residents, its lovely to see how they gel together.

We raised £70.00 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance at our parent’s night, when they came to see the entertainment. Prior to our visit to the Mulberrys.

Our Family Barbecue was very well supported, the competition between families was great, we celebrated 30 years of Beavers in Wootton Bassett. I would like to thank the parents for all their support during the year.

We have been fortunate to have a number of visitors, one being Mrs Roberts who works for the UK Space Agency,

We had a session of Taekwondo with Miss Debs & Miss Beverly

In general, we have done swimming, Ten Pin Bowing, campfires and much more.

We have been lucky enough to have Caitlin and Rory who chose to come and do their Duke of Edinburgh Award with us and have been a very welcome asset.

I would like to thank my very valuable team for all their dedication and help.