Challenger Scout Troop

Scouts LogoChallenger Scout Troop was formed in 1997 with the merging of two Troops, Steve Milner has written a history of the first 10 years which can be read here.

Challenger Scouts meet between 7 and 9pm on most Monday’s. Members of Challenger Scouts are asked to abide by a simple Code of Conduct (PDF) to help ensure the smooth running of the activities.

The Scout badge positions can be viewed here.

AGM Report for 2014/15


It is difficult to assess how successful this Scouting year has been. We started the year with the highest number of members we have ever had in the Troop, and ended it with the lowest. Clearly, having 16 leave when they reached the upper age limit and having only one new member join during this period, is one explanation! Whether there is anything other, one can only speculate!

2015ChallengerAwardI am pleased to report that during the year we awarded three Chief Scout’s Gold Awards. These were to Mikey, Matthew, and Adam.

Congratulations – well deserved!

Summer Camp at WINGS

As always, we had an excellent week at WINGS. This was the 4th occasion we have participated and it is always a successful and well attended event. There is a huge range of activities for Scouts to do, including a day of water activities and a day out in Windsor. Unfortunately, on the last full day of the event, one of our Scouts did suffer a significant injury which involved extensive surgery and a stay in hospital. A photograph is available if anyone would really like to see it!

A summary of our other camps

Once again, we camped at Horley, near Banbury.  This camp allows Scouts to work towards their Outdoor and Outdoor Plus Challenge Awards. The weekend included a work party doing some work for the camp site when we did some cutting back of trees and hedgerows.

This year saw the last ever Malvern Challenge weekend. So our 14th occasion was to be our last!  We had 3 teams participating and for the first time in all those years, we managed to top score at one of the bases. This is a major achievement when you consider there were almost 300 teams taking part! Well done to Gavin, Herbie, Adam and Thomas.

We organised a weekend in our Scout Hut to cover the requirements of a range of activities for the Challenge awards and to complete the requirements of the Guide activity badge.

Hiking, caving, kayaking, rafting, cycling, orienteering, geocaching…

The list goes on! How on earth do we fit it all in?

We organised several hikes throughout the year. Day hikes, night hikes, overnight hikes, long hikes, short hikes. You name it, we’ve tried it! Participation from Scouts is not always great but most of the Leaders enjoy their hiking so we go anyway!

2015ChallengerBanner1Our primary aim, particularly during the summer months, is to get outdoors. As we used to say, let’s put the OUT in ScOUTing!

  • Along the Wilts & Berks Canal for wide games, incident hikes and open fire cooking
  • At Lydiard Park for orienteering
  • At Spinnaker Lake for kayaking, rafting and other water-based activities

Swindon Cycle Speedway once again kindly hosted a taster session, as preparation for the District competition.

We have worked towards a range of Activity Badges including the Chef, Cyclist, Sports, Sports Enthusiast and Photography. We even had time for a conker fight, LaserQuest and the knotting challenge.

Swindon Ridgeway District and Wiltshire County activities

We still host the District Cooking Competition and we still do not manage to enter a team. However, we did enter teams in the Rifle Shooting, Archery and Cycle Speedway competitions. The District activity camp at Roves Farm was also a popular activity.

We had a number of participants at the County PL training weekends which are now held twice a year at Potterne County Scout Centre. I also help out during the weekend.

and finally….

As always, I would like to thank our team of dedicated of Leaders and our Young Leader for making all of this possible.

Steve SL.