Based by a lake in Maidenhead, the 1st Maidenhead Sea Scout Group is dedicated to providing Scouting skills with the added bonus of water skills.
As one of the oldest groups in Maidenhead, (Est. 1908), and the only Sea Scout Group, we provide water based activities at every opportunity.
We have a full compliment of sections within our group and they cater for ages 6 to 18 years...after that they can become a leader!
Don't Just Scout It...Sea Scout It!
To celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, in Runnymead Meadows by King John on the 15th June 1215, two teams from the group took part in a River Relay along the River Thames.
The Maggot Explorers took the helm of 1st Endeavour from Hurley to Oakley Court Hotel dressed in historic dress and then a team of Leaders and Parents took over and moved it to the starting place for Day 2. The Maggots then continued the journey the next day to Runnymeade and the finale.
We enjoyed another great weekend with a huge number of families attending this years event, around 75 people in total.
This year we camped for 2 nights, so enjoyed a full weekend of activities and fun.
After a lesiurely Friday night putting up tents and enjoying a take away meal or pub dinner we grouped together and chatted before retiring to bed in preparation for the activities ahead the next day.
On the Saturday we had a lovely breakfast, prepared by Kevin and Elaine, and then started the activities. Climbing, Archery and Craft were that days offerings, with a help yourself lunch in between.
In the evening the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Dad's all helped set up the Camp Fire for the after dinner entertainment. Kaa (Kate) took us through several songs, stories and skits and we ended the fire by toasting marshmellows - obviously!
After a later start on the Sunday (!), we enjoyed another great breakfast and then some more activities - Archery, Climbing, Craft and Zip Wire were the order of the day, and the weather enhanced the flying through the air!
After a BBQ lunch we broke camp and packed up and headed home!
The weather was great as was the company and journeys...same thing next year?
We held another successful Quiz Night in March, with the winners of the last two beaten by a team of Sea Cubs parents!
As normal the questions were suitable for most abilities and the practical rounds gave an extra edge to the competition.
We enjoyed the food, from Fry Days and drink from the Rebellion Brewery – who also gave us a couple of raffle prizes.
Feedback has confirmed the event does what it should, and there is also interest for some other suggested evenings – watch this space!
Welcome to 2014, we hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year.
Term begins again this week, and first off are the Sea Cubs from 7th Jan, Sea Beavers follow on Thursday 9th Jan and so do the Sea Scouts. The Explorers are back from the 12th.
We have a busy year planned group wise and the sections are booking Camps and sleepovers.
Our first Group event is the Annual Group Quiz...can you form a team to beat last years winners?
Details will be in this months Foghorn.
Thanks for your support
We are all gearing up for the new term, week commencing 10th September.
The Scout Hut has been tided, cleaned and repaired - so it's all systems go!
Our first event is now full and the preparations are in place - lets hope the weather keeps it's promise...
The next event on the calendar will be our Firework and Bonfire Evening - more details will follow in October, but keep the 7th November free!
In replacement of our normally Annual Family Camp, this year we are joining together at Taplow Lake for a day of water fun and food.
Tickets are now available for the this event at £12.50 for the 4 activities per person, plus the added chance to take part in Water Skiing and Wakeboarding.
See you Section Leader for details, or refer to the email sent out previously.
Our 3rd Annual Group Quiz took place in mid March and we had 7 teams in total aiming for the top spot.
There were 10 rounds of varied questions, some practical and all suitable for the family brains!
'Building' on last years Spaghetti and Marshmallow Tower task, this year's structure was to construct the longest ball bearing run...due to their skills this round was championed by one of the Leader Teams.
After a half way break for pre-ordered Fish & Chips, the rounds continued including Bond, British Island indentifying and London 2012 questions.
The results were the reigning champions Oliver/Richardson triumphant again, with the two Leader Teams coming 2nd and 3rd...good to see your children are in knowledgeable hands!
Thanks for coming if you did...next year we may just see a change in the top spot!
Our annual Group Quiz is set for the 16th March at our Scout Hut.
The Quizmasters are hard at work finding questions to test our knowledge and FryDays are bubbling with batter ready for our food orders.
Watch out for posters and leaflets coming home in the coming weeks and book your place - space is limited and it's always a sell out!
Who will rip the crown from the Olivers?
Last weekend 64 members and their families travelled to Ferny Crofts Scout Campsite in The New Forest.
The event continued last years highly successful one held at Longridge in Marlow.
This year the activities included Zip Wire, Archery and Climbing - all open to the whole group from Beavers to Parents, see the gallery for photographic proof!
We were catered for by Elaine and Kevin who won praise from everyone for their menu, timings and delights...Cream Tea anyone?!
To make things easier, this year we hired the lodge for cooking and eating in and some slept indoors...just for security reasons of course!
The weather on Saturday was glorious and everyone certainly made the most out of it. After dinner, we gathered around the Camp Fire for a sing song of old favourites and new - all led by Kate, our new Assistant Cub Scout Leader...well done Kate, I think you have a job for life there!
On Sunday the weather reports were correct and we 'enjoyed' a few hours of heavy rain, activities still carried on and the 'outdoor' sleepers braved the elements by striking the tents.
So, we returned to the hut with a trailer full of wet tents and 'just in case' equipment - happy, full of stories but looking forward to next years event!
Thanks for coming along!
I hope you had a great summer and are back into the daily/weekly routine again!
This term we have 2 new leaders to welcome to the group, and many new members to the various sections, I hope everyone makes them feel welcome and part of our group.
As always there are many chances for everyone to get involved with the fundraising events, which form a part of your commitment towards the group, – please do try to get involved, it all goes back to keeping rising cost being passed on.
As an update, the Tent Hiring service we ran at Longridge made the group around £1300 – so a well worth event…I just wished more people could have helped – maybe next year you might?
See you around!
This years Christmas Fayre fundraiser is on Sunday 30th November at the Scout Hut - 12pm to 3pm.
It has been revamped, remodeled and relaunched to give a fresh look and to get more people along. We are grateful to Tesco in Loudwater for the decorations they donated in January - they are great!
We have some of the old favourite stalls, plus the addition of games for Beavers and Cubs, a room of presents for mum, a BIGGER better Raffle for Kids and Adults, BBQ and of course Mulled Wine.
We hope to see you all there!
We have had a bumper couple of months getting money in:
Last month we won the top prize in the Waitrose Community Matters £500 – a HUGE THANK YOU to all those who popped the Green Tokens in our box and asked friends/family to do the same!
Councillor Adam Smith’s Participatory Fund for the year, which is £750, has been awarded to us this year – this will go towards our boat fund, together with the £2000 we received from the Berkshire Foundation – this one needs to be spent by October, so a lot more to raise if we want to keep it!
On Easter Monday we were fortunate enough to be able to Bag Pack at Homebase and managed to raise around £346 – another great effort from the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers – and parents!
We have our annual Longridge Tent Hire on July 16th and 18th for Burnham Grammar – we need help putting up and taking down these – an email will come out asking for help, please try and pop along.
Caroline (Mang) is researching and applying for grants, if you see any advertised please let her know.
We had a great result this past weekend, raising around £830 for the group!
Thanks to everyone who came along and helped pack bags, wrap trees and take goods to cars.
We have been offered two more Sunday's the 15th and 22nd - please lend your support for an hour or 2!
We raised £1350 last month at this event - thanks to all those who came along and helped!
Our next real Fundraiser is the Christmas Fayre - held this year on the 24th November 12 - 3pm.
Please offer your help with setting up, running a stall, packing up or collecting items during the build up in November.
Over the summer we had a late notice Marquee Hire for a Wedding in Pinkneys Green.
Luckily we had a number of parents and leaders around at the time to help put up and take down and the weather stayed good so not much of a dry out needed, more of an airing.
We made £200 for this, so please spread the word to friends, neighbours, work colleagues and family - discounts available for members!
We have 2 and they are 40' x 20' in size.
Priscilla, Kevin and Steve did a great job last weekend on their Kayak Challenge.
Having left Henley at around 10am, they made their way through Hambledon, Hurley, Temple, Marlow, Bourne End and Cookham to arrive in Maidenhead at just after 6pm.
The good weather made the journey much more bearable and the slight wind helped push them along in areas that were a slight struggle. They took advantage of the locks to have a rest, refreshments and a stretch and were encouraged along the way by Elaine, Wayne and Nicolette.
They are just short of the target amount of £750 at writing this, but there are some cash sponsors to add to the total, so hopefully they will reach the total in a few weeks - http://www.justgiving.com/kayak-challenge
Photos of the event are in the 'gallery' section.
The question is, what happens next year and who is doing it?!
Watch this space!
Kevin, Priscilla and Steve from the Sea Scout section are completing a 16 mile 'paddle' from Henley to Maidenhead on the 4th August 2013 in aid of buying a new Kayak for Priscilla to use.
Please follow the link below and sponsor their effort along The Thames.
We were grateful again for Burnham Grammar hiring out 37 tents for their recent stay at Longridge.
Luckily the weather was alot better than last year!
The new floor is down!
I'm sure by now you have marvelled at the new look lobby, toilet and kitchen floor cover...I hope you agree it has been money well spent.
The kitchen is near complete, once the new sink arrives and is plumbed in it will be all systems go!
The new floor is down!
During the Half Term break, we organised the new floor covering to be fitted - without anyone walking on it before it had set!
As you can see we now have a (hopefully) fully waterproof floor, so have a look the next time you are in the hut.
For those following us on Twitter you will be aware that the new kitchen has been coming along nicely.
A potted history so far; we were successful in gaining 2 grants - one from Pfizer and one from the Maidenhead Masons, new kitchen ordered, old kitchen ripped out over Christmas and walls painted. The new kitchen equipment arrived this past week and is now in place.
Next, and last stop, is the flooring which is scheduled for half term.
You can now support us when you buy or sell on eBay!
Click on the link below and find out how you can help as you shop.
Our first fundraiser of 2013 is on the 2nd March - Marquee Hire.
We ideally need around 6-8 people to assist with this one, so anyone feeling strong please let Bryan know or contact your childs section leader - we're waiting!
It is in the Maidenhead area and would take around 2 hours - please help if you can.
Christmas has well and truely started with the happening of our Christmas Fayre at Lakeside.
Numbers started appearing from 11.30 and didn't stop until after 3pm - a very busy, but profitable day!
Cakes, Books, Brick-a-Brac, Chocolate Tombola, Games, Raffles, Handmade Cards and Decorations, BBQ, Photos with 'Santa' and a rolling D of E presentation from the Explorers had visitors kept busy for the day.
All sections were present and helped out behind stalls and taking part in various games laid on by other members.
Totaling up at the end of the day we managed to take over £950 - a superb result and one that will add to the flooring pot!
Thanks for coming if you did!
Well, we made it!
After 14 + miles, (the river crossing was not in operation), we made it back to the Boulters Lock Car Park around 6 hours later - sore feet, but happy we had completed it.
The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who attended marked up another 'Hikes' addition, and we all raised money for the Scout Group - final figure around £200!
Same time next year?!
The Sea Beavers recently visited the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Andrew Jenner and his wife at his Town Hall office in Maidenhead.
They enjoyed a look around the Town Hall, into his chambers and were able to try on his gown and chains!
I hope they asked more suited questions than the Sea Cubs did on the visit...
News from the Explorers states that the Flash Boats float!
That is great news as they have been working on them for a few months and it could have all been for nothing…Poor James had the job of being in them when they went in the water – all to confirm any leaks!
The Scouts managed to take part in the 3 Towers Hike gaining a Silver Award for the older team and a Bronze for the younger team – great work guys!
They have also enjoyed yet another Rockley Sailing Weekend in Dorset – thanks to David Howell and Kevin for organising, the weather was perfect and the sea great also for learning the ‘ropes’.
Thanks to Sarah Davies for the photos of Rockley – more on the Facebook page.
They are now at Taplow for the rest of the term and so far taken part in Paddle Boarding and Kayaking.
Recently the Sea Cubs have been to Bisham Woods, tackled some global issues in a Recycle evening, enjoyed a Town Faith Quiz and some also had the chance to go to Halfords to complete extra work towards the Cyclist Badge. The whole pack then had an evening at Dorney Rowing Lake where they invested our 6 new members – not everyone can say they were invested at an Olympic Venue!
At the end of March, the Beavers held their ‘Penny Fair’ to raise money for Baby Matters Kenya. It was a great success and raised £106 which enabled them to pay the postage on the items they collected to send to the charity in Kenya!
They have also been learning about their bikes, different ways of communicating and been to Ockwells Park for some outside activities – all in aid of various badges.
Some of the games/stalls they had at the Penny Fair will be on offer at our Summer Fair & AGM on the 22nd June – try your luck again!
This month is the District Swimming Gala - the Sea Cubs have a team ready and the Scouts are working out a winning one...I wonder if the Explorers will enter this year?!
Stay tuned for the results!
The Sea Scouts have just returned from a Survival Camp in White Hill Woods, Henley.
Sleeping in Hammocks, scavaging for food, makings tents pegs and mallets and learning about water purification were the main activities, whilst getting to grips with the newly purchased knives and saws.
We thank Ken very much for letting us use his woods for the weekend.
Summer Camp this year took place at Chalfont Height near Denham with a theme of The Circus!
Everyone got into the spirit and came prepared with an outfit.
Whilst there they took part in Archery, Go Carts and the Rabbit Run - an underground tunnel system.
The weather was glorious and as they camping in the woods, alot cooler than the rest of the main site!
The Beavers recently joined forces with the 18th Maidenhead for a Sleepover at our Scout Hut.
The theme this year was Knights and Princesses, and along with Archery, Castle Building and a Camp Fire, the Beavers also had a chance to sleep in tents outside!
They all had a great time and look forward to the next one!
Happy Easter everyone!
Whilst the leaders have a re-charge and the committee rest their brains, we are on a 2 week break until w/e 15th April...
Happy Egg hunting!
The Sea Cubs took part in the District Flag Competition recently - an afternoon working through bases on all aspects of Scouting, plus an great Obstacle Course!
Our team of six for 2013:
This weekend the Sea Scouts embarked on their 3 Towers Hike preparation.
They eased themselves in by following a stage of the Thames Path walk through Pangbourne.
Due to the weather and serious amount of flood water and mud they called it a day after 4 hours and returned in the comfort of a train ride...lets hope the weather improves for the next one!
Winter Camp review now on the 'Sea Cub' page - find out how it went and what we got up to!
Key words - wet, fun, mud, food!
Last week the Beavers held their annual Chinese Evening, which ended with Chinese Lanterns being set free over the lake...they went up, down, in trees, in the water and some didn't even get that far!
They had a great night making them and other items.
After starting back after the break we have gained 6 more new members, after sending off our oldest Cubs to Scouts. With the winter programme well under way we are looking forward to our first camp of the year in February.
Recently we have taken part in the District Swimming Gala and our team of 4 did really well – Kate and Wayne also took part in the Leaders race!