Return to Remote

We'll start with the bad news; as we enter a national lockdown, all face-to-face scouting has been put on pause and it will be online scouting only. You can read The Scout Association update, as well as guidance and Covid-19 safe programme ideas here

And now for the good news - let's take a look at all the great scouting that's been happening in Barnet...

Finchley Fundraisers

Over the summer, 1st Finchley Scouts Ella and Aurora each took on their own fundraising challenge. On Monday they spoke to the rest of their troop about their fundraisers, and announced the results.

Over lockdown, the leaders gave each Scout the equipment to make tie-dye t-shirts, as a little project to do at home. But Ella decided to turn this into something bigger. Inspired, Ella researched the cost of tie-dying more shirts before setting up her own website and selling her own homemade tie-dye shirts to raise money for the Felix project. This charity collects surplus food and redirects it to schools and other charities. Orders came flooding in and Ella made over 70 t-shirts, raising close to £1000. It was a challenge at times, she got a lot of dye on her and the admin was tricky. But, speaking to her Troop she said "I really enjoyed it" and "it felt really good because I was doing something I liked [while] helping other people". As a result of her fundraiser, the charity made 600 meals!

Back in the Summer, Aurora began raising funds for mental health charity Jami. After Coronavirus put a stop to her London to Paris cycling challenge, she and her family took on a huge London loop - 322km of cycling from London to Oxford to Cambridge back to London. There were lots of hills (in the end 2025m climbed) and lots of tired legs, but Aurora found it got easier as the days passed. Perhaps the toughest challenge was the weather, as they were cycling back in the summer heatwave! On the fourth day they finished during a thunderstorm, where they had to hide in a garage for over an hour. The torrential rain left some big puddles to cycle through, but it was all worth it to complete the challenge and so far Aurora has raised over £2500 for Jami - you can still make a donation here. After the pandemic she wants to take on her original challenge, cycling from London to Paris! Watch this space...

A huge well done to Ella and Aurora who used lockdown as an opportunity to help others and make a difference. A great inspiration to others.

Autumn Round-Up

It's been a strange term, but Groups across the District have made the most of the situation and achieved a lot in a short time. Badges have been earned, Scouts have completed the Chiltern 20, and Leaders have been working hard to run meetings at a distance and online. Here are a some highlights from each section this autumn.

Beaver update & quiz

From ADC Gill Young…

Lot's of our Beavers have now been given their Scouting At Home badge designed by Johnny back in the Spring. Thank you certificates are also being awarded to the Beavers that took part in the sponsored event to support the animals in Paradise Park during lockdown. It’s not too late if you would like to support this worthy cause here.

Also, don't forget to take part in the Beavers Community Quiz!
The deadline is December 7th and there are prizes to be won.
You can download the quiz here.


Virtual Harry Potter Camp

Back in September, 11th Finchley had a magical event

Following the success of our Virtual Camp for the Great Indoors Weekender, we held our second virtual camp at the 11th Finchley this weekend. Over 30 Cubs and Beavers took park in activities based around the theme of Harry Potter to earn their Great Indoors 1. These included concocting spells & potions; a drumming workshop with pots and pans, making authentic butter beer, laughter and art during a design and drawing workshop of mythical characters and cooking kippers! 

The weekend even included a delivery from the “Night Bus” and Professor McGonagall (AKA Akela - socially distanced of course!) .

Cubs get creative

6th Friern Barnet Cubs have been getting creative this term, making their own artwork from natural materials around their local area, baking some apple puffs over Zoom with the help of 'young chef' Joe, and carving their own pumpkins at home. Check these out...
 6th Friern Barnet flame-less campfire, apple puffs and Tegan's Cub paw pumpkin

11th Finchley's return

Many Groups, including the 11th Finchley Cubs, had lots of investitures to catch up on once they returned in person

Tonight we invested 8 excited Cubs who have been waiting since February, after moving up from Beavers just weeks before lockdown! Some had an arm full of badges already!

Gill is in her 49th year as the Cub leader at the 11th and, as well as investing our GSL and her own 38 year old son, can now add her grandson Freddie to the list!

The children also enjoyed planting horse chestnut trees from conkers tonight outside (socially distanced) with our Group President who has been part of the group for over 60 years - as a cub, a scout leader and the Chairman!

Plus they've made some impressive poppy woggles from paracord in time for Remembrance Sunday.

GLN Chiltern 20

This year's Chiltern 20 Challenge Hike has been rather different as the event organisers needed to fit within the restrictions. They came up with twenty different routes, ranging from inner city London, through to the fields and lanes on the edge of London, and with some Chiltern Hills action for those who didn't want to miss out on the hills and mud. Teams were given a choice of ten different dates to walk their route and two starting times at each location. That gives a total of 400 variables. Several Barnet Scouts took to the challenge, completing the 10k routes in around 4 hours. Unique 2020 event badges and certificates will be sent out to everyone who took part.
  1st Finchley Scouts

1F Sunflower Competition

Over the summer each 1st Finchley Scout was given a sunflower seed with the challenge to grow it, keep it safe from the elements and produce the tallest plant. Whilst some fell victims to the wind and squirrels, others thrived with the tallest sunflower growing to 2.3m. Here are the competition winners...

  Daniel, Isaac and Amy with their sunflowers

Explorer CSI

Vernon Venturer’s have been zooming...

We had an excellent zoom meeting run for us by a Forensic Scientist, Hayley Scott. She kept us entertained with her stories, a good description of what Forensic’s is all about and we had fingerprint charts to discover what our own fingerprints resembled and why you need to roll your finger round from side to side to get an exact print. Anyone needing an evening run for them please contact Hayley Scott its £40 for a 40 minute programme.

6 of our older Explorer’s joined together last Wednesday and took part in the Virtual Monopoly Run, they came 85 out of 178 teams that entered. What they did say was it was good fun.


White Water Rafting

Finally, we have some photos from Evolution ESU who recently took a trip to Lee Valley to take on white water rating! Looks like they had a great time...

Keep connected

Thanks for all your news! Keep sending in interesting photos and stories to make the next bulletin. Alternatively, you could send me permission to use posts from your groups social media pages/website and I can pick the best bits to include in each newsletter going forward.

Lastly, we have a new Facebook page right here so we can keep connected and share activities and news across the district. Perhaps you will be inspired by Ella and Aurora to achieve something during lockdown. Let us know...
Joshua Thomas, Editor

Barnet Borough Scout District
Barnet Scouts Bulletin   |   #3 November 2020


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