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Pro-Badge News

30 Oct 2017

News from the October weekend

The latest season of the Pro-Badge Training Scheme started on the weekend of 20th-22nd October 2017. We ran courses for both Cub Scouts and Scouts.

Midge would like to thank the Cubs and Leaders for a great weekend. It was good to welcome back some familiar faces and lots of Cubs who had not been on Pro-Badge before. Activities included glow stick hoopla and slacklining plus we brought back our old favourite dough twists. The Cubs and Scouts sang very loudly at the campfire – their voices could be heard all over the site.

Woozle, Piggy, Ashley, Lurch and Yaffle took the Cubs out on a hike on Sunday morning. We also had some Explorers helping as part of their Young Leader training. These young people are always welcome to come and help.

My thanks to the parents who came out to help clean at the end of the weekend.

The Scouts took part in the Chef badge which saw the Patrols cooking lunch and dinner over open fires on Saturday despite the wet and windy weather, they all coped very well. They also cooked their breakfast on the Sunday morning in the kitchen, as well as learning about menu planning, fire lighting and camp hygiene. I would like to thank Mike for helping with this course as it was his first time out with us.

Next Course

In November we are running the Navigator Stage 2 badge for Cub Scouts which we have several places left. We are also running the Pioneer badge for Scouts; this course is full. The other course is the Pioneer Badge for Explorer Scouts. This course will involve building a scale pioneering model. Taking a lead role in building an outside pioneering project, such as an aerial runway or an hourglass tower. Whilst demonstrating, 10 knots, bends or hitches, four lashings, the use of simple blocks and tackle, anchorages for firm and soft ground, understanding the need for supervision in pioneering projects. We still have spaces for Explorer Scouts.

For further info or to book a place on any course on any weekend please visit the website www.pro-badge.org.uk.

Annual Review

In a change to our normal timetable the October weekend also saw us hold our Annual Review for the 2016-2017 Season. The report is available here and photos from the event in The Gallery.

Staff Wanted

Scout Pioneer Badge

As the Scout course is full this year Jeremy is keen to expand his team so if there are any experienced or wannabe pioneer leaders who would like to join us please email me.

If you would like to volunteer or know more information about any volunteer opportunities, please email myself at scissors@pro-badge.org.uk and we can arrange to meet up.

LOST & FOUND

Did your Cub, Scout, Explorer Scout or Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them? I had an email before I got home about a Cub who had accidently taken home something of someone else’s. I also have a pair of blue waterproof trousers with no name in them and someone is trying to find their missing little crochet bunny with red ears.

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe. We regret that at the end of the Season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


25 Sep 2017

28th Season of Pro-Badge

Hi Everyone

The start of the 28th season of Pro-Badge is rapidly approaching. I have been involved since the 3rd season which makes me feel old but some of the Adult Volunteers have been involved since the very beginning.

I hope you have all had a good summer break. Personally I ran an activity at Poacher 17 which was an international camp for 5000 young people held at Lincolnshire showground just outside Lincoln.

This season we have Adult Volunteer changes which has affected some badges as well as a new first aider, as Taz has retired from Scouting. We welcome all our new Adult Volunteers and thank those who have moved onto other things for the contribution they have made over the years.

Places available

The dates for the forthcoming courses are below, please note we are swapping some of the Cub Scout badge weekends around. We are taking bookings now and some of the Scout courses are nearly full.

Dates

Cubs

Scouts

Explorers

October 20-22

Our Adventure Challenge

Chef

 

November 17-19

Navigator Stage 2

Pioneer

Pioneer

January 19-21

Pioneer

Forester
OR
Expedition Challenge 1st weekend

 

February 16-18

Environmental Conservation
OR
Navigator Stage 3

Navigator Stage 3

 

March TBA

 

Expedition Challenge 2nd weekend

 

April 13-15

Chef and Backwoods Cooking

Camper
OR
Survival Skills

 

Please see the website or Cub Scout and Scout leaflets for further information.

Annual Review

This year we are changing how we run the annual review and it will take place on Friday 20th October in Lyons Lodge. We will be presenting all of our prizes and awards.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact me.

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


25 Apr 2012

News from the April weekend

The last weekend of the Pro-Badge Training Scheme current season took place last weekend. We ran the Chef and Backwoods Cooking badges for Cub Scouts and the Survival Skills and Camper badges for Scouts. The Survival Skills course was full and the Scouts spent Friday evening learning about the skills they would need over the rest of the weekend. Early on the Saturday morning they got up and walked to the Survival Skills site. They then made their shelters, collected wood and lit fires before cooking their dinner, sleeping in the shelters and cooking breakfast before clearing up and returning to the main site at Lyons Copse. We had two patrols on the Camper course each setting up their own patrol camping area and cooking some of their meals whilst learning about the other requirements of the course. As some had not completed 15 nights under canvas prior to the weekend so will need to complete these before being awarded the badge at their troop. The Chef and Backwoods Cooking courses for the Cubs saw them cooking on a trench fire for lunch and then for the Chef Badge cooking a chicken dinner on gas. They of course also had instruction on hygiene as well as preparing the food (cutting and peeling) and clearing up afterwards.

An Appeal

I am trying to collate our history to put on the website. To complete this I am missing some of our Annual Reviews. If you have copies of any of the following please let me know as I would like to take a copy.

1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2009-10, 2010-11.

Thank you

Next Season 2017-2018

We have set the dates and badges for our next season starting in October 2017. We are swapping some of the Cub Badge weekends around, details are on our What's on When? page. We are taking bookings now, to request a booking form please click on the link next to the course.

Annual Review

This year we are changing how we run the Annual Review and it will take place on Friday 20th October in Lyons Lodge. We will be presenting all of our prizes and those nominated will receive an invitation soon.

Appeal for volunteers

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact Scissors.

Lost and Found

Did your Cub / Scout / Explorer / Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them? We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe. We regret that at the end of the Season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

We currently have the following items unclaimed from the February and April weekends:

  • Blue Hoody – "Isaac B"
  • Red “Angry Birds” T-shirt or PJ top (M&S, age 13-14)
  • Brown/yellow coat, (Airbrake, XL)
  • Black baseball cap with black/white front
  • Blue long sleeved shirt (Isaiah 61, Large)

Situations Vacant

Scout Chef Badge

Kevin our specialist on the Chef badge is taking a step back and we are looking for someone to run the badge in October. If you would like to volunteer or know more information about any of our volunteer opportunities please email Scissors to arrange to meet up.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


25 Mar 2012

2017-2018 Cub Scout and Scout Course Leaflets published

The 2017-2018 Cub Scout and Scout course leaflets have been published.


27 Mar 2017

News from the March weekend

The March Pro-badge weekend was the second weekend of our Expedition Challenge course. This saw 14 Scouts successfully complete the badge in an area unfamiliar to them. This is the only weekend we run not at Lyons Copse. The weather was unexpectedly good having looked at the forecast earlier in the week. The ground was muddy underfoot in places but otherwise everyone stayed dry. This year we were able to embrace technology and we placed GPS trackers on the groups of Scouts which helped us with their location between checkpoints and to estimate the actual walking times better. This also had the added advantage of being able to show them where they had walked given one group managed to walk in a large circle towards the end of the first day.

In April, we are running the Cub Scout Chef and Cub Scout Backwoods Cooking badges. We still have plenty of spaces on this course which will see the Cubs achieve both badges over the weekend. For the Scouts, we are running Survival Skills and Camper badges. The Survival Skills Course is FULL, and we have a few spaces left on the Camper course.

If you are interested in any of the courses, please contact Scissors by email.

2017 - 2018 Season

Courses and dates for the 2017 - 2018 season are on our What's on When? page.

Annual Review

This year our annual review is also changing slightly. We are going to do the presentations at the start of the October weekend during the evening of the 20th October. All the award winners will be announced and receive their awards. In addition, any Cub who has completed five Cub courses will receive a certificate and any Scout who has completed all the courses available to him or her will have their name put on the Pro-Badge board displayed in Lyons Lodge for all to see.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses, if you are interested in helping please contact Scissors.

Lost and Found

Did your Cub / Scout / Explorer / Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them? We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe. We regret that at the end of the Season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Situations Vacant

Scout Chef Badge

Kevin our specialist on the Chef badge is taking a step back and we are looking for someone to run the badge in October. If you would like to volunteer or know more information about any of our volunteer opportunities please email Scissors to arrange to meet up.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


25 Feb 2017

News from the February weekend

On the Pro-Badge February weekend, we ran the Navigator Stage 3 badge for both Cub Scouts and Scouts. We also ran the Pioneer badge for Cub Scouts.

Navigator Stage 3 took place over a nice dry weekend with all the Cubs and Scouts still getting muddy during the hike on the Saturday afternoon. The course involved lots of map and compass work including a hike on the Saturday afternoon which also qualifies as a Hikes Away. The young people navigated the leaders round the route giving them the opportunity to get the leaders temporarily misplaced (we are never lost). The course also involved making contour models of hills using potatoes, as well as lots of practise of Grid References, symbols and setting a map.

The Pioneer course was run in Pines cabin and involved learning knots and lashings and making a ballista resulting in an accuracy and range competition. They also made their own piece of rope and a knotting board.

April Weekend

Over the weekend of 21 - 23 April 2017 we are running the Cubs Backwoods Cooking badge and the Cubs Chef badge for Cub Scouts. For Scouts, we are running Camper and Survival Skills badges.

We currently have spaces left on all of the badges on the April weekend. If you are interested in any of the courses, please contact Scissors by email.

Next Season 2017-2018

We have set the dates and badges for our next season starting in October 2017, and are swapping some of the Cub Badge weekends around. Details are on our What's on When? page.

Leaders Rally

This is an event open to all Adult Volunteers taking place on the 12th March at Pavilion on the Park, 1 Kingfisher Road, Eastleigh SO50 9LH. This is an opportunity to learn new programme ideas, find out about the award systems, get H0018 updates and see what Link camp is all about, Pro-badge are also having a table along with the other activity clubs and outside agencies who can assist with your programmes e.g. the Hampshire wildlife trust.

Annual Review

This year our annual review is also changing slightly. We are going to do the presentations at the start of the October weekend during the evening of the 20th October. All the award winners will be announced and receive their awards. In addition, any Cub who has completed five Cub courses will receive a certificate and any Scout who has completed all the courses available to him or her will have their name put on the Pro-Badge board displayed in Lyons Lodge for all to see.

Volunteers

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact Scissors.

Lost and Found

Did your Cub / Scout / Explorer / Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them? We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe. We regret that at the end of the Season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Situations Vacant

Scout Chef Badge

Kevin our specialist on the Chef badge is taking a step back and we are looking for someone to run the badge in October. If you would like to volunteer or know more information about any of our volunteer opportunities please email Scissors to arrange to meet up.

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


28 Jan 2017

News from the January weekend

The 3rd weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2016/2017 season has just finished. We ran the Environmental Conservation badge for Cub Scouts along with the first weekend of the Scout Expedition Challenge course. We also ran the Forester Badge for Scouts for the first time in several years.

It was a cold weekend however the Scouts on the Forester badge enjoyed themselves learning how to coppice, fell trees, plant new ones and a bit on how to do fencing. They also learnt about wood management and the safety of the activities they took part in. This was very successful and the course was full.

The Environmental Conservation course went well though with low numbers this year. It taught the Cubs all about water management and recycling.

The Scouts on the Expedition Challenge badge course had their training weekend and this was also full for the first time in several years. One group was a little late back on the Saturday evening after the leaders with them allowed them to get misplaced, a lesson well learnt. They all arrived back safely at Lyons Copse all be it a bit muddy and tired. The Sunday was spent planning for the third weekend and learning about safety and emergency procedures. They have their final weekend in March in unfamiliar country. This is the only weekend we run that is not based at Lyons Copse.

On our next weekend in February (17 - 19 February) we are running the Navigation Stage 3 badge for both the Cubs and Scouts. We are also running the Cub Scout Pioneer badge. We still have spaces available on all our badges.

Over the weekend of 21 - 23 April 2017 we are running both the Backwoods Cooking and Chef Badges for Cub Scouts. For Scouts we are running the Camper and Survival Skills badges. We have spaces on all these courses at present.

Lost and Found

We have an item of lost property, did your Cub Scout, Scout or Leader come home without a torch? If so please contact Rats, our Quartermaster, if you can describe it you can have it back!

Equally, if you've gone home with or without something you arrived with, please contact Rats.

At the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Situations Vacant

Cub Pioneer Badge

Our specialist for the Cub Pioneer Badge is retiring from Scouting at the end of April. We are looking for someone to volunteer to run the course in February 2018. It would be very useful if a volunteer was available in February 2017 to enable them to shadow the course and learn what is involved.

If you would like to volunteer or know more information about any of these volunteer opportunities, please email Scissors to arrange a discussion.


30 Nov 2016

News from the November weekend

The second weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2016/2017 season took place on the weekend of 24th - 26th November 2016.

We ran the Navigator Stage 2 badge for the Cub Scouts the activities included walks, 4 figure grid references, making their own maps and learning all about map symbols. Those Cub Scouts who have completed the Pro-Badge Navigator Stage 2 course or those who are over 9 years old can attend the Navigator Stage 3 badge course in February which expands on the knowledge gained on this course with an emphasis on map work and a hike on the Saturday afternoon where the Cub Scouts have the opportunity to get the leaders lost.

The Scouts took part in the Pioneer badge which saw the patrols creating both large and small pioneering projects over the weekend. This involved them building a tower as well as an indoor project and lots of practice of knots and lashings.

We also ran for the first time the Explorer Pioneer badge in parallel with the Scout Pioneer badge, this course is an extension of what is learnt on the pioneer badge with an emphasis on larger projects as well as things such as models, blocks and tackle, risk assessments and the amount of supervision required whilst taking part in pioneering. We had several Explorers attending from the City of Portsmouth and one from Llandrindod in Wales.

On our next weekend in January we are running the environmental conservation badge for the Cub Scouts, which will see the cubs learn about recycling, energy and water usage as well as taking part in a few conservation projects around the camp site.

For the Scouts, we are running the Forester badge; this is a badge we have not run for a few years but are now reintroducing. This course is now full.

We are also running the first weekend of the Scout Expedition challenge. This is a badge open to all Scouts over 12 years of age. This course takes two weekends to complete with the second taking place in March.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please email Scissors.

We currently have spaces on all of our remaining courses.

Lost and Found

We have an item of lost property, did your Cub Scout, Scout or Leader come home without a torch? If so please contact Rats, our Quartermaster, if you can describe it you can have it back!

Equally, if you've gone home with or without something you arrived with, please contact Rats at the address above.

At the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Situations Vacant

Cub Pioneer Badge

Our specialist for the Cub Pioneer Badge is retiring from Scouting at the end of April. We are looking for someone to volunteer to run the course in February 2018. It would be very useful if a volunteer was available in February 2017 to enable them to shadow the course and learn what is involved.

Scout Chef Badge

Kevin our specialist on the Chef badge is taking a step back and we are looking for someone to run the badge next October (2017).

First Aid Team Leader

We are also looking for someone to volunteer to run the First Aid team from October 2017. You need to be available for all five weekends and have a Scouting recognised First Aid qualification. We have had a volunteer to take on this role but would like to find a couple of more helpers to assist.

If you would like to volunteer or know more information about any of these volunteer opportunities, please email Scissors to arrange a discussion.


29 Oct 2016

News from the October weekend

The 26th season of the Pro-Badge Training Scheme started on the weekend of 21st – 23rd October 2016, with courses for both Cub Scouts and Scouts.

Midge would like to thank the Cubs and Adult Volunteers for a great weekend. It was good to welcome back some familiar faces and lots of Cubs who had not been on Pro-Badge before.

New activities included glow stick hoopla and slacklining plus we brought back our old favourite mars bar dough twists.

In the evening cubs made some boats to take home to have boat races in half term with family and friends.

The Cubs and Scouts sang very loudly at the campfire – their voices could be heard all over the site.

Woozle, Lard, Fox, Lurch and Yaffle took the Cubs out on a hike on Sunday morning.

The good weather meant the Cubs were able to enjoy playing outside, and our thanks to the parents who came out to help clean at the end of the weekend.

The Scouts took part in the Chef badge which saw the Patrols cooking lunch and dinner over open fires on Saturday along with their breakfast on the Sunday morning in the kitchen, as well as learning about menu planning, fire lighting and camp hygiene.

New Course

In November we are introducing a new course for Explorers, the Pioneer Badge for Explorers. The badge will involve building a scale pioneering model. Taking a lead role in building an outside pioneering project, such as an aerial runway or an hourglass tower. Whilst demonstrating, 10 knots, bends or hitches, four lashings, the use of simple blocks and tackle, anchorages for firm and soft ground, understanding the need for supervision in pioneering projects.

Places available

On our next weekend in November, as well as the Pioneer Badge for Explorers, we are also running Navigator Stage 2 badge for the Cub Scouts and Pioneer badge for the Scouts. We have places left on all courses. For further information or to book a place please visit our website www.pro-badge.org.uk.

Staff Wanted

Cub Scout Pioneer Badge

Our specialist for the Cub Scout Pioneer Badge is retiring from Scouting at the end of April. We are looking for someone to volunteer to run the course in February 2018. It would be very useful if a volunteer was available in February 2017 to enable them to shadow the course and learn what is involved.

First Aid Team Leader

We are also looking for someone to volunteer to run the First Aid team from October 2017. You need to be available for all five weekends and have a Scouting recognised First Aid qualification.

If you would like to volunteer or know more information about either of these volunteer opportunities, please email Scissors.

Lost and Found

We have an item of lost property, did your Cub Scout, Scout or Leader come home without a torch? If so please contact Rats, our Quartermaster, if you can describe it you can have it back!

Equally, if you've gone home with or without something you arrived with, please contact Rats at the address above.

At the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


3 Oct 2016

Bookings now being taken for 2016 - 2017 Season

The Pro-Badge team are looking forward to the new season which starts on the weekend 21st to 23rd October.

In October we are running Our Adventure Challenge for Cub Scouts - planned activities include water rockets, archery and firelighting.

For Scouts we are running Chef - Scouts can complete this badge two ways - indoor and outdoor cooking.

New for Pro-Badge - in November we are running Explorer Pioneer - Explorer Scouts can take their knowledge to a new level on this exciting and challenging weekend.

We currently have spaces on all courses, please check the website for details www.pro-badge.org.uk.

Interested? - please e-mail Scissors scissors@pro-badge.org.uk.

Thank you

Clive
Scissors / Clive Clark
Camp Leader


1 Sep 2016

Scouts raising money for Alzheimer's Society

James, an Explorer Scout with Viking Explorer Scout Unit in Gosport and Hannah, a member of 5th Gosport Sea Scout Troop (and both members of the Pro-Badge Collective), are raising money for Alzheimer's Society by doing the Brighton Memory Walk on 8 October 2016. If you would like to learn more and perhaps sponsor them in this good cause please do so by clicking here.


27 Jun 2016

Workshop – Introduction to leading campfires

Jerry Fox, one of our staff members, is running a workshop and introduction to leading campfires at Highslopes Scout & Community Centre, Carlton Road PO16 8JH on 16th July 2016 from 2:00pm until late. Cost is £10 per person and the event is aimed at Leaders or Scout Network members of any section considering leading campfires or introducing them to the section.

Contact Jeremy Fox for further details and to make a booking.


20 Jun 2016

2015/2016 Annual Review

The 2015/2016 Season Annual Review took place in the Pines Cabin, Lyons Copse on 14th June. Each Cub who completed five Cub courses received a certificate and one Scout who has completed all of the courses available to him or her had her name put on the Pro-Badge board displayed in Lyons Lodge for all to see.

A very pleasant duty for Scissors at the start of the evening was to present a Long Service Award to Midge.

The Presenting Officer was James Potter of Viking Explorer Scout Unit in Gosport. Formerly of 5th Gosport Sea Scout Group, James not only had the pleasure of presenting certificates and awards but was also able to present a certificate to his younger sister Hannah on joining the Pro-Badge Collective (the group of Scouts who have completed all Pro-Badge Scout courses).

Addressing the audience James said that:

"the Pro-Badge staff do a fantastic job giving up your spare time to come and teach Scouts some amazing life skills; these are skills that I've used in many different scenarios in my life be it hiking, sailing, camping, you name it, I've used the skills that I've learned here. Scouting is a fantastic movement, I've been in Scouting all my life and I'm proud to be the third generation of Scouts in my family".

James congratulated all of the nominees and award winners saying:

"I know how much work goes in to it all, you've done a fantastic job and you should be very proud of what you've achieved. Congratulations again."

Photos from the event are in The Gallery and the Annual Report can be downloaded here.


20 Apr 2016

News from the April weekend

The last weekend of the Pro-Badge Training Scheme current season took place last weekend. We ran the Chef and Backwoods Cooking badges for Cub Scouts and the Survival Skills and Camper badges for Scouts. The weekend was wet at times but all had a good time.

This was the first time we had run the Chef and Backwoods Cooking badges for the Cub Scouts. Both courses ran very well though did need a lot of leaders to supervise whilst the cooking was taking place. The Cubs cooked on a trench fire (this is a ground fire so the Cubs did not need to lift boiling water and pots to high and will be how we do this again). The Chef badge was spread across two building with the food preparation (cutting and peeling) taking place in one building and the actual cooking in another.

The Scouts Survival Skills badge managed to survive at Lyons Copse in the rain, though the weather got better as the weekend progressed. Some of the shelters stayed drier and warmer than others and I heard a few tales about who had stayed dry and who had got wet. They all managed to light fires and cook their dinner and breakfast.

The Scouts Camper badge took place in Philamore field and the Scouts cooked two of their meals and learnt the skills needed to run a good camp covering the planning and risks as well as the practical parts.

Annual Review

You are all invited to our annual review which will take place on the 14th June in Pines Cabin, Lyons Copse at 7pm. All of the award winners will be announced and receive their awards. In addition any Cub who has completed five Cub courses will receive a certificate and any Scout who has completed all of the courses available to him or her will have their name put on the Pro-Badge board displayed in Lyons Lodge for all to see.

New Season - New Badges

Following on from this season we have had a review of the badges we run and have decided to discontinue the Scout Environmental Conservation Badge. This will be replaced by the Forester Badge, this is a badge we ran several seasons ago and are pleased to be reintroducing it.

We are also pleased to announce that the programme for next Season has been announced, courses and dates are on our What's on When? page. We are now taking bookings for all of next season’s courses.

Course fees will remain the same as the last three seasons.

The badge information and permission to camp forms will be emailed out in September. Please see our What's on When? page for more information.

Can you help?

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact Scissors.

Lost & Found

Did your Cub, Scout, Explorer or Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe.

We regret that at the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


21 Mar 2016

News from the March weekend

The Pro-Badge March weekend has just taken place with Scouts completing the Expedition Badge, which took place in an area unfamiliar to them. The walk started interestingly on the Saturday with a navigational error right at the start turning left rather than right out of the car park, having sorted this out the Scouts made good progress for the rest of the day. After arriving and setting up camp they were joined by another Scout who had had to pull out of the weekend due to doctors’ advice following an accident at school, she did camp for the night though.

The Scouts cooked dinner and settled in for the night under canvas. They had a good start on the Sunday morning, but a navigational error saw them back a little later than planned arriving at 13:30.

April Courses

In April we are running Camper and Survival Skills for Scouts and we have some spaces available on both courses. We are running the Chef and Backwoods Cooking badges for Cub Scouts; both of these courses are full and have waiting lists.

If you are interested in any of the courses please contact Scissors by email.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact Scissors.

2015/2016 Season Annual Review

This season’s Annual Review which will take place on the 14th June in Pines Cabin, Lyons Copse at 19:00; you are all invited. All of the award winners will be announced and receive their awards. In addition any Cub who has completed five Cub courses will receive a certificate and any Scout who has completed all of the courses available to him or her will have their name put on the Pro-Badge board displayed in Lyons Lodge for all to see.

LOST & FOUND

Did your Cub, Scout, Explorer or Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe.

We regret that at the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


16 Feb 2016

News from the February weekend

On the Pro-Badge February weekend we ran the Navigator Stage 3 badge for both Cub Scouts and Scouts. We also ran the Pioneer badge for Cub Scouts.

Navigator Stage 3 took place over a wet and muddy weekend with all of the cubs and scouts getting muddy during the hike on the Saturday afternoon. The course involved lots of map and compass work including a hike on the Saturday afternoon which also qualifies as a Hikes Away. The young people navigated the leaders round the route giving them the opportunity to get the leaders temporarily misplaced (we are never lost). The course also involved making contour models of hills and completing the site orienteering course, as well as lots of practise of Grid References, symbols and setting a map.

The Pioneer course was run in Pines cabin and involved learning knots and lashings and making a ballista resulting in an accuracy and range competition. They also made their own piece of rope.

In April we are running the Backwoods Cooking badge and the Chef badge for Cub Scouts. For Scouts we are running Camper and Survival Skills badges.

We currently have spaces left on all of the badges on the April weekend; if you are interested in any of the courses please contact Scissors by email.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact Scissors.

2015/2016 Season Annual Review

This season’s Annual Review which will take place on the 14th June in Pines Cabin, Lyons Copse at 19:00; you are all invited. All of the award winners will be announced and receive their awards. In addition any Cub who has completed five Cub courses will receive a certificate and any Scout who has completed all of the courses available to him or her will have their name put on the Pro-Badge board displayed in Lyons Lodge for all to see.

LOST & FOUND

Did your Cub, Scout, Explorer or Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe.

We regret that at the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


30 Jan 2016

News from the January weekend

The third weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2015/2016 season has just finished. We ran the Environmental Conservation badge for both Scouts and Cub Scouts along with the first weekend of the Scout Expedition Challenge course.

The Environmental Conservation course went well with the two courses were run by Mortica, they ran separately but combined for a lot of the sessions and one of the requirements for the Scouts was to teach Cubs about some areas of conservation. This badge is also one of the Scout badges which get a prize at our annual review and two of the Scouts were nominated for that.

The Scouts on the Expedition Challenge badge course had their training weekend and arrived back safely at Lyons Copse all be it a bit muddy, the leaders apparently fell over more and were certainly muddier. They have their final weekend in March in unfamiliar country. This is the only weekend we run that is not based at Lyons Copse.

On our next weekend in February we are running the Navigator Stage 3 badge for both the Cubs and Scouts. The Cub badge is full but we have a few spaces on the Scout Badge.

We are also running the Cub Scout Pioneer badge; this was run for the first time last year and deemed a great success. We still have a few spaces available on this badge.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact Scissors.

We currently have spaces on all of our remaining courses.

For further information or to book a place please click here.

LOST & FOUND

Did your Cub, Scout or Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe.

We regret that at the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


30 Jan 2016

Kayak courses available in Gosport

Our friends in Gosport District have asked us to publish information on their Kayak courses, which run throughout the Summer each year. Further information is available on their website. Don't let the name put you off, courses are open to members of the Scout and Guide Associations wherever they may be.

The courses are run by Ken Greenwood, who has many awards recognising his service and commitment towards paddlesports.

Gosport Scout training courses have taught thousands of people from One Star to Four Star; some have taken their skills further competing in national events like the Devizes to Westminister race and international events such as the World Freestyle championships and World Whitewater Championships.

For further information please contact Ken Greenwood.


6 Jan 2016

Cubs Environmental Conservation, Scouts Environmental Conservation and Scouts Expedition Challenge courses

We currently have some spaces on our Cubs Environmental Conservation, Scouts Environmental Conservation and Scouts Expedition Challenge courses, which are running over the weekend of 22 - 24 January 2016. Click here for "What's on When", and follow the link under "Further information or make a booking" to book a place.

We are happy to accept bookings from parents, and please remember to tell Akela or Skip that your Cub or Scout is booked on to the course.


29 Nov 2015

Kit List for Expedition Challenge, and date of second weekend

The dates for the Expedition Challenge course have been confirmed as 22 - 24 January and 19 - 20th March 2016. The mandatory kit list (in addition to the items on the Permission to Camp form is available here.


29 Nov 2015

Environmental Conservation Badge courses in January

We are running both Cubs and Scouts Environmental Conservation courses on our next weekend in January.

The Cubs and Scouts will be learning about recycling and sorting, reducing waste and how to reuse every day items in order to achieve this. Both Scouts and Cubs will work together to investigate energy, how we use it and how we can reduce our energy consumption.

The Cubs will also look at habitats and how we can improve them, and the Scouts will look at how we can generate more sustainable energy.

The Cubs will create some light switch surrounds and posters about climate change.

The Scouts will be focusing on one point impacting on climate change and writing to the Government to elicit a response they can then work with next year. Last year we wrote about street lighting and our current scouts this year will work with the reply letter we received back from Parliament while looking at energy use and consumption.

The Scouts also need to complete a project as defined in their joining instructions, this will be assessed for the Oswald Owl award.


29 Nov 2015

News from the November weekend

The second weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2015/2016 season took place on the weekend of 20th -22nd November 2015.

We ran the Navigation Stage 2 badge for the Cub Scouts. The activities included walks, 4 figure grid references, making their own maps and learning all about map symbols. Those Cub Scouts who have completed the Pro-Badge Navigator Stage 2 course or those who are over 9 years old can attend the Navigator Stage 3 badge course in February which expands on the knowledge gained on this course with an emphasis on map work and a hike on the Saturday afternoon where the Cub Scouts have the opportunity to get the leaders lost.

The Scouts took part in the Pioneer badge which saw the Patrols creating both large and small pioneering projects over the weekend. This involved building a bridge over the pond (only one fell in) and an indoor project. We also ran as an experiment the Explorer Pioneer badge following on from this we are looking to run this next season in parallel with the Scout pioneer badge.

On our next weekend in January we are running the Environmental Conservation badge for the Cub Scouts and the Environmental Conservation badge for Scouts. These will run separately though will come together for a couple of sessions.

We are also running the first weekend of the Scout Expedition Challenge. This is a new badge for us open to all Scouts over 12 years of age. This course takes two weekends to complete with the second taking place in March.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact href="mailto:Scissors@Pro-Badge.org.uk?subject=From the Pro-Badge website">ScissorsScissors.

We currently have spaces on all of our remaining courses.

For further information or to book a place please visit the our website.

LOST & FOUND

Did your Cub, Scout or Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe.

We regret that at the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


24 Nov 2015

Environmental Conservation badge courses - January weekend

The Cubs and Scouts will be learning about recycling and sorting, reducing waste and how to reuse everyday items in order to achieve this.

Both Scouts and Cubs will work together to investigate energy, how we use it and how we can reduce our energy consumption. The Cubs will also look at habitats and how we can improve them. Scouts will look at how we can generate more sustainable energy. The Cubs will create some light switch surrounds and posters about climate change. The Scouts will be focussing on one point impacting on climate change and writing to the government to elicit a response they can then work with next year.

Last year we wrote about street lighting and on this years' course the Scouts this year will work with the reply we received from Parliament while looking at energy use and consumption.

The Scouts also need to complete a project as defined in their joining instructions, this will be assessed for the Oswald Owl award.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


3 Nov 2015

News from the October/November weekend

The 25th season of the Pro-Badge Training Scheme started on the weekend of 30th October – 1st November 2015. We ran courses for both Cub Scouts and Scouts.

Our Adventure Challenge award course for the Cub Scouts had lots of activities included archery, bouldering, low ropes, lighting fires, rope making, and a hike on the Sunday morning.

The Scouts took part in the Chef badge which saw the patrols cooking lunch and dinner over open fires on Saturday along with their breakfast on the Sunday morning in the kitchen, as well as learning about menu planning, fire lighting and camp hygiene.

On our next weekend in November we are running Navigator Stage 2 badge for the Cub Scouts and Pioneer badge for the Scouts. We have places left both courses. For further information or to book a place please visit the website http://www.pro-badge.org.uk.

LOST & FOUND

Did your Cub, Scout or Leader bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe.

We regret that at the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


2 May 2015

2014 - 2015 Season Annual Review

The 2014 - 2015 Season Annual Review was held on 16th June in Pines Cabin, Lyons Copse, and a copy of the Annual Report is available here. As part of the Global Conservation course Scouts wrote to the Prime Minister, and we received replies back from 10 Downing Street and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Click on the hyperlinks to download the letters.

Photos from the event are available in The Gallery.


2 May 2015

News from the April weekend

The last weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme current season took place last weekend. We ran the Naturalist badge for Cub Scouts and the Survival Skills and Naturalist badges for Scouts.

The weekend was wet at times but all had a good time.

The Naturalist badges combined for some sessions and had separate sessions at other times. We were lucky to have a talk from the local hedgehog rescue group who also brought out a hedgehog for the Cubs and Scouts to see. The Scout course involves teaching the cubs as well as a project and some presentations to be made. We therefore have one of our awards for this badge. Three Scouts have been nominated and the winner will be announced at the Annual review in June (see below).

The Survival Skills badge managed to survive at a site a few miles from Lyons Copse in the rain, some of the shelters stayed drier than others and I heard a few tales about who had stayed dry and who had got wet. They all managed to light fires and cook their dinner and breakfast.

Our next event is this season’s annual review which will take place on the 16th June in Pines Cabin, Lyons Copse at 7:00pm. You are all invited. All of the award winners will be announced and receive their awards. In addition any Cub who has completed five Cub courses will receive a certificate and any Scout who has completed all of the courses available to him or her will have their name put on the Pro-Badge board displayed in Lyons Lodge for all to see.

New Season - New Badges

Following on from the publication of the new activity badges at the end of January we have been looking at how this will affect Pro-Badge and the courses on offer. We are pleased to announce that the following courses will be running as shown below. We are now taking bookings for all of next season’s courses.

Course fees will remain the same as the last two seasons.

30 October - 1 November 2015

Cubs Adventure Challenge
This is our replacement for "Outdoor Challenge", it gives the Cubs the opportunity to try different adventurous activities e.g. rafting, archery or bouldering as well as old favourites such as dough twists and water rockets.

Scouts Chef
The Camp Cook Badge has been replaced with the Chef badge. This can be achieved both outdoors and indoors. We are planning to run both options during the weekend so the Scouts can gain this badge twice during the weekend.

Scouts Naturalist
This badge continues with some changes to requirements, including a project that needs to be completed prior to the weekend.


20-22 November 2014

Cubs Navigation Stage 2
Part of a staged Activity Badge, replacing Navigator badge, with several exciting new requirements.

Scouts Pioneer
This badge continues with some requirement changes. Scouts will work as a team to build large structures such as a tower or bridge.


22 - 24 January 2016

Cubs Environmental Conservation
Another new badge this season, replacing Global Conservation, Cubs will learn about alternative energy and water conservation. This badge requires data to be collected prior to the weekend.

Scouts Environmental Conservation
This badge has replaced Global Conservation and scan be achieved during one weekend but a project needs to be completed prior to the course.

Scouts Expedition Challenge
Hiker badge has been discontinued, replaced by Expedition Challenge. This first weekend is a planning and training weekend for the expedition to be undertaken on the March weekend.


12 - 14 February 2016

Cubs Pioneer
We will be running this badge again following a successful pilot earlier in 2015. Cubs will build smaller scale projects using the same techniques as the Scouts do on a larger scale.

Cubs Navigation Stage 3
A this is a follow on from Navigation Stage 2, we will be limiting this course to only eight Cubs. It will be an ideal opportunity to work with Scouts. Cubs must have gained either Navigation Stage 2 or be nine years old.

Scouts Navigation Stage 3
This badge is aimed at younger Scouts. The Scouts will learn about contours and map references amongst other things, they will also take part in a hike.


TBA March 2016

Scouts Expedition Challenge
The second weekend for this badge. Scouts will undertake a two day expedition which is held away from Lyons Copse, including a night away at a campsite. Minimum age twelve years old.


15 - 17 April

Cubs Backwoods Cooking
A new Cub activity badge for us, Cubs will learn to light a fire and cook on it safely.

Cubs Chef
Another new badge for us, Cubs will learn about healthy eating and cook a meal inside, they will be able to achieve this alongside Backwoods Cooking during the weekend.

Scouts Camper
This badge continues with some changes to the requirements.

Scouts Survival Skills
This badge has "survived", but with some differing requirements. Scouts will learn basic survival skills including building a shelter and fire lighting. Minimum age twelve years old.


The badge information and permission to camp forms will be emailed out in September. Please see the website or leaflet for dates and which course is when.

LOST & FOUND

Did your cub/scout/explorer bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy ("Rats") Ratcliffe at rats@pro-badge.org.uk.

Rats is currently holding the following items of lost property:

  • Black hat – Daniel H
  • Green hat – Daniel C
  • Grey zip top – Luke T
  • Waterbottle – Aaron M
  • Grey jogging bottoms (13 years)
  • Ladies/girls grey top (size 8)
  • Bag for sleeping bag (pale blue)
  • Knitted gloves (blue with white tip on index finger and thumb)
  • Black hat (Famous Grouse)
  • Navy sweatshirt, maroon stripes on left arm (10-11 years)
  • Woggle
  • Empty soap box
  • Various socks

Where items are named we do not publish full names on the website in accordance with Scout Association guidelines.

We regret that at the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


7 Apr 2015

News from the March weekend

The Pro-Badge March weekend has just taken place which saw Scouts completing the Hiker Badge and Explorer Scouts doing some expedition training. The weekend took place in West Sussex based at South Harting. The day started badly on the Saturday with a navigational error right at the start; having sorted this out and losing a bit of time the Scouts made good progress and to time for the rest of the day despite what the weather could throw at them. After arriving and setting up camp they cooked dinner and settled in for the night. Overnight it rained and it was of course an hour shorter due to the clocks changing. The Scouts were a little slow on the Sunday morning, they got up cooked breakfast and broke camp before starting on day two of the hike. This went well with all of the Scouts back at the Headquarters by 14:10.

In April we are running the Naturalist badge for Cub Scouts. For Scouts we are running three courses. They are Camper, Survival Skills and Naturalist. The two Naturalist badges will run separately and come together for a couple of sessions for example when we have our animal visitors.

We have a few spaces left on Cub Scout Naturalist and plenty of spaces on all of the Scout badges. If you are interested in any of the courses please contact me by email.

This season’s Annual Review will take place on the 16th June in Pines Cabin, Lyons Copse at 7pm and you are all invited. All of the award winners will be announced and receive their awards. In addition any Cub who has completed five Cub courses will receive a certificate and any Scout who has completed all of the courses available to him or her will have their name put on the Pro-Badge board displayed in Lyons Lodge for all to see.

New Season, New Badges, New Programme.

Following on from the publication of the new activity badges at the end of January we are looking at how this will affect Pro-Badge and the courses we offer. We have already run a trial of the new cub pioneer course. We plan on confirming next seasons courses on our April weekend if not before.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact me.

LOST & FOUND

Did your cub/scout/explorer bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe at rats@pro-badge.org.uk.

At the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is put in the skip.

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


20 Feb 2015

News from the February weekend

On the Pro-Badge February weekend we ran the Map Reader badge for Cub Scouts and an experimental weekend for the new Cub Scout Pioneer badge.

Map Reader took place over a wet and muddy weekend with all of the cubs getting muddy during the hike on the Saturday afternoon. The course involved lots of map and compass work including a hike on the Saturday afternoon which also qualifies as a Hikes Away. The Cubs also made compass shapes on the ground using string and pegs being given verbal instructions by a leader. The course also involved making contour models of hills and completing the site orienteering course, as well as lots of practise of Grid References, symbols and setting a map.

The Pioneer course was run in Pines cabin and involved learning knots and lashings and completing a number of projects as well as making their own piece of rope.

This season’s annual review will take place on the 16th June in Pines Cabin, Lyons Copse at 7pm. You are all invited. All of the award winners will be announced and receive their awards. In addition any Cub who has completed five Cub courses will receive a certificate and any Scout who has completed all of the courses available to him or her will have their name put on the Pro-Badge board displayed in Lyons Lodge for all to see.

In April we are running the Naturalist badge for Cub Scouts. For Scouts we are running three courses. They are Camper, Survival Skills and Naturalist. The two Naturalist badges will run separately and come together for a couple of sessions for example when we have our animal visitors.

We have a few spaces left on Cub Scout Naturalist and plenty of spaces on all of the Scout badges. If you are interested in any of the courses please contact me by email.

New Season, New Badges, New Programme.

Following on from the publication of the new activity badges at the end of January we are looking at how this will affect Pro-Badge and the courses we offer. We have already run a trial of the new cub pioneer course (see Above). We plan on confirming next seasons courses on our April weekend if not before.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact me.

LOST & FOUND

Did your cub/scout/explorer bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe at rats@pro-badge.org.uk.

At the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


20 Feb 2015

Lost and Found

We currently have the following "Lost" items looking for Owners:

Named
Full names not published on-line in accordance with Scout Association guidelines.

Daniel C – hat
Luke T – grey hoody
Jacob N – red t-shirt, grey t-shirt
Ryan H – black zip-up (Donnay), yellow & black Lonsdale hoodie
Matthew S – wellies
Lewis M – Regatta walking shoes
Matilda – purple waterproof trousers
Charlotte – black waterproof trousers
Emily – black coat, red torch

Un-named

Grey trousers (George, Asda) 10-11 years
Pink/purple zip up top, size medium
Pink Columbia zip-up hoodie
Dragster Race t-shirt
BM gloves
Black gloves
Blue gloves
Grey trousers
Black hoodie with poppers
Pink coat
White Cub woggle
Lots of socks

We regret that we can't store lost property past the end of the Pro-Badge season; any left behind at the end of the April weekend will be disposed of. If any of the above may be yours please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe at rats@pro-badge.org.uk.


28 Jan 2015

News from the January weekend

The 3rd weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2014/2015 season has just finished. We ran the Global Conservation badge for both Scouts and Cub Scouts along with the second weekend of our Scout Hiker Course.

The Global Conservation courses went well with the Cub course being full, unfortunately we had a few drop out of the Scout course without letting us know. This is always disappointing as we have to buy food etc on the numbers we are expecting. The two courses were run by Mortica, they ran separately but combined for a lot of the sessions and one of the requirements for the Scouts was to teach Cubs about some areas of conservation. This badge is also one of the Scout badges which gets a prize at our Annual Review and two of the Scouts were nominated for that.

The Scouts on the Hiker course had their first overnight hike and arrived back safely at Lyons Copse on Sunday lunchtime. They have their final weekend in March in unfamiliar country. This is the only weekend we run that is not based at Lyons Copse.

On our next weekend in February we are running the Map Reader badge for the Cub Scouts. This is nearly full with only three spaces left.

We are also running a trial of the new Cub Scout Pioneer Badge, this course is already proving popular and is full.

In April we are running the Naturalist badge for Cub Scouts. For Scouts we are running three courses. They are Camper, Survival Skills and Naturalist. The two Naturalist badges run separately though will come together for a couple of sessions for example when we have our animal visitors.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact me.

We currently have spaces on all of our April courses.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader

LOST & FOUND

Did your cub/scout bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please contact our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe by email.

We currently have the following "Lost" items looking for Owners:

Named
Full names not published on-line in accordance with Scout Association guidelines.

Daniel C – hat
Katie B – red coat
Alex S – Jumper
Luke T – grey hoody
Mathieu L – snood
Ashthorpe? – trainers, size 3/35

Un-named

Grey trousers (George, Asda) 10-11 years
Various items of clothing in a Tesco bag (Hikers?)
Various items of clothing in a Wilko bag (Hikers?)
Pink/purple zip up top, size medium
Green Regatta fleece, size 18
Six pairs of socks
Seven odd socks
One blue mitten, small
Green plastic coat hanger

We regret that we can't store lost property past the end of the Pro-Badge season.


28 Nov 2014

News from the November weekend

The 2nd weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2014/2015 season took place on the weekend of 21st -23rd November 2014. We ran two courses for Scouts and one for Cub Scouts.

We ran the Navigator badge for the Cub Scouts the activities included star gazing, tracking, making their own maps and learning all about map symbols. On the Sunday morning the Cub Scouts enjoyed a treasure hunt. Those Cub Scouts who have completed the Pro-Badge Navigator course or those who are over 9 years old can attend the Map Reader badge course in February which expands on the knowledge gained on this course with an emphasis on map work and a hike on the Saturday afternoon where the Cub Scouts have the opportunity to get the leaders lost.

The Scouts took part in the Pioneer badge which saw the patrols creating both large and small pioneering projects over the weekend.

The second Scout course was the Hiker badge, this was the first weekend of three weekends the others taking place in January and March. The Saturday was spent learning how to navigate along with some First Aid, and cooking skills. The Sunday was time for putting what they had leant into practise and completing the first of the three hikes. This took longer than planned due to the heavy rain which resulted in a lot of mud and localised flooding on the route.

On our next weekend in January we are running the global conservation badge for the Cub Scouts and the global conservation badge for Scouts. These will run separately though will come together for a couple of sessions.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact Scissors.

We currently have spaces on all of our remaining courses.

LOST & FOUND

Did your cub/scout bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them?

We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please contact our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe by email.

We regret that we can't store lost property past the end of the Pro-Badge season.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


28 Nov 2014

Lost Property

We have some items of Lost Property left behind at Pro-Badge weekends, as below.

  • Pink washbag with the Union Flag printed on it;
  • Pair of blue wellies with white spots, size 33;
  • A KFS set;
  • Grey trousers (George, Asda) 10-11 years;
  • Blue hoody, initials "AS";
  • Grey/pink leggings, 8-9 years;
  • Six pairs of socks;
  • Five odd socks;
  • A knife from a KFS set;
  • One blue mitten, small;
  • White vest “Bruderer”;
  • Pair of trainers, silver/pink, size 3/35;
  • Blue Energizer headtorch;
  • Pen “Jetstream”

If any of the above belong to your Cub/Scout/Explorer (or Leader!) please contact our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe by email.


30 Nov 2014

News from the October weekend

The 24th season of the Pro-Badge Training Scheme started on the weekend of 24th - 26th October 2014. We ran two courses for Cub Scouts and one for Scouts. I am pleased to say that both Cub courses were full and we had a good number on the Scout Camp Cook badge, however we were forced to cancel the Camp Site Services badge due to low numbers.

The Outdoor Challenge and the Outdoor Plus Challenge courses for the Cub Scouts had lots of activities included bouldering, low ropes, water rockets, cooking twists, and a blind trail set up by the Cubs on the Outdoor Plus Challenge Course. In addition the Cub Scouts on the Outdoor Plus Challenge course camped out over the weekend and went on a hike on the Sunday morning.

The Scouts took part in the Camp Cook badge which saw the patrols cooking lunch and dinner over open fires on Saturday along with their breakfast on the Sunday morning using gas stoves, as well as learning about menu planning, fire lighting and camp hygiene.

On our next weekend in November we are running Navigator badge for the Cub Scouts and Pioneer Badge for the Scouts along with the first weekend of three for our Hiker badge course.

Congratulations are also due to Nigel and Sarah French who recently got married and several members of Pro-Badge were privileged to attend the wedding. Nigel has been with us for many years working in the store and helping out on several badges. Sarah as well as being a Scout Leader helps us on the Cub Navigator and Map Reader courses. We wish them all the best for the future.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


19 Sep 2014

October weekend

The Cub Scouts Outdoor Challenge Plus is FULL and we only have a few spaces left on Outdoor Challenge.

We do still have spaces on Camp Cook and Campsite Services for the Scouts.

We are also looking for anyone who is prepared to come and help on either the Camp Cook course or the Hiker course, this is due to staff moving on and being unable to assist this season. If you are interested please contact us for further details.

Details of all of our courses are on our What's on When? page.


30 Aug 2014

Message from Scissors

Dear All

I hope you have all had a good summer break.

The Pro-Badge team have attending various summer camps and activities. We are now starting to get busy preparing for the forthcoming season. The first weekend takes place over the 24th -26th October and we are offering two courses for Cubs, the Outdoor Challenge badge and the Outdoor Challenge Plus badge. To take part in the Outdoor Challenge Plus you must have completed the Outdoor Challenge badge (not necessarily with Pro-Badge). For Scouts we are running the Camp Cook badge and the first weekend of the Campsite Services badge.

We currently have spaces on all courses on all weekends - please look at the website for dates for the other weekends of the season.

Due to the efforts of various members of the Pro-Badge team throughout the summer we have completed a lot of fundraising. This means that fees this season are staying the same as last season at £45.00 for Cubs and £40.00 for Scouts. We are also continuing our early payment scheme whereby if you pay at least two weeks before the event you only pay £40.00 for Cubs and £35.00 for Scouts. The Cub courses cost slightly more as Lyons Lodge costs more than Pines Cabin to hire for the weekend.

We now have our twitter account up and running so please follow us on .

Of course if you would like to help on Pro-Badge as part of one of the badge or support teams please get in touch - we would love to hear from you.

Regards

Scissors
Camp Leader
Pro-Badge Scout Training Scheme
Scissors@Pro-Badge.org.uk
Tel: 07761 912914


29 Jun 2014

2014 - 2015 season course dates published

Dates of 2014 - 2015 season courses have been published, click here for details. Booking are being taken now.


17 Jun 2014

Pro-Badge Annual Review 2014

The Annual Review was held on 17 June with presentations to Cubs and Scouts as well as the formal issue of the of the Report.

Click here for photographs of the award winners.


28 Apr 2014

News from the April weekend

The last weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2013/2014 current season took place on the weekend of 25th -27th April 2014. We ran the Naturalist badge for Cub Scouts and the Camper, Survival Skills and Naturalist badges for Scouts.

The weekend was wet at times but all had a good time.

The Naturalist badges combined for some sessions and had separate sessions at other times. We were lucky to have a talk from the local hedgehog rescue group who also brought out a hedgehog for the Cubs and Scouts to see, this hedgehog was due to be released back into the wild very soon. The Scout course involves some pre work and some presentations to be made. We therefore have one of our awards for this badge. Three Scouts have been nominated and the winner will be announced at the Annual review in June (see below).

The Camper badge saw the patrols learning how to put up tents, cook meals and camp in a safe and dry manner despite the weather. The participants also ran the campfire on Saturday evening.

The Survival Skills badge managed to survive at a site a few miles from Lyons Copse in the rain, some of the shelters stayed drier than others and I heard a few tales about who had stayed dry and who had got wet. They all managed to light fires and cook their dinner and breakfast.

This season’s annual review will take place on the 17th June in Pines Cabin, Lyons Copse at 7pm and all are invited. All of the award winners will be announced and receive their awards. In addition any Cub who has completed five Cub courses will receive a certificate and any Scout who has completed all of the courses available to him or her will have their name put on the Pro-Badge board displayed in Lyons Lodge for all to see.

Our next season starts in October and we are taking bookings now. The badge information and permission to camp forms will be emailed out in September. Please see the website or leaflet for dates and which course is when.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact Scissors.

LOST & FOUND

Did your Cub/Scout/Explorer bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them? We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe.

Regretably, at the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.


30 Mar 2014

April courses

This weekend 15 members of the Pro-Badge staff spent the weekend renewing the roof on the Pole Store and the Gas store. We also took the opportunity to tidy out the Pro-Badge store and clear some space for new equipment.

In April we are running the Naturalist badge for Cub Scouts. For Scouts we are running three courses. They are Camper, Survival Skills and Naturalist. The two Naturalist badges will run separately and come together for a couple of sessions for example when we have our animal visitors.

The Scout Survival Skills is already FULL. We have a few spaces left on Scout Naturalist, Scout Camper and Cub Scout Naturalist at the moment. If you are interested in any of the courses please contact Scissors by email.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact Scissors.


30 Mar 2014

Theft of the 5th Gosport Sea Scout Group Rigid Inflatable Boat

On the night of March 9th between 01:00 and 06:00 hrs thieves stole the Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) belonging to the 5th Gosport Sea Scout Group. It had been chained up at Hill Head Sailing Club where it was being used for training.

The RIB is an Orange Humber 5.2m long and has a new Mariner Bigfoot 60HP engine on the back. On the right hand side of the console it has Hampshire Scouts written on the side and a reference number of SSR 81212 also on this side of the console.

The Group have informed the Police and the theft has also been publicised via The News. If you see the boat or hear anything about it and/or her equipment please call Hampshire Constabulary on 101.

The Hampshire Constabulary reference number is 44140091333.


2 Mar 2014

News from the February weekend

The fourth weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2013/2014 season took place on the weekend of 21st – 23rd February 2014. We ran the Map Reader badge for Cub Scouts and the second weekend of the Campsite Services badge for Scouts.

Map Reader took place over a relatively dry weekend and we completed the mostly outdoor programme in the dry with just a little rain overnight. The course involved lots of map and compass work including a hike on the Saturday afternoon which also qualifies as a Hikes Away. The Cubs also made compass shapes on the ground using string and pegs being given verbal instructions by a leader. The course also involved making contour models of hills and completing the site orienteering course, as well as lots of practise of Grid References, symbols and setting a map.

Campsite Services badge had their second weekend, the activities were dictated by the recent weather and included doing a survey of the site noting fallen trees, damaged fences or hedges and any other damage around the site. As this is a two weekend course a project also had to be completed between the weekends and this was assessed. The Scouts on this course also have the opportunity to win the Humphrey Dormouse award for the work they do over the weekends and for their project. This award along with others will be awarded at the annual review.

This seasons Annual Review will take place on the 17th June in Pines Cabin, Lyons Copse at 7pm. You are all invited. All of the award winners will be announced and receive their awards. In addition any Cub who has completed five Cub courses will receive a certificate and any Scout who has completed all of the courses available to him or her will have their name put on the Pro-Badge board displayed in Lyons Lodge for all to see.

In April we are running the Naturalist badge for Cub Scouts. For Scouts we are running three courses. They are Camper, Survival Skills and Naturalist. The two Naturalist badges will run separately and come together for a couple of sessions for example when we have our animal visitors.

Survival Skills is already FULL, and we have started a waiting list. We have a few spaces left on Scout Naturalist and plenty of spaces on Scout Camper and Cub Scout Naturalist at the moment. If you are interested in any of the courses please contact Scissors by email.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact Scissors.

LOST & FOUND

Did your Cub/Scout/Explorer bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them? We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe.

Regretably, at the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is disposed of.


22 Jan 2014

Wanted - Cubs to do the Map Reader badge

We still have plenty of spaces available for our Map Reader Course on the 21st - 23rd February at Lyons Copse. If your cub is interested please contact Scissors for all the details and to book a place. The weekend involves lots of mostly outdoor map and compass activities along with a hike on the Saturday afternoon.


22 Jan 2014

January course news

The 3rd weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2013/2014 season took place on the weekend of 17th - 19th January 2014. We ran the Global Conservation badge for both Scouts and Cub Scouts.

This season we were able to welcome back Suzi Hoskins to coordinate both courses. We were also able to use some resources provided by Southern Water which enabled us to do several water conservation activities. The courses were run separately but came together for some sessions.

On our next weekend in February we are running the Map Reader badge for the Cub Scouts and the second weekend for the Campsite Services badge for Scouts.

In April we are running the Naturalist badge for Cub Scouts. For Scouts we are running three courses, Camper, Survival Skills and Naturalist. The two Naturalist badges run separately though will come together for a couple of sessions for example when we have our animal visitors.

We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact Scissors.

We currently have spaces on our February and April courses, click here for details.

LOST & FOUND

Did your Cub/Scout/Explorer bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them? We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any "extra" kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe.

Regrettably, we can't store lost property from one Season to another, so at the end of the Season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is put in the skip.


6 Jan 2014

January and February Courses

We have spaces on both Scout and Cub Global Conservation Courses running in January and on the Cub Map Reader Course running in February. If a Cub or Scout would like to attend please email Scissors for details or to book a place.

Full details of our courses this season and details on how to apply are on our what's on when? page.

Breaking News: Snowy has broken her arm (perhaps that should be her wing!) we all wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her out at Pro-Badge soon.


29 Nov 2013

Message from Scissors

"The 2nd weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2013/2014 season took place on the weekend of 22nd -24th November 2013. We ran two courses for Scouts and one for Cub Scouts.

We ran the Navigator badge for the Cub Scouts the activities included star gazing, tracking, making their own maps and learning all about map symbols. On the Sunday morning the Cub Scouts enjoyed a treasure hunt. Those Cub Scouts who have completed the Pro-Badge Navigator course or those who are over 9 years old can attend the Map Reader badge course in February which expands on the knowledge gained on this course with an emphasis on map work and a hike on the Saturday afternoon where the Cub Scouts have the opportunity to get the leaders lost.

The Scouts took part in the Pioneer badge which saw the patrols creating both large and small pioneering projects over the weekend.

The second Scout course was the Campsite Services badge, this was the first weekend of two weekends the other taking place in February. The Saturday was spent learning how to use tools and practical work including some plumbing and maintenance work. They also learned about all the administrative things involved in running the site. The Sunday was time for doing further practical work around Lyons Copse.

On our next weekend in January we are running the Global Conservation badge for the Cub Scouts and the Global Conservation badge for Scouts. These will run separately though will come together for a couple of sessions.

In April we have added the Naturalist Course for Scouts to our programme as we have managed to find a specialist to run the badge. We rely on volunteers to help on all our courses if you are interested in helping please contact me.

We currently have spaces on all of our courses."

LOST & FOUND

Did your Cub/Scout/Explorer bring anything back from Pro-Badge which does not belong to them? We are trying to match up missing kit with owners and so if you are missing anything or have any “extra” kit please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe at rats@pro-badge.org.uk

At the end of the season any lost property left at Pro-Badge is put in the skip.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


2 Nov 2013

Message from Scissors

"The 23rd season of the Pro-Badge Training Scheme started on the weekend of 25th - 27th October 2013. We ran two courses for Cub Scouts and one for Scouts.

We ran the Outdoor Challenge and the Outdoor Challenge Plus courses for the Cub Scouts the activities included bouldering, low ropes, water rockets, cooking twists, and a blind trail set up by the Cubs on the Outdoor Challenge Course. In addition the Cub Scouts on the Outdoor Challenge Plus course camped out over a wet weekend and went on a hike on the Sunday morning.

The Scouts took part in the Camp Cook badge which saw the patrols cooking lunch and dinner on Saturday and their breakfast on the Sunday morning, as well as learning about menu planning, fire lighting and camp hygiene.

The Saturday morning also saw a visit from Ray Noice who is the Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) Communications, Media and Public Relations within Hampshire. Ray was able to see the Cubs and Scouts taking part in their morning activities and get a better understanding of Pro-Badge and how we fit into the county structure.

On our next weekend in November we are running Navigator badge for the Cub Scouts and Pioneer Badge for the Scouts along with the first weekend of three for our Hiker badge course. The November weekend will also be the first weekend of the Campsite Service badge for older Scouts. We currently have spaces on all badges that weekend."


2 Nov 2013

Scout Naturalist Badge back on the programme

We have found a specialist to run the Scout Naturalist Badge and so are pleased to announce that we will be running this course on the April weekend.


2 Nov 2013

New sizes for childrens' T-Shirts

We have new sizes for childrens' T-Shirts, click here for more information.


8 Oct 2013

Cubs Outdoor Challenge Plus full, some spaces on other courses

Outdoor Challenge Plus is FULL. We still have spaces on Outdoor Challenge and a few on Camp Cook. We have spaces on all other courses on the other weekends.


13 Sep 2013

Message from Scissors

"Welcome to the new Pro-Badge season. I hope you all had a good summer; I personally attended Poacher 2013 in Lincolnshire with the water rockets for my summer camp.

We are starting our season off on the weekend 25th-27th October 2013. We will be running the Scout Camp Cook course where the Scouts will get the opportunity to create a menu, light fires and cook several meals.

For the Cubs we will be running the Outdoor Challenge and the Outdoor Challenge Plus courses. The cubs will get the opportunity to learn two skills and trying three new outdoor activities on the Outdoor Challenge Course, and on the Outdoor Challenge Plus course (which is for those who already have the Outdoor Challenge) new skills, challenges plus two nights under canvas and opportunities to plan your own activities. Have you tried? – Water rockets, outdoor cooking, rope making, and a blind trail.

In November for the Scouts we will be running Pioneer, the first weekend of our Hiker course and the first weekend of our Camp Site Services course. For the Cubs will be running the Navigator activity badge.

We currently have spaces on all courses on all weekends though some courses are filling fast. For details of what is on which weekend please look at our What's on When page.

Due to a change in our banking procedures all cheques must now be made payable to Hampshire County Scout Council not the previous payee.

Looking Forward to seeing you all soon.

Scissors

Camp Leader"


11 Aug 2013

Clothing range updated

The range of Pro-Badge clothing available has been updated, details area available here.


19 Jun 2013

Pro-Badge Annual Review

The Annual Review was held on 18 June with presentations to Cubs and Scouts as well as the presentation of the Report. Photographs are available in The Gallery.


19 Jun 2013

Request for Volunteers

We are always looking for extra bodies to help on the weekends either working with the Cubs and Scouts or with one of the adult teams.

We are looking for a new Treasurer, if anyone is interested please speak to or email Scissors or another member of the Committee.

We are also looking for an Admin Assistant to help us out on the weekends, this will involve typing and printing forms, certificates and other documentation that we require. This is so that Snowy and I can spend more time out of the office integrating with the young people and allows us to see more of what is going on. This role may also involve making tea!

Please speak or email either Scissors, Snowy or Midge. You do not need to be a leader or have a lot of experience we can always find something for you to do.


19 Jun 2013

Booking Process

We had some confusion on some weekends over the booking process so this is outlined below:

  1. Decide which course(s) you wish to attend;
  2. Contact Scissors either by email or telephone to check on spaces and get your name added to the list. This guarantees you a place on the course;
  3. Scissors will email or send you the badge details and permission to camp forms.
  4. Send the forms and monies back to Scissors.

9 Jun 2013

Bar to the Silver Acorn

Les Farrington - or more simply "Yeti" - and a founder member of Pro-Badge was presented with the Bar to his Silver Acorn during the Fareham District AGM on 13 May 2013; photographs are available in The Gallery.


25 Apr 2013

Annual Review

The next event it is our Annual Review on the 18th June at 7pm in Pines Cabin at Lyons Lodge. All are welcome to attend.


25 Apr 2013

Launch of 2013 - 2014 Season

We will be starting our next season over the weekend 25th - 27th October when we will be running Camp Cook and Camp Site services for the Scouts and Outdoor Challenge and Outdoor Challenge Plus for the Cub Scouts. We are taking bookings now, please contact us via the Contact page.


25 Apr 2013

Annual Review and 2013/14 Season

The next event it is our Annual Review on the 18th June at 7pm in Pines Cabin at Lyons Lodge. All are welcome to attend. We will then be starting our next season over the weekend 25th - 27th October when we will be running Camp Cook and Camp Site services for the Scouts and Outdoor Challenge and Outdoor Challenge Plus for the Cub Scouts. We are taking bookings now.


25 Apr 2013

News from the April Weekend

The final weekend of the 2012/13 season is now over and a good weekend it was too. We had a full Scout Survival Skills course and a fully booked Cub Scout Naturalist Course. It was disappointing that 6 Cubs who had booked places did not turn up as we had a long waiting list and we were unable to fill the places on the Friday evening so some potential attendees missed out.

The highlight for the Cubs was the visit of some Hedgehogs one of whom was going to be released back into the wild that afternoon. They also took part in pond dipping, and a hedgerow survey over the weekend.

The Scouts on the Survival Skills course built their own shelters and survived by cooking rabbits, mackerel and edible plants found at their camp site; they were not at Lyons Copse. They all returned tired but happy at having survived.


7 Apr 2013

April Weekend

The Cub Naturalist Course is nearly full we only have spaces for two girl cubs. However we do have a waiting list in case any boy cubs drop out so please send an email to Scissors with your cubs name if you wish him to attend but do not send any forms or monies.

We only have three spaces left on the Scout Survival Skills Course, these can be taken by either boy or girl Scouts.

The Scout camper course has plenty of spaces remaining.


21 Mar 2013

News from Scissors

The 4th weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2012/2013 season took place on the weekend of 22nd -24th February 2013. We ran the Map Reader Badge Course for Cub Scouts. I am very pleased to say that we had Cub Scouts from seven different Cub Packs on the course which gave them the opportunity to make friends with Cubs from different Packs and Districts.

The activities included making compass derived shapes on the grass, a hike where the Cubs were able to get the leaders lost as they did the navigating, orienteering, and making edible contour models. These were followed by an assessment on the Sunday morning.

Over the weekend of 16th -17th March 2013 we ran the third weekend of our Hiker badge course for Scouts. This weekend is based away from Lyons Copse as the Scouts have to hike in an unfamiliar area. This year we were based in South Harting near Petersfield which allowed the Scouts to hike all over the South Downs. The weather was unfortunately very wet especially on the Saturday though the Scouts all made good time and arrived at the overnight stop in good spirits. The Sunday was more of the same but it was not quite so wet.

On our next weekend 19th-21st April we are running the Naturalist badge for the Cub Scouts along with the Survival Skills badge and Camper badge for the Scouts. We currently have spaces on all of these courses.

The dates and courses for our next season starting in October 2013 are available here.


4 Mar 2013

Spaces on April courses

We have places on our Cubs Naturalist, Scouts Camper and Scouts Survival Skills courses which run on the weekend of 219 - 21 April 2013. Please contact Scissors for further details.


10 Feb 2013

Spaces on Cubs Map Reader course

We have places on our Cubs Map Reader course, which runs on the weekend of 22 - 24 February 2013. Please contact Scissors for further details.


10 Feb 2013

The Cub team are looking for animal visitors

Can you help? The Cub Scout team are looking for animal visitors on Naturalist weekend - 19th to 21st April. In the past we have owls, squirrels, snakes, fox cubs. If you have any contacts please e-mail Midge or ring her on 01980 677252.


24 Jan 2013

News from the January weekend

We had an excellent weekend with the added bonus of the snow.

The Cubs taking part in the Global Conservation badge had the additional activities of Snow Ball fights for those who wanted to and snowmen building added to the programme. The cubs also managed to ambush Scissors.

The Scouts doing the hiker badge had the experience of hiking and then camping in the snow at a campsite remote from Lyons Copse. They moaned they got a bit cold Saturday night but other than that enjoyed themselves.

Scout Leaders also have to undergo training and on the Saturday evening a Module 1 course was run for ten leaders as part of their getting started training.

Next month we are running the Map Reader Badge for the Cubs. They need to be either 9 years old or have already completed the Pro-Badge Navigator Badge.


10 Jan 2013

Campsite Service 1 CANCELLED

The site at Lyons Copse is currently very waterlogged so unfortunately we have had to cancel the Camp Site Services course, at the request of those running it and of the Site.

Scouts Hiker 2 and Cubs Global Conservation will run as planned.


27 Dec 2012

Spaces available on Cubs Global Conservation and Scouts Campsite Service 1

We have places available on our January courses as follows:
Cubs Global Conservation
Scouts Campsite Service 1

Course dates are 18 - 20 January 2013 at Lyons Copse. To book one or more places on these courses click here for Cub Scout courses and here for Scout courses.


29 Oct 2012

News from the Camp Leader

The second weekend of the Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2012/2013 season took place on the weekend of 23rd - 25th November 2012. We ran two courses for Scouts and one for Cub Scouts. The weather over the weekend was very wet with some of the site quite waterlogged but we did fare better than those who were flooded out of their homes in parts of the country.

We ran the Navigator badge for the Cub Scouts the activities included star gazing, tracking, making their own maps and learning all about map symbols. On the Sunday morning the Cub Scouts enjoyed a treasure hunt. Those Cub Scouts who have completed the Pro-Badge Navigator course or those who are over 9 years old can attend the Map Reader badge course in February. This course expands on the knowledge gained on this course with an emphasis on map work and a hike on the Saturday afternoon where the Cub Scouts have the opportunity to get the leaders lost.

The Scouts took part in the Pioneer badge which saw the patrols creating both large and small pioneering projects over the weekend.

The second Scout course was the Hiker badge, this was the first weekend of three weekends the others taking place in January and March. The Saturday was spent learning how to use cooking equipment, First Aid and also route planning using maps, compasses and route cards. The Sunday was the first Hike of the course consisting of a day hike in the local area. The Scouts were late getting back due to the horrible weather conditions making it quite slippery underfoot.

On our next weekend in January we are running the global conservation badge for the Cub Scouts and camp site services badge for the Scouts along with the second weekend of three for our Hiker course. We currently have spaces on all of our courses.

Scissors/Clive Clark
Camp Leader


11 Nov 2012

Spaces available on January Courses

We have places available on our January courses as follows:

Please click here for course dates.


11 Nov 2012

Spaces available on November Course

We have places available on our November courses as follows:

Cub Scouts Navigator

2 male 1 female

Scouts Pioneer

2 male 1 female

Scouts Hiker 1

2 or 4

Course dates are November 23 - 25 2012 at Lyons Copse. To enquire about places on these courses click here for Cub Scout courses and here for Scout courses. Please click here for course dates.


11 Nov 2012

Pro-Badge myths, busted!

Check out our new Mythbuster page.


29 Oct 2012

News from the Camp Leader

The 22nd season of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme started on the weekend of 26th -28th October 2012. We ran two courses for Cub Scouts and one for Scouts. Several administrative changes took place over the summer break with Clive Clark taking over from Les Farrington and the staff forming a Scout Active Support unit.

We ran the outdoor challenge and the outdoor challenge plus courses for the Cub Scouts the activities included bouldering, low ropes, water rockets, cooking twists, and a blind trail set up by the Cubs on the Outdoor Challenge Course. In addition the Cub Scouts on the Outdoor Challenge Plus course camped out over a cold frosty weekend and went on a hike on the Sunday morning after cooking their own breakfast.

The Scouts took part in the Camp Cook badge which saw the patrols cooking lunch and dinner on Saturday and their breakfast on the Sunday morning.

On our next weekend in November we are running Navigator badge for the Cub Scouts and Pioneer Badge for the Scouts along with the first weekend of three for our Hiker course.


29 Oct 2012

Spaces available on November Course

We have places available on Cub Scouts Navigator badge and Scouts Pioneer badge as well as the first weekend of three for our Hiker course Course dates are November 23 - 25 2012 at Lyons Copse. To enquire about places on these courses click here for Cub Scout courses and here for Scout courses. Please click here for course dates.


16 Sep 2012

Updated Cub Scout and Scout Leaflets published

Updated Cub Scout and Scout leaflets have been published.


27 Aug 2012

New Season - letter from the new Camp Leader

With bookings now being taken for the 2012-2013 season, please click here for an update from the new Camp Leader.


29 Jun 2012

Important Pro-Badge Meeting

Following Les Farrington’s resignation as Leader of Pro-Badge at the weekend, the Exec has decided to hold a meeting to discuss all aspects of Pro-Badge.

The meeting will be held at Pines Cabin at Lyons Copse on Tuesday 10th July at 7.00pm. We would very much like you to be there and if you can't attend can you please let us know the following:

  • are you able to help on Pro-Badge next season?
  • are you happy to continue in your existing role or would you like a change?
  • is there anything you would like change about Pro-Badge?

We hope that you can make the meeting; ff you wish to invite anyone else please feel free to do so.


25 Jun 2012

21st Anniversary Weekend

The 21st Anniversary Weekend was a great success, more details soon but photos are in The Gallery.


25 Jun 2012

2011/2012 Annual Review published

During the 21st Anniversary Weekend the 2011/2012 Annual Review was published.


30 Apr 2012

2012 - 2013 Programme announced

The 2012 - 2013 programme is available, both here and as leaflets for the Cub Scout and Scout schemes.


2 Nov 2011

Register for news updates

Pro-Badge are pleased to announce our news-by-email service. To receive news please register by visiting our registration page. You can also unsubscribe on the same page, but we hope that you won't!


29 Oct 2011

21st Anniversary celebration announced

This season 2011-2012 is the 21st Anniversary of the start of Pro-Badge.

To celebrate this achievement we would like all our friends and former participants to attend a weekend of celebration at Lyons Copse. The dates for this are the 23rd and 24th June 2012.

You are welcome to attend for all or a part of this weekend. Further details will appear on this page as they become known.

If you wish to attend or have receive further information please email Scissors to be added to the list.

Further details will be published on our 21st Anniversary page.



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