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Pro-Badge News

29 Nov 2018

News from the November weekend

The 2nd weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2018/2019 season took place on the weekend of 23rd-25th November 2018.

The Scouts took part in the Pioneer badge. The weekend involved creating both large and small pioneering projects. The projects this year included a large Swing Boat, as well as an indoor project, making ballista’s and lots of practice of knots and lashings. A lot of this took place outside in between the heavy rain showers on the Saturday though they did get a little wet from the drizzle.

We also ran 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. This year we only had eight explorers which was a good number to assist and instruct the Scouts we had.

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 can get the leaders temporarily misplaced (lost).

On our next weekend in January we are running the Pioneer badge for the Cub Scouts, which will see the cubs learning knots, lashings, making rope, a knotting board and taking part in some fun projects.

For the Scouts, we are running the Forester badge, this is the third year we have run this course and like last year this is proving popular with only a few spaces left.

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 currently have spaces on all our other remaining courses.

LOST & 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 at rats@pro-badge.org.uk.

MISSING

Can you please check to see if you have a dark Timberland jacket amongst the kit you have taken home as a Scout has lost one.

We currently have:

  • Next blue hoodie, 10 years;
  • Regatta blue waterproof trousers, 11/12 years
  • Regatta repair kit for Kivu 4v2 tent;
  • Black wellies, size 6;
  • Pink glove;
  • Blue glove;
  • Spoon (from “clip together” set);
  • Black washbag? – Named “Roy Wells” (from October weekend?)

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

Camp Leader
scissors@pro-badge.org.uk
www.pro-badge.org.uk


24 Oct 2018

News from the October weekend

Wow, what a start to the new season. This year we started off slightly differently with our Annual Review on the Thursday evening before the weekend. This is where we award our trophies and prizes to those who have achieved them over the previous season. It was good to see so many young people, parents and leaders there. We presented Junior Pro-Badge Awards Certificates for completing all Cub courses to Jack, James, Ewan, Lilibeth, Kara and Callum. The new Taz award for the cub who showed the most improvement over the pioneer weekend went to Jack from 61st Portsmouth.

The Percy Pig award for the Expedition Challenge badge went to William from 2nd Fareham.

Two Scouts had completed all of the scout Pro-badge courses and their names have gone on the board at Lyons Copse. They are Jason from 2nd Fareham and William from Basingstoke Sea Scouts.

The Pro-Badge Special Award awarded to the individual or team of leaders who had done that little bit extra this year or over a number of years went to one of the cook house team Steve Morton.

Congratulations to them all.

This season of the Pro-Badge Training Scheme actually started on Friday the 19th October 2018. We ran courses for both Cub Scouts and Scouts.

We ran the Our Adventure Challenge badge for the Cubs and it was good to welcome back some familiar faces and lots of Cubs who had not been on Pro-Badge before. Activities included archery, water rockets 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, Fox and I took the Cubs out on a hike on Sunday morning. This was the first time I had actually done this particular hike and the both the Cubs and Leaders enjoyed themselves.

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 they all coped extremely well and were very lucky with the weather. They also cooked their breakfast on the Sunday morning in the kitchen, as well as learning about menu planning, fire lighting and camp hygiene. This was the first time Larry had run this badge and also had some new team members. I would like to thank all of them for their efforts over the weekend.

Next Course

In November we are running the Navigator Stage 2 badge for Cub Scouts which we have several places left on. We are also running the Pioneer badge for Scouts. The other course is the Pioneer Badge for Explorers. This 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. We still have spaces on both Pioneer courses.

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

Staff Wanted

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/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 at rats@pro-badge.org.uk.

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

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader
scissors@pro-badge.org.uk
www.pro-badge.org.uk


24 Oct 2018

Discovery Sailing Project

Pro-Badge is happy to promote the work of other Scout Association schemes and as such we’d like to introduce you to the Discovery Sailing Project (DSP). DSP is part of the UK Scout Association and a member of the Association of Sail Training Organisations (ASTO). Their team of fantastic volunteers have been taking young people to sea since 1971; Sail Training is a challenging and fun way to develop self-confidence and change lives.

On their voyages DSP create a safe yet challenging environment where crews can build resilience, team work and persistence as they work to sail their physically and mentally demanding yachts. They do all this while tailoring the level of challenge to those on board and their ability, background and experience.

DSP create opportunities for leadership to emerge. By the end of a weekend, and certainly by the end of a week those with the interest and drive will be leading their own friends and crew members through sailing evolutions that they would not have experienced at the start of the cruise.

Bookings are open to individuals and Groups, no previous experience is required to sail with DSP, and most voyages start and finish from their Headquarters at Universal Marina, Sarisbury Green near Southampton.

For further information and to see how the Discovery Sailing Project can help your young people please contact them by email on office@dsp.uk.com or by telephone on 01489 580099. More information is available on http://www.dsp.uk.com.


20 October 2018

2017 - 2018 Season Annual Report

The 2017 - 2018 Season Annual Report has been published and is available here.

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


1 September 2018

The 2018 - 2019 Season is nearly here!

Hi All

The new Pro-Badge season will be starting soon. I hope you have all had a good summer. I spent just over a week at H0018 at Buddens Camp Site in Dorset. This was Hampshire’s four yearly county camp, and it was good to see so many young people and leaders who have been on Pro-badge or are a part of the team attending. The highlight for me was visiting Brownsea Island as I had never been before.

This season as always we have some leader changes which has affected some badges. We welcome all our new leaders and thank those who have moved onto other things for the contribution they have made over the years.

2018 - 2019 Schedule

The dates for the forthcoming courses are below, we are taking bookings now and some of the Scout courses are nearly full.

Dates

Cubs

Scouts

Explorers

October 19-21

Our Adventure Challenge

Chef

 

November 23-25

Navigator Stage 2

Pioneer

Pioneer

January 25-27

Pioneer

Forester
Expedition Challenge 1st weekend

 

February 22-24

Environmental Conservation
Navigator Stage 3

Navigator Stage 3

 

March TBA

 

Expedition Challenge 2nd weekend

 

April 12-14

Chef and Backwoods Cooking

Camper
Survival Skills

 

Annual Review

This year we are changing how we run the annual review and it will take place on the 18th October in Lyons Lodge at 7pm. We will be presenting all of our prizes and awards.

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

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


21 Apr 2018

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 badge 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. They slept in the shelters and cooked breakfast before clearing up and returning to the main site at Lyons Copse.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the Camper course this year due to low Scout numbers booking on. However, the Scouts booked on were able to transfer to the Survival Skills course.

The Chef and Backwoods Cooking courses for the Cubs saw half of the participants cooking on a trench fire for lunch and then, for the Chef Badge cooking a chicken dinner on Gas. The other half did it the other way round cooking on Gas for lunch and the trench fire for dinner. They of course also had instruction on hygiene as well as preparing the food (cutting and peeling) and clearing up afterwards.

Next Season 2018-2019

We have set the dates and badges for our next season starting in October 2018. The table below shows what we are running when. We are taking bookings soon.

Dates

Cubs

Scouts

Explorers

October 19-21

Our Adventure Challenge

Chef

 

November 23-25

Navigator Stage 2

Pioneer

Pioneer

January 25-27

Pioneer

Forester
Expedition Challenge 1st Weekend

 

February 22-24

Environmental Conservation
Navigator Stage 3

Navigator Stage 3

 

March TBA

 Expedition Challenge 2nd Weekend

 

 

April 12-14

Chef and Backwoods Cooking

Camper
Survival Skills

 

Annual Review

This year we are changing how we run the annual review and it will take place on Thursday 18th October in Lyons Lodge. We will be presenting all of our prizes and those nominated will receive an invitation soon.

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 / 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 at rats@pro-badge.org.uk

The following items are currently awaiting re-union with their owners:

From the last weekend

Named Items:

  • 4th New Forest North (Eling) T-shirt – E Greenaway

Unnamed Items:

  • Best ever Tim Vine joke book
  • Rubber purse (cat shaped)
  • Red plastic mug
  • Black “Thinsulate” woollen hat
  • Blue “Trespass” sleeping bag
  • Pillow in mauve pillow case

Items below are still unclaimed from Jan/Feb!!

Named items

  • Red Wellies – Amy F
  • Grey Walking boots – Ewan Clinch

Unnamed items

  • Black “George” hooded coat – 11/12 years
  • Grey “H&M” T-shirt – 6/8 years
  • Blue “H&M” T-shirt – 6/8 years
  • Black “Hype Kids” hoody – 11/12 years
  • Orange/grey “Avex” water bottle
  • Purple “Freedom Trail” daysack (small)
  • “Terrain” watch with black strap
  • Black PJ top? (GIVE ME SOME SPACE MAN)
  • Blue “Oxylane” waterproof trousers
  • Black “Dickies” woollen hat
  • Grey/pink “Betsy Johnson” hat
  • Pair of blue woollen gloves
  • Pair of purple woollen gloves

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

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


25 Feb 2018

News from the March weekend

The March Pro-badge weekend was the second weekend of our Expedition Challenge course. This saw 9 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 very wet and the ground was very muddy underfoot in places. The Sunday however stayed dry. The Scouts also gave their presentations on what they had learned or researched for their projects. The project and work done over the weekends all contributes to the Percy Pig award which is presented at our annual review.

In April, we are running the Cub Scout Chef and Cub Scout Backwoods cooking badges. This Course is FULL. For the Scouts, we are running Survival Skills and Camper badges. The Survival Skills Course is FULL, and we have spaces left on the camper course.

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

Next Season 2018-2019

We have set the dates and badges for our next season starting in October 2018. The table below shows what we are running when. We are taking bookings soon.

Dates

Cubs

Scouts

Explorers

October 19-21

Our Adventure Challenge

Chef

 

November 23-25

Navigator Stage 2

Pioneer

Pioneer

January 25-27

Pioneer

Forester
Expedition Challenge 1st Weekend

 

February 22-24

Environmental Conservation
Navigator Stage 3

Navigator Stage 3

 

March TBA

 Expedition Challenge 2nd Weekend

 

 

April 12-14

Chef and Backwoods Cooking

Camper
Survival Skills

 

Annual Review

This year our annual review is taking place on the 18th 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 & 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

We only had one item left at the end of Expedition Challenge and the owner has been in contact to arrange collection.

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

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


25 Feb 2018

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 Environmental Conservation 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 practice of Grid References, symbols and setting a map.

The Environmental Conservation course saw the cubs learning about water conservation, and recycling. They also made models of houses with solar panels and LED lights. A number of cubs failed to achieve this badge as they had not the prior work. This is a project and diary on water conservation for four weeks in their own home. It is a shame they failed to achieve but hopefully they will complete the badge in four weeks’ time when they have done the project.

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 only have spaces left on the Camper badge, with waiting lists for the other badges. If you are interested in any of the courses, please contact me by email.

Next Season 2018-2019

We have set the dates and badges for our next season starting in October 2018. We are keeping the badges and costs the same for next season.

The table below shows what we are running when. Bookings are now open, please contact me by email.

Dates

Cubs

Scouts

Explorers

October 19-21

Our Adventure Challenge

Chef

 

November 23-25

Navigator Stage 2

Pioneer

Pioneer

January 25-27

Pioneer

Forester

Expedition Challenge
1st Weekend

 

February 22-24

Environmental Conservation

Navigator Stage 3

Navigator Stage 3
1st Weekend

 

March TBA

 

Expedition Challenge
2nd Weekend

 

April 12-14

Chef and Backwoods Cooking

Camper

Survival Skills

 

Lost Property

Did your Cub / Scout / Explorer / Leader leave anything at Pro-Badge?

We have the following items of lost property:

Named items

  • Red Wellies – Amy F
  • Grey/pink hat – Betsy Johnson?
  • Grey Walking boots – Ewan Clinch
  • Avengers hat/scarf & black waterproof trousers – Jack Allen

Un-named items

  • Grey “Primark” trousers – 10/11 years
  • Black “George” hooded coat – 11/12 years
  • Grey “H&M” T-shirt – 6/8 years
  • Blue “H&M” T-shirt – 6/8 years
  • Black “Hype Kids” hoody – 11/12 years
  • Orange/grey “Avex” water bottle
  • Purple “Freedom Trail” daysack (small)
  • “Terrain” watch with black strap

The items below are still unclaimed from January

  • Black PJ top? (GIVE ME SOME SPACE MAN)
  • Blue “Oxylane” waterproof trousers
  • Black “Dickies” woollen hat
  • Pair of blue woollen gloves
  • Pair of purple woollen gloves

If any of the above is yours please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe.

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

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


10 Feb 2018

Lost Property

Did your Cub / Scout / Explorer / Leader leave anything at Pro-Badge?

We have the following items of lost property:

  • Pale Green hooded jacket - Amy?
  • Blue “Trespass” sleeping bag
  • Black PJ top? (GIVE ME SOME SPACE MAN)
  • Blue “Oxylane” waterproof trousers
  • Grey (Star Wars) t-shirt
  • Black “Dickies” woollen hat
  • Black woollen hat with grey stripe
  • Pair of blue woollen gloves
  • Pair of purple woollen gloves
  • Single black woollen glove with grips on palm/fingers
  • Red plastic mug

If any of the above is yours please e-mail our Stores Controller Andy Ratcliffe.

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


27 Jan 2018

News from the January weekend

The 3rd weekend of The Pro-Badge Training Scheme 2017/2018 season has just finished. We ran the Pioneer badge for Cub Scouts along with the first weekend of the Scout Expedition Challenge course. We also ran the Forester Badge for Scouts.

It was a cold and wet 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 Scouts on the Expedition Challenge badge course had their training weekend. The 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 second 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.

The Cubs on the Pioneer Course managed to build several projects including a mini tower, ladder and a ballista using knots and lashings. They also all made a piece of rope and a knot board. We had a new team of leaders running the course this year and they did extremely well and have some good ideas for the future.

On our next weekend in February we are running the Navigator Stage 3 badge for both the Cubs and Scouts. The Cub Navigator stage 3 course is full, and we only have a few spaces on the Scout one. We are also running the Cub Scout Environmental Conservation badge. We still have spaces available on this badge.

In April we are running both the Backwoods Cooking and Chef Badges for Cub Scouts, this course is also full. For Scouts we are running the camper and survival skills badges. We have spaces on both of these courses at present.

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

Congratulations

We would all like to congratulate Midge on being awarded her Award for Merit on Sunday morning in front of all of the participants. This is well deserved as Midge puts a lot of time and effort into ensuring the Cubs have a good weekend as well as all of the other Scouting she has done over the past 30+ years.

There is a photo of Midge receiving her award in The Gallery.

LOST & 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.

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

Situations Vacant

First Aid Team Leader

We are also looking for someone to volunteer to run the First Aid team. You need to be available for all the weekends held at Lyons Copse and have a Scouting recognised First Aid qualification. We have several assistants but would like someone to run this team and take charge of First Aid and Health and Safety over the weekends.

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.

Scissors/Clive Clark

Camp Leader


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