On Saturday (29th Sept) fifteen 1st Barnham Scouts descended into the smelly underworld of the South Coast to tour Brighton’s sewers.
Starting off just underneath Brighton Pier at 9:30 am on Saturday, the gloved and hard-hat clad Scouts were guided through 366 metres of the Victorian sewer system, learning how they were first built, how they have changed over the past 100 or so years and seeing how our waste is dealt with first hand.
The Southern Water tour took the Scouts along narrow, whitewashed corridors and up and down metal ladders to see the route of the day’s waste and stormwater, which was flowing to the brand new water treatment plant in Peacehaven before being pumped out to sea.
Reactions to the sewer were mixed… “Why’s it so disgusting?” asked one Scout “because it’s a sewer,” came the answer. “Smells a bit like Glastonbury,” said another. “It would make a great log flume,” suggested a third.
After around 90 minutes underground the Scouts emerged through a manhole in the middle of Old Steine and – after a thorough wash – went off to enjoy the pleasures of Brighton Pier before heading back to Barnham.
A huge thank you to our amazing guide’s from Southern Water! To find out more about Brighton’s sewers, click here.
This week our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Peregrine Explorers took on the Trim Trail Challenge at Murrell’s Field, Barnham.
This sponsored event consisting of ten obstacles; chin ups, rope climb, sit ups, stride jumps, balance beam, monkey bars, run and leap, step up bench, parallel bars and shuttle run. It was certainly a challenge, but great fun too! Check out the photo gallery below.
All proceeds from the event are supporting two Peregrine Explorer Scouts; Lottie and Josh (both previously 1st Barnham Scouts) to attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree in USA 2019. With part of their fees enabling Scouts from developing countries to attend the Jamboree.
So far, the sponsorship raised from the Trim Trail totals £412 [Update 19/07/18: Total raised = £450], and with some sponsorship yeah to be received we hope to reach our goal of £500. A massive THANK YOU to all the sponsors and the beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers for taking on the challenge.
If you’d like to make a contribution, please contact Mark
Today’s Angry Birds AGM was a flying success, even if we do say so ourselves.
What better way to liven up our Annual General Meeting, than make some modroc ‘angry birds’ (prepared during Beavers, Cubs and Scouts over the last two weeks), insert bird into a catapult and fire it at a wall of cardboard boxes! Watch the birdie fly in the slow motion video below.
Today our two teams, the Ghost Riders and Phantom Quad, competed in Chichester Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge. Joining us in the junior competition was a team from 12th Chichester Scouts, their first year in the event.
After the heats, Ghost Riders and 12th Chichester had the two fastest times and so went through to battle it out in the final. After a very tight race and with less than a second between them, Ghost Riders did it, retaining the winning title for 1st Barnham for another year. You can view all the scoreboard results here.
The challenge is not just about a fun day out, it’s a fundraising event for CancerWise and charities supported by the Rotary Club of Chichester Priory. We are proud to say that this year our Scouts raised a total £656 in sponsorship.
Today we have published our Annual Report & Accounts 2017-18, ahead of our AGM on Saturday 16th June. Limited printed copies of these documents will be available at the AGM, parents of members and supporters are encouraged to review these documents prior to the meeting.
This weekend Scouts from Phantom and Ghost Troops hiked from Warningcamp to Furzefield Scout Campsite, Angmering. On arrival the scouts had to build a shelter (using a limited number of supplied resources) these were to be slept in over night and cook their dinner on the fire.
Despite the threat of stormy weather, the scouts were not put off and the short showers were a good test for the shelters. This morning the scouts prepared their breakfast, again one element needed to be cooked on the fire.
Take a look at our WS2017 photo album to see what our 20 Scouts and six leaders got up to when then joined over 3000 other Scouts and Guides for seven days of activities in the sun, wind, rain and mud!