10th October 2004
East Preston Cubs Scouts recently met a Cub
Leader from the United States, who visited their Pack meeting and learnt
about how Scouting operates in America.
The Cub Scouts from the 1st East
Preston Cub Pack met Chris Shelton the Cub Master of Pack 456, Grant
District, Dan Beard Council in Ohio, USA, when he was invited to visit their
Chris was visiting the UK on a sales conference
for his company Eurotherm, which has offices around the world, but also in
Littlehampton. Before his arrival he contacted the Scouts in Arundel and
Littlehampton District on their website www.al-scouts.org.uk, to find out a
little about how UK Scouting works and to bring back some new ideas to help
in his unit in the US.
During his visit the Cubs were shown photos of
his Cubs from Ohio, which highlighted the differences in the uniforms, but
also showed that the activities done by Scouts all over the world were very
Chris, who wore his US Leaders uniform, also
brought a selection of badges that the Cubs in the US could gain and the
various books that they use. The evening even featured games which had been
tailored to fit in with their US visitor.
Both Chris and the Cub Scouts learned a lot
about the different countries and the way Scouting is organised on both
continents. A selection of gifts were given to Chris to take back to show
his Cubs including badges and information on the Scouts in the UK. It is
hoped that the two Groups will now establish an international link and
communicate regularly with each other.
District Commissioner Simon Burgess said: “it
was great to meet Chris and learn a little about Scouting in America and we
hope he learnt a little about us. This visit will also help the Cubs gain
international awareness which is an important part of the Cub Scout
26th September 2004
Record numbers of Beavers Scouts from Arundel &
Littlehampton District took part in their annual Beaver Scout Sandcastle
competition on Littlehampton Beach on Sunday 26 September.
Over 60 Beavers Scouts spent an afternoon of
sandcastle building, with their parents and brothers and sisters, on the
Beach near Norfolk Road. The Beaver Scouts aged 6 to 8 years produced a
series of 32 fantastic Sandcastles.
Councillor Sue Kelly, Chairman of Arun District
Council who helped judge the sand creations said “it was a very hard choice,
they were all so good”
However the overall winners were 1st
Ferring Beaver Scout Colony with 7th Littlehampton and 1st
East Preston Colonies coming second and third.
As there were so many parents and brothers and
sisters of Beaver Scouts on the day building castles, a special prize was
awarded for the best sibling castle. This went to Thomas aged 2, whose
brother goes to 1st Rustington Beaver Colony.
The Leaders were not forgotten when the prizes
were given out. Four of the many volunteer Leaders who had completed their
training to look after Beavers, were presented with their Wood Badges. The
presentations on the beach were made to Viv Turner, Assistant District
Commissioner for Beavers Scouts, Janet Hewson, June Leonard and Karen Keen.
Karen is the Beaver Scout Leader from the 1st Ferring Scout
Group, the winning Team.
District Beaver Scout Leader Peter Robinson
said, “It was a brilliant turnout with so many Beaver Scouts, their Leaders
and families having such great fun”