District Cub Scrapheap Challenge 2023

District Cub Scrapheap Challenge 2023 Well done to all of the Cubs that took part in the first ever Sheaf District Cub Scrapheap Challenge hosted at 297th Bradway HQ.This years theme: Famous UK Buildings.Cubs first planned out their structures and then had one hour to complete the challenge by using materials from the District Scrapheap pile.Points were awarded for:General behaviour during the Challenge (listening to instructions, waiting patiently, doing as they are told)Planning the making of the model (drawing a picture, labelling it, writing a list of equipment that they need)Making the model (does it look like what it’s meant to be, does it hold together, decoration)Team work (discussing with their partner, planning and building together, no arguing)Interpretation of the story and appropriateness of the model (it needs to be connected!)Clearing up afterwards (making their own area tidy, putting their model neatly, helping others if they finish) Well done to our 1st Place winners at St. Chads, followed closely in 2nd Place by Greenhill Methodist and in 3rd Place Team B from St. Pauls. Congratulations to Bradway Group A who received a group commendation.The Cubs that took part had a great time, and are already planning what they will be doing next year! Thanks to all the leaders who helped out to support the day, and many thanks to the parent helpers who also helped support the teams.

Winter Adventure Camp 

Winter Adventure Camp Written by Bob TeasdaleOver the weekend of the 4th and 5th March, South Yorkshire Scouts ran a two day winter adventure camp for a group of 10 to 15 year old Ukrainian refugees. Following last August’s event, we again utilised the county site at Hesley Wood, this time based in the Howard Walker Building.  The weekend was modelled on a typical scout weekend with outdoor activities, fun challenges, loads of great food and finishing around the camp fire. The kids had a great time taking part in crate climbing, pioneering, bread making, cannon racing, indoor challenges, orienteering (with yet more challenges), tower building and a camp Olympics (with Ukraine bound to win). We also had some of the best food I have ever tasted on a camp.  Our two Ukrainian chefs prepared meal after meal of amazing traditional Ukrainian cooking including their national dish of Borsch.  One kid told his mum he’d had five bowlfuls! What we learned:Ukrainian kids are all brilliant at orienteeringThe kids like a LOT of jam on their breadFlavour can be added to soup by plunging fiery sticks into itUkrainian kids like the Tuck shop as least as much as any English kidsThis was a fantastic opportunity for these children to come together with countryman, to play, speak their mother tongue and enjoy a shared experience.  This was such a great example of local Scouting continuing to make our Ukrainian guest feel welcome and to share our ‘skills for life’ beyond our own groups.The children’s parents are always super appreciative, as you can see from the below …“Thank you very much for this wonderful opportunity to visit Winter Scouts Camp”“I want to express my gratitude for this opportunity”“My daughter spent a wonderful time there”The event wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution of leaders from across Sheaf plus our special guests from Ukraine.  As is the Scouting way everyone came together, worked together and made the magic happen.  Thanks also to Adventure Funding Sheffield, who provided the funding for the event.So, a big thank you to everyone below who put their time, effort and most importantly enthusiasm into it.James Bargh, Phil Bennet, John Cuckson, Jake Parfitt, Rich Garret, Simon Harrison, Barrie Hocking, Rich Hollingworth, Megan Hughes, Sasha Malieiev, Nina Malieiev, Mark Mitchell, Andrew Phipps, Dawn Spier, Arina Stepanenko, Svitlana Stepanenko, Nick Taylor, Bob Teasdale, Richard Teasdale, Jon Widdup.  We were also greatly supported by the team…

Sheaf District Beavers take over Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park

Sheaf District Beavers take over Gulliver's Valley Theme Park By Leslie RochesterOn Friday 24th February 2023, 50 Beavers and 13 Leaders/adult helpers arrived at Gulliver’s, ready for an amazing adventure. We had a mass Beaver sleepover at Gulliver’s. Madness, I hear you say, No, it was fabulous having an event dedicated specifically to the Beavers of Sheaf only.On arrival, we took our belongings to a storeroom, our sleeping destination was a different place. Sheaf District took over Gully Town. Once the house keeping had been covered, we set off to explore. We had exclusive use of the climbing wall, Gully Town and laser tag. Next it was time for tea, it was so loud having 50 Beavers in one place, buzzing about the activities they had completed. It was heart-warming, watching Beavers from different groups mixing together and realising that other children were Beavers too! After another session of exploring the indoor areas of Gulliver's it was time to make our beds in Gully Town. Once ready for bed, pyjamas on and teeth cleaned, everyone settled down to watch Toy Story.Then it was lights out (except for the emergency lighting). All children had settled down by midnight dreaming of which ride to go on first in the morning.All was quiet in Gully Town... until the silence was shattered (around 5 am) by the elephant footsteps of the first Beaver running to the toilet gauntlet. The challenge was not to wake up the dragons, alas the Beaver failed the first challenge of the day and gradually the noise level grew until every Beaver and Leader was awake.The first task for the Beavers was to get dressed, pack their bags and find lost items. Once all belongings were neatly packed away, it was time for hot chocolate and biscuits while watching cartoons. This was our starter breakfast, then it was down to the dining area for sausage sandwiches before more exclusive use time.The rides opened at 10:30am and we split into our groups to explore all the rides. Groups came together for packed lunch and a chance to warm up. After a quick refuel, we headed back out to the rides and got as many thrills as possible. Then came the inevitable - home time. Parents started arriving from 15:45 to collect their tired Beavers.We had an amazing time at Gullivers and hope that this will become either an annual event or a bi-annual event.The…

Group Stories – 265th Greenhill Scouts

265th Greenhill Scouts NEEST Challenge (Group Stories) 21st January 2023265th Greenhill Scout group for the first time, took on the annual N.E.S.S.T. challenge at Walesby Forest. Setting off in teams of 8, in temperatures at -2oC, ice and flooding. 265th Scouts started at 19:26 finishing at 02:02 (6 hrs 36 mins) and with a distance of 14 miles!! Well done! What is N.E.S.S.T?Founded in 1987, N.E.S.S.T. is made up of industry professionals who volunteer their time and skills to help both scouting and the wider community. With a wide range of skills and equipment in the team, we have a full suite of services to help to make your event a success.The Challenge WalkThe Challenge Walk is open to all Scouts, Explorers, Guides, Senior Section, Network Units, other recognised youth organisations and leader teams. Teams of between 4 and 8 participants will hike through the night taking in a series of bases and challenges along the way. The challenge walk is offered in two lengths, the shorter walk of approximately 10 miles, and the longer walk of approximately 18 miles. Click here to find out more about N.E.S.S.T.

Carol Service

Carol Service at Woodseats It's that time of year when we bring out our singing voices and are entertained by life-size puppets. Woodseats Methodist Church hosted the Carol Service this year on 6th December. Over the night, many festive songs were sung, the puppets gave their version of Christmas bests, and leaders across the District received service awards including, David Macpherson. David put a lot of effort into organising the concert alongside members of the SAS and other District leaders. The night was a massive success with plenty of young people joining in the fun. Many thanks go to all those who contributed to the evening.On the night, leaders were collecting donations to go towards two fantastic organisations. Grace Food Bank and Ukrainian refugee families. Grace Foodbank works mainly in S8 & S17 postcode areas – much of Sheaf District.The newly formed (2022) Sheffield Branch of the Association of Ukrainians in the UK.An amazing £224 was raised, so thank you to everyones generosity, £112.00 will go to each organisation. The Carol Service attracts the younger age-ranges of our Scouting members, so it was really pleasing to see so many parents joining us for the festivities.We wish you a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends. 

District Camp 2023

District Camp 2023 The Sheaf District Camp 2023 theme = 'Beach Party!'  The annual District camp took place on 28th April - 1st May 2023. Almost all groups in the District attended and had a great time.Dates: 28th April - 1st May 2023Location: Drum Hill Scout CampsiteThe success of District Camp is always down to the amazing leaders who volunteer to help with planning, take part and lead the wide games running bases.The theme this year was a beach party so it was time to put creative ideas to the test. As normal on this event, we asked each group attending, to put on a challenge in their site area.  Want to get involved in 2024? If you would like to play a part in next years camp, please contact Rob or Andy to find out more and register your interest.

Swimming News

Swimming News 2022 Written by Bob TeasdaleIt’s that time of year, when instead of our regular 6 to 8 week courses, we run a series of one-off activities open to the packs and troops of Sheaf district. Swimmers’ Badge nightThe first of these was a chance for cubs and scouts to gain their next (or first)  Scout Swimmers badge, a proud addition to any arm in Sheaf district!  We tested a lot of skilled and enthusiastic swimmers and were pleased to be able to present 39 badges on the night – including 2 coveted level 5 badges. Splash nightsOver the following two weeks we held the 9th annual Cub and Scout Splash nights, respectively.  For the few not aware of this, these are fun team based competitions, in place of the more traditional swimming gala.  What’s more, we were pleased to be able to make this year’s event free to enter.  This year’s events were …‘Up & Under’ – a strenuous series of surface barriers and underwater hoops to negotiate‘Duck n Dive’ – diving to the bottom to recover as many coins (washers) as possible, whilst also rounding up our flock of rubber ducks‘Water Polo’ – coached by our friends from Sheffield Water Polo Club. In week one, forty five Cubs from seven packs battled it out for victory and when the water had settled, third place went to 74th Oak St.  Second was 181 St Chads and your winner was 229th Greenhill Meths  (plus a Brownie). Cub Scout Splash Winners 2022 A week later, forty Scouts from seven troops competed for senior glory in the Scout Splash.  The result had familiar feel with 74th Oak St.  again securing 3rd place and 181 St. Chads repeating their second place of the previous week.  However, we had a new winner when 46th St. Pauls (plus 1 from 74th) found themselves lifting the winners’ medals. Scout Splash Winners 2022 A big thank you to the teaching team of Sheaf Scout Swimming for their efforts and enthusiasm in making this very fast paced event such a success.

Sheaf Leader Feedback (Basecamp ’22)

Leader Feedback (Sheaf Basecamp 2022) More young people into Scouting = Need more Leaders(1) Warmer Welcome:Digital tool to recruit:Many groups already give a warm welcome, would be interested in seeing how the movement are going to bring more leaders to their groups?Where are these adverts going to be advertised?Some leaders are not convinced there will be less admin/time required?Welcome Conversation:Some leaders welcomed the idea of having a welcome conversation, one leader mentioned that the current process puts some parents off Scouting and needing to take more time to travel to an unknown location, to meet people they don’t know. This leader has never been able to recruit parents into the role. Whereas a welcome conversation would make more sense and may help with parent recruitment.Some people mentioned that if the goal is to stop leaders from having to do things, the welcome conversation is going to take time. Scouts runs for an hour and if they have to carry out a welcome conversation and the Personal Learning Plan at the same time, that is going to take up too much time.(2) Positive Volunteering:Teams-based volunteering:Like the idea of working in teams, but many groups already do this.It’s all good and well having lots of leaders, which is not a luxury for some groups, but the issue is further back than that, current leaders would want the right kind of people in scouting not just anyone.Some groups do not have enough leaders to ‘share the load’ with.Changing roles:Many leaders don’t like the idea.People said it sounds like the movement are only interested in ‘badging’ Scouts with a new identity so that it fits the new narrative to get new people in, disregarding its routes.From a parents perspective, when parents come for their kids at the end of an activity/meeting, it’s important for them to come and see the Scout or Cub Leader.Some felt that leaders who are newly made ‘Team Leaders’ are only going to be referred to as ‘Scout Team Leader’ anyway.Many leaders joined Scouting as the history and tradition is what they liked about Scouting and the movement.Leaders would be happy with the movement modernising, but keeping elements of what the movement was made up from.Not many people like the idea of being a ‘Team Member’ or a ‘Team Leader’, if they wanted to do that they would have joined another club or society.Some think it sounds too much like…

Sheaf Basecamp 22 Information

Sheaf Basecamp '22 Information On Thursday 24th November, over 50 adult leaders from Sheaf District came together at 246th Sheffield (Beauchief Baptist) Scout Headquarters to hear the information regarding the changes in Scouting across the UK.The District team explained and described each of the 4 key areas of change and then opened the floor up to leaders to share their support, concerns and feedback for these changes. You can click on the purple blocks below to find more information about each area. Resources: 1-Page Summary Click here to view Sheaf Presentation Click here to view Feedback (read/contribute) Click here to view Testing Hub Click here to viewYou can find out more information about Basecamp '22 and the changes by watching the following videos below:https://vimeo.com/635145603Is your patch ready to make change?This tool will help you to map out how ready your local area is for change so you can create a thorough plan in response. 

Cub Scout Splash Results 2022

Smashing Results for the Cub Scout Splash On Sunday 20th November 2022, 45 Cubs from seven packs in Sheaf District (plus a Brownie), took part in the annual Cub Scout Splash, organised by Sheaf Scout Swimming.The Cubs were divided into six teams and swam in three events to earn points (and we all know what points mean).  The winning team, comprising 7 Cubs from 229th Greenhill Methodists and a Brownie, is shown below with their medals. Congratulations on achieving 1st place. Thanks to all the Cub Packs that entered teams and to all the leaders and helpers who made the event such a success.  To other leaders and parents, don’t forget that we meet most evenings throughout the year to improve the swimming capabilities of our Cubs. Click here to find out more. Well done to everyone who took part! Although we can’t guarantee success, if you’d like to do better next year, you should consider coming on one of our courses.  To find out more, contact Barrie Hocking at barrie.hocking@virgin.net.