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    Beavers learn Archery

    Tonight we had some visitors in from another Beaver group who taught us archery. The beavers all listened and learned the basic skills, then got to have a go...


    We were split into two groups and the other half got to play some games before all swapping over!!


    The night finished with some badges being awarded. Well done to everyone who received badges!!!

    Don't forget the Beavers are at the Apple Store for our visit next week.


    Many Thanks to the companies who have donated Raffle prizes to the Group.

    The following companies have donated raffle prizes to the group.

    Complimentary Admission (2 Adults & 2 Children) - Northumberland Country Zoo - 


    4 Free Class Tickets - Dance City -


    Free Entry (2 Adults & 2 Children) - Adventure Valley -


    Family Pass (2 Adults & 3 Children) - Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens -


    Family Day Pass - (2 Adults & 4 Children) - Howick Hall Gardens -


    Cullercoats to Whitley Bay Treasure Trail (Worth £6.99) - Treasure Trails -


    £30 Intu Voucher - Eldon Square -


    £50 Voucher - Experience Days -


    Home Barista Training Course - Pumphrey's Coffee -



    A call for Help Please....

    A call for Help Please....

    We have been made aware of a family with young children who have had to relocate at very short notice to the area. They are currently in Newcastle due to a family member receiving medical treatment at the Freeman Hospital. One of the team members from the Freeman has approached us with the above request.

    If you can help in any way with donation of the above items for the boys, please contact Jeanette Welch on 07984881709, or bring your items along next Friday to the church hall.

    Thank you for your help in advance.

    The Leaders.


    St Andrew’s Day with the Beavers

    Tonight as part of the Global Challenge we celebrated St Andrew’s Day!

    We welcomed in a Highland Dancer who did a demonstration, before the Beavers learnt some moves!

    We then had a tasting of oatcakes, tablet, shortbread and even some irn bru!

    Finally, we invested a new Beaver and were able to give some hard earned badges out!


    Beaver Collage competition

    We hosted the annual Collage competition last week. Several weeks of preparation of our Seaside themed collage paid off and it looked brilliant!

    Lots of different groups from the District took part in the competition, and we had over 70 Beavers at our hall to play games and hear the results of the judging.

    We didn’t win this year, but all had a great time taking part!


    Blyth Beach Trip

    Beavers, Cubs & Scouts enjoyed the trip to Blyth Beach.

    We collected rubbish for part of the Water Aid badge, and then shells, seaweed and beach bits for the Beavers collage competition.

    There was a sandcastle building competition!




    Team Games!  

    A great morning out!


    Beavers - water safety

     In preparation for our Beach Trip 🏝 the Beavers have been learning about Water Safety and the code of advice. We have been looking at the different flags we might see at the beach.


    Beavers practise camp skills

    We had a great evening practising our camp skills... learning to tie knots (then eating the strawberry laces!), making s’mores over a fire and putting up a tent. We finished by investing 5 new Beavers!!



    JOTT 2018 at Kielder

    We had a wonderful day up at Kielder. The Beavers, Cubs & Scouts enjoyed:

    Bell Boating on the water and taking a trip across the Lake, followed by games in the woods!

    A picnic lunch, then walking around to the Birds of Prey Centre.


    They all got the opportunity to hold an owl and play some games with the birds! 


        We all had the opportunity to see the birds in flight, and learn more about them! 

    Please see the Gallery for all the images of the day - more will be added by the Leaders over the coming days. 

    We hope you all had a lovely day. 

    The Leaders 


    Group Sport Relief Night

    We enjoyed a whole group night for Sport Relief. The group was split up into mixed ages and they did different activities. Everyone had fun and did well in their tasks! Thank you for all your donations to Sports Relief! 


    Last few weeks at Beavers

    The Beavers have been busy since we returned after Easter. Our first week back, we enjoyed the sunshine and played games out in the gardens.


    They have been working towards their Communicator badge - and spent time decoding and also writing their names using symbols.

    This evening they learnt about Semaphore and made their own flags - they even learnt how to spell Beavers using the flags (see video!). Once they complete the sheets handed out tonight, we have covered most of the elements for the badge!


    IMG_7933  - Video of Semaphore - spelling Beavers!

    We have recently invested Isabella and Luke - welcome to the Group!!


    Kirkley Hall Zoo

    Beavers and Cubs visited Kirkley Hall Zoo as part of their Animal Carer badge.


    Beavers still on despite the snow!

    We decided to run Beavers last night despite the snow and local school closures.

    We quickly were outside playing stuck in the snow!

    Followed by snowman building. We managed to find an partially started snowman and finished off the upper body and head. We had great suggestions for eyes, nose and arms. They really worked well as a team.

    It wouldn't have been complete without a quick snowball fight!

    We then all headed inside and warmed up with some hot chocolate and biscuits.

    See you all next week.

    Beaver Leaders


    Beavers make junk modelling machines

    The Beavers had fun on Friday night creating junk model machines!

     After a busy 40 minutes creating in groups, the Beavers then showed their creations off to the whole group.

    Fire engines, robots, money sorters and water purifiers - lots of interesting ideas and creations!


    Beavers make slime! (26th January)

    We had fun mixing ingredients to make slime! It was a little messy, but interesting to see how it came together. The Beavers enjoyed getting messy!!


    Beavers - Guide Dog visit

    This evening, Alan a volunteer Guide Dog puppy trainer came in to talk to the Beavers. He brought his trainee puppy Alfie who is 11months old. The Beavers enjoyed learning about the commands Alfie is able to obey, and asking lots of questions! They thought about what it must be like to be blind and how a guide dog can help them.



    Rover 100 Challenge

    When a scout comes to the end of their time at the group, they have the option to join Explorers (14-18), then network (18-25). These older sections are known as 'rovers'.

    2018 marks 100 years of rover scouting, so this year UK Network are taking part in challenges to celebrate this and remind us of the values rover scouting was founded on.

    January's challenge is to collect as many items as possible for a local food bank, and Newcastle Network have chosen Connect 25  to donate our items to.

    Connect25 Foodbank is based in Byker but supports people all over Newcastle. They are a group of volunteers delivering donations to the needy, believing that way is more dignified than people coming and queuing at a regular foodbank.

    We've set our sights on getting at least 100 items together, so I'm asking as many people as possible for donations of food to help with this!

    The things they have particularly asked for are:



    Long life milk

    Cooking sauces

    Spread (i.e. jam, chocolate spread etc.)

    Tinned meat


    Other things that they require are items with long dates, pasta, baked beans, dilute juice, tea, coffee.

    If you could check your cupboards for spare/unwanted stuff? Possibly add a couple of items to your weekly shop?

    Every donation wold be greatly appreciated, if they could be brought to a normal 82nd meeting and I'll take them to the foodbank.


    Many thanks in advance,


    Assistant Scout Leader



    Final arrangements for camp

    Please click on the event Group Camp for final information about our Group Camp. Kit lists are included for information, but please feel free to ask any questions on Friday evening. 


    The Leaders 


    BBQ and AGM

    We had an excellent night on Saturday for the AGM and BBQ. Thank you to all who helped with the set up, raffle organisation, cake donations, doing the BBQ, organising the food and shopping, and manning the stalls! It was the speediest AGM we've ever held, and plenty of time was left for enjoying the food!


    Beavers complete Emergency Aid badge

    Over the last two weeks the Beavers have been working towards their Emergency Aid badge. They learnt about the recovery position, and put slings onto each other. 

    This week they enjoyed making fake wounds on their arms and then learning how to bandage various areas of the body! 

    At the end of the night Ruby was invested into the Beaver group and lots of badges were awarded. Well done to everyone!


    Beavers learn sign language

    As part of our Disability Awareness badge the Beavers learnt some basic sign language and how to sign their names.

    First of all they had to learn their Left from Right...


    Then Carol taught us the alphabet, and we practiced by spelling each others' names.

    They also learnt how to sign "I am a Beaver Scout" - see video! IMG_3333

    At the end of the evening, Terry and Elsie were invested into the Group.


    Beavers visit Sikh Gurdwara

    The Beavers enjoyed a visit to the Sikh Gurdwara on May 5th. They were interested in learning about the culture and we were made to feel very welcome by Cloud who showed us round. We were encouraged to run around, ask questions and they enjoyed looking at the swords.


    Easter Show Time - 80 Years in the making

    If you're looking for something to do during the Easter Holidays then here is a suggestion.

    The Newcastle Gang Show is an annual Family Variety show put on by Scouts in the local area.

    Full of singing, dancing & comedy, the Newcastle Gang Show is 80 Years old this year making it the oldest running show of it's kind in the world.

    We will be performing at the Peoples Theatre in Heaton from Tuesday 18th April to Saturday 22nd April.

    Tickets details can be found here





    Beavers work towards Gardening Badge

    The Beavers have now done two of the parts towards their Gardening Badge. On 10th March we planted our sunflower seeds and talked about what plants need to grow. On 31st March, Elizabeth (who is studying Arbriculture at University) then talked about trees in each season and ran a craft session relating to the different stages of the tree-cycle.

    We look forward to seeing how the sunflower seeds grow!


    Beavers & Cubs - STRIKE!

    Tonight the Beavers and Cubs visited the bowling ally at Eldon Square for an hour of Bowling.

    A great time was had by all


    Beavers - #YouShape

    So we have been getting involved in #YouShape which is all about involving the beavers in making decisions about what they want to do. On Friday night we asked the Beavers to work in groups to come up with some ideas on what they "definitely wanted to do", what they "maybe wanted to do" and what they "definitely didn't want to do" - the answers were very interesting!! 

    The Leaders met tonight to go through the suggestions and have planned the next few terms worth of activities! 

    See you all on Friday for our Ideas Creation session. 


    Beavers - Making Aeroplanes

    Tonight we had fun making aeroplanes!


    Click here to see them fly: Making them fly!!

    The children had lots of fun and enjoyed getting to decorate their very own aircrafts!



    See you all next week for Chinese New Year activities!


    Unwanted Christmas Presents


    As Christmas is now out of the way we were wondering if anyone had any unwanted Christmas gifts that could be used as prizes for our raffles throughout the next year at the group.

    The raffles help the group raise funds to supplement cost of camping, buying resources for activities & badges.

    If you have any donations, please bring them along to the group.


    Thank You




    Beavers - Teddy Bear Hospital

    On Friday night the Beavers were visited by "Teddy Bear Hospital" from Newcastle University Medical School. They learnt about; examining their teddy, sorting problems (including prescriptions!),  healthy foods, hand hygiene, sight and hearing problems and even toothbrushing! They all had a great time and learnt lots.







    See you all next week where we will be having a visit from the Road Safety team!!


    Beavers - Collage competition winners!!

    Sorry for the lack of posts over the last few weeks, but we wanted to keep our collage secret! Tonight we hosted the annual Pauline Armstrong Trophy and the 82nd Newcastle won!! The feedback was that the collage was very good and looked most like the children had done it!




    And next year we get to choose the theme - get your thinking caps on!!

    See you all on Sunday for the Remembrance Day Church service 10am St James' and St Basil's 


    Basketball - Eagles Win & so do we!

    Friday night saw us all off to the basketball to see the most successful sports team in the city!

    Not only did the Eagles maintain their unbeaten start to the new season but we made a total of £226.91 from the Bucket collections and Tombola.

    And if that's not all the Eagles have donated a signed ball and two sets of four tickets for future matches which will be raffled off at the Thanks Event on Friday.

    A great night was had with everyone enjoying the match and getting our photo taken with the team afterwards.





    Welcome Back!

    Welcome back, we hope everyone has had a lovely summer break and looking forward to another great year. Beavers, Cubs &  Scouts start back on Friday 9th September, as always subs are due at the beginning of term, can we ask that these are paid promptly within the first four weeks of the term. Subs are £24 for the first child, £20 for second and £16 for third child and cheques need to be made payable to "82nd Newcastle Scout Group" with the name of your child/ren on the reverse.

    On Saturday 17th September we are holding our annual Barbeque in the church gardens 4pm - 8pm, tickets will be available on our first night back, go to the website for details of the ticket prices. This year we are incorporating our McMillan Coffee evening into the Barbeque so we will be asking for donations of cakes etc for a stall to be sold in aid of Macmillan.

    ​There is a County Badge weekend at Kielder, 28th - 30th September for Scouts only, this will ​be a water based activities weekend, working towards some water based activity badges. The cost for the this weekend is £70 which covers indoor accommodation, food and instructors. Places are likely to be limited so if your child would like to attend please let us know and we will need the full payment to book a place.

    We are now using our group website to promote and advertise events etc for the group and each section throughout the year. All forms and information will be able to be found on the website and we will regularly update with photos and blogs from each section. Please make a note of the website address and check regularly for updates and information"


    Group Scout Leader

    82nd Newcastle Scout Group


    Beavers working toward their Health and Fitness Badge 

    We had a fun time tonight working towards our health and fitness badge. They tried hula hooping, skipping throwing and slalom running. They also learned about resting heart rates and what happens to your heart rate after you exercise!!!

    Hula Hooping Video


    Skipping Video


    Space Badge

    Over the last few weeks we have been working with the Beavers to achieve their Space Badge. We finished tonight by learning about the moon and the planets. We made Oreo phases of the moon charts and played games about the planets. They all seemed to have lots of fun and enjoyed eating the leftover biscuits!






    The official results were:

    1st Place = Red lodge

    2nd Place = Blue lodge

    Joint 3rd Place = Yellow and Green lodge

    We are not on next friday due to Marra camp and the week after is half term - so we will see you on Friday 10th June. 

    From all the Beaver Scout Leaders



    Today we spent our annual Jamboree on the Trail exploring Belsay Hall. We all had a lovely time and enjoyed exploring both the hall and the castle. We hope everyone had a lovely day with lovely weather.

    More photos available to see on our JOTT Gallery 













    Beavers tonight - Church garden visit and Investitures

    Tonight the Beavers  had an educational trip to the Church Gardens. We went on a leaf/tree/flower hunt and had a talk from the 82nd Newcastle resident expert on trees -the very impressive Elizabeth!






    At the end of the night we invested - Rowan, Daniel and Martha.





    See you all next week!


    Beavers - Mini pioneering with marshmallows!

    Tonight the Beavers worked on their mini pioneering using marshmallows and skewers. Only ne team came out winners, but they all seemed to have a lot of fun!!

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    Next week is St Georges day - See the event on the calendar


    Congratulations! - It's a Boy!

    Congratulations to our Beaver Leaders Rick & Liz following the birth of their baby boy.

    Below is Ricks message confirming the birth

      'Beautiful baby boy; James Robert McLellan born 00:17 6th March 2016 weighing 6lbs 11oz. Born a little earlier than expected, after a troublesome few weeks, but all doing well. Lots of love from the McLellan Family xxx '





    Beavers make Chinese dragons

    The beavers had fun tonight making their Chinese Dragons.



    There was some rather interesting concertina folding and sellotaping!



    Beavers is not on next week as it is half term - so we will see you on Friday 26th February.



    Beavers Farm to Fork at Tesco

    The Beavers started the term with a trip to Tesco Kingston Park to participate in their Farm to Fork educational programme.


    This involved learning all about where food comes from and how it ends up on the supermarket shelves.


    They explored the fruit and vegetable area to look for food that had been brought from far and wide - the most exotic places they could find were: Chile, South Africa, Mozambique and many more places!!


    The then had a tour of the fish counter, identifying different types of fish and even got the opportunity to hold a fishes head! 




    Then it was off to the bakery - to see where they make over 800 loaves of bread and 2000 bread rolls per day. The ovens were huge and they even got to try some tiger loaf.




    We had a quick visit to the freezer, but didn't stay long as it was -18 degrees!!

    Finally we visited the chillers



    Everyone had a great time and enjoyed learning about where our food comes from.



    Beavers enjoy playing in the Church gardens

    On Friday night we took the opportunity to enjoy the nice weather and continue our Outdoor challenge theme for this term. The Beavers took part in various team games and fitness challenges.






    We hope to continue to utilise the Church gardens on a regular basis!


    At the end of the night we invested 3 new Beavers - welcome to the 82nd Newcastle Beavers!


    Beavers enjoy the outdoors

    Tonight Beavers started working towards their outdoor challenge badge. This involved starting to talk about the group camp and how to pitch a tent.

    P1020894We first had a chat about what components you would need to make a fire, followed by some basic fire safety advice.

    We then toasted our marshmallows!


    P1020896Before making them into a sandwich with biscuits - Emma had some very sticky fingers by the end of the night!

    P1020891One of the groups enjoying their marshmallow sandwiches.

    P1020904One of the groups finishing putting up their tent - very well done with some support from Elizabeth and Joe.

    P1020890We all had a great night and look forward to using more of the church gardens in the summer term. 

    See you all back after the half term on the 5th June.


    Jamboree on the Trail 2015

    Well after a dubious start with the weather, we enjoyed our Lookwide Walk for our annual Jamboree on the Trail. This walk retraced the steps to the very first Scout camp undertaken by Baden Powell in 1908.


    The cubs especially enjoyed celebrating James' 10th birthday with cake at the top and Kate was invested by Jennifer into the Cub section... welcome to the 82nd!


    Having all renewed our promises, we were all awarded our JOTT 18 badge by Carol.


    And enjoyed a slightly speedier downhill walk back to the car park!


    Hope you have now all warmed up!!


    Beavers start their Safety Awareness

    Tonight we started working on our terms new theme - Safety Awareness and Outdoors Challenge.

    We identified areas around the home that are potential safety risks, practiced the recovery position and played a safety awareness game.


    We finished the evening with a huge Happy Birthday to Elizabeth, who was also invested as a Assistant Beaver Leader. Welcome to the team!



    Beavers Easter Nests

    The Beavers took a break from their healthy eating activites and as it was our last night, we had a treat making chocolate Easter nests!

    The award for the cleanest bowl went to the blue lodge and there was plenty of spoon licking!



    Even our youngest member got in on the chocolate action?!


    We hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday and we will see you back on Friday 24th April!


    Beavers continue their healthy eating!

    Tonight the Beavers have continued their work towards their healthy eating badge. We had another talk and a think about the food groups and what makes a balanced sandwich!



    We had some great suggestions for both unhealthy and healthy sandwiches. Our favourite healthy was " Cheese, cucumber, lettuce and tomato" from Josie. The most unhealthy sandwich was a "Sugar sandwich" suggested by Alice.  They then made some of their healthy suggestions which created a lot of mess!





    Next week we are having a break from our healthy eating and will be making our Easter nests - see you all soon!!


    Mothering Sunday Church Service

    It was great to see some of our group attend the Mothering Sunday Church service at St James and St Basils today. We hope you have all had a great day.


    Beavers make fruit kebabs




    Tonight we explored healthy eating with fruit kebabs with a little bit of chocolate! The children had great fun and enjoyed eating their completed caterpillars.

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