Smoke Signals Edition 2, 2022

As we enter the final scouting term of 2022, it’s time to reflect on some of the scout group highlights over the past few months. The 1st Claremont Scout Troop Group has grown from strength to strength – we now have 109 members, up 300% since our centenary in 2008! This growth reflects the demand for scouts amongst the youth, as well as the incredible support and dedication of our adult scouters, without whom this growth would not have been possible.

Starting with our smallest members, read up on how Meerkats keep fit and follow the Meerkat den on their outing to the Arderne Gardens.

Our Cubs have been super busy with outings – to a fire station and to Paradise Park: a venue that 1st Claremont often uses for scouting adventures like construction projects and advancement. Meetings at the hall are fun – as shown in these accounts of what Cubs enjoy most about their Cub meetings and what they did in term 3 – in their own words. Advancements are a key part of our scouting culture – and Anjali earned the highest Cub accolade – her Leaping Wolf. And of course, no Cub calendar would be complete without a camp – which took place at Hawequas – with campfires and alien hats!

Our Scouts have also been busy: keeping the campfires burning; hiking in Boosmansbos and enjoying the weather at the Gordon’s Shield competition!

On a more somber note, we reflect on the passing of David Hutchinson, a former 1st Claremont Scout who became a Scout leader and District Commissioner for Antrim District in Northern Ireland.

Term Four is always a busy one, with a short push to the year-end. Keep an eye on the website and emails to stay up to date with what is being planned for the last few weeks of the 2022 scouting calendar.

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