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October 15, 2020
Join Hampshire Scouts for its Annual General Meeting

We're excited to hold our first-ever online Annual General Meeting, and you're welcome to join us! The Zoom event, which will take place on Sunday October 18 at 2pm, welcomes members of the Scouts and distinguished guests from across Hampshire. Due to voting restrictions, our Annual General Meeting is open to Council Members only, but […]

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September 19, 2020
Showcasing Scouts in our empty shop fronts.

Most people can agree that empty shop fronts aren’t great for our communities. They represent a loss of businesses and jobs from the heart of communities, make our towns feel empty and less welcoming and can even attract crime in the form of graffiti, bill posting and litter. Well some Scouts in Portsmouth are doing […]

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September 10, 2020
Bravo to Peter Moody! Hampshire Scouts Vice President honored with Silver Wolf.

In Hampshire we are very lucky to have thousands of volunteers at every level of the organisation who dedicate a huge amount of time to giving young people skills for life where they live. All important but some often go unnoticed behind the scenes. Peter Moody is one such volunteer. Currently a Vice-President of Hampshire […]

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September 6, 2020
Hampshire Scouts News: Autumn 2020 Edition

From recognising the very best of our volunteers, to highlighting some of the awesome activities our young people have been up to during the Covid-19 pandemic, check out the latest edition of Hampshire Scouts News here.

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August 14, 2020
Young Leaders leading the way with online training.

Volunteers from Hampshire Scouts have been leading the way with weekly online training sessions for the leaders of tomorrow. Held weekly from mid-May to mid-June, the online training sessions were each attended by around 100 Explorer Scouts ranging from members who are new to the adventure of Scouts to those who have learned many skills […]

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August 13, 2020
Hate him? No! Hampshire Scouts love Marmite the Duck.

Our Scouts are used to getting into the great outdoors and having adventures so moving to online sessions has been a learning curve for many of us. However there are some advantages including meeting larger than life characters that you wouldn't get to otherwise. And one of these is Marmite the Duck. Marmite, a seven […]

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August 3, 2020
'I didn't do it for me, I did it for everyone else.' What it takes to get to the South Pole.

The idea of skiing to the South Pole is so alien to us we can't easily imagine what it takes to do it. Yet that is exactly what one Hampshire Scout completed last year. Last week, Scout adventurer and Hampshire Scouts ambassador Joe Doherty recounted his adventure as part of a webinar shared with our […]

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July 30, 2020
Recognising brilliance with our Hampshire Key Heroes.

There are hundreds of volunteers across Hampshire who help make a great Scout programme happen each week. But a number of our volunteers took on roles of extra significance during the Coronavirus pandemic. To celebrate our volunteers who were key workers in their day jobs, the Hampshire Scouts programme team devised the Hampshire Key Heroes […]

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July 27, 2020
Success for Hampshire Scouts' first digital Annual Review.

In July, Hampshire Scouts held its first Annual Review delivered and presented digitally to a large audience online. Streamed on the Hampshire Scouts website during the occasion and available to watch afterwards on YouTube, the annual review has been a big hit with people wanting to find out about the fun, adventures and skills for […]

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July 24, 2020
Explorer Scout Phoebe is making a real difference sewing face masks

An Explorer Scout from Waterlooville says she will keep making face masks for as long as people need them in her community. Phoebe, 15, started to make the masks for those most at risk but has decided to sew more for anyone who would like one. Those who receive a colourful mask are encouraged to […]

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July 19, 2020
Read the Hampshire Scouts Annual Report magazine and Accounts

What an exceptional year 2019 was with thousands of young people and adult volunteers from Hampshire engaged in activities for all to enjoy. With the welcome of new team members, to the launch of Hampshire Scouts first all-inclusive Chameleon Camp, there's so much to celebrate from across our Districts and the county as a whole. […]

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June 9, 2020
Aldershot Scout group hold a 'Zoomin' brilliant weekend camp

The recent May Bank Holiday offered a new opportunity for young people and adult volunteers to try something new - camping at home. The 1st Aldershot Scout group enjoyed their virtual camp which was held on Facebook and Zoom whereby members of the group met to take part in fun activities throughout the weekend. Beaver […]

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June 8, 2020
Beaver Scouts set to host their own Teddy Bears Picnic for charity

Things will look a little different for the Hampshire Beaver Scouts Teddy Bears Picnic this year - but that won't stop hundreds of 6 to 8-year-olds from enjoying themselves. Young people will enjoy the event from their homes, which will will form the third year of partnership with the Murry Parish Trust, a charity which […]

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June 8, 2020
1st Aldershot Scouts Virtual Group Camp

1st Aldershot Scouts enjoyed their first ever virtual camp as a group over the second May Bank Holiday weekend.  By using the internet and sites such as Zoom and Facebook, the group met throughout the weekend to take part in fun, games and activities.   Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and leaders set up camp bases at home […]

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May 21, 2020
Portchester Sea Scouts cruise the cut on London’s canals

Being a part of the Scouts can take you to many places and give you so many new experiences in your life. But as one group have been finding out, it can also help you see somewhere differently. The 3rd Portchester Sea Scouts are used to being out on the water but last September they […]

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May 19, 2020
Winchester Scout Group is on course for brand new activity centre

Ambitious plans for a Winchester based Scout group to build a multi-purpose activity centre for its young people and wider community are steadily coming to life - thanks to ongoing fundraising efforts. The 6th Winchester Scout Group (Abbotts Barton & Hyde) is raising cash to build 'The Barn' which will be based at the heart […]

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May 13, 2020
Success for Hampshire Sea Scouts at Plymouth Swimming Competition

Sea Scouts from Hampshire  brought home the coveted Otter Shield from the Royal Navy recognised Sea Scouts Swimming Championships 2020.  The event, which took place on the 2nd February, saw the team compete in a variety of races at HMS Raleigh in Plymouth.  9th Lymington Sea Scouts saw outstanding results in their ‘under 12’ and ‘under 14’ squads as they competed against 12 other teams. They took part in breastroke, freestyle and backstroke races as well as a medley relay. They also combined squads to […]

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May 8, 2020
Building on success: How Hampshire's programme team is supporting skills for Scouts

Day in, day out our lovely volunteers are working hard to show young people the skills they need for school, university, the interview and for life in general. To help support them, Hampshire Scouts have a programme team full of experience to share with leaders and to help organise the events that bring everyone together. […]

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May 2, 2020
"My role-models are my Scout Leaders" says ambitious Gosport Scout

Scouts has taught me to do things under my own steam, to question and think about the big picture; it’s given me the skills that when we suddenly realise we’re lost in the middle of the New Forest we can think on our feet, all get stuck in and come up with a solution on […]

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April 27, 2020
Expeditions, cake baking and smiles all round for James as he receives top award

James Phillips-Stafford, aged 21 from Yateley, recently achieved his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which is the highest award in the scheme. Participants (aged 16 to 25) are required to complete the various sections. This includes a four-day expedition which, for James and his team, involved hiking in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. He said he particularly enjoyed  the "long walks" and the project work, which entailed creating a journal using drawings and photos of the landscape.  Other aspects of […]

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April 21, 2020
Our volunteer storytellers, photographers, videographers and web developers are ready and raring to go!

Over a crisp weekend in early January, the Hampshire Scouts’ Media and Communications team came together at Cricket Campsite, just outside Southampton, to plan for their year ahead. The team consists of both adult volunteers and young people (under the age of 18), with a passion for all things media; including writing articles, conducting radio […]

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April 20, 2020
A letter to Hampshire Scouts from HM Lord-Lieutenant

The Queen's official representative in Hampshire has written to Scouts across the county to praise the movement for its efforts in uncertain times. You can see a PDF of the original letter from the Lord-Lieutenant by clicking here. It can also be read below. Dear Hampshire Scouts, In the last couple of weeks following the […]

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April 17, 2020
Bramshill Scouts learn about where our supermarket food comes from during Fairtrade Fortnight

We made a promise to make a difference and for a group of Scouts from Camberley, they took this seriously. Around the world, farmers work to produce the food needed but not always for a fair price.Rather than accept this, these Scouts decided to find out what they could do about it.With Fairtrade Fortnight starting […]

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April 11, 2020
How Hampshire’s programme team is supporting skills for Scouts

Day in, day out our lovely volunteers are working hard to show young people the skills they need for school, university, the interview and for life in general. To help support them, Hampshire Scouts have a programme team full of experience to share with leaders and to help organise the events that bring everyone together. […]

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March 23, 2020
Scouts enjoy model making thanks to Warhammer

Creative juices were flowing for an Aldershot Scout group earlier this month as they assembled Warhammer sets for their Model Maker proficiency badge.  The young people from the Scout group, aged 10 to 14-years-old, were introduced to the delights of the classic hobby of Warhammer. Not many of the Scouts were aware of what Warhammer is […]

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March 22, 2020
A positive quarter for Hampshire Scouts with growth in membership, new activities and awards

It's all about The Great Indoors, growth for Hampshire Scouts, achievement with top awards and more! Martin Mackey, County Commissioner (Lead Volunteer) for Hampshire Scouts, reflects on a positive quarter for the movement across the county.  When I started this article, the world was witnessing the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) but the impact wasn’t being […]

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March 10, 2020
Scouts set out to save the planet

A group of six and seven-year-old Scouts from Totton have set out to protect the planet by making changes in their local neighbourhood. Around 30 young Beaver Scouts all made a promise to do all they could to protect the environment back in November. Since then, they have learned about the importance of recycling, how […]

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February 11, 2020
Young Leaders’ Rally 2020

In January, Hampshire Scouts hosted its third annual Young Leaders’ Rally. This event is aimed at Young Leaders who are young people aged 14 to 18 and volunteer at local Scout groups. Alongside adult volunteers, they help to provide activities for the younger sections. The weekend event saw over 45 Young Leaders from across the […]

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February 11, 2020
Southampton's Early Years Pilot celebrates its first year

Congratulations to the 13th Southampton (Millbrook) Hedgehogs who are celebrating their 1st Birthday this month (February, 2020). The nest, aimed at 4 and 5-year-olds, held their first meeting in February last year after being selected as one of six groups from about 750 who expressed an interest in hosting the Scouts Early Years Pilot. The […]

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January 21, 2020
Have you got what it takes to volunteer with Hampshire Scouts at CarFest 2020?

CarFest Volunteers (18 and over) Wanted for August Bank Holiday Weekend 2020 Laverstoke Park Farm, Overton, Hampshire, RG25 3DR. We have been asked again this year to support CarFest 2020 and are looking for volunteers to join our team supporting the staff, enjoying CarFest and having FUN! It’s a family music, motor and food festival. […]

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January 18, 2020
Wet weather didn't stop fundraisers cycling for Masindi water wells in Africa

On Sunday 29th of September a group of Bramshill Scouts, parents and leaders set out on a sponsored cycle ride in aid of Masindi water wells. Rayner Mayer was the mastermind behind this year’s Tour de Hartley Wintney. All was arranged with precision, except the weather. There was no shortage of water in Hampshire that […]

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January 18, 2020
Here's to another year of fun and adventure in the sun!

THE summer is continually the prime time for successful Scout camps across the county - especially for Hampshire's first Chameleon Camp which took place earlier this year. On Saturday 29th June 2019, the County Team and Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre staff ran the event specifically designed for campers with special needs who could benefit […]

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January 5, 2020
Experience the best selling variety show around

BASINGSTOKE Gang Show returns to The Haymarket for its 27th stunning variety show spectacular in 2020. With a production of classic to contemporary performances brought alive by more than 70 people in this highly entertaining show, the audience can expect to be delighted by magnificent live music and the very best comedy. Basingstoke Gang Show […]

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January 1, 2020
Volunteer Vacancies

**** Vacancy - Lead Volunteer - Itchen South **** We're looking for someone, or a team of people, to become the new lead volunteer/s for the Scouts across the Itchen South District. Have you got - or know someone that has - what it takes to be the District Commissioner for the area? Please see […]

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January 1, 2020
Hampshire shooters succeed in the National Scout Rifle Championships!

Fantastic results for Portsmouth Scout Shooting Club.   Paige Baxter, 13, and James Baxter, 18, who both started their shooting careers at PSSC both achieved Gold in Target Sprint Junior Class B and Senior Class A respectively.  Target Sprint is a fast paced race with shooters running 400m three times and shooting in between. James' time was […]

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December 31, 2019
A year full of adventure thanks to Hampshire Scouts camping challenge

A CAMPING challenge which aims to encourage Explorer Scouts, Network Members and Adult Volunteers to sleep under canvas at least once a month for a whole year has been hailed a success. More than 200 people signed up to the challenge this year, with even more expected for 2020. Some of the participants opted for […]

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December 15, 2019
Excitement builds ahead of Hampshire Scouts Present December performance

Hampshire Scouts Present is delighted to be returning this December with the wonderful 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band to present ‘A Big Band Christmas’ On the back of the ‘Spitfires’ recording a Christmas CD ‘with friends’ which HSP were delighted to be invited to guest on. We are delighted to be bringing some of the most […]

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December 13, 2019
Up for the Ferny Crofts Mud Run?

Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre is excited to launch a brand new event to the site for 2020. The Mud Run event is open to all Scout and Guide Groups with participants ranging from 6+. The day will run from approximately 9:30 - 4:00pm and will cost £8 per participant. There will be optional activities […]

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December 4, 2019
Hampshire Scout set to be Christmas number one contender

Sir David Attenborough has backed a Hampshire Scouts quest to top the Christmas charts. Eight-year-old Cub Scout Frankie Morland, of the 29th Odiham (Pondtail) Scout Group, has written his own single World in Danger. The song addresses Frankie's concerns about the world of tomorrow and is aimed at raising awareness of the climate disaster the […]

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November 25, 2019
Hampshire Scouts involved in the Hampshire Youth Network

The Hampshire Youth Network (HYN) is an exciting new initiative championed by our President the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire. Following on from the successful cross Hampshire Youth Service last year at Winchester Cathedral - where more than 1,000 young people, leaders and parents attended to commemorate the end of the first World War. The Hampshire Youth […]

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November 24, 2019
Find your voice, spread the excitement and be the change

We're delighted to announce the dates of the next Scouts Speak Up Course for young people and workshop for adult volunteers. We make a difference, improve where we live, have fun and give young people skills for life along the way. From recruitment to celebrating our successes, we often need to shout about what we […]

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October 27, 2019
Hundreds of Beavers gather in the New Forest

A sunny July weekend saw nearly 400 Beavers from 14 districts come together for the second Hampshire Beaver's County Camp. With it being 50 years since Scouts first stepped on the moon we took that as our theme and had our Space Camp at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre in the New Forest. Months of […]

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October 27, 2019
What's happening with Scouts for 4 and 5 year olds?

The Scouts have been talking about whether it could be extended to 4 and 5 years old for a while now. It’s all part of the UK-wide plan to support even more young people to develop skills for life. Through an exciting pilot scheme, our headquarters is gauging the impact Scouts has on the development […]

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October 27, 2019
Hampshire Scout on a mission to inspire

I'm on a mission to inspire millions of young people - that's the message of Hampshire Scouts ambassador James Ketchell. The world-record holder, who covered 24,000 nautical miles over the last 175 days, says the Scouts has instilled the confidence and belief he needed to complete his mission. James said: "I've met a lot of […]

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January 24, 2019
Hampshire Scout returns from Antarctica

After 2044 km and 61 days, Joe Doherty reached the end of his Antarctic expedition, having skied from the Messner Start to the South Pole and kite-skied back to Hercules Inlet. This is an awesome achievement, and our congratulations go to Joe and to his family, friends and sponsors who have supported him. “We are […]

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January 13, 2019
Happy 110th Birthday Hampshire Scouts!

Sunday 13 January 2019 marks our 110th birthday. Over the past 110 years, we have given tens of thousands of young people the opportunity to experience new things, make new friends, and learn Skills for life. Our 110th birthday gives us a great opportunity to celebrate the amazing range of activities our members take part […]

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January 15, 2018
Stubbington Scout Leader Supports Hamble River Rescue

Scout leader Craig Hollands from Fareham West used his Scouting skills to jump to the rescue of a woman crying out for help in the River Hamble last night. Craig, an assistant scout leader at 1st Stubbington, was one of two kayakers who attempted a late-night rescue after coming across the woman who had been out walking […]

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