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12th Winchester (Greenjackets) Scout Group

Area Served: Winnall, Highcliff and parts of the city centre (the electoral Ward of St Bartholomew)
Beavers: 1 Colony
Cubs: 1 Pack
Scouts: 1 Troop
Explorers: None
Web Site: http://12thwinchesterscouts.org.uk*

We are situated on the North East side of Winchester. The group was established in 1921 originally closer to the city than at present, but still on the North East edge. Most of our members come from the Hyde district of the city and of course from the local Winnall area. Everyone is welcome, we have no boundaries. Read on to see what we have to offer!

Our H.Q. was built approximately 15 years ago and comprises of a large activity hall and a small upstairs room that houses our extensive scouting archives. We have a well-equipped kitchen and our toilet facility has wheelchair access.

We are proud of our association with the Royal Greenjackets Regiment who once had their barracks in the city also The Kings Royal Rifles. These associations came after our group sent food parcels to prisoners of war captured at Calais while making a diversion for the Dunkirk landings. Our parcels were some of the few that actually found their way to the prisoners, many others didn't. In recognition of our services we were allowed to wear their regimental colours red/black and green, these were incorporated into our neckerchief. The regimental badge has also been incorporated into our own group badge that is worn on the neckerchief.

All the sections (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) are active within our group.

We have a large lively colony of Beavers who do their best to get the 'out' out of scouting by trying new activities, having themed sleepovers, going on visits and taking part in district events that encourage youngsters to meet new people, meet up with old friends and of course have plenty of fun in the process.

The Cub Pack is a large lively pack with three leaders that take part in a variety of activities. They are also very supportive of district events encouraging the youngsters to take part and have fun.

The Scout Troop is a small but expanding lively troop with three leaders.

Our troop takes pride in encouraging traditional scouting craft and last year won the Antler Night Hike Trophy with the youngest team members in the competition!

All sections accept boys and girls, and incorporate traditional scouting skills with modern ideas to give a balanced programme that allows young people to gain new abilities, take part in more challenging activities, make friends and have fun.

Our leaders have a wealth of experience in scouting, hold camping certificates, first aid certificates, MIDAS certificates (trained minibus drivers) and we are able to hold our own Beaver Sleepovers for the Colony.

We hold an annual joint summer camp for Cubs and Scouts, visiting different parts of the country including Eire and Guernsey. We try to incorporate different activities such as climbing, caving, canoeing, hill walking and hiking into the programme while we are away to make it a more challenging experience for everyone. The scouts also hold a traditional Christmas Camp, where they invite guests to a three-course meal cooked over a traditional campfire and in a mud oven, delicious! Various weekend camps are held throughout the year, these may be combined camps or single section camps.

We try our best to have days were all three sections can join together and have fun, we encourage tolerance between the age groups and have found that scouts have a great deal of patience when helping Beavers with a pioneering project, proving that we are one big family.

Why not come and see what we have to offer.

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