District Camp Wegberg

Wegberg was warm, sunny and sporting a lot of pirates last weekend

Here are a few pictures of our 2018 District camp. More will be added to our gallery shortly.

International Camporee 2018

This weekend was the second International Camporee at De Kluis. scouts and explorers from 1st Brussels camped together with other international scout groups from the Brussels region. We had great weather and a very successful programme. The Czech and Slovak scouts ran the campfire and fire poi display. Here are a few pictures, and there are more in our gallery.

Annual Beaver & Cub Car Grand Prix 2018

The Grand Prix was well attended and there were some fantastic designs both in the lego cars and the cub cars.  Congratuations to all our participants and their families!  There are more pictures in our main gallery

One surprise was the visit of John Nordkvelle who was representing our District and came to award Helen with an Award of Merit.

World Scout Jamboree 2019 USA

We are delighted that a number of young people from the group have been selected to attend the WSJ in the US in 2019.  Our Explorer leader Jon Copner is the BSO contingent leader.

In total 8 local young people from 1st Brussels, Central Brussels and Guiding have been selected. Over the next 18 months they will be working together to fundraise for the costs of the camp. Their fees will also help support other young people from countries who could otherwise never afford to attend such an event.

Their first fund raising event was the cake stall at our Grand Prix and St Pauls Church.

Their delicious cakes raised a total of  €382

A big thankyou to all who bought cakes, and well done to the bakers!

Want to know more about the Jamboree?

Clearances for camp 2018

If you wish to attend an overnight event, there are certain procedures the UK scout association require which also help to safeguard your child.

All adults will need to fill in an Adult Info Form occasional helpers 2017 so that you can be entered onto the scout association database ‘Compass’.

For those who have lived in the UK after their 10th birthday please see Clearance-for-a-UK-parent-attending-overnight-events-2 Please  also see the document below about which documents you need to provide to be cleared under the UK system. Please note: The UK Scout Association doesn’t accept DBS clearance certificates from any other source.  It can take a minimum of 3 months to process a clearance!

What information will I be required to include on my Disclosure form

All adults whether or not they’ve lived in the UK will also need to show us a local clearance

All adults* should obtain a local clearance from their commune ‘certificate bon vie et moeurs model 2’ ‘uittreksel uit het strafregister model 2’. * Certain categories eg military and diplomatic families who are not registered with the commune in the same way, cannot obtain this. Please let us know if that is the case.

The group will send confirmation we’ve seen this to UK HQ at Gilwell  who keep records on their database Compass..* If you showed us a local clearance prior to 2016 we may need to see it again (or a new copy) so that we can fill in the local form, as this is a new procedure.

The UK requires us to renew adult clearances every 5 years. We will contact you when a renewal is required. We usually keep the records for 5 years unless you leave the group or tell us you no longer require a clearance.

Sign up now to join at Easter

We currently have spaces in every age group from 6- 13 years for both girls and boys. There are openings on various evenings, so if you’d like to start Scouting with us,  register on our joining page and our coordinator will contact you over the next month. http://www.1stbrussels.be/joining-in/   The initial  3 weeks  of term are your chance for a free trail.

What is Scouting?

Fun, adventure, teamwork, games, cooking, crafts, walks, badges, camping at home and abroad, service to others, challenges and so much more.  As a parent I can say that Scouting helped my own kids grow in confidence and gain skills which helped them as they moved on into adult life. Did you know that most of the men who walked on the moon had been scouts?  Have a look at a few of our  Scouting Ambassadors

If you would like to volunteer with our group, we especially need leaders with Tuesday Cubs and Friday Scouts at BSB.

 

 

Nevis Beavers reopening

Good news for 6 & 7 year olds: Nevis Beavers at  16.45 on Tuesdays at BSB is reopening in October.  This is particulalry suitable for BSB pupils as its so early in the evening. Why not join us!

By Christmas we should also have room for more Beavers in the other colonies too- so if you’re almost 6 sign up now!

What do Beavers do?

Things like, games, cooking, disability awareness, walks in the park, making things, learning about space, celebrations, campfires, going to sleepovers and camps!

There are lots of badges you can earn too!

Scouting has a whole programme of activities which teach new skills and build confidence and team work in all age groups.

Above all we have fun!

A new scouting year- joining the group- update 19th Sept

I hope everyone is looking forward to a new year full of Scouting fun. The leaders are already planning and looking forward to welcoming all our young people.

We still have the following spaces:

Cubs age 8-10.5 on Tuesdays at BSB

Scouts 10.5 – 14 on Wednesdays at ISF Vossem

and  Scouts Fridays at BSB

Also a few spaces in other sections. If you contact us before  25th September you may be able to start this term. We also have intakes in January and after Easter.

We have a large number of people waiting for a Beaver space, (age 6-7) but we still need another  leader/adult helper on Tuesday  in order to have a large enough team to restart our third colony.

We would love to change that- so if you are interested in Beavers and could volunteer to be a leader at BSB  from 16.30 on Tuesdays  we’d love to hear from you.

No experience is necessary, just a willingness to lean and have fun together with an enthusiastic group of young people. Training is available and you won’t be on your own!

Please feel free to contact Helen gsl(at)1stbrussels.be to chat about this and get more details.

1st Brussels Summer Fair 2017 – A Successful Fundraising Event

As part of their work for the World Challenge Award, Fundraising and Community Impact badges this term, Phoenix Scouts got down to planning and organising the 1st Brussels Summer Fair on June 05, 2017 at St Paul’s British Primary School. The troop raised approximately 600 EUR that afternoon. It was a great achievement for our scouts and also a fantastic opportunity to promote scouting and recruit volunteers!

At the beginning of the term, the troop listened to a talk on homelessness and shortly after, some of the oldest Phoenix Scouts participated in an evening handout of food and other necessities session at Gare du Nord.

Following this, the troop decided to take action to help the less fortunate and raise some money for charity. Initially, they proposed selling some cakes but in order to reach as many people as they could, after a troop forum, it was decided that the best way to do so was to organise a Group event and help raise some money for the Group as well. Hence, the 1st Brussels Summer Fair idea was born.

With the help of their leaders, the Scouts worked hard on publicizing, planning and organising the fair.

At the fair, they ran 3 stalls – the Orange patrol sold cakes and biscuits, the Blue patrol ran the Murder Mystery Tour and the Green Patrol sold drinks. There were also other stalls from the other sections including the sale of paracord bracelets and woggles made by the Cub packs, games run by the Beavers, a second hand book sale and a BBQ.

From the amount raised, half (approximately 300 EUR) was to be donated to charity and the balance is to be used by 1st Brussels to enable the Group to continue to run a good and balanced programme for everyone.

The Scouts also voted to split the 300 EUR donation between two charities (approximately 150 EUR each) – ASBL A Place to Live http://www.aplacetolive.be/ which provides scout-like outdoor activities for children living below the poverty line and UNLESS http://unls.be who now manage the handouts of food and other necessities at Gare du Nord (they took over from Serve the City some time ago and earlier in the term, welcomed some of the oldest Phoenix scouts who participated in an evening handout session at Gare du Nord).

Phoenix Scouts would like to thank everyone for their time and effort and for helping the troop make the event successful.

People who do voluntary work are healthier!

According to a study by the General Practice study group at Gent University adults who undertake regular voluntary work tend to be as healthy as those 5 years younger than themselves…  There are apparently several reasons, voluntary work has a positive effect on mental health, it allows care related hormones to be freed which help with stress and against infection. It can also provide activities which help protect against the effects of dementia in the eldery.

Many volunteers have a higher than average income which also has a positive effect on health. This ties in with previous results which show that listing voluntary work on your CV increases the chance of work.. The full Dutch language study can be seen on the UGENT website

So why not volunteer with us?

We have vacancies for

  • Group membership administrator: to help process clearances for parents who wish to help regularly or attend overnights.
  • Supplies and Equipment supervisor: someone who can keep the equipment inventory  up to date and order replacements and purchases, or  repairs as necessary- reporting to the Executive
  • Maintenance– additional help with servicing equipment (depending on skills) gas appliances, or canvas…

We can always use additional help in the various sections; from September we need additional assistant leaders in both Beavers, Montgomery Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. You don’t need experience- training is available.

Please contact a section leader or  Helen  our Group scout leader gsl(@)1stbrussels.be if you are interested in knowing more.