Scouting this spring… we might be shut in but not shut down!

We can’t meet as usual and camps this term were cancelled, but many of our members have been completing badges and getting creative at home.

New Scouting Year- vacancies!

As school starts again we also look forward to seeing our members  and welcoming those new to the group!

Most of our activities start the second week of September so everyone can settle into school first.

We still have room for new members in many sections, so please do sign up on our joining in page. We also have a stall at the BSB newcomers event if you want to know more.

Maybe you would like to be one of our new adult volunteers?

All our leaders and helpers are unpaid volunteers and as some of them have moved on we  are  currently looking for adults to help with both Friday Beavers and Friday scouts.

Other sections will also welcome help if a different age group or evening would suit better.

Leaders need to be 18+ and enjoy being with young people and helping them with an exciting programme. We welcome many nationalities,  but you do need to be able to speak reasonable English.  Many of our leaders are parents, but others are welcome too.  Please get in touch with our group scout leader, via the site, or speak to another leader if interested.  Training and support is available.

If a more behind the scenes role is better we also need

  • a person behind the scenes who can look after our equipment and perform basic maintenance, or pass things on to someone who can!
  • someone to look after  uniform orders, storage and pick up by parents. Preferably based in the Tervuren area.

Scouting is fun for both adults and young people. Why not try it!

ISF Summer Fair

On June 15, 2019, ISF Tervuren had their first Summer Fair with much success.

Whilst it was grey and wet at the start of the fair, the sun soon came out and the day was filled with warm sunshine. The air was also scented with the delicious smell of the BBQ and music and lively chatter also completed the atmosphere.

Our Scout Group were invited to help out at the fair alongside their Guiding peers and Phoenix Scout Troop had 17 enthusiastic Scouts working in shifts to help run the 4 games. These were Giant Pick Up Sticks, Jenga, Kerplunk and Pinata washing line.

Admittedly, it was a lot of fun – both for the children who visited the fair as well as for the Scouts who were running these games! Some of our Scouts also went around handing out leaflets which they had made to recruit more young people and volunteers to our Group. Our Phoenix Leaders and a few Beaver and Cub Leaders were also present and did some marketing. Thanks to our Scouts who came up with fantastic slogans and drawings, our troop was able to produce leaflets to recruit more Volunteers and Young People. This was done 2 weeks before the fair during our regular Scout meeting.

The drawings and words were put together to create a 2-sided leaflet which we used at the fair and which will be used in future events as well. It was a great experience for everyone and we all had a very enjoyable day!

Our Orieenteering Adventure

Last Wednesday, Phoenix Scouts visited a forest in Tervuren (Overijse) for a treasure hunt.

First we were split into separate groups, then we received three sets of instructions and two maps from the leaders. The instructions help you get to the end and find the treasures along the way.

Here’s an example of one of the instructions – ‘Walk 1.78km until you reach a big clearing with a huge tree stump on the far right.’

It was very confusing but everyone was desperate for the treasure (which was Toffee!). Our group got lost several times but everybody made it back in the end, though. I think…

– CG, a Phoenix Scout

 

adult vacancies – update November 2018

Scouting is a lot of fun for the adults, and can help you develop skills in new areas.

We offer training and support and you will be working within a team.

The following sections need new leaders  to join the existing teams,

although any section will welcome extra help.

  • Beavers (age 6-7)  Weds 17.15-18.30 or Friday 1730-18.45
  • Cubs (8-10)  Wednesday 18.30-20.00
  • Scouts (10.5-14)  particularly on Friday 18.55- 21:00
  • Explorers (14-18) Friday 18.55- 21:00
  • We also have a Tuesday Beaver section which is currently closed- if you would be interested in helping restart it, please let me know.

Most of our leaders are parents from the group, but people without children are also very welcome. Some leaders started out with a scouting or guiding background, and experience working with children is handy, but some people had no previous experience.
Perhaps you could help- whether that’s every week, once a fortnight, or irregularly due to other commitments. Training & support is available.  All adults working with young people are asked to undergo clearance procedures.

Social Events/Fund-raising working party

Can you help with the preparation and running of one or more of our Group social events? Our leaders do a great job of weekly meetings and camps, but there are also group social activities like the bonfire, carols, grand prix etc. We are hoping to expand some events and add more fundraising, but for that we need extra help. This means a couple of (mostly online) meetings per event, a specific task in either admin or something practical on the day.

Please help us fill these vacancies

speak to your section leader or contact our group scout leader- or indicate when filling in the waiting list.

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?

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!

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.