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.

Scouts & Guides Carol Service 2016

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Members and their families are invited to our annual carol service; details above.

Your sections will be practising in the next few weeks. Please come in smart uniform and be ready to take part!

The charity we are supporting this year is – Le Petit Château. It is the largest centre for asylum seekers in Belgium. The centre has the capacity to offer 720 places for asylum seekers and provides them with a shelter and food. They also receive social, legal and medical care. In addition to this the centre also offers activities so that the residents can best utilise their time.

We will be asking the children to donate games as seen in the invitation above.

Group Bonfire & BBQ 5th November 2016

To celebrate bonfire night we held a scout social event for the whole family at De Kluis.  dscn1366 dscn1359 dscn1368

A lot of people were away for half term but around 100  came along to enjoy burgers and hotdogs and a big bonfire.

We aren’t allowed fireworks in the woods so in addition to the fire we had some games involving glow sticks. The balloon shaving proved very messy and  glowstick hoola hoop was also quite a challenge. Most popular with the younger sections was the glowstick treasure hunt in the woods, with as a prize a glow bracelet each. Some young people went around collecting tokens several times. As usual the scouts and Explorers enjoyed the lazertag  games

Lights and music added to the atmosphere.

Thanks to everyone who helped out by preparing, cooking, serving food or drinks, cleaning or bringing wood etc.

Group Camp report

This October we had our first group camp at De Hoge Rielen in Kasterlee. group-camp-badge

After a wet start for the scouts and explorers hiking in from the railway station on Friday, the weather cleared up and we had 2 nice days for our activities. The site is large and has lots of woods and sandy areas as well as a lot of camping space.  It was great to see all ages  from Beavers through to Explorers working together on the Belgian folk games and  challenges.

We ate lunch in the restaurant and the typically Belgian chervil soup was a new taste for many! In the afternoon the young people separated into their sections and did some other activities with low-level slack lines, a blindfold course, a zipwire, a craft and GPS search depending on their ages. Just walking between activities meant the cubs walked 15km during the day, no wonder they were tired by bedtime! The scouts and explorers built shelters from tarps and pioneering wood. Network were having their own camp alongside ours and 6 members were there. They kindly transported some of the young people and baggage around in the heavy ‘trailer bikes’ and also collected wood and built us an excellent campfire.

On Sunday there was time for scavenger hunts, a wide game and a few other games in between packing up the site and clearing the buildings.

There are more pictures in our smugmug gallery

Fun at the Grand Prix , Balloon Bath and Dancing

We had a great time at this annual event, which this year had a few added twists due to the 2 challenges we were attempting.  Beavers were racing their homemade Lego cars while cubs and scouts had spent time working on their ‘pinewood derby’ cars competing to be the fastest or to win one of the design prizes. In total we had around 100 racers and 5 design categories for each age group. Everyone who took part can also tick of parts of their challenge awards.

Mountbatten cubs had baked cookies to sell for Water aid as part of the million hands challenge. They raised €108.64 for the charity.

During the day we also took part in two of the FOSonFire challenges, building a giant balloon bath for the Beavers and getting at least ‘100 people’ involved in dancing the ‘Polonaise.’  The balloons were a great hit with the Beavers so thanks to everyone who helped blow them up! It takes a lot of balloons to fill a space approx 3m x 3m x 75cm.

These and other challenges we did during meetings have been filmed and if you visit our challenge page and click on ‘like’ you will help us gain points both for the group and our FOS region.  A few of the films didn’t quite work as expected and couldn’t be included this time, but we had enough to gain the maximum points for these tasks and we hope you had fun taking part.

There are prizes to be won by the top 4 groups and for creativity.

There are more pictures in our Gallery– and if you took pictures please ask your section leader for details of how to upload them, so we have a complete record from the event.

A big thanks to everyone who helped prepare, set up, supervise, or clear up and of course well done to all our participants!

Celebrating 90 years of scouting in 1st Brussels

We held our 90th anniversary celebration in 2015.

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The cake was delicious and we enjoyed watching some slides from both our history and from the previous year. There are a few pictures of the event in our smugmug gallery. Here are just a few historical pictures. If anyone has pictures or more details on our history from 1925 – 2000 we would love to hear from you! From around 2006 onwards there are a lot more pictures in the gallery.