Light up the Forest 2018

This year we wanted to make our Bonfire  event at De Kluis bigger and really light up the forest and also raise some money for the 10 scouts and guides from the local British groups who are attending World Scout Jamboree 2019. Thank you to all who helped or  attended we made approx €750 towards their camp fees.

We had  a lantern walk with homemade lanterns, a campfire, a BBQ & great cakes and fruit kebabs for dessert, lazertag, a reflective trail and glowing frisbee games

Many of the young people made lanterns and light displays in advance, many using recycled materials. A lot of work had gone into them. The Beavers had made lovely bottle bugs. Cubs had decorated jars and made square lanterns. Guides had decorated drinks cartons & jars. Phoenix Scout troops LED lit models deserve a special mention and won the Gold award.  Here are a few pictures- although they really don’t do the lanterns justice!

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.

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?

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.

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.

Summer Camp Fun

This summer Phoenix scouts had a great time in Wiltz, Luxemburg. Activities included climbing, cycling, hikes  and visits to a variety of local attractions.

Our Explorers joined 1st Waterloo on a trip to Brexbachtel, Germany. High ropes, swimming, hiking and a visit to the pinball museum were all on the menu.

Virtual Camp Blanket

Just as a bit of fun – some of our Brussels camp badges! Many of them were designed by cubs and show a lot of creativity.
We have a few spare camp badges left which we are happy to sell within the group for €1 each to help you decorate your blankets… ask at the next group event.

1st Brussels History

The earliest British Scout group in Belgium was in Brussels in about 1910 and was run by H. Parfitt who later became the first Chief Scout of Belgium. The early British records were lost so we can’t be 100% sure if there is a link between this group and 1st Brussels, however our earliest registration records date to 1924, and show us meeting at the same place; Holy Trinity Brussels, then called Christ Church.  This means more than 80 years of British Scouting in Brussels.

Recently we met a 1st Brussels Scout from 1935-1940, some of his photo’s are in our Photo’ Gallery, he also gave us a list of notable events during his time:

1935-1939 (HQ Basement of Square de L’Industrie)

  • Scout evening at Christ Church hall: ‘the wives of King Henry ‘ to raise funds.
  • Invitation to British Boy Scouts in Antwerp, slept aboard a small cruiser belonging to the Sea Scouts.
  • Troop Activities: Ambulance efficiency, Repairing toys for Christmas tree, Guide/interpreter to British scout troop from Leeds, Waterloo, special church built in steel, meeting with Eclaireurs Français.
  • Camps: Remouchamp, Corbion, Domaine D’Argenteuil,  World Jamboree in Holland Vogelenzang 1937.
  • Parade: Special march past of all the Belgian scouts in the presence of HRH King Leopold III at the Royal Palace. 1st Brussels led the parade followed by the Eclaireurs de France.

1939/40 (HQ Rue Joseph II garage)

  • Events: Christ Church service attended by Anthony Eden (foreign affairs minister) who presented the colours; a Union flag and a green and yellow 1st Brussels flag (which is still in use today).

Wartime

  • 10th May 1940 “General dispersion”.
  • July 1940 relocated to Mont de Marsan (Landes).
  • Diverse activities for British Scouts, refugee committee and Red cross. Active as dispatch riders.
  • Interpreter for St John Nurses who had an ambulance and a Bedford Truck.

If you were a  member of our group and have photo’s, documents or stories please drop us an email on web@firstbrussels.be