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In late January 2022, Cubs and Scouts from Flitwick Scout Group joined other Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from around Bedfordshire to help plan 2,022 trees at the Leslie Sell Activity Centre as part of the Queens Green Canopy

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At the start of February, over 40 Squirrel Scouts (aged 4-5) were invested into Flitwick Scout Group, the first invested Squirrel Scouts in the County. 

The investitures on Thursday afternoon were attended by Flitwick Town Council Mayor, Andy Snape. The investitures on Saturday morning were attended by Vice Lord-Lieutenant Chris Sharwood Smith and Flitwick Town Councillor Clare Thompson.

Darren Reeve, lead volunteer for Flitwick Scout Group, said: “We’ve been blown away by the number of children who’ve wanted to join Squirrels.

“We started both Dreys in early November and within a matter of days we had nearly 40 children joining them. It’s been great that some of the parents of the children have stepped forward to be volunteers with the group.”

Oscar Kitteridge, a young member, said: “I love coming to Squirrels, we do fun activities, play games, have a story and sing a song. It’s a great way to start my day.”

Oscar’s father Matt said: “Squirrels has been really good for Oscar. He has gained confidence being around children he didn’t previously know. He is so proud of the items he makes and brings home and he is always talking about Squirrels.”

The group is the only one in the county that has Squirrels and it is getting enquiries to join from across the county and from neighbouring counties.

Trustee, Nigel Taylor, said: “When I looked at our waiting list in October I saw the opportunity to set up two Dreys, one on a Thursday afternoon and the other on a Saturday morning.

“We contacted all the parents of the children on our waiting list and we used social media and word of mouth to get the message out to others. The children love coming down and the volunteers always ensure there is a packed programme.

“Activities we’ve run include making fruit kebabs, toasting marshmallows, trying new activities and growing cress. The smile on their faces when they are awarded a badge is a sight to behold.”

The Group currently have 45 Squirrels, 70 Beaver Scouts (boys and girls aged six to eight), 82 Cub Scouts (boys and girls aged eight to ten), 51 Scouts (boys and girls aged 10 to 14). There are also 27 Explorer Scouts (boys and girls aged 14 to 17) in an associated Explorer Unit.

They have also managed to recruit several new volunteers recently to help with the number of children joining and remaining with the group

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Scouts On The Water
15/05/2022 By Simon Baldwin

Our Scouts thoroughly enjoyed a day of water activities with First Luton Sea Scouts at the Luton Hoo. 28 Scouts attended and had a go at rowing, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking and raft building. A day full of adventure and fun (and tired Scouts at the end!) which a huge range of different activities to have a go at (and in some cases, get quite wet while doing so). 

Scouts worked together in row boats to navigate the lake, and again in small groups in 2-3 person canoes where they had to line their canoes next to each other and swap places. Scouts also tried out Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on large multi-person paddleboards (although "Jumping In Paddleboarding" might have been more accurate in some cases), and also were shown how to sail accross the lake. Kayaking allowed Scouts to move themselves and control their Kayak around the lake, and then tied together their raft before heading out onto the water with them, hoping their knots would hold together... 

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Scouts helping the community
08/05/2022 By Simon Baldwin

Part of Scouting has always been learning about and benefiting the local community, and recently one Flitwick Scout collected a range of donations of colouring/activity/puzzle books for the L&D hospital childrens ward, which he brought over. He'd like to thank you to everyone who donating something. 

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Flitwick Beaver earns all activity badges
29/04/2022 By Simon Baldwin

Despite missing a lot of Beaver meetings due to the pandemic, one Beaver at Flitwick Scout Group, Evelyn Baldwin, has earnt all of the Activity Badges that you can get at Beavers by completing them at meetings and at home; the last time this happened was two years ago making it a very rare occurance and one to be celebrated. 

Beaver leader Louise Rutt, on presenting the last badges congratulated Evelyn: "Well done! It is a great achievement to earn everything, particuarlly as Scouts added a new badge last year on Money Skills - so not only has she earnt all of the Beaver Badges, but she is the first in the group to get the new Money Skills one. It doesn't happen very often and shows what you can do if you put your mind to it"

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