Purple Angel Campaign
September was Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
As part of their Community Impact Badge the Cubs and Scouts of the Group invited founder Norrms McNamarra of Purple Angels Dementia Awareness, to join them and discuss dementia with the young people.
They learnt more about how this disease effects people in their everyday lives and how they can support sufferers.
During the evening the Cubs and Scouts played various memory games. Norrms explained to the group that Purple Angel run a Memory Café on Saturdays in Torquay.
Many of the young people have volunteered to help and offer support where they can. The Cub section are fundraising by replacing the smarties in a tube with 20p pieces,
Owen from Cubs actually sold his Smarties to his Teachers for 20p each !!
All funds raised will go towards resources and activities for the Purple Angel Memory Café.
Some of our parents were very impressed how the Scouts engaged with this campaign……
Sarah said “Thank you for getting such an inspirational man in to talk to the Scouts. Reece said that he now understands more about what his grandad is going through after tonight”
At the end of the evening Norrms thanked the Cubs and Scouts for inviting him to speak to them and said……
As you all know I am a HUGE fan of the youth of today and if these guys are anything to go by, our future is looking good!
These evenings couldn’t have gone any better. What a great group of “Young People” they all were, they asked questions but even better were so attentive, they all were great and so clued up and it gives me great pleasure to make them all Young Purple Angel Ambassadors, and to announce that 1st Marldon Group the first “Dementia Aware Scout Group” in Torbay.
The Purple Angel hold a Memory Café at Barton Baptist Church, Happaway Road, Torquay, this runs every Saturday afternoon (apart from the first Saturday of the month).
The Purple Angel Memory Cafe is open to anyone worried about their memory, worried about someone else’s memory or affected by dementia.
The cafe provides practical information and support, as well as the opportunity for people with dementia, their families and carers to ask questions and to listen to others experiences.
For more information on the Purple Angel Awareness Campaign please contact Elaine on
01803 459290 or 07707 048595
or online at
Remembrance Parade 2016
The years Remembrance Service was attended by a total of 63 members across all three sections of our scout group.
All of the Leaders were very proud of you all, their behaviour was outstanding and we received numerous complimentary comments from the congregation including how smart we all were.
Well done to our flag bearers Tallulah and Millie, for the Scouts, Reece, for the Cubs and Harry for the Beavers.
Our readers that lead the Prayers, Isobel, Amelie, Flora, Joe, Olivia and Emily, you all did a fantastic job.
Skye and Dexter laid the wreaths of poppies, on the war memorials in the Church.
Also thank you to the scouts who handed out hymn books and helped with the collection.
There were many positive comments for the congregation including, from Sarah
Please can you share with all your leaders and scouting members how wonderful it was to see many of them in Church this morning to share the Remembrance Service – the readers and standard bearers were fantastic.Thank you again for your help in bringing the scouting groups to join the services, it is wonderful to see the uniformed youngsters, and particularly means so much to the older members of the congregation at times like the Remembrance service. All were a credit to you and the rest of the Scouting Leaders.
Shelterbox visit the Cubs
Shelterbox Visit the Cubs
The Cubs have recently been learning of the work that the international charity Shelterbox does.
Ian, from the Rotary Club explained that the Charity supplies aid in the form of ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits. The Cubs learnt that the sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home. The kits and boxes contain the items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights and activity sets for children.
The Cubs were interested in the contents of the Box and Ian’s visit made an impact on many. The Cubs are wanting to hold an event in aid of ShelterBox in the next programme
Group Summer Camp 2016
This summer the Group had all three sections camping together, with 60 young people with ages ranging from 6 -14 ½ years.
Thankfully the weather was glorious and the children could enjoy a non-stop fun packed weekend with all the activities planned for them.
Grass sledging, face painting, a variety of inflatables including, a bouncy castle, sumo suits and bungee run. All the children competed against each other on the obstacle and mini assault course.
Many of them overcame their fear of heights on the 7.5 metre Climbing Tower and made it to the top! Colin from the Climbing Project said “the way the young people worked together to motivate each other to get up the tower was amazing. Zane and Olly did remarkably well” For more information on The Climbing Project please email Colin email@example.com
The Scouts, many for the first time enjoyed, axe throwing and Fire Circus which included fire poi, batons and skipping.
For many of the Beavers not only was it their first time away from home, it was their very first time camping in a tent.
Elaine, the Beaver Leader, said “the Beavers were so excited to be sleeping in a tent with their friends and for two nights. They loved being with the Cubs and Scouts and helping to put up the tents”
Saturday nights entertainment was a Camp Fire provided by David and Sandra Johnson. Songs, old and new, were learnt.
For some added entertainment, the Scouts performed sketches around the campfire. This was a wonderful time for the group to come together in traditional scouting fashion and enjoy some very funny comedy.
Sunday morning was relaxing with group rounders’, volley ball and our traditional “Tug O’ War” competition. The Beavers are the current holders of the 1st Marldon Trophy for this event and we are still in discussion who this year’s winners are!
John, the Group Scout Leader said “we have seen the group grow quickly in numbers over a short period of time across all the sections and thought it was time to celebrate our success and have the whole group camping together.
The 1st Marldon Scout Group is open to both girls and boys from 6- 14 ½ years old for more information on the Group please email firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s a Knockout – Scouts Style
Its a Knockout – Scout Style
Scout troops from the 1st Marldon, 3rd Torbay & 15th Torbay got together for an It’s a Knockout style evening at the District Campsite in Torquay.
Over 50 scouts from the groups worked together with challenging problem solving bases. There was an assault course, four person Sack Race, Wellie Whanging and Water Slip `n` Slide. The bases also help the scouts earn their Team Challenge Badge.
Simon, the Leader from the 3rd Torbay said………..
“A brilliant last night of term joint troop activity night, great to see all the Scouts having so much fun and working together, the adults certainly enjoyed it. Scouting at its best. “
Dave & Sandra from the 15th took charge of the timed Spiders Web Challenge. All of the Leaders ensured that all the Scouts were suitably hydrated during the evening with their own activity called “Leaders Revenge”
John from the 1st added…….
“This is the second year that we have ran “Its a Knockout” in the Summer Programme. It’s great to see the Scouts from different groups working together as a team to complete the tasks, and more importantly they have really enjoyed themselves.”
This is what scouting is all about, fun, challenging, making new friendships and we have planned this fantastic activity in next years programme already!
Cubs Spring Camp
In March The Cubs were on their Spring Camp, with some new Cubs just moved up from Beavers, we went on a hike down to Watcombe Beach to earn the Navigators Level 2 Badge. Some of the Cubs managed to see more of the hike than the others
“I really enjoyed the long walk we went on” Luca said, “we found mossy rocks and climbed muddy mountains.We even got lost !!!”
After a busy afternoon of games and an evening of wide games marshmallows were toasted with hot chocolate. The best part of the Camp, Caitlin told us was “playing spotlight and roasting marshmallows on the fire!”
The following day all the Cubs tried Target Shooting. The “Top Shot” of the Camp went to Callum, 2nd Place went to Joey and 3rd went to Luca who “really enjoyed the shooting it was really fun”
The Cubs practiced their knife skills by whittling a tent peg, and to finish the camp off they made their own “chariots” with pioneering poles and rope, the knots and lashings held really well, although a pole managed to snap!! It must of been the OJ’s big cooked breakfast that they had
Joey summed up his first Cub Camp perfectly by saying “Camp was awesome because we did really fun stuff and I was with my friends. My favourite part of camp was the shooting because it was great fun and I have never done that before. We did grid references, hiking and map reading. I learnt lots of new skills like knife work and pioneering. We were put into teams to build a chariot and had a chariot race. We did singing around the fire and had hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows before bed.
I loved staying at camp, it was like having a big sleepover with my friends”
Plenty of Badges earned, friendships made and memories of a great camp.
Thanks to OJ, for organising the camp, thanks to Akela & Lainey for running the activities, and thanks to Luke for helping with the games
Beavers Visit to Dinosaur World