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Group Camp, West Hall, South Tyneside

Posted on November 7th, 2015 by Tony M

Group Camp 2015_38Over the weekend of the 23rd to 26th October 2015 we had our Group Camp at West Hall Scout Campsite, Moor Lane, Whitburn. On the Friday evening the Cubs and Scouts arrived at the site with the Cubs sleeping in the bunk rooms and the Scouts camping outside in Storm Haven tents.

The Friday evening was mainly about settling in and then playing a few games which gave the Cubs and Scouts a chance to get to know each other.

On Saturday morning we took the Cubs and Scouts for a walk down to the beach. Unfortunately it was very windy down there and typically it started to rain as we got to the beach. We sheltered by a small café then decided to make our way back to the campsite. After crossing the road we found a nice patch of grass and as we had brought some games equipment decided to have a game of ‘quick cricket’ before going back to the campsite for lunch.

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Beavers at camp

The Beavers arrived at lunch time and stayed with us until the Sunday afternoon. We split everyone into groups which were made up of 2 Beavers, 2 Cubs and 2 Scouts. They then made their way round the various activities which took up the rest of Saturday afternoon. After tea the Cubs and Scouts played some wide games outside before the evening campfire.

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On Sunday the Beavers went for a walk down to the beach. The weather was a lot nicer for them than what the Cubs and Scouts had the day before. The Scouts dropped the Storm Haven tents and brought their bags into the hall as they are going to be using the bunk rooms tonight to sleep.

The Beavers had their dinner then got the minibus back home.   The Cubs and Scouts then did activities and played wide games during the afternoon which they seemed to thoroughly enjoy and did not want to end! After a late dinner the Cubs got their belongings together and were taken back to our Scout Hut to be picked up by their parents. The Scouts stayed at West Hall for an extra night and had a relaxed evening in the hall.

Monday morning the Scouts went out for a short hike which took a couple of house before heading back to the campsite for lunch then an afternoon of tidying up before heading back to our Scout hut mid-afternoon to be picked up by their parents.

Monday Cubs said…

Once we arrived at the campsite we got split into groups and had to find our bunk room door numbers. In the dormitory we got in our bunk beds and looked around. We were more comfortable than the Scouts, we all enjoyed the dormitories. In the big wooden hall we were split into groups and played games.

The campfire was very warm and colourful. Everyone sang songs around the campfire and we all enjoyed it.’

White Six


‘On Saturday we had a great day. Here are some of the things we did:

Whippet Racing – they had to wind in wooden blocks with pictures of dogs on, first across the line won.

Coin Rolling – to try and get 2p coins to land within a square on the grid to score.

Made feather quill pens and wrote with them

Made balancing clowns, monkeys, parrots

Completed a jigsaw

Made some Soap (didn’t use it though!)

Played hopscotch



We all really enjoyed Saturday. We hope that future Cubs and Beavers will enjoy the camps too.

Black Six

On Saturday morning we went for a walk and it was raining so we walked back and on our way back we played cricket. At the campsite we played capture the flag and the flag got stuck in a railing! We played football, Jake climbed a tree, some of the Cubs found caterpillar eggs and our favourite game was manhunt. We also enjoyed playing spotlight hunt were we had to make our way back to a base without being seen in spotlights which the leaders where shining.

We would all go on Cub camp again!

Red Six

Camp photos

More photo’s from our Group Camp can be found in the Gallery.

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JOTI 2015

Posted on October 17th, 2015 by Tony M
Scouts from South Africa sharing their scarf collection.

Scouts from South Africa sharing their scarf collection with us on Skype.

It has been a great year for JOTI this year. We’ve had more computers and a broadband internet

connection this year, which has allowed us to run even more IRC stations than usual, more Skype stations and also to join in with Scouts on Minecraft on a dedicated Scoutlink Minecraft server. Some of our members were on-air on JOTI Radio again this year too.

Our Scouts were joined by Scouts from 1st Tynemouth last night and this morning and we hope that they enjoyed taking part in the event.

Scouts discussing tactics in Minecraft.

Scouts discussing tactics in Minecraft.

Photos from our JOTI event are now on The Gallery, which include some shots of the impromptu pre-bed time dance off on Friday night!

We’re still going through all of the log sheets, analysing JIDs and country contacts, to ensure the world map is accurate. Here’s how it looks at closing time today:


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Scouts do their best teamwork at District competition

Posted on September 19th, 2015 by Tony M

IMG_3918Scouts from the 8th Tynemouth tried their best this weekend, working as a team to participate in the District 5-a-side football competition.

We made up a team with scouts from other groups and worked well together to win some key points. The Scouts showed good sportsmanship swapping key positions around the team to ensure everyone got a fair turn.

Unfortunately we didn’t take home a trophy this time. Congratulations to the winning team from 1st/18th Tynemouth.

Photos from the competition are available on the Gallery.

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Top Awards for our Members

Posted on July 11th, 2015 by Tony M

Chief Scout Awards-27Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Young Leaders from 8th Tynemouth joined others from groups across Northumberland County at Castle Gate in Newcastle today to be presented with their Chief Scouts Awards – the highest achievement they are able to gain in their section.

From the 8th Tynemouth, 4 of our members gained Chief Scout Bronze Award; 8 gained Chief Scout Silver Award; and 2 have earned their Chief Scout Gold Award.

In total, there were about 140 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from across the County at the awards, so making up 10% of those receiving the awards is a great reflection of the hard work the Scouts at the 8th have put in this year on their challenge badges, camps and activities needed to meet all of the criteria for the awards.

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2 of our Young Leaders, who were previously scouts in the group, picked up their Chief Scout Platinum Award, with one of them also gaining the Chief Scout Diamond award.

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Congratulations to everyone who has earned their awards today.

More photos are available from our Gallery.

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