October Update from Rikki

Hello again. I know that there is mention elsewhere in the Pump, but a few quick words on Ronald Cork. I have mentioned
in earlier Pumps this year that my dear old friend Ronald was battling with cancer. Alas his struggle ended in August. As I have said he was the first assistant Scout Master with 1st Hemyock back in 1961 and has followed the scout principles for the rest of his life. May he now rest in peace.

Onward, we are now into our Autumn programmes. We have reports from the group.
Explorers: currently eleven members of which eight went to summer camp in the Peak District.

Scouts: twenty eight members. Fifteen went to camp with the Explorers. Andy reports that the camp was a great success. The site at Barnswood was well wooded, which suited Hemyock with lots of wood for open fires every night. Activities included canoeing, caving, an 80ft abseil, a trip to Alton Towers and a hike to the top of Kinder Scout. In Autumn term a camp at Forest Glade plus all the usual outdoor activities and finishing with a Christmas party in a field at Deep Sellick Farm, thanks to Wendy and Edward Grabham.
Cubs: Starting Autumn with thirty members. We attended a District
camp at Caddihoe (near Exeter), with cubs that attended achieving
their International badge. Well done to them. There is a Sixers and
Seconders day in October and then heading to Haven Banks in
Exeter for water sports and climbing. Then a Christmas craft camp
in December. District events for 2018 have been set with Hemyock
running the sports day and district cub camp.

As you can see we are a very busy and active group. Our leaders our doing a super job. Akela Julie is also Training Manager for the District. Steve is also giving time to help with Dulverton group. Josh and Andy are new cub leaders. I will blow our own trumpet. Is it any wonder that we are probably the best group in District? Well done GSL Andy, his leaders and of course the young people who are members of the Group. We have a cub waiting list– but we are working on that!
We have our Annual Sale on Saturday 7th October in the Parish
Hall. Hope to see some of you there. All monies raised go towards
running the Group. We currently need new tents for the cubs and as you can imagine– they aint cheap!
Our annual bonfire and burger night will be in November.
The Group looks forward to being with you for The Remembrance
Day Parade and Service on 12th November.

And finally, well actually two ! First. GSL Andy has caught the Danish bug. He is currently wearing a kilt, I believe for a year! I did not notice a sporran when I saw him recently. Anybody got a spare one?

And now from Baden Powell. Camp Fire Yarn No.3 Tests. The Scout Promise. A difficult promise to keep, but it is a most serious one and no young person is a scout unless they do their best to keep it. When you promise on your honour to do a thing you must do your utmost not to break it. So you see Scouting is not only fun but also requires a lot from you and I know that I can trust you to do everything you possibly can to keep your Scout Promise.

As said by Baden Powell,our Founder.

Old Rikki

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