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Barnsley Scouts @ Yorkshire Rose Challenge

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Five teams from Barnsley took part in the very first Yorkshire Rose Challenge at Walesby Forest Scout Campsite. Teams from St Georges, Barugh, Lundwood, Penistone and Royston competed in an overnight series of challenges and had a great time. The Royston Team “Royston Rockets” narrowly missed out on the prizes by coming 4th overall. All teams had a great time and the organisers, Wharncliffe Scout Network  are planning to run a full weekend event next year.

Penistone Scouts Cleanup!

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At a planning weekend in January the Penistone leader team jointly decided the project. They made sure that there Scout Community Week project would include all sections of the group and the parents of their members, have at its heart the community and would be a showcase of the very best of Scouting.

They decided to clean up a half a mile stretch of the Trans Pennine Trail in Penistone South Yorkshire and ask local business to sponsor their efforts. The group also decided to have a plant and bird box sale at Penistone scout hut.

Several local businesses sponsored the group and provided materials including BIFFA who provided a large skip and waste recycling facilities and local business Lovewood Furniture that made flat pack bird boxes to sell. Lavender International a business directly adjacent to the Trans Pennine Trail provided financial support as did the Penistone Mayor Councillor Steve Webber and Penistone Town Council.

The day arrived and over 100 scouts and parents armed with litter pickers carried out the litter pick and ran activities at the scout hut, 120 bags of rubbish were collected as well various other items including shopping trolleys, chairs, cabling, tyres and various metal work.

Plant and Bird Box sales were brisk and lots of tea, coffee and cakes donated by parents were sold to customers purchasing items.

Scouts were sponsored to litter pick and when all the money is collected they hope to have raised between £1,200 & £1,500 pounds.

Local MP Angela Smith (Stocksbridge & Penistone) visited and was shown around by Thomas Yems a Penistone Young Leader and Young Spokesperson. Several other local dignitaries visited including Mayor Steve Webber and his Wife Lynette, local councillor Donna Green who helped out litter picking and the local press, Barnsley Chronicle and Penistone FM came down to interview scouts and take lots of pictures.

Group Scout Leader Steve Roach said “the effort and commitment shown by the Scouts, cubs and beavers has been amazing, and was matched by the support of the many parents who have turned up to support us. We are keen to make this an annual event and expand our efforts next year”

Scout Eli Thorpe said “I really enjoyed the day and I am glad that I got involved, our efforts have made the trail a much tidier and safer place for the public and the wildlife in the area”

Barugh Scouts at Stanage Edge

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Barugh scouts relax on Stanage edge during a training walk last weekend, as part of the International Jamboree on The Trail (JOTT)

Abi Wade, Ben Dickinson, Jacob Kendrew, Joe Dickinson, Tom Collins and Will Harding practised with a map and compasses, accompanied by scout leaders Paul Sykes and Charles Wilkins.

Barugh scouts provide activities and training for 10 – 14 yr olds, meeting at Barugh Scout Hut, Dearne Hall Road, Low Barugh, thursday evenings, 7 to 9 pm. More details of scouting at Barugh can be obtained via Barnsley 388271 or  

C J Wilkins
Scout Leader, 25th Barnsley ( Barugh ) Scouts

Barnsley Scouts Support Scout Community Week

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Scout Community Week

450 Scouts set to volunteer in Barnsley as Scout Community Week launches

  •  Replaces Scout Job Week after 20 year break
  •  Scouts from all across Barnsley are helping range of good causes such as cleaning up the Trans Pennine Trail, installing Bird Boxes and feeders, selling Bee Houses and Bird Boxes to the local community to promote wildlife
  • Movement’s half a million members asked to do one thing to help their local area
  • Part of a national campaign as Movement reaffirms its commitment to the community

As many as 450 Scouts are set to volunteer in the communities of Barnsley as Scout Community Week is launched today. The week of national action is replacing Scout Job Week after a twenty year break.

Over the next seven days (14-20 May), Scouts from Barnsley are being encouraged to do one thing to help their community.  The week will see young people getting involved in projects as diverse as clearing up the Trans Pennine Trail.

The initiative, in partnership with B&Q, will build on the voluntary work that many Scouts are already doing in Barnsley, as well as encouraging even more Groups to get involved.

Through Scout Community Week, The Scout Association is reaffirming its commitment to strengthening communities and helping the local area. Research shows that Scouting develops a volunteering habit for life among its members: 36% of former youth Scout members volunteer for 2 hours a week, compared to 26% for the general population.

At a time when local authorities, public services and charities are feeling the pinch more than ever, The Scout Association intends to harness this volunteering habit up and down the country.

Examples of the projects Scouts will be helping out with this week include:

  • 19th & 20th May cleaning up the Penistone Stretch of the Trans Pennine Trail clearing litter and recycling as much as possible.
  • 19th May plant, bird box and bee house sale at Penistone Scout Activity Centre, Wentworth Road Penistone 10am – 4pm

Bear Grylls, UK Chief Scout, said: “I am proud that so many Scout Groups are taking part in Scout Community Week and I know they will have a really positive impact in their local areas. Volunteering is at the very heart of Scouting and it’s great to see so many young people volunteering to support others and provide help where it is needed. Working together we’re going to make a huge difference to communities up and down the country. ”

Explorer Scout Thomas Yems, 16 from Penistone: “Scout Community Week is a really good opportunity for me to get involved in my community. I’m helping out on 19th 7 20th May, and it’s good to know we’ll be making a difference. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new people and also getting lots of new skills that I know will look great on my CV.”

Scout Leader Susie Roach, 29 from Penistone: “I know how much our young people are looking forward to getting stuck in this week – they’ve spent the last few months thinking about where they can make a difference in their community and it’s really good to see them getting involved. Volunteering has been a brilliant experience for me – it’s given me lots of new and transferable skills, and I think Scout Community week will bring huge benefits to the Scouts too.”

The Scouts will be encouraging the communities they are helping out in to make voluntary donations to their Group – Scout Groups are local charities and are reliant on donations for their existence. The Scout Association has launched an online facility, through Virgin Money, where the public will be able to make donations. To donate, please visit

Fitzwilliam SAS – A Thank You

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The race night on the 19th April organised by Fitzwilliam Active Support raised a huge £560 for the Billingham Activity Centre. The organisers would like to thank all that supported the event and who came along on the night.

A highly enjoyable evening was had by all!