Games Night

St Andrews Scouts in Bedford, Patrol Games Night

This evening was originally going to be “Help Stop Hunger”. But we had to move the evening to the 10th November. Replacing Operation Christmas Child.

But in true Scout spirit we improvised, and the troup was split into four groups. Each group had to create a game that involved others, a team game, and one which everybody could take part in. The idea was to encourage Scouts to make decisions and work together.

The evening was a lot of fun. Some games worked well, some less so, but it was important that each group learned why the games didn’t work.

A very rapid evening

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Each year we try to get down to the excellent Cardington Slalom Course. We’re very fortunate to be able to use the UK’s first artificial course, newly upgraded and still probably the UK’s most beginner-friendly, located in Bedford’s Priory Country Park, 2.5km downstream from our town centre.

The Scouts were treated to over 1.5 hours of it, in the rain, and had an absolute blast. Scouts new and old love coming here, and it’s a real highlight on our calendar. Many thanks to Dave McCarthy of Bedford’s Viking Kayak Club (Where Etienne Stott started) for inviting, and running the evening.

An evening of horrible, and not-so-horrible history

St Andrews Cub pack learn all about the history of Bedford Town

No I’m not claiming the town has had it’s day, although it has had it’s day a very long time ago when the de Beauchamp family’s Castle was seized early in the 13th century by a French mercenary Falkes de Breautae, a henchman of King John. A royal army came to smoke Falkes’ men out in 1224 and, after a great siege of six weeks, the keep and walls were ordered to be destroyed, but the mound remained and still survives. And even further back, woolly mammoths  roamed the town centre, and before that it was beneath the sea.

In an hour and a half, the Rowallen Cub pack were taken in two groups by official town history guides, to the places around the town that refer back to significant moments in the  town’s past. From the siege, to the site where John Bunyon was imprisoned, through to the fascinating history of the town centre church. The cubs were engaged, interested and asked many questions, testimony to a very successful evening of history!

This is a great example of the variety with which St Andrews Scout Group offers on a weekly basis. Next week it’s something entirely different…

 Find out more about Bedford’s fascinating history here. 


The 1st St Andrews nature scavenger hunt BINGO!

Bedford St Andrews Scouts Priory Country Park Nature Scavenger Hunt Bingo

Last night saw the first game of nature scavenger hunt bingo performed at Bedford’s Priory Country Park.

After a reccy by Graham, the teams were given a sheet of items to find arranged on a grid. The first game was to complete a line, with a small prize, and the main game was to collect a “Full House”. Some items were easy, and others more challenging or creative to find, such as worms which required a bit of stone-flipping, or poo! To avoid too much ripping up of nature and pulling apart of insects, teams were asked to bring a camera phone to capture the evidence. Bringing a totally modern approach to nature hunting (there were still plenty of grubby hands, which is important)!

All in all, 19 Scouts turned up, and seemingly all had fun. Hats off to the winning Team, who were closely followed (by 10 seconds) by a breakaway team of two, who completed it in half the time of the winners! A special prize will wing it’s way to them both.


Shrove Tuesday/Thursday


We had a flipping good time making, racing, judging, flipping, dropping and eating pancakes to both celebrate Shrove Tuesday, and top up our camp-cooking skills. The scouts even had a smallest “pancake” competition too! Check out the photos…

Scouts Go Ice Skating!

St Andrews Scouts go Ice Skating at Bedford's Swan Hotel

The last Scout evening of the year – and what better way to end it than a trip to the Swan Hotel Ice Rink, followed by hot chocolates at Spaghetti John’s on Castle Lane?

After an hour of slip-sliding away (and a few falls along the way, what ice skating trip wouldn’t be complete without a few face-plants?) the scouts headed to the restaurant for a round of hot chocolates.

Thanks to ALL the scouts this year. We literally could not do it without you!

See you in 2016,

The Scout Leaders.

Bonfire Night! / Guy Fawkes

St Andrews Scouts celebrate Bonfire Night in Bedford

Bonfire night. Translated from the French – Good Fire (not actually true). The real origin of the word denoted a large open-air fire on which bones were burnt (sometimes as part of a celebration).

Luckily for us, no bones were burned. But we did make Guys for our bonfire, being that the event marks Guy Fawkes night. Once the teams had made their “Guy” – each had to present it, and create a story telling of how our person came to be burned at the stake. Some BRILLIANT stories were concocted – but the winner was the story of Justin Bieber!

Fires built, Guys burned at the stake, the scouts then returned inside for an hour of apple (and onion) bobbing, and flour truffle hunting (sweets, and the odd Brussel Sprout!)

A good and messy night was had by one and all.

Scouts help out at Bedford Foodbank


Scouts and Scouting is about doing your best and helping other people. So it was both our duty and a please to help out recently at the Bedford Foodbank.

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Bedford Foodbank’s volunteers work with referral partners to provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the Bedford community.

The St Andrews Scouts, as part of the new Scouting World Challenge Award, went along to the Bedford Foodbank to help sort, pack and date hundreds of donations. At this time of the year their stores are at their fullest. But make no mistake – this is rare, and the trust REALLY needs our help. Last year Trussell Trust foodbanks in the UK gave food over 1 million times to people experiencing food poverty. St Andrews Scouts did their bit to help this target rise further, and we aim to do this more regularly throughout 2016.