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Scouts & Explorers Winter Camp 2019

Posted on December 23rd, 2019 by Steve McCarthy

This year, saw a trip to Cranham Scout Activity Centre near Gloucester.

We had plenty of warm accommodation for our annual Winter Camp. Again we were blessed with dry weather, if not a little fresh !

Activities compromised of, Archery, Axe Throwing, a trip into Gloucester to a climbing and caving centre and a quick visit to Gloucester Cathedral, made more famous by Harry Potter.

The evening consisted of an Xmas meal and a record breakers activity.

After the clear up on Sunday, a 6 mile hike in the countryside to clear out the cobwebs, ending at a very windy car park.

A good time had by all.

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Explorers Paintballing Session

Posted on September 30th, 2019 by Carl Gaskell

Explorers! Are you feeling up for a challenge??

This November, the Zebra Explorer Unit will be going Paintballing – check those inboxes for an invitation coming your way soon!!

And if you’re thinking of joining us, please complete the form below and let us know.

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Happy Birthday 3rd Reading Scout Group – 110 years old

Posted on September 10th, 2019 by Steve McCarthy


Happy Birthday 3rd Reading Scout Group!

This years marks the Group being 110 years old.

To celebrate, we had a Group family day on the Thames where our young members enjoyed a range of water sports including Raft Building, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding & Dragon Boats.

We were blessed with a lovely sunny day.

Thanks to all who made this happen.



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Scouts & Zebra Explorers Summer Camp 19

Posted on August 4th, 2019 by Steve McCarthy

We are all just back from an incredibly busy week in the Gower.

A great set up with young people and Leaders meant for a really amazing week.

From beaches, to Coasteering and surfing there was definitely a coastal theme.

Other highlights included trips to Worms Head, cooking, swimming, Porthcawl fun fare and the end of camp Disco.

It seems everyone had a great week.


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Scouts & Explorers Brownsea Island Expedition 2019

Posted on June 6th, 2019 by Steve McCarthy

Each year we plan a camp for the older Scouts and Explorers.

The aim is to do something slightly different.

This year we packed our rucksacks and headed on a trip to the South Coast. 19 brave Scouts & Explorers were up for the challenge.

On Friday night, we bussed into Bournemouth and parked up, then it was public transport all the way.  Tents and cooking equipment were shared out and after a quick trip to Asda and McDonalds, we caught the bus to Butchers Coppice and we were on our way.

We camped in a corner, in our small hike tents. After a reasonable nights sleep, we packed up and caught our 2nd bus of the weekend to Poole.

After some exploring of Poole High Street, we headed to Sainsbury’s to buy our food for the next 24 hours. We then carried our food to Poole Quay for lunch and headed out of the harbour on the ferry boat, arriving at Brownsea Island shortly after.

We then spent an enjoyable 20 hours on the island exploring. In all we walked 10 miles this day, with some heavy rucksacks, so well done to all.

On Sunday, we headed home with a boat trip around the harbour and a celebratory lunch in Weatherspoons !

A great weekend.

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Scouts & Explorers Summer Camp 18 to Dublin

Posted on July 30th, 2018 by Steve McCarthy

An action packed week was had in Ireland, with a great deal of fun with many great Scouts & Explorers.


Highlights included, Zipit, Dublin Tour, Coastal walk, the Zoo, Guinness Lake, Kayaking and loads more.

The camp was split over 2 sites. One in Dublin & one in the Wicklow mountains.


Here are some of our highlights.


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Our London Adventure

Posted on June 4th, 2018 by Steve McCarthy

On a sunny weekend, 9 Scouts & Explorers headed up to the big smoke for some old fashioned exploration.

It was a busy itinerary, we camped in a gem of a Scout Campsite in Southall, on Friday evening we took advantage of camping near an Asian community & hit the food shops big time. What an amazing array of food.

Saturday was a long day, leaving our site, at 9am, we headed out for over 12hours of exploration.

1st up, a trip to Downing Street and get our all important pics in front of number 10.


The after a quick Tube ride, we headed to Tower Bridge and walked over, high up over the river.


After all that, well time for lunch. We wandered up to London Bridge and into Borough Market. It was crammed, but the food was worth it.


After lunch, it was time for a view, what better way to see London than up the Walkie Talkie building to see the views from the Sky Garden.


Well, its been full on so far, so now for some relaxation, we head to the Serpentine Lido. A great day for a dip.


After all that exercise, well it must be dinner time. Where to go?  Chinatown


Finally after a long day, we saw the street entertainers in Covent Garden.


Wow, ok, back to our site in Southall. Long day ,but fantastic.


Sunday , after a quick breakfast, we got in a few hours in the Science Museum.


All in all. A great weekend.



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Easter Camp 2018

Posted on January 23rd, 2018 by Carl Gaskell

Are you looking for an adventure in 2018?

Then sign-up for our Easter Camp!

This years camp is a back-to-basics camp, with all the traditional scouting stills, from backwoods food prep and cooking on fires, to sleeping in tents and (weather permitting) hammocks too!

It promises to be a blast!


There’s just a little time left to enter – please see the Leader team if you’re still interested.



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Parades, Trophies and Reptiles

Posted on November 12th, 2017 by Steve McCarthy

It has been a busy week at the 3rd.

Wednesday evening at Beavers, was only for the brave, tarantula’s, snakes and more reptiles came to visit one of our youngest sections. Judging by their gleeful faces there was no fear !


Wednesday and Friday saw the Scout section, performing their own remembrance evening by visiting the war memorials around Reading town centre and Caversham.

On Saturday night the 3rd Cubs & Scouts enter the District swimming gala. A fantastic evening was completed with the 3rd heading home with the winners trophies. Well done !! Great effort.


Finally to a sunny & cold Sunday morning, members of all sections joined the Caversham remembrance parade at Caversham War Memorial with young people from many other organisations.    Well done guys for representing the 3rd.

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