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Scouts Easter Camp 2024

Posted on March 11th, 2024 by Carl Gaskell

This weekend the our Easter Camp took the Scouts to Ferny Crofts Activity Centre in the heart of the New Forest.

We were really lucky with the weather, with it staying dry until our return journey home, so we took full advantage, with the Scouts enjoying a host of activities including cycling around the New Forest, a visit to the National Motor Museum and estate at Beaulieu, wide games, camp fires, high ropes Gladiator challenges, a trip to the South coast and beach, and even caving in a bus!

There were many tired Scouts (and Leaders!) on our return home!

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Scouts Winter Camp 2023

Posted on December 5th, 2023 by Carl Gaskell

Winter Camp 2023 took the Scouts to an Activity Centre in Bristol.

On a chilly Friday evening, we traveled by minibus down to site, and played a wide game, before finishing the evening with supper, a camp fire and marshmallows.

It was a cold start to the Saturday morning, but the Scouts donned their woolies and set out for a host of warming activities, including Climbing, Abseiling, and Archery.

The fun didn’t stop after lunch, with the afternoon packed with Go Kart building, and High All-aboard, before everyone sat down for a well earned Xmas party meal and games.

After an early rise on Sunday, we packed up and headed into Bristol to visit Clifton Observatory, the Giants Cave, and Clifton Suspension Bridge, before grabbing some lunch and heading back home.



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Scouts 12.5+ Camp, 2023

Posted on May 21st, 2023 by Carl Gaskell

The 12.5+ Camp is designed for the older Scouts and Explorers, and we try to do something a little different.

This year, our camp took the Scouts via Brownsea Island – the site of the first Scout Camp.

Over a gloriously sunny weekend, we traveled by minibus down to Bournmouth, where we split into sleeping groups, and was given a tent for the weekend. We setup camp for the evening and had a roaring campfire and supper.

The following morning, after breakfast, we packed everything away, and with the tents in our rucksacks, headed into Poole on the local buses.
After a short look around the town centre, we grabbed lunch from the local supermarket, and all the food we would need to last us for the next 24 hours, before walking
down to the harbour and catching the ferry over to Brownsea Island.

A walk across the island took us to the spot where Baden Powell held the first Scout Camp, and we pitched our tents right there, overlooking the beach!
We then went for a walk to explore the island and shoreline, before cooking our evening meals, playing some games, and settling in to watch the beautiful sunset.

We packed up and returned to Poole the following morning, and had a hearty meal at the local Weatherspoons, before heading back home.

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Scouts Easter Camp 2023

Posted on March 27th, 2023 by Carl Gaskell

Easter Camp 2023 took the Scouts to stay in Purbook Fort just outside Portsmouth.

A windy weekend awaited us, but everyone was in high spirits, as the Scouts took on the Fort assault course, climbing wall, team building, and laser tag, went for a walk on the coast down in Southsea, and tackled the high-ropes at Go Ape, Southampton.

A fun-packed weekend was had by all. And now for a well-earned rest!

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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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Cubs Easter Camp 19

Posted on May 10th, 2019 by Steve McCarthy

Just hangin’ about. Yes, that’s what we were doing in Swindon for the Cub Easter Camp!  We had high winds but this didn’t put any of the Cubs off the high rope activities at PGL Liddington Activity Centre.  We had a weekend of fun on the Giant Swing, Abseiling, Vertical Challenge, Crate Challenge and Archery.  This was a great opportunity to complete activities we find difficult to do during normal sessions and have managed to work as a team learning new skills and make new friends.The accommodation at PGL is excellent.  It was a Residential Stay with en-suite facilities, a luxury which made for a comfortable nights sleep after a camp fire and songs.

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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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Cubs win Dragon Boating Event

Posted on July 1st, 2018 by Steve McCarthy


It was a fabulous morning by the river, followed by a brilliant win at lunchtime. We were not sure whether we had won and had to wait for the photo finish to be checked.

The results were:

Race 1, Boat 3, Finish 2nd

Race 2, Boat 1, Finish 1st

Race 3, Semi Final, Boat 4, Finish 2nd

Race 4, Final, Boat 4, Finish 1st!

The Cubs adopted Woody, the dog, as their mascot and motivation for winning.

There were only 9 Cubs in the boat.

The organizers praised Reading 3rd especially, highlighting their behaviour, which was polite and attentive. That’s always good to hear.


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