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Spring 2020 Newsletter

Date: 28th Mar 2020 Author: Ciarán Carr

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents, carers, scouters and young people

After a week like no other and with all face to face scouting suspended for the foreseeable future, I thought it would be useful to produce a newsletter and update you on the work that is still on going at 1st Fressingfield. It has been absolutely fabulous to see the Leaders swing into ‘virtual’ scouting mode this week with zoom meetings, online resources and activities and email communications all engaging our young people.

It is a testament to the ethos of the scouting movement and the skills that we have all acquired that one of our top considerations (rightly after our own families) was how do we keep engaged with our Scouting family and support our local community. I appreciate that keeping active and sticking to the government isolation rules particularly for us ‘outdoorsy’ types is difficult. So in the coming weeks and days, your scout leaders will continue to provide opportunities to engage in. We maybe social distant for now, but I have faith that our fellowship and friendship will see us all through this difficult time. TAKE CARE and HAVE FUN…

Yours in Scouting


Activity book:

Thanks to Emma, one of our Executive Committee Trustees for producing the attached activity book, something to for to do on a rainy day.


The Great Indoors:

The Scout Association has produced ‘The Great Indoors’ resource bank, packed full of activities – many will appear in the sections weekly ‘virtual’ meetings but please feel free to use any of the materials: https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/

THANK YOU Cratfield Parish Council:

For donating £100 towards our HQ campaign and more importantly for your kind letter thanking our leaders for delivering scouting to our community.

Bernard Sunley Foundation:

I am delighted to advise you that we have also received a £10,000 pledge from the Bernard Sunley Foundation towards our HQ campaign – this is a huge boost and
brings us closer to securing our new building at our Priory Road site. I hope to bring you some more news about that when I write next

Please help raise funds for YOUR scout Group from your home:

With more and more online shopping please consider signing up and pledging support to 1st Fressingfield Scout Group by using the following online shopping links. Thank you

Crisp bag boost:

Thanks to everyone who are collecting empty crisp bags and thanks to Karine, one of our Executive Committee Trustees for organising the campaign. An unseemly amount of bags have been sent in for recycling and we have just received a contribution of £200, this cash will go towards purchasing new kayaks (made from recycled plastic). You have raised 45% needed for the first kayak.


Although we have suspended all face to face scouting, the work of the Scout Group continues, with our volunteer leaders continuing to provide scouting resources, virtual meetings and
support to our members and communities. We also have regular payments to make including Hall rent, minibus operating costs, insurances, website and other communication costs etc. We have of
course got our ambitious new HQ plans to continue to service. Our expenses as a Group haven’t actually reduced at the current time. I do appreciate that some parents may experience some
financial difficulty if the current situation continues – and we are here to help if we can, I would ask you to continue to pay your monthly subs as normal. If this becomes difficult for you please contact your Section Leader.

Scout minibus available FREE for critical community use:

If you know of anyone that requires the use of our minibuses during this time. Obviously, in line with government guidelines please let me know.

Group Camp – Virtually:

With all face to face scouting suspended for now – our Group Camp will be going ahead virtually! A full camp plan will come out in the next week or so and I would ask you to sign up, so that we know who is ‘on camp’.

So save the date Friday 1st May to Sunday 3rd May

Details of activities will be sent later, including links to zoom conferencing, recipe suggestions and song transcripts.

While there is no charge for the camp – I would like to invite you to make a donation, should you wish of £20 per ‘attendee’ the donations will go towards our HQ development campaign. Donations can be made by BACS to Fressingfield Scout Group, details below. Please reference the payment as ‘virtual camp 2020’. There is NO requirement to make a donation to participate in the virtual camp.

For the credit of: 1st Fressingfield Scout Group
Bank Details: Account Number: 65499591
Sort Code: 08-92-99

I very much look forward to ‘seeing you’ at camp.

Yours in Scouting


Friday 1st May
1700: Pitch your tent outdoors or build your den indoors – share your photos on the Group Facebook Page.
1800: ‘Traditional’ first night curry dinner – cook up a storm and join in our ‘zoom’ dining experience
1900: Sing lightness into the dark – we will send you the words to a well-known song and at 7pm, stand outside and sing your heart out – listen for any other Fressingfield Scouters doing the same
2000: Good night story, read by our leaders and broadcast (I am discussing with Park Radio)

Saturday 2nd May
0700: Reveille and ablutions
0800: Fry up challenge outdoors
0845: Flags up
0900: Activity 1:
1030: ‘Traditional’ squash and biscuit break
1100: Activity 2:
1230: Lunch
1330: Activity 3:
1500: ‘Traditional’ squash and biscuit break
1530: Activity 4:
1700: dinner – cook up a storm and join in our ‘zoom’ dining experience
1900: Campfire circle – we are hoping to achieve a live stream of your campfire. Marshmallows, s’mores and more

Sunday 3rd May
0700: Reveille and ablutions
0800: Fry up challenge outdoors
0845: Flags up and zoom into Scouts Own
0900: Activity 1:
1030: ‘Traditional’ squash and biscuit break
1100: Activity 2:
1230: Break camp


Scouting provides a second family to lots of young people. It’s a safe place where they can aspire and grow.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls