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WSJ 2015 – Japan

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Ready for departure.

Ready for departure.

WSJ 15 b

We are immensely proud to have four members of Kidsgrove Scouts representing our Group, Staffordshire and Great Britain at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

Lucy, Ben, Adam and Ellie all travelled to Japan in July for a three week adventure with around 33,000 other scouts from all over the world.  Their adventures have included; the bullet train, yoga, visiting Mount Fugio, in addition to learning about international cultures and games.

For more photos and updates visit our facebook page and

Christmas Fayre – 22nd November

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Join us at our annual Christmas Fayre and support your local group.

There will be games, stalls, crafts, cakes and much more; plus a very special visitor from the North Pole.

Doors open at 2pm and close at 4pm.

We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd.

Come grab a bargain and have some fun!

Celebrating 60 years with Kidsgrove Scouts

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We are proud to publicly congratulate and applaud, John Swindells for his 60th year as a Kidsgrove Scout.

John joined the group as a Wolf Cub in 1954 and worked through the ranks achieving his Queen Scout Award in 1962. He became a leader soon after and our Group Scout Leader in 1980.  He has positively influenced the lives of many young people in Kidsgrove leading over 20 international camps and many, many more across the UK.

John established the Kidsgrove Scout Marching Band as a competitive unit in the mid 1960’s and has led them to championship titles in a number of different organisations.  The Kidsgrove Scout Drum and Bugle Corps now hold many British, European and International records and accolades.  John has held the position of Staffordshire County Band Adviser for nine years where he has provided support locally and nationally, speaking at the Scout Association’s HQ, Gilwell Park regularly, most recently in 2012 and  has been instrumental in keeping the activity current and available for all youngsters.

John organised and hosted the popular Kidsgrove Town Carnivals in the 1980’s which consisted of parades and competitions at Bathpool.  He has brought revenue to the local community in hosting Band Competitions at both Clough Hall Comprehensive School and more recently Northwood Stadium.

John has been active in all areas of Scouting, including kayaking, archery, rifle shooting and he still enjoys to camp whilst supporting activities for all of our members.

His philosophy has always been to provide fun, challenging and interesting activities for all and when the sections have achieved full membership John has opened new sections so that no child has to be entered onto a waiting list.

This year sees John’s 60th year in Scouting and a change of role from Group Scout Leader to Honorary Group President.

The 1st Kidsgrove Scout Group are immensely proud of John’s service to Kidsgrove and Scouting.

Always in our hearts.

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It is with great sadness that we say goodnight to our dear friend, Peter Smith who passed away on Friday.

Peter was a dearly loved member of our group and shall be greatly missed. He served in many roles; Vice President, Senior Scout Master and District Scout Leader, to name just a few and he gave such a lot of wonderful opportunities and memories to so many scouts and leaders.

Our thoughts are with Peter’s family and his memory will last forever in our hearts.

A Model of 1st Kidsgrove Scouts through the decades

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This amazing model of ‘1st Kidsgrove Scouts throughout the decades’ has been created by Vice President, Tony Hancock.

Starting in the late 1940’s this part of the model represents camping in that era, with army style tents and uniforms typical of that time.  It even includes a ‘light up’ campfire.

Scouts model 1940 camp

This is an overview of the entire model and shows the differences in uniforms, tents and activities available at Kidsgrove Scouts.

Scouts model overall Scouts model raft

This part of the model shows the ‘cart’ which was used by Scouts many years ago to transport equipment to different sites. The Scouts close to the ‘cart’ are decorated in the Senior Scouts uniform of the early 1960’s.  In the background, the Scouts depict the 1980’s and are ready to parade carrying flags.

Scouts model cart

Easter Archers

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Scouts Easter archery 2014

The Archery Club had a special Easter theme this month.  Great fun was had by all.