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We hope this web site will give you an idea of what it is like to be a Beaver, Cub or Scout at 3rd Gidea Park. The site contains news, camp reports and features.  Follow the links to the left to navigate our site. We hope you find your visit useful and enjoyable.
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 WHAT'S HAPPENING AT 3GP
BEAVERS
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Sun Nov 11th. October Church Parade.
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 NEWS
 
 THURSDAY NIGHTS IN OCTOBER
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OCTOBER

After spending lots of weeks in the hall practising for the district cooking competition we have been out and about in October, climbing and playing wide games.

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 GETTING CREATIVE
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SEPTEMBER

The Scouts have been getting creative making signs for the Cooking Competition Teams.

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 GOLD
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Gold

GOLD!

Two of our older Scouts completed the Chief Scouts Gold Award while on Summer camp and were presented with their badges in September. The Gold Award is the top award a Scout can gain.


 THURSDAY NIGHTS IN AUGUST
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What's amusing this lot then?

The nice thing about summer meetings is that most Scouts are on holiday so we can do things that wouldn't work well with 30+ Scouts. Like Abseiling in the store!

On Thursday August 9th we finished packing away the tents from summer camp and so had a play. It's a very short Abseil and so ideal for beginners and to build confidence. With such a small group, parents who picked the Scouts up got to watch the antics too.

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This was almost certainly the source of everyone else's amusement. A fit of the giggles at a key moment going over the top!

 SUMMER CAMP 2018
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Winhill

SATURDAY JULY 21st - MONDAY JULY 30th

The Scouts have been away at summer camp. See the report here.


 JUMPING BEAVERS BEAVERS
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Jump

FRIDAY 13th

The Tuesday Beavers spent the evening at Jump Evolution with the rest of the District.


 THRIFTWOOD AGAIN
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Surf

THURSDAY JULY 12th

The Scouts were back at Thriftwood for some more water fun. Not only did we all have a go at canoeing but the surf board was back and the Scouts made the most of it.

Just don't ask where they found the Fez Hat!

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 RAPHAELS PARK
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Pants

Ditch

THURSDAY JULY 5th
The Scouts were at Raphael's Park for our annual litter pick in and around the Blacks Brook.


 BEAVER SPORTS
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On a very hot weekend the Penguin Beavers won the district Beaver Sports Competition.

 CUB CAMP
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JUNE 22nd - 24th

The Cubs were camping at Kingston Ridge for the weekend. The weather was hot and sunny and there appears to have been a sporty theme with running, jumping and erm water sliding.

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 BEAVERS AT CROW
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JUNE 15th

The Friday beavers spent the evening at Crow Camp.

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 FUN AT THRIFTWOOD
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CANOE
RAFT

THURSDAY JUNE 21st

The Scouts were at Thriftwood for some fun in the water. The water was warm enough, so long as you didn't get out.

Two rafts were built by two teams of Scouts. They decided themselves to split the teams girls vs boys. The boys raft lasted 5 minutes, the girls lasted the full session, or until the leaders decided to help them dismantle it... 10meters from shore!

Canoe Surf

Canoeing and raft building were our two booked activities but raft building takes time and the conceits would get bored waiting for the hour long water session so we brought our trusty surf board out of retirement.

As a Scout delicately balances on the board, the rest of the troop pull them across the lake on on a rope.

surf The canoeists were learning how to get in and out of the boats, swap boats and splash any leaders that dared to drift by on a raft or surf board.
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 SPRING CAMP
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Cooking

FRIDAY JUNE 22nd - SUNDAY 24th

The Scouts were at Fairmead Scout Campsite in Epping Forrest brushing up on Camping Skills for the outdoor challenge.

LEFT Skilfully manipulating a baked chocolate banana with kebab sticks. (Not sure about the safety hat?)

BELOW LEFT A watched kebab never cooks.

BELOW RIGHT: Seems good to me.

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Cooking


 RAFTING?
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NITTING

THURSDAY JUNE 14th

LEFT The inaugural meeting of the 3GP knitting society?

BELOW LEFT A delicate stack.

BELOW RIGHT: Keeping an eye on the chief pringle poacher.

The older Scouts were set the task of leading mini teams to build mini rafts. Only one team completed the task which doesn't bode well for next weeks raft building task.

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 GOLD
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Gold

THURSDAY MAY 24th

Two Gold Awards were presented to twin Brothers. (The last time we did that was November 2008!) They have both moved on to the local Sea Scout Explorer Unit but returned to be presented with their Gold Chief Scout Award Badges.


 ALCHEMY
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SCOUT

THURSDAY MAY 24th

The Scouts were set the challenge to boil water, make a small amount of jelly and chill it in under an hour.

So many epic fails! Not letting the jelly cube dissolve. Putting too much water in, not doing anything to help it cool.

Still, good fun seemed to be had by all and they all got to remind themselves how to safely use our expedition stoves.

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JELLY


 BEAVERS AT HAINULT
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Some of our Beavers have been to Hainault Forest for a walk and a bit of an adventure.

 DOING STUFF WITH OLD ROPE
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SWING

THURSDAY MAY 3rd

The Scouts were at Hargrieves Scout Campsite again this week playing with rope. We find when practicing knots that it focuses the Scouts minds slightly if there is a chance of them getting wet if they get it wrong. Of course the leaders checked it first - left.

Unfortunately we forgot to tell the Scouts to account for the fact that we were using stretchy climbing ropes!

WET FOOT

BLIND

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We also setup a blind trail which allowed the Scouts to discover a little of what it may be like navigating around the camp site with impaired eyesight. Some seemed to cope better than others. Then we realised that any Scouts following a noisy Scout coped best. Which goes to show how much we rely on hearing when sight is taken away!

 HOPEFIELD TRIP
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Hopefield The Beavers had a family day out at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Brentwood.
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Hopefield

The trip was supported by our usual gang of Young Leaders, Adult Leaders and Parent helpers.

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 MAY CHURCH PARADE
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Church Parade

SUNDAY MAY 13th

St Michaels is celebrating 80 years since the Church was completed. Special guests at the May Church Parade were the Bishop of Barking and Andrew Rossindell MP.


 GROUP AGM
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AGM
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SATURDAY APRIL 28th
It wasn't the weather that got us wet. The Scouts had rigged flame resistant shelters above the seating to keep us all dry. What got us damp was the Scout's insistence on finding ways of entertaining the Beavers and Cubs that involved throwing water around.
Thank you to all the families who braved the damp evening to attend our AGM and camp fire. After the songs and stunts were over, out came the kebab sticks and marshmallows. It wasn't just the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers who were roasting by the fire, we spotted a few mums and dads having a go too.

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 ST GEORGE'S PARADE
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SUNDAY APRIL 23rd

Click here for all the pictures from the day.


 PIONEERING
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Pioneering

THURSDAY APRIL 19th

The Scouts have been practicing pioneering skills ahead of some rope bridge building a few weeks time.

Pioneering Pioneering

 END OF TERM COOKING
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Cooking

THURSDAY MARCH 29th

We have spent a lot of time over the last month practicing our Orienteering skills and learning first aid. But now the Orienteering competition is passed for another year, the leaders were looking for something different.

We haven't done any cooking this year so we thought we would end the term with a simple recipe.

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The Scouts were split into Six teams, four of them were the teams that worked so well at the Orienteering competition. The recipe was written up the chalk board along with some aggressive time limits.

Once the ingredients were prepared a queue formed at the kitchen hatch where the leaders would blend up the sauce for the pasta.

It's fair to say that it looked and smelt .... challenging however once warmed through and added to the pasta, I have never seen Scouts eat so fast!

CHAMPERS
POUR Once the washing up was complete the leader of our winning Orienteering team popped the cork on a bottle of low alcohol sparkling wine (for the leaders) while the rest of the team poured celebratory fizzy drinks for the troop!

 LAST MEETING
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EASTER
Presentation

TUESDAY APRIL 27th

It was an emotional end to the last Tuesday Beaver meeting of term as after ten years of Beaver Leadership it was Elaine's last meeting as The Beaver Scout Leader.

The Beavers had spent the evening playing games and making Easter treats. But the evening was all a build up to the Beavers saying goodbye to their Beaver Leader for the last time. Elaine started in 2004 as a parent helper before becoming an assistant beaver leader a month under a decade ago and then taking over as a Beaver Leader not long after.

For a while we have been seeking more Beaver Leaders to help provide an exciting program of meetings and activities for our Beavers. If you would be interested in becoming a leader, or just want to help out occasionally then please contact one of our leaders.

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 DISTRICT ORIENTEERING
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Team 3

SUNDAY MARCH 25th

19 Scouts from 3GP formed four teams for the 2018 Romford District Scouts Orienteering Competition in South Weald park. Quite a few members of our squad were entering for the first time and representing the troop for the first time in any event.

There were 20 teams of Scouts and each team was given two hours to find as many of the 14 checkpoints as possible. 3rd Gidea park came 1st and 2nd and had a third team in the top ten.

As well as counting towards the Orienteering badge the event covers parts of the Adventure Challenge and Teamwork Challenge Badges.

The full results are here.

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TEAM

 SWIMMING GALA
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SWIM

The results of the District Swimming Gala are as follows:

Cubs
1st place 3rd Gidea Park Tigers 41 points
2nd place 3rd Gidea Park Leopards 30 points
3rd place 4th Collier Row 19 points

Scouts
1st place 3rd Gidea Park 55 points
2nd place 21st Romford 41 points
3rd place 6th Romford 30 points

Group Trophy
1st place 3rd Gidea Park 91 points
2nd place 21st Romford 51 points
3rd place 4th Collier Row 39 points

Goody Cup (Cub Individual)
1st place 3rd Gidea Park (Tigers) 49.72
2nd place 3rd Gidea Park (Tigers) 54.28
3rd place 3rd Gidea Park (Leopards) 56.28

Green Medal (Scout Individual)
1st place 3rd Gidea Park 1.29.78
2nd place 6th Romford 1.42.13
3rd place 19th Romford 2.03.40

Kingswood Cup (Scout or Explorer Individual)
1st place Unit A (Ex 3GP Scout and current 3GP Young Leader) 1.56.06
2nd place Unit J 2.12.06
3rd place 3rd Gidea Park Scouts 2.12.34

So all in all, not a bad evening's work.


 EMERGENCY AID
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SNOW Snow

The Scouts have been learning about Emergency Aid. This week we covered Hypothermia. Afterwards we went outside for a snowball fight and some snowman building before using one of our emergency shelters to demonstrate how we could warm up a Scout with Hypothermia on a mountain.


 BRIDGE BUILDING
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Bridge

Bridge

Teams of Scouts were given the challenge to get themselves from one end of the hall to the other without touching the ground. They were given 3 logs and 4 chairs. Not as easy as you would think.

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 JANUARY NIGHT HIKE
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GP Station

On the train

The Scouts started the year with a very chilly night hike. 18 Scouts plus leaders met up at the Scout hall on a Friday night before walking to Gidea Park Station. From there we caught the train to Brentwood where we split into three groups to hike back to Gidea park.

It was cold clear night and at times we were able to stay on the right direction in the woods by using the stars.

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Birthday Silly old Scouts
In the woods the older Scouts found some monsters.
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Birthday

The older Scouts stopped for a very chilly late night snack on top of a hill from where they could admire views across east London and the city.

The temperature was just two degrees above freezing however the slight chill made it feel even colder.

At times we were walking through a very hard frost.

Back at the Scout Hall by 03:00am there was a birthday to celebrate before trying to get some sleep. Birthday