People turned up in record numbers…we had 19 table reservations! It was a fun evening with some excellent quizzing and fab Chili (thank you Beverley and Mark) and loads of help. Thank you all who came and helped and special thank you to the very well behaved and hardworking scouts and Explorers who helped out during the evening.
A fun weekend away with Scout Leaders from the Northern Europe district of BSO. An interesting time spent brainstorming, learning new skills and interacting with fellow leaders and meeting with our District Commissioner, Dominic Afriat and a very inspirational talk from John May of why we do what we do at scouts.
With 170 people attending camp – everyone pitched in and did their bit and had fun along the way. We had freezing temperatures at night (there was a layer of ice on the water in the fire buckets in the morning!) but the beautiful sunshine throughout the day most certainly made up for it. The bases were challenging and fun and the wide game was excellent!
Over 140 Telstar scouts, leaders and helpers trekked to De Kluis – just south of Brussels, to spend the weekend with scouts from across the Northern Europe District.
A very active and ambitious programme occupied the attendees enabling them to share and work with many others, including a contingent from The Girl Guides.
This annual event is great fun and a good time was had by all – see video https://youtu.be/GMIEIpNpEmY
What an absolutely brilliant Family Camp at Misaershaff!
High spirits lifted the cloud and rain and we even had sunshine.
Great teamwork, creative bases and a fabulous Pokémon Go wide game… all bringing huge smiles on the faces of our young members and families.
We even finished camp in record time and everyone was off the campsite by 1700! A very big BRAVO to all who made the weekend possible.
'Telstar Explorer Scout Leaders were made proud when 23 Explorer Scouts ( 14 Bronze, 8 Silver and 1 Gold) received their 'Merite Jeunesse in Luxembourg (the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award)' on 20th April from Prince Guillaume. In total 200 young people received their award and Telstar was the largest visibly represented organisation.
The 'DofE' award offers many life long benefits to young people. It's an holistic package – 'body, mind & soul'. It provides life long memories & binds friendships.
If you're not aware there are many parts to the award: 3 levels – Bronze, Silver & Gold
Then within each level there's service, skill, physical, adventurous journey & at Gold a residential experience. These parts should be completed over various time frames, for example an hour a week for 6 months. When you consider that young people often have exams & other commitments, completing everything is challenging! These awards are not just handed out so that Telstar was so well represented is fantastic. Everyone involved does so voluntarily, from leaders to the young people themselves and these occasions remind us exactly why.'
This now gives Telstar a running total of 40 Bronze, 24 silver and 10 Gold Awards. BRAVO Explorers – we salute you and also your excellent leader team who facilitated this excellent achievement.
A great Group Camp was had on the weekend of 2-4 October, 2015. 140 scouts camped at Misaershaff and have a super time with the theme ‘Witches & Wizards’. Magic Potions were concocted, wands made, Harry Potter dinning shelters created…along with learning practical skills as to how to use a saw safely. A fantastic Wide Game was enjoyed by all on Sunday morning. A great way to start the scouting year! Bravo!
Over the weekend 8th to 10th May Telstar Scouts attended the annual Benelux and Scandinvia District Camp held at De Kluis in Belgium. Whilst on their way to a first aid base in the woods, 8 Scouts came across an elderly man lying on the floor with erratic breathing and unable to communicate.
The man (a 62 year old local Dutch national who has mental health challenges) had been walking in the woods with his carer when he suffered a heart attack. The man's carer covered the man with a blanket but had to leave him alone as she could not get a mobile telephone signal deep in the woods of De Kluis and she desperately needed to get medical assistance.
Upon finding the casualty, the Scouts first checked if he was breathing and then immediately despatched half of their patrol to run-on to the first-aid base to get a Scout Leader’s help. The other Scouts stayed with the casualty to ensure he was not frightened and kept breathing.
A Scout Leader immediately ran with the Scouts to give first-aid assistance to the casualty.
The ambulance and a paramedic were called. Basically the alert had been raised even before the gentleman's carer could get mobile phone reception. What was most impressive was that the Scouts made a human chain through the woods to the main road, so as when the emergency services arrived they could guide them in. In making this chain, all 8 Scouts stood about 300m apart from the scene (which was deep in the woods and on paths that vehicles could not enter). Nearer to the main road they found cars parked and blocking the route, they informed drivers to move their cars and ensured the route was kept unblocked.
Upon arrival of the emergency services and the paramedics, the Scouts quickly guided them to the scene and stayed in their human chain format to ensure the emergency services could quickly get out of the woods.
The doctor who attended the scene informed that the man's vital statistics were critical and without the fast action of the Scouts to raise the alarm and ensure clear guidance of the emergency services, the casualty would not have stayed in this world for very long; in fact, the doctor said the Leaders and the Scouts had saved his life.
Both Telstar Scouts, Yul Hendersen and Oscar van Bommel, will be given Certificates of Merit for their good conduct, devotion to duty and their bravery at the Telstar AGM on 18 June.
Congratulation to all the winners of the Telstar's Got Talent show yesterday! What a fabulous event…the curry was delicious, the level of talent right from the Beavers to the Explorers was excellent…and the room was full with parents, leaders, and children. A big success indeed! A big thank you to Fiona and Susie for organizing this event and to everyone who helped out…BRAVO!