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End of term BBQ

Posted on July 19th, 2013 by Site Administrator

Everyone is invited to our end of term BBQ on Hele Beach, next Thursday 25th July, 7-8.30. We have a couple of awards to give out but it is mainly a chance to have some fun in the sun together before we say goodbye for the summer. Please let us know if you’re coming by emailing families are welcome too – food will available at low low prices for non-members.

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Gilwell Park 2014 – Up for the adventure?

Posted on July 7th, 2013 by Site Administrator

Gilwell Park 2014 – Up for the adventure?

Come and join us at the home of Scouting, Gilwell Park. Scouts from all over the world come here and it is considered a pilgrimage. An amazing array of activities are on offer from the 3G swing, to climbing to an adventure course, and we will cram in as many as we can during our 4 night stay. Places are strictly limited to 30 and as both Cubs and Scouts are invited, you need to secure your place as early as possible. Please sign up using your My.Scout invitation or contact any of the leaders. We may also have a few spots for parents who would like to help with cooking etc, so let us know if you want to be involved.  Click the link above to see some of the adventure that is on offer.

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Posted on June 12th, 2013 by Site Administrator

The most valuable commodity that anybody can give a scout group is time and we always need somebody to do just that.

Perhaps you’d like to be a leader, administrator or skills instructor?


Being a leader is fun. Everything can go wrong… your best laid plans can fall away but still you and your kids can have a brilliant night.

Some people do it to add to their CV, others do it to give something back to the community. It is an exciting challenge and I have never seen a night run perfectly… that is part of the fun.

So… could you help us?

  • None of our Leaders are paid – they are all volunteers.
  • The majority of our Leaders have full time jobs and a family.
  • 50% of our Leaders are female.
  • Leaders get involved because they want to have fun and make new friends.
  • Leaders don’t have to be ‘superheroes’ who know everything. They are given training on the job and learn new skills as they go along. The one thing that unites our Leaders is the energy and enthusiasm they have for giving young people the adventure of Scouting
  • 27% of volunteers help out in Scouting as they are a parent of a current Member. Many were not Scouts when they were young but have learnt new skills and made new friends through Scouting.
  • Many of our adult volunteers say they are more confident in their everyday lives as a result of their involvement with Scouting.
  • All our Leaders are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy while taking part in Scouting.

Please talk to James (our Group Scout Leader), send an email ( or talk to one of the leaders after a meeting.

Make everyday an adventure

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St. Georges Day Parade

Posted on April 25th, 2013 by Site Administrator

Last Sunday we had our annual St. Georges Day parade in Barnstaple.  The Group only takes part in two parades a year, St. Georges and Remembrance Day – andI am pleased to say that we had a good turn out for this one.  Approximately 50% of the Group participated in the parade – our Scouts, Cubs and Beavers looking very smart and making the Group proud.  Every Group in North Devon was represented, with some special VIP guests including various Mayor’s and representatives from the Police.  In total there were about 500 people present and there was standing room only in the church.  Special mentions at the ceremony included the Cubs who attended our recent camp, they were asked to come up to the front and collect a special woggle made by our District Commissioner (Andy Ellis) and also to Roy Imeson who has attained the 5 year service award for the Group.

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Camp Success

Posted on April 9th, 2013 by Site Administrator

Two fantastic camps took place this weekend at Mullacott Farm. The Scout Patrol leaders and assistants got back to basics with a greenfield camp while the Cub Sixers and Seconders had a some creature comforts on the main site. Both groups had a chance to try some new skills, including cooking their own meals and catapult building, and their experience will be invaluable in helping younger members in full section camps later in the summer. The Beavers also got involved when they came to visit the Cubs and pitch Kaa’s tent before joining us for some yummy toasted marshmallows.

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Our Scout Hut

Posted on March 18th, 2013 by Site Administrator

As I am sure you are aware, we have been having some significant issues with the structural stability of our Scout Hall. In the last few months we have had to vacate the hall as it has not been safe to use. The Group employed a structural surveyor who completed a report as to the extent of the problems with the building; this has allowed us to go to builders and find out the amount of money it would require to make the necessary reparations to bring the building up to modern standards. In the last few weeks those quotes have come back to the Group Executive Committee so that we could make a decision as to the way forward.

It is with great sadness and regret that I have to inform you that the amount of money is beyond what the Group could ever afford (even with the generosity of other grant making bodies) and the decision has been taken to sell the hall to someone who can make the necessary repairs or redevelop the property.

In the meantime, we will continue to meet at the Trinity Hall for Beavers/Scouts and “Pip & Jim’s” for Cubs. The Group Executive are currently looking at a number of options for the longer term to give our Group a permanent home, but unfortunately it is going to take us some time to finalise it.

If you are aware of any suitable premises that we could use in the long term, please can you get in contact with me at the email address below.

Yours in Scouting,

James Currie-Cathey
Group Scout Leader

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We Need You!

Posted on January 31st, 2013 by Site Administrator

Interested in Scouting? Want to return to Scouting? We are looking for Adult Leaders for our Scout Troop, Cup Pack and Beaver Colony and committee members.

We are always on the lookout for new leaders, skills instructors or committee members. Were you in the Scouts as a kid, or maybe you were a Scouting Leader and your looking to get back into Scouting or maybe you would just like to try something new? You will be given full training and its FREE…

1st Ilfracombe currently have vacancies for :

  • Scout Leaders
  • Cub Leaders
  • Beaver Leaders
  • Adult Helpers in all sections
  • Comittee Members

If you are interested, or would like more information, contact us here and we will get back to you with Leader or Helper information packs.

Have a look at the video below and then why not visit us and give Scouting a try.

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Autumn 2012 Programme

Posted on October 8th, 2012 by Site Administrator

Please Click Here for a copy of our Autumn 2012 Programme. Please note the new “Dates for your 2013 diary” section with important dates for our three planned camps next year as well as other not to be missed events!

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April Fools Camp

Posted on July 10th, 2012 by Site Administrator

Apologies to our readers for not having updated our blog for so long, we will do our best to make sure we keep you informed better in future.

We enjoyed a brilliant Easter camp over the “April Fools” weekend at our district campsite at Colard Bridge, near Barnstaple. We did shooting, archery, climbing, campfires, cooking, exploring just to name a few of the activities. Here are a few pictures of what we got up to:

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One Moonlit Night

Posted on March 11th, 2012 by Site Administrator

ImageImageNow we are starting to see some better weather, it’s time to get outside again. Off to the woods at Berrynarbor to practice safe outdoor fire lighting, OK, yes there were sausages too, and wide games to make the evening complete.

 As you can see from the photograph below, using just a pocket knife, Gunner showed us how to fell a tree, carve it into small equal sized pieces of dry kindling and even make a net sack to keep it in … of course he didn’t buy it !Image

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