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Perhaps the best way to start this issue is to congratulate every single one of you for the magnificant performance at the Swimming Gala the other Saturday. Just for the record, let me say that this was the 5th consecutive year that the Group has cleaned the board. [Although the Cubs were joint winners last year.]

Unfortunately, space does not permit me to mention everyone who took part. Indeed, there is not enough room to list all the winners!

Being rushed off my feet as the official scorer, I did not see many races. I can count myself fortunate, therefore, to have seen that superb "Scout Novelty Team Race". 2/3 of a length down on the last leg, our team won by a last gasp push of th elilo. We literally won it by a hair's breadth.

Once again, congratulations to all Cubs and Scouts.

Your Movement by Michael Cowlam


Lt General RSS Baden-Powell held an experimental camp on Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, to see if his ideas of training boys would work. The camp was a great success. The 4 Patrols were Bulls, Curlews, Ravens, and Walrus.


"Scouting For Boys" was published in 6 fortnightly parts. Each cost 4 d [4 pence].In it were 9 laws and an oath which boys had to take to become a Scout.In his own Troop, B-P held a Court Of Honour, attended by the Scouts, where activities were organised and disciplinary actions taken.

All over the country boys were writing to B-P for advice and news of badges. A new weekly paper, the "Scout", was published by Pearsons. Also the 2nd camp was held, this time for proper Scouts.


The 1st Crystal Palace Rally took place. 1100 Scouts attended. This was also the year when Girl Scouts became Girl Guides.


No clues - just patern and answers - but can you fit them in?



apt, arm ask, bay, cub, eat, fly, gun,ice, ink off, oil, orb, owl, shy, six, too, two, way, yap


apse, eddy, garb, oral, real, roam, tang, toll


bless, crowd, dogma, groom, kneel, often, quart, spade, stock, tink, twist, yield


benign, expect, goblet, kipper, occupy, outlet, ticket, trilby


apostle, auction, crusade, magnify, nowhere, varnish, victory, yashmak


centipede, eiderdown, electrify, equipment, idiomatic, kittiwake, kowledge, melodrama, pneumatic, stalactic, turquoise, voluntary


On Thursday 25th April, Gold Arrows were awarded to Andrew Blackburn, Julian Wightman, and Simon Moorhouse. Well done. Andrew, Julian, and Andrew Smith also received their Link Badges and moved up to Scouts. We wish them well.

On Friday 10th May, the Sixers and Seconds went to the Guide Cottage at Holme for the weekend. Akela and Pink Panther arganised such events as boatbuilding, boat sailing, and walking. They tried NOT to organise such events as falling in streams! However, a good time was had by one and all - even though Donald Duck missed the company of Micky Mouse!


At long last Gary Hellawell has been presented with his Scout Standard. His PL [Michael Cowlam] should be well pleased with Gary's latest step forward [not least for the 20 Patrol points!]. Another gain, this time for Lawrence Foyle. He has just passed his Librarian's Badge. Congratulations go to you both.

After 3 months of fairly regular attendance, Andrew Smith, Julian Wightman, and Andrew Blackburn are now fully fledged Scouts.They were invested on Friday 10th May.

For the 2nd month in succession, Falcons won the Patrol Trophy, beating Owls by one point. Come on Peewits!


Writing a message in code is a simple way of keeping it secret. Only the sender and the person who knows how to decipher the message will be able to understand it. The name given to coded messages is cryptography - which means 'secret writing'.

There are thousands of different ways of secret writing, so there are really 2 important things about writing in code:

1. Putting hte message into code;

2. Making sure that the person who receives the message knows what the code is.

The simplest type of code is one which changes or shifts all the letters in the original message. Suppose the messagea you want to write is "Will meet you after Scouts".

Write this down on a spare piece of paper. Now write the coded message, using the next letter in the alphabet for each letter in the original message. Thus 'W' would beceom'X', 'I' would become'J', and so on, giving


Unless you ahve agreed that you will always use this code,you still want to add something which tells the person who gets the message what the code is. The simplest way to do this is to show what 'A' has become in the code. 'A' has become 'B', and all the other letters have been shifted one to the right, so the key letter to the code is 'B'. This letter is added either at the beginning of the code or at the end of it.

To make the code more difficult, we could use a shift of 2, 3, 4 or even more placeseither forward or backward.With a shift of 3 forward, the message becomes


Note that the key letter D [ie A becomes D] is placed at the beginning of the code.

Can you break the following 2 codes? The first has a key letter but the second has not.




For Sale

'Crosland Hill Scouts & Guides' pens, 5p each.


Old British coins. Good price paid. Timothy Kilner.

The Hot Tuna LP record called 'First Pull Up, Then Push Down'. Ask your relatives. Dave Calverley.


14th to 16th June at Whitley Beaumont


27th July to 3rd August in Sherwood Forest


1. Who has been the only Chief Scout of the World?

2. When and where was the first camp organised by B-P?

3. How does a baby play football?

4. How do you get 100 worker to work on time?

Give your jokes and quizzes to Adrian Smith or David Marriott.





1. Robert Baden-Powell; 2. Brownsea Island; 3. He dribbles; 4. Only have 95 parking places.


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