Better to go for a walk than sit in the dark

1st Liss Scout Group completed its inaugural Earth Hour walk last night. Approx 30 of us including Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders and parents ventured into the woods for an hour long ramble down Riverside Walk in Liss.

In doing so, not only did we all have our lights off, but we had some fun and got some healthy exercise and fresh air into the bargain. Massive thank you to everyone who came along.


JOTI World Map 2018

The map shows all the places where we have spoken to members of the Scouting movement from all over the world.


Winter Camp Day 2

So we made it through the camp with a mix of subzero temperatures and frozen ground followed by drizzly rain and a rise in the temperature and finished with wind and glorious sunshine. Can’t beat the English weather for variation!

Saturday continued our outdoor activities with some pioneering, building an entrance gate to our site, some axe and saw instruction for our oldest Scouts and then a nice soggy hike through the woods in the afternoon.

Our evening campfire plans were scuppered by the weather but we recovered by having a fun evening of activities in the nice, warm building next to our tents. Our A4 challenges (trying to complete a number of tasks with sheets of paper was a success with paper airplanes flying the length of the hall, Scouts drinking water from a sheet of A4 and James spanning the length of the Hall with a single sheet of paper.

This was followed by an attempt to construct Pringle Ringles (see below). However, using cheaper not quite so curly fake Pringles failed spectacularly but Matt saved the day with his personal supply of the genuine article and constructed a fine free standing sculpture.

He was very proud of his achievement and even let Olaf in on the celebration!

We finished the evening with s’mores (and fake Pringles), a few laughs and headed off to bed.

Sunday weather was fantastic, with clear blue sky, sunshine and enough wind to dry out all our tents – saving the leaders from having to hang them all in the hut when we got back. The Scouts did an amazing job tidying and packing the site away and Tristan even did some washing up without moaning.

Finally, we have added “Foldable”, “Humphrey” and “Fairy Liquid” (his choice!) to our illustrious list of silly nicknames.

Well done to all of the Scouts on behalf of Mr Orange (Marcus), Matt the Map, Gruffalo (Tim) and myself for making Liss Winter Camp 2018 an awesome weekend.


Winter Camp 2018 Day 1 Update

Well, we survived the first night! Subzero temperatures, frozen ground and ice on the tents all added to the experience.

Everyone said they were warm and toasty in bed last night and were quite reluctant to get up this morning.

Cooked breakfast and a bit of warmth have eased the cold and everyone is ready for the day. Pioneering and a geocaching hike on the program for today.

Rain and warmer temperatures forecast for later and a campfire this evening unless it is raining too much.


JOTI under way in Liss

Scouts and Explorers kicked off Jamboree on the Internet this evening with 8 machines running webchat. Many conversations with each other followed by at least a few with people in other countries.

You can follow our progress at and see where we have spoken to our Scouting family from around the world.

You can keep an eye on us by watching our live feed at Sometimes the camera gets a bit whimsical and points at the ceiling – apologies if you get a nice close up view of some textured plasterboard!


JOTI: 21st Jamboree on the Internet

20th October sees the start of the annual Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) / Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) event, a three day event enabling all members of the Scout movement across the world to safely communicate and share experiences.

1st Liss have been involved in this event for a number of years and through JOTI we have been able to speak to Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders from all over the world. We are running the event over two nights this year, with the first as a set up and test with the Scouts, followed by an all day online marathon for Cubs and Beavers. Scouts and Explorers take over on Saturday evening and have the opportunity to go through the night talking to people in all time zones via secure webchat, audio and video.

The whole event is thoroughly monitored and moderated enabling a safe, secure environment for a truly global event. The event is available to all 1st Liss Members via Online Scout Manager.


Fundraising Scouts WSJ News

Follow Tegan’s WSJ2019 Journey on Facebook

WSJ2019: Tegan has set up a Facebook page to track her 24th World Scout Jamboree journey. You can follow her fundraising and preparation over the next 2 years.

Her speedy start has already gained her the Scout Fundraising Activity Badge – well done Tegan!

Scouts WSJ News

Tegan Lewis: WSJ 2019 Selection Update

The selection process for the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America in 2019 has been taking place in Hampshire over the last few months.

This process concluded with the selection weekend 2 weeks ago where over 300 Scouts and Explorers were tasked with undertaking a number of challenges and activities designed to determine their suitability to attend this huge event which only takes place every four years. The prospective participants found out only yesterday whether their applications were successful.

It is with great pleasure that I can tell you that Tegan Lewis has been selected as one of the 96 Scouts and Explorers from across Hampshire who will be attending this event. Tegan has held a long standing ambition to attend a World Jamboree and her selection is a massive personal achievement and a credit to her and to 1st Liss Scout Group.

She now has the hard task of raising funds for her trip and as her Scout Troop, we will be supporting her as much as possible.

For those under the age of eligibility for attendance in 2019 (most of the troop), there will be an opportunity to follow Tegan through this process and for you to apply in four years time for the 25th WSJ in 2023. As one of the pinnacle events in World Scouting the WSJ is the opportunity of a lifetime to experience new challenges, meet new people and to visit a new country.

Congratulations Tegan and best of luck for the next two years leading up to and embarking on this amazing experience.


Cub Camp 17 Day 4

Nicer weather allowed us, our clothes and the site to recovery after the rain yesterday.

The Cubs had another action packed day starting the morning with crate stacking then making T-Shirts, cooking pizzas on fires under guidance from the two Scouts on camp and then lots of fun games this evening. We even found some time to eat!

The day finished with a noisy sing song around the campfire and hot chocolate. All tucked up quietly in bed ready for another full day tomorrow.


Cub Camp Update

Just a quick update to let you know that in spite of the weather, everyone had a dry night. 

Currently dealing with the aftermath of canoeing in the rain then hiking back in it yesterday. Rain eventually stopped about 10.30pm and we estimate between 50-70mm fell on site.

Cubs are off crate stacking at the moment.