Wild West Day 2013

Yee Haww,  The Beavers attended just for the day while Cubs and Scouts camped for the weekend.

We were so lucky with the weather, the sun was blazing and sun cream was plastered on and there was no end of fun.  There was Spider Mountain, the Climbing Wall, the Cave Bus, water rockets, catapults, crafts, bouncy castles and a super soaker zone which was great because the Beavers got really soaked and then dried off in the sun.

We finished the day with a BBQ and camp fire.

I would like to thank all those that made the event possible, the  Cowboy re enactment was great, seeing how they used to be in the wild west, it really was a full day.

Scouts success at West Wirral Distrct AGM May’13

The West Wirral District AGM was held on May 23rd at Heswall Hall. It was well attended, giving Leaders from all Groups a rare chance to catch up with each other. It was a very relaxed and humorous evening and enjoyed by all.

I am proud to announce that Overchurch Upton were presented not one, but two awards!

We received the Dave Blackwood Trophy, presented by David Blackwood. This for the Scout Troops commitment over the past 12 months to growing in number, participating in District events and working hard at their badges. Along with the trophy we were given a cheque for the Scouts, on the condition that they decide what it should be spent on – I’m sure this is going to create much excitement and give us an opportunity to treat ourselves!


We also received the Lions’ Award for Community Service for the second year running. This year it was for our commitment and service to Upton Grange Care Home in Salacre Lane, Upton. Details of our events can be found on this website. Along with the award we were given a cheque for the Scouts ………………. I can feel a trip coming on!!

Well done Scouts!



Scouts take to the water

Some of the older members in our troop attended the 37th Annual Scout Kayak & Canoe Training Weekend, Bala Lake from Friday 10th – Sunday 12 May’13. This weekend brought it’s challenges for all of us mainly due to the poor weather. We did see the sun, all be it briefly. Wind and rain seemed to dominate and we even had a hail shower at one point! However despite this the Scouts braved the elements and did themselves proud. The weekend consisted of 4 ‘on water’ training sessions over 2 days, a night walk and the opportunity to meet other Scouts and Leaders.  One of the main things I remember is there was a lot of laughter over the weekend, and who could forget 2 Scouts being sent to other Groups for a Long Stand – for some reason they took ages!

A big thank you to the Scouts for their courage, sense of adventure and commitment to this weekend and to the Leaders who came as we could not have achieved this weekend with out you.


Our Local Village – Upton

During April the Scouts started working towards their Heritage Activity Badge.

* In Anglo Saxon times Upton was a farming community.

* Upton was listed in the Dooms Day Book of 1086 and was called Optone.

* A sacred rune stone was discovered in the ruins of Normans Parish Church

These are just a few facts that the Scouts have gathered which will eventually form a display.

Most of our Scouts are familiar with their local area but like myself we don’t always stop and look at the history around us. This prompted us on a very pleasant Monday session in May to  take to the streets! We walked from our HQ turning right past St Mary’s Church Grave Yard, then along the main road turning down Ford Drive round the back of the Library, at the front we could also see Woodheath Nursing Home, which is one of the villages oldest houses. Then we walked past the stone carved ‘The Priory’ entrance into the village taking in all 3 churches, public houses (No, we didn’t go in!) and the Old Beer House down Rake Lane, which is now a house. Of cause all this walking meant we had built up a bit of an appetite so we were forced to stop at one of the chippies before making our way down Rake Lane and back to our HQ!  Ooooooh there is nothing nicer than eating chips out of the wrapper!










My apologies for the fuzzy photo, had already started eating chips by then – greasy fingers!

Emergency Aid


During April we began to work towards our Emergency Aid Staged Activity Badge. For some of the older Scouts it was a recap on training received last year and completely new to our younger and new members. Ron our friendly and enthusiastic trainer, who is a Paramedic, put us through our paces. There is so much for the Scouts to remember, but if they just remember a few things it’s a good job done!












St. George’s Day Parade

England Flag / St George - 5ft x 3ft

All Sections of Overchurch Upton Scout Group were represented at the West Wirral District’s St George’s Day Parade on Sunday 21 April in West Kirby.

We met during the afternoon at the grassed area in Orrysydale Road at the rear of the Concourse Leisure Centre, where we began the Parade. All Sections looked very smart and were a credit to our Group in full uniform.

The Parade made it’s way through West Kirby to the sections respective churches:

The Beaver Section at the Methodist Church in Westbourne Road.

The Cub Section at the United Reform Church, at the junction of Meols Drive and Bridge Road.

The Scout Section and Explorer Scouts at St. Andrew’s Church, at the corner of Meols Drive and Graham Road. The service theme was Great Expectations and we were asked to prepare a poster titled ‘We Hope For……….’ Overchurch Upton Scouts were unanimous with their choice of ‘PEACE’, which was echoed in several of the other Groups posters.

Scout Troop

After the Church Service’s we paraded back to our meeting point to be officially dismissed. It was at this time our retiring District Commissioner Ken Jones said a few words and his farewells.

Thank you to all Group members who braved the rain for an excellent turn out and it was so nice to see several Parents who joined us too. Many thanks to the flag bearers, prayer readers and others in our Group that were involved in the service. You make us proud to be part of the Scouting Family!





All of us at Overchurch Upton Scout Group wish you all, all the best and a Happy Easter!

Scouts look a bit ‘dodgey’

During the Easter Break Scouts that were available met up for a fun games session – crab football, cricket and yes that favourite dodgeball!

Easter raffle winners

Congratulations to our proud winners pictured below. Thank you to all the Scouts and Leaders that bought tickets.

Meeting during Easter Break

Scout Meeting during Easter Break

Scouts will be meeting on Monday 25 March and we look forward to seeing you all then.

Tuck shop will be available and the Scouts who run this have also organised an Easter Raffle at 20p a ticket.