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Welcome back and welcome to Edition 21 of Tails of the New Forest and the first month of a new term has been packed full for us! Find out what’s coming up, some opportunities for you and what’s been going on below!

What’s coming up?

Totton Santa Run returns soon

Totton Santa Run
10th December 2023
Run and Christmas fayre
Booking now open

By Steven Osborn, Group Scout Leader, 5th Testwood

Blow away the Monday cobwebs, as Autumn dawns look ahead and book now for your local festive community event to get you on the nice list!

The Totton Santa Run, which we at 5th Testwood Scouts work hard to bring to our community, returns on Sunday 10th December.

Run alone, jog together or go at your own pace around our 2.5 or 5km course. Or join us for our Christmas Fayre at the finish line. Find out more and book tickets to run at

We’re looking for volunteers on the day to help with road closures and other organising jobs. If you can help, get in touch at [email protected].

Please help us out by spreading the word to your young people – anyone from across the district or our neighbours are very welcome.

Help check our volunteers learning: Module 25

By Julie Mair, Local Training Manager

We are running a Module 25 for potential Training Advisers, Nights Away Assessors and Activity Assessors on Sunday October 22nd at The Dr Peter Centre in Romsey, from 10.00am to approximately 1.30pm.

Any question should be directed to Julie Mair: [email protected]. Please book via the training page on the Hampshire Scout website Adult Training Application Form (

New adult training dates

By Andy Chatwin, Training team

We have a set of Zoom courses in the calendar for 2023 to help our learners gain their Wood Badge before the new Adult Learning scheme is introduced in 2024/25.

These may be the final ones or there may be some next year, this will depend on the numbers needing to complete under the old scheme and how the plans for the new adult learning scheme develop.

This is the link to book the sessions: Training Calendar – Hampshire Scouts – Adult Training

Reminders, opportunities and notices

Seeking a Squirrels Lead Volunteer

New Forest’s Team DC are looking for an enthusiastic and keen person to be our lead volunteer for Squirrels.

The Assistant District Commissioner for Squirrels will be responsible for inspiring, leading and supporting the development of Squirrel Dreys across the New Forest. They support the volunteers in the dreys so they can give our young people skills for life.

If you enjoy working with adults and young people across the district, know how to get the best out of people and is organised, diplomatic and inspiring then get in touch!

Contact Kevin at [email protected] to learn more.

New adult training dates

By Ace Merriott, Explorer Scouts ambassador for Hampshire Scouts

Do YOU want to attend Paulton’s Park (free of charge) to support Hampshire Beaver Colonies on their County fun day?

We are looking for Explorer Scouts aged 16+ to help on the rides with the Beavers at the county fun day. The day will involve being the extra adult for ride ratios helping colonies. Your place is only confirmed once we have written back to you to confirm the date you are needed. 


Choose one of these dates to help:
7th October 2023
14th October 2023
15th October 2023

All dates are 10am – 4pm (You can stay afterwards to go on rides after groups leave!!)

Cost and booking

This event is free to attend, but bring a packed lunch. You will have to make your own way there.

Please complete the form below to book your place! Please email [email protected] with any questions. To sign up, please complete this form:

What’s been happening?

The term has barely begun and there is already so much happening across our district! Here are some of the things that’s been taking place which you may have missed:

Four of our Scout Network members and adult volunteers celebrated their Queen or King’s Scout Awards in Winchester:

Baloo’s Bench, a memorial to Rich Foster of 6th Netley Marsh was unveiled at Woodlands Campsite:

We’ve mentioned the expedition to The Gambia and Kaira Konko Lodge last month but since then they’re work has featured on the Gambian National News!

Soap Box Derby returned with some new tweaks to the format. The weather was kind and we’ve got big ideas for next year:

For those who missed the scores, you can find them below. Congratulations to 2nd Copythorne and 3rd Ringwood for winning your races.

Volunteers from New Forest trailed up 18 new Young Leader from across the county in Lyndhurst last weekend:

It was the county Squirrels Fun Day on Saturday with nearly 300 Squirrels getting involved, including the new Drey at 5th Testwood:

The summer has seen many of our Scouts across the district having their own adventures. 1st Fordingbridge shared some of their highlights:

Sandleheath even had the mayor along for their AGM and to celebrate the achievements of their young people this year:


What is a month (or so) in the life of Netley Marsh Beavers?

Well, their volunteer Beaver Scout Leader Emma kindly sent us their tale which you can read on our website. It’s full of activities, adventures, and even a camp too.

And finally our upcoming District Expedition has a new badge:

Congratulations to Joshua Owens of Ashurst and Colbury who’s expedition badge design will now go off to be produced for all those attending this year’s Expedition

That’s all for this month. Remember you can stay up to date with what’s going on on our Facebook page (/newforestscouts) or Instagram (@newforestscouts).

Lynn, Robin and Kevin.

Tails of the New Forest – 27th September 2023
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