Autumn term at 7th Retford (St Swithun’s) Scout Group

by | 11 February 2024 | Children's Group, Retford

7th Retford’s Beavers recently learned about weaving for material used in the war time, Cubs made Remembrance light jars and Scouts cooked a war-time stew. All sections were represented at the Act of Remembrance in Retford Market Square.

The Cubs made some beautiful flowers for Christmas decorations from Fantasy Film for the St Swithun’s Tree Festival as well as some to take home straightaway. The Beavers also made some decorations and Christmas Cards to take home. Another week and both Cubs and Scouts made some bird feeders to take home. This was a bit messy but was good fun and very easy to make.

Helen Saville, from Wonderland Bookshop (Carolgate, Retford), visited the Scouts and, with the leaders, all Scouts successfully completed their Librarian Activity Badge. There was a discussion about different types of books, how they need to be stored in a library as well as in a book shop, and the order in which they are kept.

The group then discussed favourite books or style of book. They talked about the safe use of search engines on a computer and how this has replaced the use of a traditional reference book or encyclopaedia.

Following on from this session, the Scouts had an interesting evening talking about and demonstrating the use a mobile phone for different methods of communicating with their family and friends. The group spoke about the dangers and age limits for the use of some websites.

Thanks to Georgina and Laura from Bassetlaw Museum, the Cubs had a session at the Museum to make lanterns for the Winter Light Festival.

As the festival parade was at an earlier start time than the normal Cub session, they were asked to go along to the parade with their families.

All sections finished the autumn term with a Christmas Party
Some members of all sections took on a delivery area for the Scout Christmas Post and this has been very successful. Other families came down to help with the sorting of the cards. Over £1,500 was raised for the three Scout Groups.

Cannon Choughs Explorer Scouts continue to meet in headquarters on a Sunday evening; contact Matt Ward ( for more information. This is for those aged 13 ½ to 18, after which there is the option to join Scout Network and / or become an adult volunteer.

For more information about joining 7th Retford Scout Group, please email The minimum age is 5¾ years old up to 14.

At the moment the group does not have a Squirrel Drey but would look into starting one with sufficient interest. This is for 4-5 year olds.
They would welcome any new adult volunteers. If that or any other section would be of any interest, please email as above.