History of Scouting in the City of Sheffield 1985-1990

A new Scout Training Programme and Progress Award Scheme is introduced

The City still struggles to maintain membership numbers. Despite an increase of 150 Beavers, there is an overall decrease of 32 members

The Beavers of the City celebrate their Third Birthday with 325 Beavers and 95 Leaders taking part in an afternoon of activities at Hesley Wood

Many Cubs take part in 'Cubantics', an event organised by the NE Region and held in Thirsk

In national competitions, the 147th (St Mary's Walkley) Troop win through to the final of 'A Great Mother's Day Breakfast' and the 296th (St Luke's Lodge Moor), with help from the 59th (St Augustine's), win the Trophy for Best Newcomers at the National Scout Car Races
Corporal punishment ends in state schools
Beavers become Members of the Association and are renamed Beaver Scouts

Cub Scouts celebrate the 'Year of the Rainbow' - 75 years of Cub Scouting - with Swimming Galas, Sports Days, Five-a-Side Football and It's a Knockout Competitions, Tidy-Ups of parks and streams, rambles and visits to pantomimes

Six hundred Cubs from Sheffield attend the County 'Cubinit' at Hesley Wood - each District representing a different country from around the world. The Sheffield Cubs are part of a team that breaks the World Record for the longest human bucket chain (latest record)

160 Patrol Leaders attend a day for PLs at the Royal Victoria Hotel where, under the leadership of the City's ADC(S)s, there is a day of discussion and training bringing awareness of the 'Scouting Jobs' of the PL and PL's Council

The Bulldog Patrol of the 280th (St James Norton) Troop win the County Final of the National British Meat Cooking Competition and are runners-up in the Regional Finals

The first St George's Day Parade solely for Venture Scouts is held at Central United Reformed Church, with over 240 Venture Scouts, Leaders and friends attending
Major General Sir Michael Walsh retires as Chief Scout and is succeeded by W Garth Morrison

Raye Bacon, General Secretary of the Sheffield Scout Association retires. She is succeeded by Margaret Bell

The first annual City 'Beaver Trail 88' is held

Cub Scouts take part in 'Energy Year' with a Fun Run at Rother Valley Country Park, organised by the South Yorkshire Scout Council and over £21,000 is raised for various charities

Each District selects Scouts to attend 'Discovery 89', a series of international camps held throughout the UK. Twenty-two Scouts and three Scout Leaders are selected and attend a camp at Ripley Castle near Harrogate

The City's Venture Scouts celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Venture Scouting with the main events taking place over a weekend in October. Tents are pitched in the Peace Gardens and there is a display of equipment, photographs and a barbecue. Meanwhile there is a slideshow at The Moor bandstand followed by a performance by the Sheaf District Scout Band. In the evening, there is a campfire at Hesley Wood with a sheep roast and disco. On the Sunday, there is a Thanksgiving Service at Sheffield Cathedral

Rather than hold the Annual St George's Day Parades and Services at the City Hall (which amongst other issues has become prohibitively expensive), the Service is held at five Places of Worship namely the Cathedral Church of SS Peter and Paul, the Cathedral Church of St Marie, the Victoria Hall, the Upper Chapel and the Central United Reformed Church
The 'Scouts go for a Million' Campaign is launched. This eventually raises over £140,000 for Barnado's

For the first time, the Beaver Scouts take part in the City's Annual St George's Day Parade. They also participate in the 'Scouts go for a Million' attempting to raise one million used postage stamps for resale to raise money for charity

The City's Cub Scouts join 1500 other Cubs from South Yorkshire and storm Camelot

'Splashdown 89', the City's annual water activities weekend, is well supported with almost 60 Groups taking part and are joined by Scouts from Rotherham and some Sheffield Guides and Rangers giving a total of almost 500 people. The participants sail, canoe, sailboard, grass ski, toboggan and try archery. An Army Medical Unit simulates various accidents allowing the Scouts the opportunity to take part. There is also a raft-building competition and race

Woodseats VSU hits the headlines with their overland trip to Moscow


Events in italics either refer to national Scouting events (more information on these can be found here)
or UK/international historical events

Numbers in brackets [1234] are links to more information in the Sheffield Scout Archives.

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