Syston Scout Group’s Unsung Heroes

Every adult who gives their time to Scouting supports the development of young people and without them Scouting and the adventures it offers simply would not happen.

On Friday 5th December, 3 members from 10th Leicester (Syston) Scout Group were invited to Leicestershire Scouts HQ.

This evening was all about recognizing adults for their hard work that they do to support Everyday Adventure & Skills for Life supporting Scouting in Leicestershire. Many award nominees gathered for the event. The awards were presented by the County team.

Anne, Mark and Jackie receiving their Medal of Merit.

Anne Bodycot – Received the Medal of Merit

Anne, has been an active member of Syston Scout group for over 15 years. She has ran the Syston Beavers with great success but also gone further by helping with sections in the group.

She is always at group fund raisers and gets stuck in to the event. Anne is always open to new ideas and helps out in every level of the group and supports District and County events. She is always a friendly face for all members of the group and always approachable by current and past members.

Jackie Sheridan – Received the Medal of Merit

Jackie has been an active member of Syston Scout group for over 15 years. She has ran the Syston Cub section with success over the years with a fun and active programme. She will take on any challenge, a resent move to the Scouts section from cubs has been a great success with Jackie bring a fresh and positive attend to the section and helping the current leaders to improve the section.

Jackie is also a great supporter of the County, District and Groups events and fund raisers, which would not be possible with out her support and hands on approach.

Mark Bodycot – Received the Medal of Merit

Mark has been an active member of Syston Scout Group exec committee. Starting off as a Parent member for a number year with a role to help put together fun and active events and fund raiser for the Groups. After the acting GSL and Chair stood down Mark picked up the role as Chair/Manager. He has drove the group forward with arranging fundraisers,

equipment and giving his time to help at section evenings and camps. After 10 years in the chair role he stood down but still staying to help the group by looking after the general maintenance and support for group fundraisers.

Mark is a massive asset to the group and Syston would not be the active group it is today with out his time, effect and support for all aspects of the group.

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Lord Mayor’s Show 2019

Saturday 9th November 2019, London

Of all the parades in the British Isles, few are held in such high regard and enjoy such an illustrious history as the Lord Mayor’s Show. The parade, which takes place in central London each November dates back 0ver 800 years, serves to celebrate the day when the successive Lord Mayor is sworn into office.The parade, which snakes a 3.5 mile route across the capital, showcases a wide selection of floats and groups: charities, military units, companies, universities, youth groups and marching bands.

16 members of the Syston Scout & Guide Band paraded with the Corps of Drum Society. Together, we totalled upwards of 60 musicians drawn from ourselves, the Chesham All Girls Band and the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick among others. With our competition season wrapped up in September, we had been practicing the marches for several weeks, attending a Corps of Drums practice session a fortnight earlier and running through the music in our Wednesday practice evenings at the Scout hall.

The Corps of Drums Society ready for the off

After a 5am start, and several z’s from the rear, the minibus arrived into London well in time for our 9am sign in. in the car park beneath Smithfield Market, hundreds of members of both civilian and military bands were concealed, ready for the off. For the next few hours, the old adage “Hurry Up and Wait” was followed to the letter. The order of the parade placed marching bands periodically throughout, with 1 band to 4 or 5 regular floats. As each band filtered into the parade, the remainder of us would march forward to fill the space, then wait for another few floats to pass by, before marching forward a little more. With the Corps of Drums Society placed 86th in the running order, this sequence repeated itself no less than a dozen times. We were glad to get going!

Syston Drum Major, Chris Bodycot leading the way

The order of play was as follows:

Killaloe, Heraldry, Adjutant, Retreat Marches, Bugle Bells, Legs Eleven, Mud Cabin, Mechanised Infantry, Hazelmere, Jellalabad, Galanthia, Children’s Love.

Bell Lyre players formed a rank between the drummers and bugles

The route itself began by passing under the bridge outside the Museum of London,then turned left onto gresham street. Taking the right hand bend outside Mansion House, Drum Major Chris Bodycot saluted the incoming Lord Mayor William Russell whilst the band played the march Children’s Love. We took a left down New Change, then turned right to head past St. Paul’s Cathedral. Making our way down Fleet Street, and then onto the Strand, we passed the Royal Courts of Justice and the statues of Samuel Johnson and William Gladstone, then we directed towards the embankment for lunch.

Full route: 4.6 miles of marching, passing Mansion House, The Strand, and St. Paul’s Cathedral

After a sandwich lunch we formed up alongside HMS Wellington for the second part of the parade. There was time for photos and it was at this point that it started to rain. The chilly November air led to some regret about leaving the coats on the bus, but we agreed that our uniform was the smarter choice. The route back was straightforward, past the London offices of the Financial Times and HSBC to Mansion House, and then retracing our steps to the Museum of London. 4.5 miles of marching in total over a 4 hour period, we then headed to the Rising Sun to hydrate ready for the journey back. The band arrived back to Syston at around 8:30, a long day, but enjoyed by all. With many of the band playing in the Remembrance service the following morning, it was time for bed. 

Syston Band Members on the bank of the River Thames

Our thanks to Jess for organising the day and to Chris for getting us and our instruments there safe.  Next year, it would be great to have more of an explore, staying over in London to enjoy the evening firework display.

Report by Bass Drummer, Scott Jenkins

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Syston Scout Group Family Camp Success

Syston Scout Group held a family camp on the 7-8th September.  

A welcome back camp after the summer break and a great opportunity for families from all of the Groups sections (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Band)  to come together for a fun weekend.  

The Families arrived on a sunny Saturday morning ready for a fun weekend of camping and activities. Each member of the family got a chance to choose the activities they would like to do. These ranged from Archery, Mini Cross bows, a caving experience, Climbing, Rope Making, Survival Bracelet making, Pyrography (burning a letters or pictures in to Wood) Pioneering (tying wooden poles together to make a bridge), Assault Course, Circus Skills and also Axe Throwing! 

Once the Activities have finished everyone enjoyed a BBQ and then settled round the camp fire for the groups AGM, Songs, awards and comedy which kept all ages entertained during the evening. 

On a cool Sunday morning, and after a hearty breakfast it was time for more activities. The activities then ended which led to the closing of Camp which saw all families leave with smiles on there faces and also some great memories and experiences. 

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Sound like something you would like to be a part of? 

Syston Scout Group are always looking for new members and adult volunteers to help make Scouting in Syston great. If you can spare a few hours a week, why not get in touch and help young people develop #SkillsForLife. Contact us on 0116 326 6908 or email 

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Camping at it’s finest!

Remember that weekend it rained a lot at the end of July? Well we remember it very well and not just for the rain! Members of Syston Scout Group took on roles at Leicestershire International Scout & Guide Jamboree “Charnwood 2019”. 

On Saturday 27th July, Adventurer Bear Grylls flew in by helicopter to the camp to cheer up 5,000 soggy scouts and guides setting up their camp in pouring rain – or as he calls it, “scout sunshine”. The TV star and chief scout was flown to Charnwood 2019, where youngsters from all over the world were setting up their tents for a week of fun and educational activities. 

A total of 23 countries were represented, including Ghana, New Zealand and Malaysia, as well as boys and girls from scout groups all over Leicestershire. 

Over the week Scouts and Guides took part in over 100 activities from Zorbing, bungee trampolines, bumper cars, Aeroball, last man standing, gladiator, pedal go-karts, human wakka mole, Zip line and caving as well as inflatables. Scout and Guiding activity teams provided shooting, archery, fencing, mountain bike team, laser clay pigeons and lots more. The campers got a chance to visit one of the 5 offsite trips from Warwick Castle, Bosworth, Foxton Locks, Activities round Nottingham or Water activities such as Sailing, Canoeing and more. 

On Tuesday of the Camp Syston Beavers & Cubs visited the camp and took part in many of the activities and got to experience the grand scale of the camp.  

Unfortunately, the week’s appalling weather forced organisers of an international Scout and Guide camp in Leicestershire to close it early. 

This was a great shame, but all of the 5,000 young people took some great memories away and also have met and made friends with other Scouts & Guides from all over the world. 

Sound like something you would like to be a part of?  

Syston Scout Group are always looking for new members and adult volunteers to help make Scouting in Syston great. If you can spare a few hours a week, why not get in touch and help young people develop #SkillsForLife. Contact us on 0116 326 6908 or email 

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What Have Syston Scout Group Been Up To?

Beavers Go Exploring Space!

Syston Beavers and 700 other Beavers from around Leicestershire explored the wonders of Space. A fun packed day around the National Space centre, Making Bottle rockets, experiments, exploring the centre and much more.

Beavers Reach the Top

Last month 2 Syston Beavers reach the top award in Beaver Scouts (Bronze Chief Scout Award). Jaiden and Blue-belle received their Bronze award and now have moved on to there next Challenge in Cubs.

Cubs Make a Splash!

Cubs from across the District gathered at Loughbrough Leisure Centre to swim for their groups to see who will win this years swimming gala. They had races and inflatables! Swimming lengths and widths and with whales, that’s right whales, the Cubs battled it out for points and to become top of the table. Syston Cubs did amazing and got 2nd!

ScoutsTake Aim!

Syston Scouts took part along with 120 other Scouts and Explorers from around Charnwood in an exciting activity over the weekend, paint balling! The young people gathered at the center for a day of messy fun. 

Scouts Clean Up!

The Scout took part in the “The Great British Spring Clean” which see just under 600,000 volunteers get involved in cleaning up the Streets and local parks to improve the environment. Well done Scouts!

Family Fun Run/Walk

The next challenge for our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Band will be the Fun Run/Walk.

Fancy a challenge? Why not raise money for your local Scout Group or chosen Charity.

On the 9th June 2019 we are running a Family Fun Run/Walk around Watermead Country Park.

There are 3 distances to choose from

3 kilometers equals just a little less than 2 miles.

5 kilometers equals 3.1 miles.

10 kilometers equals 6.2 miles.

Cost per person is £5. Why not take part as a family and even bring the family dog!

Get sponsors as an individual or as a family.

Event starts from 9am


Please register at and we will send you a info pack and sponsor form.

10th Leicester (Syston) Scout Group

0116 326 6908 |

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