In celebration of restrictions easing (but all still within The Scouts current COVID framework) hundreds and hundreds of young people from across Cambridgeshire have been enjoying getting back out and about.
Here are just a few of the recent opportunities (with photos), with so many more to come…If you have some to share please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not already a scouting volunteer why not take a look, and if you would like to join the adventure get in touch.
- Scouts from the 27th Cambridge took part in a cycle ride, which included investing 4 new Scouts in a rest break by the river.
- 1st Hemingford had a great time at the end of term. There were water games for both Beavers and Cubs and a new Cub Leader was invested. Cromwell District Commissioner, Sue Best, joined in to present long service awards to 3 adult volunteers as well as Chief Scout Bronze and Silver Awards to the Beavers and Cubs. There were “moving on” ceremonies for the older Beavers and Cubs, and a fond farewell to Beaver Leader Diana Cann, retiring after over 20 years with the Colony. This was all packed into an hour, whilst a storm rumbled around them!
- 1st Brampton Beavers had an amazing evening of fun in the sun with their bottle rockets, followed by frisbee golf.
- The 12th Cambridge Scout Troop had an evening cleaning, gutting and cooking mackerel for their dinner.
- Amazon Troop from the 11th/9th Cambridge have just returned from an awesome week at Barton Crofts campsite in Wisbech .They packed in SO much… cycling, challenge hike, cooking on fires, pioneering bridges, swimming, tie dye t-shirts, rifle shooting, bivi building, knot boards, camp blanket making, archery, campfire, washing up (just don’t tell their parents!) and much more.
- 27th Cambridge ventured to Tolmers for their camp, although it was a very soggy start. Amongst other activities they enjoyed a morning of archery and pedal carts (thankfully not at the same time!), kayaking and raft building plus even a bit of sunshine.
- Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit travelled by train and then hiked to set up camp near “100 Acre Wood”, so amongst other activities (such as climbing and geocaching) they of course had to navigate their way to find the bridge and play a game of “Pooh sticks”.
- 1st Somersham enjoyed a Group camp at Copley.
- 27 Cub Scouts from 28th Cambridge went on camp at Thorrington , many of them for the first time. Being near Colchester there was time for some Roman themed fun alongside all the other activities. Group Scout Leader, Geoff Oliver, said “They did so well ! We had loads of activities and fun. There were obviously challenges to get it going, but it was well worth it. For a majority of our Cubs it was the first time away from home and they have gained so much from the experience. I’ve already had fantastic feedback from some parents and we only got back last night. It’s great to be back camping!”
- The fantastic “Copley Crew” team of volunteers have been busy making sure Copley is ready for the hundreds of young people it is welcoming back each week. Every week they turn up to clear weeds, maintain the building, mow the grass, clear fallen trees, clean the paths, sweep up leaves (lots and lots and lots and lots of leaves…) sort out the equipment container and ensure all the water points work. Each week the site robin and blackbird seem to pop along to offer their support too! One of the crew is Mike Wenham (also Cromwell District Chair) and recently he was presented with an award to recognise his 50 years of scouting.
- Practical hillwalking training could finally re-start, with a trip up to the Peak District. Courses like these allow adult volunteers to earn permits that then allow them to take groups of young people off for yet more adventures.