Beavers this year

Canadian Exchange Returns!

Following the highly successful Canadian Exchange in 2013 we now have plans to do it all again….. but on a much larger scale. 021 In summer 2015 our friends from 12th Cambridge Scouts and Venture Scouts in Cambridge, Ontario (just south of Toronto) will be joining us for summer camp which we expect to be in The New Forest. That will then be followed by a week where they will be hosted by families of 12th Cambridge Scouts and Shackleton Explorer Scout Unit. In summer 2016 we will do it the other way round with as many of our scouts and explorers from Shackleton ESU travelling to Canada for a week long summer camp in the Canadian wilderness following which they will also be hosted by Canadian families. The camp in Canada will be an entirely different experience to the UK. In the UK scout campsites of 100 acres are considered large. In Canada they extend sometimes over thousands of acres and come complete with some serious local wild life including moose, wolves and bears. This promises to be the trip of a life time! More details of both legs will be sent to parents over the coming months but at the moment we are now looking for expressions of interest from UK families happy to host one or two Canadians for a week 24-30 August 2015. We are also looking for provisional expressions of interest for those who want to travel to Canada in 2016, including from those who are currently Cubs. If you are interested in either leg please contact Graham!

3,2,1….. lift off!

The Scout troop finished term with a bit of the lighter side of life, building and launching water rockets! It also gave us a chance to meet our new recruits, 6 cubs who will be joining us in September.

A few videos of high lights are below, enjoy 🙂


Summer camp is still to come, but after that we’ll be back in September with another jam packed term.

Beaver at Group Camp and Mepal

Summer Party!

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Summer is here, and after a great year of Scouting, it is time for a party, and YOU are invited!

When?  Wednesday 23rd July, 6pm onwards

Where? 12th Cambridge HQ, 40A Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3PE

Who is invited?  Everyone is welcome, including all young members and their families, young leaders, leaders, adult helpers and supporters of 12th Cambridge.

What’s happening?  Food and soft drink will be provided. Adults are welcome to bring a bottle of something stronger!

6pm onwards: Food & drink will be served!

Games on the field, organised by our leaders. A chance for siblings (and parents!) to take part in some of the activities that we enjoy in scouting!

7.15pm AGM & highlights of the year from our young members

Afterwards, more fun, food and drink.

AGM – what’s that?

Annual General Meeting – it is a formal annual meeting of the whole Group, where we elect members of the committee, approve accounts etc. It will be very short! The Group only runs due to the efforts of volunteers. We are very keen to find new executive committee volunteers, including parent ‘reps’ from each section (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts), fundraisers, and a Quartermaster. Being on the exec committee is a chance to put something back into the Group, have your say in how it is run and help provide our young people with amazing scouting experiences. If you would consider a role, then now is the time – please get in touch for a chat before the AGM!


It would be helpful if you would let us know your numbers of adults & children attending, to get a rough idea for catering! Please email us if you’re coming:

If you would like to help set up or contribute a salad or perhaps a dessert on the day, then these would be most welcome!