We are pleased to announce that we are now taking names for the annual sailing and mountaineering trips that are available to scouts who will be aged 13+ and our young leader explorer scouts.
The SWAN sailing course is a week long trip on the Norfolk Broads where scouts and explorers live as part of a crew of 5 on board a traditional keel boat which they will learn to sail properly over the course of a week. The course is designed so that scouts can return year on year building on what they have learned until they are able to skipper a boat.
Its a huge amount of fun and an opportunity for older scouts to get an idea of what being in Explorers is all about!
Dates are 27 March – 4 April
Initial Mountaineering Course
The IMC is a week long introduction to mountaineering run by Hertfordshire Scouts at their centre at Lochearnhead in the Scottish Highlands. Scouts will be introduced to cross country navigation, use of ropes and belays, and if conditions permit (ie there is enough snow!) the use of ice axes and crampons.
For most of the week accommodation is at Lochearnhead Scout Station, a disused railway station in the Highlands. It culminates however in two nights wild camping in the mountains.
It’s a stretching trip but one that is some serious adventure and a great introduction to Explorers.
Dates are 3-11 April or 10-18 April
If you are interested in going on either trip please speak to Graham at Scouts as soon as possible!
Anna-Katrine, (AK) one of our Young Leader Explorer Scouts with the scout troop is right now trying to raise the funds to take part in the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan. And to do so she has a couple of businesses up and running…..
To pay her way she is willing to sew badges onto uniforms, camp fire blankets or anything else.
So Is your son or daughter an eager beaver, keen cub or super scout? Got a whole ton of badges to sew on and not enough time to do it? Then let AK come to the rescue!
Charges are £1 per badge or £2 for 3. Plus and extra 10p if a badge needs moving from its original place…..
If you want to make use of her services please bring the uniform, badges and money in a sealed envelope to scouts on a Thursday night and AK will do the rest!
(The photo is of three very proud cubs showing off their newly awarded Chief Scouts Silver Awards, the highest award in cub scouting, at the final meeting of the year – the water fight! Well done!).
On top of that…… AK’s jamboree unit are selling unit and UK contingent blanket badges plus unit neckers, photographed below.
Badges are £2 each and neckers £10.
If you would like to order any of these please email AK via the troop email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Cub Pack officially welcomed two new members this week: Mark (aka Rikki Tikki Tavi) and James (aka Rama) were invested by Akela and the Cubs.
Welcome, Rikki Tikki Tavi
You may well recognise Mark and James – they started as Assistant Leaders last term, and are taking over from Glenn as Leaders running the Pack. We are sure that you will joining us in welcoming them. If you have any questions about Cubs, then please let them know!
Rama being invested!
By the way, Glenn is not disappearing! He is staying on as Assistant Leader. We would like to thank him for the huge dedication and energy that he has provided in running a brilliant Pack over the last 18 months.