Yes, beavers can shoot, too!

Not to be outdone by our older members, the beavers enjoyed a fun session of archery at the hut.

Traditional thinking is that archery is beyond the reach of those with smaller arms, and indeed it can be difficult to get the arrows on target using the large bows that our cubs or scouts might use.

However, it is a versatile sport – you just need the right equipment, in this case ‘splat’ arrows and simpler bows.

So here we have it: our beavers using real bows, real arrows and hitting the target!

Thanks to Jasmine Horner and 1st Cambridge for the loan of the junior kit.

 

Sparkles & Bangers 2017

 

The nights are drawing in, which can mean only one thing: it is nearly fireworks party time again!

Come along, bring friends & family, and enjoy hot dogs, soup, mulled wine and the best fireworks this side of Midsummer Common!

 

Friday 3rd November

Party 6pm on

Location: 12th Cambridge HQ

Fireworks @ 7pm

Free entry*

You are welcome to bring sparklers – PLEASE follow this safety advice and do not drop them on the field (use bins provided).

RSVP for catering numbers to: fireworks@12thcambridge.org.uk

 

Volunteers invited:

  • to help with: setting up (from 4pm) and
  • debris sweep of the field (Saturday morning, 10am on).

*The scouts will be shaking collection buckets at the end, so please donate generously!

 

Right on target

 

The 12th was delighted to host the Cambridge District Archery Competition today.  With over 120 cubs, scouts, explorers and adults from Groups across the District, the event welcomed everyone, from complete beginner to seasoned club archers.

After yesterday’s deluge, the weather gods smiled on us with a mild, sunny day and light winds – perfect for archery!

The competition format was three ends of 5 arrows, shot from 10 metres onto a 90cm target face. Scoring was from 1 (outer white) to 10 (inner gold).

In the individual events, organised by section, competition was hot in the Cubs and Scouts sections.  Congratulations to Stanley Howard of 11th/9th for his winning score of 101, and Noah Straghan of the 28th (scoring 124).

 

 

The best three Individual scores from each Group/Section were counted in the Teams competiton.  Here, 28th Cubs and 12th Cambridge Scouts both excelled and retained their respective Teams titles.

 

 

For those who would like to see the the full results, with detailed scores for every arrow shot, they may be downloaded in spreadsheet form here:

District Archery results 2017 final

 

It was a pleasure to host this wonderful (and growing!) competition.  We would like to thank: Tom Hartley (organiser and chief range-master) and everyone who supported by  organising, hosting, bringing equipment, setting up, scoring, crowd-controlling, photographing and participating! 

We congratulate everyone who took part, and look forward to the next event!

 

 

 

Canada 2017 – Toronto

 

Day 4

A big day out and a visit to the lovely city of Toronto.

The breath-taking CN Tower, with its glass floor, is certainly not for the faint-hearted!

 

 

We’re loving bringing the two 12th Cambridges together!

 

 

In the evening we went to a baseball game at the Rogers Centre – Toronto Blue Jays vs Oakland Athletics.

 

 

After an exciting game which saw the Blue Jays trailing, they went on to win:

Athletics (44-57)  2   –    Blue Jays (47-54) 3

We’ll let our Canadian friends explain what that score actually means!!!

 

 

 

Canada 2017- Fun with our host families

Day 3

This was a chance to relax and have fun with our host families. Archery, walking and experiencing the local sights & sounds all featured.

We will give updates here as we receive them!

 

Canada 2017 – Niagara

Day 2

After a warm welcome from our Canadian hosts and an early night, we’re straight into a trip to Niagara falls on our big yellow bus.

Donning some rather fetching red ponchos is the way to keep dry, apparently.

Canada 2017 – Getting there!

Day 1

After 2 years of planning, the big day has arrived!

15 Scouts & Explorers and 5 Leaders set off from Cambridge to…..Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

 

It’s Summer Party Time!

 

Yes , it’s party time again….put the date in your diary, stick your shades on and head to the hut for some fun!

SUMMER PARTY 2017

Monday 17th July

6pm onwards

7pm AGM

Food provided!

All welcome – bring family & friends, a bottle, some snacks/pudding and (if you dare) a water pistol. 

RSVP with numbers/dietary requests to summerparty@12thcambridge.org.uk

 

About the AGM

The Annual General Meeting (notice and last year’s minutes attached below) is a short, formal part of the evening and is an important event for 12th Cambridge.   It is an opportunity for all members to find out about how the Group is doing and to thank those people who enable our young people to thrive through scouting. The 2017/18 Executive Committee members will be elected at the AGM.

 

We need YOU….NOW!

12th Cambridge has some important decisions to make in the near future, concerning the running of the Group, the scout hut and fundraising.   Operating behind the scenes, the Committee is vital to the existence and smooth running of the Group now and for the future.  We need new Committee members to act as charity trustees and make the decisions, run events and make plans!

 

In particular:

– our Chairman is moving away, so we need to find another Chair.  Responsible for the running of the committee.  More details about the role here.

– we also need to replace other departing Executive Committee Members.  More details here.

 

The Committee meets only once per half-term and organising things can be done when you choose, so the time commitment is not great.

So, if don’t have the inclination to become a Leader or Section Assistant with the Group, please put your name forward to join our Exec committee, and give us a call – we’re always happy to chat about the role in a bit more detail.  Of course, if you have even the remotest inclination to be a Leader instead, please do let the GSL know!

 

Let’s be clear: as a Group, we only exist with the support and commitment of parents and other volunteers.  Without a strong committee, the Group (and hence the development of your young people through scouting), WILL be affected.  This is not the time to stand back and assume that “someone else will do it”!

AGM minutes 2016

Notice of 12th Cambridge AGM 2017

Offshore adventures

 

“We were sailing, we were sailing, home again, ‘cross the sea”  (apologies to Rod Stewart!)

Day 1

Assembling early morning for a briefing and issuing of waterproofs & life-jackets, 20 scouts and leaders headed out from Ipswich Haven on a pair of 49-foot Oyster yachts.  Passing through the lock, they were soon under the Orwell Bridge and powering down the river towards the North Sea at 6 to 7 knots.  The crews were put through their paces by the skippers, raising & lowering sail, helming and sail-trimming.

Lunch, cooked by the scouts in the galley below decks, was served in shifts whilst underway.  As the boats steered home towards Shotley Point Marina, there was still time for some play – hanging from the halyards over the water always puts smiles on faces!

 

Day 2

Sunday saw a fresh pair of crews arrive at Shotley.  Perfect sailing conditions were provided – plenty of sunshine and a Force 3-4 breeze.  Locking out from the marina, the scouts got their first taste of freedom, with a fast sail up and down the River Stour.  A little later, they ventured out past Harwich and the cranes of Felixstowe docks, where the open sea provided slightly bumpier water.

Returning to the Orwell and heading for home, the boats found themselves in a photo-shoot (the strange chap taking photos from another boat turned out to be the GSL’s father).  The appearance of the Orwell Bridge signalled the approach of Ipswich and the end of the voyage.

 

A huge thank you to the skippers and mates of Adventures Offshore for this fantastic introduction to ‘big-boat’ sailing for our novice sea-farers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-op makes huge donation to the 12th!

A massive THANK YOU to the customers and staff at the Co-op store in Newnham for their support and huge donation of £3,758 to 12th Cambridge!!!

The money was raised via a combination of the Co-op’s membership charity scheme and its donation of all the money charged for carrier bags. Those 5p charges really do add up!

We will use the money to improve our offering of scouting for all in our community. We will start with refurbishment and provision of accessible toilet facilities at our Gilbert Road HQ.

Benefits of the Co-op customer membership include 5% of spending for the member and 1% donated to the local community. More details can be found at www.coop.co.uk/membership