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

 

 

Magic at the hut

 

 

 

12th Cambridge Scout Group, in association with The Pentacle Club Cambridge, are proud to present The Magic Show 2017.

For one night only, our scout hut will be transformed into a magical stage, with the city’s finest magicians providing a superb show.

The invitation to attend the event is open to everyone in the community, not just scouters! Ticket availability is strictly limited to 100 people, so book your tickets now!

 

About the event

When: Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Where: 12th Cambridge Scout HQ, 40A Gilbert Road

Tickets: £6 each / £20 for family of 4

Times: Doors open 6pm / Show starts 6.30pm prompt / Finish 8.30pm

Interval: There will be an interval, during which refreshments will be on sale.

On advice from The Pentacle Club, the show is not suitable for children under 6 years.

 

Bookings

To reserve your tickets, send your booking request by email to magic@12thcambridge.org.uk with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Number of single tickets at £6 each
  • Number of family tickets at £20 each

Payments will be accepted by cheque or direct bank transfer – details will be given when your booking is confirmed.

 

About the fundraising event

A party of 15 intrepid scouts from 12th Cambridge will be setting off on an international adventure  to Canada in Summer 2017.  Throughout this year, all the scouts involved have been tasked with organising fundraising events as part of their contribution to the trip. The scouts are delighted to welcome The Pentacle Club and its team of expert magicians for this special show.  All profits from this event will go towards the Canada fund.

 

About The Pentacle Club Cambridge

Founded in 1919, The Pentacle Club is  one of the world’s oldest magic societies. It is a friendly, social group for magicians of all kinds in Cambridge, and meets fortnightly. To find out more about the club, please visit www.pentacleclub.com

 

Explosive fun!

 

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Yes, it’s our most exciting event of the year, louder than a Grand Howl, brighter than a Beaver’s sweatshirt and with more bangers than a Patrol camp fire…it’s our Group fireworks night!

Friday 4th November, 6pm on

Fireworks @ 7pm

Free entry (donations invited on the night)

Come along, bring friends & family, and enjoy hot dogs, soup, mulled wine and the best fireworks since Guy Fawkes gave it his best shot.

Volunteer scouts to help serve & shake the collection buckets would be welcome.

RSVP to fireworks@12thcambridge.org.uk

 

 

Help! DIY work weekend 15 & 16 Oct

It’s been a while since we have had one, but it’s time for a parents’ HQ work weekend on 15th & 16th October, so please save the date!

Let us know that you can help by popping an email to diy2016@12thcambridge.org.uk, and roll up your sleeves and prepare to have fun!

We have two projects lined up:

  • clearing and making safe the alley behind the HQ building
  • redecorating the meeting room and Brownie room to make them into Activity rooms

Project 1: alley clearance

back-alleyWhat are we aiming for?:
Make the alley behind the hut useful and safe for for storing equipment & accessing the gas bottles.

 

What will we do?:glass

  • Clear all the weeds and overgrowth
  • Dig out the uneven soil, broken glass and rubbish – enough to fill the skip that we’ll hire!
  • Fix the perimeter fence
  • Lay weed-control fabric and approx 2 tonnes of gravel

What do we need?back-alley-2

  • An army of willing volunteers to dig, shovel and barrow the rubbish out and the gravel in
  • Tools: wheelbarrows, spades, shovels, pruners

 

 

 

Project 2: room improvementsactivity-room

What are we aiming for?

Transforming two rooms from junk stores to Activity rooms for our young people to use during scouting sessions – the large room will become an informal, nice room and the smaller one a meeting room with table and chairs.  With carpet, we hope to make the rooms feel less cold in winter!

What will we do?activity-room-2

  • clear the rooms of all clutter and excess furniture
  • paint the walls
  • fit blinds to the windows and seal draughts
  • fit carpet tiles on the floors

 

What do we need?

  • volunteers to clear, clean, paint & fit out the rooms
  • Tools: we already have most items already, but a couple of stepladders would be handy.

So, if you are up to challenge, please email the team: diy2016@12thcambridge.org.uk, letting us know when you can make it, how many people, offers of useful tools – basically any info that would be helpful.

As is traditional on these occasions, leaders are excluded from parents’ work weekends, and the GSL will supply the tea and biscuits!

 

Scouts scrub up for Canada fundraiser

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Cambridge 12th scouts will be rolling up their sleeves this Saturday to wash as many cars as possible in a drive to raise funds to go to Canada in summer 2017 to meet up and spend time with the 12th Cambridge Canadian Scout troop.

15 scouts will have soapy sponges and chamois leathers at the ready at Chesterton Sports Centre in Cambridge in a bid to raise buckets of cash to help fund their adventure.

For fourteen days days they will all live together under canvas, stay with host families, and take part in a packed programme of activities.

This will be a fantastic experience for all concerned. But before then, all the scouts are really looking forward to seeing as many people as possible with their cars at Chesterton Sports Centre on Saturday.

The Car wash is kick starting their year of fundraising activities, including baking cakes to sell at local events and bag-packing at local stores, with other plans in the pipeline in the coming months.

The car wash will take place between 8.30am and 2.30pm at Chesterton Sports Centre car park on Gilbert Road, Cambridge this Saturday 24th November.

For each car wash, we suggest a minimum donation of £7. More appreciative donations are gladly accepted!

(Not) Messing about on the river

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Raptors Troop ventured in punts onto the Cam once again.  Graham had ‘had a word’ with the powers-that-be on this occasion, cancelling the side-order of torrential rain and lightning served up previously.

The scene was perfect – warm, calm as a millpond and blue sky.  The ‘mate’s rates’ from Scudamores meant that we had the punts for an hour and a half, more than enough to reach the ‘money-shot’ location near King’s College chapel.

 

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All the scouts got the opportunity to wield poles and, ahem, navigate the mighty river.

On the subject of navigation, one punt (Izzie, you shan’t remain nameless!) received the order to stop and reverse a little.  Apparently, this was to enable the capture of a nearby-located Pokemon Go character.  It’s amazing what you can spot amongst Cambridge’s world-class architecture.

Somwhat disappointingly to the GSL (who had brought a towel and combat-stripped his wallet for the occasion), nobody fell in and waterfights failed to break out.  Parents may have had a different opinion. Maybe next time!

 

Stepping out

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Two intrepid teams of 12th Cambridge scouts braved the elements in FORWARD 2016, the 10-mile incident hike organised by Cambridge University Scout and Guide Club.

With the forecast for rain all day (thankfully, a little pessimistic) and a biting northerly wind & hail showers failing to deter our young teams, the scouts embraced all the challenges set for them by the organisers (who themselves had to fend off hypothermia).weather

 

In addition to the hike, there were 7 checkpoints with challenges including csemaphoreode-breaking, semaphore, an observation quiz, shepherding (yes, seriously!) and spaghetti-bridge-building.

 

 

 

Well done to all our scouts for completing the challenge safely and with enthusiasm!

 

 

 

 

Maggie’s Wallace Christmas Concert

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12th Cambridge Scouts are proud to support the Maggie’s Wallace Christmas Concert, to be held at the Wesley Church, Christ Pieces on Saturday 5th December.  The concert, featuring Christmas carols and well-known Barbershop songs, starts at 7.00pm. Our scouts will be helping to serve mince pies and mulled wine to help the audience warm up.

For more information about the event, and to book tickets (priced at £7.50), please visit: www.maggiescentres.org/how-you-can-help/take-part/all-events/maggies-wallace-christmas-concert/

Maggie’s Centres provide emotional, practical and social support to people with cancer and their families & friends.  The concert is a fundraiser to help Maggie’s continue with this wonderful work.

To find out more about Maggie’s, click on the logo below!

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