As has now become traidition over Easter both scout troops sent a contingent of older scouts to take part in Hertfordshire Scouts initial mountaineering course at their mountaineering centre at Lochearnhead in the Scottish Highlands. There they spent a week of being put through their paces at everything from navigation to rope work on steep ground to wild camping. All taking place against the backdrop of the stunning landscapes offered by the Highlands. Many “munros” were bagged including Ben Vorlich, Ben Glas, Meal-nan-Tarmachan and Ben Lawers.
A new generation of mountaineers now can’t wait to go back next year!
In honour of St George’s day scouts from both troops took part in the first ever Cambridge District Scouts Monopoly Run. Issued with a board of Cambridge land marks our teams set off at a sprint to hit as many as they could while taking their chances with community chest squares… A great fun day out and congratulations to our friends and neighbours at 16th Cambridge Scouts who won, hitting all but two of the locations 🙂
Early in January scouts from both troops blew off some of the Christmas cobwebs with the annual trip to Gilwell for Winter Camp.
Winter Camp is a national event over two sites, Gilwell Park in Epping Forrest and Hawkhirst in Northumberland. Thousands of scouts and explorers gather for a weekend of everything from tank driving to being a stunt man! Yes we’re quite serious… while the more traditional scout acivities of climbing and pioneering were much in evidence our scouts also got to drive tanks and throw themselves off tall towers as they trained to be stunt scouts 🙂
We’ll be back next year but in the mean time here are the photos…
2018 has been yet another busy year for both scout troops, from the mud of winter camp to sailing in Norfolk, the snows of the Scottish mountains to the white knuckles of Alton Towers. Here’s the highlights!
Back in November scouts from both troop spent a weekend at one of our regular haunts, Tolmers campsite in Hertfordshire for no better reason than a weekend out doors! A bit of climbing, a bit of campsite service and, just for fun some bungee running. Here’s all the photos, enjoy 🙂
This year’s summer camp was a piece of history for 12th Cambridge, with both cub packs and both scout troops camping together for the first time! A contingent totalling 56 people made their way to Gradbach in the Peak District for a full on week of adventure. It included caving, rock climbing, hiking and, for the scouts, a trip to Alton Towers. And some epic pioneering where the scouts created a quite lethal looking trebuche…..
Plans for summer camp 2019 are already on the launch pad so watch this space!
On a blisteringly hot weekend in July the scouts of Raptor troop headed to Tolmers in Hertfordshire for a patrol camping weekend. Although accompanied by 3 of our adult leaders the scouts were left to it, to plan and run the camp themselves while our volunteers watched from as far away as possible. The scouts were a fantastic credit to themselves and the troop and are now looking at organising camps with no accompanying leaders at all.
Watch this space!
It’s been another jam packed term for scouts. Whether it’s been taking to the skies gliding, space hopper jousting, making our own pottery or simply burning stuff in the woods there’s been plenty of fun. Still to come is summer camp before we take a breather during August but for now enjoy the piccies….
Over the Easter holidays a gang of our older scouts, young leaders and adults joined our friends at Hertfordshire Scouts for their annual initial moutaineering course at Lochearnhead in the Scottish Highlands. Over the week they learned many winter mountaineering skills as this year’s mountain winter lingered comfortably into spring!
Whether it was navigating in poor visibility, digging snow holes as shelters or getting to grips with ice axes the scouts took basic hiking skills and developed them into those of mountaineers! This was set in the majestic scenery of the Scottish Highlands which the scouts got to see in all their moods from glorious spring sunshine to steady winter snow.
The highlight of the week was its climax with a 3 day, 2 night hike camp wild in the mountains, high above the snow line, some camping on Ben Vorlich and some at Meal Nan Tarmachan
A huge thank you must go to all the instructors and staff at Lochearnhead and Herts Scouts for hosting our contingent for the week. We’ll be back next year 🙂
On a chilly weekend in March 14 scouts from Raptor troop trecked into the woods for a weekend of survival skills. Over 48 hours they built and slept in their own shelters, built their own compasses and navigated using, of all things, trees! Saturday evening they gutted and cleaned fish, making dinner using nothing but their penknives. On Sunday the scouts tracked animals including badgers and foxes, getting casts or tracks and even getting some photos of one local fox 🙂
A tough weekend where all the scouts, including 3 who had only been with us for a few weeks, really showed what they could do!