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!

 

 

 

Farewell Canada, hello Cambridge!

Day 15….. After over two weeks with our friends across the Atlantic it finally came to an end, an expedition that was nearly two years in the planning. It was time to say a sad, and for some (you know who you are) a tearful farewell to knew friends, and in some cases old friends from 2015 and 2013! Two weeks that were a lot of fun and a lot of hard work but thoroughly worth it.

While it was time for a few tears it was also time for some huge thanks as well. We simply wouldn’t have been able to run a trip like this without a friends at 12th Cambridge Scout Group in Ontario. They did an awful lot of work both to get it organised in the first place, hosting us and holding some hands as we headed into country that we simply don’t have here in the UK. So thank you to all the families who hosted us and the leaders who guided us. In particular Katie Havens, Group Commissioner and Shelley Dyet Scout Leader.

It was a time to reflect as well.

As scouts we have the honor of being part of a world wide movement, 40 million young (and some not so young!) people across nearly every country on the planet. It is not often that we get to spend so long in the company of those who are from so far away. To have that opportunity is something we are genuinely blessed with. Long may it continue.

On arrival home after nearly 20 hours travelling there were some very grateful (or not so grateful? 🙂 ) parents waiting for our band of travellers. We would like to thank parents as well for all their help with the planning, the fund raising and simply being willing to send their sons and daughters away with us into bear country.

Only one thing left to say….. the Canadians are planning on heading this way in 2019, they’ve asked us to show them a bit of Scotland….. so see you there?

Canada 2017 – Camping in the Wild

Days 8-13

The second half of the trip involved a full week on camp at Halliburton Scout Reserves. 5000 acres of Canadian wilderness complete with some proper wildlife, including bears, wolves and moose! While some of the activities like climbing and archery were familiar to the scouts the way of life on camp definitely wasn’t. No showers, no roads, no plumbing. Transport everywhere was by canoe, something the scouts got very good at over the week.

Most striking of all was the completely different scale to UK scouting, where a campsite of 100 acres would be considered big and where you can normally shout to your neighbours.

Congratulations to 4 of our scouts for making it onto the Haliburton wall of fame for speed climbing!

 

 

Canada 2017 – Camp Prep

Day 6
Our time in Cambridge and with our wonderful host families is coming to an end, the big adventure in the Canadian wilderness is fast approaching! Most of Friday was spent packing and checking kit and all the other prep that goes into summer camp.

The scouts though still found time for a pie eating contest, an attempt at a car theft* and a patrol leader giving a lesson on what happens if you kneel down while a PL is looking for a seat!

Tomorrow it’s off to bear country…….

*not really!

 

Canada 2017- The tour of Cambridge and Shere Khan’s adventures……

Day 5
The scouts were left to their own devices as the Canadian scouts took the Cambridge Scouts for the grand tour of their home town

Meanwhile the leaders got taken on their own tour! Not a huge number of photos from Thursday.

However…. elsewhere in Canada one of our cub leaders Hannah “Shere Khan” Wheatley has been working at another Canadian summer camp and has been sending us photos of all her adventures as well! She’ll have some war stories to tell the Cubs when she gets back but in the mean time……

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.