Back in May an intrepid band of scouts headed down to deepest Essex to spend a wet weekend on a lake! Canoeing, rafting, pedlos and a new friend, Trevor the Terrapin were all included. And of course we burned a lot of stuff 🙂
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 🙂
Our annual firework party was a brilliant display of Fireworks, watched by around two hundred people marvelling at the fantastic flourish made by the 30kg of fireworks that included spectacular Catherine wheels.
Thanks to all our volunteers who made the food, such a big success. 400 sausages; 10kg of onions, 18 bottles of mulled wine and 400 pieces of tray bake all disappeared in record time!
12th Cambridge was pleased once again to host the District Archery Competition on Saturday 10th November.
Slightly later in the season than usual, the competition was well attended, by record numbers of Cubs amongst others, who braved the chilly (and, later, torrential) conditions.
Expertly guided by Tom Hartley, our District Archery Coordinator, the day was a great mix of competition and introduction to archery for many.
The format of the competition was 3 ends of 5 arrows each, with Cubs shooting from 10 metres and Scouts/Explorers/Adults shooting from 20 yards.
Robin Sills of 12th Cambridge won the Cubs competition with a superb score of 116. This also qualifies him for the White Arrow award (115+ from 10m/15 arrows). Stanley Howard of 11th & 9th Cambridge won the Scouts competition with a score of 100, and Jude Watts of 12th Cambridge won the Explorers competition (scoring 91).
The best three individual scores for each team in each category were counted. For the first time, 12th Cambridge took a clean sweep amongst the young people, winning the hotly-contested Cubs Team competition, along with Scouts & Explorers titles. In the Adults category, 28th were victorious.
Full results (every arrow scored) available here:
Thank you to everyone who competed, set up, scored every arrow shot, made teas & coffees, and helped with the clear up. Special thanks to Tom Hartley (our Range Master who battled through his headache), Meghan Bird (who sat all day in the cold and entered almost every score into the computer), and the whole of the contingent from the 50th (who got unlucky with the weather and endured a soaking, complete with thunder & lightning, with good humour).
Excitement and warmth as the nights draw in! The 12th Cambridge annual firework display is coming soon.
Come along, bring friends & family, and enjoy hot dogs, soup, mulled wine and the best fireworks this side of Midsummer Common!
Saturday 3rd November
Party 6pm on
Location: 12th Cambridge HQ
Fireworks @ 7pm
You are welcome to bring sparklers – PLEASE follow this safety advice and do not drop them on the field (use the bins provided).
Please RSVP using OSM via the link at the bottom of the invitation email sent to all members.
We request as many volunteers as possible to help with:
- setting up from 4pm
- serving food during the event
- a debris sweep of the field (Sunday morning, 10am on), so that we leave no trace!
…. so let us know what you can do to help.
*The scouts will be shaking collection buckets at the end, so please donate generously!
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!