Reaching their Peaks

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 🙂

Survival of the fittest

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!

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.

 

Cubs Winter Camp 2018

Both cub packs set off to Belchamps Scout campsite for our first camp of 2018. We were lucky with the weather again, and spent most of the time outdoors, as you can see!






Winter Wonderland

While most of us were sleeping off the Christmas turkey 2 of our young leader explorer scouts found themselves on a coach to Scotland where they took part in the Advanced Mountaineering Course run by our friends and neighbours Hertfordshire Scouts at their Mountaineering centre at Lochearnhead in the Scottish Highlands.

Having already graduated from the initial mountaineering course run at Easter Will and Lucy were put through their paces learning the use of ice axes and crampons, avalanche awareness, navigating in poor visibility and generally learning to deal with everything the Scottish winter could throw at them.

Like the look of this? Older scouts can still sign up to the initial course taking place again this Easter…..

Mud, mud, glorious mud!

There are those that believe that camping is for the summer months. Not us! A small but enthusiastic band of scouts from Raptor troop spent a November weekend on camp at Phasels Wood in Hertfordshire. Yet another camp planned by the scouts themselves they went shooting, crate staking and braved the dark of Phasels artificial caving complex. They also made their fire lighters in the shape of char cloth and spent a morning learning CPR. Sunny days gave way to heavy rain both nights and allowed the scouts to show off their ability to cope with some quite difficult conditions underfoot.

 

Most of all though the scouts burned an extraordinary amount of wood and set what must be a new record with a fire that was lit first thing Saturday morning with one match staying fully alight until the last possible moment before we left Sunday afternoon.

 

What we did last summer…..

While summer 2017 will mostly be remembered for the Canada expedition the fact remained that the scouts who didn’t get to go were just as busy! Summer means camping and the weekend trips to Gilwell Park and Thriftwood were fantastic fun….

 

Gilwell was a very much patrol based camp with patrols from Raptor troop scattered across Gilwell, independent of each other and adults who sat in the corner, drank tea and ate cake! Although we did have a sneaky go at the zip wire 🙂 The camp was planned and run entirely by the scouts themselves although a particular highlight was the massed site campfire and encountering Vincent, the magnificent campfire leader from South Africa. The troop has a new super hero!….

Thriftwood meanwhile was more group based, with the cubs in tow with the scouts getting the chance to be a thoroughly bad influence on them!

 

Gilwell

Thriftwood

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!