Scouts is the third section in the scouting family and is for boys and girls aged 10-14. It comes after cubs and before Explorers.
Our scouts meet as two separate troops at the Group HQ:
“Raptor” troop meets on a Thursday night between 7.30 and 9
“Wildcats” troop meets on a Wednesday night between 7.45 and 9.15pm.
Plus of course both troops have plenty of weekend camps and trips out mostly together. Recent trips have included white water canoeing, a weekend climbing in the Peak District and mountain biking in Thetford Forest.
A typical evening could include anything from wide games to cook offs to falconry to first aid training. Having once even run a fashion show there’s not much we won’t have a try at!
Here are some of the things we’ve done recently:
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?
Everyone is a little tired but it seems to be the leaders catching more Zs than anybody else…..
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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!
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…….