An aurorasome time!

12th Cambridge & Woodsmoke Explorers fielded 26 archers at the National  Scouts Archery Competition 2024.

The event, held at Phasels Wood, consisted of 3 types of archery – Target, Field (in the woods) and Clout.

As well as great archery, beautiful weather and a lovely relaxed weekend, those who were awake late enough on the Friday night were treated to a spectacular aurora display.

Well done to all our archers, including our silver medal-winner! We are also proud of our team of four who bravely lost out in the first round to a very experienced team, but managed to win one ‘end’ of the three!

Canada 2023 – Part 5: Homeward bound

Our expedition draws to a close and we are sad to say farewell to Cambridge, Ontario.  We bring back so many tales to tell, new friendships made and a considerable quantity of maple syrup.

We thank our Canadian hosts for their warm welcome, extensive support and sheer hard work looking after us and providing the most amazing experiences our young people could possibly have wished for.

Special thanks to the Canadian Scouters – the awesome Katie, Ana, Philippe and Mike – and our own Leader team – Ben, Sabine, Lucy and Bruce.  They have all sacrificed their holiday time to be responsible for looking after our young people and delivering them back to us safe, happy and with a warm glow – “we did it, wow!”.

Au revoir, Toronto. A bientot!




Canada 2023 Part 4 – Haliburton

We move on to Haliburton Scout Reserve, a beautiful terrain of 5000 acres of woods and lakes. Our scouts have experienced great food, canoeing, low ropes, thunderstorms, a challenging climbing wall, cake, fishing, a camp fire and the somewhat scary sight of machete-wielding leaders.

Look out for Timmy the Turtle!

The beauty of Haliburton

Thirsty work

A great effort by our young volunteers, supporting Muscular Dystrophy UK.

12th Scouts & Woodsmoke Explorers ran the water station at the Cambridge Town & Gown 10k 2021 on 16th October.  The running race, a charity event raising money for Muscular Dystrophy, had around 1500 thirsty runners.

Fourteen of our young people and a couple of leaders set their alarms early on a chilly Saturday morning to come and help set everything up, give the runners their water, and generally cheer the competitors on.

Spurred on by a warmup workout led by Emma and demolishing an enormous quantity of snacks from the GSL, the scouts were praised by the event organisers.

Well done, all!

Winter Raffle – Buy Tickets!!

Welcome to the 12th Cambridge Winter Raffle!

We have a fabulous selection of prizes for you. From art to yoga, luxury food to beauty care, and a cuddly toy, there is something for everyone, so buy your tickets now!

The draw ends just before midnight on 29th December, so buy now to avoid disappointment! We will aim to (safely) deliver prizes to winning ticket-holders by New Year’s Eve.

Please share this with your family, friends and colleagues – the raffle is open to everyone. The money raised will directly help us to provide scouting for all young people as we face the challenges of 2021. We wish you an enjoyable and safe holiday!

Buy Tickets

Tickets cost only £1 each! Buy them now at


  1. Christmas Food Hamper
  2. £25 meat voucher from A Waller & SonPasta Hamper
  3. Manicure voucher from “The House of Beauty” worth £34
  4. Christmas Hamper with Xmas Cake and Wine
  5. £100 educational course voucher from
  6. Yoga voucher for £25 from SatYam Yoga
  7. Sahara clothing and accessories – voucher for £25
  8. Talking Ts voucher for £19.95
  9. 10 pin bowling voucher for 6 people
  10. Take away meal for 2 from the Golden Wok
  11. £15 Toy voucher from
  12. £10 voucher for Art of Meat Butchers
  13. Voucher for 2 combo meals at Nandos
  14. Box of Christmas Crackers
  15. Mans wallet (vegan)
  16. Art Book
  17. Box of Fudge
  18. Make up and beauty product set
  19. Large box of McVities chocolate biscuits
  20. Large tin of Quality Street Chocolates
  21. Silver necklace
  22. Stationary Hamper
  23. Teddy Bear
  24. 1000 piece Canal View jigsaw
  25. Tea, Coffee and mug set
  26. 2 pairs of knitted gloves (blue and pink)
  27. Additional prizes to be announced

12th Cambridge is very grateful to all the Cambridge businesses who donated the raffle prizes, and to William Oakman (one of our scout leaders) for approaching them!

Banging Brilliant Fireworks

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!