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!


Scouts, Explorers, Leaders and Scouters from 12th Cambridge UK & 12th Cambridge Ontario embraced camping at home in May 2020, with a mini Jamboree!

Here is a flavour of what they got up to!

District Archery Day 2018


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.

Individual Competitions

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).

Team Competitions

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:

District Archery Comp 2018 results published

Thank You

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).


Sparkles & Bangers 2018

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

Free entry*

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!


It’s a scorcher! Summer party time is here…



The super summer just keeps on giving!  This can only mean one thing: it’s time for the summer party.

Mon 23rd July, 6pm at the hut

AGM at 6.45pm.  We seek some new Executive Committee members: this could be you! Please consider putting your name forward.

Fundraising auction at 7.30pm – please bring your wallets! We have some superb lots to bid for. Raising funds to build new, accessible toilets at the hut.  Full details here.

Food & fun all provided

RSVP with numbers & dietary requirements to

About the AGM

The Annual General Meeting is an important meeting of the Group.  Accounts are presented, Executive Committee Members are elected.  Although formal, the AGM will be kept very short so that we may continue the party! Your attendance is requested.

Download the agenda here: 2018 AGM Notice and Agenda





Summer Auction 2018

Roll up! Roll up!  12th Cambridge is raising funds to pay for improved toilet facilities at the hut.  Our plan is to build modern, accessible toilets to replace the Victorian-style ones that we currently ‘enjoy’.

To help with this, we are running an auction of lots at our Summer Party, to be held on Monday 23rd July 2018.  The auction will commence at 7.30pm.

William, one of our scout leaders, has been busy around Cambridge securing a whole host of fine lots for you.  Fancy scuba diving, roller-skating or a meal, theatre tickets or a new haircut?  How about punting on the Cam or a back massage?  Perhaps tennis is your thing?    Maybe you have a friend that would appreciate a gift of climbing or a voucher for art supplies?  You are bound to find something that you would like in our list of auction lots below!

Can’t make it to the live auction on the 23rd? No problem!  We will accept online and email bids in advance. Simply read the auction rules and submit a bid using the form below, or email the auctioneer with your bid details.

So, get bidding and enjoy the fun of the auction!

Lot Item Notes Est. value
1 Meals/drinks at ITSU For three people 
2 Back massage At Optimum Beauty St Ives.
Valid until sept 2018
3 Scuba Diving Two try dives at Chesterton
Sport centre, Thurs evenings 19:30. Valid for 2018. Must be aged 10+  and a swimmer
4 Haircut at Wacky Hair Voucher £35
5 Meal at Zizzi Voucher £30
6 Art supplies at Tindalls
Art Shop
Voucher £20
7 Hairstyling at Vision Hair
Design Histon Rd
Voucher £23
8 Meal at Golden Wok Histon
Voucher £20
9 Family membership at Hill’s
Rd Sports and Tennis Centre 
1-year family membership.
Also includes £25 activity voucher
10 Climbing at Clip and
Voucher for two 4 – 16 year
olds. Valid until December 2018
11 Meal/drinks at the Old
Bicycle Shop 
Voucher to spend in bar or
12 Saturday class at St Ivo
Voucher for 2 people to
attend. Valid until june 2019
13 Chesterton Sports Centre
Adult only. Valid until 23
Sept 2018
14 Theatre school at BodyWork One week of lessons at
summer school
15 Bowling at Milton Outdoor
Bowls Club 
8 people for bowling.
Afternoons.  Includes tea and biscuits
16 Tennis membership –
Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club
Membership for two children
17 Just Tanning voucher Adult only. Valid until Dec
18 Squash/Tennis at Ley’s
2  squash courts and 2  tennis courts for one hour
19 Adult learning at
Coleridge, Parkside and Trumpington
Any 10-week course or
Saturday course
20 Yoga at Satnam Yoga Voucher £25
21 Meat vouchers -Andrew
Waller Butchers & Art of Meat
Includes a disposable BBQ ,
disposable cutlery and tablecloth.
22 Bing Live pre-school show
at Cambridge Corn Exchange 
Two tickets. Show dates 29
or 30 september
23 Tickets – Corpus Playroom
or the ADC Theatre
2 free tickets to any
production. Valid until 23/6/19
24 Roller skating 2 taster sessions at Ely
and Chesterton United Rink Hockey Club
25 Punting All day self-punting
(weekday) in direction of Granchester meadows or college backs
26 Photo shoot  at absolute photo  Voucher, valid until June

Auction Rules

  • The auction will be a two-stage auction: 1. Bids are invited in advance by online form below or email to  2. A live auction will be held at 12th Cambridge Scout Hut on the evening of Monday 23rd July 2018. The auctioneer at the live auction will be provided with details of all bids made in advance.
  • Bids made by email should clearly include the following information: name, phone number, lot number and brief description of the item being bid for and the bid amount. Bids for multiple items may be made in the same email.
  • 12th Cambridge has exercised due care in the preparation of descriptions of lots. In the event of these descriptions being shown to be materially inaccurate, winning bidders have the right to withdraw their bids.
  • 12th Cambridge reserves the right to withdraw any lot from the auction without notice or explanation.  Further, it reserves the right to set a ‘reserve’ price for any lot. If the highest bid is below the level of the reserve, the item will be deemed not to have sold at auction.
  • Bids made online and by email are ‘sealed’ bids. They will be passed to the auctioneer before the live auction but otherwise remain confidential.
  • In submitting your bid, you agree, if successful, to pay an amount up to the value of the bid.  For advance bids, the actual amount payable will depend on the level of the 2nd-highest bid.
  • For winning online/email bids submitted in advance of the live auction, the winning bidder will pay the amount bid by the second-highest bid, plus £1.
  • For winnning bids made in person at the live auction, winning bidders will pay the amount that they bid.
  • If two or more bids for an item are exactly the same and the highest of all bids, then the bid made first will be deemed to be the winning bid.
  • The cut-off for online/email bids being accepted is 11pm on Sunday 22nd July 2018.  Online/email bids made after this time will be deemed invalid and discarded.
  • Winning bidders will be notified of their purchases within 48 hours of the end of the live auction.  They will be encouraged to pay for their items by direct bank transfer (account details will be provided).  Alternatively, cheque made payable to ’12th Cambridge Scout Group’ or cash will be acceptable at the live auction.
  • All proceeds from the auction will be received by 12th Cambridge Scout Group (registered charity number 300711).
  • Privacy: all personal data (name, email address, phone number etc) submitted via the online form below, or by email, will be kept confidential by 12th Cambridge Scout Group.  It will be used only for the purpose of running the auction and to contact the winning bidders.  It will not be submitted to any third parties.  It will be deleted immediately after the auction.
  • Any queries concerning the auction should be sent by email to  The auctioneer’s decision is final.


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.


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:


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!