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Originally planned for October 2023 but delayed by an Atlantic storm 12 intrepid scouts headed for North Wales in May to get some proper experience of the Snowdonia mountains and real hill walking. The target was the classic route of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach via The Devils Kitchen. A classic North Wales route!

January came and it was time to shake off the Christmas cobwebs and so what better way to spend the coldest month of the year than head off to camp? The Tolmers Fire and Ice weekend was spent as part of a district contingent and meant everything from er…. fire to er…. ice and of course a woodland disco!

Meanwhile back at the HQ we had a curry night to warm everyone up and finished term with the district incident hike run by our friends at the university scout and guide club


Back in September both scout troops rounded off the summer camping season with a gloriously sunny weekend at Gilwell, the international home of scouting. A lovely way to sign off 🙂

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!

As July drew into August and our various international contingents made their way home a contingent of scouts from both troops headed off to somewhere a little closer to home for a hike a long the Norfolk Coast.

Friday night saw us hosted by our friends at 1st Sherringham Sea Scouts who we would like thank for their brilliant hospitality! Saturday saw our intrepid gang first encounter a seal basking in the sun at Sherringham life Boat House before we headed along the coast.

Hiking is all very well but when its a sunny day…. and you happen to come to the beach at Cromer early afternoon… what else can you do but go for a swim? Even if the north sea is a touch fresh! Fully refreshed the scouts headed along the increasingly remote and beautiful coast reaching Mundesley for fish and chips and epic stone skimming competition on the beach at dinner time.

We were hosted for the evening by the very hospitable village hall and would like to thank them for the excellent accomodation 🙂

Sunday saw the scouts head in land and navigate their way through the Norfolk countryside to North Walsham, tired but very proud of a long trek well completed.