Scouts

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.  Both troops meet between 7:30 and 9.  “Wildcat” troop meet on a Wednesday, “Raptor” troop on a Thursday.

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:

As the world begins to open up 16 scouts from Raptor troop took part in what has been the first district event for a year and a half! The district target sports day saw scouts compete against scouts from 1st, 11th/9th, 16th, 27th, 29th, 44th, and 57th Cambridge scout troops in air rifle shooting, archery and something brand new to most of us, the hair raising activity of axe throwing!

Competition was feirce as scouts competed to master the techniques and get on target under the watchful eye of the instructors. Axe throwing took some careful mastering however the scouts were soon getting to grips two different types and were busy burying them into the targets

It was archery though that proved the biggest hit as one of our scouts scored an unbeated 44 with 6 arrows, something even the instructors failed to beat!

Back in January a gang of scouts and explorers from 12th Cambridge joined nearly 3000 others from around the country for the annual mudbath that is winter camp! From rock climbing to tank driving here are the highlights 🙂

Last weekend Raptor troop spent a weekend on camp at one of our regular haunts, Thriftwood in Essex. In the begining was the plan, and the plan was for a crisp sunny weekend full of beautiful autumn colours….. alas the gulf stream had other ideas! And the troop spent one of the soggiest weekends in living memory as the scouts waded their way through 32 hours of non stop downpour.

True to form though the scouts didn’t seem to even notice and through themselves into high ropes, shooting and archery while one of our newest and youngest scouts was insistent she could get a fire going while at least one adult leader was pondering trying to build an arc…

London? Forget it. Paris? Where? Milan? Never heard of it. The place to be for the best er….. new? looks is none other than the 12th Cambridge Scout HQ!

On a wet and windy thursday night brought together old clothes and make ups along with what our Patrol Leaders had acquired from the local charity shops to see exactly what they could put together with a bit of imagination. The results were…. well…. take a look!

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