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:

Scouts from both troops spent a gloriously sunny weekend at Gilwell Park, our national HQ, on a strangely quiet weekend! We were one of just 3 groups on the site’s 130 acres and spent the weekend climbing, pioneering, dangling on high ropes and just generally enjoying the peace and quiet of the home of the scout movement 🙂

On a fine June evening 16 scouts and 4 leaders gathered in Ipswich for a big step up from the last scout sailing trip which had featured two man dinghies. This time the scouts would find themselves crewing a pair of 49 foot ocean going yachts in the North Sea.

A gentle sail down th Orwell Estuary Friday night saw the boats drop anchor just short of Felixstowe before the next morning they headed out to sea with all hands on deck for a proper adventure!

After 18 months of not being able to camp due to the covid pandemic scouts from Raptor troop made a welcome return to nights under canvas with a summer weekend at one of our regular haunts of Thriftwood.

A weekend of fires and wide games, archery and kayaking, as our scouts got back into the swing of living outdoors.

A spectacular lightening display on Saturday night added a sense of peril to proceedings and despite it being accompanied by a torential the scouts showed their fire lighting prowess with Sunday lunch cooked on fires including a one match wonder from one of our patrols 🙂

Looking forward to more camps!

A warm summer’s evening in July, and with us now alowed to get out and about a bit more what could be better than a few hours paddling on the MCP lakes? It was also the perfect evening to invest two of our new recruits. Welcome to the troop 🙂

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