Northants inaugural Marathon Walk took place last Saturday with fifteen teams taking part in total. The weather was kind to the participants with no rain and moderate temperatures.
The event had two categories the first for the Scout Section which was 13.1 (Hunty) miles and the second for Explorer Scouts, Network and Adult teams which was 26.2 (Hunty) miles. Please note a Hunty mile is slightly more than a regular mile.
I am really pleased with the way all teams grasped the spirit of the event with all teams learning something along the way and still smiling at the finish
The quickest full teams around the course were -
Half Marathon – Scout Section – 4th Northampton in a time of 6hrs 58 minutes although 1st Roade with a Team of 3 did finish in 6hrs dead!!!!!
Full Marathon – Explorers and above – Northampton Explorers A – 11 hours 26 minutes.
I thank all participants for their support and look forward to seeing you all back next year.
1st Blisworth Leaders completed Three Peaks Challenge
Leaders from 1st Blisworth Scout Group, based in Northamptonshire, have successfully completed the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Group.
Scout Leaders Steven Smith, Pete Rock, Steve and Michelle Watkins accomplished the challenge climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales – within 24 hours, including travel time.
Local Construction firm R G Cater provided the team with a Van and Fuel, enabling the team to complete the challenge in an impressive 22 hours, 53 minutes and 53 seconds.
Michelle Watkins, a receptionist at R G Carter, said the support she received from the company helped the team take on the tough challenge, saying:
“The Scout Group and I would like to than R G Carter for being supportive and providing us with the transport. Without the van, we could not have completed this challenge in the amazing time in which we did. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would urge anyone if they get the opportunity to take part to do so.”
So You shaped activities took part in all three sections at 56th Upton Northampton the week before half term –
The Beaver section evaluated all the badges they had completed and then identified some for the coming term – a peg had the name of each badge and Beavers were encouraged to add a piece of paper in the mouth of each peg with a way of contributing to that badge. We like this idea so much that the pegs will remain on the notice boards at our meeting point with a sign saying – Whats the Big idea? And all sections can add something to one of the pegs at anytime.
1st Irthlingborough Cub win Learn To Swim competition
Following on from 1st Irthlingborough Cub Scouts winning the County Learn To Swim competition, I would like to share with you some pictures from our fantastic day, enjoying the prize of White Water Tubing at NENE, which we partook in yesterday. We would all like to extend a huge thank you to the County Media team for giving this amazing opportunity to the young people of Irthlingborough.
Undertook her Gold DofE after completing the two previous levels, some of the activities that she took part In badminton, music, young leaders, friends of Thornton park, church activities and the WSJ Japan in order to complete the award.
Completed his Gold DofE Gold back at school and then decided more recently to top this up to a QSA, he also has had an active leadership role and is ADC Scouts at Nene Valley, he researched policing response procedures to run sessions on the safety badges for the section. Hopes very soon to complete another scout award with the explorer belt.
Completed his DofE Gold via scouts with various activities such as walking, driving lessons, playing an instrument, he is also a leader in the explorer section, completing his QSA as part of a leaders trip to Croatia,
If I had not taken part in the QSA Award, I would not have met so many different people and learnt how to work together as a team when you are carrying everything that you need on you back for 4 days. I would definitely encourage someone else to do it because it helps build your character and highly strengths that you may not know you have.
Completed her DofE Gold whilst at school and after becoming the District Youth Commissioner for Daventry, decided to complete her QSA. She is an active network member and Ashby Fields Scout Group and attended the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan as part of the Northamptonshire contingent.
Worked in a leadership role to undertake his service with the scout section, he has enjoyed being a leader on international camps such as CAMJAM. He took part in the international service team and Essex jamboree, his skills were driving.
Completed his DofE Gold whilst at school but as one of the youngest GSL in Northampton decided there was still time to complete his QSA. Gary also works with an Explorer unit in Northampton.
If I had not taken part in the award I wouldn’t have done all of the challenging but rewarding activities required, for example, the excitement of finishing the 4-day hike! I would encourage someone else to do it because I had a truly amazing time and made some everlasting memories!
Has been involved in Scouting for most of her life, Catherine has been an inspiration to others to complete the highest award. Having done an expedition with Storm Doris for company, Catherine has completed 18 nights away as part of achieving the award. Catherine has been involved with Project LIGHT, a local charity based in Leicester that aims to improve the health of the homeless population in Leicester as well as creating awareness of homelessness in the city.
World Walk Adventure
Nearly 400 young people in Northamptonshire Scouts got the opportunity to use an activity tracker to monitor their steps as they walked from here to Kenya (virtually) – over 8000 miles.
Being active every day helps us to stay healthy, raise our mood and improves concentration at school, work or play. The virtual World-Walk Adventure was created to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of Scouts and Scout Leaders in the Northamptonshire area whilst having fun at the same time. A total of 370 Young People and their Leaders are participated ranging in age from 83 to 10 years of age. The World-Walk Adventure was a total of 8,265 miles long and after 3 months of walking one team covered an astounding 4,375 miles, making their daily average step count of 12,112 steps for each participant within this group.