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.
Over the weekend in a lucky break in the weather 132 intrepid Scouts and Explorers from across Northamptonshire split into 28 teams took part in the annual Backwoods Challenge at Overstone Scout Activity Centre. Over the course of the weekend the Scouts (with minimal input from their leaders) were faced with two challenges – to prepare three edible meals from a selection of ingredients that they had not seen, and to build a shelter in which to spend Saturday night. And what a night it was! Whilst it wasn’t a storm as such the forecast wind and rain meant that the organisers patrolled all night and places of safety were made available if the worst were to happen. But, 100 young people braved the elements and slept soundly, keeping warm and (mostly!) dry throughout the night.
Really early on Saturday morning, 73 members of Wellingborough District Scouts gathered at our District headquarters. We were excited to be on our way to visit the World War One Cemeteries.
First, we had a long coach journey to the Channel Tunnel. We passed the time by eating our breakfast, and our lunch as well as lots of sweets.
On the way to the tunnel, we picked up Jo and John, our battlefield guides. They proved to be really important to help us understand what we were seeing. As we travelled through France they told us about how the war had started and given us an idea of what Belgium had been like before the war. Many of the soldiers at the beginning of the war thought that the war would be over quickly. The armies were full of professional soldiers and those who joined up for adventure. Later both sides conscripted young men into their armies, as the war dragged on.
Our first stop was Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. The cemetery is on the site of a Casualty Clearing station. This meant that most of the men buried here are known by their names. The cemetery was very peaceful and well kept with lots of plants and flowers. We learned that an organisation named the Commonwealth War Graves Commission looks after the cemetery.
Making Overstone Camp site a better place to visit
Mandy Brooker Group Scout Leader at 22nd NORTHAMPTON writes I was very privileged to have held our first Group camp in many years, 20 young people from Beavers Cubs and Scouts attended the camp the weekend the clocks went back!
Discussing our World Challenge badges and how we can make our world a better place to live we planted 400 daffodil bulbs by Knights Lodge. These bulbs were very kindly donated to our Group from HARLESTONE HEATH GARDEN CENTRE, and we are very pleased that they were able to support us in our venture.
Thank you too goes to my leadership team who made the weekend such a success.
ACC Activities Five Week Challenge
ACC Activities Five Week Challenge
Calling all Explorer Scouts and Network members - I have a challenge for you 😂😂
The challenge is to collect and build a boat/kayak from used plastic bottles capable of carrying one person in a five-week time frame. Once you have built your vessel you are invited to race it against your peers at Rushden Lakes on Sunday 7th October. There will, of course, be a prize for each winning team.
To give you an idea of my thoughts I attach a link of a Student from Cameroon 🇨🇲 who has built a Fishing boat from used bottles which should give you an idea of what I have in mind.
I am delighted to be able to announce that Sarah Watton has been appointed to the role of part-time Development Officer with specific responsibility for Northamptonshire.
Whilst Sarah is directly employed by The Scout Association, she is fully funded by Northamptonshire Scouts and will spend the majority of her time working in Northamptonshire.
Work has already started with District Commissioners to identify growth projects for Sarah to develop.
Whilst the county has made a significant financial investment in funding a part-time development officer, this is in addition to other staff who are part of the Midlands Growth and Development team, and who will continue to work in the Northamptonshire.