The sun was shining brightly across Willow Park on Sunday 8th June, in prefect readiness for 28th Leicester (Wigston) Scout Groups’ summer gala! It wasn’t long after the gates opened that members of the public swarmed in, taking in the exciting atmosphere from not only the cheery Scouts running each of the stalls, but also from the first live performance of the Seaforth Highlanders, a pipes and drums band with the combination of Scottish dancing!
The day was a buzz of energy with plenty of entertainments for both adults and young people, including bouncy castles, children’s races, raffle prizes such as a signed Tigers rugby ball, face painting, table top sales, splat a Scout with a sponge, a fabulous show from the Capital Cheer Junior Cheerleaders, and tug-of-war with a Road Roller! Harry, a Scout from the 28th commented
The World Scout Jamboree is a gathering of tens of thousands of Scouts and Guides from almost every country in the world who, for ten days live together, experience each others cultures, take part in exciting activities and have an amazing adventure.
The first World Scout Jamboree took place in London in 1920 and has continued since, always uniting Scouts and Guides with messages of peace and global understanding.
Between 28 July and 8 August 2015, 3,500 Scouts and Guides from across the UK will be joining others from around the world in Kirara-hama, Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.
Between 15th and 17th November, 20 explorers (14-18 year old scouts) and 6 leaders went on an exciting weekend to Hag dyke, North Yorkshire for an active weekend of caving, hiking and very explosive potato canons.
We left St Peters church hall at 6:30 on the Friday seting off on what turned out to be the longest journey to camp I’ve ever had. A quick break at wooley edge left us ready to go, not long now… or so I thought! At 11:30 we finally got to the car park, little did I know there was another 1 1/8 mile hike to get there.
You might have heard that Scouting is changing. For the first time, we’re offering an additional alternative Promise that will allow those who have no faith to promise to do their best, to uphold our Scout values and to do their duty to the Queen.
But what does that mean to Scouting here in Leicestershire?
Put simply, it means more people than ever can join Scouting. We are committed to being an inclusive organisation and we have removed barriers that might prevent those who share our values from taking part.
The weekend of 28th – 30th June brought fun in the sun for two of the district’s Explorer Units. Six Explorers from the Pioneers and Tornados Units in Oadby travelled down to the Welsh borders for a weekend of adrenaline fuelled fun.
With a choice of Mountain Biking, Caving, Canoeing and Climbing, there was no shortage of excitement. It was the first time many of the group had been caving, Ben Groombridge of the Tornados said “it was excellent, I’d definetly do it again”. Our Explorers also had success in various challenges over the weekend. Jamie Wood of the Pioneers managed a mighty second place in the Arm Wrestling competition, losing out to a leader (boo!) whilst Lawrence Brimm of the Tornados won an award for most impressive Canoeing achievement – sitting at the top of a set of rapids and performing not one but two 360o turns! We also came home with the award for most grievous injury sustained, thankfully for all concerned it was nothing more thank a grazed knee after a mountain bike tumble, but Ian Richards of the Pioneers was only too happy to show it off!