Table top sale and remembering Richard Attenborough
On 1st November 9th Leicester are holding a table top sale to get some of their members to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan for the experience of a lifetime. The World Scout Jamboree is the biggest event in the Scouting calendar, happening just once every four years in every corner of the globe in 2015 it comes to Japan and 6 young people from South East have been selected to attend with 30’000 Scouts from all over the planet with a programme focused on culture, understanding and peace. The funds raised on the door, at the group stands and from table bookings will not only go towards young people in Leicestershire but their fee subsidises Scouts around the world from disadvantaged countries allowing them to attend. Entry is free for children and just 50p for adults.
A Christmas themed camp? In the middle of June? You must think we’re bonkers! Well that was exactly the theme of this year’s annual County Cub Camp, providing a fantastic weekend of fun, adventure and challenges for 455 young people in Leicestershire.
The Cub Scouts dashed into the ironically hot winter wonderland, waving goodbye enthusiastically to their parents as they raced up the hill of The Oaks in Charnwood campsite, eager to begin their magical weekend. They were able to take part in a huge variety of activities, from whizzing down the hill on a Grass Sledge, to getting muddy in the Jungle Run and showing off their fabulous singing skills in the ‘Cubs got Talent’ tent. There was also off site activities such as Rock climbing, Water Activities and Mountain biking. Daniel Cunningham, 10 (South East District) said “I’ve done sailing all day, it was really good. It was fun because I’ve never done this before!” Of course it wasn’t just the Cub Scouts who had a brilliant time; South East Leaders did too! When we asked what he thought of this year’s Christmas theme, Beaver Leader Andrew Herbert who was assisting with his Cubs on the camp said: “it’s slightly unusual but adds more fun to it, it adds more spontaneity!”
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.
The 9th cub scouts started off 2014 with most of the pack attending the BBC’s ‘Stargazing Live’ event at the Leicester University on Wednesday 8th January.
The evening was really wet – so wet that all the outside activities had to be cancelled. (When I arrived back home I literally had to wring out my socks!) But, never deterred we all turned up and the cubs soon got stuck into all the great activities being run inside the University.
Many of the parents had supported us and so we were able to split up into small groups so that the cubs could get the most out of the evening.
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.
Hello! And welcome to the first edition of our new district magazine!
I’d better start by introducing myself, I’m Lee Baldwin and I’m one of the many adult volunteers who help to make scouting in our district as exciting as possible for our hundreds young people. When I’m not busy being a Cub and Explorer Leader in Oadby, I’m also the District Commissioner, it sounds rather grand but its basically my role to help support the 10 groups and 4 Explorer Units across Oadby, Wigston, Knighton and Stoneygate that make up Leicester South East District.
During the first week of August the 88th Leicester Scout Troop went on their Summer Camp to “Blackwell Adventure”, near Bromsgrove.
The 14-year gap between visits made the campsite almost unrecognizable to the leaders that remember the last trip but they found their way to the camping field and got set up.
The last time we camped there was about 14 years ago, and it has certainly changed a lot since then.
We seemed to have picked the quietest week in the whole of the summer, so we had a whole camping field to ourselves for the week! This allowed us to spread out and have a large games area just to ourselves that was well used through the camp.
This Sunday (7th July) was a reminder of last year’s summer of sport. Not only did Murray bring Wimbledon home, but almost 70 Cubs from eight packs in South East battled for the first place shield at Saffron Lane stadium.
There was no chance of the day being rained off this year, with temperatures of almost 30 degrees and not a cloud in sight. The standards were high throughout the heats, with every Cub giving it 110% and fighting for a place in the final. Between the heats and the finals, spirits were as high as the temperature, with Harry (61st) describing the morning so far as “Brilliant, awesome and wonderful!” and Cameron (58th) said it was “way better than school sports day” and every pack still was very hopeful for the finals.