Scouting offers fun and friendship, challenge and everyday adventure to 400,000 girls and boys across the UK. The 27th Cambridge Scout Group is based in Cherry Hinton and offers young people the chance to make new friends, have fun, and learn new skills and activities. We offer groups for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Offering over 200 different activities from abseiling and archery to drama, street sports and water zorbing, Scouting helps 6-25 year olds grow in confidence, achieve their full potential and become active members of their communities.

 
 

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Scout District Camp – 27th September 2019

Scouts Blog : October 8, 2019 : Scouts

So we landed at camp ‘Lesley Sell Activity Centre’ Bedford at 6.30pm.  First job was to put up all the tents, by the time we finished it was dark.  Instead of finishing before the dark as planed we carried on in the dark.  Putting tents up by torch light is not as easy as it sounds, there should be a badge for it.  After flag pole we played a game that no one understood, but one of the objectives was to collect carrots – my team got 3!  Then we met for hot chocolate and hot dogs, they were very good. Around 10.30pm it was lights out.  It rained quiet a bit in the night so we didn’t get much sleep.  Most of the tents were put up in a rush so we finished them off in the morning.  Breakfast was good, Eggy bread and cereal, lucky for me as eggy bread was my favourite.

We then all split into our chosen badge groups.  Mine was astronautics, I paired up with Kabir.  The first half we made model rockets with instructions and launched them.  I launched ours, it went really high.  You launched them by putting a gunpowder engine in the bottom, closed it with a cap and then pressed a button which sent an electric charge down the wire which ignited the engine (gun powder).  We have a lunch break – with a choice of sandwiches (cheese for me), crisps, penguin & fruit.

After lunch we made our own rockets which were supposed to go up quite high because we used a bigger engine, but none of them did.  Most of them span around in circles and smashed into the floor.  These rockets were meant to protect a quail egg and most of them did believe it or not.  But the funniest thing was when one rocket launched and left the egg behind, we all burst out laughing, it was funny to see.

We had vegetable curry for dinner and cake and custard for dessert. I don’t normally have cold custard, but it tasted really good.  It really rained hard and we all met up in the activity hut to play the ‘city game’. It was okay, but we were all a bit tired by then.  Jacob was so tired he fell asleep on the chair. We all went to bed, it rained again in the night and the tents took a battering.  The girls one almost collapsed and another one leaked badly.

We had porridge for breakfast, which I don’t like so I just had cereal as there was still plenty of that.  We made our packed lunches, mostly the same as yesterday and then did a multitude of activities…I was quite glad as I wasn’t looking forward to doing the hike. We stopped again for lunch and then carried on with all the activities.  My favourite activity was when we all stood on a strip of cardboard and we had to flip over so we were standing on the other side with out stepping off onto the ground.  Back at camp, the adults were putting down the tents and we helped to do the last few when we finished for the day.  It was great fun drying out the inside of one of the tents, that was a cool game in itself.  I thought we were going to take off!  When all of the other troops had left, 27th played a massive game of capture the flag. We then went home.

Written by Hayden

Summer camp: 26th-30th August 2019

Scouts Blog : September 16, 2019 : Scouts

Summer camp was very fun, it had to be one of my favourite camps. With sailing, wobble-boarding, dragon boating and raft building as activities it was very enjoyable and I would love to go again.

The walking journeys there and back were rather nice, not too far, but on the way there it was hot and drinks weren’t easily accessible. On the way back we took a shortcut through some woods so the journey was even shorter. On the train back we had to be shuttled on a coach to Stansted and then got a train from there.

We went to the ESSA water sports centre near Broxbourne in Hertfordshire where we did a range of activities. Sailing was the main part of our activities. Running over 2 days, we did ‘RYA youth stage 1’. The first day, water almost completely calm. We split up in to two groups, the taller in the 3 man ‘Picos’ and the shorter in the 2 man ‘Toppers’, I was in the shorter. To start with we had a paddler and someone at the tiller. We had to do some challenges to get us used to the boat and balancing it. In the afternoon we learnt the parts of the boat and did capsize drills.

The second day was all sails out and off we went. We sailed around, some of us on our own and some of us not. We did follow the leader, sail to the buoy, getting out of irons and lots more.

On the third day of activities, we did 3 activities: wobble-boarding, dragon-boating and raft building.  Wobble-boarding consisted of me and Jakob paddling around whilst standing up on a surfboard. We fell in lots of times and the surfboard capsized once when we were trying to get back on. Dragon boating is where you paddle in time to the drum which the drummer is beating. I was the drummer and the seat was very wobbly. Raft building was successful for some but not for my group. Our raft was falling apart on the first race and fell apart on the second.

The food was very nice we had a hot option for breakfast and always cereal and bread, at lunch we had normal sandwiches and at tea we had a range of meals.

Overall I think that everyone enjoyed summer camp and had a wonderful time.

Written by: Micah

27th Cambridge take over parkrun

Andrew : August 15, 2019 : Scouts

With a few of our Scouts and leaders being regular parkrunners, it seemed a great opportunity to introduce the other Scouts and parents to parkrun. We agreed a day when our troop would “take over” the event at Coldham’s Common – this would mean we filled most of the volunteering slots as well as taking part in the run.

parkrun is a weekly timed run, taking place a thousands of locations worldwide on a Saturday morning. Encouraging fitness, fun, volunteering and community, it is a fantastic fit with Scouting. Anyway, after a slow start to signing up, we ended up with 26 volunteers and about 15 runners promising to come to the event.

On the morning of the event it was an early start: 8:30am. Luckily everyone arrived and were briefed on their roles. The marshalls set off to their positions and then it was the turn of Owen, one of our Scouts, to brief all the first-time runners on what to expect. Micah, another of our Scouts, was the (shadow) run director and briefed everyone on the course conditions before starting the clock.

It was great to have our Scouts out as marshalls – they did a really good job of encouraging all the runners. The finish funnel was also expertly managed by Scouts George, Esmé and Sienna.

Running 5km is always a good excuse for a treat and many Scouts and parents had baked yummy cakes which we were selling to raise money for Jimmy’s Cambridge.

Micah also wrote the run report which can be read here, and Finn and Otis have committed to running and volunteering at parkrun over the summer towards their Personal Challenge badge. All in all, a fantastic morning and we look forward to doing something similar next year.

Owen briefing the first-times

 

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