For Cambridgeshire's Youth Media Team, Greg Pollard, James Traynor, Jamie Ward, Sophie Graham, and Simon Burgess, this was not only a first for them broadcasting their own show, but for some of them it was the first time they had spoken into a microphone.
This weekend has seen over 180 Cubs from all over Cambridgeshire take part in the first Cubs Water Activities Badge Days at Grafham Water Activities Centre. Cubs from Hadenham, Wisbech, St Neots, Whittlesford and Duxford, Sutton and Brampton all enjoyed a windy sunny Saturday during their 9 hour challenging day. Of which 6 hours was spent on the water in a variety of craft and 3 hours spent learning vital water safety skills.
Saturday 6th June saw over 30 Scouts take part in the Annual Hinchingbrooke Scouts District Fishing day at Rookery Lakes, Pidley. Scouts from Sawtry to St Neots to Brington to Little Paxton to Southoe & Buckden took part. With a taster session in the morning and a full competition in the afternoon the Scouts had fun.
Several Groups in Ely District are involved in the Allotment Challenge for the second growing season, growing their own vegetables often from seed in approximately 10” by 30” area of Public Allotment within sight of the historic Ely Cathedral. The District Allotment on Upheards Lane, Ely, last year saw over 80 members from groups growing veg. This year newly formed Caitlin Explorer Scout Unit are taking the lead on this green fingered challenge.
January is not normally a month to go camping but the cold, snow or mud didn’t stop a group of intrepid Scouts from Newmarket enjoy an activity fun packed weekends camp at Tolmers Scout Activity Centre. The Fire and Ice Camp took place over the weekend of 16th to 18th January in Hertfordshire at the 100 acre site.
This weekend is the first time that Whittlesford and Duxford Scout group have attended Wintercamp at Gilwell Park. The group decided to come to the event because of the scale of the event and the opportunity to try out a variety of different exciting activities for the first time. The group was one of many from Cambridgeshire at the weekend event, which has an overall attendance of over 3,000 Scouts from across the UK.
Explorer Scout Daniel Kimber Binmore sleeps out to raise money for the Crisis Charity.
As the old year draws to a close there will be parties all over the globe wishing good cheer and wellbeing to the year ahead. Scouts are known for doing a good turn everyday and helping others. Young Leader Daniel Kimber Binmore has been helping others this winter by sleeping overnight in a bivouac raising funds for the Crisis Charity.
Intrepid Explorer Scout, Daniel Kimber Binmore, has spent since the 19th of December every night in a make shift bivouac similar to one which homeless people use. Sleeping in sub zero temperatures and waking up to find fresh snow falls on top of his bivouac. He is set to sleep 18 nights sleeping outside all to raise money for the Crisis Charity.
This year Ely District celebrated a Centenary of Scouting and what a great year it was. We have always had pride in ourselves for being a very active district, holding many events throughout the year, but this year was to be something special.
On Saturday 27th June over 300 members of Ely District Scouting celebrate a Centenary of Scouting outside the iconic Ely Cathedral. Scouts from Ely, Littleport, Witchford, Hadenham, Sutton, Stretham, were all there having fun.
The 100 years of Scouting included a celebratory giant cake which was cut by the Youngest Beaver Scout, Theo Knights of 3rd Ely. The Ely City Crier proclaiming the event open to all Scouts past, present and future Scouts of Ely District. Those present marked the event with an ELY 100 image which was viewable from the west front or higher so might have been seen by satellite. There was musical entertainment was provided by the Carrots Roadshow along with Ely Beaver Louis on his Ukulele singing “I’m the King of the Swingers” form the Jungle Book film.
This year the Youth Select Committee (YSC), which was launched by the British Youth Council (BYC) and is supported by the House of Commons, set out to cover the topic of Votes at 16, which was identified as a priority subject and voted for by the UK Youth Parliament in the House of Commons in November 2013.
It's the time of year again to start thinking about the annual Scout and Explorer Challenge weekend in Ely district.
Last year, over 160 Scouts and Explorers from around Cambridgeshire took part in the two day event which saw the Milton Mudmuppet Explorer unit scoop the majority of the trophies on offer.
Can they keep the silverware again this year? Can you beat them?
Find out more on the Mepal Challenge Weekend 2014 events page