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JOTA Weekend 2015

JOTA 2015


A total of 32 Cubs and Scouts attended a weekend camp at Overstone Activity Centre to take part in a World-wide Scouting Activity called 'Jamboree-on-the-Air'.

This gave an opportunity for the Young People to use Amateur Radio to make contact with other Scouts from around the World.

Each Young Person from Irthlingborough successfully made contact with other Groups and passed on messages through the airwaves!

Interestingly, the Vulcan Bomber was making it's last flight on this weekend with a special licence to broadcast and we were able to speak with them about this prestigious and historical event.

We also managed to speak with Scout headquarters at Gilwell Park!

Other places included Southern Ireland, Northern Ireland (Ballantoy by the Giants Causeway - where Game of Thrones was filmed),Spain, Hungary, Barnsley, Grantham,The York Moors Railway, Italy and Morocco!

A brilliant linked-event that both Leaders and Young People enjoyed.

A huge 'thank-you' must go to George Christoffi who most generously gave his time and loaned his equipment over the entire weekend and made this event possible.

Cubs Outing to Warwick Castle

Waendel Walk -15Km

On Sunday 11th October, 21 excited Cubs and 4 equally excited Leaders waited at the Cross by the Town's Commemmorative Scout Plaque for the coach to whisk us away to the Medieval World of Warwick Castle.The excitement mounted when the Cubs discovered to their joy that the coach came fully-equipped with an on-board toilet which they made their duty to fill and thence remove it from service!

After stopping at Rushden to pick up more Cubs, we convoyed with the Raunds coach.

On arrival we split up into our groups to explore the Castle and Grounds - we did everything! The Archers talk and display, the Birds of Prey, the Time Tower and Great Hall, the Princess Tower and walked up EVERY step - one of the Cubs stopping at 100 before giving up!

The weather was amazing as was the behaviuor of every single one of the Cubs from Irthlingborough.

Tired Cubs and exhausted Leaders returned home and reflected what an amazing day, arranged by the Nene Valley District Cub Scouts, and cannot wait until  next year!


Remembrance Sunday 2015

Beavers,Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts together with their Leaders and Parents attended the Annual Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service.

Just befotre the Service at St Peters, Fr.John re-dedicated the Scouts WW1 Memorial, recently cleaned and refurbished by kind donations from the Town Council and Mr.Colin Cross - former Group Scout Leader. Our Mayor and RBL Leader Allan Short and the Deputy Mayor Adrian Winkle represented the Town Council.

After the Service the Group paraded to the War Memorial headed by the Scout Union Flag and Cub Leader Fred Harris played the 'Last Post'.

The Scout Active Support Unit again provided teas and coffee for the public and hot-dogs for the Young People at Parsons Green.

A sum of £120 was raised by donations and will be presented to the local Royal British Legion - many thanks to everyone for your kind support!

Nene Valley District Cub and Scout Camp 2015

Fourteen Cubs and six Scouts attended the Dsitrict Camp themed as a "Sc-Fi Weekend"!

Activities included Paint Balling, Canoeing,Shooting, Glass Engraving, Bushtucker Trials, Climbing Instruction on a Tower, an Evening Hike and a Grand Campfire!

Saturday evening meant' DISCO' time in the large marquee, even so, some Cubs were so exhaused that they took to their beds instead!

On Sunday all activities resumed and the Camp closed with 'Scouts Own'.

The weather stayed really fine and sunny despite very cold nights.

Our Young Leaders joined the Camp during the weekend after hiking to Wadenhoe to help raise funds for the Cubjam 2016.

Sincere thanks must go to the Leaders, Karen and Fred and to SASU Member Steve Griffiths for looking after the Young People.


County Air Day - Sywell

Northamptonshire County Scouting recently arranged Air Experience at Sywell, especially interesting to those Young People who might find a career in aviation.

Irthlingborough was represented by Scout Liam who is pictured with the aircraft in which he enjoyed flight experience.


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