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CHRISTMAS-FEST 2016

Santa Claus came to Irthlingborough!

Hordes of local children visited the Grotto set up specially by Santa's Elves(Scouts!) and Helpers. Everyone received a gift as part of Scouting's contribution to this superb Town event.

Jolly Santa had a special word for each child.......

Whilst patiently waiting, the parents could enjoy a warming cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate provided by the Scout Active Support Unit.

Mrs. Christmas (Lisa) set up her stall to sell Christmas Illuminated Novelties with the whole effort raising funds for our Scouting activities.

An opportunity was also taken to present a cheque of £153.00 to the Royal British Legion as proceeds from the tea and coffee at the Remembrance Sunday event on Parsons Green.

The Scout TOTE was drawn for December as well as the winner of the Christmas Bonus Hamper.

A hearty "thank-you" to everyone for helping and supporting this event.

 
Back-to- Basics Camp 2016

On a cold and frosty morning in late November, brave Scouts and slightly-mad Scout Leaders went to a camp on a remote(ish) island in the wilds of Cambridgeshire, with no running water or plumbing. After a very icy night, the Leaders awaited the arrival the brave young Scouts.

Upon arrival tents were quickly erected with a little competition to put them up in good time. The next task was to build a Fiji fire pit and then gutting fish, cooking them on the open fire and eating them along with a squeeze of lemon! Delicious....

In the afternoon Scouts practised their fire-lighting skills and then made the main cooking fire. The evening meal was a Chicken Stew with the Scouts learning how to butcher and fillet the chickens.

"Food tastes better when it's cooked over an open fire - was the general comment!"

Morning brought an overlap in activities with a local Fire and Rescue Team arriving for an exercise.

After discussions and a cup of coffee, it was agreed that the Scouts should carry on with their Fishing Activity and the Fire Team do their training afterwards........... Scouts used bamboo canes as rods but only one fish was caught!

A hearty Brunch was then enjoyed and very dirty and tired Scouts came back to the Headquarters together with their exhausted Leaders. Everyone was ready for a hot bath but enjoyed one of the best November weekends ever!

 
Explorer Scout Investiture

New Explorer Scout Abbie was invested on Remembrance Sunday in advance of attending the Town's Remembrance Service - congratulations, good Scouting and best wishes!

 
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 2016

Remembrance Sunday commenced with a walk to St.Peter's Church for the Service. At the Scout Memorial Poppies made by the Cubs and Beavers were then laid at the grave.

The entire event was very well supported by the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and their Leaders. They proudly paraded the Group's colours and laid a Poppy Wreath at the War Memorial.

Fred Harris, our Beaver Leader, sounded the Last Post at the Act of Remembrance.

All our Young People enjoyed Hot Dogs and Soft Drinks afterwards at Parsons Green.

The Scout Active Support Unit offered tea and coffee to the Townsfolk and managed to donate over £150.00 to the Royal British Legion thanks to the kind generosity of the public.

 
Whipsnade Takeover by Cubs!

On September 24th, the Cubs joined with the Nene Valley District to attend a "Tale-Over Day" at Whipsnade Zoo to celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouts. Arriving at 10am, we joined the thousands of other Cubs from all over the UK, ready to start our animal adventure! We were guided over to the Butterfly enclosure,where each Cub was given a pack containing maps, leaflets, magazines a special commemmorative story book and of course, a Badge. We were then free to enjoy the day.

First stop was the petting farm, where we met Turkeys, Goats (one was trying to escape!), a Unicorn, with it's horn removed for Safety Reasons - actually a small white Pony. Cubs asked to go to the play area to let off some steam before our trip to Africa. On the way the Cubs decided that it was lunch time despite Alela's watch saying it was only 11am!

Despite tired little legs we walked around five Continents, meeting Elephants, Rhinos, Bears, Lions, Wallablies, Chimpanzees, Penguins, Crocodiles and we even stretched as far as we could to feed the Giraffes! At the end of the day some very tired Cubs and equally exhausted Leaders boarded the coach home and were accompanied by the sound of gentle snoring!

What a fabulous way to commemorate 100 years of Cub Scouting alongside some of the Jungle Book animals!

 
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