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Group Camp - July 2016

Over 60 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts enjoyed a very fine and sunny weekend at the Overstone Scout Activity Centre. They were ably led by more than 15 Leaders,Helpers and Members of our own Scout Active Support Unit.

Archery,Target Shooting,Backwoods Cooking,Shelter Making and Handcrafts featured in the packed programme.

Liam Marriott was invested as a Beaver Scout Leader and Certificates were presented to the Beavers and Cubs for attendance, for many of the Beavers,being their first night away from home!

Lisa Swainston (Group Scout Leader) celebrated her birthday and received a Special Chocolate Cake to share amongst the Young People.

All the campers returned home very tired and certainly needing a bath!

A super achievment for the Leader Team who gave of their time to provide a well-supervised and active weekend.

The Group will make this event an Annual Highlight........

Somme Battle Remembered

On Saturday 2nd July the Scout Group joined the Royal British Legion to honour and remember those young men who died at the Battle of the Somme which commenced 100 years ago.

Group Members carried our Colours and Fred Harris sounded the Last Post.

Scouts Samuel Butler, Walter Haddon and Ralph Tyler from 1st Irthlingborough gave their lives for King and Country and are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France, each having no known grave.


On 24th June, the Irthlingborough Cub Scouts joined over 1000 Cubs from across the County of Northamptonshire's Wildest 100th Birthday for 2 nights of camping and activities in a very large field in Overstone Park.

As we gazed upon the endless sea of tents and joined the procession of Cubs snaking around the site for the Opening Ceremony, we realised  how large and awe-inspring the gathering was and what an exciting weekend we had ahead of us.

Despite the occasional thunderstorm and downpour, the Cubs enjoyed a wide range of activities including zorbing, shooting, inflatable tournaments,laser tag, tank driving, petrol go-karting,clay pigeon shooting,axe throwing,crafts and clay pigeon shooting to name just a few!

At night the Cubs settled into their new 'Cub Friendly Tents', a recent donation, in preparation for another day packed with activities before returning home on Sunday, muddy and extremely tired from a fun filled and memorable weekend.

Special thanks to Steve Kurn, Lance Goodman, Chloe Morris and Lyle Abbott for their help and support during at the weekend and to Paul Hudson for towing our Trailer.



On Saturday May 28th, 7 Cubs and 4 Leaders descended on to Gilwell Park for Cubjam 2016, with 1,500 others, for a week-long camp full of fun and activities.

The theme for the camp was the"Wild West". We arrived at 1pm and settled into camp life. In the evening we attended the Opening Ceremony to watch the activities and the formal Opening Ceremony.

Sunday, after breakfast, the Cubs went off to enjoy the many activities such as zorbing, crafts, archery ,shooting and F1 Go-Karts to name just a few!

On Tuesday we assembled for our trip to London. It was very wet and cold that day but the Cubs enjoyed their visit to the Imperial War Museum and then travelling on the Clippers down the River Thames.

In the evening we enjoyed more activities including the Climbing Wall.

Later the Chief Scout Bear Grylls joined us at the Camp.

On Thursday we took part in the Carnival and Picnic to Celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouting.

Two of our own Cubs, Daisy and Ryan, were interviewed on BBC Radio Northampton's Outside Broadcast.

Friday soon came around and it was time to go home after a very busy and tiring week.

Many thanks must go to Karen, Lance and Chloe for all their hard work over the week.

We had as much fun as the Cubs!

Thanks must also go to Paul Hudson for towing our trailer to and from Gilwell and Andrew Baker (coach driver and parent) for transporting us.


Fred Harris AGSL and Contingent Leader

Group Annual Meeting 2016

May 19th 2016 was the date for our 107th Annual Meeting - yes that long ago!

Guests, Leaders and Parents came along to visit us especially as we now have a new footpath and even vehicle access to our Headquarters - having been at this site since 1947 and always needing to carry all our equipment along a 2m wide footpath.

The progress of our Young People's sections was highlighted with a clear and professional video and slide show much apprecaited by all our visitors.

Best Beaver,Cub and Scout Awards were presented by the Leaders - Beavers to Connor and Jamie, Cubs to Daniel and Daniel and Scouts to Naomi. Well done for all your hard work this past year!

Tony Knott (Leader Trainer) awarded the Woodbadge Training Award to Cub Scout Leader Karen Hutchinson and acknowledged that Jay Darge had gained his Hill Walking Qualification.

We especially welcomed Cllr.Marika Hillson recent past Chair of East Northants Council, Cllr.Sylvia Hughes (County Councillor) and our own Town Mayor Cllr.Allan Short.

Thanks Badges were given to the District and Town Councils for their superb support in giving us our improved access. Former Councillor Bob Nightingale received a Thanks Badge for his kind efforts in supporting our application to modify the plans to allow this new access.

David Maddock, our long-serving Secretary was given a engraved glass for his 80th Birthday and for his great contribution in securing planning meetings with the local authorities and promoting the name of the new road to commemmorate our Founder as " Baden Powell Way"

Nicholas Powell was presented with an Engraved Plaque acknowledgeing with sincere thanks his work as Group Scout Leader. He retired after 10 action-packed years of great Leadership.

Acknlowledgements were made concerning the support from Mr.Stewart Laokes for allowing access for our building maintenance, Cyndy Phillips for running our very successful Tote, Paul Hudson for looking after and towing our trailer ,Robert Marriott for his work in looking after our valuable equipment and to our Leaders and Scout Active Support Unit for their continued contributions..

Refreshments followed, ably served by the Scouts and Explorer Scouts.


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