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Queen Scout and DoE Awards

Delighted yesterday evening to see two more of ‘Nene Valley Network Scouts’ Steph Harding & Liam Marriott presented their well-earned ‘Queen Scout Award’ & ‘Duke of Edinburgh Gold’ badges from County Commissioner, Dean Smith. This means the section has now enjoyed 12 Senior Awards over the last 12 months.

Liam, a very active member of Network, plus a hard-working Cub Scout Leader with 1st Irthlingborough Scout Group, completed his ‘Gold DofE’ award, of which was the first for several decades with his Group. He linked in his Leadership role towards helping achieve his ‘QSA’ for example, running International activities which the young people thoroughly enjoyed. He also led several activities for the Cubs faith badge of which included visiting a Hindu temple and Mosque, exploring different faiths. Liam also explained to the Cubs about Scout membership, its history and values, plus what the Scout Promise and the Law means. Liam is also part of the team responsible for supporting the wider District strategy, for example helping set up a Brand-New Scout Group in Thrapston, plus raising awareness of Scouting in both Irthlingborough and Rushden.

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Cold Camp 2019 Great Barford

Despite snow earlier in the previous week, Scouts and those Cubs coming up to Scouts, braved the cold. Fortunately the rain kept away with all the Young People and most of the Leaders sleeping out in tents. The Group has very adequate equipment for this climate recording minus 3 degrees overnight! The highlight of the camp was to prepare ( pluck,skin,draw ) pheasants and cook them by using a 'home made' BBQ over an open fire and also making Pheasant Stew...... A new taste for most of the campers and enjoyed by nearly everyone! In addition to some camp competitions, the Scouts learned how to cook a meal without utensils, preparing eggs, making camp damper-bread and chocolate bananas. Sincere thanks to the Leader Team and Helpers - and thanks to the good sunny weather we had no really wet equipment to dry out!

 

 
Christmas Capers 2018 !!

Beavers and Cubs joined with some Scouts, their Leaders and Helpers to celebrate an early Christmas! The Youngsters went along to Overstone Pack Holiday Centre to prepare the 'Tree' and wait for Santa to make an early visit. He did not disappoint! Apart from a very wet and muddy weekend everyone had a great time with a Christmas-Style Dinner being prepared for over 40 hungry mouths. A video show followed before parents collected very tired Youngsters. Some Scouts camped out as part of their Brass Monkey Pennant Award,braving very poor,wet and stormy weather. Thanks must go to the Leader Team for all their dedication and hard work and to the Scout Active Support Members for providing the traditional fayre.

 
SCOUT TOTE 2018 WINNER

The December and final Draw for the 2018 Tote was carried out at the I-Grow Christmas Fayre and the winners were decided. Thank you to all the participants on the Annual Tote and we hope for your kind support in 2019! The Bonus Hamper was won by Mrs Barbara Abbott, a pensioner in her 90's and a keen Tote Supporter since the start of the Tote.  The Hamper was presented by our Tote Organiser, Cyndy Phillips, at the Irthlingborough Day Centre, where Barbara is a regular member.

 
I Grow Christmas Fayre

Scouting supported the Annual I-Grow Christmas Fayre in Irthlingborough High Street on Saturday 1st December. The Beavers raised money for their activities, Explorer Scouts sold 'glo-sticks' and fancy goods whilst the Scout Active Support Unit raised funds with a Tombola Stall - all the prizes being generously given by Parents and Supporters - to help offset losses from the cancellation of the District Scout Fireworks Display. Our thanks must go to all our Supporters. At this event, the cheque as proceeds from the Armistice Day Refreshments was presented to the Royal British Legion.

 
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