Scout Programme
Scouts show off new shooting range

Just this week was the first time that the Shooting Range came into operation at the Headquarters. The first session saw 10 Scouts and 8 Explorers enjoyed this well-supervised activity using the new Air Rifles provided by the Group Executive.

The Scouts are planning a ‘Sponsored Shoot’ in the near future to raise money for the equipment and to make the range both permanent and safe for the Young People to use.

Leaders Wayne and Jay are our appointed Leaders for this activity taking care with all safety precautions.

Scouts sailing camp

The Leadership team arrived at Thrapston Sailing Club around 5pm on Friday evening excited about the camp ahead. Tony Knott was already on site, as the Nights Away permit holder. A big Thank-you goes to Tony for making this camp possible.

Scouts started arriving at camp around 5.30pm excited about the activities ahead.

After setting up a number of hike tents with help from some of the parents           (many thanks to all who helped our set-up)

The camp was officially opened and Scouts were briefed on water safety and the importance of a buoyancy aid.

When the Scouts were briefed they went out onto the water in a variety of types of sailboats.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Tony was hard at work cooking on the barbecue; Lisa and Jay were preparing food in the kitchen and Fred was taking lots of pictures of the Scouts enjoying the water activities (great pictures Fred!)

By 7.30pm we had a number of soggy Scouts which all had to get showered and into some dry clothes ready for tea.

A fantastic selection of food was provided for everyone with no complaints.

After tea had settled we were all off out on a Night Hike around the huge sailing lake.  With torches at the ready we set off singing songs and learning a little about the night sky on the way. With the scouts out and about, Tony was back at camp stoking the altar fires ready for toasted marshmallows and biscuits.

Everyone had a warm drink and having played a couple of games, it was time for lights out.  Just as well as there were some very tired Scouts who were well and truly ready for bed.

Next morning we had some very early risers and we got the fires going again,

When everyone was up it was time for a breakfast with cereals, fruit and a full English breakfast.

Time for lots more sailing with the scouts hitting the water again before it was time to strike camp.

Around lunchtime the water activities had to come to an end in time for lunch and to take the tents down (once again a huge thank you to all parents who helped with this)

A big thank-you must go to Thrapston Sailing Club for providing us with some excellent facilities and knowledge about sailing.

An excellent time had by all and the Leadership team can’t wait for the next camp.

Well done everyone.

Newsletter – September 2011 Edition

Welcome back one and all for your new term at scouts from the scout section! In this edition of the newsletter there will be some important dates for your diary along with what we have been doing recently so please read carefully!  As there is so much we put into the programme an edition of this newsletter will come out at the beginning of term and the 1st week back after half term.  This is so that we get the right information to you at the right time!

The section has made some changes just before the summer break and we have split into 2 section nights.  If you have any queries regarding your scout or the section please speak to your section leader.  Monday (Birds) – Jay and Wednesday (Animals) Fred.

I hope that you and your child will continue to support the group in any ways that you can as we all need a little help from time to time!

Best wishes


Splash Weekend! August 2011

“Is that dripping taps we hear?” The leaders cried out.

No, it’s some soggy scouts returning from their sailing activity at Middle Nene Sailing Club!

A fully loaded camp with sailing, night hike, lots of yummy food and a quiz.  Great camping companions to those who brought them!

Well done to all those scouts who participated in getting wet whilst having fun on the water at Thrapston.  Don’t worry if you couldn’t go this time, we are working hard to arrange another camp!

I think we can safely say that all the scouts thoroughly enjoyed themselves – leaders too!

Thanks to all parents who helped set up and break down camp, this help was very valuable!


Newsletter – May 2011 Edition

Happy Easter to everyone from the scout section! We hope that you enjoyed the recent Easter egg hunt and that you are all having a lovely time off of school in this beautiful weather! We are now entering the most exciting time of the programme for this year. Summer! We have some fantastic evenings arranged for you that we know you will enjoy!

Best wishes


Leader Profile

Name - Lance Goodman

Age - 38

Occupation - Artwork Coordinator

Role in Scouts - Assistant Leader for 1st Irthlingborough Scout Section

Background in scouting - Worked my way through Cubs, Scouts and Ventures with Irthlingborough. Asst Cub Leader, Asst Scout Leader & Scout Leader.

DHL Donation

The Scout section would like to say a huge “Thank you” to the “DHL Foundation” for their generous donation of £600.
This impressive donation will help the Scouts Section towards their aim of attending an international camp in 2012 to link up with another Scout group in Spain.

Scout Section Leader, Lisa Swainston (a night shift team manager for DHL on the Homebase Contract), secured the donation. Lisa said, “I am overwhelmed at the generosity of the DHL Foundation.  This is the 2nd time that they have supported our Scout Group and it is a truly valuable contribution that will help go towards us taking our scout section on their international camp next year.

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