My time in cubs!

Hi my name is Oliver, I am nearly 11 and I am soon to be finishing cubs.
I would like to tell you what I have been doing for the past 3 years.
Cubs is about learning to be more independent so if you want to join then be prepared for:
Bike Rides, Building Fires, Camping, Going on day trips, kayaking, learning important survival skills and much more.
Going into scouting was one of the best decisions I ever made because I am having the time of my life.

"We weren't allowed to do this in [their previous youth organization]!"


"We weren't allowed to do this in [redacted]!" - and I heard parents saying this as well as prospective Scouts! Our largest ever intake of girls looks like it will double female numbers in the troop in one go. Well done ladies. (Oh... the game was Capture The Flag with paint to tag the raiders!). Scouts is open to boys and girls from 10-14, and we are running on Monday nights right through the Summer.

Community Week - Scouts Participate in Big Tidy Up

Getting involved in the local community is always worthwhile. it encourages a sense of belonging and pride in the local area as well as getting the troop noticed.

Last night, with the backdrop of 'Community Week', we split into six groups to pick up litter from six areas around the villages of Histon and Impington, including alongside the guided busway.

Armed with grabbers, gloves and good eyesight each group managed to fill a couple of large plastic sacks with rubbish.

Summer 2013 Programme (Scouts)

The programme for Scouts for Summer Term 2013 is published here.

Scouts take part in Big Village Tidy Up

Saturday 1 December was the Third Big Tidy Up around the villages of Histon and Impington. This time four scouts, a cub scout, a sibling, parents and two dogs helped out. We picked up four bin bags of rubbish from seven of Histon's roads.



Isengard Tower Construction Progress

I met these guys in February when I went to ZA to present some training for work. It's a privilege to have met them. Scouting in ZA is interesting; it's very purist, quite expensive, traditional, uniformed.... and whether you think that's the best way or not, it creates a core of incredibly skilled and dedicated Scouts.
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Isengard Tower Construction Progress -


The Isengard Tower (from Friday's post) is well on it's way to completion, with the lowest two levels largely complete. All that remains to be completed tomorrow is the flag pole which will stretch to 18m in height. In addition to housing the Gauteng Scouts stand for the Eco Expo, three Rovers from Orion Rover Crew will be camping on the 6m platform next weekend.




[Ropes and Poles]

WIN!! Heaviest Catch overall... 19.4 lbs

Jasmine today won "heaviest overall catch" for 1st Histon Scouts in the Cambs County Scout annual fishing competition. Single-handedly representing the troop in the first year we have entered, she beat out teams from troops across the county, catching the prize fish amongst a haul of carp, roach and tench in the two-hour competition.

Scout Entrepreneurs

What is Scout Community Week? Are you confused? Is it Bob-a-Job? Is it a way to take more part in the life of Histon and Impington? Is it planting trees and picking up litter? We're trying to hit all the bases, but it's all new and this is our first year at it.

At 1st Histon Scouts, we try to take part in Enviro stuff several times in the year, so the Scout troop decided instead to use this as a chance to go for the "Entrepreneur Challenge Badge". Think Dragon's Den with a bit of The Apprentice. We're half way through the process, and the Scouts have made around £100 so far, on a mix of car washing and a book sale, which much more and the bigger profits still to come. More importantly, they've done this entirely on their own initiative.


Falcons Book Sale #1—No Leader was involved at any stage in the production of this event

There are still events to come, include the bake sale and auction. Please click through to the Friends Of Histon Scouts facebook page and LIKE it to find out about and support the rest of our community week events—and please share and recommend the page to everyone you know in Histon and Impington. We're your local Scout group for your kids.

Mepal 2012


Mepal 2012 compo is still ongoing, but I wanted to bring you this image of the Explorers entering their wheelchair multi-vehicle into its 3rd and final event. It worked as a Scout Car and a Sedan Chair, but it's hard to optimize for all terain, and the rafting role is probably its weakest :-)

Scouts: Dear Community....

Scout Community Week was launched today! It's going to be 14-20th May in 2012, and we can't have a community week without a community. So, we at 1st Histon Scouts would welcome any ideas for projects that we can undertake around that time that would be useful and relevant to Histon and Impington. So if you are involved in any aspect of our local community that could benefit from enthusiastic hard work from local young people, please get in touch. We really want to help!

Scout community week is inspired by the long dead but not forgotten Bob-a-Job concept - and we do look to use it to raise funds for ourselves to benefit our youth programmes. But the difference is that we want to take on big projects that have a real community impact. You can find out more about how it works at Scouts.org.uk. If you have ideas for how we can make a difference in Histon and Impington, then mail me, Greg Harewood.

Cheers,
Greg
1st Histon SL

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