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2011 Special Events

Scouts Canal Boat Cruising
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Troop take to the Water

The charity run narrow boat, Centenary, once again played host to an intrepid bunch of Scouts and Leaders who took to the water for the week 9th to 15th April.  Starting at Lichfield they completed the Warwickshire Ring circular route encompassing Tamworth, Birmingham, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Rugby, Coventry and Atherstone.  Warwickshire RingOver 100 miles in total and with 97 locks to open and close the trip tested the crew’s stamina and boating skills.  Jonathan Long (Group Scout Leader) who organised the trip said

‘ we had a great time, the weather was good with no rain and lots of sun.  The team worked well together and I am sure that the Scouts really benefitted from their week afloat.  Two days in particular, the Sunday and the Tuesday tested our mettle, on the Sunday we tackled over 30 narrow locks on the Birmingham and Fazeley canal up into the centre of Birmingham and then on the Tuesday we ‘hit’ the Hatton Flight.  This has 24 heavy double locks to operate and then was followed by another half dozen similar locks all the way through Warwick.  The team did a brilliant job taking us through these in record time. My thanks to Paul Sharp and Gary Bowling for helping me run this trip and to James Etherington, one of our Young Leaders who also joined us for the week.’  

The boat used will be 'Centenary' a boat run for young people by a charitable trust.  Their website http://www.centenarynarrowboat.btik.com/  

 

Group Camp at Kings Oak
On Saturday 30 May, 28 cubs and scouts arrived in the morning sunshine at Kings Oak for a joint weekend camp.
Kings Oak
    After a morning spent settling in, sorting out the tents and eating an early lunch we all headed out for a hike on Boxhill.  For the next three and a half hours the four groups followed the hike and encountered preset incidents enroute to test their scouting skills and ability to work as a team.  By late afternoon we had all arrived safely back on site, tired but happy, and spent the next hour enjoying a football tournament while dinner was prepared.
That evening our scout leader Jon Moritz led a campfire which everyone enjoyed, particularly the boys who had not taken part in one before      
On Sunday morning, after bacon sandwiches, we piled into the minibuses and headed off to Craggy Island in Oaks Park to have a go at the climbing walls and for the younger boys some caving too.  Everyone enjoyed it and we rounded off the visit with lunch in the park and a game of football rounders before returning to camp.  
  The younger cubs left that afternoon while the older cubs and scouts completed various activities to teach them knife, axe and fire building skills.  After spaghetti bolognese, which had been prepared and delivered to us by our B pack leader Nushka, everyone went off to Headley Heath for some wide games.  The final game was completed by torchlight in the dark and great fun was had by all.   Back at site it was time for another campfire before supper and bed.
Monday morning saw the boys doing some shooting, many for the first time, with Jon Moritz and our GSL, Jonathan Long.
     

The weekend was a great success and the older cubs really enjoyed having a chance to see what they’ve got to look forward to when they move up to scouts.  We’ve already been asked when we’re doing it again.

Weekends like this could not go ahead without a great deal of support so our thanks must go to all the leaders who gave up their bank holiday weekend.   We also need to thank our quartermasters, Bob and Peter, who prepared all the kit we needed beforehand and then sorted it all out on our return. Finally a big thank you to Richard Hanson, Neil Goddard, Rob Berriman and Gary Leong who came along to help out.

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