Challenge and adventure

If we’re not careful, we can do lots of activities and not realise that we have completed requirements of our Challenge Awards. Scouts spent a while in Patrols, reviewing what they had done recently and making sure that it had been recorded properly. Now we’re off to the District badge shop to stock up for a presentation!

Mapping it out

We played some games using the conventional signs from Ordnance Survey maps. Scouts matched signs with their meanings. Should come in handy later in the term!

UK Parliament Week

‘Toeing the line’

We all see and feel the work of Parliament in our lives but what goes on behind the scenes? Peter Lilley (MP for Hitchin and Harpenden) visited 11th Hitchin (Christchurch) Scout Group on the 3rd of November to tell Cubs and Scouts about the work of Parliament and how our laws are made.

dsc_5913Mr Lilley visited as part of UK Parliament Week (14-20 November) and gave Cubs and Scouts an opportunity to hear about the House of Commons, the House of Lords and what really happens as laws go from an idea to reality. A fascinating evening for the Cubs and Scouts to talk with their constituency MP and we would like to thank Mr Lilley for giving up his time and coming to visit us. dsc_5935

If you have ever heard the phrase ‘Toe the line’ then this comes from the two red lines running lengthways down the Commons chamber. MPs are not allowed to speak from the floor of the House between these lines and if they ‘cross the line’ then the House will call from them to ‘toe the line’ and stand behind the red lines. Tradition says that these lines are two sword-lengths apart to prevent MPs duelling!

Dads and Cubs 2016

Every year we have either ‘Mums and Cubs’ or ‘Dads and Cubs’ and this year it was Dads and Cubs.

The Cubs showed their Dads how to play lots of exciting games (not that the Dads were competitive) and showed them how to navigate using a map in the rain!

IMG_1708-1Our slightly wet campsite before the sun came out on Saturday

We walked over the Roman Baths at Welwyn and this was the first time for most of the Dads. Best of all we even got to meet Tony Rook who found the original baths just before the A1(M) went over the top of them. IMG_4914-1

Tony Rook and the Cub Scouts making their promise underneath the A1(M) at the Roman Baths

A good time was had by all and next year it is the Mum’s turn!

Cubs Summer Camp

Well we had a great time (as usual) at PACCAR camp site with lots of activities (abseiling, caving, walking, shooting, orienteering and go-karts).

thumb_IMG_4184_1024Cub Scouts after the ‘Rabbit Run’

This time the weather smiled on us and we had sunshine all the time. The Beavers visited us and spent some time finding out what Cub Scouts do and why we have so much fun.


Climbing and Archery at the Priory School

Cub Scouts is all about the ‘Everyday Adventure’ and we had a climbing and archery evening at the Priory School on Wednesday.

The climbing wall is a full size indoor climbing wall and the Cubs had a great time.

Thanks to Danielle Weetman and Paul Scourfield for the photos.

Gearing up for the wall

Practising on the traversing area

Starting out

It does go up a long way!

A very long way!

We also did archery but not many photos of that

A great evening that we will repeat in the future.

St George’s Day Parade

It is always exciting to see Hitchin’s Scouts and Guides out ‘en masse’ in the town and to see what a huge organisation we are in Hitchin.

IMAG014911th Cubs were part of the parade and we all re-made our promises and had a great time in the Market Square. The rain held off and a good time was had by all.

PS: You can even see my office in the background!