We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to do what we can to help.
While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.
On Saturday 21st January, Cubs and Scouts took part in the annual swimming event held at the Magnet Leisure Centre. The Cubs swam first in the afternoon, qualifying for most of the finals from their heats. And the Scout gala was held later that evening. Both teams came home with an abundance of certificates, in both individual and relay events. Jason and Hawkeye represented the group in the leader races. Fantastic effort from everyone who took part.
Our group joined with 500 other Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from around Maidenhead in the annual St George’s Day celebration, The Beavers, Cubs Scouts and Explorers split into their sections and took part in outdoor games before me making their promises.
Congratulations to our fantastic six! Following on from Skills Camp Alisha, Barney, Jake, Thomas, Jason and Miguel represented the pack at the Flag Competition and came 1st Place. The Cubs competed against other teams to score points in a variety of team challenges and skills test.
During a cold weekend in February the Cubs camped out for a full weekend of Skills training. The Cubs spend two nights sleeping out in their tents; learn First aid, Fire lighting, Navigation, , and even tried cooking a boiled egg in a paper cup! All of the teams showed great comradery and team work throughout.
We’ve had the current building since 1972 so it’s done well to last 43 years. Through this time thousands of young people have been through the group and given them skills of teamwork, leadership, self responsibility and many others to prepare them for adulthood. I’m sure many people will have fond memories of your time in the hut. Unfortunately it’s now got to the point that the roof is starting to leak and we need to raise some money to fix it so it will last another 43 years!
We’ve got some quotes and it’s coming out as about £17,000 in total. We are trying to get donations of materials and labor to reduce this but we will still need to raise around 10,000 to complete the job.
There are lots of ways you help.
Spread the word to anyone else who might be able to help
Ask any contacts who might be to provide building materials
See if your employer will provide matched donations donations as part of the corporate social responsibility policies.
Donate via JustGiving. A proportion of donations through this site will be matched by Vodafone
Apply for any funds you know of. We can help prepare applications
This year’s family camp took us to Youlbury in Oxfordshire. It had every activity you could think of from high ropes to archery to orienteering. To top it off Baghera organized a fantastic Japanese gameshow.
Thanks very much to Mark and all the other leaders for running the camp.