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Reivers District Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts celebrate the Jubilee weekend from The Scottish Islands to The Nation’s Capital.
13th Carlisle Cub Trip
The Jubilee weekend saw members of 13th Carlisle Cub Pack visiting the nation’s capital to take part in the festivities celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Cub Scout Leader, David Hodgkiss, arranged the weekend to totally immerse the Cubs in the atmosphere of the Jubilee celebrations.
Ben Hodgkiss Assistant Cub Scout Leader said “The weekend was an amazing experience for everyone involved. The 22 Cubs were given an unforgettable experience that they will likely tell their children and grandchildren about in years to come. From the fun of the Science Museum to the experience of seeing the Pageant go down the Thames to hearing Stevie Wonder sound check in The Mall, it will be a hard programme to top for future camps. However, I'm sure that we will be able to provide a new adventure and challenge for our young people. The Cubs' behaviour and manners were impeccable and made the trip an experience for myself and the other leaders.”
Cub Scout Robbie Clarkson aged 9 years summed up the weekend beautifully "I thought that the London Eye was the best because you see for miles. The Thames was full of boats. Seeing them all was a brilliant experience. I enjoyed the Science Museum. In the Space section it explained how rockets work and how you could be a spaceman. I thought the war museum (IWM) was awesome."
Finley Ward, a Beaver Scout at the 13th Carlisle, was on holiday with his family but was keen to represent Cumbrian Scouts on the Mall. He joined fellow Scouts from around the UK in the youth enclosure. Finley also joined the 13th Carlisle Cub Scouts during the weekend when he visited the London Eye.
Finley, aged 7, said: “It was great to see and meet so many Scouts from around the UK and everyone was very friendly. I got a great place at the front and got to see the soldiers, horses and the Royal Family. I was stood next to Horse Guards Parade, so when the 60 gun salute started it was very loud!”
13th Carlisle Scout Trip
While members of the 13th Carlisle Cub Pack visited London, the 13th Carlisle Scout Troop celebrated the Jubilee weekend doing what Scouts do best, by filling the weekend with fun, adventure and challenge. Twenty-two Scouts, 5 Leaders and 2 Young Leaders took the opportunity of the long Bank Holiday weekend to visit The Isle of Arran.
The weekend started on Friday morning at Carlisle Citadel Station and then travelling by train, ferry and coach to PGL Adventure Centre Loch Ranza, Isle of Arran. The weekend was packed full with mountain orienteering, canoeing, hill walking, abseiling and rope ladders on a natural 80ft cliff face, raft building and racing, mountain biking, and many more wide games.
Scout Angus Moffatt said ”This has been one of the best weekends ever, the train journeys, followed by the ferry and being able to visit the ship’s bridge even before arriving at the PGL Adventure Centre was an adventure alone. Then to have the opportunity to have a go at and take part in so many different activities over the weekend was awesome, the Leaders really put the OUT in Scouting”
Emma Seabrook a PGL instructor “it was great to have such an enthusiastic group visit the center, they were all willing to have a go at every activity, they were awesome!”
Group Scout Leader Bruce Kirton said “to have all sections of the Group represented as far afield as Lochranza and London all celebrating the Jubilee weekend and enjoying the core values of Scouting is such a great achievement for the Group as a whole”.
Scout Leader John Wylie added “We can all be very proud of how well the 13th Scouts conducted themselves on our trip to Arran, as well as getting every last bit of enjoyment the trip had to offer and more”
The Group’s own fundraising, involving Cubs, Scouts, Leaders and Parents, as well as support from ASDA Carlisle and Stanwix Neighborhood Forum, made both these events affordable and possible.