Our scouting year started with our enjoyable and memorable visit to Brownsea Island in June with Apache pack to celebrate the 100 years of Cub Scouting. In July we held our summer camp at Potterne, where we used the new inflatable tents for the first time and they were a great success. This April we had a sleepover at the scout hut for the older cubs, our special treat this year was to be the first to use the air rifles we now own and there were some promising results. In early May we had a weekend in London taking 26 of our 36 cubs on the trip. We visited the Science Museum, slept on HMS Belfast and also took a flight on the London Eye. Our thanks to Dave, Steve and Graham who travelled with us on this trip.
We took part in the District Chess competition and our A team were just pipped to 4th place. We entered 2 teams in the District Swimming Gala and one team were runners up, this is an exciting event and the team support for the swimmers is great.
We took part in the District Commissioners Challenge and to satisfy the Service to the Community section we planted flower pots and presented them to Bassett House and Miranda House. We also planted a herb garden at Jubilee Lake, between the toilet block and café – this is still available for the public to use and we are currently growing peas to plant in the area as well.
During the past year we have had several outings including golf at The Wiltshire, an evenings Bowling, a visit to Lyneham and to the Methodist church. Among the badges we have worked on are Athletes, Swimmers, Collectors, Local Knowledge, Hobbies, Astronomers and Artist. David White, who was a finalist of BBCs Big Painting Challenge earlier this year kindly came and along and judged the cubs art. We also had a visit by 2 gorgeous guide dogs and their owners and also a visit from people running the Food Bank, which the cubs found very interesting.
We had 14 cubs take part in JOTT this year, which I think is our highest ever entry. Many thanks to Steve and Olly for arranging this event. 8 year olds walking 11 miles is quite an achievement. All the cubs who took part should be proud of what they did and wear their badge with pride.
We are really pleased that Joe, one of our cubs from a few years ago has now joined us to work towards his Duke of Edinburgh Award. It is always good to welcome one of our cubs back to give a good youthful injection to the pack.
Due to the hard work of mainly Louise and James we have had some great success in the carnival again this year. We won not only our Group, but were the overall winners of the whole event, I think this is a first for the pack, an amazing result.
As always, I must thank our pack leaders who give so much time to help with the smooth running of the pack and also the parents who have stepped forward to help when we have needed an extra pair of hands, we really appreciate the time you give.
Ann McKee AKELA – Pathfinder Cub Pack