Wolf Camp celebrates 100 years of Cubs

The start of June saw Eden District Cub Scouts celebrated the 100th year since Lord Baden Powell founded the Wolf Cubs.

Cubs were created to compliment the Scouts who were formed in 1907. From that small start there are now 25 million members of the Scout movement worldwide. To commemorate the centenary a Wolf Camp was run at Broadness Farm, Bassenthwaite. 108 cubs attended from all over the Eden district, they came from 1st Keswick, 2nd Penrith, 1st Shap, 1st Appleby, 1st Kirby Stephen, 1st Hesket in the Forest and 2nd Eden Valley. The weekend was blessed with excellent weather and the theme of the camp was to follow traditional Scouting activities. All of the cubs were able to kayak, canoe, play wide games, cave in a portable caving activity, cook on backwards fires, build shelters and follow a blindfold trail. Beacon Archers from Penrith and Keswick Archers provided archery lessons for all the cubs. They identified a few cubs with a natural talent for the sport.

On Saturday the camp had a visit from Andrew Corrie, the regional commissioner for the north of the country. Travelling from the Manchester area he was pleased to see all of the cubs taking part in traditional Scouting activities. On Saturday evening we had a huge campfire with a backdrop of Bassenthwaite Lake at sunset.

Over the course of the weekend all of the cubs made new friends from all over the Eden district. They spent two nights under canvas and learnt many new skills towards an array of badges.

Whilst at the camp the District Commissioner, Simon Woodrow, was able to present long service awards for leadership to Hilary Duncan, 1st Hesket in the Forest; Harry Harrison and Rachel Pullen from 2nd Eden Valley.

Kieran B and Brandon L, both cubs received their bronze Chief Scout awards which they achieved as Beavers. This being the first step towards becoming a Queen’s Scout which is an award presented by the Queen or a member of the royal family at Windsor.

Simon Woodrow said at the end of the camp that the whole weekend had been a complete success. “All the young people achieved a great deal through fun and adventure, many of them overcoming fears to enjoy the activities provided for. At the camp there were 40 adults leaders and helpers over the weekend, all of whom put in a great deal of work to make the event enjoyable and safe for the cubs. Eden District has approximately 500 young people and 100 adult leaders and helpers involved in the scout movement .This type of event is what Scouting is all about.”