What a great success! Thanks to all who supported our fundraiser today. We provided a warm cosy haven away from the cold with yummy cakes, pancakes, hot drinks and books to browse. Our Cubs, Scouts,
Active Kids is back, with our ambassadors Daniel Sturridge, Ellie Simmonds, Jonnie Peacock and Lucy Bronze on board – and 2nd Penrith Scout Group needs your help too.
Collect vouchers when you shop at Sainsbury’s and donate them to 2nd Penrith Scouts to exchange for new equipment and experiences, to help our kids lead healthier lives.
Find out more about Active Kids at activekids.sainsburys.co.uk
Last night saw the first meeting of our NEW Beaver Scout Colony at 2nd Penrith. 7 new beavers had lots of fun playing games, making cupcake toppers, and colouring in a beaver! We still have plenty of space in our new colony, so if you have a 6-8 year old who would like to join us on Tuesday evenings, please contact us.
[cp_one_half]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.”
2nd Penrith Beavers and Scouts attended the annual district swimming gala, with impressive results!
With fierce competition from 8 other groups in the district, our young people battled to beat them to the finish line.
Group achieves 2nd (Scouts) & 3rd (Beavers) place!
Parents watched in excitement as our Beavers managed to win overall 3rd place, whilst the Scouts dived in to 2nd place overall. One parent commented; “Fantastic night – you all did so well… so proud… Plus you all HAD FUN”.
A huge congratulations to Eamont Beavers; and all the Scouts that took part.
Baden Powell, our founder, gives this advice to leaders: “In Scouting, a boy is encouraged to educate himself instead of being instructed.” It is enchanting to see this happening at 2nd Penrith.
I joined Blencathra Cubs one Wednesday, for pancake night. The cubs learnt how make batter and practice their cooking skills, which included learning from their mistakes when the pancakes got burnt! They even had the chance to experiment with different flavour combinations.
It was wonderful to see the Cubs working with other cubs to solve problems (like how to toss a pancake, and catch it in the pan). In that 1 hour of educating themselves, they learnt more than an hour of leaders cooking pancakes for them – and that is what makes so Scouting special.
When news of the Cumbrian floods broke, our Scouts were more than happy to lend a hand to help the community.
The Scouts helped Eden Flood Volunteers load vans of clean drinking water, sort clothing and help to store them in the scout headquarters to enable essential supplies to be delivered to those in need.
The Scouts have spent the spring term working on their Personal Challenge and painting our hungry hippo boards.
The first weekend in March also saw 4 scouts completing their Expedition Challenge. The patrol took the train to Settle, Yorkshire Dales, where they hiked to Ribblehead Viaduct, learning about the limestone landscape.
At the end of last year, our Cubs helped in the flood relief effort, by moving clothes and other donation into storage at the scout hut. The vital clothing was then distributed to flood victims in need of them.
January saw a huge mix of activities, including pancake night and a walk up to the Beacon for Pack Investitures and hot dogs!
With celebration of 100 years of cubs this year, including Eden Wolf Camp, 2016 will be a brilliant year to be a 2nd Penrith Cub!
It has been difficult to keep up with all of the fun and exciting activities the Beavers have been up to this term!
One particular highlight was the emergency aid badge night. Laura, one our parents, came along to teach them how to give basic first aid, including using the recovery position, in an unconscious (but breathing) person. A huge thank you to Laura for helping to deliver the session!
The beavers also started their personal challenge, learnt about the green cross code, and attended a disability awareness evening, and ended up in Penrith Police Station (on a visit to the station, honest).
The fun never stops at Beavers!