Blakfoot Hike 2014

A massive well done to our four teams of scouts who successfully completed the Blakfoot hike last weekend. It was the first hike for seven of our scouts and they did superbly. Let’s hope they are just as good at the Cheshire Hike next April 🙂

All eight achieved a Blakfoot Gold for their hike and we’re very proud of them.

I was a little disappointed that they weren’t a bit more exhausted when we collected them from Clitheroe, especially after some of the reports I’d heard from the leadership team about how talkative they all were at night-time!

How much does it take to tire out our scouts?

Macclesfield Forest Family Hike

Thanks again to Ian (aka Ancient Akela) who did even better this year organising fantastic weather for our group’s Family Hike on Sunday 12th October.

We all had a brilliant time and enjoyed a great day in each other’s company. All our sections joined in and even some “Beavers in training” came along and managed to keep up.

Hike records have been updated and some of you are due badges – Congratulations

Keep your eyes out for some more challenging hikes being organised by Ian soon.

Chamboree 2014 – Cheshire’s International Scout Camp

Chamboree 2014 started on 1st August and finished on the 9th August. That’s eight days of super fun scouting. Within these eight days Cubs, Beavers, Scouts and Explorers visited the site unaware of the fantastic activities prepared for them.
There were many amazing zones to rotate through each day.
These zones were called:
Adventure (a full day at Tatton Park);
City (a full day in Liverpool);
The remaining zones were a half day each and were called:
Global zone (learning about the world);
Blast zone (improving your aim);
Creative zone (getting creative and making souvenirs);
Xperiment zone (experimenting with science);
I.R.I.S. zone (super hero training zone);
Survival zone (can you survive in the wild?).
Each night there was an event such as: film night or the UV disco. This meant that there was never a dull evening.
The highlights for me were I.R.I.S. zone, Survival zone and the UV disco.
The best activity in IRIS was the washing machine – where we all got foamed, but the zorbs were brilliant fun as well. When we were knocked over, we looked ridiculous with our legs flailing in the air, until the zorb referees turned us the right way up again.
Survival was brilliant too. We sheltered from the rain inside a tent whilst we made survival bracelets from paracord. When we emerged, the rain had stopped. Some of us built dens; others made their own tent pegs using saws and knives; some learned how to prepare and cook “wild” food and tasted rabbit and pigeon. All of us played on the giant pioneering carousel.

Sponsored Cardboard Camp

What a fantastic effort by the Scouts!

On Saturday night, they braved the wind and rain to sleep out in cardboard shelters to help raise awareness of homeless issues. The Scouts raised sponsorship money that will be donated to “Room at the Inn” – a Warrington charity for the homeless. The Scouts remained cheerful throughout their ordeal, even when the canopy collapsed, dumping the entire night’s rainfall onto their makeshift shelters. 🙁

Thanks to: Chris for providing lots of cardboard and helping to take it away for recycling afterwards; Mike, Vicky, Nichala & Tom for giving up their Saturday evening; Shaun & Martin for supervising the overnight stay; and Mike & Vicky for coming back early on Sunday morning to help cook breakfast for the Scouts.

Thanks also to the church for allowing us to use their building and facilities for our “camp”.

Colditz Reborn 2013

A massive WELL DONE to our Scouts. This was the first time our group has joined in with this District Event, and our Scouts came second.

More importantly they had a brilliant time, learned new skills, demonstrated their fantastic teamwork and leadership skills AND were tired after only 24 hours of activities.

Who would have thought it possible to tire Scouts out so quickly, they were still a little lethargic on Monday – I hope the leaders have all recovered too!!!!

Scout Skills Camp

What a brilliant weekend!!!
The weather was good – no risk of either sunstroke or flood. Ancient Akela gave up his time and van again to transport everything there and back. Thanks Ian 🙂

The Scouts all discovered that they can cook for themselves and wash up – let’s hope you’re all still practising those skills at home, you don’t have to be using a trangia or a campfire in a field!!!

Smudge visited us and trained all the Scouts in the safe use of Axes, Knives, Saws, Smudge sticks and Thug sticks – the Scouts were fantastic, listened quietly and then practised whilst the leaders watched nervously.

Our District Commissioner came for tea on Saturday night and watched the Scouts as they organised their own wide game.

On Sunday, there were more anxious moments for the leaders as the Scouts honed their skills with axes, knives and saws. There was just time left for the Scouts to make a souvenir t-shirt before it was time to start striking camp.

A huge thank-you to the Scouts – you made a fantastic team and the leaders thoroughly enjoyed the camp. (Next time you can cook for the leaders too).

Anna Minde, Norway 2013

Six lucky Scouts had the experience of a lifetime on a trip to Norway. Sailing, rowing, fishing, swimming, cooking on open fires and making lots of new friends

They had an early start to catch the train from Crewe, various delays saw them running through the airport to catch their plane!!!  The English Scouts slept onboard the Anna Minde on Thursday evening before the Norwegian leaders turned up on Friday and claimed their bunks.

On Friday, the Norwegian Scouts arrived and helped to set up camp on the island. It must have taken a long time as that evening they were fishing from the powerboats by torchlight.

Becalmed on the island on Saturday, the team amused themselves with geo-caching, rowing, learning to splice, fishing and driving powerboats.

Sunday saw them meeting the ornithology team, and a few birds, before crossing the sound to the fortress. Then it was time to leave the camp and return for some home hospitality from their new Norwegian friends.

There was just time for a trip round the old town on Monday and joining in with a Norwegian scout meeting before taking their farewells on Tuesday morning.

Someone should explain to Ryanair that they flew past Manchester to get to Dublin – maybe they should provide parachutes and save the four hour wait in Dublin airport.

A huge THANK YOU to Simon for coming out of leader retirement to lead the trip.

Bear Grylls visits Cheshire Scouting

Nearly 1000 Scouts and 1800 Cubs with over 1000 Leaders at Tatton Park Campsite.
1400 Beavers and Leaders at The Heath in Runcorn
Plus Explorers and Network at Forest Campsite
65% of everyone involved in Cheshire Scouting attended a Bear Grylls event
All the sections from 4th Lymm had the opportunity to attend these events – see our blogs for more details


Well done – a valiant effort by the Mutineers and Jolly Rogers who took part in the Swimathon on Sunday 5th May at Lymm Leisure Centre, under the watchful eyes of Captain Barbossa.

Let’s hope the rest of the scurvy crew have worked just as hard raising sponsorship money for the teams.

Family Hike

Well done to the Cubs, Scouts and Beaver (and their parents) who managed to keep up with Ancient Akela (aka Mountain Goat), and thanks to him for leading a fantastic hike and organising the weather.

We enjoyed a great day and it didn’t rain!!!

Some of us got cold, some of us got blisters, some of us nearly got blown away by the wind, we braved two stop off points for the sake of our parents; but we all finished the hike.

Your hike records have been updated and some of you are due badges – Congratulations

Thank you to Ancient Akela for leading us round and teaching us some useful new map skills, and also for showing us where to go to buy delicious hot chocolate.

Please organise a hike again soon