Category: 1st Bourton Cubs

Cubs Summer Term Review

Cubs returned to face to face meetings shortly after and soon got busy with some new activities.

We built rockets from pop bottles and sticks, although it was a few weeks before the weather allowed us to send them skywards, powered by vinegar and baking powder. The bank holidays in May saw us striking out across the local fields to visit and find out about our nearby churches as part of the hikes away badge. The cubs all did very well and there was barely a complaint to be heard – especially when the sun came out and there was the prospect of an ice cream at the Greystones café.

Throughout the term the cubs all learned to tie a clove hitch, square lashing and a reef knot. These were put to good use as they built rafts, with which we entertained locals and tourists alike by holding a series of races along the Windrush. All of the rafts held together and floated, which was mightily impressive. None of the cubs sank, which was a big relief.

By the time you read this, the cubs will have ended the term by rescuing injured spies from occupied France in 1944. This is a test of the map reading, first aid skills and problem solving skills, living The Scouting Associations mission of teaching our young people ‘skills for life’, giving them the confidence to learn, develop and the knowledge that they can tackle unusual situations whilst seeing the rewards of both individual effort and team work.

If you would like to be part of this energetic group of young people (and slightly older leaders), either as a cub or part of the volunteer team that gives them the opportunity to learn and develop, please contact Nick Hawke at

Nick Hawke

Beaver Volunteers Required To Avoid Colony Closure

Last October the current Beaver leaders announced that they would be leaving Beavers in July 2020. To date we have had no volunteers expressing an interest. Unless volunteers come forwards the Beaver colony will cease to exist in July.

If you can spare some time to help keep the thriving Beaver colony going, please get in touch. Whatever time or skills you can commit will be a huge help, nothing is too small to make a difference. If you don’t want to be centre stage, there are plenty of opportunities to provide support ‘behind the scenes’.

It is the perfect time to get involved, as you still have a few months to learn the ropes from our current leaders, who are keen to pass on their knowledge and experience.

Beavers is part of the Scouting movement, for young people aged 6 – 8. It gives our youngsters an opportunity to learn through play and give them experiences that schools aren’t set up to provide, building their confidence and knowledge and helping them feel confident in the world.

As part of the Scouting movement, volunteers always have a huge wealth of resources and back up to help them provide the experiences our Beavers enjoy. This goes from the local Bourton Scout group, through to a national and international support network of volunteers.

To keep the Beavers alive we need volunteers to orm a new team to guide our young people – will you be part of it, or do you know someone who could help us? Please get in touch with any of the Beavers, Cubs or Scout Leaders.

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