Lighting up the Night

At Scouts tonight patrols built small signal beacons out of bamboo before moving on to a monster beacon that towered into the night. A great way to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday (though to be honest I doubt it was visible from Windsor)!

Night Hike

On Friday night two patrols from Stocksfield – the Tigers and the Nightmares – took part in the District Night Hike. They joined eleven other patrols who had to navigate around a fourteen point course in the countryside.

Not content with the challenge of keeping en route and answering the quiz questions at each stage, our Scouts added their own twist. One patrol created an impromptu self-rescue activity when one Scout got his boot stuck in the middle of a large patch of mud in the woods. Another managed to catch (and later release) a small shrew that was probably not expecting to see all these Scouts out after dark.

Photo by Jo Reeve

On Target

Stocksfield Scouts joined colleagues from across Hadrian District in the annual .177 air rifle shooting competition. Congratulations to our highest placed sharp-shooters: Joe won third place, Aidan was second and Zachary was first! After the event Archie was confirmed as winning the prize for being closest to the bullseye.

Chinese New Year

Cubs spent the night learning about Chinese New Year

  • Copying symbols using a 9x9 grid

    Cubs learnt to write Happy New Year in Chinese script

  • Creating the dragons

    Working on their dragons

  • Dragon-dancing in the hut

    Dragon-dancing in the hut


There was much hilarity learning which year they were born in and trying to eat noodles using chopsticks!

Wet Wet Wet

The Camp Badge
The Camp Badge

This year’s District Winter Camp at Kielder will be hard to forget. It was always going to be special, as it was the 25th year of the camp – resulting in a name change – Silver rather than the normal Brass Monkey – and a special badge.

The strong winds and heavy rain associated with storm Desmond that caused so much havoc elsewhere this weekend, also challenged our Scouts.

Digging Ditches
Digging Ditches

Luckily the position of our camp in the forest meant we were sheltered from the worst of the wind if not the rain. It was a strange feeling falling asleep in a tent being pelted by rain and pine cones!

Indoor Rowing Races
Indoor Rowing Races

The staff at Hawkhirst were great and did their best to keep everyone warm and dry. The evening activities moved to a barn so the Scouts were able to shed their waterproofs, play games and forget about the weather for a while!

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