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19 March 2017
Those scouts that had recovered from the night hike met at the URC church for our church parade. Well done for getting up early after Friday's hike!
17 March 2017 - Night Hike
22 of our bravest scouts gathered at Great Chesterford for the 2017 Night Hike. Eight miles and nearly three hours later the scouts were greeted with a late supper of sausages and hot chocolate before bedding down for the night. Our usual breakfast of bacon and egg rolls, cooked by the volunteer parent team, was very welcome indeed. Many thanks to the usual suspects (Steve, Dan, Eryl, Dave, John) as well as Ron for helping on the walk and the breakfast cooks. A legendary evening!
11 February 2017 Winter Camp 2017 - Skreens Park Activity Centre
Scouts enjoyed Sumo wrestling, caving, air rifles and bush craft in the snow and ice at Skreens Park. A huge pot of chilli - with lots of chocolate melted in it and buckets of hot chocolate helped chase the cold away. We skipped the camp fire sing-song though because it was-3C (but so did everyone else).
Fantastic time had by all - back to Skreens in the Autumn.
Many thanks to Steve Morgan and John Browne for working so hard to make it a success - and to the scouts for brining all the fun.
More pictures of this trip on the Scout Camps page.
5th Saffron Walden Scouts Gang Show 16th December 2016
A superb effort by the 5th raised £225 for the Shelter Christmas appeal at the first annual Gang Show. Cello duet, synchronised swimming, walking frame ballet, Rick Astleys, Dougie B and a variety of musical acts provided an enjoyable evening of entertainment for the friends and families of the scouts.
The evening also provided an opportunity for one scout to be awarded his Gold Award - the highest award that can be earned by a scout.
I can't wait for next year!
Christmas Camp 9th to 11th December 2016
December saw us return to the coast for a fabulous Christmas camp. Scouts plucked and gutted a partridge for their lunch before heading out on the seal boats to see the baby seals in their winter coats.
Dinner was a full Christmas dinner for 21 people at the excellent Wells-next-the-sea scout hut.
Sunday morning gave us some time for a crabbing trip to the harbour. More pictures of this trip on the Scout Camps page.
Patrol Leaders Night - 11 November 2016
A five mile night hike out to Elmdon, followed by a sleep under the stars to test out our new bivy bags.
Scouts cooked their own dinners over the fire and drank a gallon of hot chocolate to keep out the winter chills.
Waking up by the side of the lake to tea and bacon rolls is the perfect way to start the weekend.
We plan to return to Elmdon for another sleep out in the spring.
Jailbreak 24/25 September 2016
Wasps, catchers and a long, long journey could not prevent this years Jailbreak, held between Orwell in Cambridgeshire and Clavering in Essex, being one of the best ever. All scouts from the 5th finished the gruelling overnight course and had a great deal of fun doing so. No trophies this time, but three teams finishing the course, plus 5th represented in support staff, crossing guards, bus drivers and first aiders. Well done to all involved.