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Belgium International Camp 2019
05/09/2019 By Gary Sturrock

A group of 26 scouts and leaders from Leagrave Scout Group, Lewsey, spent their summer camp this year at De Kluis Scout Campsite in Belgium.

And boy! did they have a great week. Despite a very early start, 3 am Saturday morning, the camp was already set up courtesy of their specialist travel partner, Venture Abroad, so first up a visit to the National Scout Museum in Leuven where they met up with scouts from other scout groups from all over the world including Holland, France, Germany and Thailand to name a few.

A hearty breakfast then a visit to Brussels where we took in visits to Mini Europe and The Atomium before heading back into central Brussels where scouts were then let loose to shop for souvenirs and gifts for home.

A night of wide games and a campfire with the Guides sharing our campsite then the next day onto an 8km canoe down the river to Leuven. All returned safely apart from one set of 3 who managed to capsize twice and had to swim the last stretch as they could not get back into their canoe. A good laugh was had at their expense as they appeared at the dock soaking wet and very tired. PS they were watched as they swam to make sure of no problems.

A visit from some Dutch scouts to our camp made the night fly by, then the next day an early start for a very important day.

We had decided to take the Battlefield Tour which saw scouts learn about the World Wars and remember those who had fought to give us our freedom.

This tour included a visit to Flanders Field Museum, Sanctuary Wood Hill 62 and a very poignant visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery where scouts were reminded of the thousands who gave their lives so we could have ours.

Finally, the group were given the very great privilege of being Guard of Honour and for 2 scouts and a leader, the great honour of laying a wreath at the Menin Gate War Memorial Ceremony in the evening.

This was the highlight of the day and the week and will be a lasting memory for all who attended.

To lighten the mood and have fun the next day we headed to Walibi Theme Park for a full day of rides and thrills, allowing scouts the freedom to enjoy the park and go where they wanted.

The last day, saw us with a long walk in Leuven to enjoy shopping then onto the climbing centre where scouts enjoyed an afternoon of climbing, high ropes and caving.

Campsite cleaned up on the Saturday morning and at noon the journey home started. By 8pm we were back in Luton and although tired they all expressed a sense of joy at the fantastic week of events, activities and meeting other international scouts, even in some cases keeping in future touch with those scouts.

A full weeks’ international camp, where they had been reminded of the past, seen the future, tried a range of new activities and had lots and lots of new experiences.

And! the Belgium camp does not end there, with over 100 badges earned, both at camp and with new patrol leader badges to be passed out on the troops return for the new term on the 6th September.

The next few years are also going to be very busy at Leagrave with Disneyland Paris in January, followed by summer Group Family Camp in 2020, Canal boat holiday and Kanderstag, (KISC) Switzerland in 2021 and in 2023 we hope t o have a number of senior scouts, young leaders or explorers and even hopefully a leader at the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Seamanguem, South Korea.

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Leagrave Scout Group certainly stepped up this weekend in the local community. The weekend started at St Luke's Church, Leagrave High Street with an event called Transforming Leagrave in conjunction with the church the group carried out a free car wash with a prayer and also went litter picking on the Hockwell Ring area. 3 hour later and with the Hockwell Ring looking spick and span, 30+ cars washed and cleaned the event was a complete success.

Then onto Sunday and in conjunction with a generous donation of nearly £125.00 as well as a group of 8 staff from Argos UK Bedford Interchange Retail Park and 12 scouts, 3 leaders and the GSL from Leagrave Scout Group set about cleaning up and makeover of the Royal British Legion War Memorial on Marsh Road, Leagrave. Edging stones dug up and realigned, borders edged and lined, groundwork carried out, paths raked and weeded, bushes trimmed, grass cut and you can see the difference. 
The group will continue to maintain this site year round and continue the tradition of attendance at the Remembrance Parade every November 11th to remember those who gave their lives so we could have ours. 



A huge thank you to Argos UK and the staff from the Bedford Interchange store for their help, to Luton Borough Council for their support and the staff at the RBL Marsh Road branch for the use of facilities. 
See before and after pictures below:

Leagrave Scout Group will continue its work in the community through out the year as it has done for many years past on Sat 6th July at St Luke's Church with the annual LYWAG Festival where we are supplying our normal camping equipment, mess tents etc etc along with a BBQ, tuck shop, mini crossbows, face painting, arts and crafts and this year a climbing wall, all free of charge for young people and the people of Leagrave, Lewsey and Hockwell Ring areas.


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Athletics Badge
05/07/2019 By David Faraday

The Cubs enjoyed an evening of following a blind trail, egg and spoon races, sack races, throwing balls into baskets and press ups plus lots more fun.  An evening in the sun and lots of athletics Badges earnt.

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LTFC Beavers 6 a Side Football Tournament
28/05/2019 By Gary Sturrock

Saturday 11th May 2019 and Beavers from Leagrave Scout Group joined hundreds of other Beavers from Bedfordshire at Kenilworth Road, home of newly promoted Championship side Luton Town to take part in a 6 a side football tournament organised by Luton Town Football Club's Community Trust in conjunction with Bedfordshire Masons and Bob Calver. 

A team of 6 Leagrave Beavers and 2 Strathmore Beavers, along with 5 leaders and a couple of young leaders played out a series of 6 games winning 3 losing 1 and drawing one. ot enough to win their section but as the scouts would say, they 'did their best'.

Pictures from a great and enjoyable day are shown below     

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Scout Hike/Camp Weekend, Bromham
28/05/2019 By Gary Sturrock

A warm Saturday morning 6th April 2019 and 20+ Scouts and Leaders meet up for a weekend hike/camp with a difference.

Scouts had prepared for this weekend over the past 2 Fridays, having planned the route, travel arrangements, food and kit.

The Bedford train awaited and off they set to travel to Bedford train station where the hike began. All scouts carried there own tents, bedding, food and eating equipment.

Once of fthe train a planned route was set and scouts started hiking. a good 7 mile hike to the County Campsite at Bromham where they would spend the night.

Half way round, lunch was the order ofthe day and a stop of an hour in beautiful weather before the final half of the hike commenced.

Arriving at Bromham the scouts immediately set about setting up camp, 2 man tents set up, stoves ready and an eveing meal of Army rations devoured the camp fire was built up and a night of fun and games commenced.

A dry night was followed by a breakfast sausage, eggs and bread (bacon was forgotten by the food orderer - Jacky Sturrock) so was missing off the menu. Tents packed down, washing done, kit packed and off they set again at noon for Bedford in a reverse of the route to the site.

A warm train and coffee awaited those who arrived early at Bedford station and the train home.

A tired set of scouts, some more than others, arrived back at St Luke's Church where they were met by their parents and the weekend completed.

PS Pictures also show the start of building work on the new Bromham Indoor accommodation lodge. 

Pictures attached.  

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