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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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Cambridge Forward Incident Hike 2019
03/04/2019 By Gary Sturrock

Cambridge Forward Incident Hike 2019, 9th March @ Linton Village Hall, Cambridgeshire:

The results are in;

Leagrave Scout Troop sent 2 teams to take part in this event; 

Leagrave Scout Team A: Fareed Gilani, Joe Edwards, Sam Denyer & Jacub Kononowicz

Leagrave Scout Team B: Lauren Denyer, Morgan Campbell, Finlay McKay & Alex Lyddon.

Team A set off at 10.05 am and finished at 15.45 pm completing the route and incidents in 5 hrs 40 mins and gaining a total of 490 points

Team B set off at 09.23 am and finished at 16.45 pm completing the course in 7 hrs 18 mins and finishing with a score of 356 points.

The points totals gained by both teams gave them the following positions in the overall competition:

Leagrave Scout Team A: 3rd Place

Leagrave Scout Team B: 10th Place

Fantastic effort from both teams and congratulations especially to Team A lead by Fareed Gilani who finished 2nd in the Chaperoned event and 3rd Overall in the points competition.

 

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Adam Goodman Memorial Challenge 2019
02/04/2019 By Gary Sturrock

Adam Goodman Memorial Challenge 2019 and 20 young people and Leaders from Leagrave Scout Group along with 5 young people and leaders from Hydra ESU arrived to take part in this years challenge. Also present were Wigmore Valley, Strathmore and Lea amongst the 70 taking part.
All set up and the competition began with 1 team of Beavers, 1 team of Cubs and 2 teams of Scouts from Leagrave creating their water bottle rockets for the competition. 
After lunch the competition got under way with the design of each rocket being marked, then onto blast off by section.
The first part was for the furthest distance and if the rocket stayed intact.
Next came the highest rocket again with a check on the condition of the rocket.
Once the site had been cleaned up and the results checked, Yvonne and Sharon Goodman presented the trophies and flags to the winners. 
Longest flight went to Leagrave Scouts.
Wigmore Valley Group won the best designs for all sections.
Overall the Adam Goodman Memorial Flag this year went to Strathmore Blue Foxes, with Lea Scout Group second and Leagrave came in last of the 4 groups represented. 
Pictures of the day are shown below:

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RAF Museum Hendon - Scout Visit 23/03/19
25/03/2019 By Gary Sturrock

23 Scouts and Leaders set of from Hockwell Ring Community centre in 2 Minibuses for RAF Museum Hendon on Saturday 23rd March 2019.

Their plan was to carry out work on stages of the Air Activities Badge and Air Researchers badge and for most that aim was completed.

But whilst there a lot of fun and pleasure was had by all, including Leaders. RAF Hendon has icreased the hanger spaces available to view and the attractions to watch, including a 4D Show, Battle of Britain viewing, Dam Busters show, Typhoo Simulator and many more.

A great day was had by all and photos from the day are available in the RAF Hendon album.

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St Partick's Day Parade Luton 2019
18/03/2019 By Gary Sturrock

Sunday 17th March as it was St Patrick's Day Leagrave Scout Group attended for first time both parading and with a stall promoting scouting and paracord bracelet, woggle & key chain making.
7.30 am and leaders were on Market Hill putting up the group's pop up marquees and event tents for the use of the Luton Irish Forum and erecting a smaller marquee for our own use.
Then it was off to the start of the parade where over 40 members of the group and a number of parents gathered to parade around the town in front of the Lady Major, MP's and local dignitaries to Market Hill where the parade ended and the stalls were open with a music stage ready to entertain the masses.

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Below are some pictures of the day and parade.

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