Last weekend (16th – 18th September), Cubs Scouts and Leaders from all across the South West Lakes scouting district met up at the Urswick Scout campsite to enjoy an amazing camp of fun, challenges and adventure to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cub Scouts.
Working with another Scout leader, Paul from Walney, I had the great pleasure of photographing and videoing the weekend, and telling the story of the camp in a press release. Using many of the photos and videos that we took, I also made an 18 minute short film, showing some of the amazing fun everyone had.
I sent the press release into the local paper, but unfortunately they didn’t have a lot of space, so they trimmed it down quite considerably. So here, for the first time in public, is the full story of the Cubs100 Urswick camp, as well as a small selection of the photos we took. I hope you like it!
Cumbria Cubs join 100th birthday celebrations!
More than one hundred Cub Scouts and over forty leaders from Askam, Barrow, Broughton, Dalton, Ulverston and Walney have just taken part in an amazing weekend camp of activities, challenges and adventure as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cub Scouts.
Lord Baden-Powell founded Scouts in 1907, and very soon realised that another organisation was needed for the younger brothers of Scouts to join in the fun! He started Wolf Cubs in 1916, and the adventure hasn’t stopped since then. Girls joined the boys in 1990 and now Cubs is open to all young people between the ages of 7½ and 10½.
After meeting at the Scouts district campsite at Urswick, Cubs and leaders first joined in an opening ceremony, and then took part in a “night hike” around Urswick hill fort. Assistant District Commissioner Ian Cameron welcomed all the Cubs to the camp, and explained the plans for the weekend of fun and adventure. After the night hike, Cub Kane Lawson of 1st Broughton Cub Pack said “It’s very different to walk at night – very dark and exciting. I heard an owl!”
Following their first night at camp, on Saturday morning Cubs and leaders travelled up to Kepplewray outdoor activity centre for a day of fun and adventure. Throughout the day, Cubs took part in rock climbing, kayaking, raft building, caving and mine exploring, abseiling, archery, fencing, and bush craft and team challenges. Cub Callum Charnley of Walney Cub Pack said “The best thing was the mine exploring. I’ve never been in a real cave before! It was cool, spooky and dark”, and Cub Oliver Watson of 2nd Ulverston Cub Pack said “Bush craft was brilliant, but fencing was epic!”
Tired out from their busy day, the Cubs returned to Urswick for a camp fire and sing-along, followed by a traditional Scouts night “wide game” – a team challenge where Cubs worked together to find clues in the woods at Urswick in the dark. Cub Tyga Steele of 3rd Duddon (Askam) Cub Pack really enjoyed it: “the night game in the forest was really adventurous!”
On Sunday morning, Cubs took part in a special “hundred task challenge” as part of the centenary celebrations, demonstrating as many of their Scouting skills as they could in as short a time as possible. After lunch, and packing up their tents, the Cubs gathered for a closing ceremony and talked about the weekend of fun and what it means to be a Cub Scout, before taking part in the celebratory cake-cutting! Packing up his tent, Cub leader Dave Atkinson of Walney Cub Pack said “surely the best camp in one hundred years of cub!”
With the help and support of a team of leaders, supporters and parent volunteers, especially Cub leader Graham Cotgreave of 17th Barrow, the weekend camp was organised and managed by Cub leader Ged Pugh. Ged, who leads Walney Cub Pack said “The fantastic weekend of activities organised for over a hundred Cubs from right across the district has been the biggest district-wide Cub event for many years. I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make such a fantastic weekend, and thanks to all the Cubs for making it so much fun!”
After the camp, District Commissioner Eddie Richards said “It’s great that one hundred children enjoyed a fantastic adventure at our campsite this weekend”.