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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. 

 

LEST WE FORGET.
 

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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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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