Lowestoft scouts gather for reunion
SCOUTS from all over the Lowestoft district headed to their Herringfleet campsite for the annual reunion and rededication. More than 150 boy and girl scouts from seven troops were joined by 25 day visitors as they spent two days camping in the delightful woodland setting on the edge of Fritton Lake.
SCOUTS from all over the Lowestoft district headed to their Herringfleet campsite for the annual reunion and rededication.
More than 150 boy and girl scouts from seven troops were joined by 25 day visitors as they spent two days camping in the delightful woodland setting on the edge of Fritton Lake.
Together with their leaders they took part in a variety of activities including archery, canoeing, rowing, shooting, monkey bridge climbing and, of course, gathering round a cheerful campfire.
While Formula One cars were racing around the streets of Monaco there was an equivalent spectacle at Herringfleet over the weekend of May 15 and 16 as scout-powered hand-built wooden carts competed in closely fought cart time trials.
Leaders and helpers then joined the scouts and their district chaplain, the Rev Roger Key, in a short service to rededicate the campsite.
District commissioner Peter Jarvis said the scouts had had a 'brilliant weekend' and that the district was very lucky to have the use of such a wonderful site. He thanked the Hon Hugh Crossley for allowing them to use the land on the Somerleyton estate.
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For four of the scouts, there was special excitement as they started the build-up to the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden in 2011.
In preparation for their trip, the four - Tom Critoph, Sam Adams, Alice Bruce and Chris Card - decided to run a fundraising barbecue on the campsite to help towards the �1,900 cost of the trip that they each have to raise.
They also arranged a 'gunge tank' and invited donations from fellow campers to select one of five leaders to be gunged.
Mark Green, scout leader from the 1st Blundeston group, was the eventual 'unlucky winner' and was duly gunged to much cheering from the scouts and leaders. And there was enough left over to gunge the runner-up Peter Jarvis too.
There will be around 32,000 young people and adults from nearly 200 nations at the World Scout Jamboree campsite in southern Sweden. The site is a military base, with the jamboree taking place from July 27 to August 7 2011.
Anyone who wishes to help the four Lowestoft scouts with the cost of the trip should contact email@example.com.