Scout leaders and trustees are set to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge at the beginning of July to raise funds towards the scout groups’ activities.
Leaders have been out in small groups on individual peaks in preparation for the ‘gruelling’ 24-mile hike that has approximately 1,660 meters of ascent and descent.
The 62nd Doncaster Scout Group at Thorne is entirely run by volunteers and is dependent upon grant funding and donations. “This year we are having a big drive on fundraising so we can improve the type of activities and facilities our young people can experience”, said one of the leaders.
Thorne Scouts now has a fundraising page where you can see updates on the group’s progress and donate – search JustGiving.com for 62nd-doncaster-scouts.
In May, the scouts had an ‘exciting’ activity right on their doorstep on Thorne canal. All sections of 62nd Doncaster Scout Group had the opportunity to ride on ‘Pearl’, a canal boat moored at Staniland marina and operated by the Ethel Trust.
“This was an exciting and interesting trip that we hope to hold again in the future”, said a group leader. “As well as a lovely boat ride the children learnt all about the different types of locks on our canals and how they operate and the rules and regulations on British waterways. Some of our young people even got to steer the boat!
“It was a wonderful day out and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. We often travel to activities, so it was nice to do something so close to home and Pearl is something all the children see regularly when they attend sessions in the neighbouring woods. Special thanks to the Ethel Trust for putting on such a great event for our young people.”
Now the good weather is here, weekly sessions are often run in Thorne woods. This month cubs have been learning all about the different types of trees and plants that grow in our woods, and have been coupling this with photography by taking pictures of wildlife and plants using different apps and features on cameras and phones. They have also been learning some history about the Romans and the highest honour a Roman soldier can receive… a grass crown. The cubs learnt how to make the crowns and chose a fitting Roman name for their soldier.
Leaders are looking to set up a Squirrel Drey, the youngest section of scouting which involves children aged four to six years old. If you are interested in volunteering as a squirrel leader, please contact Louise at firstname.lastname@example.org or message the scouts through their Facebook page.