100 years on and Cubs are still ready for a challenge
A CENTURY since the first Scouts set out to find fresh challenges and excitement, Kent’s Cub Scouts have proved they’ve lost none of their vigour and verve.
Saturday brought 1,300 Cubs from 100 packs around Kent to the showground in Detling, where they set about the double task of fund-raising for Comic Relief and celebrating their centenary year.
Fittingly for St Patrick’s Day, there were plenty of shenanigans as the Scouts added a dose of Red Nose Day wackiness to the task of completing 100 challenges.
Cubs could be seen enthusiastically racing wooden camels, balancing baskets on their heads, and making strange creations with modelling balloons.
Tasks such as tent-pitching, tracking, fitness tests and first aid proved the Cubs are as committed as ever to the outdoor survival skills that lay at the heart of founder Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting vision.
And the Cubs showed they were in touch with their cultural side, making traditional Hindu, Diwali paintings and learning how to wear a sari.
Dubbed the Comic Relief 100 Challenge, the day was declared the best Scout-run Comic Relief event in the country by the Scouting Association, and raised £2,500 for the annual charity event.
Deputy assistant county commissioner Rebecca Martin, who organised the day, said: “It was buzzing and exciting. It was a unique event and probably won’t be repeated again.
“The energy and exhilaration of the youngsters stood out. I didn’t see a miserable face all day.”
To find out more about Scouting in Kent visit www.kentscouts.org.uk
Luke, 10, 1st New Romney, Antony, eight, Coxheath, and Harry, 10, Medway, working at the Lego challenge
Some people make it look easy!
Luke, eight, from 8th Ashford, modelling a sari
George, eight, flies over Thomas, eight, in the Leapfrog challenge