100 years on and Cubs are still ready for a chal­lenge

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

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

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Luke, 10, 1st New Rom­ney, Antony, eight, Cox­heath, and Harry, 10, Med­way, work­ing at the Lego chal­lenge

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Some peo­ple make it look easy!

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Luke, eight, from 8th Ash­ford, modelling a sari

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Ge­orge, eight, flies over Thomas, eight, in the Leapfrog chal­lenge

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