5th Letchworth comes second in Peak Assault (maybe)

25 Oct 2017

Hertfordshire Peak Assault (HPA) is the county’s premier competition for Explorers, Scout Network and Leaders. Every October, over 100 teams of four to six compete on a (very large) orienteering style course somewhere in the hills of England or Wales.
This year is the 50th anniversary of HPA and it was held over two days in the Rhinnog Hills of the Snowdonia National Park. Despite appalling weather, the ‘A’ team from BaLiN (Letchworth and Baldock Scout Network) came second!
The notable element for 5th Letchworth was that the team of four included …

Scouts visit Stevenage Mosque as part of their World Challenge Award

17 Jul 2017

Last week, 5th Letchworth Scout Troop visited the Islamic Mosque in Stevenage as part of our World Challenge Award. There was much excitement in the minibus on the way there. It was the first trip to a mosque for most of us and we were keen to learn more about Islam.
Arriving at the mosque, we all had to remove our shoes and the girls had to cover their heads with scarves. Inside, the mosque felt quiet and respectful, despite the building works going on just metres away. I felt humbled.
First, we spectated a silent …

5th show their respects at Remembrance Sunday

20 Nov 2016

Every year, along with all the other uniformed youth organisations in the town, the Scouts show their respects by joining in the Remembrance Sunday parade at the War Memorial in Letchworth town centre. This year we had a fantastic turnout from 5th, and didn’t they look smart!

Scouts go wild in Wales

27 Aug 2015

Each summer, we try to give our Scouts a different camping experience. Over the four years they tend to be with us they get the opportunity for: a land activities camp, a water activities camp, an International camp, and Lochearnhead. This year it was land activities and we spent a week camping at Plas Pencelli near Brecon. This is an activity centre owned by Swindon Education Authority, but we only made use of the toilets and showers, plus their excellent instructors.
During the week, the scouts did: two all-day hikes (one …

A new Scout’s view of Green Beret

23 Nov 2014

Green Beret is a challenging and exciting camp. You have to be prepared for the mud and tasks as well as the fun.

It’s a competition between Hertfordshire scouts.This year we were at Phasel’s Wood and there were 157 teams of up to 6 scouts.
We had to do several activities that challenged us mentally and physically. We started the morning with orienteering. We had to use a map to find 15 bases in 45 minutes. We only found 5, but that was still more than most. Then it was onto …

Scouts walk 14 miles to raise funds

19 May 2014

Every year, Letchworth Rotary Club organises a 14 mile walk around the Greenway to raise funds for themselves and for those entering. As a group, we have used this event as our main fund raiser for some years.
This year, we did things differently. We wanted to have a camp, and we also wanted to take delivery of our new Jurte, a large “mess” tent based on a yurt and used widely by scouts in Germany. We had seen these black tents at international events and have wanted one for ages.
We booked to …

Green Beret – a Scout’s view

4 Dec 2013

On the 15th of November I set off to Green Beret and Gilwell Park, (the head of UK scouting), at 6:45 in the evening. We were supposed to arrive by 8pm, but we got stuck in traffic as we tried to enter the campsite along with the other 146 teams arriving at the same time. As we arrived we were given directions to where Letchworth & Baldock were camping.
We quickly found our leaders and sat down around the table to discuss tactics and rules. We went to bed early that …

Competing in Green Beret 2013

17 Nov 2013

Team 77 does its best, but can’t beat the best – yet!
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Green Beret is Hertfordshire Scouts’ premier competition for the Scout section. It takes place during one long day and comprises:

Assault Course
Orienteering Challenge
Loads of Day Activity Bases
Loads more of Night Activity Bases

This year’s Green Beret was held at the home of scouting – Gilwell Park, and 5th entered one non-competing team. We should have entered a full competing team, but unfortunately one member fell ill at the last moment and we couldn’t get a replacement.
A record 150 teams entered this …

#5thLetchworth Twitter Hashtag wins in Arts & Crafts Competition

11 Nov 2013

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Last Saturday, 9th November 2013, our District held its biennial Arts & Crafts Exhibition. Unlike previous competitions, this one was held in a spare shop unit in Letchworth Town Centre so that it could also act as a promotional opportunity for Scouts.
5th entered in the Cub Section and the Scout Section.
The photos show the two entries: Cubs had a really imaginative reconstruction of a camp fire, whilst Scouts extolled the use of social media by combining a physical #5thLetchworth “hashtag” with a large Monitor showing a twitter feed of …

Scouts go wild at Harmergreen Wood

29 Oct 2013

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Harmergreen Wood is the venue for our annual “traditional” weekend camp where Scouts learn and practice basic scouting skills: fire lighting, cooking on an open fire, wood chopping, shelter building etc. They also have a great time in the woods. The leaders have a great time too.
Harmergreen Wood is a basic woodland campsite located just outside of Welwyn Garden City. It has toilets and cold water but that’s it.
This year we had 16 Scouts and we were also joined by five of our Cubs on Saturday. We paired them …