Cubs celebrate 100 years at West Newton

Cubs Jacob Dickinson and Benjamin Jones watch Seth Rye learning vinyl printing, used to make cub pennants, under the watchful eye of Mary Jackman. MLNF16PB06143

Cubs Jacob Dickinson and Benjamin Jones watch Seth Rye learning vinyl printing, used to make cub pennants, under the watchful eye of Mary Jackman. MLNF16PB06143

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Cub Scouts from all over West Norfolk let their hair down at the weekend when they celebrated 100 years of the movement.

A total of 170 both boys and girls from 12 packs gathered on West Newton Field, the same venue that hosts the annual Sandringham Flower Show.

The 1st Hunstanton scout group enjoy splashing about in the water MLNF16PB06140 ANL-160613-133026001

The 1st Hunstanton scout group enjoy splashing about in the water MLNF16PB06140 ANL-160613-133026001

They camped out on Friday and Saturday night and took part in a wide range of traditional scouting activities such as cooking on an open fire, canoeing and involving themselves in numerous craft activities.

On top of that the cubs could enjoy a bouncy castle, the chance to gain circus skills such as stilt walking and plate spinning, scale a climbing wall or simply race around in eco-friendly go-carts powered by the drivers’ leg muscles.

West Norfolk cub scouts enjoy a camp each year but this was different.

The event required months of planning and was organised by district cub scout leaders, Lesley Doherty and Phil Jordan.

From left -Jed King, Ella Smythe and Megan Sparrow paint moulded Plaster of Paris Fleur de Lys, the scouting world's badge MLNF16PB06142 ANL-160613-133520001

From left -Jed King, Ella Smythe and Megan Sparrow paint moulded Plaster of Paris Fleur de Lys, the scouting world's badge MLNF16PB06142 ANL-160613-133520001

“This was very special and much bigger than our annual camps,” said Phil Jordan.

It involved 60 cub scout leaders plus support from a range of other adult helpers.

One part of the weekend was special to the scouting movement in North West Norfolk.

In memory of group scout leader, Roger Fox, who died several years ago, a special prize is awarded each year to the cub who is judged to have performed an outstanding act of compassion.

Cubs, watched by their leaders, cook twists of dough on an open wood fire MLNF16PB06141 ANL-160613-133301001

Cubs, watched by their leaders, cook twists of dough on an open wood fire MLNF16PB06141 ANL-160613-133301001

Saturday was given over to fun activities and on Sunday they took part in a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday with a street party-style lunch followed by a parade to West Newton Church for a special cub service before packing up their tents, rolling up their sleeping bags and, probably totally exhausted, heading for home.