National Scout Car Races 2016

National Scout Car Races 2016

Another trip to the races for 1st Ripley Scout Group’s Cubs, Scouts and Young Leaders. This year the National Scout Car Races were held just outside York at Tockwith and 1st Ripley took two teams of Cubs, two teams of Scouts and a team of Explorers/Young Leaders making 5 teams the highest number of people we have taken to the races before.   We travelled up in our new minibus on the Friday evening and got our tents set up on the campsite. By the time we had got all of the tents set up it was time for supper and bed to make sure that we were all ready for the races on Saturday. Saturday started with a cooked breakfast before the leaders started getting the cars ready and the paperwork organised. The weather was showery but that didn’t delay the race with the first race at half past nine. Then someone from our group was racing in almost every other race which kept the leaders busy getting people into the right place at the right time. Our Cubs, Scouts and Explorers were very consistent finishing around 3rd in most of the sprint races.   Rudi posted the second fastest time for a Cub during the sprint events and Roan posted he sixth fastest Explorer time which meant for the first time we got a driver into the championship races. After lunch we got stuck into the exciting Grand Prix races where in the team of four they had 15 minutes to post as many laps as possible changing driver every lap for cubs and every other lap for...
Chilly Challenge Highlight of January for Troop

Chilly Challenge Highlight of January for Troop

The Troop started the year with a games night playing table tennis, snooker, darts, and table football. Using hand saws, bit, and brace, hand drills, and screwdrivers the scouts have been making boot pullers. They have learnt how to use the tools correctly and safely. They made a great job of the boot pullers. Using the computers, and the ordnance survey overlay on Bing maps they have planned their route from Codnor back to the HQ, which they will be walking in a few weeks time. All of the troop took part in this years Chilly challenge of camping a night outside during January, along with three leaders and a young leader. The Scouts lit a Swedish candle in the evening and then roasted marshmallows over the fire. In the morning after a cold night and not much sleep we had a cooked breakfast, struck camp and hung the tents up inside to dry out. Everyone earned their Chilly Challenge badge which they can now wear on their uniform for the rest of the...
Peak 2015

Peak 2015

Everyone is home the washing is in the machine and we’re going to sleep in a proper bed for the first time in a week. It must mean that Peak 2015 has come to an end. Scouts from 1st Ripley and 3rd Codnor camped together in the Sixties Subcamp at the Golden gates end of the Chatsworth estate. The theme for this years’ peak was a Journey through time with each subcamp themed around a different time zone from Jurassic to Romans, and Imperial China to The Sixties. On Saturday 25th, everyone arrived to camp where the leaders had already set up the mess tent, cooking tent and sleeping tents. The kit was unpacked and the kettle was put on. The rest of the day consisted of exploring the site and seeing where all the different activities were located and what time the tuck shop opened. The Scouts all received their camp badges, neckers, hats, t-shirts, maps and bags. In the evening all 5000+ campers gathered in the main arena for the opening ceremony. Sunday was our subcamps day to compete in the sports competitions, we entered a team into the football and wheelchair basketball tournaments. Around lunchtime we happened to be in the right place at the right time as Bear Grylls visited the arena and the camp to wish us a great camp. One of the Scouts even got the Chief Scouts autograph on his t-shirt. Monday was when the fun really started to happen after a cooked breakfast and eggy bread the Scouts split up into small groups and went off around the activities, air rifle...

Peak 2015 Day 2

Our sixties subcamp weren’t on the main activities today. Instead we were competing in sports competitions. We had a team in the football and wheelchair basketball. After the football had finished a helicopter was spotted in the air. Bringing UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls to the campsite. We were all around the stage so got a good view when he came on stage. One of our scouts even got an autograph on his t-shirt. In the afternoon after sandwiches everyone went off again taking part in various activities such as abseiling, crate stacking, and craft activities. Even the leaders got involved with a go on the digger challenge and a chocolatiering course. For tea we had a Sunday roast and then went off around the site for the disco and cover bands on the main stage. Check in tomorrow for another...

Peak Day 1

The tents are set up and beds set up. This was our first day at Peak 2015.   After we’d all set up the Scouts went off exploring the site and meeting new people around us. Along the Peak Way they have been playing Ultimate Frisbee and Football. Everyone has now got their Peak campwear hat, t-shirt, badges, and Necker. At quarter past six we went off to the opening ceremony where all the subcamps and their songs were introduced.     Ill upload some photos tomorrow when I have a little more time. Tomorrow we are competing in wheelchair basketball and football...