What a week!
Monday night visited Clayton and Whittle to see their pack and was given the honour of presenting two silver awards to Matthew Hargreaves and Sam Perkins. Well done guys a great step up the top awards available to all scouts.
Formally invested as ADC Wednesday and straight into my first meeting with the Cub Leaders at the All Leaders meeting.
I was made to feel really welcome by the leaders and assistants many of whom have been doing this job a lot longer than me. Ann-Marie Fisher was there from County to keep an eye on me to make sure I didn’t slip up on my first outing….bit like a cub helping another!
A really good meeting with some great ideas towards the district programme for the years ahead. (Notes have been circulated, if you’ve not seen them drop me an email.) Long chat about County Camp more of which we will circulate in the next few days.In particular we need to identify two teams, one for central catering for the district for 160+ and a team to run the district bases. We’ll tell you more about that next week.
One thing we agreed to work on was maximising the achievement of top awards and for us cubs that’s the silver award. At the next meeting this will be the top of the agenda, sharing best practice and methods of all leaving cubs having achieved their Silver.
Struck down with a cold, (Mrs ADC says worst attack of man flu she’s ever seen !!!). Spent most of Thursday and Friday at home.
Saturday saw our first entry in a long time in the Cubs County Chess Championship. Our Team of Oliver Crook, William Dempsey (1st Chorley Methodist) Riley Lengden (Euxton Methodist),and Arran Curwen Ben Kirkham (Whittle and Clayton) performed really well in what is clearly a very serious competition. I had to judge a table, even I had to be trained up on the complex scoring system and rules.
But our cubs did us proud, Oliver, who told me before hand that he was “pretty good” went on to win every one of his matches and gained overall Champions prize for the district. What a result. This will be a regular feature in the District programme and we need to return next year to defend our win. Well done to all the team and their parents who had to sit in another room for 4 hours!
I wrapped up Saturday with a visit to Waddecar where Hollinshead Street were camping in Helme Lodge with about 30 cubs and beavers. Undaunted by the return of wintery showers, they were obviously having a great time. Led by Alice and Paul, I joined them for a Campfire and saw them all dressed up in their theme of Spies and Secret Agents. The leaders there were doing a great job and were well supported by several parent helpers who made their weekend away a great success. Reminded me how important our parent helpers are and we must make sure they get the recognition they deserve. A big thankyou from me to all of you mums and dads who help in our groups around the district.
A lot going on in the District watch this space for more next week. Let me know what your packs are doing so I can come along and support.