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Youngsters rise to tough survival challenges

Chief Scout Bear Grylls would have been so proud of Blackpool District Cubs during their survival challenge.

The youngsters aged between eight and 10.5 tackled many adventurous activities that had been put in place at Waddecar Activity Centre.

It made for a great weekend to tests their skills, by the County Activities Team.

The youngsters were joined by other Cub Scouts from across West Lancashire

Nichola Bonsors, Leader with the 51st Blackpool Scout Group, and District Cub Leader, said: “On Saturday, September 30, 77 Cub Scouts from Blackpool took part in the West Lancashire Survival Day at Waddecar campsite.

“The children got to experience lots of different activities including a cave bus, shooting, archery, fire lighting, knotting and laser tag.

“Everyone had a great time even though it was a bit muddy!”

Scouts switched on to digital

One of the most recent badges to be introduced to Scouting for all sections in the last couple of years is the Digital Citizens Badge.

Blackpool District Cubs held two gatherings at St John Church of England School, Church Street, on Monday and Wednesday evening last week, where the youngsters undertook three areas: transferring a memory card from a mobile or camera to laptop on to a screen, sending an email, and making their own film.

120 Cubs from 15 Cub packs attended.

Cubs achieve silver award

Last Tuesday evening Cubs and younger Scouts, along with their very proud parents, families, and leaders, met together at Blackpool Town Hall to be presented with the Chief Scout Silver Award.

Forty-four young recipients from 10 Cub Packs had worked over a three year period on the Seven Challenge Badges and Personal Achievement, which cover the topics of global, health and fitness, personal challenge, and community.

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, said: “Every child has the right to an adventure, life is about grabbing opportunities.

“The prizes don’t always go to the biggest, the best and the strongest, they go to those who preserverence, these are simple life lessons that Scouting teaches.”

Ted Cooper welcomed the Mayoralty party and all those present and pointed out that not every child who enters the Cub Scout Section goes on to achieve such awards, in fact only tow young people in every ten are successful.

He thanked both the leaders and parents for their devoted loyalty.

The Mayor of Blackpool, Coun Ian Coleman presented the certificates and said he was proud to meet the youngsters.