Scouting Snapshots

The Scouting adventure can shape young lives

Monday, 17th July 2017, 12:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st August 2017, 3:03 pm
Blackpool Scouts AGM

Scouts and dignitaries gathered for Blackpool District Scout Council’s Annual General Meeting.

The Meeting was held at Blackpool Football Club, in the Matthews Lounge.

Before the formal meeting took place, there was a preview of songs from this year’s Blackpool Scout Gang Show, by members of the cast, to be held at The Globe Theatre, Pleasure Beach, in October.

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The Mayor of Blackpool, Coun Ian Coleman, attended along with the Mayoress, District President Coun Lily Henderson, County Commissioner for West Lancashire Steve Moreton, District Commissioner for Blackpool Scouts Victoria Da Silva, and members of the Blackpool District Executive.

The guest speaker was David Cam – formerly a Scout with the 1st Bispham Scout Group and latterly Company Secretary of the Pleasure Beach, followed by the appointment as Dept High Sheriff of Lancashire – and the meeting was chaired by Katherine O’Connor, Blackpool District Scout Council Chairperson.

Mr Cam spoke about how Scouting had made a massive impact on his life, taking part in the 1971 World Jamboree in Japan, and taking the stage with the Blackpool Gang Show.

Bowled over by fun times

Not only do our youngsters enjoy getting badges, doing competitions, visiting places, camping, and aiming throughout the year to challenge themselves towards their Chief Scout Awards, their also enjoy pure outdoor fun.

Recently, it was cricket time outdoors in Stanley Park for the 11th Blackpool Scout Group.

They all had a brilliant time in the warm evening sunshine, playing cricket, rugby, and football.,

After lots of running around for these thirsty youngster, juice and biscuits were provided

That’s what scouting is all about; fun, friendship, and enjoyment.

Explorer volunteers needed

Blackpool District Explorers is looking to expand its 14 - 18 years section, and is on the look out for Adult Volunteers to support.

Blackpool has three units with over 50 young people attending, and is hoping in the near future to set up two more in the South Shore, and North Shore area.

The District Groups have a large number of young people that are leaving the scouts section at 14 years, and then they move onto Explorers.

To keep these young people interested we need to fill some gaps with leaders art these units.

Explorers is all about adventure.

One group recently visited Great Towers National Scout Camp Site Nr Lake Windermere, to enjoy and meet lots of their peers for a County Camp.

As an adult can you assist in any way.

Are you a former scout who enjoyed his or her time and would like to rejoin?

Perhaps you were in the services and would like the opportunity to offer your experience to these young people?

Explorers is one of the most active sections so it would be ideal for people who love the outdoors. Visit