19 Aug 2018

Welland Valley Scouts have just returned from the  Dinosaur themed Jurassic Jamboree in Dorset. The scouts camped for a week at Kingston Maurward College with 1200 other International Scouts, from as far afield as Germany, Sweden, Norway, Spain and Georgia.
During the week the scouts participated in water sports, such as kayaking and rafting, plus land based activities such as a climbing tower and zip-lining.
Highlights of the Jamboree including a visit to Brownsea Island, the site of the original scout camp, where two Welland Scouts were invested. We also visited Dorchester, …

Ready Steady Pedal!

1 Jul 2018

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from across Market Harborough District took to their bikes and feet to raise money in a sponsored event at Pitsford Reservoir.
Over the course of the day 82 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and their parents completed laps of the 7 mile route around the reservoir. All had been pledged sponsorship to complete a number of laps or just to take part.
The route around the reservoir is a mix of country paths and tarmac pavements. Kezia and Jacob scouts from 3rd Market Harborough completed 4 laps on …

The Fraser Shield 2018

29 Jun 2018

What do you get if you mix a week-end of camping skills, team-working, cooking and creative problem-solving challenges for teams of 10-14 years old in a field with minimal supervision?
You get the annual Fraser Shield challenge for scout groups across Harborough District.

The Fraser Shield is the oldest continually running scout patrol camping competition in the world. It was founded in 1912 and this year the event was run over a week-end of brilliant sunshine at Park Farm near Stanford on Avon. Patrols of between 4 and 7 scouts with an …

Champion Scouters

27 Jan 2018

Over 50 adults from across the district came together to celebrate our amazing adult volunteers at our Champion Scouters awards evening at the end of January. Fifteen adults had been nominated as local Champion Scouters. These are adults who have made a significant impact in Harborough District over the last two years. We also celebrated with three Scout Association Commendations for Good Service and three Awards for Merit. These are National awards for very good and exceptional service over the last 5 and 12 years.
Ed Stafford, Scouting Ambassador joined us …

District Shooting Contest Results

4 Dec 2017

Another great Shooting competition at Kibworth Shooting Ground on Sunday 3 December with 31 Scouts and 7 Explorers taking part. Masterminded by Gary Chisholm, with Phil Reed overseeing scores, the day went really well with the support of Kibworth Gun Club and several leaders from across the district who helped supervise.
Top Scoring Scout overall was won by Rory Richardson, 1st Welland Valley
Top Scoring Explorer overall was won by Maya Hayer, Mad Hatters ESU
Scout Team placings:
1st   1st Welland Valley
2nd  1st Bowdens
3rd   1st Great Glenn
Explorer team placings
1st     Lynx ESU
2nd    Inclined ESU
3rd  …

District Dodgeball Competition

31 Oct 2017

On Sunday 11th October 50 Scouts (8 Teams) and 10 Explorers (2 Teams) came together at Harborough Leisure Centre for a Tournament in the fast growing sport known as Dodgeball.
The event was organised by James Civil of Harborough Hurricanes Dodgeball.
Eight Scout teams contested in two round robin groups of four with each team in each group playing the other teams for three two minute games. Three points for a win and one for a draw.
Then all eight teams were involved in play offs for the final positions from first to …

Summit 17 Outcomes

12 Oct 2017


On Tuesday 3 October, 22 volunteers from across the district met to give their feedback on The Scout Association’s Draft Strategic plan for 2018-2023 as well as priorities for development in Harborough District.
The Draft plan is available from the members website and was also distributed with your invitation to join the Summit meeting.
Overall the participants thought that the Draft Strategic plan:
Had identified the right priorities for young people already in scouting
But that they were not the right priorities for young people not yet in scouting. The Draft plan does …

Fraser Shield 2017

26 Jun 2017

Griffendens patrol from 1st Bowdens has won the decades-old Fraser Shield for 2017. It was another very closely-fought competition against troops from across the Harborough District, camping at Overstone Scout Campsite near Northampton over the weekend.
Now in its 105th year, the Shield is awarded annually to the team of scouts who stacks up the most points for their camping skills, including pitching and striking tents, cooking all meals, keeping their site clean, tidy and hygienic and most important team work.
The weather was fine and dry throughout the camp making perfect …

St George Celebrations 2017

24 Apr 2017


Over 300 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers Network and adult volunteers from Harborough District’s Groups and Units held their annual St George’s Day Celebrations in the Sunday sunshine.
It started with a parade led by the Oadby & Wigston and Thurmaston Scout Bands through the centre of Market Harborough.
At Welland Park Academy, they listened to some inspirational stories from a King’s Scout, the Reverend John Morley and from the District’s latest Queen’s Scout Hannah Dove. Hannah took centre stage for the morning, not only leading the parade with the Queen’s colours but also a …

Hannah Dove has her greatest adventure yet!

24 Apr 2017

Hannah Dove, a motivated adventure seeking Scout from Harborough District has just achieved her Queen’s Scout Award. This 19 year old from Harborough who is the District Youth Commissioner has been involved in Scouts for over 10 years.
In order to receive the Award she had to complete a variety of challenges including:  volunteering as a young leader at 1st Bowden Arapaho Cubs; training for and competing in the Market Harborough Triathlon in a time of just over the hour; she leaned to drive, passing her test with just two minors; …