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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, Weymouth and Chesil Beach in a fantastic week. Jess 13, a scout in Hawk Patrol said ‘The foam party was amazing, we were coated in it’.

Ready Steady Pedal!

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 their bikes. Ruth, beaver leader at Fleckney ran one lap, while cub Harvey walked round and picnicked on the way.  Whatever way they choose was hot work in the blazing sunshine.

Lead volunteer, Debbie Billington explained that the event had been well attended and a great success. “The support from the young people and especially their parents’ has been brilliant. It was billed as a family event and its been just that.  The parents who often struggle to be involved have been part of our adventure today. ”

In total the 82 participants completed 109 circuits of the 7 mile route, totalling 763 miles.  The pledges which will be shared between Market Harborough District, to support our World Scout Jamboree Contingent to West Virginia, USA  next summer and the supporting Groups.  All in all, it means we can provide an even bigger adventure for more young people.

The Fraser Shield 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 average age below 13 had to plan their menus, plan the equipment they needed as well as pitching camp, preparing and cooking all meals, keeping their site clean, tidy and hygienic and most importantly working together as a team.


They also completed challenges which showed off their knotting abilities, problem solving skills in getting raw egg unbroken across a 4-metre stream, building an oven out of a cardboard box and successfully cooking scones in it.

“Alice not so Wonderland” patrol from 1st Bowdens Scout Group won the 106th Fraser Shield for 2018. The highlight for the judges was their 3- course meal on Saturday night topped off by beautifully presented individual Eaton Mess.


The presentation of  the impressive Fraser Shield to Team Alice was made by Mr Michael Eggington, manager of Park Farm. The winning team also received The Turner Treasure, a prize box full of outdoor gadgets and equipment for the scouts to use over the year ahead. Mark Turner, a former District Chairman, was a keen supporter of the Fraser Shield.




Alongside the Fraser  Shield, the 13 teams also competed for Adam’s Challenge. Dave Mugridge explained that the challenge is in memory of his son Adam, a Foxton scout who was killed in a cycling accident just before he was set to lead his Patrol at Fraser Shield in 2006. The highlight of this year’s Adams Challenge was to build a working trebuchet and see how far it would launch a tennis ball. This year it was The Royals patrol from 1st Market Harborough who claimed the Adam’s Challenge Shield with the highest team score. They managed to propel the ball over 20 meters in the shoot-out.

Debbie Billington, lead scout volunteer for Harborough District explained, “ Scouting is all about developing skills for life. It encourages young people to do more, learn more and be more. The Fraser Shield may be 112 years old but the skills that are required to take part in it are just as relevant today. Its all about teamwork, leadership and resilience”.


Champion Scouters

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 with an inspirational talk about his Amazon adventure before presenting the awards.

The citations for our Champion Scouters follow. There are separate posts for Commendations and Awards of Merit.

Erin Billington  – Gang Show 2016 Director
Nominated by – Milly Pinnock
Erin did a fabulous job directing the 2016 Gang Show. It was a great production in the end, and that was mostly down to her putting in an absolutely massive amount of work and energy. I know it involved a whole lot of blood, sweat and tears, but wanted her to know that her input made a huge difference to my kids; and that Kezia in particular is now a much more confident child because of her.


Will Panter  – Assistant Explorer Leader Mad Hatters ESU
Nominated by – Tina Taylor
Despite being involved in scouting in Harborough District for many years, Will rarely gets recognised for his achievements. Partly this is because he is happy to let others take the lime light but it is also a reflection on what a great scouter he is.  Where others like to shout about their achievements, Will just gets on with delivering amazing scouting experiences.

I first got to know Will as a member of both the local Network and the Leicester Scout and Guide First Aid Team, LeFAT, and was impressed by his willingness to get involved and undertake whatever jobs were required. As a first aider he has been part of the Charnwood team and also undertook the responsibility for first aid on our 2009 Scout trip to Kandersteg.  It was during this trip that plans were hatched to set up a new District Explorer Unit and Will seemed like a perfect candidate for a leader role.  Paul Allenby said that, “Will would never go into uniform!” but somehow the magic of Switzerland  and time just ‘helping out’ at the Hatters seemed to persuade him.

Will has been an integral part of the Mad Hatters team from day one.  It would take too long to list all the amazing experiences he has facilitated for the Explorers but suffice to say whether it is a greenfield camp in the snow in January, Bronze DofE practice expeditions in April, 24 hours of daylight on Summer camp in Iceland, organising Unit nights in October or selling burgers at Late Night shopping, Will is truly is a Scouter for all seasons.   The Mad Hatters Explorers all appreciate the commitment he has shown to the unit over the years.

Gina Spencer – Assistant Beaver Leader 3rd Market Harborough
Nominated by –  Paul Allenby
Gina works tirelessly for 3rds. She does much of the preparation for both Beaver Sections, keeps all the records and is a much loved and highly regarded Beaver Leader by all who know her. She also helps with the record keeping and badges for Hurst Scouts, and has been very involved in running the Santa Sleigh for the past few years. She is an all round absolute star!


Aaron Winterton  – Beaver Leader 1st Foxton
Nominated by  –  Neil Heptonstall
A couple of years ago our Beaver leader team were retiring and Aaron stepped up and, within weeks, had successfully ‘taken over’ the colony with some new assistant leaders. She really loves the Beaver ethos and the colony and leader team thrive with her enthusiasm. A sleepover at the Space Centre and riding our Aerial runway did not daunt her enthusiasm! She continues to inspire both children and adults and the colony thrives to this day.

Iain Dilley  – Exec Member (Fundraising) 1st Welland Valley
Nominated by – Gary Chisholm
Iain is one of those parents, who dread the thought of becoming a leader and dealing with all those children! (but he always expressed an admiration of those who could). Knowing Iain was a bit of a dealer, to which my extensive knowledge is limited to Lovejoy and Delboy, I asked if Iain could support the group in its fundraising efforts. Iain jumped at the chance and became our fundraising team! Under his guidance we have made many successful bids for equipment, made some fantastic contacts and also he manages the running of our two larger fundraising events, AYUPMEDUCK and Santa’s Sleigh. He leads on these projects with a positive and organised manner and succeeded in fundraising well over £5000 for our group already! When I look at all our equipment , I think we would not have this, if not for Iain.

Jo Osborne  – Scout Leader 1st Bowdens WeScouts
Nominated by – Helen McGeachy
Jo’s kindness and dedication to making sure everyone achieves the same in their scouting journey regardless of what disability they may have, is unwavering. There has never been a moment when she has given up on my son Callum, or lost faith in his ability to achieve the same as any other scout in his group – even when we have had some tough times. Scouting has turned a child for which at one point we had little faith in being able to function in normal peer settings, into a teenager who has purpose and pride in himself. Jo over the last 4 years has had a very large part in shaping the young man we have today.

Rob Pyle  – Scout Leader 1st Market Harborough
Nominated by – Gary Duffin
Rob took over the scout section about 2 years ago after the last leader had to leave. He had little experience of scouting but has really made it happen for the scouts and is now seeing an increase of numbers., which is a testament to the exciting and  engaging programme.


Catherine Hedgecott  – Beaver Leader 1st Welland Valley
Nominated by – Gary Chisholm
Running a section is tough. Running a new section is tougher, so imagine setting up a new Colony in a new group!

Catherine has been a cornerstone of the group and very rapidly demonstrated a thoroughness and attention to detail we should all try and aspire to. She leads other adults and Young Leaders on the beavers team with a well organised and inclusive hand. Catherine was the first of the Welland Valley joiners to complete her Wood Badge training, and also leads a full section, with a growing waiting list, a sure sign of a quality programme.

The vast majority of Beavers move up having completed their Bronze Chief Scout Award, and are keen for more as they join the Pack.

Ian Humphrey – Cub Leader 1st Great Glenn
Nominated by – Phil Reed

On 18th December Ian bade farewell to Great Glen Cub section as Akela – a day that will be written in the history of the Group, because quite simply 1st Great Glen runs through Ian like a stick of rock.

Ian joined as a Cub at age 8 and in the early seventies he became Assistant Cub Leader working with Pauline and Bob Wells for many years. Ian was a constant with the Cub section while other Leaders came and went, then in the 90s Ian moved up to be Assistant Leader with the Scout section.

Just over 10 years ago, with a bit of ‘arm twisting’, Ian stepped up to become Akela and take our Group towards 100 years.

Ian has always been there for the group, supporting our sections, driving the minibus, tidying our HQ, putting up the District marquee. One job where he is the ultimate champion is with camp toilets – always there with his marigolds and a loo brush.

Ian has helped shape the lives of hundreds of young people over his 40+ years as a Leader.  Sometimes perhaps a little frightened by that booming voice, Cubs and Scouts certainly know when Ian was around and they had done something wrong or mischievous!  Equally if they wanted some help or support, they knew who they could turn to.

It is impossible to sum up the effort that Ian has put in over so many years, but quite simply if Scouting was a paid role, Ian would be a millionaire. Ian’s work and dedication is priceless, and Great Glen Scout Group would not be in the strong position it is today without his leadership, commitment and support.

Ian is staying around to support the Group until he moves to Lincolnshire. From ALL past and present at Great Glen, around our District and County, thank you Ian and we salute you.

Ivan O’Dell  – Assistant Cub Leader 1st Fleckney
Nominated by – Cathy Howells
Ivan has been with 1st Fleckney Cubs since 2012. He has consistently and reliably supported the pack and group since then, providing some amazing sessions in particular on astronomy, martial arts and air activities. He has a great relationship with Cubs, maintaining discipline but ensuring a fun atmosphere. I would love to see him rewarded for his commitment and for being such an amazing Leader.

Laura Grist  – Assistant Explorer Leader Inclined ESU
Nominated by – Toby Taylor
I nominate Laura in recognition of her vital role in offering a fantastic programme for Explorer Scouts in the Harborough  District.  Since responding to a request for new volunteers, Laura has thrown herself into her role and quickly become a key member of both the Inclined and District teams.  Along with Chris Pillar, she has enabled members of Inclined ESU to experience a full and varied scouting programme.

Although not having any previous scouting experience, Laura has proved herself to be a natural Explorer Leader.  She maybe more softly spoken than others but her calm demeanour, willingness to try new things and determination has meant she is great with our oldest youth members.

This was particularly evident during the District trip to Croatia in 2017.  A first summer camp with 27 explorers, average temperatures of 36oC and a variety of physically demanding activities was certainly not an experience for the faint hearted. As part of the leadership team, Laura wind surfed, snorkelled, kayaked, biked and never seemed to tire.  Whether it was marshalling the kitchen at 7am or removing sea urchin spines from feet, she was always ready to get involved.

The Explorers are lucky to have leaders like Laura and I look forward to seeing where she takes Inclined in 2018.

Anna Harbidge – Beaver Leader 1st Kibworth
Nominated by – Simon Riley
Anna Harbidge has been a key leader in driving the beaver colonies at Kibworth including creation of a new colony. Working with other leaders she is very energetic (and planned) in delivering a quality and fun programme for the Beavers. Her personality makes parents want to help on the parent rota and making the start of the scouting journey, both for the youngster and parent smooth. She will be missed by the Group. However, we thank her for all she has contributed.

David Sawford  – Group Scout Leader 1st Bowdens
Nominated by – Hannah Dove and Chris Cunningham
Whatever I write here will in no way describe how awesome he is! As GSL Dave has not just influenced my life he has also inspired every scout and me, to reach for the top. Dave has a great rapport with the leaders. He encourages and supports them through the leadership journey. His commitment to the group is exemplary. Recently Dave has been doing a great job in planning and fundraising for our new hut ensuring the continuing success of the group and ensuring young people at Bowdens can continue to enjoy the benefits of scouting. We will be very sad to see Dave go as our GSL, he will be a hard act to follow.

David Sawford is the epitome of an ‘unsung hero’ and absolutely nails each element of the criteria that are required for this award!  I have been involved with this Scout group for only just under a year, in that time I appear to have only just scratched the surface on understanding exactly what efforts and sacrifices David makes to ensure that we all keep the groups ambitions, focus and momentum going.  He has fulfilled this role so well for 5 years now, with profound gusto and dedication…  Champio’nay champio’nay!

Tina Taylor  – Explorer Leader Mad Hatters ESU
Nominated by – Debbie Billington
Nights away are a big part of scouting. In Harborough District during 2016 and  2017, young members and adults completed 6,401 nights away. Everyone who leads a nights away event for young people needs a Nights Away Permit. The permit holder is ultimately responsible for the camp and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all participants.  We have 40 permit holders in the district and 25 of them used their permit at least once over the last two years.

Counting up the Nights Away Notification forms, those 25 led a total of 99 camps.  So these are adult volunteers who not only give their time each week to run section meetings but their weekends too for camps.  This is a really significant commitment especially when you add in the hours of preparation, getting kit returned, thoroughly dried and made ready for the next adventure.

Out of the 99 nights away events, Tina Taylor, our Nights Away Champion, led an amazing 13 events, including one international to Croatia, giving 760 nights away for explorers from across the district. This is an amazing commitment from a truly Champion Scouter.

Sam Gibbs – Explorer Leader Dragon ESU
Nominated by – Debbie Billington
Adventurous activities are a big part of scouting.  To lead or supervise an adventurous activity for young people you must hold the right permit.

The permit holder is ultimately responsible for the activity especially ensuring the safety of all participants. We have 21 permit holders in the district, with 18 Hillwalking permits and one each of Archery, Climbing & Abseiling, Rafting, Dingy and Power Boating.

Our Adventurous Activity Champion Scouter is the permit holder who led the most activity days for youth members over the last two years. Sam Gibbs supervised on an amazing 10 days hillwalking which has meant explorers and network members were able to complete their DofE expeditions including some at Gold level.  That is a tremendous chunk of all the activity days within Harborough District.  Thank you Sam, Champion Scouter.


Harborough – a winning team! Empowered and Proud



District Shooting Contest Results

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     Mad Hatters ESU

The full set of results are below. The date for next year – 2nd December 2018 is already on the district diary!


                                                                  Pistol        Springer   PCP                  Overall        Pos

1. Jacob Pinnock               3rd MH           66.00          64.21         58.25               188.46          10th

2. Isaac Turner-Henke      3rd MH           64.00          56.00         30.13               150.13          20th

3. Oscar Kelham               Kib                 74.00          55.21         48.18                177.39         13th

4. Ross Macefield              Kib                 30.00          54.21         30.10                114.31         27th

5. Oliver Steed                   Kib                 44.00          25.03         41.15               110.18          29th

6. Toby Hirst                      Kib                 46.00          27.08         33.06               106.14          31st

7. Joe Laywood                  Kib                 35.00          37.03         35.05               107.08          30th

8. Charlie Turner                Kib                 72.00          81.39         61.16               214.55           5th

9. Toby Ritson-Elliott        Bow                 79.00          72.22         67.80               219.02          4th

10 .Callum Barwick           Bow                79.34           62.00         51.90               193.24          8th

11. Ellen Cooper                Bow                 66.00           74.33         68.31               208.64          6th

12. Jake Cotton                  Bow                 76.00           24.80         56.13               156.93         19th

13. Ben Bransby                 Bow                 79.31           53.00         34.00               166.31         17th

14. Tara Hayer                   GG                   84.40           77.21         21.00               182.61         12th

15. Gurleen Hayer             GG                   72.28            26.20         49.00               147.48         22nd

16. Joe Burnham                GG                  76.29             73.24         40.00               189.53          9th

17. Ethan Coleman             GG                   51.00             52.21        46.00                149.21       21st

18. Eddie Hawes                 GG                   53.00             42.13        39.07                134.20       24th

19. Stephen Humphrey      GG                   42.00             42.16        33.05                117.21       25th

20. Daniel Greiff                 GG                   60.00             62.26        47.15                169.41      16th

21. Fergus Hanna               Fox                   49.00             76.22         48.08               173.30      15th

22. Thomas Bootheway      Fox                   67.00             52.10         47.16               166.26      18th

23. Thomas Davis               Fox                   60.00             30.09          23.07              113.16       28th

24. Edward Davey               Fox                  44.00             71.27          28.07              143.34      23rd

25. William Abbott            Fox                    37.00             74.34           62.00            173.34       14th

26. Gabe Huxley                WV                    62.00             15.05           39.08            116.13       26th

27. Rory Richardson         WV                    72.00             96.45           87.33            255.78        1st

28. Jess Cole                       WV                    71.00             76.28           72.29            219.57        3rd

29. Joe Whitworth             WV                    80.00              71.31           34.14            185.45      11th

30. Ellie Wykes                   WV                     84.00              81.38          43.18             208.56       7th

31. Nic Wood                       Fle                   72.00              89.37          75.29             236.66       2nd



             Pistol                                               Springer                                          PCP

1st  Tara Hayer       GG   84.40           1st Rory Richardson WV 96.45      1st Rory Richardson WV 87.33

2nd Ellie Wykes       WV  84.00           2nd Nic Wood           FL   89.37        2nd Nic Wood             FL   75.29

3rd Joe Whitworth  WV  80.00            3rd  Charlie Turner   Ki    81.39           3rd Jess Cole            WV  72.29




1st Rory Richardson    WV 255.78                         1st Welland Valley  869.36

2nd Nic Wood                FL   236.66                        2nd Bowden            787.21

3rd Jess Cole                 WV 219.57                       3rd Great Glen        668.83

4th Toby Ritson Elliott BO  219.02                           4th Foxton               656.24

5th Charlie Turner        KI  214.55                            5th Kibworth           616.43


EXPLORERS                                           Pistol             Springer          PCP             Overall   Pos

William Hamill               Dragons               68.00              91.44               75.24           234.68     4th

Maaya Hayer                   MH                    83.00              91.42               86.23           260.65     1st

Callum Jackson               MH                    58.00              83.39               43.16           184.55     7th

Phil Chisholm                  Lynx                   63.00              82.35               67.25           212.60     5th

Daniel Hedgecott             Lynx                   82.00              90.44               82.37           254.21     2nd

Jess Reynolds                  Inclineds           47.00              67.17               79.33           193.50      6th

Sam Arnold                     Inclined               84.00              91.39               78.33           253.72      3rd



              Pistol                                                   Springer                                 PCP

1st Sam Arnold          Inc   84.00           1st William Hamil DR  91.44          1st Maaya Hayer      MH 86.23

2nd Maaya Hayer      MH  83.00             2nd Maaya Hayer  MH 91.42          2nd Daneil Hedgecott LY 82.37

3rd Daniel Hedgecott LY   82.00             3rd Sam Arnold     Inc   91.39         3rd Jess Reynolds       Inc 79.33



1st Maaya Hayer         MH   260.65                                1st LYNX  YL          467.41

2nd Daniel Hedgecott   LY    254.21                                2nd INCLINED       447.22

3rd Sam Arnold            Inc    253.72                               3rd MAD HATTER 445.20

District Dodgeball Competition

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 eighth.

Hope you are keeping up with it all so far!

A fiercely contested final was duelled out over the best of 5 games, with eventual winners Great Glen Hurricanes defeating Great Glen Lightning.

Then the pace of the game got even faster as the Mad Hatters Explorers took on the might of the Lynx Welland Valley Young Leaders. The Mad Hatters ended up the eventual winners.

After these tournaments the Scouts and Explorers had ‘crazy’ Last Man Stands tournaments, followed by a Last Man Stands for Leaders and Parents!

Our thanks to James for organising such a fun and fast flowing event, and also to Ben Lowen from Hinckley District who came to help with refereeing.

In true Scouting spirit, Sportsmanship and Handshaking in victory and defeat were the order of the day. And prizes were also awarded for Sportsmanship.

Congratulations to ALL who took part, and we can’t wait for the next one. Perhaps an Inter District County Tournament, or even at the next Charnwood!

Phil Reed, Tournament Organiser

Summit 17 Outcomes


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 not go far enough in extending our reach, especially into underrepresented communities.
They thought it did not identify the right priorities for adult volunteers already in scouting but that it did for the wider community.
When asked if they were in support of the proposed plan the vast majority neither agreed or disagreed.



In terms of which of the 17 proposed initiatives were most exciting, the meeting voted for:
First:       Uniform Review by 2023 starting with explorers
Second:  Improve the volunteer journey – Transform adult recruitment
Third:      Focus on developing amazing section leaders with practical scouting skills




Then asked which of the 17 initiatives they would prioritise to complete first:
First:       Improve the volunteer journey – Transform Adult recruitment
Second:  Delivery of a quality programme – Focus on developing amazing section leaders with
                practical scouting skills
Third:      Extend our reach – reach more underrepresented communities



We then considered various priorities for Harborough District over the next five years. Here they are with the most popular first:
Support the expansion of the district with particular regards to premises. (9)
Improve the operation of the Young Leaders Scheme. (8)
Search for and establish a district campsite. (8)
Refocus the role of ADCs to planning and facilitating elements of the programme that individual sections find hard to offer or complete. (6)
Rethink HAISNOs – revert to separate district meetings and separate sectional meetings. (5)
More Nights Away Permit holders; at least one per section. (4)
Refocus the role of the ADCs to provide more “in section” support rather than “across district”. (3)
Increase the number of training advisers. (3)
Open new Groups. (3)
Promote scouting locally as providing skills for life. (3)
Establish district scout/PL and explorer forums (2)
Open additional sections as existing groups. (1)
Improve programme quality and breadth across all sections – measured by more Chief Scout Awards achieved. (1)



I have submitted the feedback on the Draft Strategic Plan to Gilwell and that on our own local priorities will be used in drawing up our own district development plan. Thank you to those of you who gave up yet another evening for scouting. It was good to get some grass roots feedback to direct our future efforts from our amazing volunteers – who really make the difference.


Debbie Billington, District Commissioner



Fraser Shield 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 conditions for the teams to show off their skills.

The presentation of the impressive Fraser Shield to Griffenden was made by Mr Richard Brooks, as President of Harborough District Scouts. The winning team also received The Turner Treasure, a new prize box full of outdoor gadgets and equipment for the scouts to use over the year ahead. Mark Turner, a former District Chairman, was a keen supporter of the Fraser Shield.

Clodagh Jackson, patrol leader of the Harry Potter Gryffindor inspired Bowden patrol said “Griffenden’s winning means the world to me and my team. A big part of our success, I think, was how well we all came together and used our different strengths to make a super team. I watched and supported the younger scouts develop their scouting skills, and I am unbelievably proud of them. Winning the Fraser Shield and receiving the Patrol Treasure box in memory of Mark Turner was an honour and the pinnacle of my time as a scout.”

During the weekend, the 10 teams also competed in wide game for Adam’s Challenge. Cracking codes to follow a series of clues led the teams to collect all the items to make a cup of tea for the judges. It was the A Team from 3rd Market Harborough Scouts who received the Adam’s Challenge Shield for the highest team score.

In presenting the Shield, Dave Mugridge explained that the challenge is in memory of his son Adam, a Foxton scout who was killed in a cycling accident just before he was set to lead his Patrol at Fraser Shield in 2006.

Debbie Billington, lead scout volunteer for Harborough District explained, “Although the Fraser Shield Camping Competition is the longest running scout patrol camping competition in the world, it is just as relevant today in teaching vital life skills including responsibility and team work as it was 105 years ago. It’s all part of our scouting adventure.”


Position  Score     Patrol

1st           1028       1st Bowdens Griffenden
2nd          1024       1st Bowdens McBowdens
3rd           1003       3rd Market Harborough The A Team
4th             986        1st Bowdens The Beefeaters
5th             965        1st Foxton Wolves
6th             935        1st Market Harborough Mudsliders
7th             932        1st Foxton Cobra
8th             914        1st Great Glen Eagles
9th             738        1st Fleckney The Groundhogs
10th          669        1st Fleckney Bulls


Adam’s Challenge Scores:

Position   Score       Patrol
1st             95            3rd Market Harborough The A Team (11)
2nd            65           1st Bowdens The Beefeaters (1)
3rd            60            1st Bowdens McBowdens (12)
4th            55             1st Foxton (4)
5th            45             1st Great Glen Eagles (10)
6th            35             1st Market Harborough (9)
7th=          25             1st Fleckney (2)
7th=          25             1st Foxton (8)
7th=          25             1st Bowdens Griffenden (3)
10th         15              1st Fleckney (7)


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St George Celebrations 2017

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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.Sat in hall

It started with a parade led by the Oadby & Wigston and Thurmaston Scout Bands through the ceSt Georges parade infront of churchntre 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 small team of scouts and explorers to devise and present the celebrations.

All the beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers who have gained their Chief Scout’s Award over the last year were recognised and congratulated.  Everyone renewed their Promise to do their best and then watched a skit featuring the best of British icons: HM Queen, Shakespeare, Churchill, Lennon and Hermione Granger, devising the scout law to ensure that we get the most fun out of being responsible citizens.

After a campfire song, attention was turned to how fortunate we are to be British and the responsibility we have for helping other people, focussing on the work of WaterAid

Hannah concluded the event with a reflection from Baden-Powell about happiness and challenged everyone to be the reason behind someone-else’s smile today.  It wParade on corner blossomas then time for hot dogs all around!

Janet Ackerley, Chairman of Harborough District Council who attended the event commented on how much fun it was and that she had really enjoyed it.


Scouting is shaped by young people in partnership with adults and we are always looking for new volunteers and if you fancy a go why not join our Harborough District adventure.Gold DofE awards

Hannah Dove has her greatest adventure yet!

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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; she completed a four day three night expedition in the Pennines and Durham Dales; ran a series of Cub meetings on the theme of UNICEF and children’s rights, wrote a report on footpath erosion in Dovedale and knitted teddy bears for ‘Teddies for Tragedies.’

The accomplishment of this award takes self-discipline, leadership and achievement in activities, interests and community service. Hannah said: this award was hard work but I enjoyed every minute of the challenge, welRev John Morleyl maybe not the wild camp on the expedition but I was very proud of my triathlon time as a complete beginner.

Debbie Billington, lead scout volunteer for Harborough District said: Hannah is a truly amazing young person that has grasped all the opportunities available from scouting. She demonstrates what scouting is all about – which is to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

Bear Grylls said it best: ‘Every child has a right to have an adventure. Life is about grabbing opportunities. The prizes don’t always go to the biggest, the best and strongest—they go to those who persevere. These are simple life lessons that Scouting teaches people.’

Everyone in Scouting would like to say a massive well done to Hannah on completing this amazing adventure.

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