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Welcome to the NEW official website of the Lowestoft Scout District!

On this site you will find information on each of the groups that make up our district, details on how to join, key contacts, upcoming events and most importantly news and pictures of the exciting things we have going on.

This is also the official website for our Herringfleet campsite. Here you can find details about the facilities, directions, ongoing projects and also details on how to book.

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Scouts tackle muddy cross-country course on cold and frosty morning

Plucky runners, representing Scout groups from across the Lowestoft District, showed their determination as they tackled a challenging cross-country course in bitterly cold conditions.

The race, held at the Scouts campsite at Herringfleet on the Somerleyton estate, set the 22 runners the task of completing either a 2km or 3km course depending on their ages.

Organiser, District Explorer Scout Commissioner Lawrence Chapman, described conditions underfoot as really testing, adding that the course had been re-routed this year but still included uneven ground, mud and an exhausting uphill section

He said that he was pleased with the turnout and praised the runner’s efforts in tackling the course – particularly on such a cold morning.

The individual winner in the under 12’s (2km) race was Isaac Springford from 14th Lowestoft, runner-up was Joel Garrod of 1st Oulton Broad and in third place was Joe Webster of 2nd Carlton Colville.

Andrew Cross of 14th Lowestoft was first home in the under 14’s (3km) race followed by Jack Rayment of 1st Blundeston and Ollie Connelly of 14th Lowestoft

As last year, it was a clean sweep for the 14th Lowestoft group as they took the team prizes for getting the first three of their group over the line in both the under 12’s and under 14’s age categories.

Scouts marathon fundraising effort for World Jamboree trip

Four Lowestoft scouts have shown their determination to raise funds for a trip of a lifetime to the World Jamboree by rowing a marathon distance

Jonathon Chilley, Michael Cookson, Levi Lawson and Seb Faccas took it in turns in the hot seat to power an exercise machine, sited in the foyer of the Waterlane Sports Centre in Lowestoft, over the marathon distance of 26.2 miles.

A bucket collection from Sports Centre users helped to encourage the plucky boys to achieve their target distance. Each needs to raise £4000 to fund their trip and a number of other money raising activities are planned including an indoor car boot sale.

The boys are amongst a contingent from Suffolk scout groups selected to take part in the 24th World Scout Jamboree, which will be held in West Virginia, USA from 22nd July – 2nd August 2019

Described as an adventure beyond anything the boys can imagine, it will be hosted jointly between Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and the Scout Association of Mexico and will take place at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia, USA.

Scout’s bowling is on target in ten-pin contest

The first challenge competition of the year saw teams from across the district’s scout groups send pins flying in the annual Lowestoft Scouts tenpin bowling competition. Demonstrating both skill and precision, eight teams battled it out for the honours in a fiercely fought competition, which was held at Richardson’s Family Bowl Centre. Each team bowled in two games in a bid to claim top place in the contest, with their combined score counting towards the final result.

Making the presentations at the end of the contest, Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts, Mark Hansen praised all players and said that he was impressed with the bowling skills on show. The overall winning team was from 14th Lowestoft ‘A’ team scoring 821 points, with 1st Carlton Colville in second place with 805 points and 1st Pakefield in third place with 719 points. Thomas Anderson, of 14th Lowestoft group, achieved the highest individual score of 193 beating his nearest opponent by just one point.

Pakefield Scouts ride again

1st Pakefield cycle ride pic A

Cycling expeditions have become a tradition for one local scout group and this year they explored the countryside of the Waveney Valley.

The intrepid bikers consisting of one cub, five scouts and four leaders set off from 1st Pakefield Scout H.Q. on their two-day cycle adventure.

Day one took the group through Beccles, Geldeston and Bungay along minor country roads, only stopping three times en-route for photographs and refreshment. By early afternoon the group had reached their destination, camping for the night at 1st Earsham Scout H.Q.

Rested and re-fuelled the group set off home on a different route via Ilketshall, Brampton, Sotterly and Mutford, finishing at Pakefield early on Sunday afternoon.

Overall the group rode a distance of 50 miles with only minor mechanical hitches and minimal moaning, a great achievement for all.

This was the third cycle expedition that 1st Pakefield have completed, in previous years they have ridden from both Woodbridge and Norwich.

In the lead up to the ride scouts took part in sessions on road safety and cycle maintenance and were rewarded by being presented with cyclist activity and expedition challenge badges.

Bank staff does a good turn for Scouts

Scouts can often be seen doing good deeds for others but the employees of a local bank have recently turned the tables to help them instead.

Seven workers from the Lowestoft branch of the Santander Bank rolled up their sleeves recently and got stuck in to help the 2nd Carlton Colville Scout Group with clearing an area adjacent to their headquarters building in Rectory Road.

Assistant Scout Leader Stephen Hart said, “I work for Santander Bank as well as being an assistant leader with the group.

Santander runs what they call ‘Discovery Days’ where employees go out into the community and take on projects to support local charities or community groups that need some help.

We were struggling to get some vital work done – so being offered the opportunity for seven bank staff to give up a day and do some work to help the group was wonderful.

It is timely as the Lowestoft branch is currently being refurbished and is closed at the moment with staff temporarily working from the Norwich and Gt.Yarmouth branches.”

Group Scout Leader David Greenacre added, “the number of youngsters using the HQ has now risen to almost 100 and we have limited space to keep for all the equipment that they use. The store that we were using was getting very damp and we really wanted to knock it down and build a two storey replacement – but planning permission to extend was turned down. So we have resorted to making running repairs to try and dry it out as best as possible – which has been quite successful.

By cutting a French drain around the store and fitting two airbricks most of the issues have been resolved – but we needed to remove a large area of soil alongside the building and the Santander working party have helped with this.”

Mr Hart added, “We were also fortunate that PW Waters also donated a skip to take away grass, weeds and surplus soil so we haven’t had to pay for that, which is great.

We are now thinking of growing some fruit and vegetables in the newly cleared area so that the scouts, cubs and beavers can work towards a smallholder’s badge.”