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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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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.”

Cubs & Scouts make a splash at the District Swimming Gala

Cubs and Scouts from across the district have taken part in back to back swimming galas and showed just how competitive they can be in the water.

The Cub’s were first to take to the pool at Waterlane Leisure Centre and were cheered on from the poolside by parents and friends.

The 36 boys and girls formed into six teams for the breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle races over both 25 metre and 50 metre distances – with the final event being a four by 25 metre relay race. When the individual race results were totalled, the overall victors were 1st Blundeston Cubs.

The Scout gala followed with four group competing. The five events, consisting of 25m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 75m freestyle and 4 x 25m relay, were all eagerly contested – with the overall winning team coming from the14th Lowestoft group.

The full results were:-

25m freestyle – Henry Cole 1st Blundeston

50m breaststroke – Oscar Coe 14th Lowestoft

50m freestyle – Cain Spalding 14th Lowestoft

75m freestyle – Ben Blowers 1st Carlton Colville

4 x 25m relay – 1st Carlton Colville

Overall Winners –

First:       14th Lowestoft,

Second:  1st Blundeston

Third:     1st Carlton Colville

Tree planted to celebrate Scouts Centenary

A century of scouting was celebrated on Saturday when all three sections of a Lowestoft group gathered together to mark the occasion.

Members of the 4th Lowestoft (St Margaret’s) Scouts assembled at their headquarters at the junction of Marham Road and Rotterdam Road for an afternoon of special activities. They were joined by families and ex-scouts who shared memories and viewed old log books and photographs on display.

Group Scout Leader Christine Stacey said “approximately 80 youngsters from all three sections: Beavers, Cubs and Scouts came and joined in the fun. A commemorative English Walnut tree was planted and a time capsule containing a copy of the scouting magazine, a group t shirt, a commemorative 100 year badge, a set of ‘world’, ‘district’ and ‘county’ badges and a 4th Lowestoft ‘flash and a copy of the Lowestoft Journal, which featured the planned celebration,  was also buried to mark the 100 years.

A group photo of the present youngsters and their leaders was taken before Assistant Scout Leader Harry Emmerson had his head shaved to raise funds for the Group and for the mental health charity MIND.

A campfire singsong around the fire-pit, led by former member Shirley Hoad, was followed by hotdogs for everyone and a fireworks finale to round off a memorable celebration of 100 years of the 4th Lowestoft Scout Group.”

Cubs and Scouts show that they are good quizzers.

Cubs and Scouts from across the Lowestoft district had their knowledge tested recently when they took part in a fun quiz.

The brainteaser contest, which is an annual event, was held at two venues this year – the Cubs at Poplars school and the Scouts at the 4th Lowestoft HQ.

The Cubs quiz was divided into four rounds each of ten questions based on sport, general knowledge, scouting and logos. All seven Cub packs took part with each team made up of six cubs, with two aged eight, two aged nine and two aged ten.

The Assistant District Commissioner (Cubs) team led by Jo-anna Harley organised the quiz and the question master was Callum Howard alias ‘Kaa’ from 1st Oulton Broad group.

Jo-anna said, “it was a very close contest and a tiebreaker question was needed to determine the winner. I was very impressed by how much these youngsters know and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”

The winners for the second year were 1st Blundeston with 14th Lowestoft in second place and 2nd Carlton Colville in third place. 

Meanwhile teams of Scouts battled it out in the older section to answer questions set by quizmaster Matt Harper from 1st Carlton Colville group. The Scouts quiz was divided into ten rounds each of six questions based on nature, history, music, film, general knowledge, science, Scouting, sport, geography and logos.

The Winners for the third year running were 14th Lowestoft scoring 50 out of 60 points, with second place going to 1st Carlton Colville (47 points) and third place to 1st Pakefield (43 points).