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Welcome to the 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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Scouting family has a day of fun taking part in Bowling, Karting and visiting Africa Alive.

It was a busy Saturday for Scouting in Lowestoft recently when 200 young people from all groups in the district enjoyed three different activities.

Scouts raced their karts against each other at Ellough Park Raceway near Beccles, Cubs sent pins flying in a tenpin bowling competition and Beavers had an adventure at Africa Alive zoo in Kessingland. Youngsters from five Scout groups put their hand built soapbox karts through their paces at a thrilling race meeting. This was the third year that the soapbox races had been held and organiser, Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts, Mark Hansen said; “each kart driver and their two pushers firstly had to complete a qualifying time-trial over two laps to decide their grid position for the race proper.

Then for the actual Kart competition, the Scouts had to complete three shortened laps of the karting circuit with each team having to change drivers after each lap.”

All the teams completed the course and in a close finish the winners were 1st Blundeston followed by 14th Lowestoft ‘A’ with 2nd Carlton Colville ‘A’ in third place.

Later in the morning teams from all the district’s Cub packs battled it out for the honours in a good-natured competition held at Richardson’s Family Bowl Centre.

Playing in teams, each Cub 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, ADC (Cubs) Jo-Anna Harley praised all players for supporting the competition and said that she was impressed with the bowling skills on show

The overall winning team was 1st Blundeston scoring 1017 points, with 14th Lowestoft in second place with 1013 points and 1st Carlton Colville in third place with 1010 points. The highest individual score was achieved by Thando from 1st Carlton Colville with 203 points.

  • After the ten-pin bowling – the Cub’s Olive Roach Cup for ‘Pack of the Year’ was presented to Hazel Densham, Cub Leader of 1st Oulton Broad. The cup is awarded to the pack amassing most points throughout the year in five competitions – swimming, handicraft, the quiz, 5-a-side football and tenpin bowling.

115 youngsters met up at Africa Alive for the Beavers Day Out. Split into groups they headed to different section of the wildlife park to look at the creatures but also to enter the countywide challenge by having their mascot photographed with the most animals. Assistant District Commissioner for Beavers, Gemma Eglington said, ”the youngsters got some strange looks from the animals as a range of fluffy mascots were held in front of them as the cameras clicked.”

District Commissioner (DC) Mel Buck described it as an incredible day – and thanked the amazing bunch leaders – without whom it would not have been possible.

  • The DC made a special presentation of the Chief Scout Bronze Award to Joseph Trotman of 1st Pakefield Beaver Colony

Meet our Youth Commissioners

Lowestoft District Scouts have just launched an exciting new scheme to empower their young people, giving them the capacity to shape their Scouting – as well as providing opportunities for everyone to gain experience in responsibility.

To set the scheme in motion, a new role of Youth Commissioner has been created by the National Scout Association, and this week two leaders have been appointed to the post.

Callum Howard and Jake Dixon, both leaders in the Lowestoft District, were officially introduced as Youth Commissioners for the Lowestoft District, joining a team of passionate commissioners across Suffolk and the UK.

District Commissioner Mel Buck said “The scouting movement has been celebrating all things #YouShape for the whole month of February – so we are delighted to launch the scheme in Lowestoft at this time.

‘Youth Shaped Scouting’ isn’t a new concept and is already happening elsewhere in the country. Using the heading of ‘Hash tag (#) YouShape’

it helps young people to decide, design and implement their own programme and experiences.”

Callum and Jake added “now that we have been officially launched in Lowestoft, we will begin visiting all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network units in the district to find out what they want their scouting to be; what skills they want to learn, what activities they want to do and what adventures they want to be part of.

“We believe that Lowestoft can lead the way in empowering young people, enabling them to be a constructive part of the Scouting movement and establishing an open communication between youth and their leadership. Everyone’s opinions deserve to be heard, no matter their age, ability, or background.

“We want to develop our young people and give them a voice. We are seeking to achieve ‘fun scouting for everyone’ and #youshape is the process to get there”

To keep up to date with Jake and Callum’s progress follow @lowestoftdyc on Twitter

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.