Welcome To The Home Of Scouting For Lowestoft

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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All sections of the Lowestoft Scouts Family camp together for the first time

Scouts, Cubs and Beavers together with Explorer scouts, from all over the Lowestoft district have for the first time all spent nights under canvas together.

Their campsite at Herringfleet in the delightful wooded setting on the edge of Fritton Lake, is usually used for scouts from individual groups to pitch their tents – but over the May Bank Holiday weekend more than 340 boys and girls and their leaders from seven groups enjoyed the adventure of all camping together.

District Commissioner Mel Buck said “the ambitious plan to include all sections of the district scouting family has been four years in the planning. Over the last couple of years we have gradually introduced overnight stays for both Cubs and Beavers in preparation for this big weekend. It has taken a lot of work and we have had to take over an adjacent field to accommodate the 200 tents and kitchen areas.

The weather has been very kind to us and the youngsters had enjoyed a wide range of activities including archery, canoeing, rowing, rifle shooting and monkey-bridge. There was also a climbing wall, a maze and an evening disco. Two particularly competitive challenges keenly fought by the young people were a speed sawing task where a telegraph pole had to be cut through, using a double handed saw in the fastest time and a tent erection competition.

The highlight for me was the Camp Fire on a perfect Saturday evening when everyone joined in with singing traditional scouting songs at the tops of their voices.”

Mr Buck added ‘we were delighted to welcome Mike Dobson representing the George Setterfield Trust to formally hand over a special wooded cabin which they funded and which will enable youngsters with additional needs to experience the joys of camping.

The scout movement in the Lowestoft District is very lucky to have access to such a wonderful site and we express our gratitude to Lord Somerleyton for allowing the continued use of the land which is part of the Somerleyton Estate.” He added “we also have brilliant leaders who assist with all the activities to ensure that all our boys and girls have a thoroughly enjoyable time.”

Parade flies the flag for St George

More than 500 patriotic young Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and their leaders proudly put their best foot forward to celebrate their patron saint St. George, in the Lowestoft District Scout Association’s annual parade.

With District Beaver Leader Gemma Eglington beating out the rhythm on a drum for the marchers, the District Explorer and Scout Network Unit led the procession followed by the colony, pack and troop of each group.

As they paraded along St Margaret’s Road to the church, proud families and local residents gathered to watch the smartly dressed six to 25-year-olds and their leaders march along St Margaret’s Road to the church.

The parade included the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 1st Carlton Colville, 1st Pakefield, 4th Lowestoft, 1st Oulton Broad, 14th Lowestoft, 1st Blundeston and 2nd Carlton Colville groups.

The leaders gave a salute along the way to dignitaries assembled outside Poplars Primary School, including Waveney MP Peter Aldous, Mayor of Lowestoft Nick Webb, Lowestoft Scouts district commissioner Mel Buck, district chairman Brian Everitt, Scout Active Support manager for Suffolk Graham Baker and Elizabeth Hepburn, Divisional Commissioner for Lowestoft Guiding.

Outside the church entrance, the colour parties formed a traditional arch through which the parade and congregation passed. The service led by the Rev Michael Asquith began with the singing of the national anthem and featured prayers, hymns and readings as well as a renewal of the Beaver, Cub and Scout promises.

There was also the chance to recall last year’s successful Cubs Gang Show, with the song Scouting Mambo performed with lots of actions.

Mr. Buck said: “This parade and service has been a tradition of scouting in Lowestoft for years, and it still remains important for the town.”

Scouts lap up soapbox racing

Youngsters from all seven Scout groups in the Lowestoft district put soapbox karts that they had hand built through their paces at a thrilling race meeting recently.

For the second year the soapbox races were held at the Ellough Park Raceway near Beccles but this time there were some changes to make the race more interesting.

Organiser Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts, Mark Hansen said; “we based the event loosely on formula one car racing – so 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 Soapbox Derby, 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 with one getting a friendly helping hand from the District Commissioner – and in a close finish the winners were 4th Lowestoft followed over the finish line by 14th Lowestoft with 1st Blundeston in third place.

Mr. Hansen added “ the youngsters had great fun and we are really grateful to Ellough Park Raceway for opening the track early and for all their help with the race.”

14th Lowestoft Scouts share memories at 80th anniversary celebration

Memories were rekindled as a Lowestoft scout group celebrated its 80th anniversary with a church service followed by an open house at their headquarters.

Past and present Cubs, Scouts and leaders first gathered for a thanksgiving service for the 14th Lowestoft Scout Group at St Bartholomew’s Church, Corton. Led by Rev Roger Key, and with former rector Canon Christopher Chapman present, the service included a flag ceremony and then a member from each section addressed the congregation speaking about what scouting meant to them. An excerpt from the Cubs 100th Gang Show brought a lighter moment to the formal occasion.

Phillip Cocks started the group with just eight boys on April 7 1937 and the only surviving member; Ken Strong, was present as guest of honour at the event. Ken is now the group’s President and at the open house, held at The Den headquarters in the High Street, he was invited, together with the youngest members of the unit, to cut a special cake to mark the anniversary.

Scout Leader Richard Brabben said, “We have had a excellent turnout and there was a lot of interest in the 1937 camp that was set out with old tilly lamps, old tents, old uniforms and with Scouts cooking 1937 style food on wood fires. In comparison there was also a 2017 campsite to show how things have come up to date.

The group’s museum was open and attracted a steady stream of visitors to view the logbooks, photographs and cuttings on show.

It has been absolutely brilliant to see the smiles on the faces as people met up with others that they had not seen for years to reminisce and to share their memories of their time in scouting.”

Tasty treats cooked up by Scouts in annual competition

When an annual cooking contest falls says just before Shrove Tuesday you might expect that the menu will include pancakes – and the youngsters demonstrating their culinary talents recently certainly didn’t disappoint.

Shaped American pancakes served with a milk chocolate dip and others served with a cooked banana foster sauce both appeared on the menus at the Lowestoft District Scouts Cookery Competition alongside some other really creative dishes.

The local scouts were taking part in the cooking challenge at the Pakefield Scout headquarters in Kendal Road, where six teams battled it out to impress the judges by preparing a three-course meal.

The teams of two or three scouts were faced with the task of cooking a balanced meal using just a two-ring gas burner and with ingredients costing not more than £5.00 per head. Two of the three courses had to be cooked and served hot with all dishes prepared from raw ingredients during the competition.

The meals were judged by a local campsite warden together with Rosie and Annabelle from the Green Jack company – who awarded marks not only for good cooking but also for presentation, time keeping, organisation, the originality and imagination of the menu and good hygiene.

The teams had just two hours to complete the meal and they were expected to eat their own food as well as to clean and wash-up afterwards.

Organiser Rob Harbord said, “as well as teaching the youngsters the need to be organised and work as a team they also learnt about food hygiene and how to handle meat and fish safely. More marks were allocated to cleanliness throughout the task and clearing up was also assessed”

Assistant District Commissioner for scouts Mark Green said; “ The judges sampled all of the food and were really impressed with the standard of cooking. The chefs had all worked really hard and made some really tasty meals whilst also finishing on time.”

The judges selected 1st Pakefield as winners of the competition with 2nd Carlton Colville and 1st Oulton Broad runners-up.

4th Lowestoft

Lentil and Bacon soup

Chicken Fajitas

Pancakes with Banana Foster Sauce

14th Lowestoft

Bruschetta

Paprika Chicken Pittas

Sticky Fruit Kebabs

1st Blundeston

Chicken Noodle Soup

Peri-peri Chicken

Tropical Fruit Salad

2nd Carlton Colville

Mexican Chicken & Caesar Salad,

American Stack Burger

Lemon French Toast & Poached Pears

1st Oulton Broad

Melon Balls & Palma Ham

Salmon Fillets and Couscous

Shaped American Pancakes with chocolate dip

1st Pakefield

Chicken Satay Skewer

Peppa Pig sausages in onion gravy

Oreo cheesecake