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

5 April 2018

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