Scouts enjoy annual Splash Camp at the Leicestershire Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Scouts from across the county took over the Leicestershire Outdoor Pursuits Centre for their annual Splash Camp.


More than 250 youngsters aged 10 to 14 took part in a variety of activities ranging from canoeing and raft-building to scuba diving and sliding down zipwires.

One of the Scouts, Shane Shanesictna, 14, of Market Harborough, said: “I really enjoyed scuba diving the most because I’ve only done it once before so I found it really enjoyable.”

Joe Pubjoy, 13, a member of the Ashby and Coalville District Scouts, said: “I really enjoyed doing the high ropes because I never get the chance to do anything like this so I’m really happy I had the opportunity to on camp.”


During the weekend adult volunteer Paul Taylor was presented the Award of Merit by the Leicestershire Scouts President, while youth member Sarah Jane Dove was presented her Queens Scout Award.  

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Chief Constable Simon Cole with Scouts and Explorer Scouts from around Leicestershire

Chief Scout Awards presented by Chief Constable

Chief Constable Simon Cole with Scouts and Explorer Scouts from around LeicestershireThe Chief Constable Simon Cole presented Chief Scout Awards to Scouts and Explorer Scouts in a ceremony last night (Monday October 13).


Young people between the ages of 14-18 years old received an array of certificates including the Chief Scout Platinum and Diamond Awards – the highest awards that they can achieve in their section.

Simon Cole also presented Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze and Silver Awards to the Scouts from various districts from around Leicestershire. The awards were presented in a ceremony at the Scout Headquarters in Leicester Forest East.

The Chief Constable, who is Vice President of Leicestershire Scouts said: “I was delighted to see so many young people achieving such great successes and I felt honoured to be included in their celebrations”.

The Scout Association offers everyday adventure and activity to almost 400,000 young people across the UK. The Movement is the largest co-educational youth organisation in the world, with over 28 million Members in 216 countries and territories. There are around 120 groups in 10 districts in Leicestershire alone.



Scouts hand out awards to thank supporters and volunteers


Scout leaders have celebrated their successes in the past year at an awards night.

The evening was attended by Scout leaders from the Leicester South West District, which includes groups in places including Enderby, Wigston, Braunstone, Littlethorpe and the Saffron Lane estate.

The night was also attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton and Scouting leaders including District Commissioner Steve Dowell.

He said: “It’s an annual event and we get together to thank our leaders who have given their time and the people who have made achievements, including the businesses that help us, including this year an accountant who does our books and a company that helped our Scouts go to camp.


“We had a presentation by the chief executive of Scouting UK and we had one of our Scout bands performing, also.”

The awards night took part at Leicestershire County Cricket’s Grace Road ground on October 10th



Leicestershire Scouts make a Splash at LOPC

SCP - 20140920 - 22199Scouts from across Leicestershire took over the Leicestershire Outdoor Pursuits Centre for the annual County Splash Camp. Over 250 young people aged 10-14 took part in a wide variety of activities ranging from the traditional canoeing and raftbuilding to more adrenaline fuelled activities such as scuba diving and zipwire.

The Scouts were bouncing with energy as they began their first activities, excited to participate in various challenges they hadn’t had the chance to try before. James, from Belton and Harron Scout Group told us “I’ve really enjoyed sailing the most, because there was a lot of wind so it went really fast and we got wet!” Shane Shanesictna, 14 from Harborough also told us about his favourite activity: “I really enjoyed Scuba Diving the most because I’ve only done it once before so I found it really enjoyable!”

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As well as participating in water activities, there was also plenty of dry activities for the Scouts to get involved in. Joe Pubjoy, 13 from Ashbey and Coalville District explained why he loved having a go on the High Ropes: “I really enjoyed doing the High Ropes because I never get the chance to do anything like this so I’m really happy I had the opportunity to on camp!” Sam Calock from 1st Loughborough Scouts told us how he felt when he went on the Zip Wire: “I really enjoyed it because it feels so exhilarating; it feels like you’re flying because it goes that fast!”

Not only did the Scouts have an amazing time, but so did the Explorer Scouts and Young Leaders. Hannah Jones, 14 from South West District told us why she enjoyed assisting at this years’ Splash Camp: “I thoroughly enjoyed helping the Scouts because I think it’s important as they might be able to do it later on in their Scouting career.” She also said “we’ve been helping out across the camp with getting the Scouts to and from their activities, we’ve helped with the cooking and we got the opportunity to have a go on the High Ropes at night – It was really fun!”

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To top off an incredible weekend, the commitment of the adult volunteers was recognised when Colonel Martin, Leicestershire Scouts President, took to the waters to award Paul Taylor, one of the kayaking and canoeing instructors (and better known to his Scouts as ‘Pilot’!) the Award for Merit whilst some of the 250 scouts taking part in the annual Splash Camp looked on. Paul was awarded this medal for his committed service to Leicestershire Scouts, especially with the water activities team. There was also time to celebrate the highest achievement in scouting for a youth member, when Sarah Jane Dove was presented her Queens Scout Award. SJ, as she is known, has been working on her Queens Scout Award alongside her Duke of Edinburgh awards. When asked what she had enjoyed most about her awards she explained “Sailing, because it’s what I do. I also volunteered with a local scout group in York, where I am at University.”

Congratulations to the award holders and thank you to the County Splash Camp organisers for holding such a fantastic event!


Womble 2015

Subject to approval….Womble 2015 will be held at Spitewinter Campsite near Chesterfield on the 3rd, 4th and 5th July 2015. Bookings will open in the new year, but please get it in your diaries now. We are hoping to increase the numbers that can take part with an additional team joining us

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