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Safer Travels for Local Cubs & Scouts

Earl Shilton Cubs & Scouts had a lesson in smarter, safer bus travel last week, when a team from Arriva Midlands joined them for a day of fun and facts on the buses.

As part of its ongoing initiative to promote the benefits of public transport to youngsters, Arriva joined forces with the local group to showcase just how much freedom bus travel could offer them, so long as they’re sure to travel safe and savvy.
During the interactive and informative session, Earl Shilton’s Cubs, Scouts and Explorers had chance to learn more about bus etiquette, drivers’ blind spots, getting on and off safely, and paying securely, before all hopping on board for a day out in the city centre.
Chris Ordish, from Earl Shilton Scout group said: Big thanks to Arriva for helping us with this its great to help teach our young people about different ways of helping with the environment by using public transport. For Some of our young people living out of the city it was there first time on a bus which as we all know can be scary but with the arriva angles helping them and showing them each step of the way was fantastic. Then with the Help of Arriva we got to explore the City in areas where we wouldn’t normally go.

To top it off all the money we spent on the bus was donated back to our group which is going towards our new scout hut build Fund. And the young people Gained load of badges by exporling new places. Looking Forward to working with Arriva to help role this out across the county

Simon Finnie, Area Managing Director for Arriva Midlands South, added: “Buses are a great way to get around, and with so many interesting and fun things based along many of our routes, it’s perfect for youngsters wanting a to go and gain a little bit of independence with their friends. We’re of course conscious that all our customers are able to travel safely with Arriva, and particularly where children are concerned, we want to offer their parents and guardians a little piece of mind that their loved ones are safe with us. That’s why we think it’s important to work with groups like Earl Shilton Cubs & Scouts to make sure that the younger generations are equipped with all the information they need to make sure they can get around without worry.”
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Holwell Pastures New Block Opening

Iron Stone Lodge, the name revealed to the new building at Holwell Pastures Campsite, but this was no random pick, the name has to do with the historical nature of the area of which was originally an iron ore mine.

The proceedings began with fun activities around the campsite which included, Climbing, water rockets, zip line, back woods cooking, shooting and more, it was also a chance for parents from around the District to get an insight to the activities experienced by their children.

The building itself consists of four areas.  A large unisex toilet and shower block, a large dormitory, which sleeps 32, with two side leaders’ rooms. A combined dining/lounge area, and a conference room for meetings and training, though for security reasons, no valuables are kept on site when not in use.

The building has also been designed to allow other local community groups to use it during the week when not in use by Scouting groups. The cost of the project was over £300,000 and Ian said he hopesit will attract more groups to use the site, with its up to date facilities.

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Thorpe Acre Scouts Cycle Camp

It’s not very often you come across a group that chooses to do a cycle camp across County lines, but one Leicestershire group did just that, and Leicestershire Media tagged along to follow their progress.
With nine Scouts, two Explorers and 4 leaders along with a support vehicle, the group set off on the 54 mile round trip from their base at  Thorpe Acre. They caught National Cycle Route 6 from behind their base, which starts from Central London and runs Through Leicestershire including Market Harborough, Leicester City, towns and villages leading to Loughborough onto Derby.
The route is well sign posted and avoids major roads, as the vast majority runs along Cycle paths. Of course Scouts being Scouts were going to have a bit of banter as the rode along the route to keep themselves entertained, from signalling Lorries over the M1 to hoot, singing songs that have 99 versus.
They had several breaks along the way to allow slower riders to catch up, Halfway along the Cloud Trail Greenway, an old Railway now part of the route, on a bridge overlooking the river Trent one Scout was invested.  From there they made their way along the canal and stopped for lunch at Swarkestone Lock.
All fed and watered, the group made their way along the route to Alvastone Park in central Derby where they had beverages and a trial on their famous BMX track before heading off back on their journey.
The group continued on their Journey through landmarks such as Silk Mill Park and Derby Cathedral, then changing to route 54 at Parker’s Piece, then out into Little Eaton finishing for the night at Drum Hill Camp site, where they all setup their Hammocks before cooking their dinner on Trangias.
Day two saw the group preparing after breakfast for their return journey, pretty much everything in reverse with a couple of differences.  Rain fell most of Their return journey, but the cafe manager at Alvastone Park laid on snacks for the group complimentary of the park, and after that and hot chips the group continued their ride back knocking two hours of their previous day’s time.
The Group despite having a couple of Special needs rode together encouraging each other in true Scouting spirit, ending their two day adventure with smiles and proud parents.