Canoe success and parades for Hungerford Scouts

1st Hungerford Scout Group have been very busy in April, even though most of it has been school holidays.

The Checkpoint for the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race saw 200 boats through on Good Friday, and over 130 on the Saturday. Low water levels meant that the organisers were not expecting any records to be broken, but the senior doubles winners still completed the 125-mile course in 17 hours 27 minutes non-stop paddling (and running round locks).

The Checkpoint helps ensure that all boats are accounted for. For their own safety, those canoeists who are too slow on the early stages are not permitted onto the much more challenging River Thames.

The Scouts’ tea, cakes and bacon rolls were very popular with spectators and support crews alike, and raised £178 for Group funds.

On St George’s Day, Sunday 23rd April, Kennet District Scouts came to Hungerford for their annual parade and Service. Rev Mike Saunders led the service at St Lawrence’s, and shared some memories of his own time as a Scout.

On Sunday 30th April, the Scouts were on parade again, this time as part of the Constable’s Service, with the Town & Manor of Hungerford.

We welcome boys and girls from age 6 as Beavers, from 8 years as Cubs, and from 10.5 years as Scouts. If you would like to know more about Scouting for your child, or how you could become involved as an adult helper, please contact Group Scout Leader, Matt Head 1sthungerfordscouts@gmail.com

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