The Canoes are coming back – and so is Hungerford Scouts’ checkpoint!

We are very excited that the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race is set to return after a two year gap.

1st Hungerford Scout Group operates a checkpoint to record the safe passage of all canoeists. This year the race will be 108 miles, finishing at Teddington.  Traditionally, the end point is St Thomas’ Hospital (125-miles); however this is not currently possible due to the ongoing Covid response at the hospital.

The checkpoint is open on Good Friday & Easter Saturday (15 & 16 April), if you are out & about watching the canoes, why not come along the towpath to the Croft Field to see the Hungerford Checkpoint in action.

For a quick reminder of the 2019 checkpoint, click here.

Hungerford Scouts

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, come and have a chat at the checkpoint or contact Group Scout Leader, Matt Head  We don’t want cost to be a barrier to any young person enjoying Scouting, talk to Matt or your Section Leader in confidence if this is an issue.

We are very grateful to our volunteer leaders and parent helpers for their commitment and enthusiasm in ensuring a varied and exciting programme for all age groups.  We would love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved, whether currently connected to the Scout Group or not.  The Scout Association offers training and support; a satisfactory DBS check is required.

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