Over 500 young people from every corner of Cumbria congregated at Newton Rigg near Penrith last Sunday to enjoy a day of adventure at the Cumbria Scouts Beaver and Cub Fun Day.
Alongside 150 adult volunteers, the Beavers and Cubs, aged between 6 and 10, experienced a jam-packed day of activities as they made new friends and learnt new skills. With caving, climbing and archery on offer alongside games, sports and a special demonstration from local police there was plenty to enjoy in the late summer sun!
Organiser Josh McLeod said: “We had a fantastic day at Newton Rigg and it was great to see so many young people getting stuck in, trying things and picking up skills for life! With over 550 Beavers and Cubs attending (20% of all scouts in the county), the day was busy, action packed and full of new adventures! The aim of the day was to give young people new opportunities and a chance to meet some of their wider scouting family and it was great to see so many pushing themselves and trying things from Caving in the CaveBus to climbing on the mobile climbing walls!
“At the end of the day it’s all about creating an amazing experience for our young people and it feels amazing to already have some great feedback from them – according to parents some are still talking about their day!”
Cumbria’s large size can make it difficult for Cumbria’s young people to enjoy events that are open and accessible. Last week’s fun day not only shows its possibilities, but also highlights the importance of bringing together people with shared interests and allowing them to learn and explore alongside new-found friends.
To find out more about your local scout group and how to volunteer, visit www.cumbriascouts.org.uk or visit Cumbria Scouts on Facebook.