Poacher, Lincolnshire Scouts and Guides County Jamboree, was held at the Showground from 30th July to 6th August and 10,000 Scouts, Guides, leaders and staff camped for the full week. They were joined by Beavers, Cubs, Rainbows and Brownies, who visited to get a taste of what Poacher had to offer.
There were inflatables, games, crafts and challenges for everybody to enjoy and the Scouts and Guides who camped also had sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, gliding, caving, backwoods skills, high ropes, archery, mini diggers and tanks, go carts, driving taster sessions, crafts, visits and science and engineering projects to try.
As the Scouts and Guides took part in the activities, they were encouraged to try new activities that provided them with new challenges and if they completed three from four different categories, they could earn the Poacher Challenge Badge.
The Global Development village was another area where participants could achieve the Global Challenge Badge by completing activities that gave them a better understanding of world faiths and issues around pollution, climate change, homelessness and poverty. Two Scouts from 6th Gainsborough Sea Scouts each completed one of the challenges, Jack Whitton earned the Poacher Challenge Badge and Hazel Hodgson completed the Global Challenge.
Scout Troops and Explorers from Willingham, Market Rasen, Haxey and the Sea Scouts represented Gainsborough District. Once again, the Troops from Haxey, Market Rasen and 6th Gainsborough Sea Scouts camped together and over time the number of participants has risen so that there were 80 this time.
They were allocated a site on Circus sub camp and for the closing ceremony were encouraged to don fancy dress. The group took delivery of 16 metres of pizza in a variety of flavours and also shared them with the Guides next door and some of the sub camp staff before the Jamboree closed.