Summer term fun and games

by | 20 September 2023 | Children's Group, Retford

Beavers at 7th Retford Scout Group were busy decorating biscuits at one session and finished the term with a barbecue on 17th July. They will reopen in September.

Cubs had an American themed evening on 29th June followed by a visit to Bassetlaw Museum on 6th July. At the museum, Laura Sercombe and Georgina Lancaster showed them more about the Mayflower pilgrims and American history. On 13th and 20th July they had an athletics session and team games in Kings Park.

Scouts started July with a cycling theory evening, learning how to maintain their bikes, road signs, navigating, a little bit of outdoor first aid and safer cycling. Their second session was a fun night on the river and then on 19th July, they met out at Sutton-cum-Lound and went on a geocaching hunt finding their way back to Daneshill Lakes.

On 26th July the Group set out on their Summer Camp to Beaudesert Activity Centre. Thanks to NB Minibuses for transporting the young people and their kit to the campsite and collecting them at the end. During the four night camp, the Scouts and Explorer took part in lots of different on-site activities including Via Ferrata, rifle shooting, archery and caving simulator. The second day of activities started down on The Pond; coracling and sit on kayaks, and in the afternoon a zip wire and pedal karts. Saturday morning was tomahawks and The Eliminator (a climbing activity) and in the afternoon they went out for local hike, geocaching along the way and exploring The Castle Ring. On Sunday as well as packing up the camp, we had a go on the Challenge Course and then Monkey Trees. A good time was had by all.

“I have been part of Cubs and Scouts for five years, joining when I was 7. Being a Scout has taught me skills such as how to start a fire safely, cooking, ironing, archery and climbing. I have also been on many camps in all weathers!

During the most recent camp at Beaudesert I took part in archery, climbing, axe throwing, cooking and I overcame my fear and went on the zipline. I am currently working towards achieving the Chief Scout Gold Award. I have made lots of new friends and I enjoy the social aspect of being in Scouts.

I would recommend Scouts to both girls and boys as it opens up many opportunities for you and will help to develop your confidence and teach you new skills.”


If you would like more information about the Scout Group, please email The minimum age at 7th Retford is 5 ¾ years old and there is no upper age limit. All adults need a DBS certificate before they can start to volunteer with the group. This is done free of charge as it is a volunteer role.