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Ilkley Half Marathon Support

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The Scouts once again helped at Ilkley Half Marathon but running one of their water stations to keep the runner well hydrated. Luckily not as baking hot as last year but it was still dry. A fun day was had by everyone!

Scouts Hag Dyke June 2023

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An absolutely fantastic weekend up at Hag Dyke! Weather was hot but a good breeze on the summit made it good for walking.

Arrived up late on Friday for a supper and bed.

Saturday was a great walk up to the summit over into the edge of Nidderdale and back round. The Scouts managed to use all their navigation skills throughout the day to both stay on track and use bearings, pacings, and triangulation to locate four WW2 plane crashes on the side of Great Whernside. On return to the hostel there was some napping after a long day, some games, and a BBQ in the evening.

Sunday was some games in the morning, and the patrol leaders tracked down some geocaches the cubs lost a few weeks earlier. Finally everyone mucked in and cleaned the hostel top to bottom ready for the next lucky guests up there before heading down the hill for icecream and home.

Overall a cracking weekend, everyone enjoyed it, and we really got the opportunity to reinforce and practice some tricky navigation.

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2022 – Quick Review of our Scouting

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In 2022 we managed to offer over 461 hours of scouting to our members, including weekly meetings, training, weekend camps, visits to our hostel Hag Dyke, and a massive and very hot trip to Holland with our partner group De Mohicanen from The Hague.

Here is a small graphic of our year to help visualise how all those meetings, training, and trips add up!

New Scouts joined our troop this year

New Leaders and Young Leaders

Nights Away

Badges earned and given out

Hours of Scouting offered to our members

A visit to Mountain Rescue

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Scouts managed to get the opportunity to visit Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association tonight. Learning about hill safety, how UWFRA keep people safe and help people in the countryside, and even to practice some rescue skills including ropework, learning what the landrovers carry, and how to assemble and carry someone on the stretcher!

All the scouts thoroughly enjoyed it, and hopefully now have a better idea what fell rescue is all about and how best to call for help if ever that is needed.

Massive thanks to UWFRA for hosting us, and for everything they do for those out and about on the hills! And a huge thanks to Tom, Beth, Sam, and Adrian for running this fantastic evening.

Scouts help at the Ilkley Half Marathon

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Ilkley’s Half marathon, organised by the round table was a very hot event for all!

1st Ben Rhydding Scout Troop helped out by runnning one of the water stops along the route to keep all the runners (and helpers!) hydrated and motivated throughout the tough event

Scout Hike across the Moors

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Had a fantastic evening hiking right across Ilkley Moor. The weather held out right until the end and all the scouts kept a good pace.

5km completed, navigation skills practiced, and all scouts in good spirits at the end; a cracking walk for a great evening!

Scouts win at the torch race again!

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After the last two torch races in Otley got canceled due to covid, we once again returned to our annual district race. Ilkley Explorers retained the trophy for the explorer race, and 1st BR Scouts retained our trophy for thhe scout race. Fantastic result for the group and cracking effort from everyone there. A really tough race and everyone gave their all for a fantastic result! We even got into the Ilkley Gazette

Troop Training Camp

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Fantastic Friday evening and Saturday morning spent practising a few of the basics we’re going to need for our upcoming camps. Great work from everyone getting all the jobs done in the short time we had.

Winter Hag Dyke

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Scouts have just returned from another fantastic winter weekend at our Hag Dyke hostel on the side of Great Whernside.

Fantastic Weather, great belated christmas feast, and an amazing walk!