Railway treat and camp fire for cubs’ centenary

Crawley District Scouts celebrate the movement's centenary with a  hike on Blacklands Farm Guide Site and day out on the Bluebell Railway - submitted picture
Crawley District Scouts celebrate the movement's centenary with a hike on Blacklands Farm Guide Site and day out on the Bluebell Railway - submitted picture

More than 200 Cubs from Crawley District celebrated the centenary of Cub Scouting in style with a hike, train ride and barbecue.

On June 18 they met up with leaders and other adults and friends at Blacklands Farm Guide Site in East Grinstead before hiking to Kingscote Station where they boarded their own chartered train for the day.

Crawley District Scouts celebrate the movement's centenary with a  hike on Blacklands Farm Guide Site and day out on the Bluebell Railway - submitted picture

Crawley District Scouts celebrate the movement's centenary with a hike on Blacklands Farm Guide Site and day out on the Bluebell Railway - submitted picture

After a short journey to Sheffield Park they spent time enjoying the museum, engine shed, shop, having lunch and watching a specially prepared DVD exploring the past 100 years of gadgets, aviation and Scouting.

Cub Scout Leader Craig Edwards said: “The staff at Sheffield Park were excellent.”

Some 300 cubs, leaders, adults and guests were then joined by Crawley mayor Raj Sharma, his wife and assistant county commissioner Cubs Jill Gladman before then travelling the entire length of the Bluebell Railway to East Grinstead and returning to Kingscote Station. After a return hike to Blacklands Farm Guide Site, they sang happy birthday around a splendid cake.

West Sussex Scout County chairman Colin Field then joined them for a barbecue kindly supported by award winning Sussex sausage manufacturers Debbie and Andrew’s. The day ended with a traditional camp fire.

If you are interested in getting involved in Scouting visit website at crawleydistrictscouts.co.uk/contact-us/