Network Visits 1st Mattishall Cubs Scout Group

A number of months ago, I was asked to attend a Cub Scout Section meeting to give a presentation about Network Scouts. Network Scouts are aged from 18-25 years of age, whereas Cubs are 8-10 1/2.

Being a Networker and Akela of 2nd RAF Marham Cub Scout Pack, I thought this would be a walk in the park and agreed without hesitation. Thinking no more of it along came the day of the presentation and before me were 36 Cubs, a group twice the size of Marham’s Cubs Section, all wanting to know what I had done in my 22 years of existence and 16 years of Scouting and why someone in RAF uniform had just wandered in through the door.

‘Being Prepared’, I had planned ahead and brought my “CV,” in the form of a Scout Blanket. Which has every badge and Knecker (the scarf that Scouts wear) that I have earn, collected or have been given throughout my time in Scouts. Badges ranging from when I was a Beaver (6-8), right up to badges that I have collected on camps and more notably a collection from the 2007 World Jamboree, where I taught multinational Scouts of various ages and abilities how to Kayak at Alton Water, Essex. The geographic location of the badges were a challenge for some of the Cubs to comprehend as they range from Hong Kong to America, but they all soon realised that it was very easy to collect and swap these badges at different events if you had the right opportunities and motivation.

It was a privilege to be asked to talk to such a large, vibrant Cub Scout Group and they all had a large collection of badges already forming on their arms; testament to the amount of time and effort that they already put in to the Scouting movement, even at their age. An even bigger compliment to the Leaders of the pack who ensure that the Cubs have the opportunity to undertake such a varied programme at their age. To commemorate the visit, the group presented me with a few extra badges and a Necker which was duly sewn into the collection. An RAF Marham Knecker and Badge set will soon be on its way to Mattishall and I look forward to building future relations with the group.

If you are interested in joining Scouting then please contact either myself or Mickey Tucker-Lowe for more information. Alexander Wardlow or Group Scout Leader Mickey Tucker-Lowe

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