Astwood Bank Scouts Celebrate Their Centenary


Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders from Astwood Bank, Redditch celebrated 100 years of Scouting by holding a Group Centenary Camp at Pikes Pool, near Bromsgrove in May. Almost 50 young people and 10 leaders attended the weekend camp which was supported by a Big Lottery Grant.

Astwood Bank is the oldest Scout Group in Redditch. In true youth-shaped tradition, Scouts were asked how they thought the Centenary year should be celebrated. They decided they wanted a camp that involved both traditional and adventurous activities and that would bring all sections of the Group (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) together. They also wanted a celebration cake!  Leaders worked hard to put their ideas into practice, arranging a weekend camp that included activities such as crate-stacking, archery, rocket launching, light lighting, team challenges and an inflatable gladiator game.

Sally Payne, Group Scout Leader said “During the camp Beavers, Cubs and Scouts worked in mixed teams which is something that young people rarely have the opportunity to experience outside Scouting. It was great to see the older Scouts helping the Beavers and Cubs. This was the first camp for many of our younger members and it was a great introduction to the fun and adventure that Scouting has to offer”.

Deb Lennox, Assistant Cub Scout Leader said “It was a great camp and a fantastic experience for all the different sections to get together. It was so good to see them all helping each other and working together.  We have some fantastic kids and I was really proud of them all!”

Working with younger children was something that Scout Jake (aged 12) particularly enjoyed: “I liked getting to know the Cubs and Beavers and teaching them something new”. Young people also enjoyed the activities, especially crate stacking and fire lighting. The food also received favourable comments – especially the pizza that was delivered on Friday evening (this was a special camp after all!) and the Bolognese that was prepared by Redditch Scout Active Support Unit on Saturday night.

Although the camp was organised for current members of the Scout Group one or two special visitors were invited, including Sid the new County Commissioner who got stuck into a game of giant Jenga (but successfully avoided the water-based team challenges!)

Leaders hope that the Centenary Camp is something that Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and adult volunteers will remember and talk about for many years to come. Scout Kieran (aged 11) agrees and said “I really enjoyed this camp, especially the crate stacking and fire lighting.

For my first Scout camp it was EPIC!” Cub Scout Rufus (aged 8) also agrees, saying “I loved the camp. Thank you to all the leaders – it was so much fun!”

A short film of the Group’s camping adventures can be seen on YouTube at link:


Sally Payne, Group Scout Leader