As something a bit different Arkwright are at Scalemodels Scalextric. Everyone got a practice run, before a series of 5 lap races and a race against the clock (as many laps as possible in 3 minutes). The best was 12 laps by Chris Plumb!
The top 5 cubs:
1st Adam M
They went in to a championship Grand Prix of 10 laps round the circuit. The top three made the podium.
At the end everyone got to stand on the podium because they are all winners!
2014 is the year of the dragon!
We are aware that it’s technically it’s the year of the horse, but for Marple scouting we are calling it the year of the dragon because we will be taking on The Dragon Award. The Dragon Award is a Welsh badge, with three stages available Bronze Silver and Gold and we are opening it up to anyone of scout age and above (so if you don’t complete the awards as a scout you can carry on as an explorer). We will be completing the Bronze award together first before moving on the complete the silver and gold.
To complete the bronze award all you need to do is sleep under canvas for at least one night in each calendar month of the year. Technically you do not have to complete the bronze award within one year, you can spend as many years as you to tick off every month, but we thought where’s the fun in that, we want to do it in 12 straight months!
That’s rights we intend to go camping once every month in 2014 and we would love you to join us. Its only one night per month under canvas, or in a bivvy it doesn’t matter and some of our normal camps like Easter camp, summer camp and BoM will count towards the award making it even easier!
We know what you’re thinking, ‘Whoa that’s amazing, how do I get involved in this awesome harebrained scheme’. All you need to do for now is get yourself on the Dragon Award mailing list by emailing your name and scout group to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then we will keep you up to date with the events and how to get your award signed off.
We are really excited about this award and want as many people to get involved as possible so sign up ASAP. If you have any questions either drop an email to the Dragon Award mail box above or ask Nippie Nolan (Kinder) or Oli Hibbs (Cobden).
Location; Seven Springs Campsite, Disley
Date; 28th – 30th June 2013
Partcipants; Cobden, Kinder, Peak
Organisers; Marple Network
Happy Birthday! The Battle of Marple this year happily celebrated its 10th Birthday, and did so in style.
The scouts arrived promptly and eager at the Scout HQ at 6pm on the Friday. Here, they were split into teams and were handed over to our very own, Andrew Thorpe. Off for their first challenge, walk to the Campsite! The walk up was a wet one. The heavens opened and not a dry face was seen. Fortunately for the scouts, the leaders had already put up their tents earlier in the day.
Cobden were first to arrive in 2 hours and 10 minutes shortly followed by Kinder and Peak at 2 hours 20 minutes. Ground rules were told and networkers were introduced with the usual; Nickname, Network number and interesting fact.
Hot dogs and hot chocolate were eaten before the first wide game. Over to Andrew Thorpe again for a very scary Zombie Apocalypse wide game! Fake blood and everything! Wide game over and straight to bed for the scouts.
The scouts were rudely awoken to the noise of an air horn and sights of birthday banners and bunting everywhere! Ravine Run to start the day, led by Tom Reeve and Guy Taylor, just like any other Battle of Marple camp. A full English breakfast and straight into bases. The bases the scouts had to endure this year consisted of;
Fire Making – Chris Greevy
Tent Pitching – Tom Reeve
Team Games – Jonathan Nolan
Mental Challenge – Gareth Hibbs
Strong Scout – Joe Ward and Ben Potter
Mini Pioneering – Ben Duncalf
Free time! The sun has come out and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves! The sud slide and bouncy castle seemed to be the highlight of the day for both scouts AND leaders. T-shirt and woggle making then ensued, without any burnt fingers! A BBQ for our birthday lunch and bases then continued at 4pm.
The bases over and done for the day, the leaders catch a small break whilst the scouts have tea. Spaghetti Bolognaise, a camp favourite! Wide Game of the night led by Nippy. An International Curriers Company, drug smugglers, the Mafia and the Police make the ingredients for a perfect wide game!
With the scouts fed and worn out, its time for a camp fire or what we like to call “GlastonBOM”. This was led by Sam Peach and Matt Wilson and was an instant hit with the scouts. I can definitely see this happening again next year. After many verses of “Do you know the Muffin man” and “The Johnson Boys” its time for beddy byes.
After Fridays wide game and the Saturday bases, the results stand at; Cobden – 13, Kinder – 11, Peak – 7. With the results so close together, it looks like there is a lot to play for on Sunday!
Up early the next morning at an eye watering 7:30am for the start of the Sunday events. The scouts fought long and hard through a tough day of events involving a test of Physical prowess, mental stamina, team work and appetite!
After the events, the results now stand at; Cobden – 38, Kinder – 40, Peak – 32. This means Kinder are going into the Gruellinator with a 2 second lead over Cobden. Peak will be leaving 6 seconds after Cobden. It’s all to play for as there isn’t much time between the teams!
The Air horn sounded and kinder were off, shortly followed by Cobden and finally Peak. This year’s Gruellinator is truly outstanding, one of the longest and hardest Assault courses created to date.
With reports that some scouts had fallen over further round the course (out of sight for the Leaders) we had no idea who would be arriving first! Then suddenly, one Lone Kinder Scout arrived. Then another and another! Hope was then restored in Cobden, as a Cobden scout then appeared! Sadly, the majority of Kinder had arrived.
It was all too late, the Kinder team gathered round the plunger and before we knew it, it was all over.
Battle of Marple 2013 complete! A huge congratulations to Kinder and a fantastic effort from both Cobden and Peak.
Thanks to all scouts who took part and a massive thank you to Adi Tognarelli, Tommy Tognarelli, Jonathan Nolan, Oliver Hibbs, Chris Greevy, Andy Thrope, Matt Wilson, Ian Ridgeway, Andrew Statham, Gareth Hibbs, Sam Peach, Ben Wilson, Mike Clifford, Tom Reeve, Joe Ward, Guy Taylor, Joe Jefferson, Ben Potter, Jonny Hulmes, Ben Duncalf for all the background work, without them, Battle of Marple just wouldn’t exist.
See you all next year, when Battle of Marple is in its 11th year.
Sam Peach, Marple Networker, Gangshow performer (most notable for his role as the King of Spain in Gangshow 2009?) made it to the Edinburgh Fringe for a 14 day run as part of his St. Andrews University comedy club. I, as a Marplescouts.co.uk sole comedy correspondent, happened to be in the right place, at the right time.