Bassetlaw cub scouts ready for a party to remember

Members of 7th Retford Cubs with a Cub100 birthday cake
Members of 7th Retford Cubs with a Cub100 birthday cake

Cub scouts from across Bassetlaw will be among 600 Cubs and 200 adult volunteers from across the county who will launch Nottinghamshire Scouts’ centenary year in style at a gigantic ice-skating and swimming pool party at the Doncaster Dome.

The four hour ‘cool-pool party’ will be a non-stop activity session, complete with party food, birthday cake, loads of games and bags of excitement.

The Cubs will make a splash in a multi-pool water wonderland of geysers, fountains, jets and airbeds in their very own sub-tropical Amazonian adventure. Then they’ll strap on their ice-skates and set off to explore the ice caps on two inter-connecting ice pads, complete with ramps and jumps.

Nottinghamshire Scouts wanted to provide something ‘wild and different’ to kick-off their year-long celebrations.

Dan Wood, head of all Nottinghamshire cub scouts, said: “The youngsters were clear they wanted to do something different to launch their centenary, so we listened and designed an event they wanted.”

The event will be part of a major new initiative called Cubs 100.

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls commented: “Cubs 100 is going to be one of the biggest celebrations that Scouting has ever seen.

“I am so proud of all the cub scouts in all our packs and all of the leaders who give them so much adventure every week.

“If you’re an adult and want to experience more adventure in your life then join us and get involved as a volunteer helping out as a Cub Scout leader.”

Cubs 100 aims to provide the 2,500 Nottinghamshire cubs with the opportunity to get involved with the centenary experience.

Importantly, the Nottinghamshire Scouts hope that Cubs 100 will help to increase the number of adult volunteers by raising the profile and understanding of the impact of cub scouts today.

Matt Rooney, head of Nottinghamshire Scouts, said: “It’s important that we continue to showcase how Scouting helps to build and develop a young person’s character, resilience, leadership and responsibility.”