Scouts from the Wadsley, Worrall and Hillsborough area have been busy collecting food items in the run up to Christmas in support of the Cathedral Archer Project, a Sheffield based charity that helps feed homeless and vulnerable people across the city.
The Scouts, from Hillsborough Explorer Unit and 150th Sheffield Scout Group, have collected over 200 items of food as part of a food drive on behalf of the Sheffield homeless charity. The youngsters, comprising Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts aged 5-18 years old, donated items of food from home, which will be delivered to the project in time for Christmas.
The Cathedral Archer project was founded in 1990 as a breakfast project and now works with homeless and vulnerable people in Sheffield to help them find pathways away from homelessness and exclusion. The project provides free meals from their purpose built premises attached to Sheffield Cathedral and relies heavily on public donations.
Tracy Viner, from the Cathedral Archer Project said: “This hard work and support makes such a difference to our clients. The food is vital but the knowledge that these young people have being thinking of them has a huge impact too. Without the food donations, the money we raise would have to be diverted away from the activities and classes we run to help people gain skills and knowledge and move on. Thank you to everyone that has been involved.”
David Wright, Group Scout Leader at 150th Sheffield Scout Group said: “It’s been really great to see all our young members pull together to support this worthwhile cause. One of the key aims of scouting is to support your local community and this is even more important in today’s economic climate. Christmas is a time for giving and thinking about those less fortunate than ourselves.”
This week’s activity was climbing at the Foundry Climbing Centre in Sheffield. Everyone had a go at belaying someone and climbing a variety of routes up to a difficulty rating of 5+. We finished the session with a go in the bouldering wall.
Hillsborough Explorers provided the food again this year at the 150th (Wadsley Church) Scout Group Bonfire. The outside BBQ went down really well in spite of the rain. The event also featured a giant outdoor screening of selected photos from this year’s scouting activities, as well as the usual bonfire and fire work display. Thanks to everyone who came and helped make it a really special night.
On the final day of our Scotland Summer Camp we went for a unforgettable ice climbing experience at the world’s largest indoor ice climbing wall in Kinlochleven. Check out some of the pictures from this fantastic activity.
The first Hillsborough Explorer Unit Summer Camp since 2004 took place this summer. Between 25th August & 1st September we took ten explorer scouts up to Scotland to complete their Chief Scout Platinum Award expeditions. From our base camp at Spean Bridge, near Fort William, the two expedition groups walked a 3-day section of the the West Highland Way, wild camping along the route. Plans are already in place for next year’s summer camp which will be at Walesby Forest in Nottinghamshire.
This week’s activity was rifle shooting at the H.Q. After a few practice rounds we had a competition to see who could pick up the highest score on the rifle targets. The title of Hillsborough Explorers sharp shooter went to Joe. Well done!