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.
Thanks to everyone that took part in our Christmas food drive on behalf of the Cathedral
Archer project. We successfully collected over 100 items of food for the homeless charity.
The Cathedral Archer project, recently profiled on the Channel 4 programme Secret Millionaire, works with homeless and vulnerable people in Sheffield to help them find pathways away from homelessness and exclusion. The project also provides free meals from their purpose built premises attached to Sheffield Cathedral.
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.’
Hillsborough Explorer Scouts Kyle Johnson, Ben Perkins, Joe Bell and Tom Dyson have successfully completed their Queen’s Scout Award – equivalent to Duke of Edinburgh Award gold medals – following a four day expedition in the Yorkshire Dales.
The dedicated quartet are the first Hillsborough Explorer Scouts to receive the award in eight years.
Tom completed a four-day 50-mile hike and camping expedition on his 18th birthday.
He said: “Spending my 18th birthday on the hike was a challenge but it was rewarded when my parents arrived on the last evening with a bottle of champagne for us all.”
Joe said the success represented ‘the pinnacle of his scouting activity’.
His efforts towards the award included being a member of the International Service Leadership Team at the World Scout Jamboree held in Sweden this year.
Joe said: “I have been in the scouting movement since I was five, and to attend the Jamboree and to able to give something back, at the same time as fulfilling the residential element of the Queen’s Scout Award is really something special”.
All four award winners are now helping in the cub and scout sections in the 150th (Wadsley Church) Scout Group as adult leaders – a further stage on their way to being full section leaders.