Cub Scouts to Light the Tallest Birthday Candle in Bedfordshire to Celebrate 100th Birthday

Mayors of  Dunstable and Houghton Regis with Dunstable District Scouts in July.
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16th December 2016 - Cub Scouts and volunteers from Dunstable District will be ending a year of celebration by lighting the highest candle in Bedfordshire (Dunstable Downs Beacon) to celebrate 100 years of adventure as Cubs.

The Party will take place on 16th December exactly 100 years from when the section was launched. At 19.16pm the Cub Scouts from Dunstable, Houghton Regis and surrounding villages will join with thousands of others around the UK in renewing their Cub Scout Promise, pledging to do their best and help other people.

The event will start at 6.45pm as the Cubs gather with a glow stick parade across the downs to the Beacon. Once the Cubs have arrived after a short welcome new members to Cubs will be invested and make their promise along with all the Cubs from the local area who will be renewing theirs whilst the famous landmark of the Beacon is lit. Once the Beacon is lit in true Scouting style we’ll be having all the fun of a camp fire sing along.

Will Shaw a volunteer leader said “We wanted to mark the event in a special way and share with the local area the fun that Cubs and Scouting offers and what better place than the highest point in Bedfordshire. We’d be particularly delighted to see anyone who was involved in Scouting at the event so they can renew their promise too.”

Cub Scouts are 8 – 10 ½ year olds and they take part in a wide range of activities designed to be
interesting and challenging. A Cub Scout meeting consists of games and activities with plenty of time
spent outdoors

Scouting in Dunstable District seeks to transform the lives of young people by providing an inspiring
programme of everyday adventure. Over 200 activities, including adventure camps, climbing and
water zorbing, are on offer.

Mayor of Dunstable, Cllr Hollick, tries out the Cubs climbing wall in July.

Local Cub Scouts enjoying a camp fire sing-song.
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Mayor of Houghton Regis, posed with Cub Scouts earlier this year.
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Chief Scout Bear Grylls commented, “I am super proud to see so many young people renewing their
Cub Scout Promise to do their best and help other people. I am excited to see Scout numbers
continue to rise across the UK and the big reasons for this are the adventures made possible by the
amazing volunteers. Whether it’s the opportunity to be involved with some incredible adventures, learn practical life, outdoor and teamwork skills, or helping to improve their local communities Scouts and Volunteers have a brilliant time!”

Scouting is shaped by young people in partnership with adults and we are always looking for new members and volunteers and if you fancy a go why not join the adventure at

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⭐The Scout Association was founded on 1st August 1907.

🏃Adventure is at the core of Scouting, and the Association passionately believes in
helping their members fulfil their full physical, intellectual social and spiritual
potentials by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves.

👫Over 200 activities are offered to the half a million Scouts around the UK, made
possible by the efforts of 100,000 voluntary adult leaders. This has helped make
Scouting the largest co-educational youth Movement in the country.

👍One of the challenges that the Scout Movement faces is finding more volunteers to
plug the current gap. At present there are nearly 38,000 young people on waiting
lists as more and more young people want to experience the adventure of Scouting.

🙋Adults working in Scouting contribute in excess of 364 million hours of voluntary work
each year to their local communities.

💪The number of volunteers working for Scouting is bigger than the combined
workforces of the BBC (24,000) and McDonalds (67,000) put together.

👦👧👨👩Worldwide Scouting has 30 million members both male and female and operates in
nearly every country in the world.

👦👧👨👩There are half a million members across the UK (400,000 young people supported by
100,000 adult volunteers). Worldwide Scouting has 28 million members both male and female
and operates in nearly every country in the world.

👉There are 200 Scout activity and challenge badges. These require participants to achieve a
level of understanding and skill determined to be realistic for their age group.
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