Wild flower success

With no one around, our wild flower area is now fully established and encouraging the insects we so badly need to encourage.

Collingham and Linton parish council kindly allowed us to use the area around Collingham Scout & Guide headquarters, and we used a grant given by Kew garden’s Grow wild scheme to cultivate the area. Gardening skills were courtesy of David Harness (landscape gardener; 07731 680217).

Care for care homes

Over the next few weeks we’re asking our young people to collectively carry out 10,000 acts of kindness to help residents in their local care home, become kindness champions and show that they ‘care for care homes’. From crafts to letters, videos to swapping skills, our young people will help care home residents to feel less lonely and more connected during the current health crisis.

Read more at the Scout association website on how you can become involved. This will count towards community work of the DofE award and the Chief Scout’s challenge badges.


During Covid-19 lockdown in April, Northumberland Scouts organised a “virtual” camp for all sections in Scouting, plus guests, culminating in a world record attempt on 30th April to get over 65,000 (previous record) camping that night. You can read more about #campathome here. In total at least 84,000 took part (still counting a day later).

Several whalers took part by camping in their own gardens; here’s a selection of photos looking anything from cosy to freezing. We’ll be getting badges for those taking part, and there’s also t-shirts, hoodies & neckers available from Rugby gear.

Tom managed to camp out for every single night of April, and Lucy managed 21 nights. Both are aiming to achieve their 100 nights away staged badge by the end of lockdown. Well done for such a major effort (and well done to those doing their washing afterwards!). Others qualified for an April night’s camping in their progress towards the Yorkshire challenge badge.

St. George’s day

On Thursday 23rd April it’s St. George’s day.

Traditionally we’d celebrate the event with a parade, but this year it’s been cancelled. So instead, while we clap for our NHS carers at 20.00 on the 23rd, please also wear your necker. The county’s Scouts will all be doing this; https://www.facebook.com/events/2848676241916663/

Please post a photo on our Facebook page and post on Twitter using #wetherbywhalersesu.