Appointments Committee

As part of the reorgainsation of various processes in the District we can announce that the Appointments Advisory Committee has also been formulasied with Sue Fanning taking on the role of AAC Chair and Tom Boughton taking on the role of AAC Secretary (Acting). Sue has been busy in forming a new AAC team and this panel is now meeting on a need basis.

Appointment of New District Commissioner

Following the conclusion of the search process to find a new District Commissioner for Cambridge District I am pleased to announce that Steve Harrison has accepted my offer to take up this exciting role.  One of Steve's first tasks will be to start the formation of a team around him and i am pleased to announce that Terry Izzard will be taking up a Deputy District Commissioner (Acting) role as part of that initial team. 

Steve will be initially concentrating on the following aspects of the role: District Team, GSL support, events and supporting the provision of a quality programme whilst Terry will be concentrating on the more administrative side of the District Commissioners remit/responisbilities. I will also be working with Steve and Terry in formulating a District plan to take the District forward to ensure that our Vision for 2018 becomes a reality.

I am sure that you will join with me in congratulating Steve and Terry in their appointments and pledging our support to them as they embark Cambridge District on the start of new era.

Steve Taylor

County Commissioner

Website Content

Content for the Cambridge District Website can now be added by contacting Tom Boughton.

If you would like to be involved with the district website or have any comments please, again, contact Tom Boughton.

Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

Gilwell Wintercamp 2014Over 200 Scouts from Cambridgeshire forgot the post Christmas blues, the Sales, the Freezing temperatures, the Floods and joined 3000 Scouts and 1000 adults from all parts of the UK in Essex this weekend for the 2014 Gilwell Winter Challenge Camp. The event takes place at Gilwell Park, Chingford London. Gilwell is the home of Scouting and opens its doors every January for challenging adventure weekends which often involves snow and sub zero temperatures.


Daytime activities on offer over the weekend included quad biking, segways, climbing, and abseiling, horse riding, plus craft bases and for those wanting to cool down there was white water rafting at the Lea Valley White water centre. This was one of the London 2012 Olympic venues. Night activities included quizzes, film show, disco and a hike.

The biggest challenge which faces Young People on this challenge camp is the weather on the Saturday which was relatively mild for the time of year mud was the order of the day. Overnight going into Sunday temperatures plummeted to minus 3 centigrade, leaving a lot of tent’s to be de-iced on Sunday morning.

Scout Joshua said “This camp is Awesome. I’ve never done anything like this before, but my mum’s going to kill me when she sees the amount of mud I’m covered in. I’ve really enjoyed things like the quad bikes, but the white water rafting was a bit cold”.

Scout Leader Wayne Braybrook said “the Scouts we took were up for every challenge the Gilwell Winter Challenge Camp can throw at them they just wanted to have had more hours in the day to fit more activities in. We did think that White Water Rafting wouldn’t be very popular but the Scouts loved it”

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, said "Winter Camp provides a whole new adventure experience for young people. This challenge is all about empowering these Scouts with the confidence and skills to survive the sub-zero temperatures, and keep warm and comfortable in their tents. It's humbling to see so many inspiring young people enjoying such a wide range of activities, from climbing, abseiling, quad biking and high ropes, all in January, the coldest month of the year."

Brave Joshua, 9, receives special Scouting honour

A 9-year-old boy who continued scouting from his hospital bed has received one of the Scout Association's most prestigious honours.

Joshua Behan, of Whittlesford and Duxford Cubs, has been awarded The Medal for Meritorious Conduct – one of the highest awards that Scouting can bestow on youth members.

Joshua, joint winner of the most courageous child title at the Cambridge News’ Community Awards, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the liver and had to have a transplant at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital at the age of seven.

The Duxford resident was determined to continue his scouting commitments and kept in regular contact with his group from hospital.

He is only the second youth member in Cambridgeshire to receive the accolade.

Liz Craig, Cambridgeshire Scouts County Commissioner, presented the 9-year-old with the medal on behalf of the Scout Association at Duxford Scout Hut last night.

Joshua also received his Chief Scouts Bronze Award, which he missed out on during his illness, from Scout Leader Diane Holme.

Diane said: “For most young people Beavers is all about fun, friendship and new challenges, something which Joshua has put a new tilt on by continuing scouting from his hospital bed in Birmingham.

“He is such an inspiration to the rest of our group. His bravery has shown through, which is why he is being awarded the Medal for Meritorious Conduct.”

Joshua is now a member of the Javelins Cub Pack, part of the 1st Whittlesford and Duxford group.

Steve Facer, Cub leader, said: “Since joining the Cub Pack Joshua has taken part in every activity not wanting to miss out on the everyday adventure. We have been camping, on high rope swings, cooking on an open fire and every time Joshua is there loving every minute.

“He has such a passion and enthusiasm it is infectious. This is what makes scouting so special.”

Last year, Joshua met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to the city and also attended a party at Downing Street.

The Behan family’s Duxford home also featured on BBC show DIY SOS when it was transformed to enable them to cope with the demands created by Joshua’s liver cancer.