JOTT 2012 Report Back
Last Update 9th Jun 2012
1st Hope Scout Group were on the trail with 27 participants
In Kent, 27th All Saints, Frindsbury Scout Group were on the trail at Hoo Peninsular with 87 participants
Hiked from the banks of The River Thames (after filling a bottle with Thames water) - over the Hoo Peninsular to Lower Upnor on the River Medway where the water was poured into the river.
In Carmarthenshire, 5th Carmarthen Scout Group were on the trail at Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales with 52 participants
In celebration of the opening of the world's first complete Coast Path, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts hiked various routes along the Wales Coast Path around the town of Laugharne. We were blessed with a fantastic, sunny day and visited a number of sites associated with the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. This was our second JOTT hike and, next to family camp, is one of our favourite group activities.
In Kent, 1st Cheriton Scout Group were on the trail from Lympe to Elham with 105 participants
The scouts started at Lympe. We then picked up the cubs on route in Elham, then we picked up the beavers in Etchinghill. We all then walked back to Cheriton H.Q for a street party and AGM.
In Lincolnshire, 7th Grantham (St Johns) Scout Group were on the trail around the local area of Grantham with 236 participants
Scouts & Explorers started at Barrowby Village and did a 12 mile route taking in the Canal, Denton Reservoir and other scenic routes and met up with the Cubs/Beavers at Dysart Park. The Cubs/Beavers had started at Great Gonerby park and walked to Dysart Park via 3 other local parks along the way. Hike finished withl all participants walking to local scout HQ for Hotdogs/drinks and social time before heading home. Great time and great weather. We even managed to give out all our badges, even though the order was not sent off till Wednesday before event. Postman delivered them just as I was leaving the house to go on JOTT. Thank you to your team for getting them out so fast.
In Cheshire the Ellesmere Port & Neston District were on the trail at Thurstaston, Wirral
Groups from our district walked from various locations along The Wirral Way. This is a path on the track of an old railway that goes from West Kirby to Hooton in mid-Wirral. The sun was shining and we had superb views over the Dee Estuary to Wales. We all met up at Thurstaston for a BBQ before making our separate way back home. It was nice to see so many Scouts out on the trail together.
In Hereford And Worcester, 1st Tenbury Wells Scout Group were on the trail at Wyre Forest with 42 participants
Tenbury Wells Scouts have taken part in many, most, of the 15 JOTTs; this year 42 of us, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, brothers and sisters, Leaders, parents and 3 dogs, spent an almost sunny morning walking around the Wyre Forest and having a picnic with healthy eating lunch boxes; yet another really good day where we got in touch with nature, plodding and poking in the mud and water with sticks, watching the ants and the flies - some of us saw two deer, played with the new compasses and learning a little about maps and watching the mad people up in the trees doing the Go Ape aerial wire course - were they 40 feet up? :) Well done all :)
In Cornwall, Bude Explorers Scout Group were on the trail at Boscastle with 6 participants
On May 12th Bude Explorers took part in JOTT for the first time, doing a walk around Boscastle. The Explorers spent the beautiful sunny day walking about 7 miles from Boscastle to Minster church, then up the Valency Valley to the Old Rectory, across fields out to the coastal path and then they followed the coastal path down into Boscastle. The views along the coastal path were amazing and made the long climb up the steps on the cliff worth it. The Explorers also picked up a few geocaches along the route.As the weather was so nice, an ice cream was a must when we stopped in Boscastle.Whilst in Boscastle the newest member of the Unit was invested on the cliff tops looking down across the harbour.The walk was finished off with tea and cake at the Explorers house where we had started from.
In Derbyshire, 3rd Codnor Scout Group were on the trail from Crich Stand to Codnor with 18 participants
Joining forces with 1st Erewash we caught the bus to Crich and walked the 11 miles to Codnor over muddy fields on a lovely sunny day. We saw steam trains at the Midland Railway and the Police Helicopter landing. At Codnor we had a BBQ around an open fire and the camped over night.
In Co. Antrim, 1st Jordanstown Scout Group were on the trail with 87 participants
JOTT 2012 has been the most successful and best supported event yet for Jordanstown Scout Group. This year, we’ve organised lot of events to celebrate our 75th anniversary and tried to make them all as inclusive as possible for all members. With this in mind, we organised JOTT 2012 as a bike ride along the National Cycle Trail 93 for all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders & Parents invited.
Setting off at 1pm sharp, the Scout & Explorer contingent completed a strenuous and demanding off road trip from Hazelbank Park to Mossley and return, while the Beavers & Cubs tackled the Loughshore Coastal Path & Glenavna Wood.
Both groups made it back by 2.45pm, just in time for a well earned BBQ, organised by the Leaders & Parents. We were amazed to count out, and back in, a total of 87 young people and adults who participated in this year’s event.
This year, for the first time, as well as earning the JOTT Badge, everyone had the option of collecting sponsorship for MacMillan Cancer Support. We’re very happy to report that as well as enjoying a well earned hot dog after the event, our Scout Group was able to hand over donations totalling £461 to the MacMillan Cancer Support representative on the day.
In Leicestershire, 4th Melton Mowbray, Darwin Scouts Scout Group were on the trail at Lathkilldale in the Peak District with 16 participants
10 mile walk along the river The sun shone and after all the rain it was a beautiful day. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the walk.
In Leicestershire, Castle Donington Scout Group were on the trail at Staunton Harold with 60 participants
Beavers and younger cubs chose route one which also accommodated push chairs and along with Leaders were joined by Parents. Older Cubs and Scouts took the more adventurous route 3 with Leaders and parents even a couple of dogs joining the walk. The weather was kind, even leading to have to loose the jumpers. Great feed back at the end though lots did say the best bit was the Ice Cream at the finish.
In Cheshire, 4th Widnes St Bedes Scout Group were on the trail with 77 participants
The scouts started at Dutton Locks farm and then walked to the Trent and Mersey canal, and then followed it towards Runcorn. We joined the Bridge Water Canal and then headed into Runcorn town centre, Stopping for lunch at the site of The Old Barge pub. The cubs joined us at 1pm and then we continued into Runcorn old town and then crossed the river Mersey by the Silver Jubilee Bridge into west bank. The beavers and the cubs have already asked the scouts will they be organising JOTT again next year!
In West Yorkshire, 2nd Riddlesden Scout Group were on the trail at Haworth moor. with 13 participants
We set off from Haworth (made famous by the Bronte sisters) and walked across the moors firstly to Bronte bridge and the Bronte waterfalls. From there we continued on up to "Top Withens" an old ruined farm house high on the bleak moors supposedly the setting for Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights". The weather was excellent and for once on JOTT we stayed dry!
West Hull District, were on the trail with 83 participants
Beavers did circuits of West Park completing 60 circuits (3 each plus a few more). Wellington St Matthews Cubs and Scouts covered 16 miles of the Beverley Twenty walk. St Martins Scouts completed Market Weighton Circular 7 miles.
In Wiltshire, 1st Crudwell Scout Group were on the trail at Costwold Water Park, South Cerney, Gloucestershire with 25 participants
The aim of the hike was to complete parts of the Cub Naturalist Activity badge. The hike was preceded by unprecedented rain and as such the route had to be changed to avoid the flooded areas. That said, the day of the hike was wonderful, bright, dry and warm. The Cubs had a great time spotting the water fowl, rabbits and the odd squirrel. It was a huge success and the Cubs enjoyed taking part in JOTT.
In North Oxfordshire, Several Scout Groups were on the trail with 190 participants
The event was part of a District Cub Camp where Cub Packs were able to go for a hike with routes starting and finishing at Horley Campsite Lovely sunshine some Cubs met Lamas, other enjoyed a squidgy water meadow.
In Merseyside, 1st St Helens YMCA Scouts Scout Group were on the trail with 15 participants
We hiked along the St Helens Sankey Canal,around Carr Mill Dam Finished at our camp site near Crank village. Our scouts put their map reading skills to the test (5 scouts hiked this route 3 weeks past but this time we did not get lost), Looking forward to next year.
In Derbyshire, 157th Allestree (St Johns) Scout Group were on the trail between Thorpe and Tissington, in the Peak District with 19 participants
Our group this year comprised of Beavers, Cubs, one Scout, one Brownie, and several parents. We followed the Limestone Way from Thorpe village to Tissington, which is famous for it's custom of well dressing. We were met by Sir Richard Fitzherbert of Tissington Hall, who is President of the Derbyshire Scout Association. He gave us a splendid tour of his grounds, and gave us a behind-the-scenes look at how the wells are prepared. We then visited the village's retro sweet shop, had our picnic, and took the Tissington Trail back to our starting point.
In Wiltshire 1st Stratton Scout Troop, were on the trail with 12 participants
We decided to stay local for our JOTT. We walked on a circular route around Wanborough, Swindon, Wilts trying to find geocaches along the route.We found 18 geocaches in total. The route was about 5 miles and took us about 4 hours - after that the Scouts enjoyed Creme eggs at the pub! (no beer though!)
18th Swindon were on the trail
This year a group of hardy Beavers went for a hike around Barbury Castle, which is an Iron Age hill fort situated in Wiltshire, England. It is one of several such forts found along the ancient Ridgeway route. Eight Beavers took part in what for many was their first hike since they joined Scouting. They started off with a bit of a football kick about and a picnic and then walked an approx 4 mile circular route on a mixture of minor roads and foot paths up and down some pretty steep hills.
The Cubs and Scouts went further afield heading south of Marlborough to the picturesque village of Great Bedwyn, which lies on the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Great Western Railway (now First Great Western).
We met up in the Canal car park, and the 9 Cubs along with Leaders and helpers set off in a group to visit some local landmarks, while the 21 Scouts walked in 4 patrols (+ an adult) navigating a route that was new to them.
Along the 8 mile hike we walked along the side of the canal, we branched off to walk close to a forest and some of the keener sighted Scouts spotted deer running amongst the trees. We took a small detour in order to visit the Crofton Pumping Station that was built in 1807 to provide water to the summit of the Kennet and Avon Canal. The building houses two Cornish beam engines, one of which (the 1812 Boulton and Watt) is the oldest working beam engine in the world still in its original engine house and capable of actually doing the job for which it was installed (pumping canal water). The Scouts assisted a canal boat to go through a lock by opening and closing one of the lock gates close to Crofton.
As we walked on we saw the Wilton Windmill which is the only working windmill in Wessex and still produces wholemeal, stone-ground flour. It was originally built in1821 operating for more than 100 years and was restored in 1976. Along the way we met a local who was delighted to see that we were taking a seldom used path that had become overgrown; we headed for the village of Burbage which was to be our destination for May 12th.
The Cubs completed their hike in Burbage at the Scout HQ, and the Scouts took the opportunity for a 2 day hike with an overnight stop, which contributes to the UK hikers badge.
The Scouts feasted on Fish and Chips or Sausage and Chips supplied by a mobile chippie and after some games settled in for what turned out to be a chilly night.
Sunday morning the Scouts were up before the cock-crowed! After breakfast and clearing up, we were hiking again by 8am. The destination for day two was Cadley, which is a hamlet on the road that runs through the Savernake Forest. The 7 mile route included a section of a disused railway (The Midland and South Western Junction Railway) and we also passed the Ailesbury Column erected in 1781; the Scouts enjoyed hiking through a real forest.
We reached our day two destination ahead of the estimated time and awaited our transport for home. An excellent week-end; the weather was perfect for hiking – sunny but not too warn, it had rained most of the previous week, and it rained afterwards.
We’ll be out again in 2013.
In West Sussex, 4th Horsham (St Johns) Scout Group were on the trail at South Downs with 13 participants
We carried out the requirements of the Expedition Challenge. The Scouts caught trains to either Amberley or Arundel, then hiked with their overnight kit to Gumber Bothy. After staying the night at the bothy, the Scouts hiked back to the railway stations to catch trains back to Horsham. Each patrol hiked at least 20 km and thoroughly deserved their Challenge and JOTT badges.
In East Region, South Angus District were on the trail with 44 participants
The cubs from South Angus District hiked up three hills in the Sidlaws. The cubs led the group by following a written guide and a map to scale three hills to the north of Dundee. Auchterhouse Hill is the site of an Iron Age hill fort, Baluderon Hill has a view indicator and Craigowl is dominated by a complex of masts. The weather was fine with perfectly clear skys providing superb views out over the Tay and Fife to the south, the Angus Glens to the north and even Schiehallion 50 miles to the west. The 6.5km hike was just right for the cubs and they certainly desrved their JOTT badge which we were able to award on the day. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the hike together and the rewarding views from the top for all their efforts.Craigowl dominates the skyline to the north of Dundee and none of the cubs had ever walked to the top. Now the cubs shall be able to boast that they have been to the top.
In West Yorkshire, 24th St Pauls, Sowerby Bridge Scout Group were on the trail at Calderdale, West Yorkshire with 28 participants
We walked from Sowerby Bridge to our district campsite at Hebden Hey, a total of 9 miles; The route varied from canal side to moor land. The Cubs carried day sacks with their food etc, while the Scouts carried all their equipment for an overnight stay. We camped overnight (tents and food brought by leaders), the kids had a few hours to run around and play in the woods followed by an organised wide game, supper and bed. Sunday was equally as sunny as Saturday, though a bit chilly in the morning. After breakfast we dropped the tents and then walked into Hebden Bridge (2.5 miles), played on the park, ate ice cream and caught the train home.
In Merseyside, 1st Frankby Greasby Scout Group were on the trail at Upton meadow, Harrock wood Thurstaston common, Royden park and the scout HQ. all are in the west wirral. with 68 participants
The day started really well, all the Cubs, Scouts & Beavers meet up on Upton Meadow (west Wirral) at 12 pm and set off once everyone was there. Along the route were several geocaches the leaders set out for the children, all with treasure inside. We hiked over to Arrowe Park where we had lunch then through to Harrock Woods. Then with a few more geocaches under our belts we set off over the brook and through farmers fields to Irby then Thurstaston common, and Royden park. Before moving on and finishing at the Scout hut. Along the way we talked about JOTT and worked on some badge work and took turns picking up litter. All 49 children, leaders and parent had a great day and not once along our 7 mile hike did we hear "are we there yet". We are glad we took part, and look forward to next year. We had a great time and will be taking part next year.
In Lancashire, 30th Ormskirk (Lathom Park) Scout Group were on the trail with 15 participants
We went on a 3.5mile walk through Fairy Glen, Appley Bridge across fields to the canal, along the towpath and looped round back to Fairy Glen.
Poole District were on the trail with 181 participants
We had 181 people attend this years JOTT which took us across the Purbeck Hills in Dorset. We started at Norden Park & Ride, walked to Corfe Castle and on to the Purbeck Hills and back again. It was quite muddy in placed but this added to the day and enjoyment of the Beavers.
In South Yorkshire, 1st. 36th Doncaster St Peters District were on the trail at Potteric Carr with 42 participants
We went to Potteric Carr nature reserve, there were 16 Cubs and 20 Beavers, we split into two groups, each group had a go at pond dipping and looking for mini beast. While the Beavers were walking through the Nature Reserve, they saw a deer, and some baby goslings. They also found lots of mini beasts. While pond dipping they found lots of tadpoles and even a leech.
In Somerset, 2nd Clevedon Scouts were on the trail in the Mendips Hills, with 18 participants
taking part in a night hike. Teams of scouts set out from near Blagdon, on the north side of the Hills, and hiked southward to just east of Cheddar. On the route they passed checkpoints at Blackdown, Charterhouse and Black Rock, and took part in several incident challenges. Everyone camped for the rest of the night and then, after a cooked breakfast and breaking camp, all returned home on Saturday.
In Devilla Forest, Fife, Scotland, 81st Fife Cub Pack were on the trail, with 18 participants
Yet another successful JOTT, this time in the shelter of Devilla Forest combining the event by raising money for Scout Community Week.
During the hike we involved map and compass work, how to find north using trees and rings on freshly sawn down trees, methods of transporting injured persons, Trees, Flora and history associated with the forest, ending the day with a BBQ and shelter building. Added to all this, the cubs were entertained throughout by the two golden Labradors who transformed themselves into black Labs, by seeking out muddy puddles and peat bogs. With Cubs and Dogs all scrubbed off and rested, we are all waiting anxiously for 2013.
In Co. Durham, Darlington And District District were on the trail at Darlington with 280 participants
Beaver Scouts met at Broken Scar Picnic Area for a circular walk along tracks and the banks of the River Tees.Cubs had been due to start their walk at a different point and meet up but due to the wet weather in the week before the walk ,they joined us because their route was flooded. Parents and siblings also took part, along with a few Scouts. It was an enjoyable afternoon and the sun shone for the first time in over a week.
15th Fife (Freuchie) Scouts were on the trail
We walked the Tay bridge (and return) for JOTT. So it was about 3.5 miles in all.
British Scouting Overseas, 1st Fuengirola Scout Group were on the trail at Chilliar river in Nerja Spain with 47 participants
As a Group we walked in the Chiliar River for a distance of aprox. 3 Kms to some pools within the river. We stopped for lunch and returned back the way we came.Most of the route we had to walk in the actual river and everyone did get wet. The weather was a good sunny day with a temp of about 25C so walking in the water was a fantastic cooler. At times the width of the river was down to 1meter with the height of valley walls about 20 meters. A good, fun and wet day was had by all.
In Tregaron, Wales, 1st Lampeter Scout Group were on the trail
We walked along the river from a place called Llanarchearon to Aberaeron which was just lovely with someone from all our sections and we even met another group from Aberaeron walking in the opposite direction which was a nice surprise.The weather was just perfect which helped !!!!!
In Oxfordshire, King Alfred District were on the trail at Various locations around Grove, Oxfordshire, with 117 participants
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts started their hikes at different locations. We all hiked different distances (counting for a Hikes Away badge for each participant), and arrived back at our Scout hut at around the same time for shared picnic lunch. Following a group photo, our DC presented two of leaders with their wood beads, and another with a long service award.
In Isle of Man 1st Malew Scout Group were on the trail.
For the 2012 JOTT, 'Viking' Troop of the 1st Malew Scout Group, Isle of Man decided to do a 'walk with a purpose', namely to walk a section of local beach and clear it of litter. The 'Vikings' chose an area of coast line near Castletown which is a breeding ground for migrating wildfowl during the winter months and a large resident selection of bird life. Being an island in the Irish Sea between England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland means we get a large selection of rubbish from all of them. Fish boxes from Scotland and England, tyres, milk containers from Wales and a length of Police incident tape from Southern Ireland. The only thing that stopped us was running out of bin bags. The walk/beach clean ended with a BBQ with hot dogs.