Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on August 1st, 2014

The Annual Scouting Duck Race

I am a huge fan of the scouting movement. All my boys have been through Beavers, Cubs and Scouts with the triplet boys now both sixers at Cubs. I have such respect for the leaders who give up their time each week to give the boys some amazing experiences, engaging them in learning and play in a way that is totally different to schooling and Nick and I try to support them whenever we can. Sunday was the annual fundraising duck race. 1500 ducks were sold in preparation for the big race from one bridge upstream to the other as the tide came in at Wadebridge. Even the Mayor of Wadebridge came to support the event in full costume.


Scouts Banner 


I spent the morning baking and decorating more cakes and biscuits than I care to mention in preparation for the cake stand. Everyone lends a hand with something to make it a family fun afternoon on the town playing fields. 



We took the triplets and a friend for Clio and left the bigger boys to mind Coombe Mill and run the evening train. Straight away they began to spend their money on the games laid out by the scouts and parents. The DIY coconut shy really captured their imagination made with old tin cans. I think I will be copying this idea for the Coombe Mill activity hour this summer. I’m not sure I shall be giving a packet of haribows for every try though! 


Can Game


Sporting leaders were dressed as life size ducks to match the rubber ducks scattered around. The adults chatted over a pint or two and children continued to play while a cricket game progressed on the main green creating a very English backdrop to the day. 


Playing Football

Once the children had spent their money they made for the play area

Playing on the Park

Hunger brought them back and we treated them to supper from the BBQ tent which gave me an evening off cooking as well as supporting the scouts.  


BBQ Burgers


As the race was announced everyone crowded along the river bank and onto the finishing bridge. The scout boats were in the water to steer any stray ducks back on course and scoop them up once over the finishing line.


Duck Race


We didn’t win but it couldn’t matter less, it was a lovely relaxing afternoon and a great way for the cubs to help raise money for next terms activities.

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