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Saturday, 12th May 2018
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JOTT 2017 Report Back
Last Update 12th June 2017

In Glamorgan Cardiff, 2nd Llandaff Scout Group were on the trail at Garth Mountain Taffs Well with 50 participants.
After our initial assessment of the Nant Fawr corridor it was deemed as too hazardous due to the road with no pavement area. An alternative was to ascend the Garth Mountain just a few miles away from our Scout Hut. The Garth Mountain, or Mynydd y Garth, is between the villages of Pentyrch and Gwaelod y Garth, on the outskirts of Cardiff and summit of 1007 feet (307m). A 4 mile circular route provided us with a panoramic view of the South Wales Coastline.The distance of the route is relatively short but the rate of ascent in the short space of time is very challenging. We had an equal spread of Beavers and Cubs and following siblings. But still some of our most senior leaders were flagging towards the end. Pleased to say that some of our newly invested 5 and a half years of age Beavers managed the challenging Hike. Throughout the hike a number of photos taken, but the winning one was of a cub scout that couldn't take any more! When walking along the paths, some of them deeply rutted, you’re following in the footsteps of Bronze Age people of as long as 4,000 years ago.

In Derbyshire, 3rd Codnor Scout Group were on the trail at High Tor, Matlock along the Derwent Valley and Cromford Canal to Ambergate with 33 participants.
The Scouts took the train to Matlock Bath and the climbed up High Tor, bravely peering over the cliff edge. Descending to Hall Leys Park for ice-creams and the walking along the world heritage Derwent Valley to Cromford Wharf where we met the Cubs and Beavers for a picnic lunch. Together, we walked the remaining 6 miles along the Cromford Canal, enjoying the wildlife, finishing tired, but happy at Ambergate.

In Wiltshire , 1st Highworth Scout Group were on the trail at Badbury Clump/Great Coxwell with 28 participants.
We hiked, picnicked, met wood turners, found a lolly tree and finished with s sleepover and we had great weather.

In Kildare, 9th Kildare, Kilcullen Scout Group were on the trail at Wicklow mountains, around, over and under Sorrel! with 20 participants.
We bivvyed the Friday and Saturday night, poor weather on the Friday made this very challenging but we're all smiles now having completed the hike and shelters. Superb bunch of scouts!

In Kujawsko Pomorskie, Szczep 7 BDH "Zielona Siódemka" Scout Group were on the trail in Woods around Bydgoszcz with 40 participants.
We were walking and making points in order to achieve Odznaka Turystyczna.

In Wiltshire , 10th Salisbury Scout Group were on the trail at Charlton All Saints to Downton. with 31 participants.
Three local groups joined together to take some of our Beavers out for a hike. We all thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hour hike with stops for tree leaf recognition. Running through the long grass was the most popular bit. 2 hour hike, all went well.

In Durham, 7th Darlington Scout Group were on the trail with 90 participants.
This Year’s JOTT hike was from Barnard Castle to Staindrop. The 7th and 13th Scouts set off from the Buttermarket in Barnard Castle and hiked to Winston along the Teesdale Way to meet the Cub Section from the two groups and have dinner together. After a short rest, they set off again this time to meet the Beavers in Staindrop.

In Gloucestershire, 1st Chipping Campden Scout Group were on the trail at Illmington, near Chipping Campden with 56 participants.
We had a family sunset walk with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers climbing to the highest point in Warwickshire to enjoy the views. Lots of parents joined us, some brought a friend - one brought the dog along too. Everyone enjoyed it, lots of positive comments from parents about how good it was to get out on an evening instead of just sitting in front of the telly.

In Lincolnshire, 1st Long Sutton Scout Group were on the trail at Spalding with 36 participants.

In Leicestershire, Ashby Hastings Scout Group were on the trail in the Peak District. Elton to Bakewell area. with 17 participants.
13 Scouts on their Expedition Challenge Hike. They did brilliantly. Beautiful area for the challenge and great weather 1st year we've done this as had heard of JOTT but didn't know what it was all about.

In Oxfordshire, 9th Abingdon (Appleton) Scout Group were on the trail around the village of Appleton with 30 participants.
We walked some of the lesser known footpaths of the village. Walk went very well and all young people were a credit to the movement obeying country code, being courteous to each other at stiles etc Parents were impressed with how far youngsters walked without complaining and how well behaved they were and how well organised the route was.

In Avon/Somerset, 31st Bath and 21st Bath were on the trail with 20 participants.
31st Bath teamed up with 21st Bath to walk the Skyline Hike, on the way we found 11 geocaches and also enjoyed lunch at the woodland play area where there is a low ropes course and giant rope swing!

On Prince Edward Island, CANADA, 1st East Royalty were on the trail with 8 participants.
About 4.5 miles of hiking on various types of ground from steep to large dips in walking trail to level areas. We packed our lunch and had a number of breaks to enjoy the area.

In Inverness, 1st Nairn were on the trail with 33 participants.
The group's first JOTT walk saw us walk along a footpath behind the sand dunes into Culbin Forest. In the forest the young people all had a turn climbing a tree, seeing how many of them we could get safely in the tree for a photo opportunity. We then continued further into the forest where we headed for a clearing, all gathering pine cones, twigs and sticks for an impromptu fire building. Akela taught both Beavers and Cubs how to light a fire safely. The beavers listened so intently that they then built a fire of their own (we didn't light it), it was very impressive. The beavers and cubs had fun playing on a make shift swing before we continued further into the forest. We came across a pre-built shelter which two of the cubs had built some weeks before for one of their challenge badges. Akela used it to demonstrate how an effective shelter should be built and the group congratulated the two Cubs. The group headed out of the Forest onto the beach where we spelt out JOTT with our young people. Walking along the beach, cutting through the sand dunes we ended back at the start point. A great first JOTT Walk for Nairn Scouts, all who took part had a fantastic time, including parents.

In West Sussex, All 7 Groups + 3 Explorer Units from Bognor Regis District, were on the trail with 145 participants.
Groups started from various points around Bognor Regis and hiked to our District Campsite, The Spur, 7 miles away at Slindon, Nr Arundel. Everybody was served with Hot Dogs, teas Coffees etc followed by a campfire singalong led by our DC.The numbers are getting larger every year as word gets round. One group hiked through the night and camped rough for their Night Badges, whilst another did a 12 mile circular hike on the South Downs. A great time was had by all. Roll on 2018!

In Bedfordshire, Ampthill and Woburn District, were on the Timberland trail with 2 participants.
My two boys completed the 12 mile hike. This is the 5 year in a row they have both joined in with JOTT. So now we have completed the cross of JOTT badges on the camp blanket. I was going to attach a photo as there doesn't appear to be anywhere on the site showing the complete set.

In Stockholm, SWEDEN, Österåker Group from Roslagen District, were on the trail with 49 participants.
We had two diffrent hikes. One hike with a total of 30 scouts, leaders, parents and siblings around the lake Trehörningen outside Stockholm, Sweden. The second hike with a total of 19 scouts and leaders at Bogesund outside Stockholm, Sweden.The one around Trehörningen was a walk around the lake, with a picnic at a shelter by the lake. For the Group at Bogesund, it was a part of a "walking and canoeing" hike, to the district championship on Lidingö ön Sunday.

In Hull, St Martin’s and St Matthews Scouts and Explorers were on the trail with 111 participants.
18,St Martin’s Beavers completed the Seven Seas Fish Trail in Hull a distance of 2 miles and passed through a Medieval Market giving me the opportunity to place them in the village stocks. Unable to throw wet sponges, but good fun. 4, St Martin’s Cubs on Sixer, and Seconder Camp completed a hike. 19 Wellington St Matthews Scouts and 26 Explorers from Wellington St Matthews hiked the Beverley Twenty Walk. 43 Beavers and Cubs did a spy walk at Beverley.

In Fylde West Lancashire, 4th Lytham St. Anne's were on the trail with 16 participants.
We have attended a district run JOTT today at Beacon Fell National Park Lancashire, the Beavers did a quiz on the walk on and over the Fell. We had lunch at the top of the fell then the Beavers followed a map to get to different bases, String Trail, Bark rubbing and making a stick snake.

In Suffolk, 1st Martlesham Scouts were on the trail with 10 participants.
We went for a walk between 9:30-10:00 with 8 beavers, 1 cub and 1 young leader. The walk took us through a wood, heath and back to the hut with a break half way to look at the stars and have a snack and drink.

In Maidstone Kent, 1st Aylesford Scouts were on the trail with 22 participants.
Great time hike round Leeds castle about 3 miles with Cubs

In Oxfordshire, 9th Abingdon (Appleton) Scout Group were on the trail around the village of Appleton with 30 participants.
We walked some of the lesser known footpaths of the village. Walk went very well and all young people were a credit to the movement obeying country code, being courteous to each other at stiles etc. Parents were impressed with how far youngsters walked without complaining and how well behaved they were and how well organised the route was

In Leicestershire, Castle Donington Scout Group were on the trail at Shardlow with 93 participants.
Meeting up in Shardlow we set off along the old A6 crossing over Cavandish Bridge and the river Trent. Joining fields to walk along the river Trent till foot bridge took us over the Trent to the Trent and Mersey canal until we reached the lock where all negotiated crossing the canal via the locks, much enjoyed by the younger members. The route then took us a short distance across fields to join the river Derwent until we finally joined a very quiet Wilne Lane taking us back to our starting point. In all the years Castle Donington has been taking part in the JOTT walks this was by far the largest turn out with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders and many parents joining along with a few pet dogs too.

Angus District were on the trail at Sidlaw Hills by Dundee with 189 participants.
Cubs from all over Angus gathered together on a misty morning for a walk amongst the Sidlaw Hills in Angus. They over look the Angus glens to the north and Dundee, Fife and the River Tay estuary to the south. The culmination of their efforts was reaching the summit of Craigowl Hill, the highest hill in the range, for lunch. Though the views were non-existent, mist had engulfed us in bouts throughout the walk and drizzle was dripping off our noses, none of the cubs batted an eyelid or complained. Even a free ice cream courtesy of the South Angus SAS failed to raise a single complaint. True cubs through and through! The day was a great success and a great reason to get the cubs out and about for a hike and to meet up with other cubs in the area. The added bonus is that they are taking part in an international scouting event, receive a colourful badge and this time for once, there really was an ice cream stall at the top of the hill!

In Cheshire, Endeavour Explorer Unit were on the trail at Wirral Country Park - walking the Wirral Way from Hooton to Thurstaston with 5 participants.
Endeavour Explorer Unit had a brilliant walk along the Wirral Way, a former railway line. We walked from Hooton to Thurstaston, where we met up with the rest of the district for a BBQ. We completed the 9.5 mile walk in just under 4 hours, and that included a stop for lunch and an ice cream at Parkgate, which is famed for its ice cream! We were fortunate to be blessed with perfect weather, so the hike couldn't have gone any better..

In Cheshire, 8th Ellesmere Port were on the trail at Wirral Country Park with 42 participants.
We were driven by minibus to Thurstaston Church and then walked along a footpath that took us down through a wooded valley with a stream and a small waterfall. This is known as the Dungeon. At the bottom of the path we turned right onto the Wirral Way and after about half a mile we started to smell the sweet aroma of barbequed sausage. We had a great afternoon relaxing and playing in the sun, eating a hot dog or three! Everyone who took part will receive a special badge but don’t worry if you missed out as it will happen again next year!

In West Sussex East Grinstead District were on the trail with 219 participants.
Members from all sections of East Grinstead District crossed the County border into East Sussex for this Years trail.219 members of the District plus 16 dogs followed in the footsteps of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and friends and walked from the Enchanted place to Pooh Bridge where many game of Pooh Sticks were played, after a refreshing drink and biscuit the long trek uphill back to the start was taken.

In Berkshire, 1st Purley & Pangbourne Scout Group were on the trail Near Reading, Berkshire with 40 participants.
We walked 5.5 miles as part of our Cub Camp. We talked about how we were part of a Global Scouting Community. The walk went very well, perfect weather for walking.

In West Perthshire, Perth and Kinross District were on the trail with 13 participants.
We had a day hike from Aberfeldy to Kenmore along part of the Rob Roy Way which had been organised by one of our Young Leaders. Everyone was still smiling at the end for our sausage sizzle on the lochside beach.

In Highlands & Islands, Inverness District were on the trail at Grantown on Spey, Highland with 53 participants.
43 Cubs, Scouts and Leaders from 9 different groups hiked with 10 parents, siblings and dogs from Grantown Scout Hall along the Speyside Way and then back to Grantown by the banks of the River Spey. The weather was dray and bright but not too hot for walking. Everyone enjoyed the hike, especially the very welcome refreshments at Cromdale Bridge.

In Derbyshire, Long Eaton District were on the trail with 11 participants.
As part of a Challenge Camp, under supervision the Cubs planned their camp and completed a series of training events prior to the weekend. Initially hiking from Moira Furnance to Willesley Campsite. Following written instructions, the Cubs set off from Moira and picked up the Ashby Woulds Trail, a former rail track before heading off through Willesley Country Park before arriving at the campsite where they had to set up their campsite, prepare their meals and complete a series of practical challenges over the following twelve hours. All Cubs meeting the Challenge and completing a Camp Log. A good weekend had by all.

In Aquitaine, France, Territoire Aquitaine Nord District were on the trail with 80 participants
Night hike of 10 km. Different stops organised to launch water rockets, observed and listened to bats and birds.

In Victoria, Australia, 3rd Wodonga Scout Group were on the trail with 120 participants.
On Saturday May 13th both 1st & 3rd Wodonga Scout Groups hiked to the crash site of a Beaufort Bomber as part of their JOTT Badge. After the hike, both groups joined in a memorial service to lay flowers and had a minutes silence in respect of those who had lost their lives in the crash.
The RAAF Beaufort, A9-228, of No. 1 Operational Training Unit (1 OTU), left Mount Gambier at 5.33pm on 4 June 1945, headed for East Sale on a long range sea reconnaissance and night astro-navigation exercise. The aircraft was meant to head east for East Sale, but instead it headed north east. It flew over Albury in New South Wales. It circled Albury and and then flew in the direction of the Victorian Alps.
Several bearing adjustments were radioed to the aircraft from East Sale, but these were not acted on and the aircraft descended through the clouds. Radio transmissions had ceased at 8.15 pm. Evidence at a Court of Inquiry indicated the possible crash site at Mount Tawonga. This area had not been checked and relatives, with the aid of Lieutenant Richard Hamilton of the Volunteer Defence Corps ,started a search on Mount Tawonga. It only took them 2.5 hours to find the wreckage. The crew were buried at the military cemetery at Sale.

On Prince Edward Island, Canada, 1st East Royalty Scout Group were on the trail.
Our Troop got together for a day hike on the large number of trails through the Bonshaw Hills network. We spent about 4.5 hours on the trails.It was a great way to get everyone one out as group.

In Devon, Lyme Bay Scout Group, Wessex District were on the trail at Musbury Stone Age Hill Fort with 20 participants.
On the fine but windy JOTT Saturday at 2 p.m. about 30 or so Scouts, leaders, parents, siblings and dogs assembled in the car park of St Michael’s Church and Primary School, Musbury.
We set off up the hill, along the East Devon Way, heading for Musbury Castle – which is a misnomer as it is actually the site of a Stone Age hill fort. Very few of us knew the fort in day time though the Troop has held night wide games up there before. It was quite windy, but sunny and when we got to the top we could see all around over the sea and further into Devon and Dorset. At the top we got out the emergency shelter and some of us sheltered from the wind – just for fun.
Then off continuing along the ridge and through the fort until we could see into Somerset and then down out of the wind and on to the road where we could feel the sun again and back to the car park.
A good couple of hours walk in fine but windy weather.

In Midlothian, 162nd Braid Beavers were on the trail at Spylaw Park, Water of Leith, Edinburgh with 20 participants.
A lovely walk along the Water of Leith from Spylaw Park to Union Canal and back again.

In Mid Glamorgan, 3rd Caerphilly Scout Group were on the trail at CRAI Activity Park to Pen y Fan pondwith 6 participants.
New Scout Group hiked from CRAI Activity Centre to Pen y Fan pond whilst on their first ever camp.

In Ireland, 9th Clare Ennistymon Scout Group were on the trail at Abbey Hill, New Quay, Ballyvaughan with 9 participants.
We participated in 2017 JOTT hike as a county event organised by local scout group.

In Calderdale, West Yorkshire, 24th St Paul's Sowerby Bridge Scout Group were on the trail on Norland Moor, with 40 participants
After the previous years JOTT hike I issued a challenge to our Cubs – walk 10 miles in one day – the “Big Ten”. I had every confidence that they could all do this, but to make it easier we organised a circular walk around Norland Moor, with each circuit being 2½ miles long. This way, if any needed to drop out they could do so at the end of a circuit and we would never be more than a mile from the base.
At the same time we decided to make it into a sponsored event to raise money for the Salvation Way Junior Academy in Bombo, Uganda, which provides a quality education to over 120 of the poorest children you can imagine. All children at this school are sponsored by people here in England, and as more sponsors are found, the school needs to grow and add more classrooms.
On the day of the hike, 18 Cubs were joined by 7 Scouts, 5 Beavers, leaders and a couple of parents, and the first two laps were completed by lunchtime. The Beavers walked just the first lap and then played games. The third lap, with full tummies after lunch was the hard one, with legs starting to ache. The forth and last lap was more of a celebration circuit.
All the Cubs, and Scouts, walked the full 10 miles without any problems apart from the occasional boot rubbing. Who says kids cannot walk this distance? They are only limited by what they can see and what others tell them they can’t do. All they need is encouragement and they can achieve far more than you could imagine. I can remember a conversation with a Cub some years ago after a day’s hike – “How far have we walked?” “About 7 miles” “I can’t walk that far!” “You just have” “Oh… yes…”
With all the sponsorship money collected in we have raised over £1,000!