Yes! Paul and all the folks at Silkstone Scout Group will be back for feeding our morning bellies and also, as importantly, helping us to keep our site spotless all weekend.
Serving a hearty selection of breakfast goodies, including locally sourced meat, the Scouts will once again be based on our campsite and raising funds for their future projects.
The Silkstone Scouts have been attending Underneath The Stars since the very first year, back in 2014. Although our connection runs back way before this with Kate’s dad, Steve Rusby, being a Silkstone Scout himself. (apologies Papa Rusby for the ‘way back’ comment, feels like yesterday obviously!)
Silkstone Scouts has 3 sections; Beavers, Cub Scouts and they also have a partnership with Explorers, covering ages from 6 to 17 years, with a total of approximately 80 young members and 20 adults.
Paul Denton, from Silkstone Scouts, recounts, “The very first year, Emma (one of the festival’s directors), asked us if we could run a hot sandwich stall on the campsite. We did not know what to expect!? We came with a small team of young people and a couple of parents and served food on Saturday and Sunday morning. We didn’t know how well it would go, but other than not seeing the back of the queue for nearly 4 hours and making numerous trips for extra supplies, we all enjoyed it.”
Our lovely Scouts have continued with the food stall, but now serve breakfast Friday to Monday mornings, plus meals for the build team everyday from the previous Sunday. They also serve over 100 meals on the Thursday night for all the volunteers.
Paul goes on to say, “The money raised from UTS has allowed the group to purchase much of the equipment that you will see on site, including the large mess tents, trailers and most recently a minibus for the group. We’ve also used the money to help fund a number of our Scouts to attend the World Jamborees.”
During UTS this year, one of the Silkstone Scouts young leaders, Charlotte Hollingworth, who has helped at previous festivals, will be joining thousands of other Scouts from across the World at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America. How exciting is that! We are so proud to be part of something so special that helps provide these opportunities.
In addition to their food stall, the Scouts have always been fantastic with helping us with the bin emptying across the festival, ensuring that the site remains spotless.
UTS is now a fixed event in the Silkstone Scouts group’s calendar. It is an opportunity for leaders and helpers to participate in a great event that generates funds to provide further opportunities for the young people in the Scouts.
After this year’s festival, the Scouts are going to St Florent Des Bois, which is the French town that Silkstone is twinned with. They will be joining a group of young people from St Florent and participating in visits and sporting challenges.
We’re definitely happy to scoff a few bacon butties when it is all for a good cause. Welcome back fellow Scout friends…