Adventure Afloat

On Friday 12th June a group of excited youngsters and leaders  from 1st boarded the minibus that would take them to Barby Moorings near Rugby where they would be boarding the 72ft Narrowboat ‘Centenary’ to crew her for a weekend of adventure. The group consisted of 5 Cubs, 3 Scouts and 4 Leaders. During the weekend the youngsters practiced all of the skills of operating a narrowboat, including helming (steering)  the boat, learning about boat maintenance & safety , operating the locks, learning the vital skills of living onboard a boat and teamwork. Their journey took them along the Oxford Canal before turning onto the Grand Union canal just before Braunston. They followed the Grand Union through the long Braunston Tunnel to Norton Junction. They successfully navigated Centenary up the Watford Locks which is a tricky staircase lock and through the Crick Tunnel which they reached on Saturday afternoon before turning the boat around to return the way they had came back to Barby. Everyone had a great incident free weekend and our rookie helmsmen & helmswomen did a great job of controlling the boat and avoiding running it aground. Several badges were earned during the weekend including Nights Away, Water Journeys and the Scout Power Coxswain.

On Friday 12th June a group of excited youngsters and leaders  from 1st boarded the minibus that would take them to Barby Moorings near Rugby where they would be boarding the 72ft Narrowboat ‘Centenary’ to crew her for a weekend of adventure.

On Friday 12th J[...]

Adventure Afloat

On Friday 12th June a group of excited youngsters and leaders  from 1st boarded the minibus that would take them to Barby Moorings near Rugby where they would be boarding the 72ft Narrowboat ‘Centenary’ to crew her for a weekend of adventure. The group consisted of 5 Cubs, 3 Scouts and 4 Leaders. During the weekend the youngsters practiced all of the skills of operating a narrowboat, including helming (steering)  the boat, learning about boat maintenance & safety , operating the locks, learning the vital skills of living onboard a boat and teamwork. Their journey took them along the Oxford Canal before turning onto the Grand Union canal just before Braunston. They followed the Grand Union through the long Braunston Tunnel to Norton Junction. They successfully navigated Centenary up the Watford Locks which is a tricky staircase lock and through the Crick Tunnel which they reached on Saturday afternoon before turning the boat around to return the way they had came back to Barby. Everyone had a great incident free weekend and our rookie helmsmen & helmswomen did a great job of controlling the boat and avoiding running it aground. Several badges were earned during the weekend including Nights Away, Water Journeys and the Scout Power Coxswain.

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