Swimming Gala 2014

Hi Cubs,

This event has now ended! You can see a post about it here

Akela and the Team

Note that this event provides one of the key elements of the Swimmer Staged Activity Badge – an organised swimming event!

From the District Commissioner:

Hi all,

I wanted to make everyone involved in a section aware of the District Swimming Gala on Saturday 1st March.  If you haven’t been before then this is how it works:

Its a chance for Leaders, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to get together for one event.  Parents stay and watch and there is a great atmosphere.  For the last few years it has been held at the John Charles Sports Centre and Aquacentre off Dewsbury Road in Beeston.  There is a large free car park and spectators can watch for free.  There is a cafe in the lobby too so we will be there this year too.

This year the races start at 1:00pm until 4:00pm and so you and your young people should aim to arrive at 12:30 to get ready for the water. Races will not be delayed and points may be lost if your team is not on the starting block.


The Beavers event is from 1:00pm to 2:00pm with awarding of certificates afterwards.  Beavers play lots of games to gain confidence in the water. 

Ratios – each Group must ensure they can provide a ratio of one adult swimmer to two Beavers who can swim.
For Beavers who cannot swim you must provide 1:1 support
no exceptions to this rule (there is no swim fee for the adults)

Cubs, Scouts and Explorers

The main event starts at 1:00pm until 4:00pm with a presentation of trophies at the end.  This year the races will interchange between Cub and Scout so all sections need to arrive at the same time. They must be in teams of at least 3 and no more than 5.  If you have less than 3 then you will be asked to join forces with another team if available  Ratios – each team must have an adult in charge no exceptions to this rule.

A team member can only take part in one of the individual races (hence a minimum of 3 members) but they can take part in the team events.

Attached is a draft Swim Gala 2014 Flyer and Swim Gala 2014 Permission Form  – please note I am trying to arrange for a group photo to be taken either by inviting the Morley Observer or by doing ourselves.  LCC will permit this but they must have a copy of the photo permission so you must bring the signed slips with you on the day.

Entry Fees: £3.00 (subsidised by 8th Carlton Scout Group!)
Payment: Please bring cash or cheque (payable to “South Leeds & Morley District Scout Council”) on the day.

As usual plenty of help is required on the day and I am sure I can rely on your support.


Chris Noble
District Comissioner
South Leeds and Morley

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