Tiger & Panther Centenary Narrow Boating June 2009

posted 6 Oct 2016, 08:43 by Dave Tomlin   [ updated 21 Nov 2016, 03:55 ]

Martin's report ...

Between the 12-14 June 2009 we organised a narrow boating weekend for Tiger and Panther patrols as part of our Chief Scout Gold award.

The boat we used was called Centenary and it sleeps 12 people. It is available for Scouts and Guides to hire and has been used several times before by 2nd Warwick.

We picked up the boat at Lichfield on Friday evening. Just as we got going we remembered to pick up Jack who had arrived late!

That evening we cruised to about 2 ½ miles along the Coventry Canal and moored up just south of Fradley Junction. We then took a walk along the towpath to the locks and went through safety and how a lock works.

Next morning we woke early and cooked a full English breakfast. We were going to need it with all the work we were going to do that day.

Martin took the helm for the 1st lock as we entered on to the Trent and Mersey canal.

As we went on other people had ago at the helm taking us thru locks , past moving and moored boats and thru bridges as part of the Inland Helm badge. When we were between locks we learnt about the canals, safety and rules whilst we sat with Neil or Ben at the front of the boat.

Our first stop was at a village called Alrewas. We moored and locked up the boat before we walked about a mile to the National Memorial Arboretum.

The arboretum was set up to commemorate all those in the Navy, Army and RAF killed since World War 2.

Went thru 10 locks on the 1st day. Staying in such a small space was a test of how we could all use our team work and how long it took for us to do the task’s set.

We all took turns at the helm to complete the requirements of the power coxswains badge which involved taking the boat through locks, past other craft and turning in a winding hole, in addition to knowing about how canals work.

Every one enjoyed themselves.

We thank all the leaders that helped out. They were Ben and Neil. Without you we could not have run this trip.


By Martin (PL of Panther)