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Fun, friends and adventure at Scouts

Fun, friends and adventure at Scouts

This Sunday, my two sons and husband and I will all be attending our local St George’s Day Parade for Scouts and Cubs. This is one of the most important events in the Scouting calendar as it’s the only time in the year that all the local groups get together to renew their Scout promise.

 

What's great about joining Scouts
My sons joined the Scouts in Beavers, aged 6 and 7. The two ladies who run our local Beavers and Cubs groups are a marvel, giving up their free time to carry out the Scout Association aims to provide' fun, adventure and skills for life and give young people the opportunity to enjoy new adventures, experience outdoors and take part in a range of creative, community and international activities, interact with others, make new friends, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.'

 

What it's like in Cubs
My younger son is in Cubs, which range from 8 years to 10 ½. The emphasis is on excitement and adventure. He spends one evening a week during term time exploring different cultures and beliefs, and taking part in a variety of fitness, creative and community activities. At several weekends throughout the year, he takes part in a range of adventurous activities and overnight camps where he learns valuable outdoor skills. He is now passionate about sleeping in a hammock and has his own hammock and tarp, though his request to hang the hammock in his bedroom has been denied …!

 

What it's like in Scouts
My elder son is now 12 and a member of the Scouts where the aim is to further develop their scouting skills with a focus on building their confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, and encourage them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative. His Scout leader definitely inspires them to be independent by instructing them and then leaving them to it! As a mother, it can be hard to step back and let your child get on with it and I really appreciate the opportunity Scouts and Cubs have provided to encourage my sons’ independence. All his activities are held at weekends which works well now that he is at secondary school. In May, he is spending a weekend cycling in France which will definitely be quite an adventure!

 

A great way to take part in new experiences
If you are considering encouraging your son or daughter, (girls have been welcomed since 1976!), to join their local scouting group then my sons and husband and I would thoroughly recommend it. It’s a great way for them to explore new ideas, make new friends and experience activities that they might not get the chance to otherwise.

As Chief Scout Bear Grylls says, 'Two things matter in life: following your dreams and looking after your friends. That's what I love about Scouts.'

 

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These are standard UK bedding measurements so if you know your mattress size, you can easily work out which duvet size you need. (Width x length.)

UK sizes Duvet size Mattress size
Single 135 x 200cm (53 x 79") 90 x 190cm
Double 200 x 200cm (79 x 79") 135 x 190cm
King 225 x 220cm (89 x 87") 150 x 200cm
Super king 260 x 220cm (102 x 87") 180 x 200cm 

US/CANADA BEDDING SIZES: Approximate matches to UK sizes are King (UK Super king), Queen (UK King),  Full (UK Double) and Twin (UK Single).

EUROPEAN BEDDING SIZES: Each size - Single, Double, King and Grand king - is a little larger than the UK equivalent.

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 Tog rating Season / heat Feel
2.5 tog High summer / hot sleepers Light thermal insulation
4.5 tog Summer Lower thermal insulation
9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
All season (4.5 + 9 tog) Winter / cold sleepers Very warm

 

DUVET FILL WEIGHT GUIDE

Our goose down duvets have high 700 fill power. Fill weight is measured in GSM (grams per square metre.)

Fill weight
Single All seasons - 788gsm
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4.5 tog - 302gsm 
2.5 tog - 220gsm
Double All seasons - 1168gsm
9 tog - 720gsm
4.5 tog - 448gsm
2.5 tog - 320gsm
King All seasons - 1478gsm
9 tog - 911gsm
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2.5 tog - 400gsm
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PILLOW SIZE GUIDE

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BED LINEN SIZE GUIDE

Our fitted sheets are deep fit, up to 40cm / 15.7" mattress depth. And our duvet covers fasten with large, easy to use buttons. (Width x length.)

Duvet cover Fitted sheet Flat sheet Pillowcase (pair)
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