Scout encampment on Flodden’s battlefield

Scouting for Flodden camps hosted by 1st Flodden BP Scouts in July.
Scouting for Flodden camps hosted by 1st Flodden BP Scouts in July.

Flodden Field has experienced possibly its largest encampment since the Battle of Flodden in 1513 when scout groups from across the north east converged on it this month.

As part of scouting’s commemoration of the notorious battle in its quincentenary year, groups from Northumberland, Durham, Teesside and Cumbria set up camp at the famous field over two weekends.

1st Flodden B-P Scout Group hosted the camps which saw Cubs and Scouts, camp on Branxton Hill overlooking the site of the battle.

Activities mostly focused on the battle and included orienteering and gathering information about Flodden, taking part in backwoods cooking, pioneering tasks and hikes around some of the related key areas including Flodden Hill. Jane Miller from the Flodden 1513 Project taught basic archaeological digging skills and gave a wonderful insight into some of the equipment that the soldiers would have used. Youngsters were also able to learn and try out archery which was run by Coldstream Archery Club.

Nick Allen, senior scout master at Flodden, said: “A huge amount of preparation and planning took place and the success of the camps was very much due to the time that various leaders put into this combined with the visiting leaders who helped to run activities.”

The group will be hosting more camps over the next couple of years as part of the ‘Scouting for Flodden’ project which will include an archaeological dig, map making and canoeing with emphasis on the battle and the run up to it, plus lots more.