Duck Race 2021

Duck Race 2021

The 1st North Leigh Scout Group are glad to announce that our annual Duck Race will be taking place on Sunday, 5th September 2021, on the river Evenlode.

The Duck Race is our main fund-raising event and enables us to raise the vital funds needed to provide new equipment and support the many activities we offer to our young Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, all of whom come from the local area.

Ducks cost £2 and the first 3 ducks to finish will win:

1st £100; 2nd £50; 3rd £25.

If you would like to buy a duck or two (or ten!), please click on this ‘How To Buy A Duck’ button:

Lottery Licence No. 848

How To Buy A Duck

Sorry, it’s too late to buy a duck now but thanks for thinking of us!

All of our ducks are quacking swimmers, though some are faster than others. If you would like to buy any number of ducks in our 2021 Duck Race, please send a quick email to our Group Chair, Jeremy Taylor, at jeremytaylor1963@gmail.com, stating your full name and how many ducks (£2 each) you would like to buy.

Using the secure SumUp application, Jeremy will then send you an electronic invoice, to the email address you contacted him on, for the number of ducks you have requested and this can quickly and easily be paid online using any debit or credit card.

Once payment has been confirmed, Jeremy will send you the racing numbers of your ducks via email.

Thank you so much for supporting us and we wish you the very best of luck!

Two cows were chatting over the fence and one said “I’m worried about this mad-cow-disease, it’s pretty scary and they say it’s spreading fast.” The other cow replied, “We don’t need to worry, it won’t affect us ducks.”

How Our Duck Race Works

There will be up to 2000 ducks in the race and the first 3 ducks to finish will win: 1st £100; 2nd £50; 3rd £25.

Unlike past Duck Races, we have decided not to put on the usual BBQ, bar, tombola, welly wanging, etc. In fact, we are asking that you stay away so that we don’t infringe scouting COVID rules, which are more strict than  the Government restrictions. As an alternative, our young members will be taking part in a number of other ‘duck’ related activities. 

As soon as the race has been run (swum?), we will be rushing to put the winners and some video highlights from the race on this website

The race takes place in accordance with our Lottery Licence No. 848.

Two Scottish ducks were waddling down the road when one says to the other, “Quack”. The other replies, “I’m going as quack as I can!”

Why Support Us?

This last year and a bit has been like no other period in our history – and we have been going for more than 100 years. Whilst the schools were shut, we quickly reorganised ourselves to be able to deliver fun and informative online sessions to our members, keeping up their spirits and giving some of them their only social contact outside of their own families.

As with most businesses and organisations, this has been a financially challenging period for us and we are really hoping that this years’ duck race will enable us to maintain and even improve the wonderful array of activities and experiences that we offer to our members.

All of our adult members are volunteers who freely give a great chunk of their own time to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

Our Values

  • Integrity – We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
  • Respect – We have self-respect and respect for others.
  • Care – We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
  • Belief – We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.
  • Co-operation – We make a positive difference; we co-operate with others and make friends.

Our Method

Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:

  • enjoy what they are doing and have fun
  • take part in activities indoors and outdoors
  • learn by doing
    share in spiritual reflection
    take responsibility and make choices
  • undertake new and challenging activities
  • make and live by their Promise.

A platypus walked into a bar owned by a duck and ordered a drink. When he had finished, he decided to leave and asked to settle his account. Duck billed platypus.

Did You Know?

Ducks can be found both in salt water and in fresh water. We all know the collective noun for ducks as ‘flock’, a flock of ducks. However, did you know that the following are all used as well:

  • badling – don’t mess with these guys!
  • brace – a pair of ducks who have been to the dentist?
  • bunch – when grown on trees?
  • herd – Moo! Even ducks can learn a foreign language
  • paddling – not quite willing to go in up to their shoulders
  • raft – for the non-swimmers?
  • safe – Is this pond safe? Well, it deep ends!
  • skein – typically flying in the V-shaped formation
  • sord – when on the ground
  • sore – after a long migratory flight?
  • string – Mr Duck, are you part of this string? I’m a frayed not!
  • team – a single duck swimming alone makes no race!
  • waddling – waddle they come up with next!