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A night at the museum for the 5th Dronfield Hilltop Cubs

Published on Friday 19 April 2024

Thirty-two 8-11 year olds from the 5th Dronfield Hilltop Cubs had a sleepover with a difference recently. They had a night at the museum!


Great British Car Journey, the award-winning classic car museum in Ambergate, Derbyshire, hosted the pack for a very special, action-packed sleepover.

Assistant Cub Scout Leader and organiser Chris Smith explained: “Last September I appealed for Cub Sleepover ideas and got some great responses and Great British Car Journey came up trumps! The pack had an absolutely brilliant time. It was the perfect venue for a sleepover.”

Ahead of bedding down for the night amongst the museum’s classic cars, the Cubs enjoyed a range of activities, including rides in the Rolls-Royce (Jam Roll) which once belonged to Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the Scouting Movement.

The Cubs arrived at the museum with their sleeping bags once it closed its doors to the public for the day and left the site before it reopened the next day.

General Manager Ian Gardecki who oversaw the sleepover said: “It was a great to host the 5th Dronfield Hilltop Cubs. Despite all the activities and pizza supper, the excitement got to a few of them and there wasn’t much sleep. I heard reports that some of the Cubs were asleep on the backseat of their parents’ cars before they’d even left our cap park the next morning!”

Chris added “The Cubs’ activities included driving an electric car, going out in Baden Powell's Jam Roll, a 1930s Wolseley and a 1980s Bentley, several different activities in the museum and a workshop session. We finished with our own 'Pinewood Derby' races with cars made on a Cub and parent evening the week before and decorated at the sleepover. We couldn't have asked for better.”

Following the successful event, Great British Car Journey is hoping to welcome other Scout, Girlguiding and Cubs groups who are looking for sleepover with a difference. To find out more, call Great British Car Journey on 01773 317243.




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