Cambridge District Scout Archive
Tumbling described the artistic rolls and tumbles on the ground or mats. It was the part of gymnastics that required minimal equipment and could be run alongside PT / PE, that is, physical training or physical education. When gymnastic equipment and training was available the it was clearly incorporated into the regime.
In Scouting for Boys BP encourages giving boys the responsibility for his own development and health. He observed that PT ‘drill’ does not give that responsibility.
Tumbling appears to have come to include static display pieces of two or three storeys. The evolution of the exercise, the neat execution of the construction and dismounting of the piece, comprised a significant part of the whole. In photographs we only see the headline pose in the middle.
Tumbling was not part of the Martial Arms badge although wrestling and Ju Jitsu had the merit of using the same minimal equipment.
1932 13th Cambridge started Tumbling as ‘a sport’ alongside boxing and quarterstaff
1937 13th Cambridge
1948 40th Anniversary Rally ‘7th Cambridge Tumbling and PT’
1957 7th Cambridge record a tumbling display
JWR Archivist June 2019