Tumbling and PT

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.

Cambridge Archives

B P visit 1922
C T Woods’ album c 1924
Introduction to Ju Jitsu 1927  9th

1948    40th Anniversary Rally       ‘7th Cambridge             Tumbling and PT’

 Abington c 1950

1957 7th Cambridge record a tumbling display

JWR Archivist June 2019