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Spring Programmes 2016 [Updated 3x]

For parents of young people in all sections…

Remember there are also the following whole group events

  • Saturday 9th January – Volunteer Day from 09:30 Bonfire to clear up after the tree surgeons.
  • Sunday 24th April – St George’s Day Parade through the town centre and celebration service for all young people (afternoon)

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Happy Christmas from Christmas Camp

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The scouts held their Christmas Camp at Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre on the outskirts of Croydon.

After we arrived at Frylands, found our accommodation and put the Christmas decorations up, the scouts went out for a wide game before hot-dogs and bed.  True to form, they all were far too excited to sleep quickly and ended up getting to sleep late.

However, next morning we were surprised to find team on breakfast duty up half an hour early!

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Our morning’s activities were traversing where we also managed to invest our newest scouts Olga and Henry

Our next activity was exploring the Frylands tunnel system and playing a few games including hunt-the-leader.  One of the visiting leader’s from another group, Ellie, proved to be a star and avoided detection completely.

Our morning session finished with a new activity for us, “earth-ball”.  The game was a hit and it is definitely something we would look to acquire for the group at some point.

The afternoon session was run by Richard Chipperfield and the Kent County Space Team.  The scouts learned how to carefully construct a rocket, before going out to the field to fly them.  They started with a low-power ‘A’ rocket engine, and built up to the most powerful ‘C’ engine.  The B and C engines went a lot further, and only one rocket survived the whole afternoon session intact and in our possession!  A huge thank-you to Richard and his team for giving up their afternoon for us.

By the end of the rocket session everyone was getting a bit chilly, so we retired for a hot chocolate before attacking the veg prep for dinner.  It wasn’t long before the scouts were outside again playing Laser Tag, working up an appetite before dinner.

An enormous Christmas dinner (the works: turkey, roasties, sprouts, carrots, beans, peas, parsnips, cranberry sauce and gravy, followed by Christmas pudding – a first for many of the scouts) was followed by the inevitable washing-up marathon (well done Team C).

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By 19:30 we were outside, passed a pair of Swedish candles (first time we had tried them) for the Christmas Carol-fire and Donald’s investiture as a group sectional assistant

The scouts slept a lot more soundly and for substantially longer, so much so that breakfast was half an hour late on Sunday.

After we had packed and cleaned, our Sunday activities were indoor archery, and ‘team challenges’. The team challenges consisted of games of minefield (the team had to navigate across a minefield, learning from their colleague’s untimely deaths to reach safety), towers of hanoi and crossing spider’s web.  Theo and Anthony tried the unorthadox approach of throwing themselves horizontally through the spider’s web.  They both had a greater respect for movie stunt-people afterwards!

After a lunch of turkey sandwiches, we finished the camp with few parachute games before heading home to say goodbye to another year of scouting!

For all the photos (good and bad) see the event photos on our flickr album Flickr_Faenza

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What can you do?

If there is anything you think you could do to help out the group, whether it is any of the things in the image above or something else, please talk to any of the leadership team or use the Volunteer link on the front page of the website.

At the moment (Dec 2015) we have the following vacancies – there is also a list on the group section of the noticeboard.

  • Assistant Grass Cutter: Assist with mowing the grass during the growing season (Apr-Sept).
  • Bookings Secretary: Deal with correspondence for hall and campsite bookings.
  • Key Holder: Let campers and hall hirers into the site and check them out on departure.
  • Fundraiser: Apply for grants on behalf of the group.
  • Parent Representative x5: We are looking for one parent rep for each of our five sections.
  • Mechanic: We are looking for someone to look after our vehicles (minibus, trailer, garden equipment).
  • Volunteer Coordinator: We are looking for someone to recruit volunteers (e.g. updating this list).
  • Hill-walker: We are looking for someone to gain their Hill and Moorland Leader certificate.  If you have walked on higher ground regularly and might be interested check out the MTUK website and speak to Michael.

Thank you!

Scouts go Crazy!

crazycampingThe scouts held a crazy camping night at the end of September.

After considering options from hanging a tent from a tree, camping on a rope bridge as well as several involving water, the troop decided to build a ‘camping penthouse’ using their pioneering skills.

The platform was surprisingly stable, but a little bit uncomfortable for daily use.

The sleepover was a first-time sleeping under the stars for five of the scouts, and fortunately the weather was as good as we could have hoped for.

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