Scouts from 4th Sevenoaks tackled a 70 km off-road cycle expedition this weekend, taking them from Mayfield to Herstomonceux and Wilmington.
Kelly, Riana, Elizabeth and Sam – collectively known as ‘Team Penguin’ came joint first in the overall rankings at this weekend’s Operation Founder run by Tonbridge District Scouts. They visited all six bases and the check-point, coming in with a score equalling the best in-district team. As an out-of-district team this means that they won the Scotney Challenge Shield. ‘Team Icup’ – Harry, Matthew, Peter and Toby didn’t do quite as well – there is always next year. Operation Founder is an incident hike held on a Sunday around the date of Baden Powell’s birthday. Last year it was held in Knowle Park, this year it was held near Tunbridge Wells. There is full breakdown of the results on the Tonbridge District Site.
We listened to a presentation by Rachel and Carlton from Porchlight this week. Between them they really brought home realities of homelessness – both the number of hidden homeless (‘sofa surfers’) and living on the streets. Hopefully we will arrange a sponsored rough-sleep to raise money for them this year.
We cooked out scouts backwoods-style this year. We had to light fires and get them up to cooking temperature before we could eat!
I will post photos of pancakes if we get that far.
After our successful outing last year, we are looking to enter two teams into this Operation Founder 2013. We managed to take the prize for the highest placed team from out of the district.
This year the event is on March 3rd – check the diary for details
The standard list of items you should pack when going on an overnight activity is as follows:
- Complete uniform (generally this should be worn to and from the event)
- Warm sweatshirt/jumper/fleece(s)
- Underclothes (plenty)
- Spare socks, suitable to wear with boots (plenty)
- Hike boots or strong shoes
- Waterproofs (coat and trousers)
- Hankies / tissues
- Night clothes
- Wash kit and towel
- Swim suit
- Footwear to wear in water, if appropriate
- Hair control
- Scarf, warm hat and gloves, if appropriate
- Sun hat, sun cream, insect repellent and sun glasses if appropriate
- Torch including spare batteries
- Sleeping bag
- Roll mat
- Bowl, plate, mug, cutlery
- Tea towel
- Personal first aid kit inc plasters and bite cream (scouts)
- Day sac, lunchbox plastic drinks bottle
- Small notebook and pen
- Polythene bags (for dirty clothes)
- Rucksack to carry everything
- Camp blanket (optional)
- Soft toy (optional beavers and cubs)
Don’t panic if you haven’t got all the equipment listed above, talk to one of the Leaders who will be able to give
sensible advice or alternatives.
Those with a uniform should wear it to and from the camp.
To increase the chance of personal property coming home, please label all items with either indelible ink and/or engraving as appropriate. Remember paper labels wash off after the second or third meal, and it’s amazing how many mums use the same shade of nail varnish.
No aerosol deodorants, they are often flammable, can affect those with asthma and can damage the canvas of tents
No games or similar items (i.e. radio’s or cassette players) which require batteries to run.
A number of layers is warmer than one thick one and the warmth can be regulated more easily – do not forget your
hands and head, wearing a woolly hat in bed sounds daft but makes a big difference.
Do not pack your torch with batteries fitted (or at the bottom of your kit) as it could easily get accidentally turned on and
you will arrive at the camp with flat batteries.
Nights Away Information forms will be issued prior to each event with any specific items to take (or not to take). The list above is for general guidance.
The scout troop camped on Dartmoor this year at the Plymouth scouts district campsite near Yelverton.
The programme for the camp was
Saturday – travel and set up camp
Sunday – camp skills, explore the area, spit-roast beef and yorkshire puddings followed by night-time wide game
Monday – raft building and paddle
Tuesday – mountain biking
Wednesday – geocaching, working with the park ranger
Thursday – canoe expedition, dam building
Friday – trip to Morwellhan Quay, pack up patrol areas, open air bivouac
Saturday – breakfast hike and then travel home
Well done to everyone that participated!
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