19th International Jamboree On The Trail Saturday 14th May 2016
For the 16th year running walkers from 5th Dartford Scout Group joined the rest of the District walking along the Darent River Valley path from Sevenoaks to Dartford with members of the Group and their families joining in at various points along the way, including Otford, Eynsford, Farningham, Horton Kirby and a large Group of 24 from Sutton-at-Hone. Ages of participants ranged from 2 years – 72 years plus a dog or two.
The weather was kind, not to hot but dry throughout and every participant finished at Central Park Dartford by 4pm to be greeted with much needed refreshments and a badge for all who walked.
Well Done and Thank You to all participants. See you again next year!
On the evening of May 11 it is alleged that the Phillips Cub Pack did make their way, in a southerly direction, to the North Kent Police Station with the intention of having fun and learning about the police service. We are assured that these allegations are well founded and with the photographic evidence below, to place them at the scene, the cubs were guilty as charged.
Many thanks to the Kent Police Service for allowing our young explorers to enter and leave and for showing them round the station and we hope they didn’t leave too much forensic evidence behind.
Nationwide customers have nominated 5th Dartford Scout Group, New Hall Fund to feature in their Community Match scheme. Community Match is an in-branch local charity voting scheme. Each quarter, branches feature three local charities/community organisations from customer nominations. Customers are then invited to vote for a winner. We will receive a £100 donation for being shortlisted to feature in the Community Match voting scheme and if we receive the most votes at the end of the voting campaign we’ll receive an additional £500.
Between Tuesday 3 May and Thursday 30 June, you’ll notice a poster displayed in the following Nationwide branches: Dartford, Longfield, Gravesend, Bexleyheath, Sidcup & Eltham, so please pop in and vote for us.
Once again, a number of the 5th Dartford Scout Group represented us at the 11th National Scout Archery Tournament at Phasels Wood Activity Centre. This year Delia led the camp and the team comprised of past and new competitors. Well done to all who participated and a special mention to Matthew who took the shield in the U18 Longbow. The full results can be reviewed here.
Massive congratulations to Dave Monteith for completing the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday in a very respectable 4:54:17. Dave had chosen to run and raise funds for two charities very close to his heart, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and our own New Hall Fund.
At the time of writing, Dave has raised in excess of £4,640. Thank you to everyone who sponsored him, but it’s not too late if you haven’t done so yet, simply click HERE and give as little or as much as you can.
Dave, we salute your achievement and thank you for your effort.
On Wednesday 27th April, Phillips Pack had a loose change challenge fund raising night.
All the cubs were asked to collect as much loose change & bring it in to make Scout badge signs & spell out “Well done Dave” for running the London Marathon & raising over £4,700 to be split between to the two charities.
All the money raised will be split between our New Hall Fund & the MS Society.
There is still time to donate to Dave’s Just Giving page HERE.
We raised £35.80 on the night. We will continue to collect loose change until our joint Cub’s sports day Friday 15th July.
A party was held to celebrate The Queens 90th birthday. All beavers were told they could invite one parent and younger siblings to join in the fun and games and everyone must wear red, white and blue in some form.
The bunting put up, the tables laid street party style and the balloons inflated and then we waited to see how many would turn up.
What a magnificent turn out! All 24 Beavers arrived along with 3 Dads, 9 Mums, 2 Grandma’s and 7 Siblings.
Mixed age musical chairs, team game race to fill canes with ‘Walter Woggles’, pass the peas from one plate to another by sucking up a straw and finally musical bumps for all the children.
Halfway through everyone went outside and despite a chilly wind got tucked into red, White and Blue decorated cakes & chocolate biscuits all washed down with appropriately coloured fizzy pop. We even sung ‘Happy Birthday’ to her majesty.
A very big Thank You to all the adults who turned up and joined in the fun.
Once again the 5th Dartford massive braved the changeable elements to face ‘Easter Camp’, our ‘Back to Basics Extravaganza.’ This year, Assistant Explorer Scout Leader, Sean took the camp lead to validate his Nights Away permit and plan an activity and fun filled weekend for our young adventurers.
It was a camp of many emotions, with absent friends who have moved on, or through study and/or work commitments were unable to attend; there were also two who will not camp with us again as young people due to reaching maturity or moving away…. BUT there were NEW faces full of enthusiasm and the 5th spirit who will take their place.
Activities on this camp included, but were not limited to, Fire lighting, Backwoods cooking, Kayaking, Water-Zorbing, Whittling, Survival bracelets, Fishing, Wide-Games, Easter Egg Hunt and above all…. Making new friends and team building.
Thanks again to Sean for a faultless plan, and the leaders and parents on camp who made it all possible and the parents who assisted with the muddy unload back at the hall.
Below are a selection of pictures from our weekend to give you but a taste…