Jamboree on the Trail Saturday 13-05-2017
5th Dartford were out in force again this year for the 20th Jamboree on the Trail. Leaders and Explorers started at Sevenoaks to walk the Darent River Valley path all the way to Dartford Park.
En route at Otford, Shoreham, Lullingstone, Farningham, Westminster Field and Sutton-at-Hone some 60+ Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and their families joined in along with other walkers from the whole Dartford District.
On arrival at the park the hundreds of walkers were welcomed with hot & cold drinks, choccy bars, crisps and of course the much coveted JOTT badge.
Very many thanks to all the organisers of the event, as always you did a grand job.
Friday 14 April saw 1 linking Cub, 13 Scouts, 17 Explorers and 11 leaders journey to Thriftwood Scout Campsite for our annual Easter Camp. We were blessed with great weather for both pitch and strike and aside from a little rain on Friday night, remained dry throughout. The Scouts enjoyed activities including Fishing, Axe Throwing, Backwoods Cooking, Fire-lighting, Axe & Saw, Char-cloth, Camp Gadgets, Knife-work, Shelter Building and an egg hunt. The Scouts worked towards their Survival Skills activity badge, whilst the Explorers mostly kept a mountainous fire burning for 48 hours and supplemented 5 whole chickens with a pizza delivery 😉
Many thanks to all the leaders for giving up your Easter weekend and especially to Sean for planning and organising the camp and activities.
To complete their Faith badges, the Peacock Beavers visited Christchurch Dartford to learn about the church and its history from youth worker, Lynne Parkinson, and had a chance to explore. The evening ended with all of the Beavers being presented with their Faith badges by Lynne.
The Peacock beavers were amazed when given the chance to watch volcano erupting at the scout hall, and after learning about how the ‘eruption’ happens, they are now all on their way to earning their Experiment badge!
Working towards their Faith Activity Badge, Peacock Beavers visited the Sikh Temple (Gurdwara) in Dartford for a tour and to learn about Sikhism. After the short walk from the Scout hall we were very warmly welcomed to the Gurdwara. We then covered our heads as a sign of respect and were given an introduction to the Sikh religion. After this, we went into the main hall where we watched some videos about what happens on a daily basis in the Gurdwara and had some of our questions answered. All of the beavers thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned a lot, so a very big thank you to everybody who made us feel so welcome.
Peacock Beavers recently won the ASDA Greenhithe Community Life Award as a result of shoppers voting us as the most worthy cause by placing their little green tokens from the checkouts in our collection bucket.
This morning two members of Peacock Beavers visited the store and were presented with a very generous cheque for £200 to be spent on future activities for the colony.
A big thank you to everyone who voted for us!
Following on from the success of the Collins Pack visit to Bexleyheath Police Station, it was the turn of the Peacock Beavers. After some discussion about how to stay safe and what to do in an emergency, the beavers had their fingerprints taken before being locked in the cells! Following this they got a chance to climb inside a Police van and try out riot shields. The visit ended with the Beavers being presented their safety badges by a police officer.
Collins Pack visit to Bexleyheath Police Station
The Cubs had a question and answer session on aspects of safety and emergency calls . Then, in groups the boys were taken down to the holding cells and to see the interview room. Going in the cells seemed to be the most exciting part of the night ! Another highlight was when all of the boys got to have their fingerprints taken to take away for a memento.
Thanks to Lyn for organising the visit.
Peacock Beavers have recently been working towards achieving their Teamwork Challenge badges. After learning about the importance of working as a team through some parachute games, teams of 4 were formed… The challenge – to build the tallest tower possible using only spaghetti and a bag of marshmallows. Both teams did very well, building two very different towers (as the photos show!), with plenty of marshmallows left at the end for eating… 😉
Collins Pack – Fire Station visit
As part of the ‘Our World’ Challenge badge, Collins Pack visited our local Fire Station where the Fire Fighters gave a guided tour, explaining about the control room, vehicles and tools used for different situations. The Cubs had an opportunity to dress up in all the protective clothing, learn how to use a hose followed by a question and answer session at the end.
A big thank you to David, Dave and all the fire station staff for looking after us so well and making us welcome.