This Years Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) scheme team successfully completed the expedition stage for their bronze award today, so just the outstanding skills, fitness and voluntary work to finalise and we’ll have some badges to award soon. Well done.
Thanks to everyone for attending and joining in the fun at our AGM on Sunday, we also have several parents offer further help and assistance, which is excellent. A big thank you to the Explorers for helping to build and run the Aerial Runway.
Minutes and annual accounts will be published here soon, section reports below.
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Our fourth visit to this National tournament and for the first time we were joined by 3 Cub Scouts, who like the Scouts were a credit to the team. Very well done to Phillips-Pack leader Kay, who took silver medal in the over 18 supplied field targets, the third family member in as many years to get a medal. Whilst not competing, our young members were entertained with other activities including ‘The Cube’, crate stacking, potholing, human table football, trampolines and a cresta run. At the end of the camp, whilst taking time to reflect on our weekend during our Scout’s Own, Matthew was invested as an Explorer Scout.
5th Dartford were well represented at this years Jamboree On The Trail (some 50+ walkers) with several Leaders and Explorers starting at the Otford Loop at 7.30 in the morning, meeting more Leaders and Scouts at Sevenoaks and continuing to pick up Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and family members along the Darent Valley River Path until they reached Central Park at about 4pm.
Despite a cloudy and slightly drizzly start the weather brightened as the day went on with the sun shining at the end for when we could all relax in the park, take on refreshments and get the much coveted J.O.T.T. 18 badge.
Today, 16 members of Phillips-Pack had a sleepover at the hall, before an early start to visit the Tower Bridge experience. The weather was kind and we got to see the bridge open twice, the first time we saw it whilst looking down through the glass floor and the second from the end of the bridge. Thanks to Karen, Neil & Kevin for their support.
Once again we’re collecting the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and there’s a box for you to leave them in located just inside the door at the hall. Last year we collected a staggering 23,000 vouchers, which was over 5,000 more than the previous year.
Remember that the more vouchers we can collect means the less we have to spend from the group funds, so please collect as many as you can from friends and family too.
Once again Karen Hannah, our fundraising lead, has been awarded £1,000.00 for our New Hall Fund, by simply applying to her employer, Lloyds Bank, under their Matched Giving Scheme. Many large employers operate similar schemes, where they will match the fundraising efforts by their employees for causes such as ours.
Karen, Well done, thank you for all the energy and commitment that you have put in.