37 hardened adventures from the 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Johnston ESU, Earley & Burne Scouts descended on Gilwell Park to attend the 2018 Winter Camp. Amongst our number were 6 leaders and two Ventures, Tara & Nora, from Dublin, who had linked up with us in a joint venture with Scouting Ireland. All the young people had a great time and new friendships were formed, which we hope will see a trip to Dublin in the not too distant future.
Joydens Wood Revisited by Philpott Beavers
On Saturday 30th September 2017 Philpott Beavers paid a return visit to the woods at Joydens Wood for an afternoon of fun after a fifteen month break. The intention being to see the woods in the Autumn months as opposed to the summer months.
We all had two and a half hours of fun, mini beast hunting, climbing trees, bark rubbing and finding chestnuts, acorns and fungi. The large empty bomb crater was ideal for running down one side and then back up the other. When the Beavers tired of this they collected logs of dead wood to make a ‘Beaver Lodge’ in the hole.
Half way round the circular walk through the woods we stopped for drinks and cakes and the inevitable kick about with a football.
Luckily for us the weather was kind which helped make the day most enjoyable.
The only downside to the day was the absence this time of the carved statues that had delighted us all on our last visit. All except the aeroplane had completely gone which was a real shame.
Beavers Halloween Party – Thursday 26th October 2017
Our annual Halloween party for all three Beaver colonies of 5th Dartford was a great success once again. We also invited parents and siblings to dress up and join in which resulted in well over 40 spookily dressed people turning up.
Teams of Beavers and parents started the games off by Space hopping up the hall then getting do-nuts off the line with just their teeth. Next was Halloween Bingo a picture matching game for children only. Then the Halloween story game in which everyone in the room was involved. Ooh Spooky!!
After a short break for refreshments washed down with Witches Brew, everyone got back in their teams for the traditional Apple bobbing and trying to retrieve a sweet from the plate of icing sugar, strictly No Hands Allowed.
Much to the relief of all the parents a game of Musical Bumps for the 28 children only finished the evening off and all departed with a Goody bag each.
Many thanks to my team of Leaders for helping the party run so smoothly
Having been nominated by staff at the Co-op in Chastilian Road, we have been awarded £4,615.60 from the Co-op Local Community Fund. Maggie and Paul attended the branch on Saturday 25 November to accept the award for our New Hall Fund and to talk with staff and shoppers alike about our plans for the future.
This year, to celebrate our centenary, we ventured to Les Maingys Scout Activity Centre, Guernsey as the destination for our Centenary Summer Camp.
R.N.L.I. visit Philpott Beavers Thursday 22nd June 2017
On one of the hottest days this year Terry Smith from the R.N.L.I visited Philpott Beaver Colony and showed the boys a short video about the Lifeboats followed by an interactive talk on Water Safety especially when on the beach. Continue reading
Over 150 people attended our annual activity day and AGM on Sunday, June 11th. Many of our young members gained access to the event via aerial runway. Our leaders ran the usual activities including a craft stall creating plaster hand casts, archery, rifle shooting, climbing and abseiling. Friends and volunteers were also responsible for making and selling cakes and the hot job of cooking burgers and hot dogs, as the Group enjoyed 5th Dartford weather of sun and heat all day. Continue reading
Cub’s Activity Day & Sleepover – Saturday 3rd June 2017
After the cub leaders scratching their heads with what to do this year for our cubs we thought why go away when we have got all we need at our head quarters. Apart from grass for camping, we had our luxury hall to sleep in.
At 10am 30 plus cubs arrived. The archery, shooting and climbing was all set up in advance. After splitting up the cubs into 3 groups we commenced with an hour and a half sessions on each activity with a break, light lunch and a cuppa. Continue reading