Birthday Parade December 2022

Celebrating our group’s birthday has always been a big event for the 5th Dartford Scout Group and this year was no exception, with a good number of young people attending the church service in the morning, which had us rolling with laughter, then tea and biscuits with the congregation before dissmissing and regrouping after lunch for a session at Ninja Warriors.

 

Summer Camp 2022 – #INTENTS# Thriftwood

With COVID19 lockdown memories fading, although still evident cautious guidance by TSA, the leaders agreed to keep this year’s summer camp close and easily manageable for all concerned. Hence when one of our local campsites Thriftwood advertised it’s set week’s summer camp with all the camping, activities plus day out to an adventure park, it seemed ideal for all concerned.

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Jamboree on The Trail – 25th Anniversary

This years JoTT was special in many ways: it was the 25th anniversary of the event, it was great to have District events up and running once again and be able to meet with many Scouting friends once again, what great countryside and walks we have surrounding us, as well as the wonderful weather reaching 24’C and not a cloud in the sky.

As usual an intrepid few from 5th Dartford started from Sevenoaks train station (17m), with more members joining in the procession back to Dartford central park where the District had organise an reception area to receive their event badges and socialise whilst they enjoyed their well deserved drinks and snacks. 

Congratulations to all who participated, from those Explores that ran it from Otford (start point 21m) to the Beavers that joined us at Westminster fields. 

Kind regards
Paul Boreham – Group Scout Leader

2022-04-22 – St George’s Parade

After a two-year hiatus a good many of our members were able to proudly parade our colours with other groups from the district. Meeting smartly at the hall, we paraded down West Hill and through the town centre, without impaling any shop signs or pedestrians, before joining the district and taking our place by the bandstand. The weather was very kind to us and after the formalities, we joined the parade around the park, receiving the grateful applause of flag waving parents and public; something our young folk have missed out on.  

2022-04-01 – Easter Camp @ Thriftwood

Having booked this camp for Easter 2020, it was a matter of changing the list of attendees and a new risk assessment.  7 leaders arrived at camp @13:00 to get set up and shop for the food, with 35 Explorers and Scouts arriving from 6pm to the first supper of 1/4lb burgers, followed later by cake and hot chocolate.  Saturday morning started early with porridge, cereal and bacon sandwiches, followed with 3hours of crate stacking, leap of faith and zip wire activities before a lunch of sandwiches, soup, crisps and fruit.  After lunch everyone went on a pre-planned hike in groups, which took @3hrs. Saturday’s evening meal consisted of Spaghetti Bolognaise and garlic bread.  Temperatures plummeted on Saturday night, so it was good forethought that we had booked ‘The Village’ at Thriftwood, which consists of heated huts and a fully equipped tented kitchen and dining area, although 8 Explorers and 5 leaders still preferred being under canvas, but everyone arose well slept, even the explorers who had spent most of the night at around the campfire. Breakfast on Sunday was again cereals followed by a cooked breakfast of sausages, baked beans and eggy bread, which went down very well. Activities on Sunday consisted of fields games, rounders, an Easter egg hunt and the all-important trip to the providor to load upon confectionary and camp souvenirs. At the end of camp, we awarded some prizes for various activities and issued everyone with a camp badge for their camp blanket and dismissed promptly at 15:00. Despite the weather being fresh, we were lucky to escape rain and saw much blue sky; looking forward to the next camp already…..

2021-12-05 – 105th Birthday

Meeting at the hall at 10:00, 42 of our Young People and leaders paraded our colours to the Spital Street Methodist Church to attend our Group’s 105th Birthday Service. Five of our young folk did readings and others assisted with the offertory. Group Scout Leader, Paul, presented some leadership awards and spoke of the troubled couple of years we’d had and thanked everyone for their efforts in keeping Scouting going.  After enjoying some refreshments and biscuits with members of the church we returned to the hall and dismissed for lunch.  The celebrations continued in the afternoon at Gravity, Bluewater, where we enjoyed a session of trampolining.