Climbing Wall Staircase Donated

Many of you will by now have heard about or seen in the Gravesend Reporter, that Mr Adam Clarke of AKD Contracts, has donated a complete steel staircase, worth @ £25,000 to provide safe and permanent access to our climbing wall. Preparations for the slab, upon which the staircase will sit, have begun and we should expect the project to complete in just a few weeks time, so you’ll all be able to see it and put it to good use at our AGM on 8th June.  AKD Contracts


Donated Staircase

2014-03-01 – County Bog Seat Challenge

Archerarchery2014Around 40 Explorer Scouts representing ESU’s from all over Kent County attended the 21st annual Golden Bog Seat Challenge at Lower Grange Farm on 1st March.  The Challenge is an archery competition with a difference, where the district with the highest average score win the tournament and the lowest take home the ‘Bog Seat’ and are also responsible for arranging the next competition. We at the 5th are exceptionally pleased to announce that the two Explorers representing the 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Johnston ESU won the competition. Very Well done to the both of you.

2013-12-07 – Oliver with a Twist!

MiskinRadioWe were honored to be joined by some of team from Miskin Radio as the ’5th Dartford Players’ performed our production of ‘Oliver with a Twist‘. Throughout the evening, which included delicious cooked food and a raffle, we had a cracking time with singing and jokes and raised a couple of hundred quid for our New Hall Fund too. Check out the report on the evening from Miskin Radio here5th-Dartford-Scout-Evening

2013-12-01 – 97th Birthday Celebrations

It was a relatively mild Sunday morning when over 100 members of 5th Dartford Scout Group paraded down West Hill, with each section’s flags flying. Their destination was the Methodist Church in Spital Street. 

There we were all given a warm welcome by the congregation and joined in with their normal Sunday Service.

During the service, There were readings from Calum, George, Nathan & Nathaniel and following Paul’s summary of the year, a presentation for ‘Scout of the Year’, which this year went to the Earley-Troop’s James O’Brien and joint runners up Christopher Roscoe and Nathan Hart of Burne-Troop. After the service, refreshments were enjoyed by all before we paraded back.

After dismissal back at the hall, the Scouts and Explorers went bag packing at Crayford Sainsburys to help raise funds for the new hall and an adventurous activity in the New Year.   Meanwhile 70 Beavers and Cubs remained and enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by traditional party games until 3pm. This was a record amount of Beavers and Cubs to attend so the party was pretty hectic but fun nevertheless.


£500 Award from Kent Police.

KentPolice2We were recently awarded £500 by Kent Police to purchase new archery and rifle shooting equipment, following our Fundraising Team’s successful application to the Kent Police Property Fund.

The Kent Police Property Fund holds money generated from the sale, at auction, of unclaimed lost property and items seized in police operations. All the money raised at such auctions is used to help local charities support their work in the local community.

Maggie and Jim Lilleycrop kindly accepted the cheque on behalf of 5th Dartford Scouts.PoliceCheque

Sainsbury’s Local Heros

sainsburysLocal Heroes is Sainsbury’s scheme to recognise and reward the amazing contribution their staff make to charities and activities in the local community. The scheme offers matched funding for employees raising funds for charity and one such hero is Christina Boyd, who raised £190 for the 5th Dartford Scout Group this September, which Sainsbury’s have matched. This generous contribution is in addition to our status as Sainsbury’s Crayford’s local charity of the year where the staff and management are going all out to help us with our fundraising for our programme of adventurous activities for our young members. Well done Christina and thank you Sainsbury’s. Sainsburys