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.
download: AGM Newsletter - May 2015 (501.96KB)
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.
As you will recall, the 5th Dartford Scout Group were generously gifted a fantastic bespoke steel staircase by Adam Clarke of AKD Contracts Ltd. We are pleased to confirm the staircase has now been completed and brought in to use and we can hardly begin to thank Adam and his team of committed engineers for bringing this project to fruition.
In order to ensure only authorised and supervised access, we felt we had to include fencing and a lockable gate to protect the young folk in our care; once again Adam was quick to respond and upon visiting our site on Friday 20th March, he drafted plans and a quotation. It didn’t take us long to consider who best to approach to fund this additional work, and our first thought was Councillor Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council, who once again generously approved the funding under the council’s Salute to Youth community plan. This went through in record time and Adam’s team have almost completed; that’s planning, funding approval and completion within a fortnight!
We will update this post as soon as it’s completed, but we felt it was so important to publicly thank Councillor Kite and AKD Contracts Ltd. on behalf of all the young people in our community who will benefit from this fabulous and safe addition to the adventurous activities the 5th Dartford Scout Group offers.
Please come along and support this craft fair and it’s contributors, as a share of the admission fee comes directly back to our group. Continue reading
Today we celebrate 98 years of continuous Scouting at the 5th Dartford Scout group with a parade from our hall to the Spital Street Methodist church, followed by parties and paint-balling. Well done to everyone who attended and especially to our award winners and Harry and Nathan for their reading. Please read on for the GSL’s address and photo’s from the day. Continue reading
With your help we collected a fantastic number of Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers this year. The final count was 23,079 and they have been put to good use with new equipment to help us provide an active and balanced programme without increasing subscriptions. Once again thanks to all our parents and friends for letting us have your vouchers and a big thanks to Wendy for painstakingly counting out the vouchers and managing the ordering process. A picture below of all the items we were able to get. Continue reading
On 17th November, Johnston Explorers were joined by Steve, who’s father was a 5th leader in the past, and Tony from Leisure King for an exciting evening riding on Segways. With a course laid out around the hall, we donned helmets and were shown how to use the Segways before setting off around the course. Following this was a slalom relay race to test our skills. Continue reading