With the advance forecast looking somewhat inclement, it was decided that we would switch from our usual pitch at Thriftwood to ‘The Village’, comprising of a large permanent marquee with refrigeration, gas range, lighting and running water, together with 5 x 6 person bunk sheds and 1 x 4 person, the extra cost was well within contingency and given that it included all the gas we needed and saved us the fuel to transport all the tentage, tables, benches etc., was money well spent. The bunk rooms accommodated the Scouts, leaders and for the first time, 4 selected cubs from the Phillips Pack. The Explorers braved the elements in their tents, but with the experience they have gained from years of camping, they were snug as a bug.
Activities included a pioneering project, raft building (and piloting) and fishing on the well stocked lake. All the young people, Cubs included, cooked a Friday evening meal of sausages, mash and beans, Saturday morning, again cooked by the YP was an ‘English Breakfast’, lunch was prepared centrally between activities and in the evening everyone cooked Paella, with homemade garlic bread done in the ovens. Everyone ate their fill and the meal was a great success.
With a pirate theme for the camp, there were frequent shouts of ‘Arrrggghhh’ at roll call etc.
Alas not too many photo’s taken, but a few to get the flavor of the camp. However, everyone had a good camp, made even better with a swift strike and very little wet kit to unload and hang out back at base.
As many of you will know, our Megan from the Johnston ESU and Young Leader from Phillips Pack has been selected as one of 7 young people to represent Dartford as part of the Kent contingent, at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in west Virginia.
Each young person attending will need to raise just shy of £4000 to cover their costs and to help those in developing countries, who do not have the same fundraising opportunities.
Dartford district Scouts, the 5th Dartford Scout Group and Dartford Borough Council have been very generous in their support of Megan’s fundraising, but there is still a way to go and all donations and fundraising opportunities would be very welcome.
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 →
This year family camp we celebrated our centenary of scouting at Hope Hill Campsite, Meopham. Over the bank holiday weekend we had 108 campers, plus a number of visitors through out the weekend including Wendy the second time at camp the last time being 1992, as well as the County Commissioner Dean Harding and Youth Commissioners visiting Kent Scouts taking part in the Big Night Out celebrations (https://www.kentscouts.org.uk/1181). Continue reading →
This weekend the 5th Dartford Scout Group celebrated its Centenary – 100 years of continuous Scouting, where not even war could stop us….
Many thanks to Lyn Medcalf for arranging and coordinating the celebratory dinner at Hesketh Park pavilion, which was attended by Gareth Johnston MP & the Deputy Mayor of Dartford, leaders past and present, supporters and former Scouts from throughout our history. It was a really good evening and a great opportunity to share memories and stories. We enjoyed a fabulous Hog-Roast supper and a great live band.
On Friday 3rd June, Cubs from Phillips, Leigh and Collins Packs joined many other Cubs from the Dartford District to celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouting at the County Barn, Lower Grange Farm. The Cubs arrived at 18:00 to a drizzly start but it didn’t dampen their spirts. We had an opening ceremony followed by a wide game and after hot dogs and hot chocolate it was time for bed but unfortunately, for some, not time for sleep!
The Cubs treated the leaders to very early start on Saturday (4:45ish) which enabled us to be fed and watered, washed, dressed and tidied away before the day’s activities began. Each pack had a turn at climbing, archery, shooting, disc golf and craft activities. After dinner there was a disco and party games followed by a campfire with lots of singing. 5th Dartford followed this up with our own campfire, minus the singing, but we did toast marshmallows and had some fun with sparklers and all in bed and asleep by 22:15!
Sunday began with leaders having to wake most of the Cubs, revenge was sweet. The weather was kind and a morning of team games followed ending with a tug of war, Leaders against Cubs and after each team won twice, we called it a draw.
All the Cubs had a thoroughly enjoyable time. A huge thank you to the 5th Dartford leaders and young helpers, who made it all possible.
On the evening of May 11 it is alleged that the Phillips Cub Pack did make their way, in a southerly direction, to the North Kent Police Station with the intention of having fun and learning about the police service. We are assured that these allegations are well founded and with the photographic evidence below, to place them at the scene, the cubs were guilty as charged.
Many thanks to the Kent Police Service for allowing our young explorers to enter and leave and for showing them round the station and we hope they didn’t leave too much forensic evidence behind.
Once again, a number of the 5th Dartford Scout Group represented us at the 11th National Scout Archery Tournament at Phasels Wood Activity Centre. This year Delia led the camp and the team comprised of past and new competitors. Well done to all who participated and a special mention to Matthew who took the shield in the U18 Longbow. The full results can be reviewed here.
On Wednesday 27th April, Phillips Pack had a loose change challenge fund raising night.
All the cubs were asked to collect as much loose change & bring it in to make Scout badge signs & spell out “Well done Dave” for running the London Marathon & raising over £4,700 to be split between to the two charities.
All the money raised will be split between our New Hall Fund & the MS Society.
There is still time to donate to Dave’s Just Giving page HERE.
We raised £35.80 on the night. We will continue to collect loose change until our joint Cub’s sports day Friday 15th July.