Thursday 25th October 2018 was the date for this years joint Halloween party with Philpott Beavers and Peacock Beavers together.
Also invited were their parents and siblings which resulted in 40 people altogether joining in the usual Halloween games of Getting the doughnut off the string with teeth only, no hands allowed. Halloween picture matching for the younger ones. The Halloween story game for everyone in the hall and the traditional Apple Bobbing finishing with a game of musical bumps for children only.
This year we were lucky enough to have two special ‘Guests of Honour’ One of the first ever Philpott Beavers from almost 34 years ago Malcolm Medcalf and one of the first ever Peacock Beavers Ashley Hurd. It was great that they were both able to join us.
Everyone also got tucked into a Spooky feast of Pizza Fingers, Mini Quiches, Sausage rolls, etc Skull decorated cakes and Fizzy Pop.
All the children were given Ghoulish Goody Bags to take home.
I would like to thank all the parents who turned up and joined in all the fun for being such good sports.
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
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 →
To complete their Faith badges, the Peacock Beavers visited Christchurch Dartford to learn about the church and its history from youth worker, Lynne Parkinson, and had a chance to explore. The evening ended with all of the Beavers being presented with their Faith badges by Lynne.
The Peacock beavers were amazed when given the chance to watch volcano erupting at the scout hall, and after learning about how the ‘eruption’ happens, they are now all on their way to earning their Experiment badge!
Working towards their Faith Activity Badge, Peacock Beavers visited the Sikh Temple (Gurdwara) in Dartford for a tour and to learn about Sikhism. After the short walk from the Scout hall we were very warmly welcomed to the Gurdwara. We then covered our heads as a sign of respect and were given an introduction to the Sikh religion. After this, we went into the main hall where we watched some videos about what happens on a daily basis in the Gurdwara and had some of our questions answered. All of the beavers thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned a lot, so a very big thank you to everybody who made us feel so welcome.
Peacock Beavers recently won the ASDA Greenhithe Community Life Award as a result of shoppers voting us as the most worthy cause by placing their little green tokens from the checkouts in our collection bucket.
This morning two members of Peacock Beavers visited the store and were presented with a very generous cheque for £200 to be spent on future activities for the colony.
Following on from the success of the Collins Pack visit to Bexleyheath Police Station, it was the turn of the Peacock Beavers. After some discussion about how to stay safe and what to do in an emergency, the beavers had their fingerprints taken before being locked in the cells! Following this they got a chance to climb inside a Police van and try out riot shields. The visit ended with the Beavers being presented their safety badges by a police officer.
Peacock Beavers have recently been working towards achieving their Teamwork Challenge badges. After learning about the importance of working as a team through some parachute games, teams of 4 were formed… The challenge – to build the tallest tower possible using only spaghetti and a bag of marshmallows. Both teams did very well, building two very different towers (as the photos show!), with plenty of marshmallows left at the end for eating… 😉
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.