2016-06-03 – District Cub Camp


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.


2015-12-26 – Boxing Day Footy

2015 was a year no different from previous years when the 5th faithful came out under the guidance of manager Phil Hannah, to dust off the turkey cobwebs, and participate in the annual ‘5th Boxing Day Footy Match‘. This annual ‘All in‘ match has been an annual fixture in the group’s program, for all current and previous members, for longer than most would care to remember and for the last few years has been held at the Glentworth Club on Lowfield Street, Dartford.  The score was irrelevant, but the participation memorable, so well done all who were able to participate.BoxFootball15

2014-11-15 – Murder Mystery

mysterySATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2014 6.30pm

Whether you’re a LADY or a TRAMP, an ARISTOCAT, A LION KING, or LITTLE MERMAID – time to be BRAVE , pick up MARY & POPP – IN to our Scout Hall where INSPECTOR GADGET needs your help.

Yes folks another chance for the whole family to enjoy a Saturday Night out together, dressed in Scouting uniform, camp clothes (onesys, tracksuits etc) or this time your FAVOURITE DISNEY CHARACTER – (prize for best costume.)

All you need for a great night out – which for our SLEEPING BEAUTIES usually finishes about 10 o’clock, is your own crockery, cutlery and drinks, and you’ll all be fed some of the 5 ths legendary Camp Food – with a 4 course meal for all.

The evening starts with a Leader getting MURDERED! (again) (not gory/non violent) then between courses you and your table of up to eight get the chance to try and work out by the visual clues – WHODUNNIT, when the story of the investigation is played out for your entertainment by the 5ths legendary players, as well as hopefully our legendary cubs and beavers.

With songs from films like Jungle Book, Toy Story, Mary Poppins and Frozen plus a raffle we hope you can all come along and join in the fun.   Tickets £10 per Adult , £5 per Child (U14) available from any leader. All proceeds to New Hall Fund.

So like PETER PAN, you never grow old of the films and songs, no need to SHRINK THE KIDS – bring them with you! You may not be FINDING NEMO but you might find the Guilty Party, and unlike CINDERELLA – you’ll be well home by midnight – it’s hardly a HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL!.

2014-03-08 – Night @ The Races


A big thank you to all those attended this years ‘Race Night’ with 97 people in attendance we raised a fantastic £890 for this years summer camp. It was great to see so many families enjoying the evening, there were two combination prizes of £32 won on race 4 & 8, with £10 cash prize and a bottle of bubble presented to the first six winners, a large chocolate bar was presented for the children’s race and then a £50 prize for the final auction. With the money raised we are able to keep the cost of this year summer camp to an affordable amount for our Scouts and Explorers and arrange a sailing and kayaking day at Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre. 

Please keep a look out for our future fun – fundraisers: Murder Mystery, Casino Night & London bridges walk ending at the HoP.

2013-04-27 – Canoe Done it?

mysteryAnother success for the 5th Dartford Players with their non-violent ‘Canoe Done It?” mystery, which was well attended as usual.  Cast member Darren was the culprit on this occasion having sabotaged the canoe race for financial gain! However, he was rumbled and the only one to gain on the night was our New Hall Fund as the evening raised £469.24

Thank you to everyone who supported this evening and to the cast and catering team for making it such an enjoyable evening. Continue reading

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers

sainsbury-voucher2012Once again, The 5th Dartford Scout Group are collecting the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers, which help us to replace and maintain equipment.  This year’s scheme started on 30th January and will run until 22nd May, so a much longer run than last year.  The usual collecting box will be just inside the door at the hall for this years vouchers.

2013-02-02 – Quiz Night

Well as usual, Del & Wendy’s annual 5th Dartford quiz night was a sell out success with the hall packed to capacity and everyone participating.  The winning team was headed up by Burne Troop’s Tim Roscoe. We’re pleased to announce that after prizes etc there was a proffit of £297, which will be put to good use within the group. QUIZ (Medium)Thankyou to everyone who attended and had a great evening and especially to Del and Wendy for hosting the event.

2012-10-06 – Mamma Mia Fundraiser

Despite a lower than hoped attendance, the 40 or so who came to our Mamma Mia fundraiser had a great time watching and singing along to this iconic film and many had really pushed the boat out with their costumes to add to the party atmosphere as you’ll see in the photo’s bellow.  Younger members helped raise funds, by making and selling popcorn, sweets and ice creams and handing out hot dogs, which came in the price of the ticket.  Another successful social evening where we raised over £200 for the New Hall Fund.

2012-05-31 – Philpott Jubilee Party

Philpott Beaver Colony Queens Diamond Jubilee Party 31st May 2012

The 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Philpott Beavers enjoyed a traditional party on Thursday 31st May to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee and luckily for us ‘Before the rains came’. 21 Beavers all dressed in red, white and blue arrived and joined in the games of musical chairs, balloon races and musical bumps. At 4.45 we stopped the games picked up our crowns and went outside for a lovely tea-party. Sandwiches, crisps, sausages, festive cakes all washed down with a bottle of pop. We raised our glasses (paper cups) to the Queen and finished with all invested members renewing their Beaver Promise.

As it was Joey Junior’s (Ashley) birthday on Sunday we replaced his crown with the birthday hat and sang to him much to his embarrassment .

All in all a jolly good time was had by all.

Auntie Beaver 

London to Brighton for British Heart Foundation

On the 26th May myself, Stuart, Darren, Zara, Dan, Fra, Dave, Adam and a couple of others AKA “Ryan’s Rino’s” are doing the 60 mile London to Brighton Night ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

As some of you may know our son Ryan had to have an operation at the start of the year to fix a hole in his heart.  Thanks to the research carried out by this great charity Ryan is on the mend and jumping around like a 2 year should be!

I know times are tough but we would really appreciate it if you could sponsor us – every little helps!!!

Please click here to visit our Just Giving page.

Thank you and wish us luck!!!

Vicky Watts

Edwards-Colony Beaver Leader