19th International Jamboree On The Trail Saturday 14th May 2016
For the 16th year running walkers from 5th Dartford Scout Group joined the rest of the District walking along the Darent River Valley path from Sevenoaks to Dartford with members of the Group and their families joining in at various points along the way, including Otford, Eynsford, Farningham, Horton Kirby and a large Group of 24 from Sutton-at-Hone. Ages of participants ranged from 2 years – 72 years plus a dog or two.
The weather was kind, not to hot but dry throughout and every participant finished at Central Park Dartford by 4pm to be greeted with much needed refreshments and a badge for all who walked.
Well Done and Thank You to all participants. See you again next year!
A party was held to celebrate The Queens 90th birthday. All beavers were told they could invite one parent and younger siblings to join in the fun and games and everyone must wear red, white and blue in some form.
The bunting put up, the tables laid street party style and the balloons inflated and then we waited to see how many would turn up.
What a magnificent turn out! All 24 Beavers arrived along with 3 Dads, 9 Mums, 2 Grandma’s and 7 Siblings.
Mixed age musical chairs, team game race to fill canes with ‘Walter Woggles’, pass the peas from one plate to another by sucking up a straw and finally musical bumps for all the children.
Halfway through everyone went outside and despite a chilly wind got tucked into red, White and Blue decorated cakes & chocolate biscuits all washed down with appropriately coloured fizzy pop. We even sung ‘Happy Birthday’ to her majesty.
A very big Thank You to all the adults who turned up and joined in the fun.
Saturday 5th March 2016 -venue Scout Hall and Scout House Broomhill Road
Twelve Philpott Beavers joined forty other Beavers from around Dartford District for a Fun with Food Day.
The bases included Marzipan Fruits, Mug cakes in a microwave, Pizzas on a barbecue, Iced Biscuits, mini Mississippi Mud Pies and Discovering Fish by touch, taste and smell. In the break, whilst enjoying a much needed drink, the beavers were tested on their food and safety hygiene rules.
After 3hrs of fun they all went home full to the brim and having attained their Cooks Badge.
To all my friends and colleagues thank you for taking time to read this.
I have decided to run the London marathon on behalf of two charities; 5th Dartford Scouts’ ‘New Hall Fund’ and the Multiple Sclerosis society, as they are both very close to my heart with a Scout hall slowly breaking in half and with my wife Fliss being diagnosed with MS in 2013.
I know money is tight for everybody at the moment, but if you could dig deep just for a few pounds, even just to watch a fat boy try and run 26.2 miles. My donation page is Virgin Money Giving: DaveMonteith1
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.
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.