Jamboree on the Trail Saturday 13-05-2017
5th Dartford were out in force again this year for the 20th Jamboree on the Trail. Leaders and Explorers started at Sevenoaks to walk the Darent River Valley path all the way to Dartford Park.
En route at Otford, Shoreham, Lullingstone, Farningham, Westminster Field and Sutton-at-Hone some 60+ Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and their families joined in along with other walkers from the whole Dartford District.
On arrival at the park the hundreds of walkers were welcomed with hot & cold drinks, choccy bars, crisps and of course the much coveted JOTT badge.
Very many thanks to all the organisers of the event, as always you did a grand job.
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.
A big thank you to everyone who voted for us!
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… 😉
Thank you to all our members for their innovated designs and drawings of our New Hall which they created as an activity during their sections meetings over the past month. These have been packaged together along with an artist impression provided by Chris from Explorers and submitted to Gilwell for judging.
- The Gilwell judging panel will shortlist 50 of the designs by 13th January which will be forwarded to the finals
- Judges from The Scout Association and the Shanly Foundation will select the winners, with the outcome being announced on 25th January.
George has taken on the sale of our very special 2017 commemorative centenary calendars at just £5.00 each….. Each section is represented on a different month, with both current and historical photos and key dates for parades, camps and other events pre-printed. All funds raised come directly to the group.
Please contact your section leader to place your order.