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
On Saturday 30th September 2017 Philpott Beavers paid a return visit to the woods at Joydens Wood for an afternoon of fun after a fifteen month break. The intention being to see the woods in the Autumn months as opposed to the summer months.
We all had two and a half hours of fun, mini beast hunting, climbing trees, bark rubbing and finding chestnuts, acorns and fungi. The large empty bomb crater was ideal for running down one side and then back up the other. When the Beavers tired of this they collected logs of dead wood to make a ‘Beaver Lodge’ in the hole.
Half way round the circular walk through the woods we stopped for drinks and cakes and the inevitable kick about with a football.
Luckily for us the weather was kind which helped make the day most enjoyable.
The only downside to the day was the absence this time of the carved statues that had delighted us all on our last visit. All except the aeroplane had completely gone which was a real shame.
R.N.L.I. visit Philpott Beavers Thursday 22nd June 2017
On one of the hottest days this year Terry Smith from the R.N.L.I visited Philpott Beaver Colony and showed the boys a short video about the Lifeboats followed by an interactive talk on Water Safety especially when on the beach. 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 →
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. 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.