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.
As part of the ‘Our World’ Challenge badge, Collins Pack visited our local Fire Station where the Fire Fighters gave a guided tour, explaining about the control room, vehicles and tools used for different situations. The Cubs had an opportunity to dress up in all the protective clothing, learn how to use a hose followed by a question and answer session at the end.
A big thank you to David, Dave and all the fire station staff for looking after us so well and making us welcome.
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.
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.
As in 5th Dartford Scouts usual tradition, those who could participated in Dartford Town remembrance service held on Sunday 13th November with 46 Cubs, Scouts and Explorers and 12 Leaders showing their respect at the war memorial, then parading with the armed services and other civil associations saluting Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Kent, The Worshipful Mayor of Dartford John Burrell and MP Gareth Johnson.
Back in March each six from the 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Leigh Cub Pack planted potato seeds, which we grew and tended outside the hall and last week we dug them up and had a weigh in with a total of over 5kg (10lbs.)
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.