Many of you will by now have heard about or seen in the Gravesend Reporter, that Mr Adam Clarke of AKD Contracts, has donated a complete steel staircase, worth @ £25,000 to provide safe and permanent access to our climbing wall. Preparations for the slab, upon which the staircase will sit, have begun and we should expect the project to complete in just a few weeks time, so you’ll all be able to see it and put it to good use at our AGM on 8th June.
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On a gloriously dry and sunny day we were well represented at this annual district event, with members from 7 of our 9 sections. For our younger members, the traditional cross country races were run, with Peacock Colony taking 1st place in the individual 6yr olds and 1st in the 7yr overall. Philpott Colony won the 6yr old overall and took 1st in the individual race for the 7yr olds.
Phillips and Collins cub packs were represented, with Collins pack taking the individual 3rd in the 10yr old race.
For the Scouts, there was an additional element; the ToughEnough assault course, which comprised of various obstacles designed to challenge the Scouts. The Earley Troop won 10 1/2-12yr olds overall event and 3rd place individual and the Burne Troop won the 12-14yr olds overall and took 1st, 2nd & 3rd as individuals.
Well done to everyone who competed or came to support the young folk, but a special well done to all of our winners.
On the weekend of March 1st and 2nd, the 5th Dartford Scout Group, as Sainsbury Crayford’s Local Charity of The Year, had the opportunity to pack bags for their customers once again to raise further funds. Thanks to all the leaders and young folk who turned out as your efforts earned us in excess of £1,200.00, so a very well done to you all. Whilst there, two of the Earley-Troop Scouts were photographed with 2012 Paralympian tennis ace, Marc McCarroll and Sainsbury staff, who were promoting Sainsbury’s involvement with Sport Relief.
Once again, we’re collecting the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers, which help us with the cost of some of our activity equipment for the younger members. As always, the collection box will be just inside the entrance to out hall.
At 5-15pm on Thursday 12th December Sainsbury’s at Crayford suddenly came alive to the sounds of carols being sung by over 70 5th Dartford Beavers and Cubs accompanied by their Leaders and some very willing parents/grandparents.
All wearing festive hats and great big beaver smiles. The big orange buckets soon started to fill with loose change from the generous customers as they finished their shopping.
After an hour and a half of singing and countless wishes of Merry Christmas the children went home tired and thirsty having raised the magnificent sum of £306.39 towards the Groups New Hall Fund.
Well done everyone who took part. I was very proud of you all.
Many Thanks too, to Sainsbury’s for giving us the opportunity to raise these funds.
We were honored to be joined by some of team from Miskin Radio as the ’5th Dartford Players’ performed our production of ‘Oliver with a Twist‘. Throughout the evening, which included delicious cooked food and a raffle, we had a cracking time with singing and jokes and raised a couple of hundred quid for our New Hall Fund too. Check out the report on the evening from Miskin Radio here.
It was a relatively mild Sunday morning when over 100 members of 5th Dartford Scout Group paraded down West Hill, with each section’s flags flying. Their destination was the Methodist Church in Spital Street.
There we were all given a warm welcome by the congregation and joined in with their normal Sunday Service.
During the service, There were readings from Calum, George, Nathan & Nathaniel and following Paul’s summary of the year, a presentation for ‘Scout of the Year’, which this year went to the Earley-Troop’s James O’Brien and joint runners up Christopher Roscoe and Nathan Hart of Burne-Troop. After the service, refreshments were enjoyed by all before we paraded back.
After dismissal back at the hall, the Scouts and Explorers went bag packing at Crayford Sainsburys to help raise funds for the new hall and an adventurous activity in the New Year. Meanwhile 70 Beavers and Cubs remained and enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by traditional party games until 3pm. This was a record amount of Beavers and Cubs to attend so the party was pretty hectic but fun nevertheless.
The 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Leigh Pack won the Asda Living Community Award @ Prospect Place in November, thanks to shoppers voting us the most worthy cause, by popping their little green discs in our bucket.