In a presentation ceremony and tour of the facilities today, Maggie and Jim attended the Miskin Theatre, on behalf of the 5th Dartford Scout Group, to receive their Award Certificate for ‘Best Youth Organisation‘. We thank everyone concerned in the nomination and voting process for recognising the 5th’s continued commitment to the social, physical and mental development of the youth in our community through a balanced programme and everyday adventure.
Section reports & writeup coming soon…
Below – a few pictures from the day; If you’ve taken any photos at this event and would like to include them in our archive, please email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonight Matt & James of the Earley-Troop attended a County presentation for the the Chief Scout Gold Award at Maling School, Maidstone. The VIP guest on this occasion was Tim Kidd, Chief Commissioner of England and the presentations were assisted by Dean Harding ACC Scouts. As always, Des Harris added some humor to the proceedings and James got the laugh of the evening when he volleyed one of Des’ jokes.
Whilst at the presentation, James was also formally presented with his Kent Scout’s gold volunteer award, which recognises 100+ hrs of voluntary service to the community.
The following album captures a few highlights from the evening.
Tonight 3 members of the 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Earley-Troop received their Chief Scout Gold Award. Matthew, James and Tom were presented with their awards by DC Paul Abel & DSL Wayne Tompkinson. This award is the highest attainable in the Scout section and represents a significant effort – very well done lads.
National Archery Competition 2013 – Phasels Wood
For the second consecutive year 5th Dartford Scouts took part in the Scout National Archery competition at Phasels Wood Activity Centre, however with growing interest we doubled last entrance: 12 Scouts, 1 Explorer and 5 Leaders. This year saw the largest participant field of 397 competitors in the 20yard Target, Clout and Field competitions. During the times were waiting to compete the Scouts were able to use the excellent camp site facilities: Climbing, Zip-wire, Crate Staking, Trampolines as well as the assault course. Although not brilliant sunshine all the time, the weather was relatively kind to us enabling us to compete in the sun and have a dry pack away.
The seven weeks training that we provided on a Tuesday evening before the event paid dividends with comments made by the Field Captains that all our participants were “knowledgeable, knew what they were doing and were excellent participants”. I am pleased to report that as well as everyone thoroughly enjoying the three different archery disciplines; James achieved 2nd Place u14 Fields Targets, Matthew achieved 2nd Place Clout u14, 1st Place 20yds Target u14 as well as highest scoring u14 in the category of ‘Supplied Equipment’ and won a compound bow for the group.
Many thanks to Gary, Lynn, Jim, Maggie and Jason for volunteering their time running the practice sessions coaching the scouts, Tim for being our first-aider and camp lead whilst at the competition.
Also a special mention to Kevin Wells, John and Pauline Butler who helped us set up camp on Friday evening and to Colin Hart helping us to unload and pack away the equipment on our return on Sunday. This was greatly appreciated by all of the leaders making it a whole lot easier for us to take the scouts camping and attending these sort of competitions.
I will look to post the final results of all our competitors once they have been released. If you have any photographs of the weekend please forward them to Paul@5thDartfordScouts.org.uk so that we collate them in to a presentation.
Today, 4 members of the Earley-Troop completed their Community Challenge award, by doing some garden work for local resident Mrs. Hershfield. The lads were only too happy to spend their Saturday morning digging over the vegetable patch and pressure washing the drive clear of unsightly moss. A good deed done and a badge well earned.
Tonight the Earley troop saw 4 new members invested; and whilst it’s always special, tonight’s was of particular importance because it was the first occasion that girls have been invested in to the troop. We welcome Lauren, Harriet, Taju and Liam to the troop.