Summer 16 – Broadstone Warren

summer_camp_smallThis year 5th Dartford Explorers and Scouts from the their three troops (Earley, Burne & Medcalf) camped as a group at Broadstone Warren going back to basics, focusing on bushcraft and scouting skills.

Saturday 30 Jul – Arrived for lunch setting up camp, and the on to the orienteering challenge locating the 20 points with in the  camp site 400 acres which is a part of the Ashdown forest. All members refreshed their knife, axe and saw knowledge and completed a safety assessment. Dinner of spaghetti bolognese was prepared beforehand by Karen which was enjoyed by all, followed by a wide game and hot chocolate and cake before bed.

Sunday 31 Jul – The leaders helped the scouts to locate the outstanding orienteering points and collected wood for patrol cooking later that evening. The first camp site activity of the Cube Course (High  Ropes) was undertaken. The Explorers and Scout patrols prepared spatcock chicken and vegetables for a roast dinner on a one fire which was very successfully followed by clear evening where were able to star gaze and identify the north star by the plough constellation.

Monday 01 Aug – The patrols continued with their own cooking in the morning preparing eggs (french toast, scrambled, fried) followed by pot holing exploring the artificial cave network finishing with a patrol competition of the quickest team through the system. Following lunch two teams were formed for the raft building, which were well built and withstood several laps of the pond until pirate raids of each vessel resulted in all getting wet. The evening meal comprised of own made burgers with mash and beans being centrally provided. The Explorers set up a hammock communion area. Then it started to rain.

Tuesday 02 Aug – The patrols cooked their own breakfast of bacon sandwiches, with the scouts championing the climbing and abseiling tower in the morning with Explorers manning the campsite dryer. In the afternoon fun and games were had on Water Rollers with the patrols preparing chicken wraps for dinner.

Wednesday 03 Aug – Sausages were cooked with Pioneering projects being constructed in the morning, the explorers building a catapult which throw footballs, and the scouts building an A-frame and tripod which could hold all the scouts, explorers as well as a few leaders. The scouts built their own shelters in the afternoon, however with the wood ants and other forest inhabitants they all slept in hammocks, with the Explorers having a fencing lessons with it being a curry night, Beef Madras and Chicken Korma was enjoyed by all.

Thursday 04 Aug – All enjoyed the Sumo Wrestling, with the older Scouts and a number of Explorers setting of for the overnight expedition with the those remains in camp partaking in the low ropes. Once again heavy rain was endured whilst on the walk, however stopped early evening allowing the walkers to dry out before arriving at Backlands farm their destination, with a combination of meals prepared on trangias and the new expedition tents being used by the scouts and explorers with the leaders string the hammocks in the trees.

Friday 05 Aug – The Scouts and Explorers navigated their way back to camp with the younger scouts cleaning out their tents and visiting the showers. All went shopping to Forrest Row shopping for Ready Steady Cook competition, enjoying ice-cream and sweets whilst there. The four patrols lead by the experienced explorers created four completed different 2 course meals which were of a very high standard, with the Paella winning. Once every thing was cleared away we enjoyed a blazing log fire sharing stories and song.

Saturday 06 Aug – With a centrally provided breakfast of cereals and bacon sandwiches all took to the task of striking camp with the parents collecting the youth members at lunch time.

I would like to thank all the leaders for all their help and assistance ensuring the camp, food, activities and young members enjoyed a safe activity filled camp, with many taking leave from work to make the camp possible.

Paul Boreham

2016-05-27 – Family Camp

famcampOn the last weekend of May, 5th Dartford Scouts held the annual family camp at Thriftwood Camp site near Brentwood with 130 people attending. Tim the camp leader organised a great programme of activities and events so that all the family could join in together having fun.

The activities on Saturday were Climbing, Abseiling, Cresta Run, Water Zorbing, Archery, Fire-lighting, Slack Lines, mini-crossbows, tent pitching, survival brackets plus rocket launching, in the evening a quiz night for the adults and a wide game for those who wanted to. Whist on Sunday morning there was the camp base activities, tomahawk throwing plus a frenzy of activity involving cardboard and parcel tape with families creating there vessels to enter the Cardboard canoe race. In the afternoon we assembled four teams to building our own rafts, sailing them around the lake without too many pirate skirmishes with the water activities finalising with the Cardboard Canoe race with 13 creations taking part, to much amusement and acts of seamanship, a number of crafts making multiple laps. The day ended as good day at camp should, with a roaring camp fire with everyone joining in the celebration, sketches and song.

Did I mention the fishing? I think we may have a few more enthusiastic anglers!

I believe the weekend was so successful because so many people volunteered, got involved as part of the team, participating in planning, making bookings, communicating, shopping, cooking, chopping logs, cleaning the kitchen/toilets, completing training, renewing activity permits, transporting equipment, setting-up and clearing-down. I would personally like to thanks all the attendees for joining in and making the weekend a fantastic family camp, appreciating the time and effort people took planning and providing the activities. A special mention for the kitchen team who provided bacon rolls for breakfast, Spaghetti Bolognese on Saturday and the BBQ on the Sunday.

NB: Next year is the 5th Dartford Scouts centenary with us looking to hold a special family camp where we look to involve as many members and their families as possible.

Competition Winners:

Whodunit

Lots of correct answers. So drawn from the hat the winning joint family entry was the Foster & Gubby Families.

Scavenger Hunt

Again a few families with an item for each letter. However, the winning family won with one of the funniest lists I have ever seen, including (V) very smelly sock; Well done the Hickmott Family.

Scrambled Picture

Lots of entries, but one entry did very well scoring 29 out of 33. Well done to the joint family entry from the Grigg/Crockford Families.

Tent Pitching

  1. Alice – 5:32
  2. Craig – 5:35
  3. David – 5:45

Cardboard Canoe Race

  • Decoration – Sea Monster
  • Design – Bloski
  • Sea Trial/Endurance – Russford captained by Lilly

Paul Boreham, Group Scout Leader

2016-05-14 – Jamboree on the Trail

badge201619th International Jamboree On The Trail  Saturday 14th May 2016

For the 16th year running walkers from 5th Dartford Scout Group joined the rest of the District walking along the Darent River Valley path from Sevenoaks to Dartford with members of the Group and their families joining in at various points along the way, including Otford, Eynsford, Farningham, Horton Kirby and a large Group of 24 from Sutton-at-Hone. Ages of participants ranged from 2 years – 72 years plus a dog or two.

The weather was kind, not to hot but dry throughout and every participant finished at Central Park Dartford by 4pm to be greeted with much needed refreshments and a badge for all who walked.

Well Done and Thank You to all participants. See you again next year!

Auntie Beaver

2016-05-06 – Ntl Archery Tournament

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Once again, a number of the 5th Dartford Scout Group represented us at the 11th National Scout Archery Tournament at Phasels Wood Activity Centre.  This year Delia led the camp and the team comprised of past and new competitors.  Well done to all who participated and a special mention to Matthew who took the shield in the U18 Longbow.  The full results can be reviewed here.

2016-03-25 – Easter Camp 2016

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Once again the 5th Dartford massive braved the changeable elements to face ‘Easter Camp’, our ‘Back to Basics Extravaganza.’ This year, Assistant Explorer Scout Leader, Sean took the camp lead to validate his Nights Away permit and plan an activity and fun filled weekend for our young adventurers.

It was a camp of many emotions, with absent friends who have moved on, or through study and/or work commitments were unable to attend; there were also two who will not camp with us again as young people due to reaching maturity or moving away…. BUT there were NEW faces full of enthusiasm and the 5th spirit who will take their place.

Activities on this camp included, but were not limited to, Fire lighting, Backwoods cooking, Kayaking, Water-Zorbing, Whittling, Survival bracelets, Fishing, Wide-Games, Easter Egg Hunt and above all…. Making new friends and team building.

Thanks again to Sean for a faultless plan, and the leaders and parents on camp who made it all possible and the parents who assisted with the muddy unload back at the hall.

Passport

Below are a selection of pictures from our weekend to give you but a taste…

2015-12-26 – Boxing Day Footy

2015 was a year no different from previous years when the 5th faithful came out under the guidance of manager Phil Hannah, to dust off the turkey cobwebs, and participate in the annual ‘5th Boxing Day Footy Match‘. This annual ‘All in‘ match has been an annual fixture in the group’s program, for all current and previous members, for longer than most would care to remember and for the last few years has been held at the Glentworth Club on Lowfield Street, Dartford.  The score was irrelevant, but the participation memorable, so well done all who were able to participate.BoxFootball15

Dave Monteith – Marathon Fundraiser

DaveTo all my friends and colleagues thank you for taking time to read this.

I have decided to run the London marathon on behalf of two charities; 5th Dartford Scouts’ ‘New Hall Fund’ and the Multiple Sclerosis society, as they are both very close to my heart with a Scout hall slowly breaking in half and with my wife Fliss being diagnosed with MS in 2013.

I know money is tight for everybody at the moment, but if you could dig deep just for a few pounds, even just to watch a fat boy try and run 26.2 miles. My donation page is Virgin Money Giving: DaveMonteith1

Yours David Monteith

2015-10-16 – Bisley Rifle Championships

badgeThis weekend saw 7 Scouts, 11 Explorers and 11 Adult members represent the 5th Dartford Scout Group at NSRA Bisley for the 39th Annual National Scout Rifle Championships. The weather was favourable and dry under foot, which meant we had an easy pitch and strike. Catering was once again looked after by Karen and Tracy and as usual, we couldn’t have managed without them.  A big well done to all our young competitors for being in the right place, at the right time and in the right frame of mind, but despite our best efforts, only Jason’s bronze medal in the knockout to add to our collection, although there were some noteable near misses, with Chris coming in 5th in the Biathlon with the 2nd fastest time and 1 target off bronze and James 8th on Fullbore, just 0.2 off bronze.  The edited results, both individual and by event/class are available to download below.Passport

 

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