Tonight with the grateful help of Gary Missions, each of the Earley Troop patrols constructed and rode a hovercraft powered by an electric leaf blower.
This activity was the brainchild of Keith Furlong and was quite possibly one of the most successful evenings for some time, with everyone having a great time, despite the dust clouds.
This activity was made possible with the loan of the leaf blowers and scrounging of other supplies like Ply-board, staples, DPC sheeting and gaffer tape and the cost to the group was amazingly less than £12. In order to run this activity again, perhaps at short notice, it would be great to have a leaf blower or two in the stores, so if you once bought one on a whim and it just sits in the shed, still in its box – why not donate it to the 5th Dartford Scout Group, where we will make use of it.
If you can help, please email me at Jason@5thdartfordscouts.org.uk
Even us leaders had a go – weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee………….
On Saturday 23rd Jan, the 5th Dartford Scout group were the guests of Dartford football club for a tour of the stadium, its facilities and a practice session on the training field followed by reserved seating for the game against Carshalton Athletic, which resulted in a 1 all draw. After the match, the boy’s also had the opportunity to get the players signatures on the complimentary programs they were given.
A fantastic day was had by all as you’ll see in the following pictures and a big thank you to physio Dave, Manager Tony and all the management team and players for making us all so welcome.
The 5th Dartford Scout Group braved -7 degree temperatures and fields of snow to camp at Gilwell Park Activity Centre, the home of Scouting and outdoor adventure, to represent Dartford as the only group in the district to attend this annual event.
Every January, Winter Camp provides the opportunity for Scouts to take part in over 70 adventurous and fun activities ranging from abseiling to zorbing.
In total, over 1,800 boys and girls aged between 10-18 along with over 600 adult Leaders enjoyed the experience of sleeping in tents for two nights, cooking on open fires and enjoying a packed snow filled programme overseen by a team of 200 adult volunteers.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls, who is well known for his adventures around the world, said: ‘Every young person deserves an adventure. It’s great to see that so many young people are getting stuck into adventurous activities like climbing, abseiling, quad biking and having a go on the high ropes, all in the coldest month of the year.’
Everyone at the 5th had a fantastic time and a big thanks to the leaders who gave their time to ensure our members have memories and experiences they will treasure for life.
From everyone at the 5th Dartford Scout Group, we wish you all a very Happy, prosperous and generous New Year and hope that all of your goodwill, support and efforts will continue into the new decade to ensure scouting at the 5th Dartford Scout Group will continue to offer the standard and diversity of programme to which our members have become accustomed.