Merry Christmas Everyone

As another year of busy scouting at the 5th Dartford Scout Group winds up, we have time to reflect upon what we have achieved and recharge over the holidays for what we hope will be an exciting year ahead in 2011. On behalf of all the young people, assistants, instructors, leaders, executive committee and trustees, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and productive New Year too.

2010-12-17 – Earley Troop Scout Of The Year

Tonight at the 5th Dartford Scout Groups’ last scouting night of the year, the Earley Troop declared Robert “Three Horn Bob” of the Falcons patrol as Scout of the year and presented him with Bear Grylls’ latest book on scouting skills and fieldcraft “Living Wild“, which the leaders had signed. Robert won with a total of 71 1/2 points – a clear 3 11/2 points above his nearest rival.

On behalf of all at the 5th Dartford Scout Group, we congratulate Robert on his achievement and look forward to a promising 2011 scouting for him.

2010-12-16 – Philpott Beavers Christmas Games

Tonight the 5th Dartford Scouts Groups’ Philpott Beavers celebrated their last night before the Christmas break with a visit from ‘Clown Beaver’ and enjoyed the evening playing seasonal themed games.  All Leaders and Helpers over the last year were presented with small gifts of ‘Thanks’ and the boys took home their Goodie bags of Christmas items etc made over the preceding few weeks.

Merry Christmas to all
Auntie Beaver and team

New Years’ Eve Party Invite……..

It’s party time as always at the 5th Dartford Scout Group on New Year’s eve – 8pm ’till 1am. Bring your own drinks, nibbles and party spirit and enjoy the music with DJ’s Trevor and Sarah, with Karaoke for the brave too.  Invite extended to all members of the 5th, their families, friends and scouting colleagues too – the more the merrier.

Don’t sit at home on your own, come on down and see in the New Year with friends old and new.

Adult Admission is just £1 in the bucket, under 18’s are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Hope to see you all there…………

Winter Camp 2011 – Info, Kit List & Health Form

These attachments is are the official branded parents information pack issued by the event organisers, which includes useful maps, directions and parking permit; our recomended kit list for this camp and the health information form which must be completed for ALL campers. Adults health forms may be handed over in a sealed envelope, which can be returned unopened at the end of camp

Our reference for the parking permit is: 11WC2300-9327 and the onsite contact details as per the permission form.




2010-12-12 – Climbing Training and Assessments

After this weekends County training course for Leaders and Explorers, I would like to welcome Jason, Kay, Andy and Darren as newly qualified instructors to our Climbing team. Also Keith and Stu have successfully been re-assessed with Chris Furlong being reassessed and upgraded his Explorer Rope Leader to a full climbing & abseiling permit.

Paul Boreham (GSL)

2010-12-10 – Christmas Panto Visit

Some 70+ Beavers, Cubs and Leaders descended on the Orchard Theatre to see this year’s pantomime ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ with Bobby Davro. Oh no we didn’t – Oh yes we did! What a brilliant evening – full of fun and laughter from start to finish but best of all such well behaved boys who were a credit to the Group. Thanks to Debbie Prescott for organising the event. We look forward to next year and Peter Pan.


Auntie Beaver

2010-12-08 – Edwards Beavers Investitures

Tonight the 5th Dartford Scouts Group acheived a new milestone in its 94 year history when amongst the Edwards Beavers’ 4 new investitures there were two girls!  New group members Megan and Chloe joined James and Harrison for their investiture ceremony tonight, which was officiated by Maggie Lillycrop, where they made their promise and not only became members of the 28 million strong worldwide family of scouts, but gained the right to wear the distinctive red scarf of the 5th Dartford Scout Group.  

2010-12-05 – Scouts/Explorers Birthday Bowling

Today, 42 of the older members of the 5th Dartford Scout group made their way to the AMF bowling centre in Gravesend for an afternoon of Ten-pin bowling as part of the Group’s 94th birthday celebrations.  Each bowler played 3 games (a series) and there were competitions for under 18’s in the following categories: Lowest scoring single game, most misses overall, most spares picked up & most strikes, which will all be rewarded with a bar of chocolate, but the main competition is all about high scores, so there are Bronze, Silver and Gold medals to be awarded for both the highest single game and the highest series and yet more chocolate. Below are the medals table and the final scores. 

Congratulations to medal winners Adam, Lewes, Harry Z and Harry H.

2010-12-05 – Beaver & Cubs Birthday Party

After the church service a total of 54 Beavers and Cubs returned to the hall. Games were played (thanks to Ted) whilst some of The Leaders laid out a large buffet lunch. Then at 1pm we were visited by ‘Safari Pete’. First all the Beavers & Cubs had to search the grounds outside in the snow for wildlife and lo & behold a grass snake was found in the bushes.

Then it was back inside to be introduced to his many furry and feathered friends from a Barn Owl, Scorpion, Tarantula and Toad to a Skunk, Large Snake and the most popular Meerkat. The children (and the Leaders) where all allowed to touch, stroke and feel the animals as you can see in the photos below.

What an experience!! The look of delight on the faces of the boys and girls says it all

Auntie Beaver.