2011-02-27 – Cambria Voyager Cubs visit

Today, the 5th Dartford Scout Group was visited by the cubs and leaders from the Cambria Sea Scouts’ Voyager Cub Pack for a session of Archery, Climbing and Rifle/Pistol target shooting.  The cubs joined us just before 10am following a sleepover at Scout House and, as we were reliably informed, “Tons of Eggy Bread.”

The party was split in to 3 groups, which rotated round the activities with @ 45 minutes on each.  The visit ended @ 13:00 with all the young people having had a great time.

Many thanks to all the leaders, instructors and scouts who gave their time to make today possible.

A selection of the photo’s taken today can be seen in the gallery below.

2011-02-24 – Half-Term Fun For Burne Troop

Wonderful aroma’s filled the air at the Scout Hall this half-term, when the lads from Burne Troop tried their hands at making Vegetable Soup.  Peeling potatoes, chopping carrots, slicing leeks and adding those all important veggie stock cubes; and after a quick reminder on how to use a ‘Trangia’ set about cooking the soup to perfection.

One batch was then liquidized to form a ‘Smoothie’ and one left with the lumps.

Verdict:- Yummy!!

Then came the washing up, obviously not something they’re used to as they tried to dry up with a tea-towel still all neatly folded – They were soon put right!

2011-02-19 – Quiz Night

Leaders and Parents New & Old put their brains and taste buds to the test for an evening of fun at the annual 5th Dartford Scout Group’s quiz night.  They decyphered codes, had to recognize famous faces, test their spelling ability, taste the flavours in various fruit juices and remember music from the past. A profit of £143 went to Group funds and the triumphant team were presented with bottles of Bucks Fizz & Boxes of Chocolates.

Watch this space for the date of the next one.

2011-02-12 – District Five-a-Side

Today the 5th Dartford Scout Group was represented at the Dartford district Scout 5-a-side football competition by teams from both the Earley and Burne troops.  There were 9 teams in all, each with up to seven players including subs.  An excellent days sport was had by all and we saw some great football form both the 5th’s teams, but in the semi finals of the Plate, the Earley troop knocked out Burne in what was a thrilling match and then went on to win in the final, coming in 3rd overall. 

A special thanks to Earley team coach Phil Hannah for keeping the team fresh, balanced and in the correct positions to bring home this win. 


 More Photo’s to come soon……..

2011-02-11 – Earley Troop @ Pirates Cove

Tonight, the 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Earley Troop were offered the opportunity to tackle the high ropes at Pirate Cove, Bluewater (Formally Tree jumpers) for free –  Together with a reduced rate crazy golf too.

21 of our number turned out to test the course, which was set in a very clean and tidy surroundings. Everyone had a great time and I’m sure our lads have told all their non scouting friends what fun climbing is.

 Thanks to Pirate Cove and Kent Scouts for this opportunity.

2011-02-05 – Chief Scout Gold Award

Two members of the 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Earley Troop, accompanied by ASL Keith Furlong and their families, attended a Chief Scout’s Gold Award presentation ceremony to acknowledge and honour the achievements of scouts receiving this award in the last 6 months.  The ceremony, which took place at Holy Trinity Church, Margate, was presided over by Rosie Shepherd – Gilwell’s Programme & Development Advisor for 11-18yr olds together with County Commissioner, Kelvin Holford.  Of the 80 Kent Scouts at the ceremony, 25 of them were from Dartford –  a staggering 32%, which stands testament to the quality and scouting available in our district. 

Liam and Philip have been excellent scouts and demonstrate the quality of scouting at the 5th.  Both lads have graciously taken a step back as patrol leaders (PL’s) to assist with the training of new PL’s over the next few weeks, whilst they themselves link with the Johnston Explorers as they move on to the next leg of scouting. 

From all at the Earley Troop – Good luck lads.

We’re collecting 2011 Active Kids Vouchers

It’s that time again already folks – The 2011 Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers are now being offered in your local stores and the 5th Dartford Scout Group have a collection box just inside the door at the Scouts hall.  In each of the last two years we collected @ 15,000 tokens, which we were able to exchange for valuable equipment for use within every section.    With your help, we’d like to reach and hopefully beat that number in 2011.  Thanks in advance for your help.