The forms are out and we’re booking for Scouts/Explorers Summer Camp 2013 on a first come, first served basis. The plan is to catch a train on 27th July from Dartford with our bikes (all kit will be on the van) to Dover, travel to Calais, France and then cycle to Gravelines for 8 days of Scouting adventure, before returning on Sunday 4th August. Application forms have been emailed, but you can download one here:[dm]102[/dm]
With a chill in the air more fitting to Winter Camp, 45 members of the 5th Dartford Scout Group ventured again to Thriftwood Scout Campsite in Brentwood for our annual Easter Camp.
Blessed with dry weather and a well stocked wood pile, all the facilities were there for the Scouts and Explorers to put into practice what they had learned over the years and for our prospective Patrol Leaders to accept responsibility and take charge of their patrols.
The theme was ‘Backwoods‘, with all meals being cooked by the Scouts, on an open fire, fueled by wood they cut, split and lit themselves. Other activities included climbing, Tent-peg carving, archery, wide games and fishing, where the largest catch of the day was landed by linking Cub Scout Lauren on her Saturday visit with Harriet.
On this camp a great many lessons were learned by all, but by far the greatest realisation for the Scouts was just how difficult things can be without proper planning and teamwork, especially when the breakfast fairy hasn’t done it all before they wake up 😉
This week the 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Collins Pack started work on the Cub Scouts Chef badge, where they prepared and made a ham salad, which they were then encouraged to try and eat if they wanted to. Next week we are moving on to the fruit salad part of the badge followed by cakes the following week.
It was a fresh and muddy Saturday afternoon, but the rain held off for the annual Dartford District Cross Country race. The 5th Dartford Scout group was well represented, although a few more faces would have been nice. All the members who turned out for their race did very well and tried their best regardless of where in the field they came, with some remarking on how much they had improved on previous years. And to our prize winners a very well done indeed and thank you to the leaders and family who were there to support our young folks adventure.
Working towards their Creative Challenge, 17 members of the 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Peacock Beaver colony visited Hobbycraft in Crayford where the youngsters made Mothers day gift boxes, which they had to cover in glue and stick different coloured tissue paper all over them.
The Leaders then put a couple of chocolates inside and the present was ready for Mothers day.
While they were there they had drink and biscuit all supplied by Hobby Craft and it was a most enjoyable evening made even more so as we were complimented on the Beavers good behavior.
Tonight the Phillips-Pack made chocolate laden bouquets and cards for mothers day and the evening was topped of with the investiture of three new Cub Scouts; Gemma, Robert and Rebecca. Welcome to the Pack and we wish you a great adventure.
At 1pm on a bright Sunday afternoon 90+ Beavers from all over Dartford District converged on Scout House and Lutonia Hall in Broomhill Road. The theme of the day was ‘The States of the U.S.A.’
11 of these Beavers were from 5th Dartford Philpott Colony and we represented the state of Kansas. Each beaver was given an outline map and as they visited each state they coloured it in on the map and took part in an activity. These ranged from making wooden aeroplanes, Mississippi mud pies, The statue of Liberty, The flag of Oregon which has a picture of a Beaver on. Red Indian headdresses, Tin Can Alley and Cars from Michigan plus much more.
A traditional American Hot Dog & Beans washed down with a soda pop followed and finally in true Scouting style a good sing-a-long round the camp fire.
4pm came round to fast but what a great afternoon.Well Done to all the Dartford District Beaver Leaders who all worked so hard to make the day the success it was.
Tonight, Lauren and Harriett of the 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Phillips-Pack, attended a district presentation at the Mayor’s parlor to receive the highest merit attainable by a Cub Scout – The Chief Scout’s Silver Award. Well done to you both.