2013-06-15 – District Scout Triathlon

triathlonIn an event that takes so much organisation and planning, it would have been nice to see more Scouts turn out for this event, but for the Scouts that did, including 12 from the 5th, there were some excellent sporting effort made. The Earley Troop fielded two three man teams in the 12+ category, two 12+ individual entries and an under 12 team, whilst Burne Troop had an individual entry in both the under 12 and 12+ categories. Cover

Below, a few pictures from the event and the long awaited results…..


Under 12 Boys – 3rd Place – Sean Powley (Burne)

Over 12 Boys – 4th Place – Charlie Wilcox (Earley)

Over 12 Boys – 5th Place – Chris Roscoe (Burne)

Over 12 Boys – 7th Place – Jordan Fowler-Newnan (Earley)


Under 12 Boys – 2nd Place – Chris Wells & Toju Uwejamomere (Earley)

Over 12 Boys – 1st Place – Matt Randall, Tom Hannah & James O’Brien (Earley)

Over 12 Boys – 2nd Place – Angus Gardner, Henry McCarron & Ben Jones (Earley)

Well done to you all.

2013-06-10 – Miskin Award for 5th

In a presentation ceremony and tour of the facilities today, Maggie and Jim attended the Miskin Theatre, on behalf of the 5th Dartford Scout Group, to receive their Award Certificate for ‘Best Youth Organisation‘.  We thank everyone concerned in the nomination and voting process for recognising the 5th’s continued commitment to the social, physical and mental development of the youth in our community through a balanced programme and everyday adventure.2013-06-10 - Youth Organisation of the year

2013-06-06 – Philpotts @ Hobbycraft

1Hobbycraft at Crayford played host to 16 Philpott Beavers at 4.30pm on a very warm Thursday afternoon.

Father’s Day gifts were the order of the day and after a warm welcome from Debbie & Kirsty and a few ‘house rules’ and a toilet run we set to work cutting and gluing various small pieces of patterned tissue paper to transform plain grey cardboard chests into colourful boxes which we later filled with chocolates.

During our visit the boys were also given a much needed drink and biscuit and after a round of applause for our most welcoming hosts the Beavers were collected by their parents at 5.50.

Our thanks to Hobbycraft, we look forward to visiting you again.

2013-06-01 – County Gold Awards

gold-awardTonight Matt & James of the Earley-Troop attended a County presentation for the the Chief Scout Gold Award at Maling School, Maidstone. The VIP guest on this occasion was Tim Kidd, Chief Commissioner of England and the presentations were assisted by Dean Harding ACC Scouts. As always, Des Harris added some humor to the proceedings and James got the laugh of the evening when he volleyed one of Des’ jokes.   DSCN3320

Whilst at the presentation, James was also formally presented with his Kent Scout’s gold volunteer award, which recognises 100+ hrs of voluntary service to the community.James_Volunteer_Gold

The following album captures a few highlights from the evening.

2013-05-31 – Chief Scout Gold

gold-awardTonight 3 members of the 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Earley-Troop received their Chief Scout Gold Award. Matthew, James and Tom were presented with their awards by DC Paul Abel & DSL Wayne Tompkinson. This award is the highest attainable in the Scout section and represents a significant effort – very well done lads.


2013-05-30 – Beavers Coronation Party

60 years Coronation Party

On Thursday 30th May 2013 the three 5th Dartford Beaver Colonies joined together to celebrate 60 years since Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II was crowned (albeit a few days early)

Twenty Five Beavers all dressed in red, white and blue arrived to find the hall decorated with bunting and the Leaders dressed up to suit the occasion. First item on the agenda was to decorate a crown using an abundance of different craft materials from beads and feathers to glitter and ribbon etc.

Then the games began. Bash the balloon, Musical Chairs and Pass the Parcel which included forfeits such as Sing the National Anthem, Draw a picture of the Queen and the ever popular 10 Press-ups.

On went the crowns and we were all seated at a festive table full of yummy cakes, chocolate biscuits and a big cup of fizzy pop all colour co-ordinated of course.

Whilst eating the Beavers were shown copies of original newspapers from the day and also the Coronation mugs and plates that were given to all children at the time. Memorabilia of some of our older Leaders present at the party.

Another game of Musical Bumps to burn up all the calories and it was time to go home.

Before they left each Beaver was presented with a commemorative key ring, Union Jack sweets and a lollipop.

Congratulations Your Majesty, Long May You Reign