The Earley-Troop, originally simply named the 5th Dartford Scout Troop, was established in 1916 and renamed in 1986 in honor of one of the great 5th Dartford characters and contributors – Tich Earley, (See if you can find him in our History pages).
We would like to think of ourselves as a lively, robust and competative troop and have a lot of fun being land Scouts and benefit from leaders with many years of scouting experience, with many activity permits and qualifications.
Some of our regular activities include, but not limited to Climbing, Abseiling, Boldering, Rifle & Pistol Target Shooting, Archery, Pioneering, Expeditions, Games, Cooking, Fire lighting, Axe & Saw, Gilwell Winter Camp, Bisley National Target Shooting Weekend, Back Woods Easter Camp, Group Summer Camp and more recently, the National Scout Archery Tournament/Camp.
Membership is welcomed from boys & girls aged between 10.5 & 14, but Cub Scouts may start to link to us a few weeks earlier. We mainly have our folk join / link to us from the Leigh Cub Pack or Phillips Cub Pack, however we also have others who join directly, having never been Cubs or Scouts before. Upon reaching the age of 14 we look to complete any outstanding badge work and then transition their move to the next section – Johnston Explorers.
Earley Troop Leadership Team:
Jason O’Brien (Scout Leader): Jason@5thdartfordscouts.org.uk Tel: 07712 820 037
Louise Topliffe (Assistant Scout Leader):
Alternativly, for esculation:
Paul Boreham (GSL): Paul@5thdartfordscouts.org.uk
What have we done recently?:
- 2013-10-18 – Bisley 2013
After a troubled journey, the Scout van arrived at NSRA Bisley for the 37th National Scout Rifle Championships and was met by the 32 strong party consisting of teams representing the 5th Dartford Scout Group and Dartford ESU. Pitching camp, although a little late, was straight forward with good weather conditions and the urn was on in no time.
This year we were smartly turned out in our new ‘Masters @ Arms‘ shirts, which were sponsored by ITM Ltd, Dial-a-Cab, Travis Perkins, Call-Sign Magazine & The Six Bells Public House. A number of folk complimented us on our new attire and we thank our sponsors wholeheartedly for their support and generosity.
This years competitors were a good mix of experienced target shooters and new recruits who had little experience, but that was not necessarily reflected in the results, which are published below.
Well done to all the competitors, you all made it to your events on time and competed in good spirit and sportsmanship with 7 of you being placed within the top 20 in a National Event: Nathan Hart took silver in the <14 Biathlon, bronze in the Knockout and 15th in the Field Targets; Brian Lloyd took the silver in the 6yd main rifle, Kay O’Brien took 6th in Full-bore and Del Hurd taking 10th place; Henry McCarron was placed 7th in Field Targets with older brother George taking 17th in the .22 small-bore; and finally Matt Randall placing 6th in the Biathlon.
A big thanks to all the leaders & instructors for making the camp possible, especially to Karen and Tracy for all the shopping and getting up early to ensure we were all well fed and to Neil for helping us keep the van going when we were stood scratching our heads.
The date for next years tournament is 17/19 October, so watch out for the team sheets @ Easter.
download: Bisley13_Results_Dartford (19.49KB)
Full result listings here.
- 2013-07-27 – Gravelines 2013
39 adventurers from the 5th Dartford Scout group traveled by rail, sea and bicycle to la Ferme Daulet, Gravelines, France for our Summer Camp. The weather was favourable for the journey and setting up of camp in a secluded walled garden, before the heavens opened for our one and only storm. Along the way, we met a lone cyclist ‘Joe’ a young Californian who was making his way round Europe, who we invited to join us for dinner and a quiet corner of the field to pitch for the night. Facilities at the site were great, with good hot showers and modern washrooms, although the unisex ideal took some getting used to. A rarity for camp, but we had power, a large fridge and strip lighting in the kitchen tent, which really helped.
Activities included lots of cycling as this was by far the most efficient and cost effective method of transport, with most things within just a couple of miles. We spent a fair bit of time at the beach (la plage du petit-fort-philippe), which is very large and flat, with the tide going out a long way, lending itself perfectly to activities such as cricket, football, volleyball, power kiting and char à voile (sand yachts), which we took part in. Away from the beach, the Scouts enjoyed the high ropes course, a day at Le PAarc water park, boating around the fort and Dragon Boat racing. For the stronger cyclists, there was a ride out to the Eperlecques ‘Blockhaus‘ Bunker and for the rest a relaxing day trip to Oye-Plage beach.
Food was good as always, with all campers split in to daily ’Duty Patrols’ with the responsibility of food preparation, cooking and cleaning (including toilets), which works out well and is proven to be the fairest way to share the jobs. Enjoying, the local produce, we had fresh baguettes and croissants delivered daily for breakfast and lunch and even a delicious birthday cake for Nathaniel’s 13th birthday. Ready-Steady-Cook is always a favourite with the Scouts having been given a budget of 20 euros per Duty Patrol and time to plan their meal, they were sent out to the shops to buy all the ingredients they needed, with some interesting results. Our host, Alain Letreux ‘Castor’ acted as judge and awarded points for originality, presentation and for coming in on budget, before joining the leaders table for a very civilised meal indeed.
We had the honour of being invited to a presentation and reception at the mayor’s chambers, which we all attended and everyone was given souvenir caps, lanyards and key rings, followed by a take-away meal in the town square.
Towards the end of our stay, visitors from 25 nations, some of whom were Scouts, joined a camp in the adjoining field and we had the opportunity to integrate with them and join in a song or two.
French News article here
- 2013-06-15 – District Scout Triathlon
In 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.
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.
- 2013-06-01 – County Gold Awards
Tonight 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.
The following album captures a few highlights from the evening.
- 2013-05-31 – Chief Scout Gold
Tonight 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.
Anti-bullying Policy, Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures
All members of the Earley Troop are expected to have respect for themselves and for other people. We have listed below the policy and codes that we have agreed with the scouts in one of our sessions. Parents or carers of our members are required to support these policies and to support the group, its officers and leaders in their implementation. The application of these policies and rules helps to ensure that everyone get the full benefit and enjoyment from membership of the Scout Association.
What we like and what we expect from our Leaders.
- We expect our Leaders to share what they know and provide a balanced and exciting programme.
- We want to do activities including Camping, Shooting, Climbing, Abseiling, Back Woods Cooking, Archery, Light Fires, Use Axes and Saws.
- We want to Make Friends, Gain Experience, Learn Skills, be part of a TEAM and do all this in a safe and fun environment.
- We understand and accept that in order to have the above, that we must agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.
- We DO have respect for everyone as individuals, whatever their differences.
- We DO take bullying seriously, it’s not “just a bit of fun.”
- We DON’T accept any bullying behaviour including, but not limited to:
- Physical violence
- Being Left Out
- Spreading nasty rumours either in person, text, email or on Social Networking sites.
- Stealing, damaging or hiding other people’s possessions.
- Any other way of making people feel bad.
- We DO report any bullying we see, whoever it’s aimed at. It should be reported to a Leader or to someone else we trust like our Patrol Leader or a Young Leader.
- We DO take someone seriously if they tell us they’re being bullied, and we also don’t watch others being bullied without doing something about it.
- We DON’T just put up with bullying. We DO make sure something is done about it.
Code of Conduct
- We DO follow the Group’s Anti-bullying Policy.
- We DO have respect for ourselves, all other members of the Group and people who come to visit us.
- We DO come to Troop Meetings regularly.
- We DO wear our uniform respectfully, with pride and correctly for appropriate events such as flag break.
- We DO keep our Scout Promise and abide by the Scout Laws.
- We DO keep quiet if a Leader or Instructor is speaking to us and we DO listen to what he or she is saying.
- When at a flag break we DO stand still facing inwards to the circle.
- We DO remain quiet.
- We DO stand at Alert or PROPERLY at Ease and without leaning against the wall etc.
- We DO raise our hand and wait our turn if we wish to speak to the Leader in charge.
- We NEVER shout out, giggle or talk amongst ourselves.
- We DO keep our hands and feet to ourselves.
- We DO NOT push, pull, punch, kick, scratch, bite or physically abuse anyone else.
- We DO NOT throw objects at anyone or anything else unless it is part of an authorised activity.
- We DO listen carefully when rules of an activity are being explained.
- We DO NOT lie or cheat.
- We DO NOT deliberately cause damage or mess to property or equipment
- We NEVER spit or swear.
1. If a Scout is being disruptive or not following the Rules of Conduct he will be given an official warning by a Leader.
2. If unacceptable behaviour continues in the same meeting, a Leader will give the Scout a second official warning.
3. If the unacceptable behaviour continues in the same meeting, the Scout will be excluded from participation for the remainder of the meeting and his parents will be informed of the behaviour at the end of the meeting. If the young person is unrepentant, a suspension from the following meeting may be issued.
4. A serious single incident (e.g. violence or threatening the personal safety of members) may also lead to an immediate suspension for the rest of that session and the next session.
5. A Leader will always notify a parent/guardian, informing them of the suspension.
6. On the occasion of the 3rd suspension of a Scout in any one term, the leader will consult with the Group Scout Leader (GSL) and request the young person be excluded from the Troop or indeed the 5th Dartford Scout Group.