It was a relatively mild Sunday morning when over 100 members of 5th Dartford Scout Group paraded down West Hill, with each section’s flags flying. Their destination was the Methodist Church in Spital Street.
There we were all given a warm welcome by the congregation and joined in with their normal Sunday Service.
During the service, There were readings from Calum, George, Nathan & Nathaniel and following Paul’s summary of the year, a presentation for ‘Scout of the Year’, which this year went to the Earley-Troop’s James O’Brien and joint runners up Christopher Roscoe and Nathan Hart of Burne-Troop. After the service, refreshments were enjoyed by all before we paraded back.
After dismissal back at the hall, the Scouts and Explorers went bag packing at Crayford Sainsburys to help raise funds for the new hall and an adventurous activity in the New Year. Meanwhile 70 Beavers and Cubs remained and enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by traditional party games until 3pm. This was a record amount of Beavers and Cubs to attend so the party was pretty hectic but fun nevertheless.
The 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Leigh Pack won the Asda Living Community Award @ Prospect Place in November, thanks to shoppers voting us the most worthy cause, by popping their little green discs in our bucket.
Akela John, accompanied by older cub Thomas, were presented with a cheque for £100, to be split 50/50 between the pack and the new hall fund.
The Kent Police Property Fund holds money generated from the sale, at auction, of unclaimed lost property and items seized in police operations. All the money raised at such auctions is used to help local charities support their work in the local community.
Maggie and Jim Lilleycrop kindly accepted the cheque on behalf of 5th Dartford Scouts.
Local Heroes is Sainsbury’s scheme to recognise and reward the amazing contribution their staff make to charities and activities in the local community. The scheme offers matched funding for employees raising funds for charity and one such hero is Christina Boyd, who raised £190 for the 5th Dartford Scout Group this September, which Sainsbury’s have matched. This generous contribution is in addition to our status as Sainsbury’s Crayford’s local charity of the year where the staff and management are going all out to help us with our fundraising for our programme of adventurous activities for our young members. Well done Christina and thank you Sainsbury’s.
Well done to all the leaders and young members of the 5th Dartford Scout Group who represented us at the Dartford Masonic Centre’s craft fair on Sunday 27 October. As always, the centre generously rewarded our efforts with a share of the admissions, which on this occasion totaled £300. Scouts should remember to log your hours for the Kent Scout Volunteer Award.
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.
It poured with rain Friday and poured with rain on Sunday but on Saturday it was dry and reasonably warm luckily for us. So 11 Philpott Beavers, their Leaders and a couple of very keen parents descended on Joydens Wood for an afternoon of ‘Fun in the Mud’. Continue reading →