Following 9 weeks of practice, our team of 24 competing archers plus Pauline and Tim supporting, arrived at Phasels Wood Activity Centre for the 9th National Scout Archery Competition. We had a clear run on the journey to camp and were fortunate in securing a good pitch and set camp in favorable weather conditions.
Alas the weather turned wet, with heavy rain and gale force winds gusting, and mud everywhere, but the team’s spirits were not dampened as our shooting detail times could not have been better.
Everyone represented the team well, but a special mention to to our two Scouts, who between them took silver in the under 11s field targets, silver in the under 14s 20yd targets and bronze in the under 14s overall.
Full results will be posted once available.
Another well attended Easter Camp, which this year was blessed with warmer weather owing to the later holiday weekend. Many new faces attending their first Scout Camp, learning new skills as they start their new adventure. Activities included Kayaking, Climbing, Archery, Fishing, Backwoods cookery, Campfire, Wide Games, Axe & Saw, Whittling & Survival Bracelets.
Edwards Beavers recently held a ‘child-friendly’ tombola (with prizes – including Easter eggs, toys and teddies with 5th Dartford neck scarves! – aimed specifically at children) at Sainsbury’s Crayford, raising nearly £200.
Our thanks to the parents for their kind donations of toys and Easter eggs to include in the tombola, the children and helpers who took part, and last but not least Sainsbury’s Crayford for allowing us the use of their store.
Many of you will by now have heard about or seen in the Gravesend Reporter, that Mr Adam Clarke of AKD Contracts, has donated a complete steel staircase, worth @ £25,000 to provide safe and permanent access to our climbing wall. Preparations for the slab, upon which the staircase will sit, have begun and we should expect the project to complete in just a few weeks time, so you’ll all be able to see it and put it to good use at our AGM on 8th June.
This evening 12 of the 5th Dartford Scout group’s young members were presented with their Chief Scout Award certificates, the highest award attainable by a Cub Scout, in a ceremony presided over by the Mayor of Dartford in the council chambers. A very well done to all of you. Continue reading
On Sunday 23rd March 2014 at St Marys Church Greenhithe 5 Beavers from 5th Dartford who had completed all the work for their Bronze Award were presented with their certificates. This is the highest award available in the Beaver Section so very well done to Thomas and Ben from Peacock Colony and Joseph, Peter and Jamie from Philpott Colony.
Jacob from Peacock Colony also attained the badge but unfortunately was unable to attend the presentation.
A big thank you to all those attended this years ‘Race Night’ with 97 people in attendance we raised a fantastic £890 for this years summer camp. It was great to see so many families enjoying the evening, there were two combination prizes of £32 won on race 4 & 8, with £10 cash prize and a bottle of bubble presented to the first six winners, a large chocolate bar was presented for the children’s race and then a £50 prize for the final auction. With the money raised we are able to keep the cost of this year summer camp to an affordable amount for our Scouts and Explorers and arrange a sailing and kayaking day at Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre.
Please keep a look out for our future fun – fundraisers: Murder Mystery, Casino Night & London bridges walk ending at the HoP.
On a gloriously dry and sunny day we were well represented at this annual district event, with members from 7 of our 9 sections. For our younger members, the traditional cross country races were run, with Peacock Colony taking 1st place in the individual 6yr olds and 1st in the 7yr overall. Philpott Colony won the 6yr old overall and took 1st in the individual race for the 7yr olds.
Phillips and Collins cub packs were represented, with Collins pack taking the individual 3rd in the 10yr old race.
For the Scouts, there was an additional element; the ToughEnough assault course, which comprised of various obstacles designed to challenge the Scouts. The Earley Troop won 10 1/2-12yr olds overall event and 3rd place individual and the Burne Troop won the 12-14yr olds overall and took 1st, 2nd & 3rd as individuals.
Well done to everyone who competed or came to support the young folk, but a special well done to all of our winners.