Our fourth visit to this National tournament and for the first time we were joined by 3 Cub Scouts, who like the Scouts were a credit to the team. Very well done to Phillips-Pack leader Kay, who took silver medal in the over 18 supplied field targets, the third family member in as many years to get a medal. Whilst not competing, our young members were entertained with other activities including ‘The Cube’, crate stacking, potholing, human table football, trampolines and a cresta run. At the end of the camp, whilst taking time to reflect on our weekend during our Scout’s Own, Matthew was invested as an Explorer Scout.
5th Dartford were well represented at this years Jamboree On The Trail (some 50+ walkers) with several Leaders and Explorers starting at the Otford Loop at 7.30 in the morning, meeting more Leaders and Scouts at Sevenoaks and continuing to pick up Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and family members along the Darent Valley River Path until they reached Central Park at about 4pm.
Despite a cloudy and slightly drizzly start the weather brightened as the day went on with the sun shining at the end for when we could all relax in the park, take on refreshments and get the much coveted J.O.T.T. 18 badge.
Today, 16 members of Phillips-Pack had a sleepover at the hall, before an early start to visit the Tower Bridge experience. The weather was kind and we got to see the bridge open twice, the first time we saw it whilst looking down through the glass floor and the second from the end of the bridge. Thanks to Karen, Neil & Kevin for their support.
Once again we’re collecting the Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and there’s a box for you to leave them in located just inside the door at the hall. Last year we collected a staggering 23,000 vouchers, which was over 5,000 more than the previous year.
Remember that the more vouchers we can collect means the less we have to spend from the group funds, so please collect as many as you can from friends and family too.
Once again Karen Hannah, our fundraising lead, has been awarded £1,000.00 for our New Hall Fund, by simply applying to her employer, Lloyds Bank, under their Matched Giving Scheme. Many large employers operate similar schemes, where they will match the fundraising efforts by their employees for causes such as ours.
Karen, Well done, thank you for all the energy and commitment that you have put in.
5th Dartford Quiz Night Saturday 18th April 2015
Once again with a full hall a fun evening was had at this year’s Quiz Night.
The categories this year included Leaf Recognition, tasting various Chocolate Biscuits, the ever favourite How Much? is a First Class Stamp, various questions on Geography, History, Films and the latest perfumes. The final round of name the James Bond film from a snippet of music and the artist singing sorted out the winners and losers.
The triumphant team was made up of the Prescott’s, Essex’s, Silvester’s and Mayes. Very Well Done.
A big Thank you to everyone who took part. It’s nice to see so many old faces coming back to support us.
A profit of £217.00 was made for the New Hall Fund
As you will recall, the 5th Dartford Scout Group were generously gifted a fantastic bespoke steel staircase by Adam Clarke of AKD Contracts Ltd. We are pleased to confirm the staircase has now been completed and brought in to use and we can hardly begin to thank Adam and his team of committed engineers for bringing this project to fruition.
In order to ensure only authorised and supervised access, we felt we had to include fencing and a lockable gate to protect the young folk in our care; once again Adam was quick to respond and upon visiting our site on Friday 20th March, he drafted plans and a quotation. It didn’t take us long to consider who best to approach to fund this additional work, and our first thought was Councillor Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council, who once again generously approved the funding under the council’s Salute to Youth community plan. This went through in record time and Adam’s team have almost completed; that’s planning, funding approval and completion within a fortnight!
We will update this post as soon as it’s completed, but we felt it was so important to publicly thank Councillor Kite and AKD Contracts Ltd. on behalf of all the young people in our community who will benefit from this fabulous and safe addition to the adventurous activities the 5th Dartford Scout Group offers.
Please come along and support this craft fair and it’s contributors, as a share of the admission fee comes directly back to our group. Continue reading