Scout Section Report 2012-2013
The scouts have had another active year with some new challenges. During the year, we hosted scouts and leaders from 1st Weybridge (Brooklands Own) Scout Group as they restarted their Scout Troop. We started the financial year with 19 scouts, which included 2 from 1st Weybridge and closed the year with 16 when the 1st Weybridge scouts moved to their own HQ to start up on their own. Numbers have since increased to 19 at the end of the summer term.
When asked at the AGM what their favourite activities had been over the last year, the scouts’ votes were for: Kayaking, Cycling to McDonalds in Staines (May 2013) and camps, in particular Malvern Challenge (June 2013) and our November camp at Bentley Copse.
Through the period covered by this report:
- We visited Walton Fire Station where the scouts completed their fire safety badge
- We joined the Surrey Scouts County Expedition Challenge participating with both a competing and a training team and took part in a District Activity Day at Bentley Copse
- We celebrated Burns Night with haggis, neeps & tatties, the Diamond Jubilee with a Group event and held our own Balloon Olympics
- We took part in 3 camps : Group Family Camp in July, a wet and windy camp in November with 2 other troops at Bentley Copse and Wintercamp. Disappointingly it didn’t snow at Wintercamp but it was cold and very muddy!
- We went swimming at Hampton open air pool where the scouts achieved their Swimming level 4 badge
- We went Kayaking, ice skating and bowling
- We did some community work pulling out the invasive Himalayan Balsam on West End Common
- We visited the Amber Foundation for whom we had raised money bag packing the previous December and where we shared a traditional camp fire with the “Amberteers”. The foundation house and support young unemployed homeless people and help them back on the road to employment and financial independence.
- We took part in JOTI (Jamboree on the Internet) chatting to Scouts around the World
- We held a series of meetings based on Save the Children’s “Passport to India” including studying poverty, clean water & water filters, Indian cooking, Hinduism, Divali & rangoli floor patterns). We completed the programme raising money bag packing for Save the Children’s India programme.
- We made marble games
- We held a day hike in the Surrey Hills
- And closed the year with the Group Egg Hunt & Campfire
Since then we have done First Aid (making fake wounds to treat), paraded through Walton for St George’s day parade, worked on the Cyclist Badge and cycled to Staines McDonalds and back, participated in a District Longridge Activity Day, worked on knots, built shelters on Esher Common, participated in the Malvern Challenge with teams placed 47th, 85th and 304th out of 406, been kayaking and tracking.
There are lots more activities planned : District skiing and sledging at the Hemel Snow Centre in September, Scarefest at Frylands Park Scout Camp in October, Wintercamp again in January (will it snow this time?), Scoutabout June 2014, Kandersteg (Switzerland) in August 2014 and maybe for 1 or 2 the Jamboree in Japan in August 2015.
We’re very proud of our 3 scouts who collected their Chief Scout Gold certificates at County presentations this year – Sam F & Ben F in November, Ben W in March.
We’re also very proud to have been awarded the District Uruguay Shield for contribution to the International ethos of Scouting for the Save the Children Passport to India activities we did.
Finally we’d like to thank Simon Woollatt who helped as a DofE volunteer for 3 years up to last December, help that was much appreciated. We’d also like to thank the many parents who have volunteered to help, some at very short notice & not always sure what they were letting themselves in for be it cycle maintenance, bingo calls, or even making fake blood.
We look forward to the new year!
Mark Hives and Sally Rogers