Scout Section Report : April 2013 – March 2014
The scouts have had another action packed year. We started the financial year with 19 scouts, and closed the year with 20.
Through the period covered by this report:
- We took part in Malvern Challenge (June 2013) for the first time, a large camp for scouts & explorers centred on a hike competition with activity bases where our teams came 47th, 85th and 304th out of 406, a commendable outcome for our first entry. We also attended Scarefest at Frylands Park Scout camp (Oct 2013) an evening of spooky activities concluded by a fantastic laser & firework show. Our final camp of the year was a troop camp at Walton Firs (Mar 2014) with lots of scouting skills activities and a chance for some of our older scouts to work towards their Outdoor Plus challenge.
- We took part in 2 District activity days : a day of Jacob’s ladder, go karts, dragon boats and the Leap of Faith at Longridge near Marlow (June 2013) and a visit to the Snow Centre in Hemel for skiing and ringos (Sep 2013)
- We joined the District St George’s day parade through Walton high street and for the first time joined in with Remembrance Sunday laying a wreath at Weybridge memorial
- We joined the church for the Harvest & Toy parades, creating mini scarecrows for the Harvest service
- We practised knots, shelter & camp gadget building
- We worked on the Cyclist badge with an evening ride to Staines with refreshments at McDonalds!
- We went kayaking, climbing and to Laserquest & Top Golf
- We went on a bat hunt at West End common and did a night hike in Weybridge which somehow ended at Mercedes Benz rather than Weybridge station ….
- We baked mince pies & jam tarts
- We raised over £250 bag packing at Waitrose in Weybridge, 50% of which we give to charity
- We had an evening of Chemistry experiments generating smells, pops & explosions (small ones!)
- We did the Fitness Challenge with weekly circuit training building up fitness for our Scafell Pike Challenge held in April at Boxhill
- We practised first aid including making fake wounds to treat
and closed the year with our traditional Group Egg Hunt & Campfire
Since then we raised £289 in sponsorship at our Scafell Pike Challenge, paraded through Weybridge for this April’s St George’s day parade, trained for and took part in the County Expedition Challenge achieving the Gold level Award (very proud of our team!), took our crazy golf runs to Oatlands Fayre, helped the community removing the invasive Himalayan Balsam on West end common for Scout Community week, ran our own World Cup, took part in Scoutabout a County Scout & Guide event held at the South of England Showground every 3 years and participated in our Group Family camp at Bentley Copse.
When asked recently what their favourite activities had been over the last year, the scouts’ votes were for: Scoutabout, Top Golf, Scarefest, Scafell Pike challenge, the Chemistry evening and making Scarecrows.
Looking ahead 6 of us are off to Kandersteg in Switzerland in August, we hope to go to Wintercamp again in January (will it snow this time?) and I hope we can run our own summer camp next summer.
We’re very proud of our 3 scouts who completed their Chief Scout Gold Awards this year: Ben (Oct 13), Cam (Dec 13) and Harry (Jun 14).
Finally and most importantly as, without their help, there would be no scouts, I’d like to thank everyone who has helped run activities for the troop over the year:
Mark Hives for his regular help as Assistant Scout Leader in the past and now Group Scout Leader
Janet and Ian who have helped on a fortnightly basis, stepping in to help since Mark has reduced his involvement with the troop. I’m delighted that Janet has decided to formalise her involvement signing up as a Section Assistant.
Ben one of our ex scouts who returned in January to help run meetings and Family camp as part of his Duke of Edinburgh’s award volunteering
Mike another of my ex scouts who has joined us to help whenever he is not away at university
….and all 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, cooking, cleaning or even making fake blood.
I look forward to the new year!