It’s been another exciting and rewarding year working with a superb team of leader & scouts. We started the financial year with 20 scouts, and closed the year with 32, including five girls.
We were delighted to welcome back our ex-scouts Chris Brooksbank and Adam Wood as Young Leaders in September and January respectively and they are well on their way towards achieving their Chief Scout Platinum Award with us.
So what did we get up to through the year?
- We went on seven camps:
- County Expedition Challenge weekend in May 16 with an experienced team, a combined team & a training team taking part. We were absolutely thrilled when our experienced team won the trophy! We were prouder still when they went back again and retained it this May.
- In July we had our Group Family camp which six scouts & their families attended, taking part in numerous activities including hiking & geocaching.
- In August we went on summer camp with 1st Weybridge again, this time to the Peak District where we went rock climbing, hiking round the Roaches, built & raced mini rafts, abseiled off a viaduct, cycled along the Monsal Trail and spent an evening bowling and at Lasequest.
- In September, we camped up the steep hills at Jordan Heights where we explored the surrounding war history, built & raced A frames, tried our hand at shooting and baked jacket potatoes & apple crumble in the camp oven – a dustbin!
- In November, we held our first Advanced Skills camp at Birchmere camp site, nestled between the A3 & the M25. We practiced axe & saw work, built a full scale camp table which survived us all sitting on it and cooked baked orange with chocolate in the fire.
- In January we returned to Wintercamp at Gilwell Park, a relatively mild January weekend this year and not quite as muddy as the last time. Huge numbers of activities were available to try out.
- We concluded with our traditional spring camp at Walton Firs on a chilly weekend at the end of March, this time focusing on Expedition Challenge cooking and navigating.
- In the summer, we put on our gardening gloves and dug, planted, weeded and harvested at our group allotment, taking a good selection of runner beans to summer camp with us and growing pumpkins to carve in the autumn.
- In the autumn, we trained & built up to 5km running as part of the Skills Challenge and to take part in the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices Fun Run for whom we raised well over £1000 – a huge thank you to all our generous sponsors!
- We took part in JOTI (Jamboree on the Internet) talking online to scouts all around the World.
- We fundraised carol singing and bag packing at Morrisons, sending half of the bag packing proceeds to Cancer Research.
- 3 teams participated in the Live Monopoly Run, chasing around London trying to get to the Monopoly board properties first.
- We held our first 4 th Weybridge’s Got Talent with some amazing performances ranging from poetry reading, super fast Rubik cube solving, a karate demonstration and an interactive guitar lesson.
- Each patrol designed & built a golf ball labyrinth which we took to both Oatlands Fayre in May this year and more recently Scoutabout where they proved very popular.
- We took part in the District Football competitions and the Water Activities day and tested ourselves shooting for the Surrey Scouts Shooting competition.
- … and a few other things too!
Since then, we had 4 teams at this year’s Expedition Challenge and our A team retained the trophy as mentioned above. No pressure on this year’s B team for next year! Guided by our young leaders, we’ve learnt about refugees and different religions. Last week we joined some 6000 others at Scoutabout a weekend camp event for scouts & guides across Surrey held at the South of England Showground at Ardingly. Thank you to our parents Dan, Denise & Nita who joined us to help out over the weekend. We’re looking forward now to summer camp on Exmoor in August and are busy planning next year’s programme including summer camp with Surrey Scouts in Kandersteg in Switzerland for which we will be holding an information evening the first week back next term. We also hope some of our older scouts are thinking of applying for a place on the 2019 jamboree in West Virginia. Finally and most importantly as, without their fantastic input, support and hard work, scouts wouldn’t be anywhere near as much fun, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Southy, Janet, Mike, Ben, Chris & Adam and to all the other leaders, Executive and parents who have volunteered to help in so many ways over the year.
And so, on to the next year!