Hopefully everyone that came is now fully recovered from the action packed weekend. It all seemed to go well and the weather was kind to us.
Thank you all for making it such a great weekend and a big thank you to all “The Crew” made up from volunteers from Pulse (former Hampton Explorers), Richard Fisher (ASL) and family (Karen and Abi), Roger (Aka Andy our GSL) and Tic Tac – without whom the weekend would not run as smoothly.
Next year’s event is booked for Friday 15th – Sunday 17th June 2018 and all the details are in the camps section – would be great to see another great turnout from all the families involved with the group
Here are a couple of photos of the build up to the camp fire – if you have others from the weekend please send them to Nigel so they can be uploaded onto Flickr.
31 scouts and explorers enjoyed a jam-packed weekend of activities including sailing, rowing, kayaking, canoeing, raft building, dragon boat racing and team building activities.
Many thanks to Alistair and Katherine for helping Richard look after the scouts, it seems that although exhausting they had as much fun as the scouts!! Would be good to see more parents helping out on camps in the future to enjoy the same fun and spread the load.
Photo of the “Motley Crew” below – more to follow – should be on Flickr soon
All the details for Water Weekend, Borough Camp and Summer Camp are now in the camps section – please read and take action by the appropriate deadlines
Many thanks to all those that took part and those that donated raffle prizes – a total of £286 was raised for group funds.
It would be great to see more people at the next one which is on Saturday 8th July (see notice in fund raising section)
Please make sure that you bring all your active kids vouchers from family and friends and put them in the box in the HQ – the scheme has only a few weeks left – so keep collecting and hand them in.
8 scouts camping, in two patrols, managed to cook all their own meals (most on wood fires), set up and take down their sleeping and kitchen tents, as well as experience 4 site activities, some onsite Orienteering, a 10Km hike around the Chalfont area and evening wide games in the dark – the Tuck Shop/vending machines also did a brisk business!!
As for most of the scouts this was their first experience of scout camp they all did really well collecting and chopping/splitting the wood for their fires, getting their fires going and working as patrols to get all their chores done. Hopefully they will be in a great position next time they camp to pass on their experience to the younger scouts.
If there are any adults out their that would like to help out on future camps and have as much fun as we have just had (just check out the photos/videos of our last night camp fire!) – please get in touch – with a growing group and over 20 scouts on our next camp (Water Weekend in June) we need as much DBS cleared help as we can get…..
More photos/videos of our fun 5 days are on Flickr…..
In October 2017 we will be holding a dinner and dance to celebrate the group being in existence for over 100 years!! It would be great to see both current and former members of the group to enjoy a great meal, good company, to remember past “fun and games” and look forward to the future.Details are available below
Scouts Dinner Dance Details
Many, many thanks to all that helped make last Saturday’s Jumble a great success. It looks likely that we have raised approximately £3,000 of much need cash to maintain and improve our HQ and scouting equipment.
It was good to see lots of new faces – but we are still in need of many more helpers in the week beforehand to collect and sort through the jumble and, if that isn’t your thing, we need lots of help clearing away all the tables, marquees etc once the selling has stopped.
I will be asking for more help in October – so please be prepared to offer us just a few hours of your time to help.
The next Jumble is on Saturday 7th October 2017
Our Jumble Sale is nearly upon us – please come along and either help run or just come and buy jumble to help support the group. It is on Saturday 25th March from 10am – 12pm and again after lunch from 1pm – 3pm.
Also, for the quizzers amongst you, please come along to our quiz night on Saturday 22nd April at the HQ from 7.30pm. Full details are in the fundraising section of the website. If you can’t come please feel free to help by donating a raffle prize or two!!
Well done to the 12 scouts that made up our two teams in the competition. Once tents were set up and the scouts had been fed and given their compasses etc they set off on the hike along with 42 other teams.
Teams were set off at 5 minute intervals from 5.30pm until 9.10pm. Our teams went out at approx 7.30pm and 8.30pm with a target time of 4 hours for the event. Both teams reached the halfway point (Base 3) but like many teams before and after them they struggled to find Base 4.
Like many other teams they were ferried back to the camp site in the early hours by minibus, had a snack and then went off to bed. On Sunday morning it was announced that only 4 of the 44 teams that started managed to complete the course – all the others had dropped out at or before base 3.
Clearly some valuable lessons for all those teams to learn from and build on – such as correct use of the compass and map together and not to simply follow other teams of hi-vis jackets as they are not necessarily any the wiser!
In the end we can be comfortable with a finishing position for both teams of 5th=, albeit along with 38 others!!
The only way for next year is up!!