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Esher District Cub Scouts have taken on and achieved a Guinness World Record, the Largest Human Image of a Badge!
A total of 312 Cubs and Adult Volunteers formed an image of the World Membership Badge measuring 10.0m x 11.5m. This attempt is one a series of events being organised to celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouts. Cubs in Esher District wanted to take part in a challenge to promote the values of Scouting and also to encourage other groups of Cub Scouts in any part of the world to take up the challenge!
The attempt took place on Sunday 26th June 2016 at Walton Firs Activity Centre and the record confirmed at the end of September.
Oscar, 10, a Cub Scout from Molesey, said “I’ve tried lots of new things whilst being a Cub Scout but this was the best yet. I’ve loved being part of this special world record to remember 100 years of Cubs!”
A huge thanks go to everyone who was involved in the organisation of this special event.
In mid October, 36 Scouts, Explorers, Leaders & Active Support members met in South Wales for Surrey Scouts Water Activity Club (SSWAC) annual trip to paddle the River Usk.
This river offers a great chance for those who have reached a competent 2 star level to be introduced to moving water (white water for the more dramatic!) paddling. For those with more experience, this river offers a chance to hone their skills.
Off the water, the group stayed at the Llangorse centre. A base crew (CSL, Cub & Beaver!) provided dinner on Saturday night as well as supporting full Welsh breakfasts cooked in the bunkhouses.
Over the weekend, the participants paddled in either open canoes or kayaks and took in 2 different sections of the river. Due to a lack of rain (yes -
From time on the water badges, through valuable experience to 3 star awards; the group all did really well. Like most SSWAC trips, whilst the majority of participants were from Surrey, we also had fellow leaders from West Sussex & London Counties join us.
A short highlights video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/OJYD7SIck8c
SSWAC is the County SASU supporting water activities. It offers a great range of activities from taster sessions to trips. The program and brilliant resources can be found in www.sswac.co.uk
Frost Camp 2017
Over the years, Frost Camp has seen many different weather conditions and this year was no exception. Starting with a white welcome on the Friday, below freezing temperatures saw a hard frost start on the Saturday morning opening up to a glorious sunny day, whereas Sunday saw a bit of rain. None of this spoilt the weekend though! Approximately 300 Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Guides and Leaders camped at Bentley Copse’s Frost Camp which was held over the weekend of January 13-
Scouts from Guildford West, Godalming, Knaphill, Farnham, Woking, Reigate, Farnborough, Bookham, Caterham, Laleham, Basingstoke, Leatherhead and Burgess Hill enjoyed a weekend of activities which included Quad biking, Jacob’s ladder, crate stacking, zip wire, archery, air rifle shooting, climbing and abseiling, Survival skills, laser tag but to name a few.
Beatrice, aged 10, from Guildford said “The best bit of the weekend was going on the Quad bikes, where I got to race my friends.” Toby, aged 11, from Godalming District preferred the Gladiator. He said, “I liked the Gladiator, because I was able to challenge my friends and it was good when I won.”
On the evening there was a campfire and disco where the leaders really shone!
Look at the gallery of pictures here!
Woking District Scouts commemorates the 75th Anniversary of The Brookwood Last Post Association.
The Last Post ceremony, takes place every evening at 20:00 under the Menin Gate, one of the four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders. The ceremony is a homage, for the 11 million military personnel that lost their lives.
This tradition started on 1st July 1928 and has continued uninterrupted until during the Second World War, Ypres fell into German hands on 20th May 1940. At this point, the ceremony was transferred to the Brookwood Military Cemetery in 1941, until Polish forces liberated the town on the 6th September 1944. To this day, The Brookwood Last Post Association continue the ceremony on the first Sunday of each month at 15:00 and this year marks the 75th Anniversary.
To commemorate the anniversary, Woking Scouts, including Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders, paraded to the RAF Memorial (Brookwood Military Cemetery) in front of Mayor of Woking Councillor Anne Murray, Woking Borough Council Chief Executive Ray Morgan, Council Leader Cllr John Kingsbury, Liz Pocknell Woking DC and Surrey CC Joseph Rogerson.
To commemorate the centenary of armistice, Woking District Scouts are organising an expedition to Ypres, Belgium on the weekend Friday 9th – Sunday 11th November 2018. Which will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn, visit and pay respect to the fallen, when this 100th Anniversary Remembrance Sunday in 2018 will fall on a Sunday.
Godalming Gala 2017
Godalming District held their annual swimming gala in January, using the facilities of a local prep school, King Edwards. Cubs and Scouts took part from almost all Groups which was brilliant!
The winners were:
Cubs: 1st Milford
Scouts: 1st Farncombe
Overall group winners: 1st Farncombe.