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Surrey Scouts’ Annual Review 2015-2016

Our year infographic


A Really Rubbish Activity…

Girls and boys from Sheerwater Scout Group took part in the Great British Spring Clean last weekend and collected 41 bags of rubbish from around the estate.

The Scout Group joined up with the Sheerwater Neighbourhood team and Keep Britain Tidy for the Great British Spring Clean.  Provided with litter picks, hi-viz vests and bright blue plastic sacks, the young people scoured the roads, verges and open spaces of Sheerwater, leaving no crisp packet unturned or unpicked.

Scout, Martin, said  “We picked up lots of drink cans, cigarette boxes and  even saw some bikes thrown away. We had fun helping the environment."

Two of the younger members in Beaver Scouts wondered why people put rubbish in the bushes and gardens instead of the bin!  

Sunday’s litter pickers were aided by the supermarket shopping trolley they uncovered, and used it to carry their filled sacks around until it was returned to it’s proper home.

Assistant Group Scout Leader, Kath Brown said: “ the young people really enjoyed helping with the Great British Spring Clean. They were astonished at what is just carelessly thrown away and so have learnt how important it is to the environment to dispose of rubbish properly.  Their keen activity this weekend will help them to achieve their Chief Scouts Awards, and most importantly they had fun outside with their friends.

And Over in Warlingham…

Beavers, Cubs, Siblings, Parents, Leaders and a few members of the community set forth to rid Warlingham of litter.   We doled out hi-vis vests, litter picking tools, latex gloves and orange rubbish bags to small groups of people, who either went to clean their own streets, or who focused on the park and area surrounding the Scout Hut.

The picture to the left was taken on the Village Green, showing Beavers getting into the thick of it to get that litter out!   

At the end of the day, we collected approximately 35 bags of litter and a tyre and a bicycle wheel, all of which were collected by Tandridge District Council by prior arrangement.

Operation Flare: they set off 14th and came in 1st!

The St Nicolas 9th Guildford team celebrate

winning Operation Red Flare 2017

A triumph for St Nicolas 9th Guildford!  They take up the story…

“As we set off into the darkness of the North Downs, we knew we were in for a tough and tiring hike.”  Operation Red Flare is a challenging, competition night-hike organised each March by our neighbouring Scout county GLSW.  With the location varying each year, the navigation is always testing, and the incidents require teamwork and a wide range of scouting skills.

“Starting 14th, the route from Boidierhurst to Ranmore and back, seemed to be all exhausting hills and never-ending paths.  But we moved quickly in the early stages, and by checkpoint 5 we had caught up and overtaken a lot of teams.  Getting back at 2am we were amazed to find we were the first team back.  At the prize-giving next morning, we were even more amazed to find out that of the 32 Network and Explorer teams, not only were we the top scoring Explorer Unit, but that we had won the whole competition.”

Cyclocross 2017

Surrey Scouts ran another highly successful Cyclocross competition for Scouts and Explorer Scouts recently.  View the whole gallery HERE.

101 Not Out

Good Friday saw the 101st Good Friday breakfast which is a tradition held by St Nicolas/9th Guildford Scout Group.

The tradition which is held every Good Friday started 101 years ago, where the Scouts from the group who had been working in the 1st world war as motor cyclist couriers, drove from their HQ in Guildford to the Hurtwood Inn in Peaslake.

Over the years, motorbikes turned to cycles and members of the group now cycle to Peaslake, this has now turned to a walk up Pitch Hill

The group, the largest in the district has contributed towards an overall increase of numbers in Guildford West which grew by 18% over the last year.

Cath Anderson, Beaver Scout Leader for the group said that she is a leader as she has opportunities to try new activities, she wouldn’t of otherwise got to do.

Guildford St George’s Day Parade 2017

It was a glorious sight as Beaver’s Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorer Scouts from Guildford West and Guildford East Scout Districts paraded up Cathedral Hill with their flags fluttering in the wind.

The parade started at the University of Surrey, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year and has supported this event for the last 30 years.

The service which was held to celebrate St George (the patron saint of Scouting) which this year fell on St George’s Day. The scaffold filled Cathedral was able to seat everyone and was reviewed by Gordon Jackson, Mayor of Guildford and Joe Rogerson (County  Commissioner).  The service was led by he Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Reverend Andrew Watson.

During the service all members renewed their promise which was led by the Assistant District Commissioners (Sections) and the District Commissioner. 

This year’s parade was the first for 1st Weyfield Cubs who meet at Weyfield School during school hours: they said that they enjoyed the event and are starting to feel part of their district.

George a Cub Scout from Guildford said it was amazing to see so many flags flying.

Scoutabout KIX World Scout Jamboree Roverway 2018

Expedition Challenge

Over the weekend of 12-14 May, 18 teams from across Surrey participated in the County Scouts Expedition Challenge. 8 teams were in the competition with another 10 participated as training teams. The event was a hiking and camping competition which involves camping and cooking for two nights with two days of hikes totaling 37 km. All teams were of a high standard and after the two days, in spite of a valiant effort by 1st Rydes Hill, 4th Weybridge won the trophy. St Nicolas 9th Guildford scored highest amongst the training teams.

Beavers Go Wild

What an amazing weekend!  The first ever Surrey Scouts Beaver Camp took place at Bentley Copse.  259 Beavers and their leaders joined in an exciting collection of activities including climbing, archery, push ball, camouflage activities - all sorts!  The fun continued on Sunday morning after a good night’s sleep under canvas!

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