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Surrey Scouts’ Annual Review 2014-2015

Hounds for Heroes!


The boys and girls of 1st Churt Beaver Scouts have been busy working to gain their "My world" challenge badge.  As part of this they had to identify a way they could help a local community.  They held a Log Chew, and decided that they would raise money for Hounds for Heroes, a charity who provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women, of both the U.K. Armed Forces and the Emergency Services.

 

Allen Parton, founder of Hounds for Heroes came to visit the Colony with his two dogs EJ and Rookie.  The Beavers learnt how the dogs were trained, and how they help their owners.

 

After some discussion the Beavers planned "Trek the rec".  They decided to either cycle, hop, walk, or run around the local recreation ground in Churt.  Sponsor forms were taken home and the process began.  In the Easter holidays they congregated at the rec. and carried out the trek  They trekked around the rec. over 150 times in total and helped each other along the way.  All of the Beavers pushed themselves and really tried their best.

 

Allen and a colleague Rita, with EJ and Rookie, later visited the Colony again and were very pleased to receive £720.30 in sponsorship monies, and for their efforts the Beavers each received a Hounds for Heroes medal.

St Nicolas 9th Guildford Visit Kandersteg


St Nicolas 9th Guildford have just returned from having a great time on the high ropes at Interlaaken, the tobogganing course at Oeschinensee and all the other activities of Kandersteg in Switzerland.  11 Explorers, 1 Scout and 3 Leaders from St Nicolas 9th Guildford spent a brilliant week at Kandersteg in July.  The group take up the tale, “We crossed a real glacier, and all of us climbed the narrow paths and rocky outcrops to stay overnight at a remote alpine hut.  We managed to get onto the summits of the Bunderspitz (2,546m) and the Hockenhorn (3,293m), where the views were fantastic and we were amazed to have got over 10,000 feet.


Alongside this high adventure we paddled up to our knees in a glacial lake, rowed boats under ice-cold waterfalls, and sampled genuine Swiss cheese made before our eyes in a real mountain top cheesery.  Of course, we also shopped till we dropped in Kandersteg village, mainly for Swiss Army knives.


We got to develop skills, like walking on snow and using ice axes, which are not normally possible in the UK.  We saw the most amazing and varied flowers and insects as we trekked through Alpine meadows.  We found the peace and stunning views in the mountains unlike anything we’d experienced before.


Most of all, we learned that wherever they’re from Scouts from other countries are much the same as us.  They love adventure outdoors, campfires, joining in games of football and ultimate Frisbee, and doing crazy things.  It was a privilege to be in their company: we hope they felt the same about us.”


If you’re considering going to Kandersteg, the group are happy to share their experiences.  For Explorers and Leaders organising a trip, it’s easier and cheaper than you might think.  The programme section of the kisc.ch website is an inspirational place to start.   

Surrey Welcomes Joe and Calum!



As SCRAM had gathered 2500 members of the County together, we took the chance to invest Calum as our New County Youth Commissioner and Joe as our new County Commissioner.  It was excellent to see our young people taking a lead with Danny from the media team hosting the ceremony, Beth, the District Youth Commissioner from Spelthorne District investing Calum and then Calum, as his first duty, investing Joe.  Joe was led into the arena by an escort of cubs whilst other cubs read out the Scout Law.  Joe then led the cubs in a Grand Howl.  Truly an investiture to remember!

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