PLs / APLs Weekend 2010
In March we organised a PGL weekend for PLs and APLs around the District in Surrey where despite the very wet weather on the Saturday they enjoyed abseiling, archery, problem solving and the zip wire. Thankfully Sunday’s weather was much improved for climbing, low ropes, quad biking and trapeze.
The weekend gave the PLs and APLs the chance to try some new activities and also meet new friends from other troops.
All of those who went were an absolute credit to both their Troops and the District with their PGL group leader Liam telling us that the weekend hadn’t seemed like work to him.
Pimp My Tent 2008
Over the first weekend in July we held a District Cub 2 Scout Link Camp at the Thameside Campsite. This was the first time we’ve arranged such a camp and it was well attended with over 50 older Cubs, youngest Scouts and Scout PLs taking part.
After briefing the PLs on Friday night the main body of Cubs and Scouts arrived on Saturday morning and were divided into Patrols – mixed between Cubs and Scouts but where possible from the same Group.
The first activity was tie dyeing white scarves into their Patrol colours and this worked really well.
On Saturday afternoon we held the main event of the weekend – Pimp My Tent. To coincide with District's Centenary each team had been given a decade from the last 100 years and they were then given some paint and an old patrol tent to decorate within that theme.
Our initial trepidation at letting 50 Cubs and Scouts loose with numerous tins of paint soon passed and each patrol worked really well and showed some impressive artistic talent in Pimping Their Tents.
On Saturday evening we held a traditional campfire and then on Sunday morning split the Patrols for some skill bases – First Aid, Lamps & Stoves, Build A Lighthouse, Map Signs, Prussiking and International Scouting.
A big thank you from the District Scout Leaders to all of the Leaders for their help both before the camp and over the weekend and an especially big thank you from all of the campers to Ann and Carol for the wonderful catering.
We are planning another Link Camp next year and are open to suggestions for a theme.
Le Weekend 2007
The first District organised trip for Scouts into Europe took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend with a 4 day trip to Paris, staying at the D'Artagnan Youth Hostel for 3 nights.
Scouts from 3rd Barnehurst, 4th Barnehurst and 5th/7th Bexleyheath plus Explorers all took part and after arriving via Eurostar on Thursday evening, the whole of Friday was spent at Disneyland Paris.
Saturday was spent in the centre of Paris - from Notre Dame along the Champs Elysees and then up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe before a metro ride to the Sacre Coeur for a great view over Paris and then dinner.
On Sunday morning we visited the Eiffel Tower and then after descending the Tower it was straight off to Gare du Nord for the Eurostar back home.
District Summer Camp 2006
At the end of July we held a week long District Summer Camp for the first time, which took place at Ferny Crofts in the New Forest and brought together Scouts from 3 rd Barnehurst, 4th Barnehurst, 5th/7 th Bexleyheath and 8th Bexleyheath plus Explorers from Bexleyheath ESU.
During the week a mixture of off-site activities such as a day hike and mountain biking and on-site activities such as climbing, high ropes, rafting, archery, orienteering, crate stacking and camp skills sessions were organised.
On the Thursday we had a day out, catching the ferry over to Brownsea Island and then going to the Water Park in Poole in the evening.
By the end of the week anyone looking at the Scouts would have thought that they were all from one group as they mixed together so well and at this stage we intend to organise another District Summer Camp in 2010 as the troop leaders and district team feel once every 4 years is about the right timescale.
The camp could never have gone ahead without the help of the leaders who gave up a week of their holidays to assist in running the camp so a big thank you to each and every one of them: Matt, Paul, Adrian, Jonno, Rob, Steve, John, Moose, Pete, Chloe, Dave, Howard, Alan, Angela, Di and Gary and also to Keith for organising the transport of the equipment to and from camp.
Backwoods Camp 2006
Over the first weekend of July we organised a backwoods camp at Broadstone which attracted around 50 Scouts and Explorers who did a variety of activities over the weekend including cooking over open fires, hiking to Broadstone through the Ashdown Forest and sleeping in bivouacs.
Backwoods Camp 2005
On 11 and 12 June we organised a backwoods camp at Broadstone which attracted 34 Scouts who did a variety of activities over the weekend to complete their Backwoods badge including cooking over open fires and sleeping in bivouacs. The weekend was organised as a direct result of the district Patrol Leaders Council 6 months beforehand and thanks must go to Gary, Rob and Chloe for putting together most of the onsite programme for the weekend.