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Surrey Scouts’ Annual Review 2014-2015

7th Woking Beavers Silver Anniversary!

7th Woking Beavers Scouts celebrated 25 years of being part of 7th Woking Scout Group, who in turn have been celebrating their 90th year in Scouting. Past Leaders Linda Pennells (River Beaver) and Teresa Trendall (Hoe Beaver) along with the District Commissioner, Liz Pocknell and the new ADC Beavers, Geraldine Meldrum-Dolan, were all invited to the 7th’s Headquarters in Woking Park to look back over the past 25 years with displays of photos taken from activities during that time.  

A number of the Beavers collected their new Adventure Challenge Badges having had a year of adventurous activities which have included, climbing, den building, kayaking, Archery and Rifle shooting on Family Camp during the Summer, a walk along the Wey Navigation and learning their Green Cross Code.

Linda Pennells (River Beaver) cuts the cake.

The Beavers celebrated with a games evening and party food along with a cake made for the occasion by their Leader, Tay Beaver.

3rd Banstead Oak Pack & the National Police Air Service

3rd Banstead Oak pack were fortunate to pay a visit to the National Police Air Service.  PC's Simon Hatch, Jay Mcleod, Claire Dunkley and pilot Frazier Macintosh spent time showing the Cubs the helicopter NPAS15.  The cubs also enjoyed trying on the flight uniform and helmets and had fun watching one of the cubs on the thermal imaging camera.  At the end of the evening NPAS15 was deployed and the Cubs were able to watch while it took off.

Surrey Scouts Appoint a New County Commissioner

"The attraction of being part of the Big Adventure, in the powerhouse that is Surrey Scouting, was irresistible"  

Joe Rogerson

It is with great pleasure that we can confirm that Scout Headquarters has approved the appointment of Joseph (Joe) Rogerson as County Commissioner for Surrey with effect from the 2nd April 2016.   Joe is currently District Commissioner of Wimbledon and Wandle District in the GLSW Scout County, a position he has held for some 7 years following previous service at Group level.   His existing District comprises 18 Groups which he is swapping for the 18 Districts of Surrey!  

A former headmaster of two London inner-city schools, he currently works in industry and lives in Mitcham.  Joe is married with 3 adult children, all of whom have been in Scouting.  We are delighted that we have been able to appoint a County Commissioner who is so enthusiastic and committed to the role and who is such a worthy successor to Roxanna. 

"We were so fortunate to have such quality candidates and Joe is an excellent and worthy successor to Roxanna.  Surrey already has great Scouting and we are excited about what the future holds with Joe as County Commissioner".      

The Search Group

Celebrating a Musical New Year in Paris!

To celebrate the start of their 15th anniversary year, the 1st Claygate Scout and Guide Band have just returned from a four-day tour over the New Year period to Paris.  Those on the tour had two days in the Disney Theme Parks, but the highlight was the band’s performance leading the main Disney Parade at Disneyland Paris on New Year’s Eve.  Whilst the current security situation in France meant that the band were unable to play in the New Year’s Day parade through central Paris, they instead gave a concert performance at the “Nausicaa Aquarium” in Boulogne.  

52 members of the band took part in the parade in Disneyland on New Year’s Eve, before bringing in the New Year watching a superb Disney fireworks display.

Commenting on the tour, band leader Robin Wilkinson said:  “The tour was a huge success and leading the Disney Parade, particularly on New Year’s Eve, was a very special performance.  The crowds were huge and the atmosphere was amazing.  Everyone had a great time and I’m sure the tour will be remembered by band members for many years to come. “

The tour rounded off an impressive year for the Claygate band.  Amongst their other local performances, the band were invited to lead the main Scout Association St George’s Day parade at Windsor Castle in April and took part in the 800th Lord Mayor’s Parade through central London in November.

For more about the band’s busy year,s click here.

The band’s next performance is their annual concert, on Friday 11 March 2016 (for details see

Bentley Copse Activity Centre FROST CAMP

Approx.500 Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Guides and Leaders camped at Surrey’s Frost Camp which was held over the weekend of January 15-17 at Bentley Copse Activity Centre.

Groups from Guildford West, Godalming, Knaphill, Farnham, Woking, Reigate, Dorking, Farnborough, Bookham, 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, backwoods cooking, laser tag but to name a few.  In the evening there was a campfire and disco.

In its tenth year of Frost Camp, the event has seen many different weather conditions and this year was no exception.  Below freezing temperatures saw a hard frost start on the Saturday morning opening up to a glorious sunny day, where Sunday saw the site wake up to snow and the children enjoying an all-out snow ball fight.

Jack aged 12 from Guildford said, “It was a great weekend with Quad biking being the best activity as it was a new experience” whilst Thomas aged 13 from Farncombe said,”This camp is great as you have the freedom of doing what activities you want to do.”

Carl, the Centre manager at Bentley Copse said that it had been “a great success with the snow topping off the weekend for the children. All the children had gone home full of joy and sorry to say the parents having lots of muddy clothes to wash!”

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