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Christmas Came Early to 1st Normandy Scout Group

A Christmas Bazaar at 1st Normandy Scout Group HQ has just raised over £2000 towards the replacement of their hall roof.  All of the sections were involved in the preparations of items to sell on the day; the Beaver scouts made magic reindeer food, the Cub scouts made dog toys and planted bulbs into pots, the Scouts created marshmallow sticks and the Explorer scouts made bird boxes.  The event included 15 paying stallholders selling crafts and gifts, plus chocolate and wine tombolas, face painting and a fun ukulele workshop ‘learn to play Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer’.  Premium grade Christmas Trees were sold to order and the day culminated with a raffle with over 40 fabulous prizes donated by supportive local businesses.  

The event, sponsored by Mackenzie Smith Estate Agents in Ash Vale, was a great afternoon of fun and entertainment.  One visitor said, “we only popped down for an hour, but we were having so much fun, we ended up staying all afternoon!”.  1st Normandy Scouts urgently need to raise nearly £20,000 to replace their asbestos roof before it becomes unsafe and are looking for sponsors for future events/donors towards their roof fund.  If you think you may be able to help, please contact

Susanne-Marie’s Story

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02/12/2014 Blog


We meet an inspiring Explorer Scout who’s living life to the max...

My name is Susanne-Marie and I am an Explorer in Surrey Heath. I go to college and am hoping to take up taekwondo soon. I’ve got my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and am looking forward to starting my DofE Silver. I love being part of the worldwide family of Scouts, going camping whenever I can and trying to keep a positive outlook on life.

Oh, just one more thing...I’m disabled.

I have something called delayed learning difficulties: speech problems, fine and gross motor difficulties. Cold weather can be a real problem for me, but hey, it would be a boring world if we were all the same...

Fun, family and so much mud!

I was a Rainbow and Brownie but I also used to go to the Cub meetings as my mum and dad are leaders. It always looked like so much fun so I officially joined in 2007. I was able to go the UK Jamboree with my family – so many people, lots of fun and so much mud!

Nobody in Scouting sees me as being disabled. I am treated like everybody else and have the same opportunities to do my best. I can’t ever see myself not being involved in Scouting in some way.

There are times on camp when I’ve been wet, cold and very, very tired but I find it hard to remember those times. I remember great campfires and loud songs. I remember the fun and excitement.

I meet new people all the time when I’m at clubs, college and Scouting. The difference is that everyone I’ve met in Scouting is always positive and the leaders are really eager that we reach our full potential. I have fun and do loads of interesting stuff; I get to help out at Beaver meetings and sleepovers (with my mum) and Cub meetings and camps (with my dad).  The Beavers are the best because they say such funny things.

Next stop: Japan

One of the things I’m looking forward to is the World Scout Jamboree in Japan and meeting people from all over the world and making friends that I will keep in touch with for the rest of my life.

Being disabled and having learning problems can be difficult but Scouting has helped me to prove to myself that I can achieve anything. Instead of saying ‘I wish I could do this or try that’, I now say ‘how can I do this’ or ‘when can I try that’.

There is always someone to help me when I am learning new skills. I think the best thing is being told to never give up. When I did my DofE Bronze with my school I received a special award. My teacher said I excelled in everything I tried. I never gave up; that’s how Scouting has helped me.

Receiving my Chief Scout’s Gold Award was awesome and I know my mum and dad were very proud of me. Meeting Bear Grylls was pretty cool too!

Scouting has shown me that the harder I work the more I will achieve. I feel confident to try new things, to see new places and to always go that bit further for what I want. This has helped me in school and now college.


My mum helped me to write this as I don’t always get my words the right way round, but I’m trying hard and getting better every day. Thanks mum – you’re the best.

Peace Light 2014

On Friday 19th December, Scout Leaders and Scouts went to Bentley Copse Scout Campsite, Shere for a short ceremony and to light lamps from a flame that has been brought from Bethlehem.

The International Peace Light from Bethlehem arrived in Surrey on Friday 19th December.  The flame started its journey at the grotto of Christ's birth where a Muslim Scout passes the flame to a Jewish Scout and then onto a Christian Scout for Distribution around the world so that people can burn the flame in their homes and churches over Christmas.

In addition to the Mayor of Waverley, there was representation from Scouts from the USA and the Ukraine. The light is also being held at Guildford Cathedral over the festive period.

Now in its 28th year, the Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organised by the Austrian Broadcasting Company - ORF (Linz) - and was part of a large charitable relief mission - Light into Darkness, for children in need in Austria and abroad. Since 1986 there has been a great deal of co-operation between Scouts and Guides in many countries which has allowed the light to travel throughout Europe, such that the light is passed on to 30 European Countries and for the past few years, on to North America, Mexico and Canada . Each year, a child from Upper Austria kindles a flame from the "Eternal Flame" from the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is then flown to Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries for use at ecumenical services throughout the Continent. Scouts and Guides can then take the light on to other churches, hospitals, old people homes, prisons, and places of public, cultural and political importance - to anybody that appreciates the significance of the "gift". In past years the light has been presented to Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Mikhail Gorbatshow, the former King Hussain of Jordan, EU President Romano Prodi and other member of the European parliament in Strazbourg, the UN Troops in Kosovo and continues to be taken to Ground Zero, New York.

Gang Show Time!

Surrey Heath Scouts and Camberley Division Guides are delighted to invite you to their Gangshow: Let’s Entertain you!  The Show is on 27th and 28th March 2015.  Download the flier here.

Frost Camp 2015

Surrey Scouts Frost Camp was deemed a success with approx. 350 Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders enduring cold conditions. 

Scouts and Guides from Guildford, Godalming, Dorking, Farnham, Woking, Caterham, Reigate as well as other areas in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire camped over and participated in over 50 activities.  The Scouts enjoyed Archery, Air rifle shooting, Air Pistol Shooting , Climbing, Abseiling, Go Karting, Zip Wire, Laser Tag, Adventure Course, skittle alley, backwoods cooking, pool, table tennis, campfire, a big wide game and much more with evening entertainment.

The Scouts had a fantastic time as their own words show:

Even the adults had a great time.  Phil, a member of the service crew, said, “I have given my time up to assist with the Air Rifle Shooting and Archery this weekend and its great to see the faces of the Scouts hit the target if they haven’t shot before.”

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