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Frost Camp 2017
Over the years, Frost Camp has seen many different weather conditions and this year was no exception. Starting with a white welcome on the Friday, below freezing temperatures saw a hard frost start on the Saturday morning opening up to a glorious sunny day, whereas Sunday saw a bit of rain. None of this spoilt the weekend though! Approximately 300 Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Guides and Leaders camped at Bentley Copse’s Frost Camp which was held over the weekend of January 13-
Scouts from Guildford West, Godalming, Knaphill, Farnham, Woking, Reigate, Farnborough, Bookham, Caterham, Laleham, Basingstoke, 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, Survival skills, laser tag but to name a few.
Beatrice, aged 10, from Guildford said “The best bit of the weekend was going on the Quad bikes, where I got to race my friends.” Toby, aged 11, from Godalming District preferred the Gladiator. He said, “I liked the Gladiator, because I was able to challenge my friends and it was good when I won.”
On the evening there was a campfire and disco where the leaders really shone!
Look at the gallery of pictures here!
Woking District Scouts commemorates the 75th Anniversary of The Brookwood Last Post Association.
The Last Post ceremony, takes place every evening at 20:00 under the Menin Gate, one of the four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders. The ceremony is a homage, for the 11 million military personnel that lost their lives.
This tradition started on 1st July 1928 and has continued uninterrupted until during the Second World War, Ypres fell into German hands on 20th May 1940. At this point, the ceremony was transferred to the Brookwood Military Cemetery in 1941, until Polish forces liberated the town on the 6th September 1944. To this day, The Brookwood Last Post Association continue the ceremony on the first Sunday of each month at 15:00 and this year marks the 75th Anniversary.
To commemorate the anniversary, Woking Scouts, including Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders, paraded to the RAF Memorial (Brookwood Military Cemetery) in front of Mayor of Woking Councillor Anne Murray, Woking Borough Council Chief Executive Ray Morgan, Council Leader Cllr John Kingsbury, Liz Pocknell Woking DC and Surrey CC Joseph Rogerson.
To commemorate the centenary of armistice, Woking District Scouts are organising an expedition to Ypres, Belgium on the weekend Friday 9th – Sunday 11th November 2018. Which will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn, visit and pay respect to the fallen, when this 100th Anniversary Remembrance Sunday in 2018 will fall on a Sunday.
Godalming Gala 2017
Godalming District held their annual swimming gala in January, using the facilities of a local prep school, King Edwards. Cubs and Scouts took part from almost all Groups which was brilliant!
The winners were:
Cubs: 1st Milford
Scouts: 1st Farncombe
Overall group winners: 1st Farncombe.
Cubs Indoor Challenge
On Saturday 26th February, seven teams took part in the Guild West District annual Cubs Indoor Challenge.
The teams from 5th Guildford, 1st Stoughton, 2nd Guildford and St Nicolas/9th Guildford had to construct an aircraft to fly an egg pilot as far as they could without killing the pilot.
They were marked on behaviour, teamwork, design of the contraption and if the egg pilot was killed or not.
The points were close but 1st Stoughton won
James, a cub from Guildford, aged 10 said that the afternoon was amazing and really fun because we all worked in teams but it was sad when our egg broke. Charlie, a cub from Guildford aged 9, said it was cool to design our structure and see it succeed.
Neil, Assistant District Commissioner (Cub Scouts), said that competitions like this are fun but educational as they teach the Cubs teamwork and leadership skills.