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JOTA/JOTI 2014



Scouting is an amazing movement!  It covers the entire globe.  At any given minute in time, someone is probably scouting somewhere around the world and so it was a real privilege to meet some of them either on air or on the internet.  


The 1st Walton Viking Sea Scouts certainly threw themselves into meeting others this year!

Luke’s Adventure



This summer, Luke, an Explorer from Banstead District, set off on his own international adventure to join his cousins in Germany for one of their camps.  Read his full story here.

Bazzaz 2015





Bazzaz is back…


Bazzaz, Surrey’s Beaver Scout Fun Day, is back in 2015 – with a theme of ‘Around the World’!  


Bazzaz 2015 will take place on Sat 27th June at Cranleigh Showground.  For further details please visit www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/bazzaz .  Bookings will open shortly.

Chief Scout’s Gold Award Presentation


54 Chief Scout’s Gold Awards were presented on Saturday 22nd November at Brooklands College.  Walton & Weybridge District, together with the County team, put on an excellent evening to celebrate the Scout section.  Read more of the story here.

About Surrey Scouts


Surrey Scout Dec 14.pdf

Surrey Scouts’ Annual Review 2013-2014

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 fundraising@1stnormandy.org.uk

East and West Guildford Shooting Stars


Carol Shirtliff (District Commissioner of Guildford West and Michael Eagle (District Commissioner of Guildford East) were privileged to recently visit the offices of Shooting Star Chase to present a cheque for the money donated at the St George’s Day Parade.  The charity is a leading children's hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.


Susanne-Marie’s Story


Fist published at www.scouts.org.uk


02/12/2014 Blog


Susanne


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.


P.S


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.

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