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Surrey Scouts’ Annual Review 2014-2015

Hounds for Heroes!

The boys and girls of 1st Churt Beaver Scouts have been busy working to gain their "My world" challenge badge.  As part of this they had to identify a way they could help a local community.  They held a Log Chew, and decided that they would raise money for Hounds for Heroes, a charity who provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women, of both the U.K. Armed Forces and the Emergency Services.


Allen Parton, founder of Hounds for Heroes came to visit the Colony with his two dogs EJ and Rookie.  The Beavers learnt how the dogs were trained, and how they help their owners.


After some discussion the Beavers planned "Trek the rec".  They decided to either cycle, hop, walk, or run around the local recreation ground in Churt.  Sponsor forms were taken home and the process began.  In the Easter holidays they congregated at the rec. and carried out the trek  They trekked around the rec. over 150 times in total and helped each other along the way.  All of the Beavers pushed themselves and really tried their best.


Allen and a colleague Rita, with EJ and Rookie, later visited the Colony again and were very pleased to receive £720.30 in sponsorship monies, and for their efforts the Beavers each received a Hounds for Heroes medal.

St Nicolas 9th Guildford Visit Kandersteg

St Nicolas 9th Guildford have just returned from having a great time on the high ropes at Interlaaken, the tobogganing course at Oeschinensee and all the other activities of Kandersteg in Switzerland.  11 Explorers, 1 Scout and 3 Leaders from St Nicolas 9th Guildford spent a brilliant week at Kandersteg in July.  The group take up the tale, “We crossed a real glacier, and all of us climbed the narrow paths and rocky outcrops to stay overnight at a remote alpine hut.  We managed to get onto the summits of the Bunderspitz (2,546m) and the Hockenhorn (3,293m), where the views were fantastic and we were amazed to have got over 10,000 feet.

Alongside this high adventure we paddled up to our knees in a glacial lake, rowed boats under ice-cold waterfalls, and sampled genuine Swiss cheese made before our eyes in a real mountain top cheesery.  Of course, we also shopped till we dropped in Kandersteg village, mainly for Swiss Army knives.

We got to develop skills, like walking on snow and using ice axes, which are not normally possible in the UK.  We saw the most amazing and varied flowers and insects as we trekked through Alpine meadows.  We found the peace and stunning views in the mountains unlike anything we’d experienced before.

Most of all, we learned that wherever they’re from Scouts from other countries are much the same as us.  They love adventure outdoors, campfires, joining in games of football and ultimate Frisbee, and doing crazy things.  It was a privilege to be in their company: we hope they felt the same about us.”

If you’re considering going to Kandersteg, the group are happy to share their experiences.  For Explorers and Leaders organising a trip, it’s easier and cheaper than you might think.  The programme section of the website is an inspirational place to start.   

Surrey Welcomes Joe and Calum!

As SCRAM had gathered 2500 members of the County together, we took the chance to invest Calum as our New County Youth Commissioner and Joe as our new County Commissioner.  It was excellent to see our young people taking a lead with Danny from the media team hosting the ceremony, Beth, the District Youth Commissioner from Spelthorne District investing Calum and then Calum, as his first duty, investing Joe.  Joe was led into the arena by an escort of cubs whilst other cubs read out the Scout Law.  Joe then led the cubs in a Grand Howl.  Truly an investiture to remember!

Woking Aviators’ Explorer Belt Expedition

Congratulations to 6 Woking Aviators Network Scout members. Will, Ben, Freddie, Henry, Frazer and Charlie (aged between 20 and 24) planned and embarked on a two-week expedition across Norway in August. Their expedition encompassed a short stay in Oslo followed by a strenuous trek across the Hardangervidda National Park and then a canoe expedition down the 105Km Telemark canal, crossing lakes and through locks while camping en route. They felt as though they had completed 2 Queen’s Scout expeditions in a single trip and returned exhausted, excited and ready for their next adventure.

They completed a major project that was to look at the development of industry in Norway from a wood and pulp based economy through the production of heavy water during the war and ending up becoming a world leading chemical producing society. Their route was determined by a number of historical locations.

They also completed a number of mini projects including searching for a local delicacy, enacting a Roald Dahl book, climbing a lighthouse and a Diceman challenge (asking local people for 6 options, throwing a dice and undertaking the challenge indicated by number on the dice!)

On their way they sampled local food, saw stunning views, paddled in complete silence, met local people, got cold, got wet, saw snow, basked in sunshine.  They borrowed canoes and accommodation from local Scout groups and met local Scouts. They wore their scarves the entire time, and were surprised to be greeted by many people who offered their left hand and the Scout sign (despite not speaking English)!

The team kept the world up to date with news of their travels via Facebook and Twitter where even Tim Kidd (UK Chief Commissioner) commented on their tweets.

The six Aviators delivered their initial presentation to County and District representatives as well as their fellow unit members, who agreed that they should be awarded their Explorer belt. They kept a video diary of their travels and will be producing some short films to inspire others to undertake a similar journey.

Banstead Explorers Visit Poland for the Central European Jamboree

The Central European Jamboree was a worldwide gathering of Explorer Scouts mainly from Europe, in Wroclaw, Poland. From Banstead 14 Banstead District Explorers and 2 Tadworth District Explorers went. They spent 8 nights on camp.  Adam Heard-White takes up the story.

“On the first day we set up camp and had pizza. Some of the Banstead girls sung “Cha Cha Slide” for karaoke, and the rest of BDE joined in by dancing (and getting a lot of funny looks). The morning after we all embarrassed ourselves we travelled into the city. As the senior scout I navigated all 16 Explorer through Wroclaw. We watched a wonderful fire show before the red festival in which we sang the CEJ song for the first time.

The next day we tie-dyed t-shirts and wax painted on bags. By day four we played “The Lost Painter”, which was a game that involved doing different tasks in international groups of ten Explorers. The following day we got a two-hour train to the Polish mountains before BDE showed the landscape who was boss. We ascended the height with some friendly Egyptians. We did some proper rock climbing (we still had harnesses), before sharing a camp fire with the Egyptians then all of BDE staying in one room in a lovely youth hostel. The next day we came back to camp before learning some traditional Lebanese dances that night.

For international day there were many different stalls, which we could do to collect stickers from. All the GB units teamed up to run a football shootout, cheese tasting, and a Countdown based game. Banstead and Tadworth performed the (now famous) penguin song on the main stage. In the evening we had a paint party, involving throwing powered paint. This was to show that although we are all different, all Scouts combine to be part of one great power. I most enjoyed our final night as we stayed up all night, in our sleeping bags stargazing and talking, only to get up at 3:00 am to leave camp. After I spent 60% of my Polish money in the duty free, I slept for the whole plane journey – I don’t remember take-off or landing. “


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