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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.

Surrey Superstars!

On Sunday May 8th a group of Explorers from 7th Epsom who went to Tanzania, along with their parents attended the Surrey Young Super Stars Award Ceremony at the Guildford Harbour Hotel.  The event was organised by Surrey Youth Focus and Haslemere Travel.


They were invited because they had been entered for the category “Fundraising Superstars (Group, 13-19 years) and had, against fierce competition, been selected as winners!  They were to be presented with their trophy and certificate by the Queen’s representative, HM Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More-Molyneux.


After meeting numerous VIPs and being photographed with Mr. Michael More-Molyneux among others, they sat down to the more formal part of the afternoon.


The Explorers were presented with their well-deserved award for raising £24,000.00 and then went to Tanzania and helped build the school that was funded with this money.


The final part of the afternoon was the announcement of the overall winner of “Superstar of the Year” for 2016 and much to their surprise and pleasure 7th Epsom Scouts Tanzania team were the winners and also won an “Adopt an Animal” prize!


The Explorers were then presented to the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell who very kindly received them at short notice and partook in a photoshoot!



St Nicolas 9th Guildford Bike Challenge


Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 16 scouts and 6 parents and leaders from St Nicolas 9th Guildford (the largest number from a single Group) with 98 Scouts, Explorers and leaders from Hampshire and Surrey headed off on a cycling expedition in Normandy (France). The event was organised and run by a team from Rotherfield District in Hampshire who have done the event for over 15 years.

 The weather, whilst a bit chilly, was superb. After a hard first day’s cycling the scouts were delighted to find themselves camping in the grounds of the spectacular Chateau de Maragny between Bayeaux and Caen. The event consisted of a treasure hunt by bicycle taking in a vast array of historical sites, many of which related to D-Day and the subsequent battles culminating with a visit to the famous Pegasus Bridge and the museum. The highlight was probably sitting in the sun enjoying mango ice-creams from the Compagnie des Glaces on the sea front at Arromanches looking at the remains of the Mulberry Harbour.


The various teams all covered around 90 miles over the weekend which given some of the scouts were 10 years old shows real determination. The party arrived back at 2nd Bentley Scout HQ at 11pm on Monday so there were some

rather bleary eyes in school on Tuesday!

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