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Surrey Scouts’ Annual Review 2015-2016

Our year infographic


Operation Flare: they set off 14th and came in 1st!

The St Nicolas 9th Guildford team celebrate

winning Operation Red Flare 2017

A triumph for St Nicolas 9th Guildford!  They take up the story…

“As we set off into the darkness of the North Downs, we knew we were in for a tough and tiring hike.”  Operation Red Flare is a challenging, competition night-hike organised each March by our neighbouring Scout county GLSW.  With the location varying each year, the navigation is always testing, and the incidents require teamwork and a wide range of scouting skills.

“Starting 14th, the route from Boidierhurst to Ranmore and back, seemed to be all exhausting hills and never-ending paths.  But we moved quickly in the early stages, and by checkpoint 5 we had caught up and overtaken a lot of teams.  Getting back at 2am we were amazed to find we were the first team back.  At the prize-giving next morning, we were even more amazed to find out that of the 32 Network and Explorer teams, not only were we the top scoring Explorer Unit, but that we had won the whole competition.”

Cyclocross 2017

Surrey Scouts ran another highly successful Cyclocross competition for Scouts and Explorer Scouts recently.  View the whole gallery HERE.

101 Not Out

Good Friday saw the 101st Good Friday breakfast which is a tradition held by St Nicolas/9th Guildford Scout Group.

The tradition which is held every Good Friday started 101 years ago, where the Scouts from the group who had been working in the 1st world war as motor cyclist couriers, drove from their HQ in Guildford to the Hurtwood Inn in Peaslake.

Over the years, motorbikes turned to cycles and members of the group now cycle to Peaslake, this has now turned to a walk up Pitch Hill

The group, the largest in the district has contributed towards an overall increase of numbers in Guildford West which grew by 18% over the last year.

Cath Anderson, Beaver Scout Leader for the group said that she is a leader as she has opportunities to try new activities, she wouldn’t of otherwise got to do.

Guildford St George’s Day Parade 2017

It was a glorious sight as Beaver’s Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorer Scouts from Guildford West and Guildford East Scout Districts paraded up Cathedral Hill with their flags fluttering in the wind.

The parade started at the University of Surrey, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year and has supported this event for the last 30 years.

The service which was held to celebrate St George (the patron saint of Scouting) which this year fell on St George’s Day. The scaffold filled Cathedral was able to seat everyone and was reviewed by Gordon Jackson, Mayor of Guildford and Joe Rogerson (County  Commissioner).  The service was led by he Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Reverend Andrew Watson.

During the service all members renewed their promise which was led by the Assistant District Commissioners (Sections) and the District Commissioner. 

This year’s parade was the first for 1st Weyfield Cubs who meet at Weyfield School during school hours: they said that they enjoyed the event and are starting to feel part of their district.

George a Cub Scout from Guildford said it was amazing to see so many flags flying.

Scoutabout KIX World Scout Jamboree Roverway 2018

Expedition Challenge

Over the weekend of 12-14 May, 18 teams from across Surrey participated in the County Scouts Expedition Challenge. 8 teams were in the competition with another 10 participated as training teams. The event was a hiking and camping competition which involves camping and cooking for two nights with two days of hikes totaling 37 km. All teams were of a high standard and after the two days, in spite of a valiant effort by 1st Rydes Hill, 4th Weybridge won the trophy. St Nicolas 9th Guildford scored highest amongst the training teams.

Beavers Go Wild

What an amazing weekend!  The first ever Surrey Scouts Beaver Camp took place at Bentley Copse.  259 Beavers and their leaders joined in an exciting collection of activities including climbing, archery, push ball, camouflage activities - all sorts!  The fun continued on Sunday morning after a good night’s sleep under canvas!

Scoutabout 2017 - Awesomeness Defined!

What a truly incredible weekend!

With over 6000 people on site including young people, leaders and the support teams, Scoutabout 2017 was a stunning event!  There were over 200 activities for the Scouts and Guides to try and many, many challenge for them to face including The Black Hole caving complex, the high abseil tower, kayaking, shooting, bus driving, quad bikes as well as loads of smaller but just as awesome smaller events.  New for this year was the drone flying activity - what a lot of skills were needed!

Performing on the Scoutabout stage this year were Reuben Gray, Hannah Dorman and David Coslett.  We also had the return of Scoutabout’s Got Talent!

The Media Team are sorting the 5000+ pictures.  There is a sample below but click HERE to see the full gallery.

Check out the social media feeds too in order to catch anything you missed:


Water Success!

The 7th Epsom Explorers decided to support WaterAid as their chosen charity this year and so in February they had a representative of WaterAid give them  a presentation, telling them all about their charity and the projects they run. The Explorers  set up a small committee to organise the fundraising and they decided to try and do something different in order to raise money. So last Sunday, 9th July, they held a WaterAid Bath Push in Epsom and also had a bottle and chocolate tombola in the market square.

After much planning, collecting and labelling of chocolate and bottles, folding of raffle tickets, decorating and mobilising of the bath - they were ready. It was a very hot day and, sadly, the bath was too heavy for its wheels, so it only made a minor tour of Epsom town centre! But, the Explorers managed to raise a whooping £400 with their buckets, bottles and rapidly melting chocolate.

A huge thank you to the Beavers and Cubs for the donations of chocolate and the Scouts and Explorers for the bottles.

Well done to all the 7th Epsom Explorers who got involved, whether on the committee or on the day - you were amazing!

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