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Surrey Scouts’ Annual Review 2014-2015

Surrey Scouts Appoint a New County Commissioner


"The attraction of being part of the Big Adventure, in the powerhouse that is Surrey Scouting, was irresistible"  

Joe Rogerson


It is with great pleasure that we can confirm that Scout Headquarters has approved the appointment of Joseph (Joe) Rogerson as County Commissioner for Surrey with effect from the 2nd April 2016.   Joe is currently District Commissioner of Wimbledon and Wandle District in the GLSW Scout County, a position he has held for some 7 years following previous service at Group level.   His existing District comprises 18 Groups which he is swapping for the 18 Districts of Surrey!  

A former headmaster of two London inner-city schools, he currently works in industry and lives in Mitcham.  Joe is married with 3 adult children, all of whom have been in Scouting.  We are delighted that we have been able to appoint a County Commissioner who is so enthusiastic and committed to the role and who is such a worthy successor to Roxanna. 


"We were so fortunate to have such quality candidates and Joe is an excellent and worthy successor to Roxanna.  Surrey already has great Scouting and we are excited about what the future holds with Joe as County Commissioner".      

The Search Group



Bentley Copse Activity Centre FROST CAMP














Approx.500 Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Guides and Leaders camped at Surrey’s Frost Camp which was held over the weekend of January 15-17 at Bentley Copse Activity Centre.


Groups from Guildford West, Godalming, Knaphill, Farnham, Woking, Reigate, Dorking, Farnborough, Bookham, 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, backwoods cooking, laser tag but to name a few.  In the evening there was a campfire and disco.


In its tenth year of Frost Camp, the event has seen many different weather conditions and this year was no exception.  Below freezing temperatures saw a hard frost start on the Saturday morning opening up to a glorious sunny day, where Sunday saw the site wake up to snow and the children enjoying an all-out snow ball fight.


Jack aged 12 from Guildford said, “It was a great weekend with Quad biking being the best activity as it was a new experience” whilst Thomas aged 13 from Farncombe said,”This camp is great as you have the freedom of doing what activities you want to do.”


Carl, the Centre manager at Bentley Copse said that it had been “a great success with the snow topping off the weekend for the children. All the children had gone home full of joy and sorry to say the parents having lots of muddy clothes to wash!”

Congratulations Rowenna!


Congratulations to Rowenna Woodward from 1st Burstow!  She has been awarded the British Empire Medal by the Queen in the New Year’s Honours list and she was presented with her Medal at Copthorne Parish Hub, Borers Arms Road, Copthorne.  The award was presented on behalf Her Majesty the Queen by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper.

John Freebody, President of 1st Burstow said, “It was nice to see Scouts, Guides, parents and their leaders were in attendance from Burstow and Copthorne as Rowenna has been Beaver Leader and Leader in Charge at 1st Burstow and Assistant Guide Leader with Copthorne Guides over many years.”  Rowenna’s family joined the celebrations with proud parents Max and Heather, sisters, brother and friends supporting her including her Brownie Leader from her past. Two of her guest came down from Scotland to be part of this special occasion.

John continued, “Many congratulation from all of us. Long may you continue your service to youth in both Burstow and Copthorne and was nice to see many of the young people coming along to celebrate with you.”

Scouts replace Elmbridge Politicians for an evening

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 1st Oxshott were invited to the Council Chamber of the Elmbridge Civic Centre by the Mayor, Cllr Jan Fuller.  In full robes she welcomed the scouts and thanked them for their hard work at Christmas bag-packing which raised over £1,400 for Sparks, the Mayor’s charity.

There were lots of questions about the Mayor’s job and the scouts made posters about council services, before the Mayor chaired a debate between the scouts about whether there was enough recycling in Elmbridge.  Four scouts led the debate taking turns at being politicians –Jake and Kennedy argued that Elmbridge should be doing more, while Benedict and Thomas responded that there was enough or even too much focus on recycling in the borough. Cllr Fuller said: “I am so impressed with the speeches and all the contributions”.  

The evening finished with an award ceremony including presentation of the ‘double’ – Oxshott Scouts having won both the Esher District Scout Skills shield and First Aid trophy.  The Mayor presented two Chief Scouts Awards and thanked all the scouts and parents for coming.

What a Show!


1st Fetcham have been celebrating in style with their 75th Anniversary Gang Show.  It was held on Saturday 12th March at Fetcham Village Hall.  With two packed performances, the show pulled together Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, some slightly daft dads and all the leaders.  As Group Scout Leader, Anita Chamberlain said, “It was a great community event!”  


As well as being a celebration of 75 years, it was also an excellent way to launch Project HQ - a fundraising project for the Scout HQ!





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