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Surrey Scouts’ Annual Review 2013-2014

Susanne-Marie’s Story

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02/12/2014 Blog


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.


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.

Gang Show Time!

Surrey Heath Scouts and Camberley Division Guides are delighted to invite you to their Gangshow: Let’s Entertain you!  The Show is on 27th and 28th March 2015.  Download the flier here.

Frost Camp 2015

Surrey Scouts Frost Camp was deemed a success with approx. 350 Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders enduring cold conditions. 

Scouts and Guides from Guildford, Godalming, Dorking, Farnham, Woking, Caterham, Reigate as well as other areas in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire camped over and participated in over 50 activities.  The Scouts enjoyed Archery, Air rifle shooting, Air Pistol Shooting , Climbing, Abseiling, Go Karting, Zip Wire, Laser Tag, Adventure Course, skittle alley, backwoods cooking, pool, table tennis, campfire, a big wide game and much more with evening entertainment.

The Scouts had a fantastic time as their own words show:

Even the adults had a great time.  Phil, a member of the service crew, said, “I have given my time up to assist with the Air Rifle Shooting and Archery this weekend and its great to see the faces of the Scouts hit the target if they haven’t shot before.”

Reigate District Archery Tournament

Jordan Heights Scout Camp Site - February 2015

Best Unit Award






Individual Award



Well done to all the teams that entered a very good standard and a very close competition and a new name on the trophy.

The Winning Unit will receive the District Shield and paint balling tickets for 10 people for their Unit.  The Individual Winner will receive a trophy.  


1st/2nd Horley

68 points


9th Horley  

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66 points


6th Reigate 

64 points


2nd Reigate

54 points


30th Reigate 

25 points



9th Horley  

39 points



2nd Reigate 

32 points



&nb sp; 1st/2nd Horley

30 points



6th Reigate 

29 points

Explore Scout & Network Scout Leader Support Day


A training day for Explorer Scout Leaders and Network Scout Leaders to support delivery of Quality Scouting in Surrey will be held in June. The day will focus in particular on elements that we believe make a big difference to the quality of scouting for the 14-25 age group. This day builds on the experience of a successful day in the Autumn and provides a further opportunity.

The day is aimed particularly at those working directly in the planning and delivery of Explorer and Network Scouting, whether as section leaders or assistants. It does not count specifically towards the Wood Badge but can be counted as part of on-going training.

The day will focus on four main areas:

For full details, click here

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