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Scouting in Schools
On Friday 24th February, over 90 pupils at Weyfield Primary Academy chose to make the Scouts’ promise as they were invested into Guildford’s newest Scout Group: 1st Weyfield. In January, Weyfield took the exciting step of becoming a Scouting school with four Cub Packs, affiliated with Guildford West District. The Cub Packs – Kestrels, Hawks, Falcons and Eagles – meet every Friday afternoon and currently consist of pupils in years 4 and 5; the school’s long-
Scouting in schools is not a new concept; however Weyfield is the first Surrey school to set up its own group and to officially include Scouting in its curriculum offer. Research has shown that children who participate in Scouting are likely to be more confident, resilient and have higher self-
A Really Rubbish Activity…
Girls and boys from Sheerwater Scout Group took part in the Great British Spring Clean last weekend and collected 41 bags of rubbish from around the estate.
The Scout Group joined up with the Sheerwater Neighbourhood team and Keep Britain Tidy for the Great British Spring Clean. Provided with litter picks, hi-
Scout, Martin, said “We picked up lots of drink cans, cigarette boxes and even saw some bikes thrown away. We had fun helping the environment."
Two of the younger members in Beaver Scouts wondered why people put rubbish in the bushes and gardens instead of the bin!
Sunday’s litter pickers were aided by the supermarket shopping trolley they uncovered, and used it to carry their filled sacks around until it was returned to it’s proper home.
Assistant Group Scout Leader, Kath Brown said: “ the young people really enjoyed helping with the Great British Spring Clean. They were astonished at what is just carelessly thrown away and so have learnt how important it is to the environment to dispose of rubbish properly. Their keen activity this weekend will help them to achieve their Chief Scouts Awards, and most importantly they had fun outside with their friends.
And Over in Warlingham…
Beavers, Cubs, Siblings, Parents, Leaders and a few members of the community set forth to rid Warlingham of litter. We doled out hi-
The picture to the left was taken on the Village Green, showing Beavers getting into the thick of it to get that litter out!
At the end of the day, we collected approximately 35 bags of litter and a tyre and a bicycle wheel, all of which were collected by Tandridge District Council by prior arrangement.
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-
“Starting 14th, the route from Boidierhurst to Ranmore and back, seemed to be all exhausting hills and never-
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.