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St George’s Day 2017

300 Scouts, their parents and Scout leaders gathered together at Woking Football Club’s stadium to celebrate St George’s day this Sunday.  It was different from the normal town centre occasion and saw EVERYONE getting involved!

Accompanied by a marching band as they paraded into the stadium holding their Section flags, the Scouts and their parents were then treated to an “alternative” George and the Dragon story performed by Network in their usual unique and brave fashion!  Beavers and Cubs played an exciting game of Cat and Mouse, but with George and a Dragon instead of the traditional animals. All the Scouts renewed their promises and the day was wound up by the Explorers’ Samba and doughnuts!

Woking District Commissioner, Liz Pocknell, exclaimed,

“This afternoon was fabulous and very, very different from the normal town centre occasion. From the smiles throughout I think that everyone had a good time. I had lots of people come up to me and congratulate all the Scouts involved.  I am a very proud DC today.  I would also like to day a big thank you to James Darby for being the compere and host.”

If you want to find out more about joining the Woking District Scout adventure please contact dc@wokingscouts.org.uk

Inter Counties Shooting Competition 2017

The Surrey Lions shooting team attended the National Scout Inter-counties shooting Competition in the Midlands. The team consisted of 8 Scouts/Explorers, with 4 from Woking District. They came a very credible 5th overall (10 metre rifle and pistol) out of 11 Counties competing. Cheshire was first, followed by West Sussex, Greater London South West and Greater Manchester West.

The remaining team members came from Leatherhead and Epsom Districts – but half a team is a first for Woking!

The Surrey Lions 2017 shooting team members from Woking were:-

  • JJ Culshaw – Challengers
  • Tom Wells – Horsell Somers
  • Edward Blewitt – Sheerwater
  • Jenna Culshaw - Knaphill

Izzy Crane from Send was not selected but came very close indeed.  We have high hopes for next year if she keeps up the good work.

However, based on his overall shooting performance over the weekend JJ Culshaw (Challengers) received an invitation to join the National Scout shooting squad – very well done, JJ. This is a highly regarded enterprise and needs significant commitment from its members who train every month and compete in various national competitions outside of Scouting.

Following best practice we have some pointers on how to improve the Surrey County team selection and practice sessions for next year.  We are aiming for even better results!

The event was managed by John Pain of 1st Knaphill Scouts and thanks to him for organising training sessions for all our sharp shooters.

The date for next year’s comp is the 7-8 April 2018 (in case anyone from Woking is selected again!)

 

Six Woking Aviators Presented with Prestigious Explorer Belt Award

Six members of Woking Aviators Scout Network, Will, Ben, Freddie, Henry, Frazer and Charlie, planned and embarked on a two-week expedition across Norway in August to gain their Explorer Belt Award.

Their expedition encompassed a short stay in Oslo followed by a strenuous 4 day trek across the Hardangervidda National Park and then a canoe expedition down the 105Km Telemark canal, crossing lakes and through locks while camping en route. They felt as though they had completed 2 Queen’s Scout expeditions in a single trip and returned exhausted, excited and ready for their next adventure.

They completed a major project, that was to look at the development of industry in Norway from a wood and pulp based economy through to the production of heavy water during the Second World War and ending up becoming a world leading chemical producing society. Their route was determined by a number of historical locations.

They also completed a number of mini projects including searching for a local delicacy, enacting a Roald Dahl book, climbing a lighthouse and a Diceman challenge (asking local people for 6 options, throwing a die and undertaking the challenge indicated by number on the die!) On their way they sampled local food, saw stunning views, paddled in complete silence, met local people, got cold, got wet, saw snow, basked in sunshine.

They borrowed canoes and accommodation from local Scout groups and met local Scouts. They wore their scarves the entire time, and were surprised to be greeted by many people who offered their left hand and the Scout sign (despite not speaking English)!

The team kept the world up to date with news of their travels via Facebook and Twitter, where even Tim Kidd (UK Chief Scout Commissioner) commented on their tweets.

The six Aviators delivered their initial presentation to County and District representatives, as well as their fellow unit members, who agreed that they are worthy recipients of the Explorer belt.

They kept a video diary of their travels and have produced a series of short films to inspire others to undertake a similar journey. The trailer for which is available on YouTube Woking Aviators Explorer Belt 2016 - Official Trailer

On Saturday 17th December at the World Wildlife Fund Headquarters, Woking, the team premiered their full length documentary of their film that the team members edited themselves. They were joined by family & friends as well as many Scouting friends.

County Commissioner for Surrey, Joe Rogerson & Woking District Commissioner Liz Pocknell, together congratulated Ben, Charlie, Fred, Frazer, Henry & Will on their achievement & presented them with their Explorer Belts.

Follow our further adventures on Twitter @AviatorNetwork or our Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/AviatorsNetwork/

 

Woking Districts Scout Join Together for Remembrance Sunday 2016

170 of our Woking District Scouts gathered in the centre of Woking this Sunday for a well-attended remembrance service. With flags dipped during the two minute silence and at the alert, waiting for the dignitaries to arrive from the council offices, the sunshine was warm and welcoming.

Liz Pocknell, District Commissioner said,

“Of the 170 of our Scouts, 80 were Explorers so well done to them for coming out in force!  Allof  the youngsters were impeccably behaved despite standing for a long period of time; they should all be very proud of themselves.”

Woking Scouts Mean Business

The Woking District Scouts team was out in force at the Woking’s Chamber of Commerce “Woking Means Business” event in October.  Liz Pocknell, Woking District Commissioner, headed up the Scouts’ stand across the day with a very enthusiastic group of leaders and other volunteers, whose aim was to not only raise Woking District Scout’s profile, but to recruit further volunteers to become part of the Scouting adventure in Woking; the picture below shows Nikki Evenden, Group Scout Leader at 8th Woking, being enthusiastic on a hover board at the event!

Liz said,

“We have had a really successful day as we have managed to recruit a couple of volunteers right here.  The next step is to build on this success and to work more closely with local, Woking businesses to see if their employees might want to become leaders, so that we can offer more groups to the youngsters in the area.  Scouting really helps to define our youth, however, it can also shape those who volunteer, by not only increasing their skill sets from a CV point of view, but by allowing them to be part of the exciting Scout family, where there is never a dull moment!”

Also in attendance at the event was Woking Borough’s Council’s Councillor Kingsbury, who is pictured below with some of the Scouting team.  The team, from left to right are John Brown, District Treasurer, Jean Smith, Resource Centre Manager, Councillor Kingsbury and Liz Pocknell, District Commissioner.

For more information on volunteering for Woking District Scouts please email dc@wokingscouts.org.uk

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At their May Fayre on 1st May, the 1st Send (St Mary's) Scout Group, led by Mark Silcock, escorted the May Queen whilst wearing blue wigs. Mark, caretaker for a local school, was inspired to get behind the campaign as one of the pupils at the school, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Not only did Mark get his Scout Group involved, but he also dyed his hair bright blue and had it styled on the day into a mohican! (last year it was bright pink!) Mark has raised a wonderful £295 so far. Don't forget, Mark has actually dyed his hair so will be blue for a while to come!

They had a lot of fun being silly for a serious cause. All the leaders were very proud of the Beavers Cubs and Scouts on the day showing how young people can make a positive difference. They were also grateful to Goldsworth Park Scouts for taking part in the tug of war with us.

If you would like to donate to Harrison's Fund follow this link to Mark’s just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Silcock2