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Beavers’ Christmas Treat Time 2017

Around 100 enthusiastic Beavers from across Woking District Scouts gathered together on Saturday 25th of November at Knaphill Scout HQ to create a range of different Christmas treats for their friends and families.  The bi-annual event was attended by 8 different Beaver colonies and supported by about 30 adult volunteers.  The lively treat making sessions took place over two and a half hours, whereby the Beavers were split into groups and given 10 minutes at each table to create their own Christmas delights.  They were able to experience making Christmas truffles, decorations, candles, bookmarks and much more.

Geraldine Meldrum-Dolan, Assistant District Commissioner for Beavers, said,

“We have been running these sessions since 2012 and they are still as popular as ever.  Not only do the children get to experience the making of these wonderful treats but they get to meet fellow Beavers from across Woking.   It certainly is a very lively session, but we have the adult volunteers here to help; their assistance is absolutely vital.  And of course we are all now in a very festive mood!”

Geraldine carried on saying a big thank you to each of the Beaver colonies for designing the craft and food activities that the children took part in.

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



1st St Johns Scouts attend The Friends of the New Forest Airfield (FONFA) Remembrance Sunday Memorial

Whilst on Cycle Camp in the New Forest over Remembrance weekend, the 1st Johns Scouts joined FONFA for their Remembrance Sunday memorial.  They were very much welcomed by the people who run this registered charity, who photographed them standing proudly at their memorial; you can see this below.

If you want to find out more about FONFA please go to their website https://fonfasite.wordpress.com/


Woking District Scouts Incident Night Hike - November 2017

This exciting annual event will be taking place this weekend at our Birchmere Campsite - watch this space for who went and what happened when the Scouts adventured into the night...


Come and join the Network

This is a reminder to all Leaders in Woking aged between 18 & 25, that you are welcome to join us, as you are automatically members of Aviators Network & UK Network.
We will be meeting all summer and got together recently to plan our programme until the New Year, including looking at covering the Queen's Scout Award, D of E, Explorer Belt Award & Scout of the World Award. We meet 52 weeks a year but we do not expect weekly commitment from anyone as life is so busy!
Contact me or get in touch via any of the contacts below if you are interested.
Thank you.
Twitter: @AviatorNetwork


A Big Thank you from Hilary!

Hilary Harris would like to say a BIG thanks to all the District for the wonderful gifts you kindly gave her for being ADC CS from 2010 to 2017.  She says,

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my term as ADC CS and know that my successor Tracey Gates will have as much fun (if not more) than I have had.  Moving on I will be concentrating on my role as Akela for 1st Goldsworth Park Cub Pack but still helping at District & County events."












We all wish Hilary the best for the future!


Cub Camp May 2017

On one of the sunniest weekends so far this year, 100 of Woking District’s Cubs enjoyed an adventure-packed Cub Camp at Birchmere.  The highest attended camp so far was crammed full of activity after activity including orienteering, pioneering, branding, fire lighting, backwoods cooking -twists and whole fish gutting, String Trail, archery and making friendship bracelets!  The campfire kept the kids warm at night and the hike to Semaphore Tower kept everyone fit.

A special thanks goes to Marc Platt from Byfleet and District Cub Scout Leader (DCSL) who organised the weekend and also to his team, who included Hilary Harris, Miranda Soane and Tim Hookins.

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

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!)

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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