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We are the 1st Brookwood Scouts Cubs and Beavers group. We meet on a Friday evening at Brookwood, in the district of Woking.

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Our members take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, visits, community events, good turns, map reading, camp cooking and first aid along with plenty of outdoor activities. Parents tell us their children benefit hugely from the adventures, fun and friendships they experience. It can help develop social skills and independence, and give them access to some amazing and memorable opportunities.

They will also have the opportunity to take part in the fun and excitement of camps and sleepovers. It’s a real adventure for them.

If you would like to join us please go to our contact us page, we would love to hear from you.

Fire Station visit

On 17th March more than 35 Beavers and Cubs visited Woking Fire Station in its new(ish) home for a combined evening event.  After an introductory talk by fire-fighters Marty and Mike, we were shown around the watch room and then given a detailed viewing and explanation of the fire engines and all the equipment they carry. 

  

Moving outside, we we introduced to the fire tower, experiencing the “cosmetic smoke” as well as pitch dark – two of the major challenges in a fire rescue situation.  It was clear that the most exciting activity came at the end of the evening when one of the fire engines was moved into the outside area and each young person was able to operate a fire hose – some very broad smiles were evident as they sprayed water and tried to give the adults a good soaking…

 

We were incredibly lucky to spend two hours there uninterrupted by emergency callouts, and are very grateful to the Watch for their welcome and for taking the time to host such a large group.  The Beavers and Cubs were superbly well behaved, and full of questions (memorably “can you fight fire with fire?” and “can you walk on water?”) which the unflappable fire-fighters fielded without breaking stride – proving that they are indeed ready for anything!

Experiencing Science Day

One Saturday afternoon 12 Beavers from 1st Brookwood joined a number of other local Beaver Sections in a Science Day held at Knaphill.  Overall some 50+ Beavers took part in a range of practical activities and experiments including:

  • nature – artefacts from the natural world
  • sensory – identifying substances by feel and by smell; sound experiments
  • magnetism
  • simple electric circuits & potato powered clocks
  • air rocket building (and “stomping”)
  • fluids – densities, acid/alkali, food dyed flowers, chromatography
  • gases – CO2 volcano, seeing how how candles burn oxygen, rising & sinking raisins in lemonade, yeast inflated balloons

 

The stomp rockets were popular, with some even disappearing over the Scout Hut roof!  As well as squash and biscuits at half-time (an activity on digestion?) the Beavers all went home with big smiles (and shoe boxes filled with the results of their experiments) as well as having earned the Experiment Activity Badge.  

It was fantastic to be able to represent 1st Brookwood at the event, and the Beavers made us proud with their good behaviour and enthusiasm.  Our thanks go to Woking District for organising the fun-filled afternoon, to Geraldine Meldrum-Dolan (our Assistant District Commissioner for Beavers) for running the session, and to all the volunteer helpers on the day who ran the stands, assisted the Beaver groups, and made tea throughout!

It has been quite a while since we last attended an event outside of the 1st Brookwood Group – and now we have had such a good experience we hope this will lead to greater adventures.

Quiz Night success

On Saturday 18 March the 1st Brookwood Group Scout Executive Committee held the annual quiz night at a packed Brookwood Memorial Hall. The event was the main fundraising activity for the year and raised over £1,000. It was wonderful to see such support from the local community and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone that came along, especially the volunteers who prepared and served the curry and ploughman’s, those that organised the raffle and of course the quiz master and helpers who prepared and delivered a brilliant set of rounds. Games of heads and tails and rolling £1 coins towards three mystery bottles added to the enjoyment on the night and assisted the fundraising effort. We look forward to next year’s event.