Scouts night hike

On Saturday 7th October, there was a district night hike, with 20 scout teams doing an 8 mile hike course in the Dorking area. This started at 8pm and finished at around 2:30 AM. 1st Brookwood fielded two teams, a training team who had less experience and so were supported by leaders, though did the tests by themselves, along with most of the navigation. There was also a Brookwood ‘A team’ who plotted a route and then walked the course on their own. The course had a number of checkpoints, where Scouts had to do tests on things like first aid, teamwork etc. We were very pleased with their performance, both groups worked well together as teams and supported each other.

The photo below is of the training team doing their first aid test at a checkpoint at around 1AM.

 

‘Swimming up’ ceremony

With a number of our Beavers recently turning 8 and therefore now old enough to move up to Cubs, on Friday evening there was a ‘swimming up’ ceremony for 7 of them. The Beavers sat on mats and waved goodbye to the rest of the colony and were pulled by Cubs using rope to bring them across the ‘river’. The Cubs happily accepted them into their pack and the ceremony was watched and enjoyed by family members of both sections.

 

Dampers fun

Our Cubs had a whale of time this term making dampers – filled with jam, marshmallows or chocolate spread, finding sticks outside and then cooking them over a camp fire. 

Scoutabout 2017

Scoutabout takes place every three years, and this time was at Ardingly for a full weekend. Approximately 5,000 scouts from all across Surrey attended. 1st Brookwood Scouts were there, as a combined group with the Knaphill Guides for the first time.

There were activities during the day, set up by the huge amount of scout and guide groups present, from drone flying, quad biking, blacksmiths, wood carving, paddle boarding and too many other things to mention. We as a group did a maze/orienteering that a large number of scouts enjoyed. There were concerts and films in the evening that were enjoyed by all. This was a highly successful event, and huge thanks to all the Scouts and Guide leaders who put all the effort into planning it.