While 2020 has been different and novel for 1st Brookwood Scouts, the restrictions enforced did not stop the group from finding alternative ways to continue to meet goals, achieve personal aims and group games, and overall discover a new resilience in the fundamental ethos of Scouting.
During the total lockdown, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers continued to gain badges by doing camp-outs in their own gardens, helping out at home, achieving personal challenges indoors, and completing treasure hunt challenges individually outdoors. These were all made possible by sharing photos and joining group video calls.
When the lockdown was lifted during the summer and it was considered safe to physically meet while maintaining social distances, a flurry of activity occurred such as night-hikes, wide-games and crafts all out in the open.
When restrictions were again tightened, video group calls were by now familiar to all and meeting resumed to meet and enjoy board-games, quizzes, and cooking together.
All in all, 1st Brookwood’s thinking outside the box in 2020 has helped everyone find new ways to do familiar activities and the learning experience has been fun and educational.
While Remembrance Sunday prevailed at The Cenotaph, locally this significant day was personalised individually by 1st Brookwood Scouts. Respects were paid by visiting Brookwood Cemetery, lining the streets where we live to clap at 11am, and other various socially distant ways to ‘Never Forget’.
In July the inaugural 1st Brookwood Cubs Water CAmp at the Explore Activity and Education Centre in Mytchett. The Cubs had an amazing time building rafts and kayaking as well as other activities including orienteering, bouldering and the low ropes. They loved singing songs and enjoying hot chocolate and marshmallows around the camp fire before spending a night under the stars. To see the photos from this brilliant camp please click here.
In June it was the County-organised triennial SCRAM (Surrey Cubs Run Amok) event, where 13 of our Cubs joined some 2,000 others from all Surrey Cub packs for a day of adventure, activities and fun in Epsom. Click here to see the action from a fun-packed day.
In the summer 1st Brookwood Cubs embarked upon a mass planting in the village to support Brookwood in Bloom, strengthening the community values that underpin the Scouting movement. To see the Cubs hard at work please click here.
This year 7 of the oldest Cubs went on the Back to Basics Camp organised by District. The theme was the Wild West and the camp line dance was a spectacle to behold. We were pipped into second place by 1 vote in the Campfire Entertainment – so looking to engage RADA coaching for revenge next year! To see the fun from the camp please click here.
This May 340 Beavers, including 18 Beavers from 1st Brookwood group, gathered from across the county at a Surrey Scouts camp site. They enjoyed a day of activities including Archery, wall climbing, catapults, crafts, camp fires and hot chocolate, followed by a night of camping. They arrived back tired, but happy. Our thanks to the County organisers and all the Leaders and parents that helped. Please click on the following link to see more.
For the final meeting of the term our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts along with their families enjoyed a fantastic evening of Chocolate Bingo. Congratulations to the winners of a line, a full house and those calling out the less well known Bingo sayings. Everyone that attended was treated to an Easter egg upon departure and the 1st Brookwood group would like to thank you everyone that came along to support the event. To see some photos from the event please click here.
In preparation for this year’s Mother’s Day the 1st Brookwood Cubs were busy making some lovely cupcakes and cards to surprise Mum’s on their special day. As you can see from the following link they had so much fun making and indeed tasting some of their efforts at the weekly Cub pack meeting.