During the May bank holiday weekend, the 1st Brookwood Scouts were fortunate to stay at the Earleywood Campsite for the first time and have it all to themselves. There was a late dinner after arrival on the first day with camping equipment set up under their own instruction.
The days were a mix of Spring and Summer weather but everyone hardly noticed when it rained while they played volleyball, archery, and sped up climbing walls under supervision. During fieldcrafts they made impromptu football goals, learned how to use heavy tools, and made their own meals. Saturday night’s meatballs were a big hit!
An adventure filled long weekend was had by all and it felt like Scouting was back in full swing again, and lockdowns felt like a distant memory.
During June 2021, six Senior Scouts from 1st Brookwood Scouts completed their first expedition towards the Chief Gold Scout award since lockdown restrictions have been lifted, hiking for 15 miles over two days in the Surrey Hills using an OS Map, and camping overnight near Farnham. The only participation from Scout leaders was at designated checkpoint sites.
The event was a first for one senior scout, and the participants are keen to do another expedition soon, so an overall success and good progress toward the Chief Gold Scout award.
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’.
After last years success, Brookwood Scouts was searching for high achievements again this year. Four teams entered from Brookwood.
Team A came in at second place, and were fastest at the orienteering. Team C were close behind in a respectable third place overall.
Teams B & D made an excellent effort and went home happy, but tired and very muddy! Overall it was a successful day for Brookwood Scouts and ended on a high before the lockdown put a halt to the group and outdoor activities.
1st Brookwood Scouts is a thriving group with waiting lists for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. We have some volunteering vacancies that have become available and with your help, we can continue to thrive:
– Parent Representative(s): We value your feedback so 1st Brookwood Scouts Group can improve and progress. Can you spare an hour for 3 or 4 times a year, to attend Group meetings, and provide feedback from a Parent’s perspective?
– Quarter Master: This role is for checking, maintaining and ordering equipment used in group excursions and activities. This role could be for one person or can be divided between a few volunteers, and is only required when events requiring equipment are scheduled, or when a stock-take is required. Training will be provided.
– 200 Club Administrator: Four 200 club draws take place annually. This role would collect payments for the draws and administer the members register as required. The system of administering the 200 Club is mature but training will be provided.
For any of the above roles please contact: email@example.com
Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Light held over five days between mid-October and mid-November, celebrating victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
The Cubs busily squeezed a mini-Diwali celebration into one session where candle holders were crafted, a cartoon video was viewed explaining the meaning behind Diwali, a Hindu dance was bravely performed by one of our Cubs, and finally a traditional Hindu buffet was generously provided by some expert Diwali festival-goers.
For more photos of this cultural experience, click here.
Over 80 people joined the bi-annual Family Camp, including Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, parents and leaders at Walton Firs Activity Centre, Cobham. We arrived on Friday evening to erect the tents, followed by a barbecue organised by the leaders.
On Saturday we split into manageable groups and took part in caving, high ropes, skittle alley, nightline, crate stacking and buggy building. In the evening the lightning-fast AGM announced the Beaver, Cub and Scout of the Year awards, and winner of the 200 Club. The evening ended with singing and socialising around a roaring camp fire. No one seemed to mind that it was now pouring with rain!
Sunday morning started with a full English breakfast and wide games. At the end of the weekend camping adventure we managed to get the tents down before the heavens opened.
Overall, the weather was kind to us (mostly!).
A huge thank you to all the organisers, leaders and especially the caterers, for another successful Family Camp! Please go here for more photos of the big adventure.