By the end of this year the Group will be loosing 6 adult leaders who have contributed 150 years to scouting between them.
For this reason new leaders are required urgently for both the Beavers and Cub Sections and the overall Group leadership/Management.
For further details please Click 'read more' below or contact Geoff Dunstan.
Group Review 2015
The local village Scout group continues to run an on-going programme of activities for Beavers (6 - 8 years) and Cubs (8 - 10½ years) and Scouts (10 ½ to 14 ½)
It is difficult for us all to appreciate how it feels to have the special needs that some others have but the Beavers have been trying to understand by playing games simulating blindness, limited mobility and deafness. They also have made a visit to Pets at Home to learn how to care for their pets. A sleepover is planned for the near future. The Cubs managed a very creditable 3rd place in the district Cub Scout push karts competition despite a very young team. They have had their annual pack holiday at Broadstone Warren campsite, getting dirty in the pothole system, ascending high climbing walls and creating Christmas gifts for parents.
The year ends as they sing carols at the Furze Hill old people's home in Kingswood. The Scouts are now at their strongest for many years enjoying an intensely packed programme including cooking their home grown vegetables, interrogating the MP for Dorking, (Sir Paul Beresford), Bush Tucker trials, bird box making, rugby and a visit to the Apple store. By the time this newsletter is published we will have held our annual event of selling Christmas trees in the grounds of Kingswood Primary School. In the New Year, young people from all sections are going to Chipstead's Courtyard theatre to see a presentation of ‘The Jungle Book’. As always I am thankful to all the young people for their enthusiasm and to parents for their support. The search is now on for new leaders for the future. In particular for next year we need a new group leader and cub leader(s).
These positions enable adults to join in a well-established Association aimed at realising the potential of our young people and have rewarding fun in doing so. If you (or anyone you know) would like to know more about these opportunities, please contact me. Geoff Dunstan Group Scout Leader
Friday 4th July was the 9th Reigate Scout Troop group AGM. The AGM official business was dealt with at first ( a copy of the minutes is shown below), and was followed by awards and badge achievements from all of the sections. We had a great summary speech from our GSL, and a very complimentary piece from Steve Robinson the district commissioner.
After the main speeches we had some great entertainment from the beavers and a short slide show of photographs taken at the recent scout-about event. The evening finished of with burgers, sausages and some welcome refreshments for the parents. Our thanks go out to all who have helped the 9th Reigate have another hugely successful year.
The Scouts from our group have just spent a hectic weekend at Scoutabout - a camp at the south of England showground for 4,500 scouts and Guides from Surrey.
With a choice from over 200 activity bases to choose from there was something for everyone. You might expect opportunities for climbing, abseiling, canoeing, outdoor cooking, assault courses, knot tying etc etc, but there was also indoor crafts, painting, a science bases with microscopes looking at moving lavae, blacksmiths giving instructions in decorative ironwork, model train rides, quad bikes, target shooting, archery, reptiles and owls, etc etc. And there were especially long queues for the black hole caving complex, zorbs, off-road buggies and car driving and that thrilling, high speed bungee slide.
This was a camp in tents with the usual camp cooking and opportunity to live together and make friends for a couple of days - Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. We were all able to see many other scout troops and Guide companies in action and realize that we share similar interests. The tuck shop seemed popular to all!! We were impressed as a spitfire from the battle of Britain memorial flight did a flypast and four low level passes - it does happen at many camps!.
On Saturday night two rock bands led the noisy entertainment whilst the scouts and guides danced and waived in unison. A talent competition was held on the first day so that the best were able to entertain the whole camp just before the closing ceremony. This ceremony was a formal bit with a diverse array of flags being presented to a peal of bells.