Scout Section Annual Report. 365 Days of Adventure
17th May 2012
1st Eynsford & Farningham Scout Troop AGM Report May 2012
The Troop currently has 30 Scouts, the largest in the District at present and that is really the maximum the hall can comfortably hold. This represents growth of the Troop of 45%.
It's been another extremely busy and active year for the troop. There have been a vast amount of badges gained across the board including: Global, Creative, Fitness, Community, Adventure, Outdoor, Outdoor Plus and Promise Challenge badges; Emergency Aid 1, Hikes Away 1, Musician 2, various stages of Nights Away, Swimmer 1 and 2, DIY, Camp Cook, Chef, Craft, Guide, Martial Arts, Master at Arms and Scout Mate.
Just touching the surface, a few major activities to mention during the past year are: -
- Back-to Basics Camp at Westerham where the Scouts, amongst other things, learnt backwoods cooking and how to use knives and axes properly.
- Summer Camp at Great Tower next to Windermere in the Lake District. Here amongst beautiful scenery and weather the Scouts swam in Coniston, climbed the fell Cat Bells, canoed on Derwentwater, took a steam boat on Windermere, shopped in Keswick, visited a car museum, chose their daily menu and enjoyed the campsite’s Summer Spectacular day where they were able to crate stack, climb high ropes, try archery and watch an evening fireworks display.
- Ice Skating at Glow, Bluewater
- Visited Howletts Zoo
- Raised money for WaterAid
- Pioneering projects such as Catapults and Free-standing flagpoles
- Cooked a stir-fry meal for Chinese New Year and ate Haggis on Burns Night
- Map-reading and compass work to prepare for County Hike
- Fundraising for our forthcoming Summer camp in August to De Kluis, Belgium
By far the major achievements of the year, of which we are extremely proud and the
Scouts concerned deserve mention individually by name, are:
- Swanley District Swimming Gala – 1st Place Scouts; Ellena, Lucy, Philippa, Archie, Matthew & Calum.
- County Scout Hike (Bronze 6 mile event) - 1st Place; Callum, Harry, Sam and 4 other Scouts from 6th Swanley
- 10 Chief Scout Gold Award – the top award a Scout can achieve: Ellena, Louise, Philippa, Lottie, Callum, Callum, Calum, Matthew, Frankie and Robert.
Scout(s) of the Year
This award simply cannot be given to just one person this year. The all-girl Kingfisher Patrol have shown true Scouting spirit, teamwork and friendship continually throughout the year. The award is very well deserved and proudly given to Ellena, Louise, Philippa, Ellie and Lucy.
With sincere thanks to Bruce and Pete for all their continued support and enthusiasm without which all the above would not have been possible.