Scouts & Guides Merge
3rd December 2009
Take one very successful Scout Troop, mix with an equally successful Guide Company and stir in a very busy Leader who runs both sections - and what do you get?
The answer is a Joint Scout & Guide Section a first in Swanley District. Angela Field heads the new section having previously been both Scout Leader and Guide Captain - while also running the Brownies & Rainbows and Swanley District adult leader training programme at the same time!
Angela sought - and got - permission from both Scout and Guide District Commissioners to run both sections together and so the 1st Eynsford & Farningham Scout Troop and 1st Farningham & Eynsford Girl Guides Company are now one and meet every Tuesday evening from 19:30 -21:00
The Guides have their own Patrol - the Dolphins - while the Scouts maintain their three Patrols but otherwise its just like any other Troop/Company meeting.
Both Groups work together really well and, when its boys versus girls, the female Scouts team up with their Girl Guides counterparts. It's all very civilised and well run by Angela and her assistants Andy, Kirstie, Lynne and Group Scout Leader Bruce MucKelt.
Said Angela: "It all makes perfect sense as I was running both Sections on different evenings. It now frees me up for one evening a week and both Sections enjoy the same programme."
The only real difference, maintains Angela, is that the Scouts get to do more cooking which involves eating more chocolate - not that anyone seems to be complaining.
Group Scout Leader, Bruce MucKelt commented " This is a big step towards us becoming a family Group. I wish the section every success for the future"