Our aim is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.
The method of achieving the aim of the association is by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training, based on the scout promise and law and guided by adult leadership and to have loads of FUN doing it!
YOU could be part of this, for Leaders & helpers are always wanted around the District, and at this time particularly for the Beaver Scout Section (6-8 year olds). Why not give it a try, you'll never regret it, and once "bitten" you will wonder why you have never thought of it before. There is no long term commitment, and training is given. Interested? Contact the acting District Commissioner Father Jonathan How on 01483 892217 or click on "Join the Adventure"
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Scout Section Muir Trophy
Haslemere and District Scouts annual "Muir Trophy" competition took place recently. Organised by newly appointed Asst. District Commissioner for Scouts Peter Callender, Troops could enter teams of 4-6 Scouts. They had to complete a 7Km hike around the Marley Common area, during which they had to tackle 6 challenges. This took 4 hours, and points were awarded 12,10,8,6,4 judged by Leaders from the District. Challenges included mini pioneering (building the tallest flag pole); nature (recognising leaves & animals); nuclear bomb (moving it from one circle to another using just ropes); estimating (using distances and compass bearings); and micro navigation (pegging out). Returing to the Camelsdale H.Q. the teams enjoyed an evening meal, followed by a traditional camp fire with songs, stunts, and games.
Sunday morning was bacon butty time, before the results were announced. 1st Haslemere Troop had entered 2 teams of 4, 1st Camelsdale 1 team of 6, and 1st Fernhurst 1 team of 4. The results were very close with 1st Fernhurst winning with 57 points, followed by 1st Haslemere A team with 55, 1st Camelsdale 53, and 1st Haslemere B with 51. The trophy, which has been in existence since 1926 was presented by John Stone, District Media Manager.
Hounds for Heroes
The boys and girls of 1st Churt Beaver Scouts have been busy working to gain their "My world" challenge badge. As part of this they had to identify a way they could help a local community. They held a Log Chew, and decided that they would raise money for Hounds for Heroes, a charity who provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women, of both the U.K. Armed Forces and the Emergency Services.
Allen Parton, founder of Hounds for Heroes came to visit the Colony with his two dogs EJ and Rookie. The Beavers learnt how the dogs were trained, and how they help their owners.
After some discussion the Beavers planned "Trek the rec". They decided to either cycle, hop, walk, or run around the local recreation ground in Churt. Sponsor forms were taken home and the process began. In the Easter holidays they congregated at the rec. and carried out the trek They trekked around the rec. over 150 times in total and helped each other along the way. All of the Beavers pushed themselves and really tried their best.
Allen and a colleague Rita, with EJ and Rookie, later visited the Colony again and were very pleased to receive £720.30 in sponsorship monies, and for their efforts the Beavers each received a Hounds for Heroes medal.
GOLD DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARDS
Two Explorer Scouts from Haslemere and District, Jonathan Russell & Emily Collins-Wingate, were honoured to be invited to St. James' Palace on 23rd February, to receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
They were among about 300 young people, around 60 of those representing Scouting. The group were presented with their awards in the Entree Room, the room where William & Kate announced their engagement, and afterwards Prince Phillip walked through and chatted to the participants, and Kate Humble the TV presenter chatted to them all, describing some really significant events in her life.
This award is not for the faint hearted, for it started with their expedition over 4 days and 3 nights, walking with all their kit on the western side of the Lake District in August 2014. There were two teams and the assessor remarked that they were the best he had come across.
Jonathan volunteered helping with the Camelsdale Cub Pack for 18 months and that included joining the summer camp at Blacklands Farm. For his physical he built up his swimming skills (lapsed since junior school age), assessed by a swim trainer from Godalming. His skills section was learning about conservation, working with the Lynchmere Society to learn about the use of tools, biodiversity and how to return land to heathland. Finally for his residential he joined a tall ships venture, and sailed over 5 days from Ipswich to Bruges in Belgium on a fantastic tall ship called the Stavros S Niarchos.
Emily for her physical learnt to tap dance at Stage One Youth Theatre for a production of "Anything goes" at Fareham's Ferneham Hall. For her skills she performed as Miss Lynch in a production of "Grease" at Ferneham Hall. For volunteering she assisted at 1st Harting Cub Pack, and for her residential she spent a week at Nottingham University called Vet-MedLink. This was a week of lectures mimicking being a vet student.
Jonathan is now at Alton College studying for "A" levels, and Emily is in her first year at Surrey University studying Veterinary Medicine.