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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Cub Scout Muir Trophy
Teams from all of the 6 Packs in Haslemere District entered this year’s competition, which took place over a distance of 4 miles in and around Fernhurst, on Sunday 16th October, getting out as far as Blackdown, Fernden Lane, and Lurgashall Winery. The morning started with torrential rain and it was thought the event might have to be called off, but by start time of 11.00 a.m. the weather improved and remained so until the finish at 4.30 p.m. Over the course the teams had to take part in a number of activities which were marked for success, teamwork, efficiency, and morale. These included an obstacle course, a blindfold trail, minesweeper using co-ordinates to avoid the mines, a teamwork challenge picking up bottles with a spider of ropes and elastic bands, making a stretcher, and moving water with least spillage. The teams also had to carry a fresh egg. If it got to the finish unbroken there was a bonus of 10 points, cracked there was a bonus of 5 points, and smashed there was nothing.
Haslemere finished the course in 3rd position with 98 points, but gaining 10 points for an unbroken egg, they finished in joint FIRST position with Fernhurst, who had gained 5 points for a cracked egg. Both scored 108 points. The runners up were Camelsdale B team with 103, followed by Grayshott with 102. Other results were Camelsdale A 101, Hindhead 91, and Chiddingfold 80.
The Asst. District Commissioner for Cub Scouts, Chris Lloyd, thanked everyone for taking part, Fernhurst Group for the refreshments, and Tim Braithwaite, the Cub Scout Leader at Fernhurst, for organising such a successful and enjoyable event.
The winning teams from Haslemere and Fernhurst who will have to share the trophy.
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.