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100 years of Cub Scouting

Cubs100 Celebration


On Friday 16th December Haslemere Hall was buzzing with about 150 excited Cub Scouts from around Haslemere and District, excited perhaps at the thought of being able to perform on that famous stage, many of them in fancy dress for their particular stint.  It was, of course, exactly 100 years since Baden-Powell founded the Wolf Cub section as it was then in 1916, the main purpose of this evening being the renewal of their Promise at precisely 7.16 p.m. (1916). This was being done all over the Country at exactly the same time. The evening was compered by Chris Lloyd the Asst. District Commissioner for Cub Scouts.  The District Commissioner Fr Jonathan How was present, as was the Haslemere Deputy Mayor, who said he had enjoyed the whole evening so much, as it brought back happy memories of his days in the Cubs.


1st Camelsdale Pack, representing the 1920's, opened the evening with a Bugsy Malone song, followed by the 1st Haslemere Pack representing the 1930's. This was the year the 999 system and the FIFA World Cub started, and the first woman was to fly across the Atlantic. They sang "The wonderful wizard of Oz". Next came 1st Hindhead Pack representing the 1940's and they sang "Rudolf the red nosed reindeer".  Then came another bunch from 1st Camelsdale Pack all dressed in blue & white striped tops complete with prison numbers, and of course they sang and danced to "Jailhouse Rock". 


1st Chiddingfold Pack represented the 60's and sang and danced to a Beatles number "Help" complete with the letters H - E - L - P which they held up every time the word was mentioned.


Next came 1st Fernhurst Pack representing the 70's and the "Punks" with the best collection of wigs ever to be seen.


The final entertainment spot was 1st Churt Pack who sang "You've got a friend in me".



At 7.16 p.m. precisely, all of the Cubs in a large circle around the hall, renewed their Cub Scout Promise led by Fr Jonathan How, and then the largest (and noisiest) Grand Howl heard for a long time took place.


Then arrived "The Peace Light" carried in by Ken Lindup, the chairman of 1st Chiddingfold. 


Sarah Brough the Vicar of St. Mary's at Chiddingfold outlined the story behind the light which had its origins in Austria and is now distributed throughout Europe.  It is an unbroken light originating in Bethlehem carrying a message of peace. It came into Dover in the custody of the Captain of a ferry for safety reasons, and from Haslemere Hall, lights that have been taken from it will be in Churches around the area over the Christmas period.


Then it was food time in the annexe so there was a mass exodus from the hall. A fantastic evening all round.

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.


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.