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Scout Water Activities Weekend

An absolutely fantastic weekend was had by all. The weather was as close to perfect as it could have been. Activities were well organised, food was adequate and ready at all the right times. All the Scouts were well behaved and seemed to be enjoying themselves (provided they kept their hands out of their pockets).

Of all the activities on offer the most popular appeared to be Kayaking although Bob was expecting the Bell boating to be the most popular, Dragon boating was rather hard work.

To see some photos of the trip click here or visit the Gallery page.

Sightseeing Sprint

This half term saw some of the Scouts take part in our sponsored ‘Sightseeing Sprint’, the aim was to try and visit as many London sights as we could in one day with a target of 100.  We started as soon as the rush hour was over from Sainsbury’s car park, Purley way.  During the day we used bus, tram, tube, boat, train and foot (we sat on some Boris bikes but did not ride them) to get around.  In the end we only managed 74 Sights which was a really great effort by everyone.  We took photos as we went around and posted some of them to a blog live so that parents could follow our progress (Scout Blog).  The gallery of photos for our 74 sights and a couple of extra pics. are here.

Expedition 2010

The weather was good most of the time, ice in the morning was a bit of a surprise. All the Scouts did really well keeping good humoured throughout the expedition despite tiredness, minor aches and pains, ice/sunshine, James’s jokes and Bob’s Noodles. We must also thank or excellent support team (Tom) for ferrying around all the kit and closing roads for us. I would also like to apologise to the parents as the road in to camp was a little uneven. We shot a little bit of video, please forgive the music choice and the photos are available here


Scarefest 2011

The Scouts had a good time at Scarefest again this year, the weather was kind to us and there where a few new activities that we had not done before.  The Show was amazing as usual, we tried to film the show but in all the excitement we pressed the wrong buttons and only took still pictures I have however found someone else’s video on you tube that i have included here.  Our pictures can be seen here.

February Freeze Camp 2012

The Scouts have recently returned from the February Freeze Camp,  This was the first time we had tried this event at Chalfont St. Peter’s PACCAR camp site.  Previous winter camp was at Gilwell in January, where we had snow and freezing temperatures.  Being a bit further away from Christmas the timing of this camp was better and the weather, the weather was almost as good as summer camp.  The food was O.K. apart from the scrambled egg!  There was a nice selection of activities and a good atmosphere generally.  We took some video as a small reminder of what we got upto.  We also try to upload photos from events and camps, power permitting as we go along to ourEvents Blog so call in there to see a few more photos from this and previous events.


Olympic Torch Relay

Bob made it to the starting point in the nick of time, for training from LOCOG and a warm up courtesy of Coca Cola. Then off to the street to take his place waiting for the flame to arrive.

I have an enormous ~~THANK YOU~~ to say to all the people that made the extra special effort to come and see me live at such an early hour on a Sunday morning.


The torch-bearing experience was a huge honour and a once in a lifetime experience for me. I was nominated and awarded my place on the Olympic torch relay through my volunteering with the Scout Association. I hope my experience will show the young people that anything is possible. To the adults maybe you would consider volunteering, not necessarily scouting as your interests and the need could be elsewhere.

You can catch the video of my ‘run’ here at the BBC I have also added some pictures of the apprentice touchbearers in our gallery!

Our Volunteering page.

Some more pictures.


Comic Relief

The Scouts had a bash at recreating some comedy classics from the two Ronnies and Monty Python.

The “Four Candles” sketch, originally titled “The Hardware Shop” was Written by Ronnie Barker under the pseudonym of Gerald Wiley, it was first broadcast on Saturday, 18 September 1976. At Barker’s memorial service in Westminster Abbey, the cross was accompanied up the aisle by four candles instead of the usual two.

The “Dead Parrot Sketch”, alternatively and originally known as the “Pet Shop Sketch” was written by John Cleese and Graham Chapman and initially performed in the show’s first series, in the eighth episode (“Full Frontal Nudity,” which first aired 7 December 1969). At Graham Chapman’s memorial service, John Cleese used lines from the sketch in his eulogy.

Follow these links for the original Sketches Four Candles Dead Parrot.

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