A few weeks ago I attended a selection weekend for applicants who wanted a role as a unit leader taking the Surrey contingent to the World Scout Jamboree. There where 20 applicants and 20 observers. The observers where there to select just 8 of us to run the 2 units. The weekend consisted of constant observation as we completed a selection of team tasks and games. Even our cooking (Japanese of course) was observed. It was a gruelling time but I learnt much and it has lifted my enthusiasm for scouting.
I am pleased to tell you that I was selected as one of the unit members. As you can imagine, I am very excited but at the same time nervous. This is a massive undertaking, really a two year project including preparation, fund raising, promoting, attending and post camp activities. It’s a lot, but I feel ready for the challenge. It helps me greatly to know that I will be supported by the County, District and most importantly 1st Wonersh.
The WSJ takes place in July/August 2015 in Japan. There will be 30,000 Scouts and Guides from all over the world (150 countries) participating in a fantastic programme which includes a visit to Hiroshima.
If you would like to go, you must be born after 29 July 1997 and not before 28th July 2001 (14 – 18 in 2015). The district has just 7 places so don’t delay. The district should be able to help with funding and the unit will be doing a lot of fund raising but at the moment is not possible to be precise with figures.
More details will be handed out to the Scout and Explorer sections shortly.
Cubs gave the Royal Navy a run for their money last night, training for the Field Gun competition started by the Navy in 1907. The roots of this competition lie in the Boar War when the Navy came to the rescue, landing guns and then carrying them over heavy terrain to a British Garrison under seige. Group President, Charlie Palmer, who served in the Royal Navy joined us to teach the cubs how to take a gun apart and put it together after the obstacle, how to work as a team and how to communicate effectively to execute the task as quickly as possible.
The boys also enjoyed asking Charlie about the history of the scout hut that he was involved in building, and about scouting in previous years. We are looking forward to taking the Field Gun competition to SCRAM next month and competing against cub packs across the county.
Saturday the 18th of May was the date for this years annual Burger Bash at the Bramley Fete. This year we sold 398 burgers and 250 sausages. I know we sold 398 because we bought 400 and I ate 2.
Despite the gloomy weather forecast, the turn out was good and the festive spirit was high.
We had an especially good turn out of volunteers and it was so good to meet so many mums and dads from the other sections.
I must specially thank John Cose for organising the this years stall and Susan Babbington for organising the rota of volunteers.
Cubs were out this evening, despite the rain and hail, solving puzzles to mark out shapes in the grass.
Compass skills, concentration, teamwork and a lot of bashing with a mallet were required.
But they were pleased with the end results.
I have recently taken the post of Group Scout Leader at Wonersh and am trying to get to know parents and leaders. I am really impressed with the standard of Scouting and quality of leaders here at Wonersh but welcome feedback from parents – if you have good ideas or comments to make then please email me on the above email or chat to me at the end of a session.
I would also like to thank all the parents and members of the community who have been helping out with the various fairs and fetes – it means a lot to the leaders to know you support them as well as raising funds for scouting adventures.
On Friday the 3rd of May the Scouts headed up to Blackheath to build a bridge over a large drainage ditch. The bridge is to be a part of the Blackheath Fair on the Bank Holiday Monday. The public would be using the bridge to cross from the road to the music area with burger stall, beer tent, music tent and May pole. The Scouts built the bridge from various sized pioneering poles lashed together with knots many had only learnt the week before.
It’s always fun to build bridges but the fact that the public would see it and in fact use it added a special buzz. The Scouts rose to the challenge and as you can see built a fine bridge.