Monthly Archives: June 2013

Messing about on the water

As part of this term’s programme, the Explorer Scouts decided that they would like to take part in the Guildford Raft Race. This meant they have to build a raft. Some wood was found and Nick Eagleton kindly gave us a dozen plastic barrels, essential for raft building. After a few discussions around the black board the work began. Two 3 metre pontoons were constructed by attaching the barrels to two parallel 2×4 timbers and secured with the black banding tape you often find on heavy packages and parcels ( a big thanks to Ken for sourcing the bander). Once the pontoons were finished they screwed two transoms across the pontoons to make the familiar raft shape. 4 old plastic school chairs had their metal legs removed and were screwed onto the pontoon for the Scouts to sit on. We finished this work on Saturday lunch time just before Roy arrived with the trailer ready to take the raft for her maiden voyage.

Once at the River, we were joined by Simon Bell, the Scout Leader from Shalford who kindly offered to take the boys on the water, as our regular Canoe sports instructor Nick was otherwise engaged. The craft was launched and to all our surprise it floated high in the water. This was a good sign. The boys put on their Buoyancy Aids and scrambled aboard and to our even greater surprise the Raft sat fairly well in the water with perhaps a little tilt to the prow.

The guys soon got underway and things looked good apart from the forward tilt. After a quick con-flab, the two boys on the back moved to a kneeling position behind the rear seats, this seamed to balance the raft much better.

A short paddle up and down the river in this configuration soon convinced us that the rear seats needed moving. So the raft came out of the water and adjustments were made.


These adjustments did the trick and the raft was responding well to the boys efforts. Now all that remains is some simple decoration and team selection.

I think as long as there are Scouts, they will enjoy messing about on the water.



Hopefully it is safe to now put this photos on the website as all cards have been delivered. Cubs were very busy this week enthusiastically making Father’s Day cards for dads, granddads, uncles and other special people in their lives

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Wonersh joined 2000 cubs from across the county at Cranleigh Showground on Saturday for the fabulous event that is SCRAM. Whilst the leaders introduced other groups to our Field Gun competition, Wonersh cubs were free to explore the many activities on offer, ranging from climbing towers, simulators and high ropes to duck racing, shield making, crazy golf and branding! Sadly GSL’s skills at woggle making were woeful – hers is on the left :(

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Thank you to Akela and leaders for a great day

Thank you from Shamley Green Fete

Hi Sue,
The Explorer Scouts did a great job at the Shamley Green Fete providing an enthusiastic workforce as well as running a very lucrative Gladiator Pole.
I would like to write my thanks and congratulations. I know that you and Sally T-S are very involved. Could you please tell me if I should write to somebody else so that the appreciation can be circulated to all those Scouts and Leaders who were involved.
Many thanks


Chance for a good sing!

Sunday 7th July at 6.30pm a 20 piece brass band will be leading the Churches Together ‘Songs of Praise’ event on the lawns outside the Scout Hut. This informal, community event is open to all who wish to join them on a Summer evening to listen to some well known hymns or the beautiful sound of the brass instruments, or to enjoy a good sing (very therapeutic!). Please pass on to friends, family or neighbours who may be interested. Those with young children may need to slip away for bedtimes but for those remaining refreshments will be served afterwards.


Explorers go from strength to strength

On Monday evening, after a session of strenuous conservation work, the Explorer Unit invested FIVE new members. In keeping with Explorer traditions the new members where invested out in the woods.

These 5 take the Unit size to 16 which is a pretty healthy number.

As their ex-scout leader I know these boys put a lot into scouting and I am very sure they will get a lot out of Explorers. I wish them good luck and congratulations.



Conservation in Gerald’s Wood

On Monday evening the Explorer Scouts took part in some conservation work in Gerald’s Wood. For those who don’t know where Gerald’s Wood is, it is the woodland on the side of Chinthurst Hill. It is on the right hand side as you walk down from Wonersh to Bramley. If you have never been, I suggest you go for a stroll. It is a beautiful piece of woodland with beautiful views of Wonersh and Bramely. At the moment it is little known and under used but we hope to change that soon.

The Explorer Scouts where employed in filling in large holes dug by local youths to make an unofficial mountain bike track. The aim to to make a few more safe paths to walk around the woods and access the best of the views. In time, we hope to help the local group to build paths, fences, hand rails and benches.