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Scouting in Guildford: Another Busy Month

Published on: 10 Mar, 2023
Updated on: 10 Mar, 2023

A regular column on news and events for Scouts in Guildford.

With around 1,300 members in Guildford, scouting is as popular as ever and gives six- to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others and make a positive impact in communities.  

By Neil Wibberley

A busy couple of months for our boys and girls with a huge range of events across the ages from the very young Beavers to the older Scouts, Guides, Explorers and Networkers.

Reach for the Stars beaver badge

Beavers from Guildford took part in Reach for the Stars in February. The virtual camp for Beavers across Surrey was over a weekend and included cooking, science, craft and scout skills. There was also a campfire and a bedtime story for them on the Saturday evening.

It was finished off by a closing message from Steve Backshall and Helen Glover, both Scouting ambassadors.

“We won the trophy”. 5th Guildford ‘Lions’ winning the county quiz.

A team of cubs from 5th Guildford Lions represented the district at the County Quiz and beat nine other teams to proudly bring back the winning trophy.

Cubs from Guildford East had a fun activity day at Bentley Copse at the annual Chilly Cubs event. Our enthusiastic cubs learned new skills in basic Scouting, such as backwoods cooking. There were new activities like climbing and archery to have a go at as well.

All grinning, cubs from Guildford East at Chilly Cubs.

Scouts from Shere and Peaslake and Cranleigh joined others from Surrey for Frost Camp at Bentley Copse (February 24 to 26).

Scouts enjoyed a packed weekend with laser clay pigeon shooting, tree climbing, air pistols, archery, bushcraft, air rifle, crate stacking, an adventure course, pedalling go karts, a cave maze, laser tag and a Jacobs Ladder just to name a few.

In the evening there was a campfire and silent disco.

Shere and Peaslake Scouts at the busy Frost Camp at Bentley Copse in February.

Scouts from 5th Guildford and 1st Cranleigh joined other Scout troops and Explorer units from across the country in this year’s Monopoly Run Live with teams crossing London to visit places on the Monopoly board and undertaking tasks at each place, Well done to 1st Cranleigh who came fifth overall.

Dashing around London, 5th Guildford on the London Monopoly run at the Angel tube station.

Explorer Scouts from St Nicolas 9th Guildford came first in the 40th Red Flare night hike and incident challenge.

The tough event takes place completely in the dark with teams of 4-7 Explorers and Guides pushed to complete a 22km hike through the Surrey Hills while completing a series of challenges.

St Nicolas 9th Guildford came top at the 40th Red Flare night hike and incident challenge.

These included stretcher building, song-writing and keeping a poppadom in one piece for the duration of the hike.

All of the above was easier said than done in the pouring rain and wind.

Sam Tough being presented by Michael More-Molyneux with a memento of his year as Lord Lieutenant’s cadet.

We congratulate Scout networker Sam Tough, who was one of the Lord-Lieutenant’s cadets last year.

This honour saw Sam escort Michael More-Molyneux on events such as Ukraine Independence day, Surrey day celebrations, remembrance day, and also at events marking the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

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