Every child has the right to an adventure. Life is about grabbing opportunities.
Welcome to Slinfold Scout Group,located in the lovely village of Slinfold near Horsham in West Sussex, surrounded by lots of field and woodland walks as well the South Downs Link. We are a thriving extremely active group with around 90 young people and 16 leaders spread across all four sections. We love to get involved with the community whether it be trimming and tidying around the village churchyard, bringing new life to the banks along the downs link, poppy delivering, or cooking Christmas Dinner for some of the villagers and delivering their Christmas post, there is usually something happening that Slinfold Scout Group are involved in! New members are always welcome and if anyone is interested in joining us (as a scout or leader!), our Contacts page has all the relevant details.
|Kent,Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance visit Slinfold Scout Group||This term saw Slinfold Scout Group's beavers, cubs and scouts being visited by speakers on three separate nights from the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Service.
Each section were working towards badges focusing on the community and those who serve, and all thoroughly enjoyed the presentations and talks that were given, from the very youngest
Beavers through to Cubs and up to Scouts.
In honour of their visitors the older children in the Scout Troop created a 'pioneering Chinook' for the other sections to 'fly' and share with their visitors. Much was learnt about the work of the charity and great evenings were enjoyed by all with the group raising £150 in donations.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the speakers that visited our Group and thoroughly recommend anyone taking the opportunity to learn more about this fantastic charity and the lifesaving work it carries out.
GSL Slinfold Scout Group.
|A very excited group left Slinfold after lunch on Saturday 4th June to head north for an overnight stay at The National Forest YH in preparation for the unveiling ceremony of the Lest We Forget Memorial at the National Arboretum the following day.|
|We arrived tired but excited in the late afternoon and spent a pleasant evening at the hostel chilling out while the really good Explorers even did some GCSE revision!|
|On Sunday we arrived at the Arboretum and made our way along with beavers, cubs, scouts, explorers and leaders from all over the country through the beautiful setting to the place where the memorial has been laid.|
|It was still a little cloudy but nice and warm and there was a general sense of anticipation and excitement as we were directed to our place across the bank where we would be watching the proceedings.|
|The VIP's and invited dignitaries had seats alongside the memorial and we lined the stream opposite. While we waited for everyone to take their places the scout band entertained us with some great tunes, old and new and the sun began to shine!|
|At 12pm all uniformed members of the Scout Association were called to attention and the new flag was broken as we saluted, marking the beginning of the ceremony.|
|Paul Little, the project leader, spoke to us about how the memorial came about and the key people involved in its conception, design and ultimate creation.|
|It was an inspiring story which you can read further on printed on the back cover of the day's programme, and he went on to introduce and explain all the people invited to unveil each part of the memorial and the reasons why they were there.|
|We heard some incredibly moving stories, especially as many of the people spoken about are no longer with us and it was their family members that had been invited to be part of this day and do the job on their behalf. We learnt about the three Explorers (seen in this picture) that were the ones that came up with the original idea of there being a permanent memorial to those lost in Scouting and that it was their hard work and determination that enabled it to happen.|
|We were introduced to Connor White who was a cub when he designed the Lest We Forget badge that we and 165,000 others across the world have worn on our uniforms to raise the funds needed for the creation of this memorial! When we had heard their stories and everyone was in place a countdown was shouted and the memorial itself unveiled, beautiful in its simplicity, depicting in a campfire scene the different elements that capture all that is important to us in Scouting.|
|Wayne Bulpitt brought the ceremony to a close by speaking of the enormity of the commitment from everyone involved in the project and what it means for The Scout Association to now, and for many years to come, have this memoral for people to visit and remember those important to them.|
|In the beautiful sunshine we were brought to attention again for the last post and dismissed.|
|Quietly we were then able to take some time to walk and look around the Memorial ourselves, taking in every amazing detail. It Is a wonderful creation and completely captures the spirit of Scouting, we know that it will bring pleasure to all who are lucky enough to visit and spend time sitting among the campfire circle.|
|The Days Programme.|
Sunday 24th April saw the whole of Horsham District's Scout family come together for our annual St Georges Day Parade, through the town to the Carfax for the renewal of promises
and a celebration of Scouting. The parade numbered some 1,500 young people and leaders marching together looking so smart and so proud, from the youngest members at the front
of each group to the oldest sections at the rear. As GSL I have the privilege of leading the group in this parade and I cannot describe the immense honour and pride I feel every
year when I look back and see all the different sections following me, holding their flags and looking amazing.
While we took part in the ceremony and renewed the promise we all make as members of the Scout Association, I looked around at the members of Slinfolds' Scout Group standing with me, and was reminded of all the hard work they put into their Scouting. As well as all the fun we get to have, the many badges and awards sewn onto their uniforms reminded me again of their dedication and determination to achieve. Over the last year alone another leader has completed his full training and been awarded his wood beads, we have four new Young Leaders who have completed their training and been awarded their Young Leader Belts. We have had three Platinum awards in the Explorer section, four Gold Chief Scout Awards in the Scout Troop, eight Silver Chief Scout awards in Cubs and eleven Bronze Chief Scout Awards in the Beaver section. This is to say nothing of the countless Challenge and Activity badges all sections cover regularly in their termly programmes.
I continue to marvel at and feel so proud to be part of an association that not only offers such a variety of different opportunities, activities and adventures to so many, but also recognises and encourages all those young people and adults to feel proud of themselves as every achievement and goal is reached, however large or small......... and it all begins with a Promise!
See what the Scoutshave been up to with the French.....
As spring approaches we will be taking part in our annual St George's Day Parade, alongside the other 1,700 members of the Scout Association in Horsham. It is always a very
impressive turnout and a chance for us to once more show off the amazing group we are.
There is a definite need to be outside for all sections now spring is in the air. The Explorers are working hard planning their expedition hikes for the final part of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award. For some it is the practice element of the Award, but for some of the older ones it is the final part. We wish them luck as they take part, are assessed (and hopefully passing with flying colours) gaining their Bronze D of E Awards to be proud of as well as their Scouting ones.
The Scouts are planning a weekend at our campsite in Colgate to practice their camping skills and are still busy learning all about recycling as well as choosing individual activity badges to complete. They will also continue to do their bit for our community by tidying the churchyard one evening, an evening now firmly embedded in their termly programme. The Cubs have also taken part in planning and holding a mini -expedition on their evenings, and are also looking forwards to some indoor climbing at the K2 later in the term.
The Beavers have taken part in the Big Bird Count organised by the RSPB held in January and, as a result have gone on to make and put up 3 beautiful nest boxes at the Scout Hut. To complete this activity we will be visiting Pulborough Brooks to see more of the beautiful birds we have around us in the area(if they can be quiet for long enough. The Beavers, that is!!)
Many Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and their families had a great time at the Spectrum in Guildford for our annual group outing of ice skating; there was also the added bonus of it being a 'Foam Party', making the whole adventure even more exciting for some very little Beavers who had never been before....and their parents!
As the evenings begin to lighten slowly we are all wrapping up warm to continue scouting in freezing temperatures! All sections are beginning their badges and challenges
for this term;if you stand still long enough the Scouts will find a way to recycle you and the Cubs will turn you into a 100th birthday challenge of some description!
The Beavers are busy trying to work out how they can possibly be 30 years old this year, too, and are not overly impressed with the skills we are practising for the
'Our Skills' Challenge badge; amongst other things, these include washing their hands and brushing their teeth - not things close to a small persons heart!!
The Explorers will be holding their annual fundraising event - a race night on Saturday 13th February in the village hall. If you are interested in coming along to join the fun, please contact myself or anyone involved with the Scout Group and we can help you with tickets.
To end this month I wanted to take the opportunity to write a little about the lovely Eileen and the enormous hole she will leave in all our Slinfold lives. There are not many children in this village who were not touched by the kindness she showed to them all; her desire to make sure they got to experience all she could share will remain her legacy for a long time to come. She was present at everything she could be, endlessly showing her support, making tea, washing up, sweeping floors and, for the last four years at Messy Church, uncomplainingly cooking tea for thirty five at least. Nothing was too much bother.
She was always available to help with whatever we asked and the Beavers enjoyed one of their most memorable visits in the village to her 'Chapel' where she shared her lovely stories of the history of the building, her family's involvement, helped the Beavers to write their prayers and just appreciate quietly where they were. As we sadly lose yet another Slinfold Village treasure, we would just like to say for us and for the children, especially from the Scout Group, her memory will live on in all the beautiful places of our village......the lovely lady on her bicycle!
||Happy New Year!||I would like to start with wishing you all a very happy, peaceful and prosperous new year
from all involved in Slinfold Scout Group. We were absolutely bowled over by the support and good will shown to us at our fundraising drinks evening before
Christmas and the amazing final amount will go a long way towards maintaining our current hut and the running of the group as a whole. Each and every child
and young person in all sections of the scout group will benefit from the money raised from the actual evening and other donations. Thank you all so much;
it is hugely appreciated.
With the festivities behind us we are already busy planning for the coming year, deciding amongst many other things where summer camps and sleepovers will be held and what adventures we can tie into badge work this term. Our 'Spring' term is notoriously the worst for it's lack of daylight and good weather, but we dont let this put us off and fully intend to be out and about at the hut and our campsite in Colgate. This year we will be celebrating 100 years of Cub Scouting and Slinfold's Cubs will be taking part in the many planned activities happening throughout the year, and a County Camp in the summer to mark this significant event in our Scouting calender.
The Scouts are hoping to camp again with our twinned French Group from Calais, sometime during the spring and the Beavers will be busy with their creative badge - although it will be hard to top their 'Do For a Loo' party last term, and life size Igloo built from plastic 4 pint milk bottles! We think this has to be one of the best activities we have done in a long time.
We have new Young Leaders in training as our four origional Explorers' have completed their missions and module training and are now awaiting their interviews to be signed off so they can be awarded their Young Leader belt. This is an amazing achievement and we are hugely proud of all four of them; their hard work and commitment has been a real inspiration to all of us.
More exciting news includes two of Slinfold Explorer's being selected to go on expedition to Tanzania in 2017 which we will learn more about later in the year, so 2016 is already shaping up to be a busy one. Watch this space ...............
||As our summer is drawing to a close (ok, those few sunshiny days that popped up in the middle of June) our thoughts are turning
to our Autumn programmes and Winter camps planned for this term.
The scouts will be attempting 'Mission Impossible' in deepest darkest Essex, the Cubs will be having the ultimate Minion experience at our Campsite in Colgate, and the Beavers will be having their very own Beaverfest.....
for tales of their adventures, watch this space!!
The Explorers enjoyed a late summer camp in Wales, white water rafting and experiencing our country's longest Zip Wire, over a mile long and reaching speeds of over 100mph! With some new members joining the section this term it continues to grow, enabling Scouting to still be available for the older children in our village who juggle the less appealing parts of life such as big school and Exams!
|The Beavers were over the moon to win Colony Capers for the third time in ten years!! They worked amazingly well as a team taking part in activity relay races
and scouting themed bases, with the whole event culminating in a huge tug-of-war competition. Their brilliant efforts won them a trophy almost the same size as some of them; the leaders were incredibly proud and lots of fun was had by all on a beautiful autumnal
Our Group continue to be involved in village life this term with the Scouts clearing the churchyard again and hosting Christmas dinner for the older residents of Slinfold in December. The Cubs will be delivering Christmas post again this year and the whole group will be poppy delivering on November 5th and proudly marching alongside the British Legion when we attend our village Remembrance Day service.
|We would also like to say a huge thank you again to Slinfold Caravan Club for their ongoing support and kind donation at the end of their Summer season. After our
wet and windy scout camp this year in Ireland it will be put towards a very worthy cause....some new tents!
||Well, I'm not sure where this year is going: time is certainly flying by and I can't believe I am writing
about Summer Camps already! As you read this both the Cubs and the Scouts will be putting the final touches to their planned camps: the cubs visiting and
camping in Hailsham, having lots of fun as superheroes of one form or another, and the scouts travelling to Ireland this year to be giants! Stories
of their adventures will be reported next month - fingers crossed for good weather!
||The Beavers also enjoyed their annual Beaver Sleepover at the beginning of June which had Toy Story as the theme this year.
After seeing their leaders transformed into Buzz Lightyear, Stinky Pete, Jessie, Barbie & Ken Bullseye, Bo Peep, Rex, Slinky and Sarge, and a very real looking
Mr Potatoe Head, a great time was had by all eating pizza together, sitting round the campfire later in the evening and toasting marshmallows before settling
down to watch the film at bedtime, snuggled in their sleeping bags.
||The next day saw an early morning hike searching for Woody before returning for a hearty breakfast and the arrival of
more leaders to help with the day's activities. These ranged from crate stacking in teams, to making their own rolls for lunch along with 'The Claw' cupcakes,
while the third base gave them the opportunity to do some (heavily supervised) fire lighting and backwoods cooking, and practice their tent pitching skills:
these tasks all go towards the Beavers gaining their Outdoor Challenge badge at the end of this term.||All of our Beavers were brilliantly behaved and had a great adventure, I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank again all the Leaders from across the group
who gave up their weekend to help so that this activity can continue to go ahead; as you can imagine, many hands make a Beaver sleepover light work!.
||Our Jamboree scouts will also be putting the finishing touches to their plans before heading of to Japan this month. They shared their itinery with me
when it had been finalised several weeks ago and they will be having an amazing time, we wish them a safe and incredible trip and cannot wait to hear about their adventures on their return.
||As the summer term draws to an end I know many badges have been successfully earned by everyone, nights away and hikes away badges clocked up, challenge badges achieved, our Young Leaders are becoming ever closer to completeing their training goals and the Explorers their Platinum and Bronze D of E Awards. After camps are finished we all take a welcome break for a few weeks before the fun begins again in September, if you feel that you would like to be involved in any way to help and support Slinfold villages scout group please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself or Sam Jozwiak the Groups Chairperson. Jo Sands - GSL||May 2015|
|Well the summer term has crept up on us, complete with some longed-for sunshine, making
this time everyone's busiest and most favourite time of the year.
We are all using our programme this term to incorporate the new badge requirements which have been designed to create more adventures for everyone; this also means there will be many evenings up at the campsite to accommodate much firelighting, backwoods cooking, knife work and tent pitching, in practice for our coming Summer camps.
Amongst many activities, the Cubs and Beavers have a linking evening bringing the two sections together up at the campsite and this has been planned and is being run by one of our young leaders. The Beavers have their 'Toy Story' themed sleepover to look forward to during the second half of the term, and the Scouts have a weekend's camping planned in May when they will be expected to cater for themselves with raw rations to be cooked on open fires. They will also be having some fun with the well-practised 'leap of faith', and the Explorers will be involving a lot of water with several changes of clothes judging by their programme this term!
It makes me very proud that another of our Explorers, Tom Sands, has gained his Platinum Award; this is a step closer to becoming a Quenns Scout and has involved long term commitment in several different areas which has been great to see.
April also saw our new District Come together for the first time as one for our St Georges Day Parade. This impressive march of over 1700 children and adults involved in Scouting in Horsham is also when we take the time to renew the promise we make as a Beaver, Cub, Scout, Explorer and Leader, and is a well established annual event, yet another chance to see that Scouting is very much alive and thriving everywhere!
Jo Sands, GSL
|Slinfold Scout Group
We wanted take this opportunity to bring you up to date on some news regarding the future of Slinfolds' Scout Group that for once does not involve the children!
Looking back over the history of how the existing scout hut came to be, the amazing effort that went into sourcing it, the fundraising and actual building of the hut is in itself a true story of a community coming together to create something for the children of its village and a wonderful piece of Slinfold history.
This was over thirty years ago and the hut has given some great service to many young people but is now, and has been for some time, in desperate need of some tender loving repair and an awful lot of money spending on. We outgrew the present building a long time ago and all the sections are forced to hold many meetings at our campsite in Colgate when space is needed! To add to this our lease for the area that we are currently on is substantially shorter and unlikely to be renewed past the next four years making it imperative that we actively look to find somewhere to move our meeting place to sooner rather than later.
In an ideal world building a new hut on the land we are already on would be the perfect answer but with new housing required all over our County and thoughts moving towards the renovations of Cobblers and other surrounding areas, the Scout Hut standing in such a prime position, may sadly find itself becoming a casualty of the need for more modernisation within the village.
So with all this in mind we have been keenly working towards securing the future of the Scout Group for some time now.
An opportunity arose two years ago when we were invited to be involved in the development behind Hayes Lane, relocating our hut to be part of the new buildings being built for the Football club and Tennis Club. Sadly due to objections from the Tennis club we were unable to continue with these plans and realised we would have to look at other possible locations in the area, still desperately wanting to keep Slinfolds' Scout Group in Slinfold!
Through our dealings with the Tennis club, the developer and Slinfold Parish Council the Scout Group's plight has been addressed and we have now been promoted on the list of organisations that require help within the village. When a new development is presented to HDC it also has to include and show how it will support the needs of the community, a new scout hut is very high on that list now and will therefore be very visible on any planning that is submitted in Slinfold in the future, whether we are informed or consulted about it or not! More information regarding future planning and developing in our village can be seen on Slinfold Parish's website.
While no one welcomes the thought of new housing being built in our village it is becoming apparent that it is much more of a 'where will this be?' question than a 'when will it be?'.
So on a positive note, for the children in our village that are part of our Scout Group, this means at some point in the future a new Scout Hut will be built in a local, safe area and will secure the future of the Group for many years to come. We're sure that if you ask the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, leaders and many others that are involved with the Group they will agree that this can only be a good thing, after all no one appears to have any complaints regarding a new tennis clubhouse or football pitch or cricket pavilion. If new houses must be built we need to ensure that Slinfold benefits in other ways and as a happy, thriving Scout Group we will continue to look forward to having a new home in our Village wherever it can be.
If you have any questions regarding this please so not hesitate to contact Sam Jozwiak, Scout Group Chairperson or Jo Sands GSL
|I became involved in scouting many years ago, as a child both my parents were leaders, girls were not allowed to be cubs or scouts then and I was a very happy brownie and guide but was very aware of the 'Arrow Awards' my brother was busy working towards as a cub. Throughout my childhood these badges and their requirements didn't change much and when I became a leader over twenty years ago the award system was still in place but had been revamped and modernised to now be known as the Bronze, Silver and Gold Chief Scout Awards. Under the most recent updating of the Scout Association Badge and Award work they have again been modernised and are still very much what guides the young people in their achievements and adventures during their time in Scouting.|
|From the time our Beavers join they work hard towards the highest award they can achieve with us, The Chief Scout's Bronze Award. To achieve this they must have been awarded all 6 challenge badges during their two years with the Colony and have completed their Personal challenge badge independently. They receive this award in their last term before they move on to Cubs and wear it on their Cub uniforms when they move up.|
|The Chief Scout's Silver Award is the top award that can be achieved in Cubs. This award is given when the Cub has taken part in lots of fun and exciting activities with the other Cubs in the Pack. To receive the Silver Award, after completing six challenge badges - adventure, skills, outdoor, our world, team work and team leader, the Cub is also given a Personal Challenge to do independently just like Beavers. Once this has been completed and this badge has been achieved the Silver Chief Scout's Award is presented and worn on the Scout uniform when they move up to this section.|
|The Chief Scout's Gold Award is worked towards when the young person becomes a Scout and sets a very high standard of achievement perhaps taking the most independent work. As the young people are Scouts for four years this time is packed full of learning and achieving for themselves and then concentrating on becoming a competent leader and teacher to their patrol to ensure the passing on of the knowledge and skills they now have. Not all Scouts will finish their time with their Chief Scouts Gold Award as it has many parts to be worked towards and completed but as with the Bronze and Silver is the highest award you can achieve as a Scout and one to be incredibly proud of!|
|Explorers go on to work for the next four years in a broad variety of ways on their Chief Scout Platinum Award moving on to the Chief Scout Diamond Award before finally beginning to work towards achieving the highest award in Scouting, becoming a Queens Scout.|
|From Explorers the young people move on to be part of the Network section of Scouting. This gives those who are still involved time to achieve this award around busy lives involving exams, Collage and University and to give you an idea of the work and commitment involved in this Award you have until you are twenty five to fulfil all the requirements necessary to become a Queens Scout! Once achieved you are presented with this amazing achievement by HRH the Queen herself at Windsor Castle.|
|We take all of these awards very seriously in Slinfold Scout Group as they make up a huge part of the Scouting we do and take a great deal of commitment and
determination to achieve. We are always incredibly pleased to award these badges and certificates to the young people and know they wear their badges with great pride!
Jo Sands - GSL.
The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,00 young people aged 6-25. Internationally, we have over 28 million young people enjoying the benefits of Scouting over 216 countries. Personal development means promoting the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being of the individual, helping them achieve their full potential. In Scouting, we believe that young people develop most when they are 'learning by doing,' when they are given responsibility, work in teams, take acceptable risks and think for themselves.