By Editor, Sep 16 2018 12:44PM
April 2017 - March 2018
3rd Epsom Scout Group has enjoyed another successful year with all sections full and with long waiting lists. The Group has enjoyed growth of nearly 9% again this year with 116 young people in this year’s census return.
The Group consists of single Beaver, Cub and Scout sections, and the affiliated Ashley Explorer Unit. All sections meet on a Thursday evening at our HQ, developing a strong sense of community and regular interaction between the sections. We have a team of leaders in all sections, supporting flexible volunteering, as well as support from parents through rotas.
The Group paraded at Boiderhurst for St George’s Day as part of a family activity day. We took over 100 young people to our Group camp at Hope Hill in Kent last summer, supported by nearly 20 leaders/helpers, which was an amazing achievement. The Group supported District Events, enjoying success at the District swimming gala, winning both the Scout trophy and the Overall trophy, a fantastic effort by our members.
Our Beaver colony has been very active earning a multitude of badges as well as ensuring the Beavers enjoy adventurous activities such as den building, hikes on the Downs and sleepovers in huts and tents. They also enjoyed taking part in the District Party in the Park last summer.
Cubs’ outdoor adventures included tracking, wide games, den building and astronomy, as well as earning our Scientist badges, climbing, caving and canoeing. We took part in #YouShape and visited the mayor at the Town Hall. We enjoyed District Events like the Night hike, Bowling, Quiz & Emergency Aid courses. 13 Cubs earned their CSS awards this year, and we awarded over 200 activity/staged badges, with nights away at Group camp and 6’ers & 2nd’ers camp too.
Now with nearly 50 Scouts, the Troop has been able to spend time on the water, hiked, competed in an inter-patrol ‘Bake Off’, camped, participated in a London Monopoly run, visited an Islamic centre and had a fantastic time at Scoutabout. Scouts worked towards their Chief Scout’s Gold Award as well as other activity badges. The Troop also enjoyed successes in the District cross country and the District challenge hike as well as raising £1,500 for the Rainbow Trust.
The Ashley Explorer Unit has continued to grow and has developed its own identity. The Unit has had an active year involving escaping from panic rooms, camping, hiking, running Cub evenings, mini engineering and a lot of activities involving food! Several Explorers completed their Chief Scout Gold Award and 2 have completed their Platinum Award.
Two of our Explorers have also had success outside the Group, with Seb Jowett selected to join Scout ambassadors, Steve Backshall and Helen Glover for a weekend with 20 others. Ella Danks is representing Epsom and Ewell in the UK contingent to the World Scout Jamboree 2019 in West Virginia as part of the Surrey Stingrays Unit.