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Scouts This Week

Monday 20th - Wednesday 22nd, normal times at HQ

This week Zed has a design challenge for us....


Winter Camp - 14-16th February 2020

We return again to Dorneywood Scout campsite for a weekend outdoors, learning survival skills and braving whatever the February weather has to throw at us (which due to climate change has meant 15C sunshine in recent years!) And -10C at night, not so long ago...

As usual, we'll be staying in a combination of hammocks and tents, with everyone having an opportunity to stay at least one night in a hammock.

Activities will be dependent on the weather and availability, but potentially include fire lighting, axe, knife and saw skills, backwoods cookery on open fires, night hiking, game preparation, pioneering, sledging, snow sculpting, air rifle shooting and first aid skills.

The camp is open for all Scouts regardless of age, but can be a challenging experience. It is not recommended as a first outdoors camp for an inexperienced or nervous camper.

Due to the likely nature of the weather, it is essential to bring all items on the kit list, with particular attention to the specification of sleeping bags, mats, torches, waterproofing clothing and footwear. If you are short of any items, please tell us in plenty of time as we may have a limited number of spare items that we can lend.

Cost will be £40, with a £5 discount each if a sibling is also attending. We'll be leaving in the early evening after school, with dinner after we arrive on camp.

To secure a place, email

Further details and kit list to follow...

3 Towers Hiking Competition - 4 April 2020

As per previous years, we would like to enter teams for the Scout Challenge, It covers approximately 27km starting from Pangbourne Working Mens club to Goring, the Ridgeway and finishing at Compton. Scouts walk alone, unaided by adults between checkpoints. 

A great chance to put your walking and navigation skills into practice without the leaders present! We will need to enter teams soon so please either form a team or tell a leader you are interested.  

Provisional dates for practice hikes are 1 Feb, 9 Feb, 29 Feb and 8 March. 


Troop / Group / District / County / National

Many of you receive badges from the activities and camps; if you're unsure where they go then have a look at our Scout Badges page - this also has links to the relevant requirements for each of the Awards you can earn.

If there are any badges in any of the categories that you think you might have earned or want to earn then have a look on the Scout Association's website here to see what you have to do and then have a chat with a Leader or Sue at one of our troop nights.

Finally, please make sure that you get your badges sewn on; you've put the effort in to earning them, the Leaders have put effort in to running a programme that gives you the opportunities and the Group has bought them so wear them on your uniform with pride!

Phil Hayes,
16 Mar 2019, 06:16