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Suspension of face to face Scouting
16/03/2020 By Glyn Pullen

With regret I have inform you that we have taken the decision to suspend all face to face Scouting in Petworth and Pulborough District with immediate effect and until further notice. This follows a national decision from Scout HQ.

St Georges Day has been cancelled and we will update you with regards to Petworth Park and the JOTT in the near future. 

We are looking at what can be done to provide remote Scouting opportunities and hope to have some ideas out soon.

Here is the link to the national announcement https://scouts-news.org.uk/31ME-10O0C-D76U42KAA5/cr.aspx

Stay safe and healthy


Glyn Pullen

District Commissioner

Petworth & Pulborough Scouts


Update 13 Apr:

Link to HQ coronavirus page - https://www.scouts.org.uk/coronavirus

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Blog | The great indoors
13/04/2020 By Nick Layt

Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

See the Scout HQ website for all the details at https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors

For other resources such a magazines, books and newspapers why not pop along to your local library? Impossible during the lockdown? Not at all. West Sussex Council provides library members with an e-library that has all of these for free. No need for expensive magaizine subscriptions - just pop along and download onto your phone or tablet.

It is a servicer available to all West Sussex Library members as you need your library card number to log in. See more information at https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/elibrary-electronic-library/. We have popped a reminder on our members noticeboard page too.

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We're on Twitter @PandPScouts
09/02/2020 By Nick Layt

We are pleased to announce that the District has returned to using Twitter. 

We will be tweeting news stories and links to updates from this website plus retweets of stories from @ukscouting or @westsussexscout that we think you might find interesting or useful.

It's a public account to make following us easy - just search for @PandPScouts

If you are from one of the groups in our District then make sure you include us when you tweet your own messages that may be of interest to a wider audience. If you don't have Twitter in your group then just e-mail your news to website at pandpscouts.org.uk and we can do the rest

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Report: Halloween hike 2019
31/10/2019 By Chris Evans

The annual Scouts and Guides Halloween Hike took place on 26-7 October in spite of a very muddy and waterlogged course. The hike has run every year since 1995 and is open to Scouts, Guides, Explorers and Rangers.

The event is overnight and the route is designed to test navigation skills and teamwork; the hiking is usually around 6-8 miles on footpaths and bridleways with challenges around the course. This year the challenges included a blindfold obstacle course, first aid and a glow ball challenge.

There are three categories:

  • Scouts and Guides 12 and under who walk with a leader and can have a go at the challenges but they don’t compete for the trophy. (Junior teams)
  • Scouts and Guides 12 and over who walk by themselves and complete the challenges, points gained on the challenges add up to compete for the trophy.
  • Explorers and Rangers walk like the 12 and overs. However their total walking time in minutes is added up, their challenge total deducted from this and the team with the lowest points wins.

All the teams completed the course and the results are below:

Place Team Points
1st Billingshurst Scouts "Daring Downlands" 103
2nd Sullington & Storrington Scouts "Cheyenne Elders" 102
3rd Ashington Scouts 98
4th Midhurst & Easeboune Guides
Ifold Scouts "Overnight"
6th Pulborough Sea Scouts 92

Junior teams (training only - not entered in the competition)

  • Billiworth Guides
  • Billingshurst Scouts "Young ones"
  • Ifold Scouts "Juniors"


Explorer trophy

  • Rother Valley Rangers - 94 points (1st)


Well done to Billingshurst Scouts and Rother Valley Rangers for coming first in their competitions - but equally well done to all of the teams for completing the course in less than ideal conditions 

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Hey everyone,

I guess you're all wondering what we have been getting up to recently as you haven’t heard much from us. I can tell you that behind the scenes we are planning a few amazing DYC activity days I think everyone will love. I am sure you are aware but for those that do not know the reason for things being quiet my end is I have just had a baby with my partner and it turns out having a baby takes up a lot of time, more than I could ever imagine! Anyway, we digress. Recently one of my amazing deputies Marcus has been going around visiting some groups and showing our amazing youth commissioner face.

Here are some words from Marcus about his travels;

Back in April we joined over 500 of you from all over the district on St George’s Day in an attempt to beat the world record for the largest merit badge of a human image.

Then in May we ran a couple of silent discos each evening at Petworth park camp which seemed to go down really well. Watching scouts dance to what seemed like no music is actually pretty funny.

June through to July I was lucky enough to spend an enjoyable half term with 1st Billinghurst scouts – Downlands Troop. I was even given the chance to do a bit of cooking one evening with a couple of triangias and some hungry scouts. As well as this I managed to pop across to 1st Bury cubs for a fun night of pond dipping, gardening and handing out badges to some super proud cubs. Not only was this a fantastic opportunity to get out there and show the young people who we are but an opportunity to see who they are and what they enjoy in scouting. Thank you both for having me you guys are awesome.

Recently I was at the Paddlesports day in August taking some of you out on the canal to go canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. I was really impressed with some of the skills and teamwork that you all demonstrated. I hope you all had a fun time trying out all the different types of craft.

Looking into the autumn term we have plenty more to work on. We have been meeting up recently to have a think about the different types of events we could run in the district that you would really enjoy. Whether its later on this year or early next year we will have something out soon. This is definitely not a promise but paintball is a serious consideration for the older half.

Until next time,




So, as you can see Marcus has been a very busy bee getting involved with our young people and helping teach them #skillsforlife. I myself think that in general, not only are the young people in our district being given opportunities of a lifetime but also our leadership group is something really to behold. You are all doing such an incredible job offering these amazing programs for the young people and keeping the enthusiasm going. Please carry on what your doing because you are shaping the future of scouting within our world.

As Marcus has said we have some awesome district activity days were are currently planning and I cannot wait to tell you all about them.

Stay safe and keep positive.

Ted Clee

District Youth Commissioner

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