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Petworth & Pulborough Scout District

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The Scout Active Support is very much the backbone of the District. This group exists not only to support active Scouting but also to give Leaders and other adult helpers the opportunity to enjoy doing activities together and to engage in training that they might not otherwise be able to do.

SAS members receive service awards like all adult members of the Scout Association.

There are several groups within the SAS including:

Activity support, Programme support, Media, Paddlesports, Catering, Climbing, Target shooting.

And plans to further include:

Hillwalking, Finance support, Anything else the members want to do

The SAS meets monthly for a social and update but all events are available on the events page of our members area on this website and emailed round. You can opt in and out of mailing lists to choose what events you are kept informed about.

The SAS is managed by Ann Pike supported by co-ordinators Kevin Angell and Dave Topper.

Contact us sas@pandpscouts.org.uk


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Halloween Hike 2018
18/11/2018 By Chris Evans

The Halloween Hike is our annual night hike for Scouts, Guides and Explorers.  It has been going since 1995 (there's still a team out there somewhere) and has never missed a year.

The route is usually 6-7 miles through easy terrain (apart from the cows and mud) and we vary the route every year so it is always a new challenge.

Scout and Guide teams are aged 12+ and must have a basic knowledge of map reading and first aid, Explorers are all welcome.  This year we piloted a category for Scouts & Guides aged 10-12 walking with a leader which proved very successful.

Around the route are checkpoints with challenges for the teams to complete and earn points in order to try and win the Halloween Hike Trophy.  Explorers have a additional challenge to go as fast as they can, their points are then deducted from their time, the Explorer team with the lowest score wins.

Challenges this year included Boiling a Kelly Kettle, Pioneering, Making a Remembrance Poppy, a General Knowledge Quiz, a Memory Test and a team challenge involving Buckets, Balls and Blindfolds.

All of the teams carry GPS trackers (even the sweep team who nobody noticed didn't move for 2 hours due to a technical error, thank guys!)  And we are very pleased this year that all teams completed the course.  Full results are at the bottom of the page.

A big thank you to all of the Scout, Guide and Explorer Leaders who gave up their night to support the event and of course the Scout Support Unit who were out in force all night.

 

Halloween Hike 2018 – The Results – Scouts and Guides

1st      Midhurst Guides                                                     136 points

2nd      Storrington Guides                                               132 points

3rd      Fittleworth Scouts                                                 122 points

4th      Billingshurst Guides                                              120 points

          Ashington Scouts                                                   120 points

5th      Cheyenne Scouts                                                  107 points

6th      Cherokee Scouts                                                    106 points   

 

Halloween Hike 2018 – The Results – Explorer Scouts

1st      Griffins 1                                                                67.5 points

2nd      Phoenix Knights                                                   89 points

3rd      Phoenix Dames                                                     126 points

4th      Griffins 2                                                                208.5 points

 

The Halloween Hike will return on Saturday 26th/Sunday 27th October 2019

 

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Whitewater Rafting at Lee Valley
14/10/2018 By Chris Evans

Whitewater Rafting 2018

A group of 43 Explorers and Leaders had a great afternoon out at the Lee Valley Whitewater Rafting Centre.  We took 5 rafts around the Olympic course from 2012.

The centre is a fantastic facility and everyone had a great time.

Most people managed to fall out at some point and one team even broke their guide! He was replaced by Captain America who asked them 'Did Tom teach you any commands?' 'Yes' was the reply.'Why didn't you use them then?!' asked Cap a period of retraining followed.

Please take a look at the photos of our afternoon out and more information on Lee Valley is available at www.gowhitewater.co.uk

Next years trip will be Saturday 12th October. Email paddlesports@pandpscouts.org.uk for more information

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Cub & Beaver Paddlesport Days
08/09/2018 By Chris Evans

Our Paddlesport Team was out in force at the Wey & Arun Canal this summer with two taster days for Cubs and Beavers to have a go on the water in all sorts of exciting watercraft.  (There were a few suspiciously tall Cubs sneaking in too!)

The young people could try:

Rafts

Canadian Canoes

Stand-up Paddleboards

Sit-on Kayaks

Closed Cockpit Kayaks

The weather was fabulous and a terrific time was had by all.  It was hard work for the team but they are all looking forward to doing it again next year!

If you have an interest in water activities and would like to help young people to join your interest, and have a load of fun along the way then we'd love to hear from you! ddcevents@pandpscouts.org.uk

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St Georges Day 2018
06/09/2018 By Chris Evans

Parham in Sussex at Storrington was the venue for our 2018 District get together. We held a short service with the colours flying, an address from our District Chaplin, Ben Martin and musical accompaniment with rousing choruses of When a Knight Won His Spurs, Sussex by the Sea and, of course, The National Anthem from Petworth Town Band.

Robert Sawyer, West Sussex Scouts County Commissioner, presented Pat Homer, District Secretary, with her Chief Scouts Commendation; Glyn Pullen, District Commissioner, received his Award for Merit and Kath Bridger, our previous District Commissioner, received her Bar to the Award for Merit.

Following the service everyone took part in a wide variety of activities. We had stalls to raise funds for our young people going to the World Jamboree in 2018 including s’mores, woggle making, sweets and pyrography which raised £80. Some of the groups brought activities including Ifold who helped people make dutch pancakes and S&S offered archery, badge making and biscuit decorating.

The District provided a soap box car track which caused hilarity all round (how hard can it be to drive in a circle?) and thankfully no serious injuries along with pedal cars and grass sledges.

The weather was superb and the District expresses its thanks to all those who made the day possible. Especially the Jamboree parents and the Scout Active Support.

St Georges Day 2019 will be Sunday 28th April (TBC)

 

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Chief Scouts Awards April 2018
06/09/2018 By Chris Evans

The Chief Scouts Award is the highest award in each section of the Scouts; Bronze for Beavers, Silver for Cubs, Gold for Scouts then Platinum and Diamond followed by the Queens Scouts Award in Explorers and Network.

 

In District we like to recognise the effort put into the CSA’s, The Scouts and older sections are invited to a County Reception so we focus on the two younger sections.

Our CSA day took a new format this time to make it more interactive for the young people and parents. Held at Fittleworth Village Hall; the day was split in half with Beavers in the morning and Cubs in the afternoon, they took part in a range of activities, each one based on one of the Challenge Badges that they earned in order to get their CSA. Activities included fire lighting, target shooting with Nerf guns, biscuit decorating, building spaghetti towers (dried not tinned) and X.

The young people were then presented with their CSA certificates by Glyn Pullen, District Commissioner before rounding off the session with sandwiches and cake!

Our heartiest congratulations go to all of the recipients

And we wish them all the very best of luck in the next stage of Scouting

The District would like to thank the Scout Active Support for tea and cakes.

 

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District Support Team Meeting

District Cub Quiz

 
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