zpfile000The 34th Reigate (Meadvale) Explorer Unit had five Explorers go to Windsor and meet the Queen and TV star and Chief Scout Bear Grylls. The Queen Scout award is the highest award in Scouting and the Explorers had spent two years achieving the award. They have completed hikes in Dorset and the New Forest for four days and three nights walking over 60 miles and completing project working with the National trust for a week on Headley Heath. They have taken part in International trips including Switzerland and France and learnt new skills in self defence, martial arts , football coaching, learning to play a new musical instrument to helping at Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. The Explorers learnt to march in the barracks at Windsor in the morning before doing a march past her Majesty the Queen in the castle before going to a special ceremony for St Gorges Day in St Georges Chapel.

Euan Tilling of the 6th Reigate Scout Group also attended Windsor having completed his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and the Queens Scout Award.

The Mayor of Reigate and Banstead helped to celebrate St George’s Day with a good turnout of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. This was held in the grounds of Reigate College on Sunday 22 April and the idea was to have a fun day with activities for all to try their skills. The Mayor was very pleased to mix with the young people and to join in the activities. A passport system was used to manage the crowds, which worked very well. The weather at this time of year is notoriously difficult to predict but fortunately the rain held off. The day was rounded off in the sports hall in traditional style with everyone celebrating St. George and reaffirming their Scout promise.

A big thank you to all the Groups that supplied and ran activities for everyone to take part in and also to Reigate College for letting us use their splendid facilities. Thanks must also go to Reigate Scout Network for the car parking and marshalling, which prevented chaotic scenes.

masterchef_scoutsEdward, Rosie, Tasha and Skye made up the winning team of Masterchef 2012 from the 17th Reigate Scouts. The team were awarded first place for their meal of Beef in tomato sauce with Polenta, followed by Tiramasu for desert. It was a very close competition.

Seven teams took part and spent the afternoon filling the hall with a mixture of wonderful aroma's. They were tasked to provide a two course meal for two people for a cost of no more than £8, using only two double gas burners. After judging the District Team were close to hand and ready with their forks to taste the food on the menu just to check it was ok to eat!!! Our expert Judge, Debbie Miller remarked that she was amazed how well everyone had coped using only gas burners.

Well done to everyone who took part.