DSCF391134TH REIGATE (Meadvale) Explorers & Scouts Summer Camp Wales 2012

The 34th Reigate (Meadvale) Explorers and Scouts have just returned from a week in Wales on Camp. They stayed at the fantastic Llandysul Paddlers centre.

The group of 12 Explorers 6 Scouts and 7 leaders took part in many fantastic activities including, Rafting, Mountain Biking going down the fast slopes of the mountain, they made rafts and raced them across the lake. They did white water kayaking through the rapids alongside the Welsh National team. They took part in rock climbing and abseiling. Next up it was the Grand River swim which was going down rapids which was very exciting. They also spent time jumping into the river from the rocks. They ran there own camp fire with lots of songs and stunts.

For one of the days out they went Coastering jumping from the cliffs into the sea and swimming through long caves, in the evening they went to the seaside went swimming and had a beach BBQ. The next day out was a trip to Battle Field Live which saw them take part in laser games of shooting with four different games which was very tiring. Then it was off to Tenby and a bit of swimming and a look round the shops. They also had a massive sandcastle competition as well. They finished the week off with a fashion Show with clothes from a Charity shop which went in with their theme of Recycling which they had taken part in all week.

The winning patrol was Griffins lead by Patrol Leader Zoe Hillier Wood who also won Best Explorer and Adrian Palmer won the best Scout Award.

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.