DC Newsletter June 2018

DC Notes June 2018

Hello Everyone

It’s the District AGM on Thursday 12th July 8pm Garners Field, we usually get a couple of Mayors, a County Commissioner a few leaders and some hungry Network to help eat the food. I am very grateful for their support.

Why don’t you come? What do District do for you? Well!

  • We do all the boring stuff making sure Scouting is well run within the rules.
  • We provide a sound financial pattern for Farnham Scouting and in accordance with the Charity Commission
  • We provide training for leaders including free first aid, safeguarding and Midas courses.
  • Our appointments committee interview all new leaders.
  • We maintain the Camp site
  • We manage the campsite and earn over £20,000.00 per year to spend on Scouting.
  • We run The Scout Shop providing badges and uniforms all profits going to Scouting
  • Our ADCs put on Beaver, Cub and Scout Events every year.
  • We put on Family Camp.
  • We maintain a website and had wifi and a telephone put in at Garners
  • We have built a climbing tower, archery facilities, an activity trail and a shooting range, some of this needs more work which is planned.
  • We tarmacked the road and installed borehole water with The Guides
  • We are about to spend £133,000.00 on the Activity Centre, this needs fundraising and administrating when we get on site next January

I have a great team behind me making all this happen, please come and meet us, show your support and have your say!

See you at the AGM?

Congratulations to Paul Finning from the 3rds Cubs and Colette Grist from the 8ths Scouts who have been awarded their wood- badges.

Thanks to all the leaders and helpers at Bazazz looks like the Beavers had a great time.

Please register your interest in our Gang Show, dancers, singers, musicians, contortionists, rear of house, ticket sellers etc.… all are needed. Contact gangshow@farnhamscouting.com

As I am writing this our Network are camping in Sweden, hope to hear more at the AGM.

I am very pleased to hear that 8ths Rowledge are planning to open an Explorer unit in the Autumn this will bring the number of units in the District to five.

The 5ths are putting a defibrillator outside their hall in the Bourne and are planning training sessions for members, pub staff (The Fox opposite) and any interested locals. Training weekend is 8th-9th September.

I was joined by Cubs and Scouts from the 3rds at The Mayors Civic Service at St Andrews. We are The Mayors Charity this year and the collection was donated to Garners Goes Bananas.

At The 4ths AGM I learnt about their new hall plans and their fund raising activities. I presented woodbadges to Steve Rattan and Colin Bland and drank some Tea. (Traditional English Ale).

I presented Mark Ousey’s woodbadge at The Medical Corps Museum in Mytchet and had a great evening with 5ths Fox Troop.

Happy Scouting.


Dates For Your Diary

4th July SASu BBQ 18.30 Garners

12th July District AGM 8pm Garners everybody welcome!

6th September SASu

25th September District Executive 8pm Garners

1st October SASu Chris’s Quiz 8pm Garners

6th-7th October Beaver Camp Garners Field

12th-14th October District Scout Training Camp

12-14th October District Cub sixers and seconders camp

6th November SASu Skittles Jolly Farmer

6th December SASu Christmas Dinner Daniel Hall


9th February Mayors Charity Concert in aid of Garners Goes Bananas

February-march District Gang Show??

26th-28th April 2019 Family Camp

22nd June 2019 SCRAM County Cub Day

Garners Field


If you are using Garners Field for an event. 

Please, in this VERY dry weather, make sure that you ensure the appropriate conditions if you are having bonfires or open cooking.

Please make sure you have water on hand for extinguishing and also make sure that you pre-dampen the ground around your fire or BBQ.

The ground is tinder dry and we do NOT want any fires on site.

Please bear this in mind.

All the best…..

POR Compliance Document

The new POR Compliance Document has been published on the FDSC web site.

Will all Group officers, particularly the Chair, complete this document and send to the FDSC Chair, Manda Bragg, as soon as possible.

It is HERE

It is also important that groupd COMPLY with GDPR – if you don’t know what this is PLEASE ASK!!

Please ensure that you have a policy in place, you can also review the FDSC one.

Any issue please contact Manda on : chair@farnhamscouting.com


Garners Goes Bananas

Hi Everyone

Latest donations for the new activity centre – Garners Goes Bananas – now tops £8,000!

Latest generous donations received from:-

St James’ Palace – £250

Betty Risely Trust – £3,000

Mrs JA Hearn – £1,000

Farnham Round Table – £4,000

Your DC has been working on grants and other donations and has received a promise of £10,000 from The Shanley Foundation – http://www.shanlyfoundation.com/.

There are others being worked on.

We have also received several generous donations from various individuals and also frm parents booking for the family camp offering donations to the new activity hall extension.


Family Camp 2018

Howdy folks!

Well Family Camp 2018 is well an truely over and what a SUCCESS it was!

It was the biggest Family Camp we have ever had and was so much fun for everyone.

This year we brought back the cafe, successfully managed and run by Gill and Brian Snedden (or should it be Brian and Gill Snedden – tee hee 😆 ).

There were many events and activities for everyone to enjoy and though the canoeing was oversubscribed – who could have foretold the enthusiasm for this particular event!? – all the other activities were enjoyed enthusistically.  The new Zorbs event was a BIG success with many young people going back time and again.

The shooting and archery were well attended too.

Several activities were put on by the groups themselves and were enjoyed by all, so thanks to the groups for doing this for us.

Roy Tubbs brought the shop to camp on Saturday and did very well too.

We don’t know the exact final figures yet but we think there must have been upwards of 700 people attending over the weekend!

We did have some silly people climbing over the back fence, and breaking it!  They probably have the scratches from the barbed wire to prove it – how silly of them!

However all in all a good, successful, happy event.  Well done everyone.

Here are some images:-

 The new Zorbs activity

 The Zip Wire

 Network – Lunch – Yum, Yum

The Zip Wire

Zip Wire again

Craft Activities

 Milk Shake Making?

  The Shop Crew
Is their leader is off having a cup of tea!?

The Master Chef!

The Ice Cream Queue


Family Camp – Advance Bookings

Hello everyone.

As you know advanced bookings for the Family Camp are now closed.  You can still come on the day and pay at the gate.

If you want to camp and have not placed an advance booking, provinding there is space,  you can still come and camp.

PLEASE NOTE: That if you DO want to camp any adults in your party MUST have a valid DBS otherwise they cannot camp/stay overnight.  Therefore if you intend to camp please come with a valid copy of DBS’s for all your adult members.  There is no facility for us to check DBS’s at the camp site and if you do not have one you will not be allowed to camp.

You can still come as a day visitor though!

Presuming there is space and you want to camp wristbands and parking permits will be provided on the day.

Per person ticket price at the gate is £14 per head for any member of your party over 5 years of age.

Family Camp 2018

Howdy Folks




Sorry but Family Camp advanced bookings are now closed.

If you still want to come to the camp you will need to pay at the gate.

We set the advanced bookings close date at 31st March to allow time for mailing out camp packs.

Have fun at the camp!


Parent, Guardian, Carer information

Hello everyone

We would like to build a database of parents, guardians or carers for the children that are in the Farnham District Scout, Cubs, Beavers groups.

This will help us to be able to contact parents, guardians or carers with various elements of information, events, happenings and so on, so that their child does not miss out, or at the very least know what is happening in the Farnham District Scouting community.

Your District is a thriving community and we get up to a lot, do a lot and have lots of facilities at hand that your child can enjoy and participate in.  It would be a shame if they missed out on something if they did not know about it!

Hence we would like to build this database, which will be separate to the one we already have on leaders and officers.  We will not give the information away to any third parties and it will be kept solely for the use of the Scout Council to contact you when appropriate.

Please click on the link below to complete the information form.

Parents and Careers/Helpers Contact Information

Thank you in advance.


Garners Goes Bananas

Hello Everyone….

We would like to thank all those people that so generously donated towards the new activity centre in their Family Camp booking or by donating directly on the Garners Goes Bananas web site here:


We have now reached, so far, just over £5,000 with some grants obtained by the DC from local organisations.

So please do keep giving generously.  Your donations will make all the difference for your children to be able to enjoy scouting even more.

What will you be donating to?

We have ambitious plans for the renovation of the Activity Centre at Garners field, all of it to enhance your child’s camping pleasure and to give extra facilities for activities for leaders.

Want to see more or want to see what you could be donating to?

Then see here for more information on the refurbishment:-


If you have not already made a donation to this worthwhile project then please do consider a donation.  Every little helps!

Go here to donate:-



Family Camp Is Live!!

Howdy Folks!

Family Camp 2018 is now live and available to take bookings!

Don’t delay – Book Today!

As usual the event will be tremendous fun and we have organised some new, exciting events to take place this year ….

Dates April 20th to April 22nd.

You can make and pay for your booking on line here:


See you there!