Farnham District Family Camp 2022

Farnham District Scouts

In my humble opinion Family Camp 2022 was a real success, the atmosphere and the smiling faces the main give away.

If anyone has photos that I can publicly used I would really appreciate being sent them – https://farnhamscouting.com/website/family-camp-2022-pictures/

Thank you to everyone who has helped ensure that this Family Camp happened from set-up to completion to taking part, and to those who will be still working to break camp this week. There are many hands involved, many volunteers, without which we could not stage this fantastic event.

I like to thank the Mayor of Farnham Councilor Alan Earwaker for his words at our St George’s Service and also Surrey Scouts, Paul Iverson, ACC Scout

I would like to particularly thank;

Site and Booking Team; Gary, Davis, Oli, Eric, Philip, Nicky, Josh, Linda, Danielle, Janet, Michael, Scotty, Steve, Austin. Matt and others who help with set up throughout the week before.

Amenities; Pat – who keeps our facilities clean and tidy.

Café – Gill, Brian, Sarah, Anna

District Activities – Crafts – Chris, Janet, Climbing – Bill, Tom, Hamish and team, Archery – Judith, Stephen and team

Groups/Network – we are very lucky to have had such a variety of activities put on by each Group/Network all of which take planning, time and work to assemble and operation.

Explorers – firstly to the leaders who enable the Explorers to camp as a family and the Explorers that attended and volunteered not only on the inflatables but where they were needed including kayaking, café, archery and runway.

Garners Field Monday Crew – without whom we would not have such a beautiful site.


A special thank you to the organisations below who gave their time and expertise for free;

Blackwater Valley Canoe Club – https://www.bvcc.org.uk/ ; https://www.facebook.com/BlackwaterValleyCC
Mark, Tegan & Leon Taiko Drumming – http://www.farnhamtaiko.club/ ; https://www.facebook.com/farnhamtaiko
Jaz, Reptasia – https://www.facebook.com/reptasia.events


Thank you to Herons Wey Campsite for allowing us to park, especially Hazel, Site Manager who helped with traffic control.

For anyone interested I have listed below all the outside companies we use.

Please do let us know if we can do anything to improve next years’ Family Camp – I hope you to see you all in there – save the weekend Friday 20th to 23rd April 2023

Thank you



Silent Disco – www.thesilent.party
Inflatables – www.BestBounce.co.uk
Cave – http://eventhigher.co.uk/
Mr Giant – https://www.facebook.com/Mr-Giant-Childrens-Entertainer-Dr-Blendo-Mad-Science-Parties-121376751268044

Toilets – www.surreytoilethire.co.uk
Water Bowser – https://www.surreyhire.co.uk/


Ann-Marie Vinnicombe
District Commissioner
Farnham District Scout Council

T: +44 (0)7410381071 | E: dc@farnhamscouting.com | W: https://www.farnhamscouting.com.

General Event Dates

Diary Dates



16 June 2022 – BBQ Social with archery – All Welcome – Garners Field – 7pm onwards – (please do let me know so we can have enough food!)

Other SASU Events: https://farnhamscouting.com/website/2021-22-sasu-events/



6th June 2022 – Wood Badge Module 8 Leadership – All Welcome – Tayler Hall (5th HQ) – 7:30pm – email: liz.chart@5thfarnham.org.uk

11th July 2022 – Social and AGM – All Welcome – Garners Field – 7pm – please can you send me photos I can publicly use of what has happened this year

9th – 11th September 2022 – Theme Park Camp – Explorers and Network – http://themeparkcamp.uk/

1st – 2nd October 2022 – District Cub Scout Camp – Cubs – Garners Field – information via Cub Scout Leaders


21st – 23rd April 2023 – Family CampAll Welcome – Garners Field

5th – 7th May 2023 – Frantic 23 – All Sections – Herons Wey & Garners Field –  Farnham, Haslemere and Godalming activity weekend for Scouts and Guides



11th – 12th June 2022 – Beavers Go Wild – Beavers – Bentley Copse – 11th – 12th June 2022 – https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/events/beavers-go-wild-2022

1st -3rd July 2022 – Scoutabout – we have about 140 Scouts going –  https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/events/scoutabout-2022/s22_rgb_styled-01

17th – 18th September 2022 – Beavers Go Wild – Beavers – Bentley Copse – https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/events/beavers-go-wild-2022

29th – 30th October  2022 – FrightEX24 – Explorers – Bentley Copse


13th – 15th January 2023 – Frost Camp – Scouts – Bentley Copse

17th June 2023 – Scram – Cubs – Hook Arena


Surrey Events: https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/upcoming-events

Farnham District Family Camp

Farnham District Scouts FAMILY CAMP!!

Dates are : 22nd April to 24th April 2022.

Book here: https://familycamp.farnhamscouting.com

PDF Version of Poster: Family Camp 2022 Poster

Family Camp Cafe 2022 A3

Outline Programme:

  • Thursday: Caravan/motorhome must set-up, tent set-up
  • Friday: Tent Set-up, Campfire, Bingo, Hot Chocolate
  • Saturday: 9:30 am – 5pm – Activities, Lunch 12:30-1:30pm; 6:30pm Silent Disco, Campfire
  • Sunday: 9:30 am—12noon—Activities including Crafts, Runway, Shooting, Climbing, creepy crawlies and children’s entertainer;
  • Sunday: 1:00 pm—St Georges Service

All unauthorised vehicles off site between 7pm Friday and 2pm Sunday

So don’t delay, book today!

Family Camp rules

Remember : All Campers over 18 must hold valid Scout Association DBS


Activities – Volunteers Needed

SASU   Bingo
SASU   Crafts
District   Archery
2nd   Backwoods Cooking
3rd   Branding
4th   Shooting and Climbing
5th   Cross Bows Alley
7th   Fire-starting and marshmallows
8th   Nail Art
11th   Tomahawks
12th   Aerial Runways
Explorers   Activity Support
Network   Exercise bike Scalextric


Blackwater Valley Canoe Club – Kayaking
Inflatable assault course
Bouncy Castle
Mobile Cave
Silent Disco
Taikio Drumming


Family Camp Galley



Cub Scout and Beaver Scout Fun Day Thank you

So, on Saturday 2nd October 2021 160 Cub Scouts descended on Garners Field followed by 85 Beaver Scouts on Sunday 3rd October 2021 all in the name of FUN.

Mission Successful – even with the most horrible weather, the Cubs love it, pillow fighting in the rain is a sight to see.  Both days we had happy, happy children. (some a bit wet…0

Behind every fun day there is a team of dedicated but now exhausted volunteers who have been planning, building, co-operating and running activities, setting up, maintaining and clearing up.

Nicky Clements, ADC Cub Scouts planned the Cubs day with help from Amanda Morgan, District Cub Leader  and ran the day with her site team, Davis Clements, Ollie Morgan and Gary Thain providing the template for the Beaver Day. Thank you without your help the weekend would not have happened.

Thank you Gill Snedden who not only catered for volunteers on Saturday, with leftovers for Sunday but also an evening ‘BBQ’ for the Cubs,

Every Pack and every Colony provided an activity run by leaders and any volunteers they could muster – again planning and work before the event as well as setup and clear way.   I know the 12th(Wrecclesham) were building the runway throughout the weekday evenings to get it ready in time.

Across the weekend we also had;

Tongham Hotshots running shooting

A raft of permit holders running Rafting

District Archery permit holders running Archery

The newly trained Tomahawk team teaching 6 to 10.5 year old to throw metal ‘angels’ and axes.

SASU members also supported bases, oversaw the assault course and generally filled in some gaps.

(Every activity has a Risk Assessment)

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you

Yours in Scouting


4th Farnham (Tongham) New HQ Under Construction – Funds Needed

After 10 years of fundraising, negotiations, and planning, last week one of our youngest Beavers handed over the keys to the old hut to Daniel the Project Manager for Bentley Contracts who are the main contractor for the new building.

The old hut has served well, it was an old army hut brought up from Kent 64 years ago in 1957 and erected by local volunteers.

The total project budget is £350,000 and so far, £250,000 has been raised enabling the imminent construction of the watertight shell of the building.

Further fundraising for the internal fit out is underway with the committee exploring all sorts of funding and charity avenues.

Scouting has been going on in Tongham since 1908 in various locations including the school and notably a room over the chip shop.

Even the pandemic has not stopped Scouting and all sections have been busy Zooming.

Over Easter a “Garden Camp” was held with youngsters and some oldsters sleeping out and camp cooking in gardens. Now with lock down easing, face to face meetings have just started. We are hoping for a good summer as the old hut is now a building site!

Tongham Scouts, Cubs and Beavers are looking forward to moving into their new HQ hopefully by the end of the year and would be grateful for any financial and practical support to make that happen.

Scouting has been at the heart of the Tongham community since 1908, that’s 113 years!

Our new Headquarters will help ensure our young people can continue to enjoy Scouts for many generations to come.

If you would like to help please email:  tonghamscoutgroup@gmail.com

Or to donate towards our project:  www.gofundme.com/f/New-Scout-HQ 

Special Offer to Farnham Scouting members and families

Howdy everyone.

In association with David Llloyd centre’s a company called NTL Biologica is conducting mobile Covid-19 Antibody Testing in various places around the country.

On September 9th and 16th they are actually coming to Farnham to carry out testing for local people.  An article appeared about this  in the Farnham Herald this week.  You can see this article on line HERE (click on this link).

As a local charity we have been offered a discount on their testing of 15% from the normal price of £60.

If you would like to be tested for CV-19 antibodies and would like a special discount code to make an online booking please follow this link HERE, complete the online form and a discount code will be emailed to you.  If you are a full scout member you can use this code for close family members as well.

More information on this whole process to help your understanding can be found here: https://ntlbiologica.com/antibodytesting



Farnham District Scouts – Tomahawk Throwing Instructor Course – 10th May 2020


The Instructor Course is a day long course, as prescribed by the Scout policy on Tomahawk Throwing (FS120011).

You will learn:

  • How to provide Tomahawk Throwing as an activity for our young people
  • What equipment can and can’t be used
  • How to construct a range
  • Throwing techniques and how to correct them
  • Session plans, targets, competitions and games

  You will need:  Sturdy foot-ware & long-trousers. Training will be inside and out, so dress for the weather with waterproofs, layers, gloves, sun cream etc.!

 We will provide: Coffee, Teas and Biscuits. Bring your own lunch

 Times: 10th May 2020, 9am-4pm

 Location: 11th Farnham HQ, Guildford Road Trading Estate, Farnham,

 Cost: £30. Spaces are limited so pre-register  to book a place.

 Contact: Guy Elliot, 11th Farnham Cubs – guy.elliot@environment-agency.gov.uk


Dates to remember

We are extremely lucky to have a raft of Meetings, Training, Events, Activities organised/set-up just waiting for you to get involved; we are all volunteers, we all know time is precious, please take the opportunity to participate – have your say, learn, improve and have fun.

Check out our Website for information and updates: https://farnhamscouting.com/website/

Please follow our Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/farnhamscouting/

Date to remember:


  • 3rd February – GSL/District Managers Meeting – Garners Field – 7:30pm
  • 5th February – SASU Planning Meeting – Garners Field – 7:30pm
  • 10th February – Scout Leaders Meeting – Garners Field – 7:30pm
  • 12th February – Family Camp Planning meeting (part 2) – Garners Field – 7:30pm
  • 3rd March – District Exec – Garners Field – 7:30pm
  • 2nd June – District Exec – Garners Field – 7:30pm
  • 9th July – District AGM – Garners Field – 8pm
  • 22nd September – District Exec – Garners Field – 7:30pm
  • 8th December – District Exec – Garners Field – 7:30pm

Mandatory and Leader Training

Check out the Surrey Scouts Training – https://farnhamscouting.com/website/surrey-scouts-training/


  • 26th-28th June – Scoutabout – South of England Showground, Ardingly – https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/events/scoutabout-2020
  • 24th-7th August – European Jamboree – Poland – Good luck to our representatives
  • 2nd-4th October – District Camp – Garners Field.
  • May-21 – Frantic21 – joint Farnham, Hazelmere, Godalming Scouts and Guiding weekend event

Activity Training

If you are interested in any of the sessions in red please contact Dominic – dominic.getting@5thfarnham.org.uk

Check out the Surrey Scouts Activities – https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/activities

If you would like to something specific set up please contact me ( dc@farnhamscouting.com) and we can see what we can do; the aim is to have your say, learn, improve and have fun.

Surrey Scouts Training

Book via: Surrey Scouts Training

The following workshops could be useful:

Safeguarding on Thursday 13th February, 7:30 to 10pm, Ripley

Safety on Thursday 5th March, 7:30 to 10pm, Ripley

Mods 1 and 3 on Sunday 15th March, in Guildford tba, 10am to 3pm

First Response Sunday 23rd March 10 a.m to 4p.m, Ripley

First Response Sunday 5th April 10a.m to 4p.m, Ripley