DC’s Notes Oct/Nov 2017

DC Notes November 2017

Hello Everyone

Garners goes Bananas is coming,

watch this space!



Sunday 12th November is Remembrance Sunday. Farnham Scouts will be parading as usual. All sections to meet in the Central Car park at 10.00 in full uniform. Beavers can be collected at about 11.00 just before we go into church. The whole event will finish at about 12.00. I know some will go to their local churches, it is a great opportunity to show off Scouting.


Family Camp 2018

We have had our first Family Camp meeting.

We are going to increase the cost to £12.00 per person for the weekend and £15.00 if you just turn up on the day. Adults who want to sleep over must have a current DBS.

We will be asking for volunteers to pledge some time to run the event. Tasks will include car park, booking in, catering, toilet cleaning, supervising bouncy castles etc. There will be lots of us, so no-one should have to do too much.

It would be good if we could have some new activities to add to the old favourites. Every group should provide at least one activity but if you can do more that would be great.

Gill and Brian Snedden will be offering breakfast baps, teas, cakes etc so y0u need only provide your own evening meals if you so wish.

I’m reliably told it will be a warm and sunny April if I am wrong you can half my pay.




Five scouts have been chosen to represent Farnham at The World Jamboree in USA in 2019.

We had nineteen applicants from Farnham and Haslemere and it was a very difficult task to pick the lucky five.

We think all the applicants had a great weekend.

Please support The 4ths and The 5ths both Groups have bids for grants on the Aviva site, please sign up and vote.

On The 18th November we have The Chief Scouts Gold Award Ceremony. It is now being held at St Thomas on The Bourne Church from 7pm. If you have any Scouts eligible please contact me or County.

Our next First Aid course is on 25th November, it’s now full but we will be doing another in March.

I have asked Benita Middleton from County to do a Safeguarding session on 14th February 8pm at Garners. You can do this on line but the County presentation is well worth attending. You need to do this every 5 years.

We need to find a Young Leader Co-ordinator please.

This person would arrange basic training and safeguarding for young people doing Dof E with scouts and support them during their time doing the award. All Young leaders need to do module A this includes children who are not part of the Scout Association. If you have young leaders, please make sure you are complying with the rules.

We always welcome helpers at Garners on a Monday morning if anyone has the time.

Please have a look at the “dates for your diary” at the end of these notes and if you have anything to include in future please ask me.

Happy Scouting, Philip

Situations Vacant

Young Leader co-ordinator

Dates for your Diary

18th November Chief Scouts Award Presentation at St Thomas on The Bourne Church from 7pm.

25th November First aid course at Garners 09.30- 16.00

5th December District Executive 8pm Garners

7th December Sasu Christmas Dinner at Daniel Hall.

7th January New Years gathering and launch of Garners goes Bananas 12.00 Garners Field

14th February Safeguarding 8pm Garners

6th March District Executive 8pm Garners

24th March Recruiting Seminar Garners ( see attached poster)

20th– 22nd April Family Camp

11th-13th May 2018 Frantic. Farnham, Haslemere and Godalming’s adventure weekend with the Guides for all sections from Beavers to Network.

5th June District Executive 8pm Garners

23rd June Bazazz Surrey Beavers fun day at Merrist Wood near Guildford

12th July District AGM 8pm Garners everybody welcome!

25th September District Executive 8pm Garners

Family Camp 2017

Howdy Folks!!

Well it’s almost time to close the advance bookings on Family Camp!!

Last date is April 9th to allow us to pull together the “packs” that are sent out.

SO ……

If you want to come to Family Camp and either want to camp or if you are a day visitor book on line NOW to get your qualifying discount!!

Entrances on the day are £15 – bookings on line are £10 per person. 

So don’t delay – BOOK TODAY!!


Family Camp 2017…..

Hi All

Just a reminder about Family Camp. Don’t forget to get your booking in on the web site, you get a discount if you book ahead and it also helps us with number crunching and helping us to be prepared!!

Go to www.farnhamscouting.com and click on the pop up that comes up on the site.

All the payments and details are now captured on line so no messing about with cheque books, bags with coins in; just the good old internet!!

See you at the camp!!

It’s gonna be fun, fun, fun!!

An invitation to Bentley Copse Activity Centre – Saturday 20th May 2017

Each year County take great pleasure in inviting friends, neighbours, benefactors and all those who have an interest in Scouting in Surrey, to come to Bentley Copse Activity Centre and join us for tea, and should you be so inclined, some rather good cakes.

Here is what County say….

“We would be delighted if you were able to join us on Saturday 20th May for as long as you are able between 3 pm and 5 pm.

You will receive a warm and enthusiastic welcome with an excellent afternoon tea.

We would welcome the opportunity to show you Bentley Copse Activity Centre at its best – when it is full of young people having fun. You’ll be able to see at first hand the progress we are making with our current projects and see the great range of activities which we provide.

As we are the Surrey County Scout campsite, we are continuing to develop ideas, facilities and experiences which will help young people evolve and expand their life experiences in a very positive way. I’m sure that those of you who have been through scouting will appreciate those experiences which have enriched your own formative years.

Our 2017 Tea Party coincides with ‘Beavers Go Wild’ – an exciting event for several hundred members of our youngest Section

The object of the day is to be able to show what Bentley Copse Activity Centre has to offer, to thank you for your support, and further explain why we need to continue to develop the site for the benefit of the young people.  Whether or not you can support us financially, please do come to the tea party, the pleasure of your company is the most important thing.

Would you be good enough to e-mail Katy at katy.cozens@surrey-scouts.org.uk as to whether or not you’re able to attend this event.

Should you wish to visit Bentley Copse at any other time our Centre Manager, Carl Whitehead, or our Office Manager, Katy Cozens, would be delighted to show you around the site.

We do hope to see you on 20th May, I have attached a map showing the location of Bentley Copse for information, a reply slip and if you are able to donate – a gift aid form.”

The map is available to you to download HERE

New Year Social Event

Hello Everyone
Well our New Year Social was a HUGE success today!
Over 40 people came to the event at Garners field  which gave the FDSC a chance to mingle and thank everyone for all the hard work, time and help that they had given to their various groups throughout the year.  We were also able to tell everyone more about our plans for the future and also show the changes we are planning for the activity centre.
So a BIG, BIG thank you to all those that did come to the event today.  We all enjoyed your company.
So a good year ahead to all and see you at the Family Camp! 🙂

Event at Garners Field on 8th Jan

Howdy folks……

Don’t forget that next Sunday – 8th Jan – we have an “open invite” to everyone to come along to Garners Field for drinkies and nibbles and to found out what we are up to in the coming year.

The nibbles will be top quality, the drinkies will be top quality and, hopefully, us committee members will be “top quality”!! 🙂

So please do come along, we would love to see you there….

Start time 12 noon.

4ths Christmas Tree Selling Bonanza!

Hi AllXmas Tree

 Following on from their success of the last four years – the 4ths, Tongham will be selling Christmas Trees again on Saturday the 10th December from outside the White Hart in Tongham.

 Here’s what they say:-

“Our trees have always been of the finest quality Nordman Fir, and available from 4 ft to 7 ft. All trees come netted for ease of carriage and local delivery can also be arranged. ”

They are also offering a £5 discount voucher, which we would encourage you to share with friends and relatives.

 The 4ths look forward to seeing you again on the 10th December between 10am and 4pm when selecting & buying your perfect tree!




The International Peace Light from Bethlehem is arriving at Bentley Copse on Monday, 19th December 2016.

This flame starts its journey at the Grotto of Christ’s birth where a Muslim Scout passes the flame to a Jewish Scout and then onto a Christian Scout for distribution around the world so that people can burn the flame in their homes and churches over Christmas.

All Districts are asked to send a representative from their Districts and Groups to take the light back to share with their leaders and youngsters. The Active Support Units of our County will also be represented.

Mulled wine and minced pies will be served in the Barn followed by a short Peace Light Ceremony in Bentley Open Air Chapel (weather permitting).

The Venue is Bentley Copse and the time for the social gathering is 7.45p.m. The Peace Light Ceremony will begin when everyone has arrived (at approximately 8.00p.m)

 Your presence would be very welcome.

The light can be taken from Bentley Copse at any time after this date. (Contact the Warden to arrange a suitable time for collection). Instructions for safe transport are available on the web.

Please let Mary Osborn (Surrey County Scout Active Support Unit Manager) know as soon as possible how many will be able to join in this special ceremony.

Telephone:- 01342 843489 or email :- theossies@hotmail.com

Farnham Craft Town Month

Hey folks….

Did you know each October, Farnham hosts a celebration of craft with well over a hundred events taking place throughout the town.

This is your chance to see makers in action; take a craft walk; get making and buy work from local designer makers.

Take a look at the craft town events listings  to see what is happening this year.

Craft town page turner brochure for 2016

We’ve posted this for all those Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network and even SASU who have a craft “bent” and would like to get involved and see these various events and happenings.
There are loads of workshops where you can learn and get hands on experience of the crafts.
Take a look! …..


It’s a bit late, we know that, but time flies!

Here is a fun video on Scram, guess who get’s in at the beginning, taking up camera space!!  Ho, Ho……

SCRAM 2016! from Surrey Scouts on Vimeo.

Have a look at the video…..

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