Farnham District Scouts – Programme Links

Helpful Links:


Scout Association – https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/

Leatherhead District – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmgbmEA2FvQ1B2ZjL5-VOiQ




The Scouts

1st Facebook Scout Group

Scouts UK – Leaders

Surrey Scouts’ Leader Discussion Group


Farnham District Scouts – Meeting Suspension

Following the Government statement given earlier today, the message below has been sent out by Tim Kidd, UK Chief Commissioner, Scouts.

Based on this Farnham District Scout Groups, District Explorer Units, District Network Unit and Scout Active Support Units meetings will be suspended until further notice.

Further communications will be made in regard to events, training courses and Garner’s Field in due course.

Please do not hesitate in contacting me if you have any concerns.

Thank you

Ann-Marie Vinnicombe
District Commissioner
Farnham District Scout Council



Dear all,

I’m writing to share critical pieces of information relating to the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. This email follows my previous communications with volunteer managers over the past few weeks.

Late this afternoon, the Prime Minister has said that everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others.

Suspension of face-to-face activities

Given this guidance, all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events must be suspended from tomorrow, Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults, and will be until further notice.

We must continue to respond to the developing situation in a calm, measured and appropriate way. We will continue to follow official guidance. The safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. That is always at the heart of our decision making.

Government advice

The Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.


Given the latest Government guidance, we are cancelling the following events:

  • Day of Celebration at Windsor
  • Beaver and Cub Fundays at Gilwell Park and Woodhouse Park
  • Gilwell 24

We will be communicating to specific audiences about these event cancellations over the next week. We’d ask that you wait for this information to be sent out rather than contacting us immediately, due to the volume of enquiries we are currently receiving.

Event organisers

If you or your team are involved in organising any future Scout events, you will now need to review these plans and risk assessments given this new guidance.

Jamborees and other large events

If applicable, we suggest you regularly check the websites of relevant large-scale events, for example, Jamborees and camps, for specific updates from the organisers.

European Jamboree

The organisers of the European Jamboree 2020 in Poland have shared this update and continue to add to their frequently asked questions on the changing situation here. If applicable, please continue to monitor these updates.

Scout trips abroad

We asked the Government (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) for clarity about youth groups travelling abroad, as the current advice only specifies school trips. We will let you know when we receive an update.

As well as the Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website has the latest information, guidance and travel advice, along with details of any restrictions – which must be followed.

Travel insurance

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation may have implications for your travel insurance. Check with your insurers directly about the levels of cover. If you have taken insurance through Unity, they have provided an update here.

Scout Information Centre

The Scout Information Centre will only be able to deal with emails and web chat until further notice. As you can imagine, we are experiencing an unprecedented level of enquiries at the moment, so please use the Government guidance as your primary reference where possible.

Keeping you updated

The Government have now committed to daily briefings. So we can keep you up to date, we have created a webpage: scouts.org.uk/coronavirus which we’ll update from tomorrow.

Doing our bit

I think we all agree that it’s in challenging times like these, that our Scout values matter most. We are talking to the Government and other community organisations to see how Scouts can support our country during this crisis. We must make sure that we do this in the safest possible way, and don’t put anyone at further risk. We will update you more on this over the coming weeks.

Scouting at home

We are planning to share activities for young people to do at home with their parents if families are faced with self-isolation. We will be communicating more about this soon.

Thank you

As always, I want to say a big thank you for everything you do for Scouts. By checking and following the latest Government advice and by taking a calm and measured approach, we can continue to ensure that young people and adults stay safe.

Best wishes,

Tim Kidd

UK Chief Commissioner



Farnham District Training Day – Saturday 14th March 2020

Open to All Adult Volunteers

9am to 11am – Safeguarding course https://farnhamscouting.com/website/event/mandatory-safeguarding-training/

11:30am to 1:30pm – Safety course https://farnhamscouting.com/website/event/mandatory-safety-training/

From 10am (approx. 2hrs) – Raft build training and permit assessment https://farnhamscouting.com/website/event/raft-build-train…ermit-assessment/

2pm to 4:30pm – Skills Bases – turn up and, learn.

  • Backwoods Cooking
  • Fire Lighting
  • Camp Lighting
  • Knives/Axes
  • Hammocks
  • Map and compass
  • Digital Maker

Any queries please do not hesitate to e-mail: dc@farnhamscouting.com


Into the 21st Century!!

Hurrah, Hurrah!!

Hot News folks……

Our thriving Scout Shop, based in Daniel Hall now takes credit and debit cards.

Yes you can now pay for your scouting goodies by whipping out your piece of plastic, instead of having to remember cash or go to the local ATM.

We can pretty much take them all, including American Express – if you have one.


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Hi All

Please note that this event has now been updated as follows:


10.30-12.30 (FULL) or 13.30-15.30*  

(*please arrive 30 minutes early for safety briefing)

FARNHAM HEATH RSPB RESERVE, The Reeds Road, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DL  

Email: mary.braddock@rspb.org.uk    Tel: 01252 795632  Mob: 07714 271024


             SATURDAY 30  NOVEMBER 2019

ARRIVE AT 9.30am TO START AT 10.00.   FINISH AT 1.00pm

Enjoy a day out, have fun helping us manage our Nature Reserve by removing invasive young Scots pine trees. Put on some outdoor shoes, wrap up warm, bring some outdoor gloves and join teams of Scouts and Guides at this event. To save using disposable cups, please bring your own mug/cup for hot or cold drinks.

Free car parking on the day will be on the site of the Rural Life Centre. Toilets are available in the Rural Life Centre but we have no facilities out on the heath. Hot and cold drinks will be available on the day. Please bring snacks/lunch as food will not be available.

We will provide tools such as tree poppers, loppers and bowsaws to help with the removal of the trees. Instructions on the use of these tools will be given on the morning along with a Health & Safety briefing at 10.00am

Groups thinking of attending should be prepared for wet, uneven ground and should dress appropriately for the weather.  The Reserve is not suitable for mobility scooters or wheelchairs. All participants will be the responsibility of their respective Scout/Guide Group.

Your Group is welcome to take away as many pine trees as you can manage.



NAME OF SCOUT/GUIDE GROUP  …………………………………………………………………………………………..

CONTACT FOR GROUP EMAIL ADDRESS  ………………………………………………………………………




Getting to Farnham Heath:  By road.

Take the B3001 south from Farnham. Drive past Farnham Railway Station on your right, immediately past the level crossing bear right, signposted Tilford. Keep to that road for about 3 miles. Just outside Tilford village, there is a sharp right turn signposted to the Rural Life Centre. Follow those signs. Entrance is on the right after 0.5 miles. Follow the RSPB sign to the car park on the grass.



New Logo on Uniforms

Hello everyone,

We have recently received several enquiries at the scout shop asking when (if?) the new fleur-de-lis logo – the one announced by HQ earlier this year and shown just to the right – will be appearing on Beaver/Cub/Scout etc uniform.

I spoke with Scout Shops Ltd. Customer Services today who advised that currently the new logo is only being applied to the casual range of clothing sold by Scout Shops – not uniform. Customer Services did however advise that a two year ‘consultation’ has just commenced at HQ during which time they will be ‘considering’ the current uniform logos. Bottom line our uniform logos are not going to change in the near future!

It is also worth mentioning that those buying uniform at the shop may be offered a slightly differently packaged uniform item with a ‘David Luke’ label inside. David Luke is a reputable firm who have been licensed by Scout Shops in the past to manufacture uniform. This licence has recently expired and Scout Shops have taken the remaining David Luke stock back into their own warehouse where they are now despatching these items to shops like ours. There is no difference between the identically priced Scout Shop Ltd. and David Luke products other than maybe some subtle shading variation. If you have any queries or concerns regarding David Luke items please feel free to email me directly at: scoutshop@farnhamscouting.com

Finally the shop will have its last day of opening this coming Saturday July 21st before closing for the summer. We reopen Saturday September 1st. 

As always thank you for supporting the Farnham Scout Shop and here’s wishing you an enjoyable summer.

Kind regards,

Roy (Shop Manager)    

The aim of the camp, as always, is firstly to have fun. Secondly it is to meet new people, make friends and share experiences.
The camp will have a theme based around a competition to find the best patrol in the district.

Each Patrol with start the weekend with some scout Money, (the scout shilling) and over the weekend will complete a series of scouting tasks to increase their fortune. They will be able to hire equipment as well as expert assistance as needed.

Tasks will include, but not be limited to:

  • erecting a patrol tent (and sleeping in it)

  • erecting dining shelters

  • backwoods cooking

  • pioneering

  • Performing around the campfire EACH PATROL TO DO AN ORIGINAL UNIQUE CAMPFIRE SKIT, if it’s something that we have seen before then it will not earn any points.

  • navigation (including a night hike)

This is also a great opportunity to bring the leaders in the district together to share their own ideas and experiences, so please come along, get involved and let’s start 2018 off with a bang.

Family Camp Is Coming Soon…

Kids in camp

Hello everyone.

Family Camp is getting closer.  Only 7 weeks to go!

Loads of fun for everyone, lots of events/happenings, songs and hot chocolate around the campfire…..

Get the date in your diary.

July 2014



DC Notes July 4th 2014



June must have been the busiest month ever.

I am pleased to confirm the appointment of Chris Moss as ADC cubs. Chris brings a wealth of experience to this post and is looking forward to the cub centenary in 2016, please give her your support.

Congratulations to Kim White ABSL at the 4th’s who has gained her wood badge.

Its AGM season and I have attended the 12ths,3rds,and 4ths, Janet Fraser represented District at the 5ths. Please will treasurers remember to send a copy of their accounts to our district treasurer (treasurer@farnhamscouting.com).

I honoured to represent District at The Farnham Mayors dedication service at St Andrews and I hope I did some useful networking.

Cub camp at Bentley Copse was enjoyed by 86 cubs plus leaders who weren’t put off by lightning storms. The weather brightened up and cubs enjoyed activities around the copse. A great weekend for cubs and for leaders to get together across the District. Thanks to Chris Moss, Nicky Clements and their team.

The following weekend we had Beaver Fun Day at Garners again numbers around 80 for a day of climbing, orienteering, cooking, bivvy building, cross bow shooting, craft, hot dogs and campfires. Thanks to Janet Fraser, Marion Stagg and their team






Finally last weekend we had Scout About 6500 Guides and Scouts meeting at Ardingly for a massive camp, it’s almost a jamboree!

Farnham did their bit, 4th Tongham built a massive assault course and the rest of us ran push ball, paracord bracelet making, curling and scalextrix. Farnham had 200 children and adults on site and we enjoyed catering by Rowledge leaders. Special mention for Gill and Brian Snedden who catered for all the county team as well as organising our meals and delivering all the tents and equipment. The whole Farnham contingent was lead by Denise Iverson ADC Scouts, what a team!

We are close to having enough money to resurface the road to Garners, only £4,000 to find, any ideas?







District AGM is on Thursday 17th July 8pm at Garners. Please come and meet our guests The Mayor and Mayoress of Farnham and our County Commissioner, it would be so good to see lots of you there.




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17th July AGM 8pm Garners Field

7th September Scoutshoot, county competition

4th October Beaver Outing Greenwich

23rd Oct ADC/GSL meeting 8.15 Daniel Hall (3rds).

7th Dec 3pm Scouts Carol Service St Andrews Parish Church Farnham.

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