November can be quite a busy time in the Scouting calendar and is particularly so in Cranleigh. The month started with 40 of our Cubs and Scouts heading off for an adrenaline filled weekend at PGL Marchant’s Hill in Hindhead.
The trip was a mixture of fun, games, a Halloween themed disco and 7 adventurous activities including the truly terrifying PowerFan – climbing a 45ft telegraph pole, standing on a small platform at the top and jumping off! To avoid any long evenings of filling in accident report forms, the jumper is attached to a cable which is in turn attached to a large fan that, as it spins up, slows you down to a soft landing.
All of the Cubs and Scouts (and leaders!) faced their own personal challenges over the weekend, be it from PowerFan, the Giant Swing, abseiling or some of the other activities, and I was hugely impressed and proud of how they all responded to the challenge!
Mid-November saw the whole Group take part in Cranleigh’s annual Remembrance Day Parade along the High Street to the War Memorial where we joined other community groups and the public for a touching service.
As always, the event was very well attended by all our sections, so a huge thank you to all our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts (and their parents) for coming along. This was the day after we helped Cranleigh Lions with their annual fireworks event by organising the public parking at Nottcuts and clearing up the Common in the morning.
November was our last camp of the year. We’re off to the Boidier Hurst scout campsite on Box Hill. We’ve let the Cubs off camping in tents in winter, we’ll be staying in the Manly Building. Given we’ll be only a mile or so from the top of Box Hill, we’ll be walking up there, but definitely not taking the shortest route! Hopefully we’ll be able to report the fun and games next month.
Group Scout Leader Colin Desmond