1st Crookham Scouts and Cubs combined to run the Santa’s Grotto at the 2021 Fleet Christmas Festival and light switch on on 24th November. The town was busy with craft and food stalls as well as fair ground rides and tombolas and as usual it was extremely well attended by the people of Fleet. The Beavers also ran a bottle and chocolate tombola as well as a teddy tombola in the Hart Shopping Centre. Between the two activities we raised over £1500!
Beavers Autumn Camp Fundraising Hike
We were back camping this year and during their Autumn camp in September 2021 the Beavers hiked along to canal to see how far they could get in an hour. This was a sponsored event and between them they raised over £1000.
Inspired by Rob ‘Windy’ Harborne and his epic hike down the length of the USA, many of our members have undertaken their own challenges and hiked all over the place! They have earned their HQ Rebuild badge and added to the overall target by £
Charlie & Eloise – Running and Litter Picking
In June Charlie and Eloise Aris did a combination of sponsored litter picking and running to raise funds for the rebuild.
Eloise (Normans) carried out her litter pick around Church Crookham, starting at The Verne, moving down to Basingbourne Park and the woods and then up Fernhill Road, onto Gally Hill Road and finishing on Aldershot Road past the Wyvern pub and home. She collected a large black sack of rubbish.
Charlie (Aztecs) started his run at The Verne, ran up Portland Drive, onto Gally Hill Road, Coxheath Road up Crookham Road, down onto Reading Road South all the way to Tesco Express and then right on to Aldershot Road and home covering just over 3 miles.
Between the two of them, they raised over £250 (including GA) which is a fantastic effort.
Susan, David and Katie – 100 Miles in May
In May three of the intrepid members of the Waddams family, Katie (Skylarks), David (Celts) and Susan (Skylarks Beaver Leader) set out to walk 100 miles in support of the rebuild fund. They smashed it, ended up covering 123 miles and raised over £700 (including GA) in the process. Well done the Waddams!
They were also walking to support Rob Harbourne in his Continental Divide quest, and he’s now got some catching up to do.
As a result of lockdown 1st Crookham Beavers, Cubs and Scouts started meeting over Zoom for most of 2020. Leaders adapted their section programmes to enable the young people to continue to work towards their badges and awards at home and to take part in the new Great Indoors award that the Scout Association developed at the beginning of lockdown. Attendance at the online sessions was extremely high with the sections covering fire lighting, camp fire cooking, experiments, drumming, camping challenges, virtual camps and even Taekwondo.
We returned to face to face scouting briefly from August to December with many new COVID protocols in place before going back online. From April 2021 face to face meeting began again and everyone is enjoying being back.
In 2018 Rob “Windy” Harborne completed his “Most Excellent Adventure” to hike the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail in the USA. Going from Mexico to Canada through the mountains of California, Oregon and Washington State. The mileage increasd to just over 3,000 miles when he includes his training hikes (200 miles) and additional miles hiked in the US for resupplying and rest days (another 200 miles).
“Windy” raised over £1,000 towards the HQ Rebuild fund and deserves our congratulations. Well done Rob !
Well done to Normans Cubs for putting in the miles and raising £236 in their Cyclathon.
In May the Group turned out for a hot weekend collecting outside Redfields.
A really big Thank You to the very generous member of the public who helped us raise a fantastic £1,330.
The lolly game was popular, but the electric wire game remains unconquered….
Scout “Come Dine With Us”
In March the Scouts ran a series of “Come Dine With Us” evenings. Based loosely on the Scout camp competition meal, the Scouts designed, cooked and served a 3-course meals to their parents who seemed pleasantly surprised at the quality of cuisine. Cuisines included Indian and Italian and in total £400 was raised towards the HQ Rebuild.
Beavers & Cubs “Tea Prepared”
In March the Beavers and Cubs took over Café Giardino in the Hart centre for a day and served an unsuspecting public cake, tea and coffee for a day.
The event was a fantastic success; very enjoyable for all involved and raised £1,100 towards the HQ Rebuild.
1st Crookham Win Gwentrek
Back in October we entered 2 scout teams in a competitive orienteering in Wales – Gwentrek. Pitted against nearly 30 local entrants we came 1st and 3rd and were allowed to bring the trophy home (this time)