Surrey Scouts

BOYS and girls from the Woking area joined more than 500 fledgling Scouts and their leaders from across Surrey for a Beavers Go Wild camp at Bentley Copse Activity Centre.

Beavers with some “friends” they met in the woods

Members of West Byfleet, 8th Woking, 1st Send, 1st Knaphill, Goldsworth Park, 1st St John’s and Brookwood Scout groups enjoyed a weekend of camping and activities.

More than 50 opportunities were on offer, including archery, go-karts, climbing, caving, assault course, firelighting. The Beavers – aged six to eight – also got to learn about malaria from the Surrey Scouts international team.

A group of intrepid Beavers prepare to take on the climbing wall

Six-year-old James said: “I had lots of fun and I enjoyed the cave maze best.”

Sarah, aged seven, added: “The best bit of the weekend was the climbing. I was scared at first, but I got to the top.”

The assistant county commissioner for Beaver Scout, Denise Iverson, commented: “It was great meeting all the youngsters and seeing over 500 Beavers and leaders have a great time.”

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SCOUTS are getting extra support at events they run or take part in, thanks to the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner.

David Munro has presented the Surrey Scouts Event Support Team with a van which is being used as a control centre.

GIFT: Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro with members of Surrey Scouts Event Support Team and the van

The vehicle was previously used by police patrols using automatic vehicle number plate recognition (APNR) equipment on roads around the county.

It has been converted to house equipment providing support at both Scouting and community events such as the Ripley Bonfire.

The support team’s deputy manager, Callum Hawker, said: “We would like to thank the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner for his donation of the van, which has already been used at numerous events.

“It has radio and CCTV equipment for event control, first aid supplies, and a welfare area for the team to use. The convenience of all these things in one place makes it an ideal control room.”

Mr Munro commented: “It’s great to be of help and thanks for all you do for Scouting.”

More than 13,600 young people aged from six to 25 are involved in Surrey’s 176 Scout groups, which have 3,423 adult volunteers.

Each of the 18 districts in the county has its own support unit, which can call on the help of the Surrey Scouts Event Support Team.

The team’s services include providing first aiders and stewards and setting up a communications system.