2020 Review of 24th Dorking

Date: 14th Jan 2021 Author: Sarah Hart

Your local Scout group hopes you are all keeping well and safe as we progress into 2021 and a new lockdown.  We are still unable to have Face-2-Face meetings, but this doesn’t mean there are not still plenty of activities going on for our young people who have adapted so very well to weekly Zoom meetings – keeping themselves, their families/carers and us leaders busy, entertained and laughing which has been a real tonic for each and every one of us.

2020 saw many fun activities for our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and we thank them all for throwing themselves into Scouting in this new and challenging way.

There were many activities organised by Scouting UK which we thoroughly enjoyed taking part in during 2020 including; The Great Indoors with special guest Tim Peake who taught us about how to survive in space and what it takes to be an astronaut, to making rockets and baking cookies. We Hiked to the Moon to raise money to help the UK Scouting movement logging our miles walked and getting sponsorship. Scout groups taking part around the UK together raised £240,000.00 – £1 for every mile to the moon!
In July we joined in with the UK’s Biggest Virtual Summer Camp with many online activities to take part in together, including music, crafts and a few celebrity guests too. Even Bear Grylls, Chief Scout sent a special video message.
Surrey Roar saw all Scouting Groups in Surrey take part in another Virtual Camp with gardens full of tents all over Surrey and in October we took part in Race Round the World, again logging all our walked, cycled, driven and run miles and getting sponsorship to help raise funds for the Groups around the UK who are struggling most to stay afloat. This raised a staggering £250,000.00 and we travelled over 150,000 miles!

Fundraising is a main source for keeping the Scouting movement running, and during these times we obviously can’t do the usual Fairs and Cake Sales amongst other things, that we would usually do so all donations, no matter how small, are of enormous help to us and very much appreciated.

Scouts, Cubs and Beavers at 24th Dorking have adjusted so well to weekly Zoom meetings. We’ve done such a mixture of activities including Map reading, Baking cakes in a mug, Virtual Hiking from The Nower to Ranmoor, Building Dens, Quiz evenings, Show & Tell, Stories, Games – an endless list of great achievements with our Virtual Meetings. So many of our young people have continued to earn their Badges and Awards and move on up to the next group even though we’ve not been together and we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them all for trying their hardest and doing so well making us all very proud.

We also had some important announcements including the appointment of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge who became joint President of the Scouts alongside HRH The Duke of Kent. We also welcomed our new Group Scout Leader (GSL) Alexandra Fairbrother who has taken on the challenge under extraordinary circumstances and is doing a truly sterling job looking after the 24th Dorking Group.

Dorking District also awarded Norman Ede his Chief Scout 5 year award. Huge congratulations and thanks to Norman for all his hard work and commitment to the group and its cause, and to our young people.

As we remain part of the Holmwood and Capel communities, where policy rules and regulations have allowed during the pandemic, we have been able to ensure that 24th Dorking has been represented within the community on important dates such as the Harvest Service and Wreath laying for Armistice.

If reading about all the adventures we have had during the past year despite the restrictions has sparked an interest, then how would your young person like to join in the fun we are all having? If so, contact information is at the foot of this article – we’d love to see them!

We are also always on the look-out for more volunteers for Leaders, Section Assistants and help for the Executive Committee so if you would like to give us a little of your time to help the group and its amazing young people please contact Alexandra, Group Scout Leader.

On a final note we’d like to thank all our parents, carers, leaders, assistants, exec committee members and of course our young people.  Without your enthusiasm, support and continued commitment we would not have been able to get through this so please, give yourselves a well-deserved pat on the back! Here’s to a very successful, fun and happy 2021.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls