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Welcome to Banstead District Scouts

Banstead District nestles between London and Surrey.  It is a part of Surrey Scout County and the UK Scout Association.

We are an active District with a variety of groups which have Beaver Colonies (6 - 8 years), Cub Packs (8 - 10½ years) and Scout Troops 10½ - 14 years) .  We have 2 Explorer Units (14 - 18 years) and a Network (18 - 25 years).  Boys and girls are welcome to join in every section.


The groups meet throughout the year, each at their own HQ. They also meet together for shared activities within the District and the County from time to time.


We are very proud to be members of Scouting and we hope there is something that we have that appeals to you.

History

Banstead Scouts History Project

Were you ever in Scouting in Banstead as a young person or a leader?


Have a wander down memory lane and share your memories with us! Click here to find out more: Banstead Scouts History Project

Ontario Beavers Get Good Luck!




3rd Banstead’s Ontario Beavers learnt about the Chinese New Year recently with the year beginning 28-1-2017 being the year of the Rooster.  They played dragon and lion games, received an actual Chinese small red envelope containing a gold coin for Good luck and used chopsticks to try to eat vegetables and noodles cooked in the Chinese method.



Banstead Cubs Celebrate Being 100!













Cub Scouts from across the country gathered on 19 December 2016 to celebrate 100 years since the section started.  In Banstead District one hundred Cubs and Leaders hiked to Park Farm in order to celebrate our centenary with a rousing camp fire.


On arrival, everyone was given a glow stick and invited to warm themselves around the fire which having been made by Scouters was more than just glowing!  Favourite songs old and new were sung many of which included enthusiastic actions.


At 19:16, children and adults alike renewed their promise.


After finishing with the traditional kumbaya, my Lord, everyone enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate and a special camp fire themed cake before hiking back to the car park.

Banstead Cub Scout Cooking Competition 2017














On Sunday 5th February the Banstead  cooking competition was held it went well with 3 teams entering. The standard was very good and the meals created looked and tasted great. This year’s winning team were the 7th who created a delicious vegetarian curry followed by an apple and ginger crunch dessert. The completion was very close and 7th only just won by 2 points. Well done to the 7th who will now go forward and represent the District at the County cooking competition in October.


1st Tattenham Scouts Go Technical!


The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) partner the Scout Electronics Activity Badge


1St Tattenhams Scouts have been learning how to use a multimeter to measure voltage, current and resistance in a simple circuit. Explain the relationship between these values, talk about the main differences in the operation of digital and analogue circuits. Also show that they’re aware of the safe working practices to be followed when handling electronic components, circuit boards and when soldering.

We live in a world full of engineering! Everything we do and use has had professional engineers involved in designing it or finding solutions to problems surrounding it and technicians making the engineers’ ideas a reality. The Scout Group can get involved in Projects and enjoy activities in the Scout Electronics Badge activity pack Which is great fun and useful in everyday life.

It will take up to 7 weeks to complete the badge work and show the scouts the right way and the safe way first time.

1st Tattenhams Beavers


Beavers have been working hard on the Emergency Aid Staged Activity Badge with Liz Keegan and a Team of Trainee Paramedics covering how to help someone who is bleeding, someone who is unconscious and the importance of getting help.




Over the winter, we have been leaning about the Safety Activity Badge and knowing dangers around their meeting place and what to do at a roadside or at a railway level crossing. What the Green Cross Code and Water Safety Code is about and know what to say if a stranger approaches and tries to make conversation. I’d like to thank Ben Jackson who works in Specsavers, for getting them to donate the high viz that the Scouts wear when we go out.



Thinking Day/Lord Baden Powell’s Birthday

The following schools allowed the children to wear their uniforms to school on Wednesday 22nd February 2017:


Epsom Downs Primary School

Shawley Way Primary School

Warren Mead Infant School

Warren Mead Junior School

The Vale Primary School

Banstead Infant School










Two very proud Beavers at school!


1st Walton on the Hill’s Adventures


The 1st Walton on the Hill have had a crazy term with lots of exciting activities including:










3rd Banstead Scouts Visit the Battlefields of the Somme













At 5.30 am on 29th April, 18 Scouts and leaders left Scout Ridge and took ‘le Shuttle’ to a small campsite at Rebreuve sur Canche in the Pas de Calais.


After pitching camp and some lunch. they set off for the Sheffield Memorial Park at Serre Cemetry, (Pals Battalions).  Under the guidance of leader Simon Osborne, an expert on the 1st July 1916 battles, they learned of the disastrous attack. They then made a charge from the trench up the hill and fell into the long grass.


They finally visited the tombstone of Rifleman James Crozier, at the Sucriere Cemetary,  who was executed for cowardice at the age of 18 despite having been into battle several times. He lied about his age to join up,  and being so young he effectively had a nervous breakdown because of his experiences. A wreath was laid at his grave and a minute’s silence followed.