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  • Growing Scouts

    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 18th February 2021

    Get bigger and better - Digitally, Face to Face or from a distance.

    Re-engaging and recruiting members.  Please click here to see more from The Scouts.

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  • Ongoing Training

    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 17th February 2021

    It is important that uniformed Leaders have up to date First Aid, Safety and Safeguarding - especially when we are meeting face to face.  All Exec members also need to have Safety and Safeguarding.

    These are done via e-learning, taking about 45 minutes each to do.   Once completed, copies of the certificate are to be emailed to Sue Martin, LTM, so they can be validated and added to Compass.  Click here to go to the Scouts Ongoing training website.

    NB: First Aid training has to be booked via the Kent Scouts Training booking system.

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  • Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas

    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 22nd December 2020

    Merry Christmas blog post

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  • Remembrance Sunday 2020

    Remembrance Sunday 2020

    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 8th November 2020

    Sadly we were unable to join the Remembrance Service today at the War Memorial this morning, but we were able to lay our wreath afterwards.

    Thank you to all that stood on their doorstep for the two-minute silence.

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  • District AGM 2020

    District AGM 2020

    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 15th September 2020

    This year our AGM will be delivered in a different format.  

    We will be holding this via Zoom.  Meeting details have been emailed out.

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  • District Youth Commissioners required to help shape our District

    District Youth Commissioners required to help shape our District

    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 15th September 2020

    Please contact Team DC for further information, we are looking for two District Youth Commissioners to help shape District

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  • Take the Four Week Challenge

    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 23rd June 2020


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    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 22nd June 2020

    For all leaders AND District Exec and Group Exec members 

    Please follow this link to the training page on the County website - Www.Kentscouts.org.uk/training

    Questions should be sent to either your District LTM or direct to Craig:- craig.ward@kentscouts.org.uk

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  • County Award Nominations 2020

    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 3rd June 2020

    Nominations are open!

    Have you put anyone forward yet?

    The Kent Scouts 2020 County Awards are open for nominations.

    Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their hard work and commitment to Scouting at any level in the County?

    There are 10 categories to nominate within, from Young Person of the Year to the Growth and Development Award, there is also a Skills For Life Award and many more!

    So head over to www.kentscouts.org.uk/awards and make your nominations today!

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    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 19th May 2020



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  • World Scout Moot 2021

    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 26th April 2020

    World Scout Moot 2021 blog post

    Network Scouts and Leaders

    The World Scout Moot 2021 in Ireland offers a great and affordable opportunity for Network Scouts to experience a World Scout event.

    The moot is open to 18 to 25 year old participants and IST members aged 26+ but you do need to sign up before the recruitment deadline on the 3rd May.

    Signing up by 3rd May is not a commitment to attend as the UK Contingent will confirm its attendees in June at which time people will be able to decide if they are in the position to commit to the event. Putting in an application form now does not sign anyone up for payments or fully tie you down to the event should you have changes in their personal circumstances. The UK Contingent are also running an inclusion fund process alongside recruitment so that attendees will know exactly how much they will be required to pay prior to committing.

    There is a flyer attached to this email and there is a folder of additional images and logos that can be used to tailor any extra communications - Moot Branding G-Drive. There is a wealth of information on the Moot website www.scouts.org.uk/moot along with a recording of a webinar presented by the CMT which gives a good overview of the Moot and the application process.

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    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 10th February 2020

    Please note that JOTT this year will be on Saturday 16th May.  This is due to the change of Bank Holiday at the beginning of May.  

    Information will be sent out nearer the time.


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  • 15th Dartford (The Bridge)

    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 2nd November 2019

    Huge congratulations to the leaders of our newest Group, 15th Dartford, on receiving the runner up place at the Kent County Growth and Development awards this evening.

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  • Network

    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 1st November 2019

    There will be a meeting at Scout House on Wednesday 4th December at 8.30 p.m. for anyone interested in attending our Network Unit (aged 18 - 25).  Please contact Matthew McLean if you have any questions or would be interested in attending.

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  • Dartford 9 Fundraiser

    Dartford 9 Fundraiser

    Author: Dartford DC | Date: 20th October 2019

    The Dartford 9 are fundraising for their forthcoming trip as part of the European Jamboree 2020 to Poland. Please support them as they are raising funds to help with the cost of attending this wonderful expeirence

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  • District AGM

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 16th June 2016

    Please see recent news flash about the District AGM and Exec Commitee Nominations


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  • Vacancies within DDSC

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 20th May 2016

    The Executive Committee of The Dartford District Scout Council are looking to recruit some volunteers to join the District Team and help develop and drive forward Scouting in Dartford and property of DDSC.

    The below roles are currently available. Please click on the title for a Job Specification:

    Scout House Manager

    District QuarterMaster

    District Appointments Secretary

    For more information please contact Leigh (dc@dartfordscouts.org.uk) or Yvette (chair@dartfordscouts.org.uk)

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  • Rotary Club of the Weald of Kent - 31st North Downs Walk 2016

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 11th February 2016

    Rotary Club of the Weald of Kent – 31st North Downs Walk 2016

    Rotary Walk registration OPEN; Join the 500 club

    Yes I know it is only early February but in response to a number of enquiries from keen walkers, REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the Weald of Kent Rotary Club North Downs Charity Walk in aid of Cancer Research UK.

    Last year we not only presented a cheque for a massive £14,000 to Cancer Research UK but we also raised in total £18,750 for the various good causes bringing our overall total of monies raised to date to £480,000.

    PLEASE help us to break through the £500,000 barrier this year! If we can convince an additional 80 of you to walk we will also hit the magical 500 walker marker. What an achievement to feel part of!

    Why not invite your friends and family to join you and spread the word? You can even bring your dogs along!

    You can choose between the 3, 6 and 9 mile walks, all fully marshalled, with regular checkpoints and refreshment stops against the backdrop of the beautiful North Downs. At the end you receive your well-earned complimentary ploughman's and strawberries as well as the sound of the local jazz band.

    What more could you want, a great day out, you will be helping Cancer Research UK as well as your own chosen charity or cause and helping set an amazing record.

    Duncan Payne, Walk Chairman

    DONT FORGET YOU CAN KEEP 50% of all your sponsorship for your own cause


    See you there (Harrietsham Village Hall)

    On 19 June 2016

    For more information visit our website: www.wealdofkentrotary.org.uk

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  • Sad News

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 15th December 2015

    I would like to pass on some very bad news for Dartford Scouts.

    June Parker sadly passed away on Saturday morning aged 86.

    She had served the Movement for 43 years and started Scouting in November 1972 with the 8th Dartford Scout Group

    June held ACSL, CSL, SL, Group Chair roles and was ACSL until about a month before she passed away.

    She has held the appointment as ADC (CS) from 1983 until 1995.

    She has also been District Secretary form 1995 until 2014.

    She was awarded Medal of Merit 1988, Silver Acorn 1998 and the Silver Wolf in April 2005.

    June was also made an Honorary Scouter in September 2001.

    We will keep you informed of arrangements.

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  • District AGM

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 7th June 2015


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  • JOTT 18

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 25th April 2015


    Jamboree on the trail, Information

    View this email in your browser

    JOTT - 9 May 2015

    Important information - We are returning to Central Park!

    Please find all the information for JOTT this year here

    We are pleased to be able to finish this years JOTT back into Central Park. As per normal we are also looking for groups with minibuses or willing volunteers to help transport drivers back to the start points. We are also looking for help at the finishing line to take registration forms and to distribute badges and snacks. Please contact Andy if you can help.

    See you all there

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  • WSJ Quiz Night Fundraiser

    WSJ Quiz Night Fundraiser

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 15th February 2015

    WSJ Quiz Night Fundraiser

    9th Dartford are hosting a Quiz raising funds for the World Jamboree

    participants, Your support would be appreciated.

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  •  A Scout Name Badge to help a South African Scouter help himself

    A Scout Name Badge to help a South African Scouter help himself

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 11th February 2015

    A Scout Name Badge to help a South African Scouter help himself

    As those of you who know me will know, I have been involved in supporting Scouting in the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa for many years; many of you are regular supporters of the Ice Cream Badge Project which raises much needed funds to support the work that the Scout office does there.

    One of my friends, a young man called Bhembe Nhlanhla (AKA Lucky) is coming to the UK to work for 8 months at the Youlbury Scout Activity Centre in Oxfordshire as part of the International Service Crew. He has to raise his own air fare and any extra cash he may need before he starts to receive a wage packet. Coming to work in the UK is a great opportunity for someone like Lucky; he is well thought of within Scouting Mpumalanga having represented the province at conferences in Germany whilst employed at the Area Scout office and is a possible future Provincial Leader of the movement. He is working very hard to widen his experiences and horizons while still a young man by coming here to work at a National Scout centre.

    One of the things he is doing is making name badges for Scout Leaders – as worn by the former secretary General of WOSM amongst others – he is selling them at £5 each to be delivered after his arrival in the UK. As you can see from the picture below they just hook over the button on your Scout Shirt pocket and with the small leather thong look very smart and somewhat reminiscent of the Wood Badge. You can ask for your Scout name or forename to be put on it; the choice is yours.

    If you would like to buy one and support Lucky in his endeavours then please place your order with Tracey Dobinson (another Scouting friend of his here in the UK) who will pass them on to Lucky. She can be contacted at Tracey.dobinson@hotmail.com she will also let you know about how to pay for the name badge Either by cheque or BACS

    Best wishes and many thanks in advance


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  • Beaver Science Day

    Beaver Science Day

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 7th February 2015

    150 Beavers descended on Oasis Academy on Saturday 7th February all ready to have a go at doing experiments. Some of the experiments included were how to light bunsen burners, making boats with different materials and then seeing if they float, forensic experiments including finger printing, footprints, learning about acids and alkalis, the effects of burning different chemicals, burning bubbles and lots more. The Beavers were enthralled from beginning to end and the majority seemed to like the bunsen burners and anything to do with flames.

    Thank you to Pauline from 9th and all the teachers at Oasis Academy for organising this event and making it an enjoyable day (I think even a few leaders had fun doing the experiments).

    See the pictures here


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  • New District Calendar

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 22nd January 2015

    Dartford Scouts have a new online calendar, you can find it on our website here. This will have details of all the upcoming district events as well as dates of leader meetings. 

    Don't want to miss an event? 

    Find an event you want, open it and simply click, add to my calendar!

    Alternatively, view the calendar on your browser in full here or add our calendar to your desktop or mobile device with the following addresses;

    ICAL: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/dartfordscouts%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics

    XML: https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/dartfordscouts%40gmail.com/public/basic

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  • Dartford Explorers DofE Presentations

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 9th December 2014

    Dartford District Explorers took centre stage last night in front of Leaders, parents our District President and the Mayor of Dartford to show us their D of E presentations following 2 Bronze and 1 Silver expeditions. 

    Well done to all of them.





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  • Breaking News.....

    Breaking News.....

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 8th December 2014

    Breaking News.....

    The District Beaver Bear has been named..............BUDDY

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  • District Beavers Air Activity Day

    District Beavers Air Activity Day

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 19th October 2014

    Over 70 Beavers from Dartford descended on RAF Hendon on Sunday 19th October.

    We assembled by the huge structure by the main entrance ready to go through security. A few of the Beavers were a little worried that the Security men were going to eat their packed lunches whilst going through the bag check - luckily none were. Once we all were through, we arranged what time we were going to meet up for lunch, then the Beavers and their Leaders went off to fill in their questionnaires. Before we knew it, it was time to meet up for lunch in the Aeronautics Interactive area. The Beavers quickly devoured their packed lunches so they could go and play on the interactive equipment. They liked pretending to fly on a full size hang glider, sitting in the cockpit of an aeroplane and sitting in a helicopter to name but a few of the things they could do. Then it was time for the obligatory group photo in front of the Lancaster Bomber. The Beavers went off to finish exploring the museum. The journey home was very quiet after all the walking they done.

    The Beavers and Leaders enjoyed the day and one or two Leaders said they had learnt some new things.'

    Look through the pictures from the day here

    Jacqui Wilkinson

    ADC Beavers

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  • District Cub Games Day

    District Cub Games Day

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 27th September 2014

    Well done to the 115 Cubs who came along and participated in the District Cub Games Day this afternoon. It was a great afternoon and the Cubs did really well. The winning team was Jungle 'A', second place went to 1st Wilmington and third place to Stone Birch.

    Huge thanks to the many leaders who came along and supported this event and worked hard all afternoon.

    Thanks also to the Jamboree team who provided everyone with refreshments 

    See the pictures here


    ADC Cubs

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  • Chief Scout Silver Awards

    Chief Scout Silver Awards

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 25th August 2014

    On Wednesday 9th July 37 Cub Scouts from around the district attended a Presentation at Dartford Civic Centre and received their Chief Scout Silver Award certificates from the Mayor of Dartford Councillor Mr Avtar Sandhu who congratulated the Cubs on their hard work in obtaining this top Award in the Cub Scout section.

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  • Winnipeg & Ingrams Gambia Appeal

    Winnipeg & Ingrams Gambia Appeal

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 16th July 2014

    Winnipeg Beavers won the Standard award given out at St Georges Day Parade. This was for the charity support we as a colony have given to a school in The Gambia. All the Beavers collected lots of clothing, laptops, mobile phones, pens books etc and I went out to The Gambia with my family at Easter to hand deliver the items. The Gambia Experience travel company supported us with allowing us extra luggage space.

    The support continues we are raising much needed funds to complete 2 extra classrooms there to offer education to many young children. Our saying at Beavers is 'In our World of plenty we can spread a smile of joy.'

    The Beavers are keen to help others, we are working on the International badge to make us all aware.

    Thank you



    Sue Ingram

    Winnipeg Beaver colony

    The Brent 6th Dartford Scout group

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  • Sutton Scouts Host Belgium Scouts

    Sutton Scouts Host Belgium Scouts

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 13th July 2014

    1st Sutton at Hone Scout Group unexpectedly played hosts to 13 Belgium scouts on Thursday night. They were found in Dartford with nowhere to say. They were given some amazing hospitality by Bar Mondo in Dartford. A customer of theirs contacted 1st Sutton at Hone Scout Group who picked them up and bedded them down for the night in their hall. They were all older Explorer scout aged, and they all wanted to become leaders, before they could do that they needed to do an expedition to challenge themselves. We met them on day 10 of this challenge. No accommodation had been arranged for this trip and one of their challenges was to arrive at their destination and then to ask local people to help them find somewhere for the night. Every night they had successfully done that thanks to the generosity of people. It was a privilege to help these young people who were an absolute credit to Scouting.

    Jan Peeling

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  • Beavers have fun at WADE

    Beavers have fun at WADE

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 29th June 2014

    Despite the weather forecast saying its going to rain - we were very lucky. Beavers got to have a go at kayaking and pedaloes and then various activites on land (all involving water). I think the water fights were the biggest hit - especially with the leaders. Thank you to all the Beavers that turned up and a big thank you to the Leaders too.

    See their fun and adventures in the photo gallery here

    Jacqui Wilkinson

    ADC Beavers

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  • Cub CycloPark Day

    Cub CycloPark Day

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 7th June 2014

    Today, some of Dartford's Cubs have been having fun at the Cyclo Park. All the participants received a BMX training session and a mountain bike lesson and ride. It was a fab day and the Cubs were fantastic. Many thanks to the leaders who supported this event and helped out. We're already looking forward to our next date at the Cyclo Park on 29th June!

    See all the pictures from the day here


    ADC Cubs

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  • Johnston Trophy - Results

    Author: Leigh Villiers | Date: 17th May 2014

    We are please to announce the results of the Johnston Trophy today;

    1st place - 3rd Dartford Fraser 'A' team

    2nd place - 5th Dartford Burne 'A' team

    3rd place - 5th Dartford Earley team

    Congratulations to all the teams that entered and a big thank you to all of the leaders who helped make today possible.

    Full results are below

    Team 1Team 2Team 3Team 4Team 5Team 6Team 7Team 8Team 9Team 10Team 11Team 12Team 13Team 14Team 15

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  • St. Georges Day 2014

    St. Georges Day 2014

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 13th April 2014

    St. Georges Day 2014

    Once again, this year’s St.George's Day service and parade will take place in Central Park Dartford.

    We will assemble at 10.45am by the Band Stand.  Please look out for your markers. The service will commence at 11am and we hope to march off at 11.40.   The march will be confined to Central Park. You will be informed on the day of the route and where the saluting base will be.  We will be announcing each group and section as they pass the saluting base.

    There are lots more details, make sure you don't miss out, download the full details here, and please pass it on throughout your group!

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  • Chief Scout Silver Awards 2014

    Chief Scout Silver Awards 2014

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 23rd March 2014

    Chief Scout Silver Awards 2014

    Well done to the many Cubs who received their Silver Award at the Mayor's parlour last week. It was great to see so many of our Cubs achieving their Silvers.

    Find the photos here

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  • Young Leaders Belt Presentation

    Young Leaders Belt Presentation

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 22nd March 2014

    The young leaders of Rawhide Colony, Stone had their Young Leaders Belts presented by the Group Chairman, tonight,In front of other leaders, parents and invited guests. The evening was made special by so many people turning up to congratulate them and managing to keep it a secret.

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  • Beavers Fun with Food Day

    Beavers Fun with Food Day

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 9th February 2014

    Beavers Fun with Food Day

    119 Beavers descended on Scout House and 3rd Dartford all ready to make, bake, taste, learn, be quizzed and try to knot spaghetti (given the state of faces and uniforms they all seemed to enjoy the chocolate bases!!) One or two Beavers had fun handling the fish but did not want to try the weird fruit! Models were made with dry spaghetti and marshmallows – a few of them now have the taste for uncooked spaghetti. 

    The bases were : Chocolate fountain, Mississippi Mud Pie, making cakes, chocolate mug cake, mini sandwiches, spaghetti models, spaghetti knots, mini pancakes, food quiz, iced biscuits, fish demonstrations and weird fruit salad. Thank you to the leaders and helpers that ran the bases.

    I would like to say a big thank you to the leaders that gave me advice and helped guide me through running my first District event – and one last thank you – to Cavan (ADC Beavers) for sorting us all out before going on holiday!

    Please find the photos from the day in the Photo Gallery section.

    Do you have something to say about the day? Comment below and give us your views!

    Jacqui Wilkinson

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  • County Multi Module Weekend

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 8th February 2014

    County Multi Module Weekend

    Click here to head over to the Adult Training notices to see details on the next County Multi Module Training weekend on the 8th & 9th March

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  • District Exec Meeting

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 8th February 2014

    District Exec Meeting

    Please click here to be directed to the minutes from the District Executive Meeting held on the 6th January 2014. 

    It was agreed that the minutes could be issued, so all members of Dartford Scouts could see what was discussed; thus improving communications throughout the District.

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  • February The DartScout

    February The DartScout

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 4th February 2014

    This months news from across the district is now available!

    Download your copy here 

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  • First Aid Training

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 15th December 2013

    Do you have Leaders in need of First Aid Training? There is a training course on the 19th January! Contact Sue Martin if you are interested

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  • District 2014 Calendar

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 3rd December 2013

    The Calendar for 2014 is now available. All dates will appear on the Calendar Page of the website but for your reference there is also a PDF version available and can be downloaded on the link below. More information will be published via the website and Dart Scout newsletter.

    Dartford District Calendar 2014 

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  • Older Cub Weekend

    Older Cub Weekend

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 17th November 2013

    This weekend, nearly 60 Cubs came together for the Older Cub Weekend at Scout House. They enjoyed climbing, archery, challenge games and worked on some traditional Scouting skills. It was a fantastic weekend and a HUGE thank you to the many leaders who helped organise and run activities.

    See the photos here, and have your say on the weekend below!

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  • Beaver Scouts Celebrate Success

    Beaver Scouts Celebrate Success

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 17th November 2013

    Beaver Scouts Celebrate Success

    On Sunday 17th November 2013 41 Beaver Scouts from Colonies around the Dartford District who have gained their Bronze Awards in the last six Months, attended a Presentation at  St Marys Church, Greenhithe where they were presented with their certificates. The Bronze Award is the top Award that can be earned in the Beaver Scout Section.

    The certificates were presented by Councillor Ian Armitt, Vice President of Dartford Scouts. The presentation was also attended by Beth Peal, the Assistant County Commissioner responsible for Beaver Scouts & Cub Scouts who congratulated the Beavers for all their hardwork in gaining the Bronze Award.

    Congratulations Beavers!

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  • Remembrance Sunday in Dartford

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 12th November 2013

    There was a great turnout from groups across Dartford district at the war memorial for the remembrance day service and parade. Stone group lead the parade carrying the district standard. All of the beavers, cubs, scouts, explorers and leaders looked very smart and were a great example of scouting in Dartford!

    Pictures from the service and parade can be found here. If you have pictures from the day then please send them in! 


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  • Cubs Silver Awards

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 7th November 2013

    On Wednesday 6th November 2013 34 Cub Scout's from around the District who have gained the Silver Award in the last six months attended a presentation at the Dartford Civic Centre. The Mayor, Councillor Patsy Thurlow , came along to praise the Cubs on attaining the top award in the Cub Scout Section. As the Mayor has only just come out of hospital the certificates were presented to the Cubs by Councillor Ann Allen, last years Mayor The Assistant County Commissioner, Beth Peal, praise the Cubs on the hard work they have put in and she also thanked the Leaders and parents for the contribution they have made to support the Cubs

    Congratulations Cubs!


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  • Youth Grant Applications

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 6th November 2013

    Dear Recreation Groups,


    Further to my email below, please find attached an updated application form and guidance document. Restrictions on applications for capital costs have been removed and all such eligible applications will now be considered by the judging panel – although this does not guarantee that such applications will be successful.


    Both the application form and the guidance document can be found on our website at:http://www.dartford.gov.uk/by-category/advice-and-benefits2/grants/grants-for-young-people


    Please forward this email and attachments to whoever you think might be eligible for this grant.


    Apologies for the potential confusion and inconvenience caused.


    Best wishes,







    Dear Recreation Groups,


    The Dartford Locality Board has been allocated £25,000 to award in grants of between £500 and £5,000 to projects designed to engage young people in local youth groups that wouldn’t ordinarily do so.


    Applications can encompass any number of purposes, so don’t be afraid to apply for any idea. We use the word ‘project’ in the widest possible sense and envisage applications ranging from one off purchases to longer term activities - but certain conditions do apply.


    The most crucial of these are:


    ·         Projects must target young people aged between 12 and 19.

    ·         The grant is aimed specifically at those youngsters not currently engaged with youth groups/clubs.

    ·         Applications must demonstrate how the grant will be used to engage young people and act as agateway to future and continued participation.


    For further information please see the attached guidance document or email grants@dartford.gov.uk


    Applications must be received by the 10th of November.


    Please feel free to forward this email and attachments to whoever you think might be eligible for this grant.


    Best wishes,




    James Murdoch

    Policy & Performance Officer

    Policy & Corporate Support

    Dartford Borough Council

    Civic Centre, Home Gardens

    Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DR

    Tel: 01322 34 3470

    Download the documents here!



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  • Sutton-at-Hone Cubs are Kent Pack of the Month!

    Sutton-at-Hone Cubs are Kent Pack of the Month!

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 4th November 2013

    Sutton-at-Hone Cubs are Kent Pack of the Month!!

    Congratulations to the Sutton-at-Hone cubs who have been awarded the Kent Cub Sections Pack of the Month. They sent over the news about their recent fundraising they have done for the Kent Air Ambulance Service. To find out more read the article on the cubs page here

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  • November DartScout

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 3rd November 2013

    This months newsletter from across the district is now available to download online! This month find out what has been happening across the sections, with details about the upcoming rememberance service.

    Download your copy here!

    Have your say on this months news by commenting below.

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  • First Aid Training

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 13th October 2013

    First Aid Training

    I know lots of you need this, If your new to scouting or if your role is due for renew. Please get in touch to book one of these courses.

    27th October Maidstone East

    16th November Tunbridge Wells 

    16th November Gillingham

    17th November Gillingham.

    For the Module 25 course on November 17th please book space through me.

    Sue Martin 


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  • Scout Section Nocturnal Event

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 11th October 2013

    Thank you to all the Dartford Scouts and Leaders who made tonight's Nocturnal Adventure such a success. Despite the constant rain 15 teams took part and there were lots of happy faces all around the course. Only a few teams needed to be pointed in the right direction and most successfully completed the course. Thanks to all the leaders for supporting the event in testing conditions - in particular the fantastic team from Wilmington looking after everyone at the finish. However - the people that impressed me most were the Scouts from around the district - you were brilliant and can be very proud of yourselves - it wasn't very nice weather but you all turned up and did your best - we can't ask for more than that. Hope to see you all at the challenge evening next month.

    I'm pleased that, despite the rain, I could read all the score sheets and we have a complete set of results. 

    The top three are the same in both competitions


    Team Number

    Team name



    6th Warrior A



    8th B



    3rd A

    In the overall competition positions 2 to 6 are only separated by 12 points which shows it was a really close event.

    Thank you to everyone that supported the event. I think it went really well and I'm sure the young people learned something about looking after themselves in the rain as well as clearly having a good time.

    There will be trophies for the top three positions to be awarded at or shortly after the Challenge evening in November.

    Please remember the Scout Leaders Meeting at Scout House on Monday 21st October at 8pm.  I would welcome your feedback on the Nocturnal at this meeting – what did your Scouts think. Friday or Saturday? longer route?  Longer activities?  

    Hope to see you all at the challenge evening next month.

    Gavin Jessup – ADC Scouts

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  • Adult Training Information

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 9th October 2013

    Please see attached letter from Sue Martin the Dartford Local Training Manager. Any queries please feel free to contact her!

    intro letter

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  • Scouting Memorial Project

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 9th October 2013

    Hi all,

    At this year’s Gilwell Reunion I saw details of the “Scouting Memorial Project”.


    Simply, it is a project to raise over £80,000 to have a memorial placed at the national arboretum, dedicated to all those members of Scouting who sacrificed their lives through conflict.

    Full details, plus the order form, are at www.tsmp.org.uk

    Funds are raised by selling cloth badges (suggested ‘donation’ of £1) and pin badges (suggested ‘donation’ £2). Gift aid will be claimed on all eligible ‘donations’.

    The Girl Guides and the Boys Brigade are just 2 of the youth organisations who already have their own national memorial at the arboretum. So why not us ?????

    To raise £80,000 across all members of UK Scouting should be a piece of cake; and with Remembrance Day just round the corner, it would be great to see every members of Dartford Scouting, wearing the badge.

    I have spoken to our County Commissioner, who has given permission for Kent Scouts to wear the badge on their Uniform as an ‘occasional’ badge, it remains on until the CC decides it should be removed, i.e. no end date.

    I have ordered 50 cloth badges for 9th Dartford Troop.

    I intend to hand out the badges and ask for a donation, minimum of £1; any surplus money will be sent on to the Scouting Memorial Project.

    I hope you too will want to support this project.


    Neil Gearing

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  • October Dart Scout

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 1st October 2013

    October Dart Scout

    Read all the latest news from the district here

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  • WSJ Japan 2015 Applications

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 13th September 2013

    WSJ Japan 2015 Applications

    Last night 32 young people attended the world Jamboree Selection information session.  A few more have also registered interest by email.

    Not all groups were represented.

    The information pack and application form can be found here.

    Please please please ensure all young people are given the opportunity to consider whether or not they want to apply.

    Deadline for submission of application forms is 5pm on Saturday 21st September.

    For more information check out the WSJ 2015 - Japan section on the District Website

    Many thanks

    Gavin Jessup


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  • World Scout Jamboree 2015

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 5th September 2013

    World Scout Jamboree 2015

    The 23rd World Scout Jamboree will be held in Japan during the Summer of 2015. Those in Scouting born between the 28th of July 1997 and the 27th of July 2001 are within the right age range to apply to attend.

    Dartford have been allocated three places for the World Jamboree.

    The selection process for the World Jamboree is as follows:

    1. An Information Session will be held at 8pm (prompt start) at the 9th Dartford Scout Hall on Thursday 12th September.
    2. At the information evening, application forms will be handed out to those interested in applying. The form will also be emailed to those unable to attend the information evening that have expressed an interest to gavin@thejessups.co.uk.
    3. If there are more than 20 applicants they will be invited to an interview at Scout House during mid to late September. Following the interviews 20 of the candidates will be selected to go onto the final Selection Weekend.
    4. Dartford District are able to send up to 20 applicants to the final Selection Weekend which is being held 4th to 6th of October.
    5. After the final Selection Weekend the successful candidates will be selected.

    If you have young people in the right age range that want to be kept up with the selection process please ask them to email Gavin Jessup (gavin@thejessups.co.uk). For more information visit www.23wsj.jp.

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  • September Dart Scout

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 1st September 2013

    Read this months news here

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  • Stone Group Attempt the Three Peaks Challenge

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 23rd April 2013

    Stone Group Attempt the Three Peaks Challenge

    As part of the Stone Groups fundraising campaign for a new minibus, some of the leaders are going to embark on the Three Peaks Challenge!

    On May 18th, they will begin ascending and descending Ben Nevis, Scaffel Pike & Mount Snowdon in 24 hours. The tallest mountains in Scotland, England & Wales. The total distance will be an estimated 42 kilometers with a total ascent of 9,800 feet, which works out at about 3,000 meters! 

    The team of Leaders will include:

    Neil Brunsdon, Paul Pritchard, Dan Baker, Kelvin Hoadley, Ben Pritchard, Adrian Reeve, Daryl Hoadley, Sam Pritchard, Alan Ball, Nigel Pike, Del Parker and Paul Tolhurst. 


    They are looking for support and sponsorship in the run up to the event. For more details on how to support them, they have set up a Facebook group which can be found below.

    Just text giving: text sdsc07 £1,2,3,4,5 or 10 to 70070

    Stone Dartford Scout Group Three Peaks Challenge

    We wish them all the best and hope they achieve their goal! 

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  • St. Georges Day Parade & Service 2013

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 22nd April 2013

    St. Georges Day Parade & Service 2013

    Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders, Helpers, Family & Friends packed turned out in force to meet by the Bandstand where we held our annual service. We were joined by Dartford Guides and Councillors and special guests from Dartford.

    Mick got everyone moving (the leaders a little less enthusiastically) with his quiz, a question for each section. After a few songs and the renewal of the promises, presentation of the district standard to the Stone Group, the District was addressed by the Acting District Commissioner, Paul Abel, before marching off around the park to be judged on the smartest group. 

    A great morning was had by all, probably helped by the lovely warm sunny weather.  

    Pictures from the day can be found in the District Photo Gallery. 

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  • District Cross Country

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 9th March 2013

    Well done to all those who took part in the courses put on for different sections and age ranges. We hope you enjoyed it.
    A big thanks also to those who helped make the event happen and run the way it did! The results are attached below.

    Please also head to the District Photo Gallery for pictures of the day.


    Beavers 6 Year Olds Race

    1st Jake Morgan 5th Philpott

    2nd     Joshua Gains 3rd Mississippi

    3rd Adam Smail       3rd Mississippi

    4th   Hayden Andress          1st Sutton at Hone


    1st 3rd Dartford Mississippi Colony

    2nd 1st Sutton at Hone Colony

    3rd 1st Wilmington Colony

    Beavers 7 Year Old Race

    1st Joshua Reed   Cambria Challenger

    2nd Alex Mynard The Brent (6th Dfd) Winnipeg

    3rd Ben Reeve Stone Rawhide

    4th Finley Green   3rd Woodland           


    1st Cambria Challenger Colony

    2nd 5th Dartford Philpott Colony

    3rd 3rd Dartford Woodland Colony

    Cubs 8 Year Old Race 

    1st Lewis Groombrigde 1st Sutton at Hone

    2nd Leon Buckley 1st Dartford

    3rd       Joseph Rose 1st Sutton at Hone

    4th Jack Newstead 1st Sutton at Hone


    1st 1st Sutton at Hone Pack

    2nd 1st Dartford Livingstone Pack

    3rd 5th Dartford Leigh Pack

    Cubs 9 Year Old Race

    1st Eren Musa   1st Sutton at Hone

    2nd Patrick Bain 8th Dartford

    3rd Jonathan Mayhew 5th Collins

    4th Thomas Wells   5th Leigh


    1st         1st Sutton at Hone

    2nd 3rd Dartford Jungle Pack

    3rd 5th Dartford Leigh Pack

    Cubs 10 to 10 ½ Year olds 

    1st         Oliver Read   Cambria Voyager

    2nd James Clancy The Brent (6th Dfd) Windmill

    3rd Andrew Kennard 1st Dartford

    4th           Dominic Fantham 5th Phillips


    1st 1st Dartford Livingstone Pack

    2nd 5th Dartford Collins Pack

    Scouts 10 ½ & 11 Year Olds 

    1st Ted Higgins   5th Burne

    2nd Jack Higgins 5th Burne

    3rd Sean Powley 5th Burne

    4th George Beckley 1st Wilmington


    1st 5th Dartford Burne Troop

    2nd 1st Wilmington St Michael’s Troop

    Scouts 12 & 13 Year Old 

    1st Jamie Green   Stone Everard

    2nd Tom Hannah 5th Earley

    3rd James O’Brien 5th Earley

    4th Christopher Roscoe 5th Burne


    1st 5th Dartford Earley Troop

    2nd Stone Everard

    3rd 8th Dartford          

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  • Dartford Beavers USA Day

    Author: Matthew Gibson | Date: 3rd March 2013

    A great day was had by over 90 beavers today at our Scout House for a varied amount of activities themed on different states, put on by the section leaders. All Beavers seemed to have a great day which finsihed off with hot dog and beans around a Camp Fire. Thanks to all the leaders who gave up the afternoon and time before to make today happen. 

    Pictures can be found here

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