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Thanks to Glyn Pullen
29/07/2022 By Chris Evans

A huge Thank You to our DC Glyn Pullen whose term has now finished.

He's had a lot to contend with but he's generally done it with a smile!

We're looking forward to thanking Glyn properly at our AGM on 12th September and we hope to see many of you there (full AGM notice coming shortly)

In the meantime the District is working on a plan with West Sussex Scouts for the future of the District, please continue to use the current methods of communication for any questions, queries or emergencies.

Enjoy your summer Scouting and make the most of the sunshine!

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Sussex Downsman Hike - help wanted
04/08/2022 By Nick Layt
The Sussex Downsman Hike is an event held annually on the first Saturday in October which runs right through our District. The next event is scheduled for 1st October 2022.
The Hike is organised principally for the Scout and Guide Associations of East and West Sussex, with an open invitation to Scout and Guide Groups throughout Great Britain.
There are different classes that cater for a wide variety of hiking experience and ability.
Please see their request for help:
Many thanks to all of you who have volunteered to help out so far at this year's Downsman hike on Saturday 1st October. To date we have a fair proportion of the checkpoints staffed but we are still in need of volunteers to staff the remaining checkpoints and road crossings along the route. We also have other tasks that we would appreciate some help with, so even if you can only commit a couple or so spare hours and are able to help out, we would love to hear from you.
If you have not yet responded and are able to help us, could you please reply to downsmanstaff@westsussexscouts.org.uk letting us know if you are available to help out on a checkpoint and whether you have a preference as to which one, or whether you have a couple of hours to spare to help out with other tasks to keep the Downsman hike running smoothly on the day.
For more information about the hike itself and a definition of the different classes for participating teams please see the Downsman Hike website. Registration for 2022 is now open via the Downsman website
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Works are now well underway at Wisborough Green Scout Hut to prepare it for the return of Scouting in September. Volunteers from the District Scout Active Support Unit have been cleaning out unwanted and old equipment, tidying and cleaning the hut and sorting through piles of wood in the grounds to make sure there’s plenty of space to run safe and fun activities for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

The next project is the kitchen; we’ve removed most of the old units and are now planning how to turn the space into another usable area for running activities. Through lockdown we found that cooking was one of the favourite online activities and we plan to keep that going. We’ve kindly been donated a new double oven and we look forward to this project developing over the summer holidays.

But of course we need adults to run the group and we are pleased to report that this team is already growing with new Executive Committee members on board plus a Beaver Leader and a Skills Leader. Enquiries for joining the new Beaver and Cub units are coming in so we hope to have more leaders in place before the summer to allow training to start before our launch in September.

For more information about this exciting project or to register your interest please contact us at wisgreen@pandpscouts.org.uk. You can also read more about Scouting on this website and at www.scouts.org.uk


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Following an extended pandemic-triggered hiatus, Wisborough Green Scout Group will be reopening its doors in September to Beavers (aged 6-8) and Cubs (aged 8-10.5); we are looking to reopen Scouts (aged 10.5-14) in early 2023.

So why get involved? Scouting is more than a club that you go to once a week; our current drive is #skillsforlife and this is not just for the young people. Scouting works to equip our young people with skills to help them in life including adventure, a love of the outdoors, relationships, teamwork, a greater awareness of the world around them, personal challenge and, of course, fun. This applies to the adults as well.

We are looking for people to join this exciting adventure and return Scouting to the heart of Village life in Wisborough Green, we need leaders and helpers to support the units and we also need those people who get involved behind the scenes, the Scout HQ needs some updating and modernising, we’ve already got the support of the Billingshurst & District Lions Club to help us on this project but we also need an Executive Committee to oversee the works and look after the group into the future.

The whole reopening is being run by Petworth & Pulborough District Scouts so there are years of experience on tap to work with new leaders and members of the group to give Wisborough Green the best Scout Group possible.

For more information about this exciting project or to register your interest please e-mail us.



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Report: Petworth Park Camp 2022
07/05/2022 By Chris Evans

Scouts & Guides have been camping over the May Bank Holiday weekend in Petworth Park since 1979 and this year we returned following 2 virtual camps in 2020 and 2021. We had Scouts & Guides from across the area including Billingshurst, Storrington, Fittleworth, Petworth, Midhurst, Plaistow, Easebourne, Pulborough and Ifold.

On Saturday everyone arrived and setup camp before our opening ceremony which was a very emotional moment; to have 300 people all together again in one place, many of whom had never been to the camp before as they should’ve come for the first time in 2020 or 2021. On Saturday afternoon we assembled our World Record Attempt to make the longest line of sleeping bags in the world. The record stands at 258, we got 326 and our special guests the High Sheriff of West Sussex James Whitmore and his wife were our independent witnesses and counters and they got into the spirit of the attempt with great enthusiasm. The rest of the afternoon was spent on our Platinum Challenge – 70 tasks ranging from crossing a monkey bridge and launching a bottle rocket to making a paper plane or singing campfire songs at the subcamp leaders!

Sunday is our main activity day with a huge range of things to do including climbing and abseiling, mountain biking, archery, rifle shooting, a 65ft inflatable obstacle course, make and do, paddleboarding, fire lighting, axe throwing, aerial runway, grass sledges, backwoods cooking, knot boards, laser clay pigeon shooting and the reaction challenge. All of the young people had a great time and not even a sprinkling of rain could slow things down.

That’s not all, the Scouts & Guides also cooked their meals over fires, played wide games, did quizzes and taskmaster in their subcamps, explored the park and most importantly made new friends from around the area that they wouldn’t be able to do any other way.

It was wonderful to be all together back under canvas in the park and a huge Thank You goes to the young people for being so fantastic but also to the huge group of volunteers who make this camp and Scouting & Guiding happen throughout our area every week. From organising the camp to first aid, driving the minibus, cooking the meals and even cleaning the toilets, everyone was so pleased to be back together and that is what it is all about.

See the Petworth Park Camp facebook page for more information and photos

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