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The Scout Section is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs, and is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.


Activities

Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenge awards and activity badges.


Balanced Programme

Scouts take part in a Balanced Programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit, and helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.

Being outdoors is important, and half the programme is given over to taking part in traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.


Structure

A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.



News & Blogs

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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P&P Scouts and Petworth Division Guides have just finished the triumphant return of the Halloween Hike. The hike has been running since 1995 and is a night hike for Scouts, Guides, Explorer Scouts and Ranger Guides. The hike route is usually 5-6.5 miles long and there are checkpoints along the way where the teams complete activities to try and win one of the event trophies. The route this year was a circuit from Billingshurst to Wisborough Green and back and the activities included cooking, brainteasers, archery and shelter building plus trying to fill a bucket from the canal (it took a while for them to realise the bucket had holes in it!)

 

A new format for 2021 started the younger teams walking during the daytime and finishing in the dark while the older teams competed in full dark. We had a total of 20 teams taking part (over 100 young people) supported by over 35 adult volunteers. This was our first big post-covid event and thank you to everyone (especially the young people who came back muddy and smiling!)

 

We would also like to say a special thank you to Bellman’s Auctioneers for letting us use their car park and to the Wey & Arun Canal Trust for gaining us permission to place a checkpoint near the canal.

 

If you would like to know more about getting involved please email info@pandpscouts.org.uk

 

Here are the full results:

Points earned on checkpoints in italics

 

Class 1

Walking with a leader – mostly in daylight

1 Pulborough B (89)

2 Ifold (87)

3 Arun Alpacas (80)

4 S&S Cherokee B (74)

5 Plaistow Prancers (69)

6 Billingshurst Fireballs (69)

7 S&S Cherokee A (66)

 

Class 2

Walking unaccompanied, starting in daylight and finishing in the dark

1 Billingshurst Cookie Monsters (80)

2 Fittleworth (80) Missed Checkpoint

3 Billingshurst Hedgehogs (76)

4 Downlands B (74)

5 Billingshurst Jungle Cats (73)

6 Midhurst B (48)

7 Easebourne (18) DNF

 

Class 3

Walking unaccompanied in full dark

1 Downlands A (103)

2 Silver Stags (102)

3 Arun Antelopes (90)

4 Pulborough A (81)

5 Phoenix Omega (78)

6 Midhurst A (73)

 

Here are the results of the time trials:

Only time spent walking is counted, all checkpoint time is deducted. Classes 2& 3 only

 

1 Downlands A

2 Fittleworth

3 Phoenix Omega

4 Billingshurst Jungle Cats

5 Silver Stags

6 Arun Antelopes

7 Pulborough A

8 Midhurst A

9 Downlands B

10 Billingshurst Hedgehogs

11 Billingshurst Cookie Monsters


Additional Hike Report from Adam, Billingshurst Scouts

On the Halloween Hike we first did a kit check and then we had some grid references and we had to plot them onto a map of Billingshurst.  Once we had done that me and my fellow hikers set off on our trek around and about Billingshurst.  Along the hike there were 6 different checkpoints which we had to do different activities which included cooking a meal which we had already prepared and had in our bags.  Other activities included archery, shelter building, stacking dice with chopsticks and solving tricky puzzles on the spot. 

 

On the hike we encountered lots of mud, darkness and losing our sense of direction as our team came adrift of the hike route twice. Whilst losing track of where we were going, on the second time this happened we met up with another team and at the next checkpoint we saw another scout team.  The hike was about 6 and a half miles in total yet it took us roughly 8 hours, this was because of the checkpoints taking up more time. 

 

 

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Blog | National Scout Rifle Championships
11/10/2020 By Marcus Barnes

Scouts throughout the district are always trying new and exciting activities and It's fair to say target shooting has always proved a popular choice as proved each year at Petworth Park Camp. There are Scouts that are happy to just have a go, Scouts that want to progress their skills and Scouts that have a natural talent for Shooting.

 

We’re a team of Scouts that all started shooting at a taster session. With years of hard work and dedication two of us now shoot at international competitions, representing Team GB in championship matches as far away as Luxembourg and even setting a new British record! Around this time every year we represent the district and county at the National Scout Rifle Championships. With that cancelled this year we thought we’d promote it instead.

 

The National Scout Rifle Championships is a 3 day event open to all UK members. Each year it attracts over 700 participants of all abilities and ages from all over the UK. It’s been running for over 40 years and is held at The National Shooting Center in Bisley, Surrey. There's a main competition and several other events too.

 

Those of us that attend from P&P tag onto the Worthing Scouts Shooting Squad.. We train with them every weekend, fine tuning our skills ready for the next competition. For us it's the highlight of the year.

 

The main competition comprises of 4 events - 

  • 6 yard air rifle
  • 6 yard air pistol?
  • Field target
  • Knockdown

 

After that the choice is yours! Other events include

  • small bore rifle
  • full bore rifle
  • archery
  • crossbow
  • target sprint

 

With upwards of 700 competitors it's fair to say the P&P contingent have had some fairly impressive finishing positions in recent years. Most impressive for us was coming 4th overall team in the main competition.

 

  • 2019 - 4th - main competition (team)
    Marcus Barnes, Jack Lovett & Maddy Barnes
  • 2019 - 15th - field target
    Marcus Barnes
  • 2019 - 7th - own pistol
    Jack Lovett
  • 2019 - 9th - own pistol
    Maddie Barnes
  • 2018 - 3rd - crossbow
    Robert Whitling

 

If you’ve got a passion for shooting, a scout showing potential, or would like to get involved please do get in touch - dyc@pandpscouts.org.uk
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You can find more information on the nationals here - http://hampshirescoutrifleclub.org.uk/national-scout-rifle-championships/

You can see Maddy and Jack's accomplishments here -

https://www.airgunmagazine.co.uk/news/new-record-set-at-intershoot-2020/ 

Special thanks to the amazing leaders at Worthing District Shooting Squad for all your help and support with nationals and training each year.

 
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