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Scout Hut Location

Walking passed Uplands Community College on your right towards Ticehurst after about 300 yards there is a lane on your right sign posted Bishops the Builders (opposite Waters Lane). The Scout Hut is down there on the right, backing on to the edge of the Uplands playing fields.

1st Wadhurst Scouts Groups

All meet in the Scout Hut
Beavers Boys/Girls 6-8yrs Tuesday 5-6pm Gill Hill 01892 783 029
Cubs Boys/Girls 7-11yrs Wednesday 5-6-30pm Andy Madden 01892 783 914
Scouts Boys/Girls 11-14yrs Tuesday 7-30-9pm Merlin Beedell 01892 782 564
Explorers Boys/Girls 14-18yrs Thursday 7-30-9-30pm Andy Hill 07827 996 790

Although 1st Wadhurst is quite a small troop, we do have plenty of opportunities to participate in many fun and varied activities and up to five camps per year. Wadhurst scouts are part of Ashdown District who organise three Survival Challenges every year - in the Ashdown Forest, The Brecon Beacons and Snowdon; these last for 2,3,and 4 days respectively.

These Challenges consist of completing team tasks, hiking and navigating and in the Ashdown Challenge, building your own shelter and sleeping in it over night. Also you can only cook on an open fire with no cooking equipment.

We go for a two night camp in April, usually on St.George's Day where we are joined by other local troops. On this camp we often build things such as catapults and an assault course. In the first week of the school summer holidays we go on a week long camp. In recent years we have camped by the River Wye and in Suffolk. Activities on the camps have included Archery, Sailing, Canoeing, Abseiling, Rock-Climbing, Orienteering and Swimming. Throughout the year we also go Dry-Slope Skiing and occasionally there are opportunities to go on a sailing or canoeing course on Bewl Water.

All of these camps and other activities are greatly enjoyed by all the Scouts who participate in them.

Wadhurst Brownies

1st Wadhurst Pack meet in the Scout Hut on a Thursday - the Guider is Sally Hepburn 01580 200302.

2nd Wadhurst St Peter & St Paul Brownies meet on Tuesdays from 4 - 6pm in St George's Hall. Pack is full with a waiting list but names can be put down at any time. Guiders: Margaret Oliver 782632; Linda Carless 891669. Affiliate Guiders: Sylvia Fawcett 785097; Dot Smytherman 783208.

1st Wadhurst Guides
meets weekly on Fridays from 19:15 - 21:15 at St George's Hall Sparrows Green
Regular activities include canoeing, orienteering, country pursuits and craftwork. We also have an annual camp under canvas and a drama production during the winter months
First Wadhurst Guides is open to girls between 10 and 16 - regardless of race, faith or personal circumstance

Guides are individuals - and it is not The Guide Association's aim to make them conform to a standard mould. Each girl has her own talents, skills and interests - unique to her. Guiding challenges her to use and extend these abilities in a positive way. The scope and flexibility of the programme, designed to meet the needs of each girl, reflect this emphasis on personal achievement. Guiding is about doing one's best, not about meeting set targets in a strict time limit. As Baden-Powell said, 'The only standard that counts is the amount of effort on the part of the individual.'

Leaders are: Angela Bailey [01892] 782 445, Glynis Tucker [01892] 890 335 or Penny Bones [01892] 783 896

Why not come along one evening and see what we are up to

Wadhurst Rangers

.For those of you who don't know who or what Rangers are, we are the Senior Section of Guiding, catering for girls from 14-25 years old. Our activities are a lot different from those of Guides; with the motto 'Look Wider', Rangers are encouraged to organise themselves, and to open their minds and lives to new thoughts and activities. We meet at Carillon Cottage every other Tuesday from 7.30-9.30 pm. If you are interested in becoming a Ranger, please contact Penny on 01892-785752, and if you are an adult who is interested in becoming a Guider, please also contact me!

Other Scouting activities
Tin Man

Wadhurst Scouts win accolades for recycled tins

Wadhurst Scouts have good reason to feel pleased with themselves. They took their used tins along to the Scout Hut and created a “Tin Man” for the Wadhurst Scarecrow weekend.

Not only did the judges award them a first prize and an “Oscar” but the general public, following the Round Table’s Scarecrow trail, voted the “Tin Man” their favourite. The theme had been heroes from films and the Scouts had faced some worthy opposition from some other excellent scarecrows.

Wadhurst Scouts take boys from 10 1/2 to 14 and meet on Tuesday evenings during term time under the guidance of Merlin Beedell. In keeping with a number of other voluntary groups, they are in great need of more adult help. At the moment Wadhurst does not have a Cub Pack because there is no-one to run it, although it does have a flourishing Beaver Colony for the 5 – 8s.

Peter Sabine, Wadhurst’s Group Scout Leader said: “The boys put their imagination and skills to work and came up with an excellent result. We are a small group, and use the resources of the larger groups for many of our activities, but it’s great when the boys can see the results of their efforts attracting local support. We have just re-established a fundraising group which is much needed to support our hut. It would be wonderful to see more people prepared to take an active role, even on a rota basis, to ensure that there are activities for young people in Wadhurst, to challenge and involve them.”

The picture shows Merlin Beedell (left) with the Tin Man and Peter Sabine (Group Scout Leader) with the “Oscar” they were awarded and certificates of commendation both from the judges and the public.