Wintercamp 2018


From Friday 12th January 2018- Sunday 14th January 2018, St John’s Scouts and leaders joined Tunbridge Wells District and headed to Gilwell for the Annual Winter camp. We where on site with around 2,800 young people and 800 adults.

It was an amazing weekend full of activities including 4×4 off roads, climbing, disco’s, mini tank driving, 3G swings and a lot more (see the video below for a summary).

One of our scouts wrote a review of her time at Wintercamp-

This was my first ever winter camp and first time at the Gilwell campsite. Gilwell was an amazing space allowing us to partake in many activities such as tank driving, riding in 4 by 4s and going on the funfair rides. I really enjoyed the off-road Segway riding as I had never been on a Segway before and it’s such a cool but weird feeling. We camped as the Tunbridge Wells district which meant I shared a tent with people I hadn’t met but that was absolutely fine because I got to meet new people and spend my camp with them. The first activity I did was ‘turbo’ which was a ride that used g force to make you spin around parallel to the floor! It was a strange sensation but we all loved it and then did it again. I would definitely go to winter camp again.


Group Scout Leader Challenge- Christmas 2017



This Christmas LEGO is inviting families to join them in their national #BuildToGive campaign, where you can channel your creativity and let your imagination run wild in order to build your very own LEGO Christmas decoration!

From beautiful baubles to quirky windowsill decorations, for every dazzling design built or shared, LEGO will gift a LEGO set to a local children’s hospital, to help spread joy and merriment in the lead up to Christmas!

LEGO have pledged to donate up to 20,000 LEGO gifts nationwide, working in partnership with children’s charity Fairy Bricks.

The Lego Challenge

All you need is some LEGO bricks at home and lots of imagination! Get building at home and share a photo of your fabulous festive decoration with the hashtag #BuildToGive. 

For every photo uploaded lego also match it with a LEGO set donation up to 20,00!For more info see-

The GSL Challenge

Upload your photo to your units facebook page using the hashtag #buildtogive by 17th December (if you don’t have social media- send it to me and I will upload it). I will then judge and pick a winner for the best designed Lego Christmas decoration- each unit’s winner will win a chocolate father Christmas. Good Luck

Do you shop online?


If the answer is yes, did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for 12th St John’s Scouts?

There are over 3,000 shops and sites onboard ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Head to and join for free.
  2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping or download the ‘add on’ to your internet browsers and click on the button when visiting a site which is used by easy fundraising.
  3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and we will be really grateful for your donations. Thank you for your support.

Well Done Nicole


A massive congratulations to our own Nicole Batchelor of Beaver Colony 2 who received her Wood Badge yesterday at the district St George’s day event. This has been awarded following a lot of hard work and dedication, this is very well deserved.

But what is a wood badge? 

The Wood Badge is a Scouting programme and award for adults in the Scout associations around the world. The Wood Badge course is designed so that adult Scouters can learn; in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting.On completion, participants are awarded the beads to recognise their significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people, and to welcome them to membership of the 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group.

Although the programme has changed over the years, the essence of the original Wood Badge still remains. Adults use their new and existing knowledge and skills to complete training, which is designed to strengthen the individual and the quality of Scouting they can provide to young people.

Online Scout Manager


Following much discussion as a Group all units will be taking the Group admin and finances online with a new database from the start of April. What does this mean for you?

  1. You will be able to pay subs/event costs etc online
  2. Forgotten if you have signed your son/daughter up to an event? Check online straight away.
  3. You will be able to see the programme online and how your young person is doing with badges etc.

4. See and edit personal details


You will shortly receive a link to join ‘My Scout’ (part of OSM). Please sign up and help make things easier for us all. We will still be accepting cheques/cash etc for those who don’t want to use an online system/cannot use it.

Scout Camp- March 2017


Between Friday 17th March – Sunday 19th March 2017 10 Scouts and 4 leaders from St John’s Scouts went camping at Adamswell campsite. For the Scouts that went it was the first time they had been camping in a unit and was an amazing camp. The Scouts took part in so many activities including Kubb, archery, fire building and the Adamswell assault course to name a few. They put up all the tents, cooked, cleaned and packed the equipment away. Jamie Warwick (Scout Leader) was also successfully granted his nights away permit. Many thanks to Jamie, Seb and Elvis for running a brilliant camp.

To see a full summary of the weekend please go to the group Facebook page where you will find the photos and videos.

Cub Pack 2- Launches!

On Thursday 12th January 2017 we had the great pleasure of launching our second Cub Pack. Izzie and Ian took the helm of the new Pack and, thanks to a strong team in the other Cub Pack, the two Beaver units and the Scout unit, the launch has been a huge success. On the night we had the privilege of welcoming Simon Resnberg (Kent County Scout’s for growth and development) to the meeting & it was great to see him get stuck in. Also thank you to the parents who came down to the meeting to help out. Even though the snow tried to prevent people from getting there, it was well attended and night comprised a renewal of promises, human Guess Who and getting to know you sessions.