With the last session at Tilgate Lake last week can I take this opportunity of paying credit to the canoe and kayak instructors for their work this summer?

For those who have not been following the boating activities of 2nd Ifield Scouts this year it started with sessions at the pool in Cottesmore School in the spring and followed with other activities but mainly the weekly sessions on Tilgate Lake from the middle of May to last week. However that is only the tip of the iceberg. The boats have been out twice a week during the summer and have been on the River Ouse, the River Medway, the Wey Navigation, Weirwood reservoir and across Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island. Outside the Group, members of the Scout Network have kayaked in more places than I know but include the Olympic whitewater course in Essex and the River Inn in Austria. A number of Explorer Scouts have achieved a level where they are authorised to go kayaking on Scout activities without an instructor being present. It was good to finish this part of the year with a flotilla of 24 craft on the water at Tilgate last week.

This of course in not the end. The Explorer Scouts are now heading to Sweden to go out into the wild in canoes carrying their camping gear and food. There will be another river trip in September, instructor training and advance paddling training on the River Dart in the autumn and finally a last chance on the water at our traditional Boxing Day session at Tilgate.

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So a big thank you to those who have made this possible by instructing, doing the paperwork, towing the trailers and maintaining the equipment.

Brian (Group President)