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Bisley Scout Shooting

2nd Ifield Scouts / Drake Explorers have just returned from Bisley Scout Shooting Competition. Over the weekend every members participated in the Main Event’s comprising of: 6 yd Air Rifle (standing), 6 yd Air Pistol, 6 yd Air Rifle Reactive Target Knockout and Field Target Air Rifle. There are also additional competitions including a “Summer Biathlon” (a …

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Scoutshoot Competition

On Sunday 7th September 2014, 4 members of Crawley District entered “Scoutshoot” an annual event organised by Surrey County Scout Rifle Club at the National Shooting Centre, Bisley. The competition is for all members of the Scout movement over 14 and involves 5 different shooting events. 300m Full Bore 25m Small Bore  (Rimfire) .177 Air Pistol …

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Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Expedition

Congratulations to Explorer Scouts Jamie Keeley, Ellie Woods, Matthew Clipperton, Tom Corney and Max Mason on successfully completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award gold expedition over the last weekend. Connor Launchbury was with them working on his practice expedition. That involved planning, organising and hiking for four days and camping for three nights in the …

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HQ Opening Postponed

Unfortunately the builders have not completed as much of the work as anticipated during the Summer months and therefore for Safety reasons we have decided to postpone the opening ceremony on 6th September.  We are obviously all very disappointed that this decision has had to be taken. Please keep an eye out for further updates. Ifield …

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Water Camp 2014

2nd Ifield Scouts, Explorers, Network and SAS have just returned from the annual water camp held at Barcombe. The weekend involved kayaking, canoeing, swimming and generally getting wet. It enabled the young people to further improve their paddling skills in order to achieve their BCU awards going forward. Fun was had by all and the weather was excellent (compared to the forecast anyway!). The leaders are now preparing for their third weekend away next weekend with the upcoming group camp at Blacklands Farm which is normally attended by over 100 members and their families.

Photos from the weekend can be seen below.

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Stanford 50th Birthday – Activity Camp

2nd Ifield has just returned from the Stanford 50th birthday celebration camp and activity day. All sections from within the group attended along with over 200 campers and 350 day visitors from the whole of Crawley District. They were able to take part in numerous activities including climbing, crate stacking, rifle shooting, archery, traversing, laser tag, bungee run, gladiators and a whole lot more! The main activity day then finished with a campfire for over 300 people and professional fireworks display. Fun was had by all that attended and the leaders are now recovering in preparation for water camp and group camp which are over the next two weekends.

Some photos of the event are available below although we will upload more over the next few weeks!

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Ifield May Fayre

As usual, we supported the annual Mayday Fayre by running some stalls, taking part in the parade and camping the night before as site security. Taking place outside the Ifield Barn Theatre, the 26th annual festival started with the May Queen parade, which left from St Margaret’s School at 11am. Schoolchildren and 2nd Ifield (St Margaret’s) Scouts walked alongside the float’s procession while a marching band played.

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Overland Hike

Congratulations to both teams taking part in the Overland Hike last weekend finishing 8th and 21st respectively out of 44 teams. The overland hike is a competition hike for teams of 4 Scouts or Explorers across the South Downs and has been running since 1968.The hike is open to any Scouts or Explorers but until this year has only been open to Troops and Units from East and West Sussex. The start and end points are kept secret until the week before, but are normally somewhere between Chichester and Eastbourne.

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County Standard

We are pleased to annouce we have recently been awarded the county standard by West Sussex Scouts. This award is given to highly successful scout groups which offer a balanced and engaging programme to their young people. Over 80 different criteria have to be satisfied in order to achieve this award therefore achieving this award is not easy. In fact, …

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Summer Camps

As we are fast approaching the summer, we thought it may be worth reminding you of some of the main upcoming camps within the group. Letters have already been sent out for a number of these events however if you have not received one, please feel free to ask your leader.

Kayaking 2014

Each year, 2nd Ifield Scouts runs a number of kayaking sessions. For those who are trying kayaking for the first time, and for those who are working on their basic skills, the areas covered will include capsizing safely, preventing a capsize, and some basic paddling strokes.  For those who are more experienced, there will be a chance to practice support strokes, rolling, freestyle moves and rescue techniques.

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Ifield Scout Group Portal

We are pleased to announce that our members only area (scout group portal) is now available to all parents. This gives you online access to the programmes, leaders contact details, downloads and important alerts. If you would like to access the portal, please ask your section leader to provide you with a password.