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District Camp 2017 at Phasels Wood

Around 400 young people and 100 adults from 15 groups across Haringey, the City, Islington and Camden gathered at Phasels Wood Activity Centre over the spring bank holiday weekend for North London Scout District Camp. We also welcomed guests from Girlguiding Islington and Cambridgeshire Scouts.
The event took World Scouting as its theme with each group asked to pick a country from the list of nations that have hosted World Scout Jamborees and Moots.
On Saturday afternoon each group offered all participants a chance to try some food and a game or activity from their chosen country. The range included waffles with maple syrup at 8th Holborn (Canada), crepes at 211 North London (France), tossing the caber at 16th Wood Green (Scotland) and a burst of Mozart at 22nd Hampstead (Austria).
Campers enjoyed a full range of the Phasels Wood activities, and North London Scout District also enjoyed the distinction of being the very first to try the campsite’s brand new Human Hungry Hippos inflatable which was delivered the day before camp started. A campfire led by Sally Symons rounded off Saturday’s programme.
On Sunday morning the district assembled for promise renewals, and ACC (International) Katie Davis reminded us all of what it means to belong to the worldwide family of Scouts and promoted opportunities for young people and leaders to get involved in the next World Scout Jamboree.
On Sunday and Monday each group offered a creative activity for young people to try: the options included tie-dye scarves, survival bracelets, ballista making and firelighting with steel wool and batteries.
The camp was rounded off by the hotly anticipated international parade with groups showing off their international costumes and props. After a rigorous judging process under the watchful eye of county commissioner Jack Caine, 12th Hampstead (Japan) were declared the winners with 5th Islington (Iceland) as runners-up.
The contest for best decorated campsite was won by 16th Wood Green (Scotland) whose Scotland-themed display put a smile on everyone’s faces. 5th Islington’s Icelandic effort was also recognised by the judges.

Paddle Sports Camp 2017

More than 60 Scouts took part in our Paddle Sports Camp at Longridge – canoeing, kayaking and bell boating.

Many thanks to the big team of volunteers that made it all happen.

District DofE canoe training on the Thames

Around 60 Explorer Scouts from our district and beyond took part in the annual DofE canoe expedition training camp at Longridge by the Thames in March.

District Sailing Day 2016

District chairman in New Year Honours List

We were delighted that our district chairman Brian Hosier was included in the New Year Honours List. Read more.

Brian has served Scouting in our part of London in many ways over many years, but the construction of the Ramsay Scout Centre in Holloway Road is something that he has given particular energy to.

17 teams of Scouts from our district join the Chiltern 20 Challenge

Scouts from all corners of North London Scout District took part in the Chiltern 20 Challenge 2015.

The C20 is a gruelling test of navigation skills in the Chiltern Hills for Scouts aged 10 to 14.

17 of the 75 teams in the competition were from our district, drawn from eight of our Scout Troops:

  • 1st City of London
  • 8th Hampstead
  • 8th Muswell Hill
  • 8th Holborn
  • 9th Muswell Hill
  • 15th Wood Green
  • 31st Islington
  • 201st Islington
 Big congratulations to the Phoenix Flyers from 201st Islington Sea Scout Troop who were the overall winners.

Scout Sailing Day 2015

Scouts from 1st City of London, 8th Hampstead and 8th Holborn took part in a day of sailing at ESSA Water Activities Centre in the Lea Valley in September.

The overall winners were:

  1. James (8th Hampstead)
  2. Liam (1st City of London)
  3. Jack (ESSA)

Kx ESU at State Opening of Parliament

Every year members of Scouting are asked to help out at the State Opening of Parliament – and this year the duty (and privilege) fell to our own Kx Explorer Scout Unit.

During the day they met Sir Keir Starmer, the new MP for Holborn & St Pancras in whose constituency they are based.

North London at the movies: District Camp 2015

750 people from 21 groups and units from around North London Scout District and beyond visited Tolmers Campsite at the spring bank holiday for their inaugural district camp.

As well as Scouting members from Camden, the City of London, Haringey and Islington, invited guests included local Girlguiding units and Scout Groups from Barnet Borough, Southgate and Enfield districts.

The camp had a movies theme; the groups were divided into subcamps each representing a different genre of cinema.

Each group chose a film within that genre to decorate their campsite and as a basis for costumes and props.

The competition was judged by an impartial panel of Tolmers service crew members and on Saturday night, prizes were awarded at a glittering red carpet event:

  • Best dressed subcamp: Sci Fi & Fantasy
  • Best gateway: 211th North London (Star Wars)
  • Best movie poster or graphic design: 5th Islington (Pocahontas)
  • Best dressed group campsite: 1st City of London (Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Best costumes and props: 16th Wood Green (Alice in Wonderland)

An honourable mention goes to 8th Holborn’s Jurassic Park gateway built from the pallets found on the woodpile.

The activities were divided into four zones: Air (Planes), Fire (How to Train Your Dragon), Water (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Earth (A Bug’s Life) and included everything from canoeing to fairground rides and zip wires to trampolining.

We also had visits from rabbits and chickens courtesy of Pets at Home and some exotic reptiles brought along by Animal Encounters.

The evening programme included a campfire led by Sally Symons of Scout Active Support, wide games led by Gavin of 8th Muswell Hill and a silent disco.

On Sunday morning campers renewed their Scout and Guide promises.

The district team would like to extend particular thanks to the staff and crew at Tolmers for looking after us so well.

DofE expedition training camp

Canoeists and walkers from Kx ESU and Argo ESU as well as friends from Phoenix ESU, Severndroog ESU  and further afield joined our annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition training weekend at Longridge on the Thames at Marlow last week.


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