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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.

 

Winter Mad Venture 2015

14 intrepid teams of Scouts roamed the Hertfordshire countryside on Saturday 14 March, visiting checkpoints and answering quiz questions.

The results are in:

  • 1st – 19th/23rd Islington (291)
  • 2nd – 9th Muswell Hill ‘Team Felix’ (287)
  • 3rd – 201st Islington ‘A’ (286)
  • 4th – 9th Muswell Hill ‘Team Max’ (285)
  • 5th – 31st Islington ‘A’ (247)
  • 6th – 8th Hampstead ‘B’ (245)
  • 7th – 5th Islington ‘Sunshine’ (243)
  • 8th – 8th Hampstead ‘A’ + 1st Islington ‘B’ (242)
  • 10th – 16th Wood Green + 5th Islington ‘B’ (237)
  • 12th – 1st Islington ‘Banter Boys’ (235)
  • 13th – 201st Islington ‘B’ (233)
  • 14th – 5th Islington ‘C – Spicy Chickens’ (228)
  • 15th – 15th Wood Green (209)

Many thanks to Roger Edgerton for organising the event, and to all who worked on catering, checkpoints, transport etc.

19th/23rd Cubs win county quiz

The County Cub Quiz was held at the Enfield Tristram Drive HQ on Sunday 8th March. 10 teams took part, following quiz competitions in each District to select the teams to represent their Districts.

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Eventual winners were 19th/23rd Islington – congratulations.

Teams from 211th North London and 5th Islington also took part.

5th Islington Cubs are district football champions

Well done to everyone who took part in the district Cub Scout 5-a-side football competition at Coram’s Fields on Sunday – including the winning team from the 5th Islington.

Congratulations Stephen, Queen’s Scout

Stephen Darlow, assistant scout leader at 201st Islington, was one of hundreds of Scouts at Windsor Castle on Sunday for the annual parade of holders of the Queen’s Scout Award.

Renewing our Scout promises

All around the world, every April, Scouts get together to renew the promises they made when they joined the Scout Movement.

They do this on or around St George’s Day (23 April) because our founder Robert Baden-Powell used the story of George and the Dragon as an example of the kind of courage and service to others that Scouts should aspire.

This year we held a fun day at Scout Park to provide a chance for members of our new district to get together for the first time.

Here are some pictures:

See also Dave Bird’s wonderful photos

Celebrating our youngest high achievers

This month we held a celebration event at the Emirates stadium to recognise the achievements of our Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts who have gained the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award and Silver Award.

Full report and pictures on the GLN website.

Our new district badge

To celebrate the launch of our new district, we have a brand new badge:

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DofE expedition training

Dozens of Explorer Scouts from North London Scout District and beyond took part in our annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition training weekend at Longridge this April.

Teams preparing for expeditions on foot and by canoe this summer participated in a range of training exercises.

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