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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.


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.



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.

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