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June 2017 We Love Manchester Fundraiser
Two of the Patrol leaders from 5th Saffron Walden Scouts organised a fundraising night for the victims of terrorism. Scouts slept rough in Jubilee Gardens with only cardboard boxes for shelter.
More than £1000 was raised for the charity. A great night for scouting - well done to all involved, particularly Archie and Zach






21st April 2017 Scouts Choir
Professional singing teacher and choirmaster Helen Robbins taught the scouts how to sing as a choir in readiness for the gang show in December. Scouts sang 3 part harmony and a number of other methods, then created a shortlist of the songs they would like to use at the show. Most scouts had a wonderful time, but a few of the older ones feared that they were being 'uncool'. One asked if we could sing some Ed Sheerhan songs next time.

31st March- 01 April 2017 Bivvy Bag sleep-out

Scouts took the train to Great Chesterford for a hike out to Elmdon Lee, where we slept under the stars. A 6am bacon breakfast before the hike back to Saffron Walden for pick-up at 8:30.
This was a superb evening of sausage and marshmallow cooking by the campfire. Many thanks to Eryl and Dan, Steve, Simon and Nigel.
More Pictures on the Scout Camps page

19 March 2017 URC Church Parade
The entire massed ranks of the 5th Saffron Walden, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, packed the URC for church parade. Cubs and Beavers helped lead the prayers whilst the scouts, fresh from a night hike did hugely well just to get up for the service. Superb turnout for all sections.


17 March 2017 - Night Hike

22 of our bravest scouts gathered at Great Chesterford for the 2017 Night Hike. Eight miles and nearly three hours later the scouts were greeted with a late supper of sausages and hot chocolate before bedding down for the night. Our usual breakfast of bacon and egg rolls, cooked by the volunteer parent team, was very welcome indeed. Many thanks to the usual suspects (Steve, Dan, Eryl, Dave, John) as well as Ron for helping on the walk and the breakfast cooks. A legendary evening!


11 February 2017 Winter Camp 2017 - Skreens Park Activity Centre

Scouts enjoyed Sumo wrestling, caving, air rifles and bush craft in the snow and ice at Skreens Park. A huge pot of chilli - with lots of chocolate melted in it and buckets of hot chocolate helped chase the cold away. We skipped the camp fire sing-song though because it was-3C (but so did everyone else).

Fantastic time had by all - back to Skreens in the Autumn.

Many thanks to Steve Morgan and John Browne for working so hard to make it a success - and to the scouts for brining all the fun.

More pictures of this trip on the Scout Camps page.


5th Saffron Walden Scouts Gang Show 16th December 2016
A superb effort by the 5th raised £225 for the Shelter Christmas appeal at the first annual Gang Show. Cello duet, synchronised swimming, walking frame ballet, Rick Astleys, Dougie B and a variety of musical acts provided an enjoyable evening of entertainment for the friends and families of the scouts.

The evening also provided an opportunity for one scout to be awarded his Gold Award - the highest award that can be earned by a scout.

I can't wait for next year!

Christmas Camp 9th to 11th December 2016
December saw us return to the coast for a fabulous Christmas camp. Scouts plucked and gutted a partridge for their lunch before heading out on the seal boats to see the baby seals in their winter coats.

Dinner was a full Christmas dinner for 21 people at the excellent Wells-next-the-sea scout hut.

Sunday morning gave us some time for a crabbing trip to the harbour. More pictures of this trip on the Scout Camps page.

Patrol Leaders Night - 11 November 2016

A five mile night hike out to Elmdon, followed by a sleep under the stars to test out our new bivy bags.
Scouts cooked their own dinners over the fire and drank a gallon of hot chocolate to keep out the winter chills.

Waking up by the side of the lake to tea and bacon rolls is the perfect way to start the weekend.

We plan to return to Elmdon for another sleep out in the spring.


Jailbreak 24/25 September 2016


Wasps, catchers and a long, long journey could not prevent this years Jailbreak, held between Orwell in Cambridgeshire and Clavering in Essex, being one of the best ever. All scouts from the 5th finished the gruelling overnight course and had a great deal of fun doing so. No trophies this time, but three teams finishing the course, plus 5th represented in support staff, crossing guards, bus drivers and first aiders. Well done to all involved.