The first Chesham Scouts celebrated their 100th birthday by having a Group camp at the Walter Davies Scout Camp site in Stokes Poges.

Activities for the weekend for the 70 plus children included archery, making pizzas, tie dying scarves and a water slide.

One of the highlights was the children having a talent show where they entertained all the attendees.

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None of the Beavers had ever experienced camping out in a field before and many of the Cubs had only been camping once or twice before, whilst the Scouts were able to use their knowledge and experience to help the younger children.

Trystan Taylor and Renske Edwards, who have both been in Beavers for less than a year, said: “We do so many things.

“We’ve been on a narrowboat, some hikes, cooked hot dogs, learnt curling, been to a fire station and used the hoses, learnt first aid, been skating and earned our animal friends and air activity badge.”

Parents, Kate Lomax and Natasha Sambucci added: “Our children have made new friends, they have participated in lots of activities they couldn’t do elsewhere.

“They have learnt about being a member of a team and sometimes leading the team.

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“They also get great social interaction with other children, they learn new skills and you can see their confidence grow.”

Graham Eades, lead volunteer for the Group concluded: “Our figures have gone up by 30 when compared to the same time in 2021.

“We opened a new Beaver Colony in September 2021 and we’ve seen increases in numbers in all three sections.

"It demonstrates to us that children are keen and enthusiastic about joining Scouting.

“We are always looking for volunteers, whether that is helping with any of the sections, or doing some work in the background.”

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