All posts by David Goodwin

Love In A Box

The group are delighted that the Explorer Unit and Spitfire Beavers made up a total of 24 ‘Love in a Box’ gifts for the Mustard Seed Relief Mission.

This week they will start a long journey to their recipients in Eastern Europe so that they arrive in time for Christmas.

Thank you to everyone who donated items – your generosity is much appreciated.


New Online Gift Aid Form

Free funds for the Group!

We have now added an online Gift Aid form to our website, so its now even easier for you!

As a special dispensation the Inland Revenue allows Scout Groups like ours to claim back the income tax that you have paid on donations you make to Scouts. This covers the subs you pay at the beginning of each year as well as other genuine donations.

Currently the Group gets a rebate of just under £1000 per annum. But this could over £2500 if every parent (who pays tax at the standard rate or more) signed up for Gift Aid.

Only one tax payer per family needs to sign up – and this one application will see their child right through their Scouting life – from Beavers to Explorers (even Network).

If you haven’t signed up (or can’t remember) please fill in the new Gift Aid Form which can be found here.

Panto Tickets

Preparations for our next Pantomime are well underway. In January 2018 the Pantomime Society are proud to present their interpretation of Peter Pan.

Further details, including how to reserve your tickets, can be found here.

Kenya Training Camp 2

At the weekend over 30 people from the group took part in the second training camp for the upcoming Kenya Expedition.

They spent the weekend in Sevenoaks getting to know each other, practising cooking on fires, planning their itinerary and thinking up their next fundraising ventures!

Some photos from the weekend are below.


Claire & Stuart’s Shine Marathon

Father and Daughter duo, Stuart Vickers and Claire Pester will be taking part in the Shine Marathon Walk on 23rd September. Both have been a active members of the group for many years; from running Beaver colonies, attending Group Executive meetings and both playing key parts in putting on our ever popular pantomimes.

They are raising money for Cancer Research UK in loving memory of Gill Vickers who we lost to ovarian cancer in 2009. Gill was also an active member of the 23rd Bromley so any support that can be given to Stuart and Claire would be much appreciated.

Shine is Cancer Research UK’s marathon night walk, bringing people from across the UK together to light up London and fund life-saving research. The course is 26.2 miles or about 42 kilometres long  -that’s roughly the same as walking around a football pitch 121 times.

If you would like to support Stuart and Claire in their epic fundraising effort, you can do so at: 

Group AGM

We will be having our Group AGM on Saturday 7th October at Wilberforce Scout Centre.

Please arrive at 11am for tea, coffee and cake before the AGM. Any donations of homemade cakes are much appreciated!

There will be a short meeting to review all of the great Scouting adventures that the group has had over the last year. It would be great to see a number of parents and Young People in attendance so that we can share all of the good news stories from the group, and explain our ideas for the year ahead.

New Term

We hope you all had a good summer break. Our sections meet back on the following dates:

Spitfire Beavers – Monday 4th September
Hurricane Beavers – Tuesday 12th September
Baloo Pack Cubs – TBC
Kim Pack Cubs – Tuesday 12th September
Scouts – Friday 8th September
Explorers – Thursday 7th September

Any questions feel free to drop us an email or ask your section leaders.

Good luck to those who are starting in new sections this term.

24th World Scout Jamboree

The next World Scout Jamboree will take place in the USA in Summer 2019.

The Greater London South East (GLSE) County have 36 places available for Scouts/Explorers born between 22 July 2001 and 21 July 2005.

The 23rd Bromley have a proud tradition of having representation at World Scout Jamborees in the past, and we would love to have Young People attending in 2019.

Further details can be found at:

The Unit Leadership Team will be holding two information evenings for Scouts, Explorers, Parents and Leaders to find out more and ask any questions. They will be on:
– Wednesday 4th October at Bromley District HQ
– Wednesday 11th October at Bexley District HQ

Each information evening will have the same presentation at 7pm and 8pm, with the Unit Leadership Team available afterward each to answer any questions you may have.

Paul Bartlett Medal of Merit

The group are delighted that Paul Bartlett has been awarded the Medal of Merit in recognition of his services to Scouting over the last 30 years. Not only has Paul been a Cub Leader at the group for many years, he has also held a number of District roles and supported various different events.

Paul was given his award at the end of the Bromley Scouts Portugal Expedition where he did a sterling job of arranging the catering for 197 hungry campers! This is one of countless examples of where Paul has gone above and beyond in order to give Young People a fantastic scouting experience.

Congratulations Paul, and thank you for all of your hard work over the years.