Advent Calendar 2021 7th January 202230th December 2021 by Mark Eastman This year we have again produced on our social media channels our photo advent calendar with a range of photos to show a small snippet of activities the Group has been up to in 2021. https://www.facebook.com/2ndIfieldScoutshttps://www.instagram.com/2ndifieldscouts/ttps://twitter.com/2ndIfieldScouts Advent Calendar #1 – The Cubs spent an evening with Ifield Cricket Club experiencing all aspects of cricket; batting, bowling, fielding, etcAdvent calendar #2: Today we go back to the Explorer Scout summer Expedition to Devon and their day trip cycling Advent Calendar #3: This summer all our Beavers had the chance to camp, for most of them this was the first experience of scout camping without their families. They all went for a hike around Buchan Country Park as part of the camp. Advent calendar #4: The summer saw the return of our Friday shooting sessions staring with some tester sessions with our more experienced shooters. Advent Calendar #5: Not sure if the Cub Scouts enjoyed the tunnelling or getting muddy best, but they defiantly had fun. Advent Calendar #6: This autumn the Group held a two-day first aid course for our activity leaders who take our young people on adventurous activities. Advent Calendar #7: The Group spent the summer paddling with weekend river trips, this was the last one of the season with the young people leading themselves on the Wey & Arun Canal. Advent Calendar #8: Both our Beavers and Cubs worked on their faith badges this year. The Cubs visited Broadfield Mosque and the Beavers had a Q&A sessions with Revd Christine at St Margert’s Church Advent calendar #9: This year both Cub Scout packs were given the opportunity on the Group’s climbing wall, a great chance to challenge themselves Advent Calendar #10: The Scouts spent the whole summer out of the HQ, here we catch some of them out hiking around Ifield. Advent Calendar #11: We remember our Remembrance Sunday service at St Margaret’s Church, Ifield where the whole Group gathered and filled the Church before gathering at the War memorial on this very special day to observeAdvent Calendar #12: This summer we took the opportunity to try our hand at sailing as some of the Explorer Scouts went out on Supeta Community Yacht, a great facility that we will defiantly use again. Advent Calendar #13: Senior Cub Scout Camp where the older cub scouts have the chance to learn important camp skills safely. Advent Calendar #14: Today we recognise the work of all our adult volunteers who give up their time to see the young people receive great Scouting. Here Luke Winstanley is receiving his Medal for Merit for giving over 20 years of adult leadership and guidance to our Explorer Scout Unit. Advent Calendar #15: This September saw our first group meeting in 18 months. The whole group gathered for a Celebration of Scouting and to recognise all those awards gained. Advent Calendar #16: One of the Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts favourite meetings in the Autumn months are the Chippie Hikes, not sure if it is the hiking or the Chips. Advent Calendar #17: In the summer the Group had it first experience of Paddle boarding. The young people enjoyed it so much, next year we will arranging more opportunities. Advent Calendar #18: During this summer’s Explorer Scout expedition to Dartmoor they had a rest day at the seaside, time to get the buckets and spades out Advent Calendar #19: All the cub Scouts were offered the chance to try shooting within their section meetings to see if they wanted to start shooting at our weekly shooting sessions. Advent Calendar #20: We are thankful to our volunteers, here we see some of them working hard at the Community Fireworks evening serving hot refreshments all eveningAdvent Calendar #21: Both Beaver colonies were given the chance to climb on our wall, for most of them this was their first experience of climbing. Advent Calendar #22: Some of our younger Active Support Unit members travelled to Scotland to gain some quality days in the mountains. Since returning they have now also gained their permits to allow them to take the young people into the mountains. Advent Calendar #23: Today we look back at the number of river trips offered to our young people, this trip was on the River Medway and one of their canoe slides, always something the young people enjoy. Advent Calendar #24: It was great to be able to offer camps to every section. Both Cub Scout packs joined to camp at Blackland Farm. This atmospheric photo was taken by the early rising leader Richard Oram, woken by the cubs at 5.30am!