Kent County Show 2016
Fine weather for this year's Kent county show brought thousands of people flocking to the showground for the three day event. Kent Scouts were in Murrain Woods with a fabulous stand which saw the unveiling of "Thunderbirds Two" - the new Kent Scout climbing tower. Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to get it ready for the show - it sat alongside the Creed Climbing tower and hundreds of young people enjoyed the thrill of climbing to the top.
Simon devised the Bear Grylls Challenge, which consisted of adventure, explore and challenge. The participants had to climb the tower, race a pedal cart and explore the feely boxes to see what was in them! Gunk and gunge were the order of the day for those, with some people very wary of the contents!! Once they had done this the prize was a chance to ahve a photo taken with Bear Grylls in the new photo booth! It was very popular and Bear was aching by the end of the day (or at least the pole he was attached to was!!).
Our face painting team were also on hand creating fabulous designs on faces and arms. The tea tent was busy all the time and served over 1000 cuppas during the weekend.
Recruitment was busy with lots of interest expressed - it's amazing how many people still don't realise that Scouting has girls!
We were honoured with a visit from our National President, HRH the Duke of Kent who toured the stand, led by Nathan Ribbens and Phoebe Eden, two members of the Youth Commissioner team. Dean Harding, our CC was on hand too!
We were busy with Radio interviews too - Erika North, from BBC Radio Kent popped along to the stand and took part in the feely box challenge for the Saturday morning breakfast challenge. The etam also visited BBC Radio Kent on their stand for a live radio chat.
The tea, were delighted with second place in the specialist trade stand category and Jim Martin went and collected it on our behalf.
For over 25 years Kent Scouts have helped the showground organising committee with the stewarding of animals for the parades and once again the team, led by John Glentworth did a splendid job herding cattle, sheep and goats for the varous parades and ensuring that all the stewards enjoyed the show. The show committee are indebted to this team for the work that they do.
Thanks to everyone who helped, visited and cleared up - we couldn't have done it without you.
Beccy Martin - County Projects Manager