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Swanley District Scouts

District Forester Badge course

19th April 2015

Location:Farningham Woods Campsite

Start time:09:30

Finish time:16:30


Wear / Bring:Warm outdoor clothing, Group scarf & woggle, gardening gloves (or equiv.).

Hat & gloves recommended!

Further details:A warm lunch (sausage or burger) will be provided, as well as drinks.

Organiser and contact details:Mark Price Haworth, Campsite Warden: 0781-174-1906.

In the morning (10:00 – 12:00) we will cover:

· Tree Identification (theory & practice)

· Forestry management (theory)

· Use & care of forestry equipment (theory & practice)

In the afternoon (13:00 – 16:00), we will put ther skillls into practice by:

· Transplanting young trees/hedge whips

· Tree felling

· Hedge laying

Badges will be presented at the end of the day, between 16:00 and 16:30, and parents will be welcome at this time.

We need  a Leader/Helper from each Troop that attends to help deliver the programme, but all materials will be prepared and available in advance. If you have a preference for any particular base, please let me know.

Each base will run continuously with Scouts rotating every 30 minutes in the morning and every 45 minutes in the afternoon.

If we have a big turn out (more than 25ish), then we will double up on the bases.

There will be a nominal cost of £1 per Scout to ensure a degree of commitment, and a hot lunch will be provided (sausages or burgers). Although, they can bring packed lunches too.

Please confirm numbers by Monday 30th March 2015, but bring your Activity Forms and Cash along on the day.

We will also need a good number of appropriately sized spades, hand axes and bow saws. The Campsite will purchase a quantity for the day, but if your Troop or Group can also bring some, please let me know numbers asap.

For safety reasons, any inappropriate behaviour by a Scout will result in them being immediately sent home.

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