About Us

5th Farnham (Bourne) Scouts is a large friendly group serving both boys and girls from 6-14yrs old. The aim of the group is to give kids ‘everyday adventure’. Each section runs activities throughout the year. Examples of which are camping, climbing, kayaking, skiing, bushcraft, abseiling, sailing, hiking, crafts & pioneering.

Meet the Team

The people you may not know and what we do:

Bridget Keogh – Kingfisher: Group Scout LeaderBKeogh

Currently GSL, previously AGSL and Assistant Beaver Leader since September 2008

Bridget was a Brownie and Girl Guide in Wrecclesham and Haslemere

Best Scouting moment: Taking 8 Beavers to Frantic Camp, soon after Beavers were first permitted to camp under canvas and watching their excitement
Worst Scouting moment: A disastrous attempt on a miserable evening to get helium balloons with messages attached to fly. Made all the worse when the first balloon to burst was in the face of a boy who really did not like loud noises

As GSL, Bridget is there to manage and support the Group and its Leaders to ensure it runs effectively.

 

Executive Committee

Ken Powell: Chairman of the Exec

KPowellKen has held virtually every position available in Scouting. As a child, he was a Cub, Scout, Senior Scout and Queen Scout.

He has been involved at 5th Farnham since 1965, initially as a Scout Leader which he carried out for 25 years, before becoming GSL in the 1980s. He continues with the Group on the Exec Committee. Best Scouting moment: Camps as a Scout Leader and building 15 slalom canoes with Scouts in the 1970’s Worst Scouting moments: Parents calling to complain at 9:30 on a Sunday night

David Hughes: DHughes
David was not a Scout however his wife was a Queen’s Guide. He saw his kids right the way through Scouts from Beavers to Explorers and has been on the Executive Committee for 17 years, the last 13 as Chairman. David comes into his own on Quiz night as Quiz Master and helps with other fundraising events.

Frances Redman: Group Treasurer
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Frances was a Brownie and a Guide but first came involved with the Group as a regular helper with her son 12 years ago.  She has been the Group’s Treasurer since March 2008.
Best Scouting moment:  When a scout found £70 inside a book in the Jumble Sale
Worst Scouting moment:  When the books just won’t balance

Roberta Biggs: Group Secretary

Megan Devergne:
MDevergneAs well as sitting on the Group Exec, Megan is the creator and webmaster of the 5th Farnham website. Her flair for design is often used to publicise Group events. Megan was a Brownie and a Guide in the West Country where she grew up. Her two boys and a girl enjoy Scouts, Cubs and Beavers respectively.

Isabel CowdryICowdry
Isabel was a Brownie, Guide and Ranger in Hale. She became involved with Scouting with her children and has been on the Executive Committee for the past 5 years. She regularly helps at fundraising events, particularly enjoying the Jumble Sales

Monday Scouts

Matt Jones: Assistant Scout Leader since September 2011MJones
Matt was a Scout with 5th Farnham (Bourne) Scouts and obtained his Queen Scout Award under Ken Powell.
Best Scouting moment: Cooking over a campfire, preferably not when they are cooking themselves!
Worst Scouting moment: Ummmmmm……..tough one! None really!

Garry Owen: Scout Leader since June 2011

 

Tuesday Scouts

Matt Willis: Assistant Scout Leader since November 2010MWillis

15 years within 5th Farnham (Bourne) Scouts
Matt has been a Beaver, Cub, Scout and Young Leader

Best Scouting moment:  Watching a group of scouts on a tough expedition work well together as a team, supporting those who found it more of a struggle but sticking together as a group and keeping the morale high.  “To me, this is what scouting is all about”.

Duncan Warner: Assistant Scout Leader since April 2012DWarner

Duncan was a Cub, Scout and Venture Scout and has a Chief Scout Award

Best Scouting moment: A group of scouts were uninterested in learning how to do a clove hitch, however to see their pride and joy with their completed efforts half an hour later, made the effort so very worthwhile
Worst Scouting moment:  Frost camp being called off due to snow

Tim Robertson: Assistant Scout Leader since September 2013, although regularly helping since 1998

Tim was a Cub and wanted to go up to Scouts, however his nearest Group was too far away

Clara Benwell: Assistant Scout Leader since March 2011

 

Wednesday Cubs (Wolf Cubs)

Andy Burland – Akela: Cub  Leader since March 2008

Andy was previously a Cub at 5th Farnham (Bourne) Scouts

Best Scouting moment: Standing behind a machine gun at RAF Odiham and being even more excited than the kids
Worst Scouting moment: A 3am bedtime at Cub Camp followed by a 4am wake-up call

Julia Smith – Baloo: Assistant Cub Leader since March 2012JSmith

Julia was  a Brownie in Aldershot

Best Scouting moment: Cooking Chicken Fajita with cubs as they all enjoyed it so much
Worst Scouting moment: A Young Leader singing “I’ve got a pineapple on my head” for a whole hour on a hike (will name no names!!!)

Austin Wyley:Occasional Helper since May 2011

Austin was a Cub and a Scout in Ireland

Best Scouting moment: Cub Summer Camp where he enjoyed the variety of activities almost as much as the kids
Worst Scouting moment: Austin loves to be outdoors so the wintertime activities can be less appealing

James Sims – Kaa: Assistant Cub Scout Leader since April 2012

Janette Varndell: Assistant Cub Scout Leader since June 2013JVarnell
Janette grew up in Slovakia.  There was no Scout group in her town but she did many similar activities through clubs at school.

Best Scouting moment: Like most Leaders, Janette loves the camps.  The most memorable camp moment was watching the pure enjoyment of the kids faces while rafting
Worst Scouting moment:  It hasn’t happened YET, but Janette is not looking forward to skinning a rabbit in the forthcoming Survival Camp

 

Thursday Cubs (Tiger Pack)

Sue Croucher – Akela: Cub Leader since May 1992SCroucher

Sue is one of our longest serving Leaders.  When she started the boys still wore caps and the subs were 5p a week, which was collected in one of their caps!  She was a Brownie and Girl Guide locally and as part of her service flash, went down to Cubs in 1976.  Dorothy Beacham (the legendary Arkela at the time) then asked if she would become a Young Leader.  Sue had a short spell of 6 years away from Scouts while she had children until chance had her bumping into Bill Cushen one day in Badshot Lea Garden Centre.  Between him and Ken Powell, she was persuaded her back.  She returned in 1991 and became Arkela in 1992.

Best Scouting moment: Doing the Gang Shows (where the whole Group put on a show for an audience), particularly when the female Leaders dressed and sang as the Spice Girls
Worst Scouting moment: Sneaking off at break time at camp to have a go on the climbing wall only to find out everyone had come over and was watching her slightly nervous attempts

Karen Nockells: Assistant Cub Leader since January 1995KNockells
Karen used to be a Venture Scout in Aldershot.

Best Scouting moment: Sixer and Seconder camps
Worst Scouting moment: The death of fellow Scout Leader, Ken Manners in a car accident

Chris Fish: Cub Scout Sectional Assistant since September 2000 but helping at camps since 1997
Chris was a Cub but there were no Scouts to go up to

Best Scouting moment: Building the Tardis for the Doctor Who Camp.  It was so good a deal was struck for The Bourne Players to use it after.
Worst Scouting moment: Despite blizzard conditions camping in snow in March 2013, Chris was unable to remember a bad moment

Dave Fiddler: Cub Scout Sectional Assistant since March 2004DFiddler
Dave previously was a Cub and Scout

Best Scouting moment: Making bows and arrows at Robin Hood Summer Camp in scorching heat in 2011
Worst Scouting moment: Cooking pancakes on a tin over a candle – they just would not cook.

 

Monday Beavers (Woodland Colony)

Liz Chart: Beaver Scout Leader since December 2005LChart

Liz was a member of the Girls Brigade in Woking

Best Scouting moment:  Dressing up with Beavers to go up to Bourne Woods to visit the Robin Hood film set.  Liz looked beautiful as Princess Fiona in her dress and hiking boots!  The film crew gave them all a tour.
Worst Scouting moment: While on a Beaver Sleepover and camping outside, Liz’s airbed deflated at 3am leaving her lying on a pile of stones and twigs.  At virtually every Sleepover Liz has attended, someone has been sick.

Sarah Williamson: Assistant Beaver Scout Leader since March 2012

Sarah was unfortunately thrown out of Brownies……before she had even started!  During a trial session, Brown Owl did not think too highly of her sewing skills and recommended for her Mum not to bring her again!

Best Scouting moment:  Every Monday is a best night!  She loves the variation of activities they do, particularly in the summer when they can get out and about more
Worst Scouting moment: On a hike with Beavers, Sarah said to one boy, “Don’t walk into that puddle…………..DON’T walk into that puddle…………..DO NOT walk into that puddle……………..DO NOT WAL…………….”, as he squelched knee deep into the muddy puddle and had to be pulled out of his wellies

Ed Rutherford: Assistant Beaver Scout Leader since August 2013

Richard Myers: Assistant Beaver Scout Leader since May 2013RMyers
Richard was in the CCF (Combined Cadet Force) as a child and attended the same school as Baden Powell.
Best Scouting moment: He was in awe of the impressive climbing tower at Garner’s Field and can’t wait to have a go!
Worst Scouting moment: So far, so good!

Kelly Myers: Assistant Beaver Scout Leader since May 2013

 

Tuesday Beavers (Riverbank Colony)

Judith Parish: Beaver Scout Leader since December 2000

Previously Judith was a Brownie and Guide in the West Indies where she grew up.  Her Mum was Brown Owl.

Bill Cushen: BCushenDistrict Scout Active Support Member and Assistant Beaver Scout Leader since well…………forever!

Bill is our longest serving Group member having been at the 5th’s since 192. Bill started Scouting in 1938 in Richmond, where he was a Cub until he was 13 years old. He moved to Farnham and became Scout Master in 1962 until moving to Beavers for some peace and quiet (!) in 1995.

Best Scouting moment: Bill has many, many happy stories to tell of his Scouting days however the Cub Shows provided some of the funniest moments, especially doing Peter Pan with Dorothy Beacham
Worst Scouting moment: After a combined trip to Brownsea Island with 5th Farnham and the Grammar School, it later emerged that some of the Grammar School children had coerced the Scouts into shoplifting. It was an error those boys would never make again as they were all brought to the shops and made to profusely apologise and return the stolen goods.

Anne Croll: Assistant Beaver Scout Leader

Our Young Leaders

(our under 18s do have names but we are keeping them secret!)

Young Leader IV YoungLeaderivhas been all through Scouting over the previous 9 years as a Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer.
Best Scouting moment: Sleeping in a hammock for the first time at Frost Camp at Garners Field in February
Worst Scouting moment: When his younger brother, one of his Cubs, caught a bigger fish
Husky YoungLeadervIhas been a Young Leader for the previous three months while she undertakes her DoE Bronze Award. She was a Scout for 3 years.
Best Scouting moment: Sitting around a campfire and playing games. She particularly enjoyed Frost Camp at Bentley Copse where the fire was made all the warmer in those conditions!
Worst Scouting moment: Getting lost on her expedition for her Chief Scouts Award where it was extremely frustrating to find they had gone up and over St Martha’s Hill on a ridiculously hot day when they could simply have gone around it

Hawk YoungLeadervhas been helping with Beavers since March 2013 in order to gain his DoE Bronze Award. He was previously a Scout and currently an Explorer.
Best Scouting moment: Being at family camp
Worst Scouting moment: He hasn’t had one yet, long may it last!
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