IMG 3881-e17th Reigate (St. Joseph’s) Scout Group narrowly failed in its bid to lay down a mile of one-penny coins collected as part of its fund-raising towards a new Scout Hall.

On Saturday 21st September, Beavers as young as six years old, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders, mums, dads, and grandparents took part in an attempt on the Guinness World Record for laying the fastest mile of coins, which currently stands at 2 hours 16 minutes. A mile of masking tape donated by Brewers of Redhill served as a coin-laying guide in St. Bede’s School main hall, and 250Kg of pennies were weighed on banking scales loaned by HSBC Reigate to ensure the correct amount was used. Under the watchful eye of Tony Tobin as an independent witness, teams of 8 laid coins as fast as fingers would allow - sadly not quite fast enough for the record was missed by a mere 17 minutes.

Tony Brown, Explorer Leader and fund-raising lead commented “our young people have been collecting pennies for six months; we needed £800-worth for the record attempt and have collected over £1,000 which is fantastic. Getting the world record would have nice but this was primarily a fund-raising event which was a bit different, and the whole group was involved in it. Even Councillor Jonathan Essex was on his knees laying coins! The atmosphere and team-work last Saturday was fantastic, and everyone supported and encouraged each other in true Scouting spirit”.

Mike Phillipson, Group Scout Leader, said that this event has taken the total raised towards 17th Reigate’s “Building For The Future” project to build a new Scout Hall to over £70,000, and invites any local businesses or other groups interested in supporting this project to get in touch through the group’s website ( “This is a great opportunity to provide a lasting legacy for young people in the local community. We have over 120 young people in the Group and over 100 on our waiting lists. We are currently without a permanent home following re-development of our previous meeting place for housing, so we really need our own facility as soon as possible”

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17th Reigate (St. Joseph’s) Scout Group was established in 1915 and is the second-largest Scout Group in Reigate District Scouts. There are currently 120 young people aged between 6 and 18 years old who meet each week during term-time. Last year, we ran over 230 meetings, organized 19 camps and sleepovers, and awarded over 1,300 activity badges. The Group is run by a team of 25 adult volunteer Leaders and helpers, and supported by an Executive Committee of 12 adult volunteers. More information about out Group and its “Building For The Future” project is available through our website

rabbitsReigate District ran its first District Survival Camp at Jordan Heights Scout camp site Reigate and the event was a great success.

We had leaders from the 2nd, 30th, 34th, Network and District helping over the weekend.

In the end the 2nd Reigate and the 34th Reigate (Meadvale) won the event jointly and received the trophy.

Who could forget the seriousness of the mountain rescue but the fun and determination of the teams to complete the rescue, the fantastic cooking by the 34th one pot meal and the best nettle tea we have ever tasted. The superb shelter built by the second and the rabbits gutted and cooked for lunch by all the teams.

Over the weekend the Explorers learned skills of making and improving shelters, backwoods cooking, one pot meals, emergency rescues, finding articles in the dark, axing, knives, saw. How to use different types of cookers and making gadgets. They gutted rabbits and cooked them for lunch and learned what you can do with a potato! They finished by making luminous fires to get rescued by the smoke.

A true weekend of Scouting and the Explorers were a true credit to the District

We have just had for Explorers Hannah Glasgow, Lauren Freeman, Chris Rimmer and Izzy Smithson complete the highest Award in Scouting -the Queen Scout Award. They were presented with their badges from Assistant County Commissioner Mr Phil Currie. The four will now be attending the Queen Scout parade at Windsor on St Georges Day and meeting the Queen. the four youngsters have completed a number of projects over the last two years including International Trips to Switzerland, working with the National Trust for a week on Reigate Hill, completing a sixty mile hike in Somerset and doing a special project along the way. they have also learned many new skills, helped at the local camp site Jordan Heights and taken part in may activities including Rock Climbing, White Water rafting, Cannoning and taken part in shows ,musicals and completed hikes on Glaciers.