Not a good start to 2018 for Gryphon Troop as Steve W left. Ged has not been able to make even 1 meeting this year, due to his work, and although Paul joined at our last AGM, he has only attended 1 troop meeting in all that time and thinks it will be a long time before he can attend. And finally, Hannah decided to have a break due to health problems.
Dave, and myself stepped in to keep the troop open, along with Louise, Linda and Tiff on a rota system. Niki has taken on treasurer’s job so that is a big help, Nicola sorted out the bank account for us.
The boys have worked for the artist badge and some very good drawings were done. The younger ones have worked for the fire safety badge where they visited the fire station and do a plan of their house and show fire escape routes
They went on a scarecrow trail in Wanborough. 10 boys from both troops went to Lyneham for a day and did the mechanics badge. A lot of them have done a pioneering weekend in the HQ with Challenger troop. 8 boys are going to strategy and a weekend camp at Horley with Challenger is now being offered. Thanks to Steve M for his help with this.
Several boys enjoyed a kayaking session at Spinnaker lake and some evening sessions are now being organised.
Cycle speedway is on the programme for June.
We are trying to organise an interesting program, but it is difficult if we do not have help, we still need to find some leaders for the troop to be able to continue to run.