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June 2018

With the school holiday week, the Juniors have met once so far in June. Four boys went to Alice Holt Forest for some outdoor excitement, building dens in the woods on a lovely late spring/early summer evening. The boys had the secrets of good den building explained to them by Lt. Helen Wallace, our forest expert and expert judge. Then in teams of two they built a shelter from the branches they found on the ground or gathered from previous dens. They attempted to waterproof their dens with bracken and leaves, and then created special features to impress the judge. These special features included tables, chairs, gardens, campfires, washing lines, see-saws and trampolines. The boys really used their imaginations and creative skills this year. The dens were judged to sturdiness (the wobble test), imaginative features and waterproofness (Helen provided the rain from her trusty bottle of water). The dens held up pretty well, some slightly soggy boys emerged from inside their shelters. They also were judged on teamwork in their den construction. Our older boys won by the smallest of margins but all had a great time.
On Saturday 16th the Company had a stall at the Party in the Park at the Town Gardens. We offered cork boat building and superhero mask making as activities for young people, information about the Company and its sections for the adults and a photo display for all to see the adventures that can be had as members of the Brigade. We hope some of the interest shown will mean more boys joining us on Friday evenings.
We are looking forward to one more Friday meeting of the Anchors and Juniors in June and two more in July before we have a break for the summer holidays.
But we also have two Saturday events coming up.
On Saturday 23rd it is the Battalion Sports Day at the Guildford Spectrum athletics track. Track and Field events will be held for all sections of the Company: Anchors; Juniors; Company and Seniors. Points gained go towards the Battalion Trophy competition, with the trophy awarded at the end of the Sports Day along with the certificates and trophies for the athletics events themselves.
On Saturday 30th the Anchors & Juniors Summer Outing is to the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. The boys will experience walking through history in the recreation of streets from periods over the last two centuries.
So a busy time ahead for the boys with fun, friendship and faith in Christ as our goal.

Lt. Rolfe Bridson.

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