MORE than 1,000 young members of The Scout Association and Girlguiding from Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere gathered at the Hampton Estate from May 11 to 13 for the ‘Frantic’ weekend activity camp.

The campfire on Friday night was enjoyed by all, from the youngest Cubs and Rainbows to the oldest section including Explorer Scouts and The Senior Section, and traditional as well as new songs could be heard throughout the campsite.

Saturday saw the start of the activities, which included Japanese pillow fighting, ‘spider mountain’, archery, caving and human table-football. Haslemere-based ice-cream van Dylan’s also made an appearance, and, despite the rain, the one-off Frantic flavour sold well.

Young leaders from both organisations worked towards their Community Action by meeting mayors from Farnham, Haslemere and Waverley as well as volunteers from both charities, and giving them a tour.

The new Mayor of Farnham, David Attfield, has a particular affinity with the scouts, having nominated Garner’s Goes Bananas, a fundraising appeal for Garner’s Field in Tilford, an eight-acre activity centre used by Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh Award participants and other groups of young people, as his charity of the year when elected mayor on May 10.

At the closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon all members and leaders renewed their promises and most excitingly the staff team announced that Frantic will be back in 2021.

For more information about the different sections of Girlguiding including Rainbows (aged five to seven), Brownies (aged seven to 10), Guides (aged 10 to 14) and The Senior Section (aged 14 to 18) visit

For more information about Beavers (aged six to eight), Cubs (aged eight to 10-and-a-half), Scouts (aged 10-and-a-half to 14) and Explorer Scouts (aged 14 to 18) visit

Both charities rely on volunteers to support meetings and events, and parent helpers are very welcome.