Gilwell fellows programme - Reunion 2018 highlights

Reunion began on Thursday 5th September with introductions to our fellows welcoming some new members and a tour of Gilwell Park led by our colleague in the heritage team. The last session of the day took place in one of our lid classrooms with the 27th Chingford beavers where they made treats for the campfire and stories were shared.

Following that we enjoyed a lovely welcome wine and cheese evening, although some of our group may have been slightly jet-lagged after travelling from afar, it really was a lovely and memorable evening.

On Friday, there was some fabulous updates from Heritage and the Pears project followed by an afternoon of centenary, brand and updates in UK Scouting from Matt Hyde and Tim Kid that evening.

Reunion really was in full swing on the Saturday as breakfast was had, some of the group attended the AGM in Blanchett field and the afternoon highlights followed our circle of friendship campaign launch there was bubbly on the buffalo lawn where we had some reflection of the day and group pictures taken.

Dinner was held in the Whitehouse that evening, we enjoyed a meal with some of our UK volunteers and some of the group even ventured to the campfire to partake in the activities and sing-alongs.

Sunday began with a slow start, some free time to get the last of the pictures of Jam Roll which was beautifully situated on the Whitehouse lawn for the weekend. The afternoon there was a group lunch in a local pub called the Owl in Epping Forest.

And last but not least, Monday was the trip to Brownsea. The group set off early that morning and made it to the island in good time, they were greeted by Kevin the tour guide and taken around a part of the island. Tuesday was the end of another successful reunion with most of our fellows departing that morning.

You can read a first-hand write up from one of our fellows, Craig Murray, here

We wish to thank all our fellows for attending reunion 2018 and hope to see you next year for the centenary celebrations!