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1st Cookham Scout Group Scoops Double Prize at Tate Modern

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with thanks to Gail Dorrington

(28 October 2007)



Our prize was this certificate! but it was presented to us by Peter Duncan, Chief Scout.


On Saturday members of 1st Cookham scout group set off in the Bourne End community mini bus towards the tate modern.

We were there to collect our prize as winners of the national Art of Scouting's ArtSmart competition.


Christopher Turner, Josh Dorrington Jay Brickell and Lewis Green with Peter Duncan. they are standing in front of a portion of "The big Left Handshake"

We were given the opportunity to be the last few contributors to this massive project which has been entered for the Guinness Book of world records. It is 700ft x 1100ft.

There are 30,006 hands on the collage.

 Jay and Lewis in front of our painting of the world.

Did you know that Indonesia has over 9 million Scouts ? That's 3 million more than the USA. Great Britain has about half a million.

Ah but did you know that Cookham Scout group has 180 members? That's big!


One World. One Promise

 Here is our finished gateway as displayed in the Tate Modern. This is what the judges said about it.

"judges view: An awesome effort from a large group of people, including some members of Girlguiding UK. Technically complicated and ambitious in scope, this piece really pulls together the work of a large group to great affect - a fantastic celebration of the "One World" of international Scouting, and 100 years of friendship and active participation. A lovely memento for a scouting community"

Our second prize of the night was for the individual adult category which Akela won for the painting of Cub Scouts , Longridge.


 Judges View:
'In this excellent painting of Cub scouts canoeing at Longridge on the Thames, Gail says that she aimed to "capture the light as the sun was setting on a summer's evening,silhouetting the figures against the sparkling water...a muddle of inexpertly wielded paddles forms the central motif - a flotilla of confusion and laughter gradually making its way down stream." This is an outstanding adult entry to the ArtSmart 2007 Competition, and shows that it is possible to depict active modern scouting creatively to a very high standard. We hope that it inspires others to take up their brushes and do likewise.'

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