For those that remember Peter you can share with us one of the lasting memories we have of him which as ADC Cubs his passion was for running the yearly District Cubs Challenge Camp. It gave all the Cubs in the South and Upper Norwood Scout District which eventually became the North Croydon District a chance to have a camping experience, learn new skills, and what`s more have fun. Every year we would park up at Buckmore Park, and spend all Friday night trying to drive tent pegs into the granite and flint that was our campsite!
The weekend would be full of activities, one of the highlights being Cub's Own, when we would be handed a mildew ridden, dog-eared hymn sheet, and after Peter's intro of '1 2 3 sing!' We would mumble out the words of a God-loved praise, because at Buckmore our Cubs thoughts were more directed to getting out and running amok! Peter was a lifelong member of the 23rd Croydon Scout Group and we felt It only fitting that we should remember his name by inaugurating the Peter Pocknell Challenge Cup. This cup will be awarded yearly to the cub that, on camp, shows outstanding skills in leadership, but more importantly, fellowship.
Our first award was to two cubs, Grace Lewis and Xavier Obah. Grace has recently moved north but will continue Scouting in her new home. Cub Xavia who showed exceptional skills in six control, and camp management has now been presented with the Cup in the memory of Peter Pocknell (Grey Brother) who would have been so pleased. We are immensely proud of Peters contribution to Scouting and to the 23rd in particular, he is sadly missed, but will always be remembered.
It`s our privilege to pay this special tribute to him
Peter R Pocknell 1938 – 2013 R.I.P
From all of the 23rd Team