|Scout section Information and Scout Troop History|
The Scout Section is for young people, aged between 10½ and 14 years old. Want to join the adventure? All you have to do is come along on a Wednesday night between 7.45pm and 9.30pm. We have a mixed troop of around 50 scouts boys and girls.
Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. "Participation" rather than meeting set standards is the key approach and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenges Awards and Activity Badges.
All Scouts take part in activities that include hiking, backwards cooking, survival weekends, first aid, rafting, climbing, tunnelling, camping, orienteering, cooking and so much more.
We encourage Scouts to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit and helps develop their creative talents. We also provide opportunities for the Scouts to explore their own values and personal attitudes.
All these are just a sample of what we do in a year so get on board and be part of the largest youth movement in the world. Watch your personal skills develop and your confidence grow. So if you’re a boy or a girl aged between 10 to 14 get in touch
Bear Grylls has been announced as the tenth Chief Scout. Bear will help to continue building on Scouting’s success story by supporting those already involved in Scouting and encouraging more adults to volunteer their time.
Scout Troop History
The Scout Troop
Scouts meet in a group called a Troop. The Scouts themselves are responsible for the majority of the organisation and running of the Troop. It is they who decide what they should do, when they should do it and how it should be done. Leaders in a Scout Troop should be seen more as a 'safety officer' and advisor rather than a teacher in charge of a class.
In a Scout Troop the Scouts are divided into smaller groups called Patrols. Each Patrol will normally have around 6 Scouts and is distinguished by their own patrol name and patrol badge.
A Patrol Leader (PL) is responsible for their patrol and will often act as the organiser and trainer for all events involving their Patrol and the Troop as a whole. They are ably assisted by an Assistant Patrol Leader (APL).
The PL's and APL's report to a Senior Patrol Leader (SPL). The SPL will take charge of most of the day to day running of the Troop and should be responsible for the lions share of organisation within the Troop.
There is usually a Flag Ceremony where the whole Troop will face the Union Flag and the designated Scout will walk to the flag. For the opening ceremony the Scout will pull a string to 'break' the flag (let the flag fly freely). Everyone then salutes the flag at the same time as this Scout to show their loyalty to the Queen and country they are living in. For the closing ceremony the Scout face the flag while standing at alert while it is lowered
Scouts greet each other in a special way. They always shake hands with their left hand. The origins of this custom come from when Baden-Powell was a soldier in Africa. He saw lots of tribal chiefs who carried spears and shields. He noticed that it was a sign of great trust to offer your left hand when shaking hands. This is because if you shake with your left hand you will have to put down your shield while the other person still has a spear in their hand!
The Salute and the Scout Sign
All members of the Scout Movement use the same salute. The salute is made with the right hand and is only used when you are standing at Alert. It is used as a greeting and as a sign of respect. Scouts salute with three fingers to remind you of
....your promise to do your duty to God, and to the Queen and to help other people....
The Scout Sign is similar to the salute but you hold your hand at shoulder height. It is only used when someone is making or renewing their Promise.
The Scout Motto is
As a Scout you will always want to be prepared for anything.