Scouting isn't just about the children. It takes the time, energy, skills and enthusiasm of a community of adult volunteers to make it happen.
You may well have got a lot out of Scouting in your youth and are wanting to give something back or you may have a child in the group and simply want to have some quality time with them and their friends. So why not come join the fun?
You will be joining a group of like-minded, sociable people who are similarly enthusiastic about the ideals of Scouting. So, as well as developing an array of skills, you are bound to make new friends and generally have a great time.
Whatever skills you have and however much time you can afford to give there will be something you can do to make a positive impact. Here we've outlined some of the areas where we rely on the work of volunteers. We're always on the lookout for more helpers and we will ensure that you receive any necessary training and support.
So please don't hesitate. Come and get involved and help ensure that our children continue to receive the life-enhancing experiences that Scouting provides.
What age do you have to be?The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs. The Scout Section is for young people aged between 10½ and 14 years. There is core flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 10, and can move to Explorers between age 13½ and 14½. It may sometimes be appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs.
How is Scouts organised?Each Scout Troop consists of small units of six to eight Scouts called a Patrol, usually led by a Patrol Leader. Outdoor activities feature prominently, with the highlight being camping.
What sort of things do Scouts get up to?Scouts aims to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative. It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and even on international trips. Scouts are encouraged to work together and take the lead on all sorts of projects, from community based work to planning games and activities for their meetings. Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for camp. Rock climbing, potholing, gliding, photography and international experiences are just some of the things they get up to.
How much does it cost?Our subscription is currently £33 a term. The fee covers the costs of maintaining the Scout Hut., insurances and most of our weekly activities. Trips, camps and activities are usually charged separately. Cost should not be a barrier to anyone taking part in Scouting and if this is an issue, you can speak to our Group Scout Leaders or your Section Leader in confidence.
How do I join?Please fill in the form on our Contact Us page and John or Alison will get back to you as soon as possible. Please be aware that there are sometimes waiting lists for our sections so we might not be able to get you a place immediately. If you are the parent or carer of a young person who wishes to join, please consider volunteering in some form. Scouting is run by volunteers and most of these are parents. Please visit our Parents & Carers page for details.