Scouts

Scouts are aged 10½–14. Each Scout Troop consists of small units of six to eight Scouts called a Patrol, usually led by a Patrol Leader and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader. Patrols are encouraged to work together as a team and share jobs and tasks. The Patrol Leader is responsible for all members of the patrol and will expect Scouts to listen to their instructions, although the Patrol Leader will consider all Scouts’ views before making a decision.

Outdoor activities feature prominently, with the highlight being camping. 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 might have an opportunity to experience while in a troop.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.

We have two Scout troops – Metor (Monday) and Typhoon (Thursday). We meet at the Scout HQ at 7.30-9pm. Typhoon is an Air Scout troop and Meteor a standard Scout troop. 75% of the programme is the same for both troops and they often meet together.

A full programme is produced for each term and includes a range of diverse activities as patrols, troops or as both troops combined. See the programmes of events for each Scout troop.

How are Air Scouts different to Scouts?
Being an Air Scout offers the same opportunity as standard Scouts such as climbing, camping, hiking, cycling, earning badges and awards, discovering the outdoors, making lots of good friends and enjoying adventures with them. In addition, Air Scouts will visit airfields, learn about aircrafts, attend air shows and get on board a variety of aircrafts. We try to get Air Scouts gliding when they’re 12 and help them prepare for powered flight, parachuting etc. The programme won’t be just for the technically minded but will appeal to all Scouts.

What do Scouts wear?

Uniform consists of a pale blue shirt for Air Scouts or a green shirt for standard Scouts. This is worn with navy blue trousers in the winter or with navy blue shorts in the summer. There is also a Scout belt.

These items should be purchased from our district shop in Crondall, as the small amount of profit goes back into local scouting, and can be worn immediately. The shop is open Saturday mornings 10am-12pm during term time. After about five weeks, new joiners are invested at a formal ceremony and the gold and scarlet group scarf, woggle and badges are presented.

A gold Group T-shirt is available from our T-shirt distributor, and is often worn in place of the Scout shirt in warm weather or instead of the formal uniform during games or outdoor activities. Please email her if you would like to buy one.

At their investiture, leaders provide badges and the Group scarf to those brand new to the Group. Cubs who are moving up from a pack into one of the Troops should transfer the relevant badges onto their Scout shirt. Cubs joining a Troop can should wear Cub uniform until invested as a Scout.

Scouts should wear polished school shoes with dark socks to formal Scouting occasions. Scouts may wear trainers to the weekly meetings; however, these must be clean and practical as opposed to designer.

Each Scout should carry a note pad and pencil to write down any information. In addition they should wear a group T-shirt under their uniform shirt for games. Scouts are expected to take pride in their uniform, keep it clean, ironed and the badges sewn on. It is their responsibility – not the parents.

Scouts are strongly encouraged to put their name on anything valuable as more than one Scout will have the same make/style of trainers, boots, sleeping bag etc!

Note: Tracksuit bottoms / jeans / football shorts are not uniform and therefore not allowed.

Certain activities, such as hiking, require specific clothing and equipment. This will be advised in advance. If Scouts forget to bring this to the activity they are unlikely to be able to take part.

It is the individual Scout’s responsibility to pack their rucksack and ensure they have all the kit required – not the parents. This way a scout can’t blame mum when something has been forgotten!

What do Scouts do?

Most young people join scouts so that they can go camping with their friends and experience the many adventurous activities that are on offer. We participate in numerous outdoor pursuits ranging from land-based activities such as climbing, abseiling, orienteering, hiking, archery, shooting, pioneering and camping to water-based activities such as canoeing, sailing, rafting and dragon boating.

The main camp of the year is in the summer holidays. We also usually go away during the spring, autumn or winter. Camping is great fun, fosters team spirit, trains Scouts to accept responsibility and encourages self-discipline.

Scouts may get the opportunity to stay in a Youth Hostel on one of our hiking weekends which provides welcome shelter in the winter months.

All of our adventurous activities are led by instructors with the appropriate national qualifications e.g. British Canoe Union etc.

A Scout will never be forced to do an adventurous activity if they don’t feel happy to. In other words if they are scared of heights and do not want to go climbing, that is fine – nobody will make them. We want them to have fun, excitement and adventure and be happy in the Scouts.

Scouts should note that there is a large amount of information handed out during the course of the term. Each scout (not parent) is responsible for knowing when/where an event is and what kit is needed etc. If there is any doubt scouts should contact their Patrol Leader (or Assistant Patrol Leader).

We suggest that Scouts keep a folder or notice board in their bedroom to collate their Scout information. This will ensure that they organise themselves properly and always know what’s going on. A programme is issued at the beginning of each term to all Scouts. Please read it prior to the meeting to find out where you should be.

Email is frequently used to confirm details, timings, meeting locations, dress code, equipment etc needed for a meeting. As much notice will be given as possible. Please provide an email address for Scout/parent messages; note that all email traffic to Scouts will be copied to parents as well.

Scouts will be expected to listen and follow all instructions and to cooperate fully with the leadership team. If they do not listen to the safety instructions they will not take part in the activity. If they fail to follow the instructions during an activity and, as a result this either endangers them or another person, they may be excluded from such activities.

If they ride a bike to Scouts or take part in an activity on bikes, they are required to wear a cycle helmet (and fix front and backlights if at night). This is Scout Association policy.

What do Scouts need to know?

Scouts are expected to learn both the Scout Promise and Scout Law, and follow them in their day-to-day life. It’s not always easy but is very worthwhile!

Scout Promise: On my honour, I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to God and to the Queen, to help other people, and to keep the Scout Law.

Scout Law:

  • A Scout is to be trusted
  • A Scout is loyal
  • A Scout is friendly and considerate
  • A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of scouts
  • A Scout has courage in all difficulties
  • A Scout makes good use of his time and is careful of possessions and property
  • A Scout has self-respect and respect for others

What badges can Scouts earn?

For information on any of the Scout badges, and what needs to be done to earn them, please look at the Scouts website. The aviation badges that Air Scouts earn are also there and air activities cover areas such as practical skills, flight safety, aerospace operations, navigation, meteorology, aero engines, air traffic control and principles of flight.

The weekly programme covers the necessary activities to achieve the progressive awards. Obviously the more often you attend meetings, the quicker you will earn your badges. Badge work is also covered at Summer camp and other overnight and weekend camps throughout the year.

See the Scouts website for a diagram of where the badges need to go.

Badge Sewing support

Jackie Cheeseman, a grandparent of a scout in Typhoon Air Scout Troop, has offered to sew badges onto beaver and cub jumpers and scout and leader shirts. She will charge 50p per badge and has very generously offered to donate the sums that she raises to the Scout Troop to support their programme. Simply arrange to take her the garment and badges and provide your name and contact details so she can let you know when they are ready, and pay cash on collection. Please contact us to make initial contact with Jackie if you don’t know her phone number and address.