Our Scout Troop, the newest in the town, is based at Christ Church in Ware. We meet on a Friday evening during school terms between 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Most Young People join Scouts between the ages of 10 and 11 and typically they have moved up from our own Cubs section. When they are approximately fourteen years old they then move up to Explorers. The Troop is open to both boys and girls of any religion and of any capabilities.
We started our Troop on 9th September 2013 with just five Scouts and have steadily grown since. Despite being the newest of the Scout Troops in Ware & District, we take part in all the District events, from church services and parades to Cooking competitions, bowls, hikes and camps. Our aim is to provide a balanced program of activities during a child’s time as a Scout.
Our Scout leadership team consists of:
- Nigel Guttridge
- Harry Bonfield
- Kat Harter
- Rowan Hinson
What to Expect
Scouts meet together as a Troop and work within a variety of small groups called Patrols. A Scout called a Patrol Leader leads the Patrol. The Patrol Leaders work with the Leadership Team in setting the programme and in decisions affecting the Troop. The Patrol system is one of the important ways that young people can take responsibility for themselves and others. A volunteer leadership team made up of uniformed Leaders and other informal Assistants and helpers will guide the Troop.
Making the Promise is the most important act in Scouting and is common to every section. Scouting has a special ceremony for making the Promise called Investiture or being invested. When a young person makes their Promise they receive their Group Scarf, The Membership Award (for those coming into Scouting for the first time) or their Moving-On Award (if they have been in Cubs) and are welcomed as a new Member into the Scout Family.
What do Scouts do?
Scouts normally meet once a week for a couple of hours. It is an opportunity for them to catch up with friends, learn new skills and explore issues relevant to their age group. They will also have their chance to say what they want to do!
Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. On top of the adventure of outdoor activities that forms a large part of the Scout Section, a Balanced Programme will help them find out about the world in which they live, encourage them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit and help to develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes and develop in all the Personal Development Areas.
Badges and Awards
While the emphasis is on a Balanced Programme of activities, there are still badges and awards for Scouts to aim for. Badges and awards are given in recognition of the effort made by each young person at their own level.
Scouts… Taking the Lead!
Scouts have the opportunity to make more and more decisions for themselves about they want to do and want to get out of Scouting. The opportunities will be there for them to take part in a wide range of activities and to gain a variety of skills and knowledge. They will get to learn more about themselves by not only taking responsibility for themselves, but for others as well.
What we ask of Scouts
The Scout Law is a set of ‘rules’ that Scouts should do their best to live their life by. They are based on the Laws that Baden Powell came up with, but have evolved to reflect changing times. The Laws are:
- A Scout is to be trusted.
- A Scout is loyal.
- A Scout is friendly and considerate.
- A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
- A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
- A Scout makes careful use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
- A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
We ask that Scouts arrive promptly so they do not miss out on the activities but please do not arrive more than ten minutes prior to the start of the Section meeting. As Scouts grow older they often no longer want to be ushered to and from section meetings. Please let the Leader team know if this is the case.
As all the activities are arranged and paid for in advance, we ask that we are always given plenty of notice should a Scout be unable to attend for whatever reason. This enables us to tweak our programme accordingly so the rest of the Scouts still get the most from our activities.
Due to high demand to join Scouting, we operate a joining list. Therefore, it is our policy that if any Scout has missed three weekly meetings without letting us know beforehand, we must offer their place to another on our waiting list. The same goes for non-payment of the termly membership subscriptions.
We are a uniformed organisation and we expect all our members to purchase their uniform within four weeks of joining us. Scouts wear teal coloured shirts. These can be purchased online from shop.scouts.org.uk or from our District Shop. Badges will be provided by the Group out of the membership subscriptions but replacement badges will cost an additional amount, as will replacement scarves.
For the bottom half of their uniform, we promote the official Scout activity trousers. These are navy combat style trousers that are smart enough for meeting nights and durable enough to be worn on camps and during outdoor activities. A Scout belt together with the buckle is a compulsory part of the uniform.
Inspections may be carried out on the neatness of dress to earn points for their team within the Scout Troop