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8th Wyre Forest (St. John's) Scout Group

Wyre Forest District Scouts, Hereford & Worcester

Scouting provides skills for life to young people, who are split into sections based on age. Beaver Scouts (6-8), Cub Scouts (8-10½), Scouts (10½-14), Explorer Scouts (14-18) and Scouts Network (18-25).


Adult Volunteers

Volunteers are pivotal to the running of our Scout Group. These may include leaders, assistants, occasional helpers, parents, administrators, fundraisers and more.

You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.

If you would like to hear more, use the Contact Us link on the left.


Purpose

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.


Values

Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do:

Integrity We’re honest, we try to do the right thing (even if no-one’s watching), and we stay true to ourselves.
Respect We’re thoughtful of people’s feelings and values, treating everyone as we’d like to be treated ourselves.
Care We’re kind to others, looking after the world we live in.
Belief We explore our beliefs and attitudes with wide-open minds.
Cooperation We work with others to change the world for the better, making friends along the way.


Methods

Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:

  • enjoy what they are doing and have fun;
  • take part in activities indoors and outdoors;
  • learn by doing;
  • share in spiritual reflection;
  • take responsibility and make choices;
  • undertake new and challenging activities;
  • make and live by their Promise

Programme

The Scouting Programme for all sections is based around three main themes: outdoor and adventure, world and skills. In each section a range of badges and awards support all aspects of Scouting, including the main themes: leadership, teamwork and personal development. The Programme is delivered in a balanced way that incorporates elements from each theme, to offer young people the most interesting and diverse experience.



Where are we?
Habberley Road
Habberley Playing Fields
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
DY11 6FA

News & Blogs

New Platinum badges available
25/04/2022 By Dawn Saunders

Our new Quees Platinum badges to be distributed this week to all members.

Please wear with pride on the left breast of uniforms / tunics

Ian

 

 

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New Squirrel Section to start in May 2022
15/04/2022 By Dawn Saunders
Scout Science

Our new Squirrel section launches in May 2022. 

Emily and her team have been working hard to deal with all of the paperwork that needs sorting before the section officially starts. We will start with a small number of YP and look to add to the numbers in June before opening up to an already busy waiting list in September. It's vital that we go for a staged opening so that new leaders and YP can get to know what Squirrels is all about.

Are you willing to help at the Section? Do you want your YP to join - they have to be 4 but can join the waiting list earlier. The section will meet on a WMonday eveing from 5.30

 

Enquiries to gsl@wf8.org.uk

 

Welcome to Stacey who will be part of the leader team

 

 

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Responding to the crisis in Ukraine
15/04/2022 By Dawn Saunders
Explorer Mixed Group
As Scouts we're committed to peace, international friendship, and respect for all. Our Chief Scout, Bear Grylls has written to the National Organization of the Scouts of Ukraine showing our solidarity, and extending the hand of friendship and support. We know this must be especially hard on the young people of Ukraine anxious about the future and concerned about the safety of their family and friends.

At times like these, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends in crisis, and remind ourselves we’re part of a worldwide family of Scouts. Now is the moment for us to live our promise to help other people, especially as we begin to see refugees and displaced people. We hope and pray for a de-escalation and a peaceful resolution.

We also know that this will be a worrying time for Scouts and other young people here in the UK, including those with family links to Ukraine. As the crisis escalates, so do people’s anxieties about the situation.

As a Scouts volunteer, here are some resources to help you approach the subject with different age groups. We hope they will help them understand more about conflict and help them come to terms with their thoughts and feelings to support their wellbeing.

 

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Beaver Running

 

Beryl Moss, Scouts volunteer

Volunteers make a huge difference to young people's lives – giving them skills for life, while learning a whole lot about themselves along the way.

Here’s what Beryl Moss, who’s been volunteering with Scouts for 40 years, has to say.

I’d completed Brownies, Guides and Rangers in Suffolk, then I went on to complete all my Guider Training and ran my own Guide Company.

What skills have you learned and passed onto others?

I’ve learned how to be independent but at the same time, worked in groups with people of all ages. I’ve also learned a lot of practical and paperwork skills from doing my training.

How's volunteering at Scouts helped you in your personal life?

I’ve experienced mental health issues, which wasn’t easy, but the support I had from my friends and parents at Scouts helped me. While I struggled to do many things, I always managed to join Scouts activities and run my Cub Pack. My doctor supported me to be in Scouts and I was even able to join our Gang Show on stage. This helped build my confidence, especially since it was far beyond what I thought I could do at the time.

I’ve worked with the Jewish Scout community on Faiths and Beliefs, and I’ve learned new and different things about my religion. I’ve passed on my knowledge of religion through activities like crafts, and I’ve formed excellent bonds from this experience. I’m still in touch with my friends online from around the world, and I like spreading joy to others, especially if someone’s having a difficult day miles away.

Truly, no. You can’t expect to have something if you don’t give back to others, so follow the Scouts training journey, put yourself forward, and have a blast volunteering! You’re always welcome to give as much or as little of your time, and I never have time to be bored.

Why is volunteering #GoodForYou? Share your story

 

 

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Beavers in Hall

 

We have had this update from Scouts UK on uniform prices:

 

An update on uniform pricing from 1 April 2022. Unfortunately, due to instability in the global supply of goods, like other organisations, Scout Store have been impacted by the increased costs of production. To make sure that they can maintain uniform of the highest quality, they’re having to increase the price of some uniform lines.

 

This equates to a 50p increase on Beavers and Cubs sweatshirts and polos. There will be no increase on Scouts, Explorers, Network and Leader shirts/polos and the cost of Squirrels uniform will not be changing, as they’ve already been purchased in bulk.

 

While they appreciate this is difficult news, especially with many other post-pandemic price rises, Scout Store have worked extremely hard with their supplier to make sure that any potential increase was kept as low as possible. 

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8th Wyre Forest (St. John's) Scout Group
Habberley Road, Habberley Playing Fields, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 6FA


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