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8th Wyre Forest (St. John's) Scouts

Wyre Forest District Scouts, Hereford & Worcester

The Scout Section is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs, and is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.


Activities

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 Challenge awards and activity badges.


Balanced Programme

Scouts take part in a Balanced Programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit, and helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.

Being outdoors is important, and half the programme is given over to taking part in traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.


Structure

A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.

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



Where are we?

The Scouts meet at:

Habberley Road
Habberley Playing Fields
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
DY11 6FA
Meeting Times
Tuesday Troop
Tuesdays - 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday Troop
Wednesdays - 19:00 to 21:00

Due to our active programme, we often meet outside of these times as well.

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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Beavers in Hall

 

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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Update on Group Scout Leader position
15/04/2022 By Dawn Saunders
Scout Science

As from 1st May 2022, our DC Julie Goodyear will assume GSL responsibilities for the Group. Our wider District team are busy with other roles that demand their time and do not have the resource available for other support. More details of Julie’s contact details will follow later.

 

Julie’s involvement in the Group will be light touch. She is fully aware of the work at the Group presently and I will still have a small role on the Group Exec. The light touch should be OK in the short term. The Group is in a solid state, the leaders training is up to date, there are no key issues, the Exec is strong, and we are financially sound. But the Group cannot continue without a GSL for long and as I explained previously, we do really face the prospect of closure if a GSL cannot be found.

 

The Group Scout Leader role is pivotal to supply support and direction for the Group but I do understand that folks could be put off by the prospect of a  big task. It can be, but our Group is strong and has a vision so the new person will not be coming into a poor situation with no support. I see the GSL role taking up not much more than 10 hours a month – with most of that being emails, delegation of tasks and phone calls. On average, one meeting per month. To make it easier, Julie and I think the way forward for any GSL recruits could be made a bit easier if the Group looked at folk taking the following roles. These would be:

 

  • Leader Membership Manager  - to deal with new applications and keep Compass up to date
  • Property and Governance Manager – To supply H&S support plus review and compile risk assessments
  • Group Activity Risk Manager – To oversee the use of Scouts RAM (the national risk assessment tool) and ensure meeting, camp and event risk assessments are fit for use
  • Young People Membership Manager – to reconcile the monthly subs with Club Treasurer (our accounts portal) and to complete the Gift aide application annually

 

Can you help with one of these roles? None of these positions will take up more than 6 hours per month, some less than that. All roles would be based on a Group Administrator role, so an application form and GDPR module to be taken. That is all. You would need access to a computer and the internet. 

 

I do hope this appeal will be successful so we can move WF8 onwards. We have made great strides over the past 3 years despite all that has been thrown at us – I am proud that we have membership at one of the highest the Group has seen for many years and adults are willing to help support the leader team. But we need a GSL and folk to do the tasks that I have mentioned. Please do get in touch if you can help or know someone that can.

 

Ian Setchell (GSL) / Julie Goodyear (Wyre Forest Scouts District Commissioner)

gsl@wf8.org.uk

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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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New flags and badges
19/01/2022 By Dawn Saunders
Beavers Listening

The Group will be purchasing new Section flags in the next few weeks  in readiness for the upcoming St George's day parade in April.

We are also placing an order for some Queen's Platinum Jubilee badges and they will be offered to all members - adult and YP - as soon as they are received. They will be free. As soon as we get them we will pop a picture on the website for all to see.. We hope to have them buy the end of February 

Ian, GSL

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


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