Beavers Cubs Scouts Explorers

Many thanks to everyone who came along to the parade yesterday.  Everyone looked very smart, the sun shone and the service was good.

We could have perhaps had a few more bodies in attendance and we look forward to seeing more people coming along to the forthcoming parades in Whitburn over May and June.

Many thanks!

'Aside' Post | By on 24th April 2017

REMINDER: District Parade

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The West Lothian District Parade takes place tomorrow – 23 April 2017.

The bus is leaving Brucefield at 1.30 pm and we expect to be home around 4.30 pm.

Everyone is asked to make a real effort to attend!  Please wear full uniform, including school trousers and shoes.

Look forward to seeing as many there as possible!

(For parents thinking about coming along, the parade leaves from Lowport Primary School around 2.30 pm, along the Main Street to St Michael’s church beside Linlithgow Palace.)

Group News

The Scout Group hopes everyone had a great Easter holiday.

 

We are now gearing up for what is a busy term between now and the summer and want to make everyone aware of a number of items:

 

  1.  Meetings resume tonight – Tuesday 18th April – for Scouts and Explorer Scouts and for Beavers and Cubs on Thursday 20th April.  We look forward to seeing everyone again!
  2. Spaces are available within all sections so if you know anyone who you think would be interested in the terrific range of activities the Scout Group offers, please tell them about us!
  3. The annual District Parade takes place this Sunday – 23rd April – in Linlithgow.  The bus is leaving Brucefield Church at 1.30 pm prompt and we expect to be back at around 4.30 pm.  We would like to see as many attending as possible and ask that full uniform is worn including smart trousers and shoes please.
  4. Letters will be going out this week giving information about a) the Brucefield Church Parade and Service taking place on Sunday 15th May and b) for this term’s Subscription payments.   Payments are due by Tuesday 9th May for Scouts and Explorer Scouts and by the 11th May for Beavers and Cubs.
  5. The first Scout camp of the year is taking place over the weekend of the 19-21st May and the Cub Scouts are camping the 26-28th May.
  6. The Beavers are going to Glasgow Science Centre on Saturday 27th May.
  7. Due to the Church Halls being used for the Local Elections on Thursday 4th May.  The plan is, weather dependent, for the Beavers and Cubs to head to Polkemmet Country Park for the night.

 

Letters and consent forms will be issued shortly for the camps and outings.  Please return them as soon as you can.

 

We’ll be posting updates and reminders for many of the above items on the website and Facebook page.  Please check regularly and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to speak to any of the leaders or contact us at info@7thwhitburnscouts.org.uk.

 

 

 

 

Group Communication

The following letter will be going out this week to all sections asking for your views on communication.  The letter includes a form to fill in and return.  Alternatively, you can complete the form online by following this link

Scout Communication Form


The Scout Group is keen to ensure we communicate with members and parents in a way that is convenient and effective to both them and ourselves. We are also very much aware of the volume (and accompanying cost) of letters and notifications that can often go out some weeks – and often week after week!

Going forward, we would like to begin using more of the following methods to give information, send out reminders, give members the ability to download, for example, the Group calendar or camp/outing consent forms, but also make it perhaps easier for people to contact us.

1) We are fortunate to have, courtesy of Paul Freeman our Assistant Cub Scout Leader, this website.  A lot of information and reports are already being posted on the website at present and the hope is that this will become our main method of communication.

2) Parents can also sign up on the website to receive e-mail updates when new items are posted to the site.

3) The Scout Group also has a closed Facebook page which members and families can request to follow. This can be found by searching Facebook for 7th Whitburn Scouts.

Items posted on the website will automatically appear on the Facebook feed and be e-mailed to those who sign up to receive them.

4) We have a new e-mail address which can be used if parents have any queries, problems or requests. This is:

info@7thwhitburnscouts.org.uk

5) We also plan to have the ability to SMS parents with reminders and urgent items of information.

We appreciate that some parents may prefer to still receive paper copies from the Group and on some occasions sending out soft copies will be convenient from our point of view.

I would very much like to hear your views on what you believe is best and what parental preferences are in terms of how the Scout Group communicates with parents and members. If you would like share your views, please return the form below or completed a copy on the website, speak to me during Thursday meeting nights or contact me using the details at the top of this letter.

Cubs Meggerine Parent and Child Camp

12th – 14th May 2017 Parent & Cub Camp

An opportunity for Cubs to share the fun of Scouting with a parent. Fully catered weekend, guaranteed to be fun for all!

The activities throughout the weekend reflect the nature of the countryside in which the Centre is located. Nature walks, archery and crafts are just some of the usual activities for Meggernie. The weather will have an influence on what is actually possible at the time but it will all be great fun. There will be two sub camps with sub camp leaders to help make your stay enjoyable. The weekend is fully catered so you just need your own kit and a two-man tent for the two of you to sleep in.

The cost of the weekend will be £85 per pair. Places are limited (max.6 pairs of cubs and parents per pack) and will be allocated on a first come basis. Please note that each adult attending this camp must have had an enhanced disclosure for the Scout Association.

Visit the Meggernie website for more information, or discuss with one of the leaders.

Group Calendar 2017

Group Calendar 2017

 

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Another Corking Ceilidh

Thank you very much to everyone who came along on Friday to our annual ceilidh at Whitburn Bowling Club.

The dance floor was never empty, the buffet was pretty much cleared and the fantastic sum of £406 was raised for Group funds.

Thanks also to everyone who sold tickets, donated raffle prizes and to Balfour Beatty for donating the £100 voucher to be spent at any McDonald’s hotel.  And a special thank you to Louise and Neil Brodie for pulling it all together.  A terrific job – well done!

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The Group’s Annual Family Ceilidh takes place on Friday 3rd February, 7.30 pm in Whitburn Bowling Club.

Adult tickets are £9 and children’s (6 – 16 years old) are £4.50.

Along with the terrific dancing there will be a buffet and raffle.

All proceeds go towards the Scout Group’s funds.

Come along to a long-established, brilliant, fun-filled night and support the Scout Group.

Contact Louise on 01501 773519 for tickets or more information.

Scouts and Explorer Scouts are Back!

Scout meetings for 2017 resume tonight at 6.30 pm and Explorer Scouts at 7.30 pm.

We look forward to seeing everyone and spaces are available for anyone interested in finding out what we do.  Scouts are for those aged between 10 – 14 years old and Explorers 14 – 18.  Simply come along to Brucefield Church, East Main Street at the times above to find out more information and to join us.

 

 

Beavers are Back

Beaver meetings resume tonight at 5.30 pm for the first section and 6.45 pm for the second.

Spaces are available for anyone wishing to join.  Just come along and we’ll get you sorted.

We look forward to starting another fun-filled and busy year at Whtiburn Scout Group!

NB – Cub Scouts return next week.