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Group AGM

Thursday 28 October 2021

The Scout Group’s Annual General Meeting is due to take place on Thursday 28 October 2021, at 8 pm, in Brucefield Church Halls.

Everyone is very welcome and encouraged to come along and hear section reports for the year, see the Group finances, confirm the officer bearers for the year ahead and this year a number of presentations will be made to leaders of the Group.

Group AGM 22nd May & Exec C'tee Recruitment | 1st Wargrave Scout Group

Resumption of Meetings

GUIDANCE FOR THE RESTART OF FACE-TO-FACE SCOUT MEETINGS

We are all really looking forward to face-to-face meetings resuming this week.   As with all Scouting activities, keeping everyone safe and well is our priority.  COVID-19 brings extra requirements and therefore things will be a little different from when we last met in March 2020.

We would be grateful if everyone could read the following arrangements and if parents of younger children could discuss these with them prior to meetings:

  1. No one should attend meetings if you have any COVID-19 symptoms – continuous cough, temperature or loss of taste/smell – or generally feel unwell
  2. Entry to halls will be by the front door between the two churches only.  Please do not use the car park entrance
  3. Children will exit the building by the front door leading directly onto the Main Street (blue doors of the original church)
  4. Everyone will be asked to sanitise hands on entering the building
  5. Unless medically except, anyone over the age of 12 is required to wear a face covering indoors
  6. We will try to be outdoors as much as possible – weather dependant of course
  7. Initially, the Scouts and Explorer Scouts will hold joint meetings from 6.30 – 8.30 pm on Tuesdays.  For September, they intend meeting at The Craigs Campsite in Torphichen
  8. Due to building work being carried out at Brucefield Church, the hall normally used by the Cub Scouts is not available at present.  This means that initially there will only be one Beaver Scout colony (from 5.30 – 6.30 pm) and the Cubs will then meet from 6.45 to 7.45 pm on Thursday evenings.

October Holidays

First, it has been BRILLIANT being back! In particular, seeing so many of our young people returning after nearly a year and a half away has been terrific.

Please note that there will be no meetings next week – Tuesday 12th or Thursday 14th October – due to the October school holidays. We return week beginning the 18th.

Have a good holiday please and take care.

Scout and Explorer Scout Meetings are back!

The Scouts and Explorers are due to start back on the 7th of September (this coming Tuesday).  We are going to have our meeting at the Craigs campsite (Broompark, Torphichen, Bathgate EH48 4NL). If the kids can wear old clothes that they don’t mind getting a bit dirty potentially and their necker as well (no need for full uniform), and sturdy shoes and potentially a waterproof jacket (although the weather forecast looks quite nice). We will provide everything else, antibacterial gel and the equipment needed for the night. We will meet at the main car park around 18:30 and the evening will end at 20:30 for pickup. I appreciate that this is short notice and totally understandable if you cannot make it but would be good to see as many of you as possible

Craigs Campsite - Home

Scouting is back in Whitburn!

Meetings for all sections will resume on the week beginning 6th September.  Scout meetings (for young people aged 10 1/2 to 14) are on Tuesdays from 6.30 – 8.30 pm; Explorer Scouts (14 – 18 year old) meet also on Tuesdays from 7.30 – 9.30 pm; Beaver Scout meetings (5 3/4 – 8 year old) at 5.30 – 6.30 pm and Cub Scout meetings from initially from 6.45 – 7.45 pm both on Thursday evenings. 

All meetings take place at Brucefield Church, East Main Street, Whitburn.   We provide a wide range of fun activities and the opportunity to development many life skills. 

Come along to any meeting, visit our website at www.7thwhitburnscouts.org.uk or contact Gavin Johnston on 01501 773519.

Returning to Scouting

We are planning on resuming all Scout meetings in September. Section leaders have been contacting all those members prior to the pandemic to determine if they intend returning to the Scout Group.

We appreciate that contact details may have changed over the past 18 months, so if you haven’t been contacted and plan returning to us, please call Gavin on 01501 773519 or e-mail johnston_gavin@hotmail.com.  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

All the Leaders of Whitburn Scout Group would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and very best wishes for the new year.

We hope everyone is, and remains, safe and well.

Take care please.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year | 7th Darlington Scout Group

Scout Post 2020

We are very sorry to announce that due to Government and Scout Association COVID restrictions, we are unable to operate our annual Christmas Post service this year.  We know that the Scout Post is a much relied upon service for many in the community and has been since it began in 1985.  We apologise for this but hope people will appreciate that this decision has been made due to factors outwith our control.  

The Post is also our principal fundraiser of the year and the money raised – approx £2500 in 2019 – would be spent on the membership fees to the Scout Association for all our young members. This allows us to reduce the cost of Scouting to our members and help make Scouting, as it should be, available to all.

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First, we hope everyone is safe and well during what continues to be a very challenging time for us all. 

Secondly, sincere apologies for the lack of updates in recent months.  Like so many, the Leaders of the Group have been simply trying to get through this period and busy adapting and coping with the new ways of working and living.

Normal Scouting, as we know it, has not been possible since mid-March.  The Beaver section offered on-line programmes via Zoom from April – June and all sections have posted various items of badge work on the Group’s website that can be completed independently.  The level of engagement for these activities has been low.  Which, we totally understand; what makes Scouting great is being with other Scouts.  “Virtual Scouting” just isn’t the same!

Indoor Scouting was possible for period, but the halls at Brucefield Church have been and continue to remain closed to users.  We are in regular contact with Brucefield but we still do not know when this situation will change.  Also, with West Lothian recently placed in Tier 4, indoor Scouting is not currently possible anyway.

The Leadership team have been broadly reluctant to hold face-to-face meetings for a number of reasons – declining weather at this time of year makes meeting outside difficult, concerns about the spread of COVID, concerns over the quality of programmes we are able to provide (both inside and out) due to all the necessary requirements when meeting and ensuring these are met and the complexity – perceived or otherwise – in the risk assessment process required by the Scout Association for all meetings.

COVID restrictions also mean that our annual and main fundraiser, the Scout Post, is not able to take place.  This will be the first time the Post has not run since it began in 1985.   As well as being a much used service by many in the community it also raises approximately £2,500 for Group Funds.  Clearly this, and the cancelling of bag packing at Morrison’s in August, puts a significant dent in our annual income. 

News of vaccines provide us all with hope that the COVID situation will improve, but it is clearly some time off before we get back to, if it’s possible, normality.  We will continue to monitor and review the situation carefully going forward and please be assured that everyone at the Scout Group cannot wait to get back to Scouting when it is possible and safe for us to do so.

If you have any comments, suggestions or just wish to make contact then we’d love to hear from you.  Please e-mail johnston_gavin@hotmail.com or drop us a message on our Facebook page. 

Please keep well and stay safe everyone.

Scouting Doesn’t Stop

There are lots of badges that can be completed during this lockdown, find a full list with criteria here: https://www.scouts.org.uk/scouts/activity-badges. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there are any issues or questions.


I have put together a list of some of the badges below: 
Writer activity badge(2 criteria need completed, other ideas found https://www.scouts.org.uk/scouts/activity-badges/writer/): Write a fictional short story.  Write a poem of at least 10 lines. Create and conduct an interview and record the answers(this can be done on the members of your household).


Scout Craft activity badge(1 criteria need completed, other ideas found https://www.scouts.org.uk/scouts/activity-badges/craft/): Make something that can help with everyday life. Paint/Draw a picture that represents an important part of scouting.


Digital citizen stage 1(3 criteria below need completed, other ideas found https://www.scouts.org.uk/staged-badges/digital-citizen/) :Show you know how to turn on a computer(You can send a picture in with where the power button is)Create a piece of digital media. It could be artwork, a photograph, music or animation.Use the internet for research:decide on an area of interestfind three websites with content that matches your area of interestcollect relevant information by printing or saving as filesUsing your internet research, design a presentation and tell others about what you have found out.


If none of these are too exciting there are also core scout skills that the kids can try:
Knots:https://scoutingmagazine.org/2017/04/tie-essential-scouting-knots/
Maps:https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blog/2015/11/map-reading-skills-how-to-read-a-grid-reference/
Compass:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUbPQQxSFWM
Scouting history:https://www.scout.org/scout-history
Other scout essential skills:https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search?cat=26,588,361


We will take any of the evidence in email form. If you could include the name of the badge and any pictures or documents. Alternatively we can wait to see it when we get back to normal, whichever is easiest 

Zack