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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

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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…

Hello everyone. We very much hope everyone is safe and well.

Week 2 and another Thursday may have sadly passed without a Beaver meeting but we are very keen that Scouting continues. So to add to last week’s Activity Badges, here are another two that Beavers may wish to think about trying.

We thought this week we could start by getting our imaginations going by looking at the Creative Activity Badge.

To earn this badge, Beavers need to:

  1. Do a performance. You could try one of these:
    • a poem
    • a puppet show
    • a short story
    • a dance
    • any other relevant activity
  2. Try a craft. You could make one of these:
    • a card – Easter, birthday, Father’s Day
    • seasonal item, like a decoration for a faith festival
    • glass painting
    • plate painting  
    • any other relevant activity
  3. Construct something. You could do one of these:
    • make something that has moving parts, using recycled materials
    • use Lego or Meccano to build something
    • make something from clay or plasticine
    • make something from boxes and cartons
    • any other relevant activity
  4. Use your imagination. You could do one of these:
    • draw a picture, or make a model or collage, of what the world might be like in 100 years
    • create a cartoon character and write a short comic strip telling a simple story
    • create a superhero and tell others what superpowers they have
    • any other relevant activity

Another Activity Badge to try could be the Space Activity badge.

To earn this badge, Beaver Scouts need to:

  1. Be able to say what you can see in the night sky. It could be stars, the moon or planets.
  2. Point out and name at least one constellation you can see.
  3. Name the eight planets in our solar system and draw or make a model of one of the planets. You could use papier-mache to make your model, for example.
  4. Find out about a space mission, an astronaut or a planet in our solar system.

We are always super-flexible when it comes to the “evidence” Beavers produce to earn any badge. As with all Scouting activities, we are just looking for everyone to “do their best”.

Remember, please keep all your hard work so you can bring it along when we return. Feel free to post any pictures, progress reports or comments on our Facebook page or e-mail them to info@7thwhitburnscouts.org.uk.

If none of these badges are of interest, all the Beaver Scout Activity badges can be found at:

https://www.scouts.org.uk/beavers/activity-badges/

There’s also a whole lot of activities at:

https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/

to be carried out indoors.

Good luck, keep safe and keep Scouting everyone!

Hello everyone. We hope everyone is well.

Since it seems we are all going to be spending more time indoors for the next wee while, I thought an appropriate first recommendation might be the BOOK READER ACTIVITY BADGE.

To gain this badge, Beavers need to:

  1. Design a cover for your favourite book. Be able to tell us all why this book is your favourite.
  2. Read at least six books. Books you have read on an e-reader count too.
  3. Show that you know how to look after a book.
  4. Make a bookmark and explain what bookmarks are for.

Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more hands-on, how about trying the BUILDER ACTIVITY BADGE. To gain this badge, Beavers need to:

  1. Design a model of something you would like to build. The design can be on paper or a computer.
  2. Make a list of all the items you are going to need to build your idea.
  3. Build your idea using the list of items you need. Your model could be made using building blocks, gears or recycled items such as toilet roll tubes or cardboard boxes.
  4. Be able to explain to us all how long your build took to finish, if anything went wrong and what you would change if you built it again.

Remember, please keep all your hard work so you can bring it along when we return. Feel free to post any pictures, progress reports or comments on our Facebook page or e-mail them to info@7thwhitburnscouts.org.uk.

If none of these badges are of interest, all the Beaver Scout Activity badges can be found at:

https://www.scouts.org.uk/beavers/activity-badges/

There’s also a whole lot of activities at:

https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/

to be carried out indoors.

Good luck and get Scouting everyone!

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REMINDER: Beaver Trip to Wonder World

Any Beaver Scout wishing to attend Saturday’s trip to Wonder World in Falkirk needs to hand in their consent form tomorrow please.

The bus is leaving Brucefield Church at 9.30 am on Saturday morning and we intend returning to Brucefield at around 12.30 pm.

There is no cost to parents for this trip as it will be paid for through Group funds. All Beaver should wear their sweatshirt and necker for travelling purposes. Drinks will be provided.

Wonder World has Go-Karts costing £1 to drive. Anyone wishing to use these should bring some money.

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Meetings Resume

Happy New Year to All!

Scout and Explorer Scout meetings started back on Tuesday and so do Beaver and Cub Scouts tonight.

We currently have spaces for new people within our Scout Troop (Tuesdays, 6.30 – 8.30 pm for young people aged 10 – 14 years old), the Explorer Scouts (Tuesdays, 7.30 – 9.30 pm for young people aged 14 – 18 years old) and within our second Beaver Colony (Thursdays, 6.45 – 7.45 pm for young people aged 6 – 8 years old).

We currently have a waiting list operating for our Cub Scout Pack (Thursdays, 6.15 – 7.45 pm for young people aged 8 – 10 years old) and our first Beaver Colony (Thursdays, 5.30 – 6.30 pm for young people aged 6 – 8 years old). Please get in touch through the website, our Facebook page or by contacting Gavin on 01501 773519 if you’d like placed on the waiting list.

All our Sections deliver the Scout Association’s dynamic and fun programme providing young people with the chance to develop a wide range of crucial life skills through fun activities and experiences.

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