9th Winchester Scouts

9th Winchester Scouts

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Causes

  • Children / families

Other details

Organisation type: 
Small or unincorporated organisation
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

The 9th Winchester (Colden Common) Scout Group strives to welcomes all children living in Colden Common and the surrounding area between the ages of 4 and 14½ (our associated Explores Scout welcome 14 to 17 year olds and Scout Network 18 to 24 year olds) who wish to take part, inclusive of all genders, ethnicities, abilities, religions (and none) or financial situation. Our only limitation is due to adult support and accommodation (we can only take so many children with a tolerable level of safety). The aim is that all children who wish to take part in the activities that we offer can do so and that we continue to improve the range and quality of those activities.

Activities

The method is that “Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of scouting (Integrity, Respect, Care, Belief and Co-operation): 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 and make and live by their Promise.” This is undertaken through regular weekly meetings during school terms and several weekend or longer activities each year. The Scouts is a multi-activity organisation. There is an emphasis on outdoor activities but indoor activities are also prominent. As well as experiencing fun activities (such as camping, hiking, making fires, abseiling, cycling and canoeing) they are able to meet up and have fun with their friends in a safe, supported environment whilst learning life skills such as working in a team, leadership skills taking on new challenges, meeting new people, resilience and independence; as well as practical skills such as fire lighting, map reading, putting up a tent and cooking.  These skills are essential as our young members progress through school, college, university, job interviews and other tricky situations that they will inevitably find themselves in during their life.

Many of our sessions are planned to allow our members to earn Squirrel / Beaver / Cub / Scout badges.  Each badge requires the members to complete specific challenges that have been carefully designed for their age range and gradually builds up a wide range of complementary skills finally culminating in the Chief Scouts Award (Bronze for Beavers, Silver for Cubs and Gold for Scouts). By attaining this highest award for each section, every member will have learned many skills, shown creativity, encountered many new experiences about the World and in the Outdoors, learned to work individually and in a team, whilst challenging themselves and their limits; often learning that they can achieve far more than they originally thought.

As well as supporting and challenging our younger members whilst they are at Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, once they have moved on from 9th Winchester to Explorers (from the age of 14) we also support them with their Young Leader training, giving them opportunities to organise and implement carefully chosen activities & sessions within a safe environment fully supported by the adult leaders.  In order to  provide all of our junior members with the amazing opportunities that they deserve, we also support all of our adults with all the training and information that they require to learn the necessary skills to enable them to consistently provide the right environment for our young members to thrive and achieve their potential.

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