Scouts

"In preparation for camping and expedition season, June started with a look at camping kit and the lightweight tents that the Scouts would be using in upcoming camps. Asked to bring in their own rucksacks packed with the kit they thought they would need for camp to discuss with the rest of the Troop. Due to the pandemic this was the first time some of our Scouts had seen our lightweight tents. The following week was the first of our summer camps at Strategy 2022. As the camp started on a Friday night we held a joint meeting with Thursday Scouts, where the starts had the opportunity to build their own fires and cook backwards sausage rolls. In total we had 18 Scouts attending Strategy 2022 (from both Troops). Over the weekend the Scouts enjoyed and challenging event on the Saturday full of bases to challenge any team - such as first aid, navigation and blindfolded trails - and excite most young people - such as inflatables, rifle shooting and cave buses. The rest of the weekend was full of talent shows, disco, fun fayres and much more. This was the first time all these Scouts had attended this event, which draws Scouts from all over the country. Well done to all the Scouts who took part in this event. The last week in June saw the Scouts take part in several team building activities based in the woods."
Paul, Alex, Scott, Rhys, Reuben, Harriett, Kat & Dan
Scout Leadership Team

What are Scouts?

Scouts are a go-getting group of young people aged
10 ½ to 14 who: 

  • Master new skills and try new things
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun and go on adventures, at home and abroad
  • Explore the world around them
  • Help others and make a difference, in their own communities and beyond

Week in and week out, they gather in groups called Scout Troops to conquer the small task of changing the world.

We run two Scout Troops at Randwick Scout Group – one on a Thursday evening and one on a Friday evening. Each troop is run by a Leader who is supported by parent helpers. Our Leaders plan and organise a varied and adventurous programme of termly activities.

As the oldest members of Randwick Scout Group, Scouts are encouraged to develop their independence by participating in a wide range of activities. Participation is key to gaining both challenge awards and badges to recognise Scouts’ achievements.

What do Scouts get up to?

Discovering the world

Being a Scout is all about discovering the world on your own terms and making the most of what you have, wherever and whoever you are.

Alongside your new friends, you’ll master the skills that will help you weather the storms of life, and try things you’d never get the chance to do at home or at school – working with trained volunteers to achieve whatever you set your mind to.

Starting small, thinking big

Scouts start small but think big. They stand up for what they believe in and make a difference on their doorstops, confident in the knowledge that their daily actions add up.

In a society that can often feel increasingly isolated and inward facing, Scouts build bridges and break barriers.

Throughout history, they’ve played all sorts of useful roles in society, and this legacy continues today.

Listening in, lending a hand

Scouts seek out the answers to the big questions, and to the smaller questions that don’t seem to matter but really should. Most importantly, they say yes more often than they say no – whether they’re taking part in their first ever camp away from home, or writing their first line of code, or accepting the last of the toasted marshmallows.

Sound like fun? That’s because it is. All that’s missing is you.

 

Promises and Ceremonies

Every Scout is unique, but they find common ground in their shared Scout values, and make a promise to stick by them.

Making a promise when you join the Troop is a way of celebrating these values. Every time a new Scout decides to join, they chat through their promise with their leader before saying it out loud in front of their fellow Scouts. 

The process usually takes place once you’ve had a few weeks to settle in, and is known as being ‘invested’ into Scouts. Usually, the promise ceremony happens in a place you’ve chosen, or in a memorable place that means a lot to the group.

It could be held in your usual meeting place, or it could happen around the campfire, or it could happen on a boat sailing the seven seas. Regardless, it’s a big celebration for all involved, and it’s not uncommon for family and friends to join your fellow Scouts as they cheer you on.

Scouts choose the promise that best suits them.