WHAT IS SCOUTING?
Our Scout Troop has been run by Gavin Clark for the last 25 years. With help from his wife Chrissie, ASL David Hopkins and a healthy amount of young leaders who are all ex Worting Scouts they are an extremely active bunch. We pride ourselves in being a very well respected bunch and give all the Scouts equal opportunity to try new activities, all geared around achieving the highest Scouting accolades and winning events along the way at District level.
'Scouting has given me a fantastic opportunity to do lots of activities and things that people who are not in Scouts don’t get to do. It’s about having fun with good friends.’
Scouts aims to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative. It offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and even on international trips.
Scouts are encouraged to work together and take the lead on all sorts of projects, from community based work to planning games and activities for their meetings.
The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs. The Scout Section is for young people aged between 10½ and 14 years. There is core flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 10, and can move to Explorers between age 13½ and 14½. It may sometimes be appropriate to extend this flexibility for young people with additional needs.
Where do we meet?
We meet 19:00 – 21:00 on each Thursday during school term. We are based at the Scout Hut, East View, Worting. During their time in the Troop, Scouts will get a chance to try a very wide range of different activities as well as going on trips, days out, and on camps. Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme including traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and there are a number of badges and awards that Scouts can gain to recognise their achievements.
What do we wear?
Scouts may wear a teal green shirt or blouse, navy blue activity trousers or skirt, a group scarf with a woggle, and a Scout belt. All can be purchased from the scout shop. We also have a group t-shirt, which can be brought from the group, which we tend to wear in the summer months.
There is a range of badges and awards available to young people in the Cub Scout Section.
Many of the badges available are activity badges, which allow Scouts to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests.
Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the Troop or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world.
In addition, there are a number of core badges, obtained upon joining or moving on from the Troop, or for time spent in the Scouting movement.
Further information about badges and awards for the Scout section can be found here.
We encourage that you come into the hall when dropping off and picking up, then we get to know you and it is then easier to deliver messages if needs be. When a Scout goes to family camp at least one member of the family has to attend to ensure they are supervised at all times but we do encourage the whole family to come along then it makes the transition into cubs and scouts easier because you get to know everyone in the team at Worting. Organisational we may ask for help on an evening basis when we know that one of the leadership will be away or we have a busy event to cover.