Thursday Scouts Welcome Pack

Here are some useful items of information that you might need now that your child has started at Scouts!

Scout Troop Meetings

The Scout Troop at 1st Hatherley runs on a Thursday night and is usually in the Scout Hall.  We do sometimes go out to the local area to do other activities, much as you probably did at Cubs!  I have attached maps of the key places that we go to, so you know what we mean when we write a location on the programme which you should also receive.

In general, a Thursday night will start with Flag Break, then we will run some games or go straight into an activity, finishing with Flag Down at the end of the evening.  Flag Break and Flag Down are important ceremonies in Scouting, and we would like to reiterate that poor behaviour during these may result in you child being excluded from the following weeks Scout Evening.

Contact

We are going to start sending out letters and forms through email. This is due to the time it takes to print them, the cost and the environmental impact of printing off reams of paper.  It will also allow us to distribute information quicker and also send out more information.  If you do not have an email address or your computer is broken please see a leader at the end of the evening to collect paper copy.  If you have not already done so please email one of the leaders (details at the end)

Uniform

Once your child has decided that they would like to come along to Scouts on a regular basis, you will have to buy a Uniform.  The Scout Uniform consists of a green coloured shirt and is available from the Scout Shop (details of this are on the notice board in the lobby) or from Outdoors on-line shop (http://www.outdoors.ltd.uk/).  You will also require the group neckerchief, if your child has moved up from Cubs to Scouts, they should already have this.     Uniform is not required until the youngster is ready to be invested and is described in the section information sheet, as are the positions of the badges.   Uniform can be purchased from:

Cheltenham Scout Shop,  Scout Headquarters,  St Marks Community Centre, Brooklyn Rd, Cheltenham

Opening Times:
18:30 – 21:00 Thursday evenings
14:00 – 16:00 1st Saturday of each Month

Investiture

Once your child has decided that they wish to join Scouts, we will perform an investiture – if they have been through Cubs, they will have experienced this already, but it is essentially an opportunity for the young people to announce before the Troop their desire to join the Troop and in doing so will confirm that they know the Scout Promise and Law (by reciting or repeating the Promise in front of the Leader while holding the Scout Flag).  The Promise and Law are shown below.

The Scout Promise

On my honour,
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to The Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law.

The Scout Law

A Scout is to be trusted.
A Scout is loyal.
A Scout is friendly and considerate.
A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts.
A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
 

Personal Information

Please let us know, using the Personal Information Form attached some details about you and your child.  This is information that we need to ensure that we can run Scout nights in a safe manner and are able to contact you in the unlikely event that is needed.  This data is stored on a computer database (to make our lives easier!), and is not shared with any other parties.

Money

The Group receives no external funding and none of the Leaders or helpers are paid for their work.

Subs are collected at the start of each term, and are currently at £28 per term.

This money covers:

  • Annual fees to District, County and National bodies for insurance and leader training. Unfortunately, the group don't get to see a penny of this money.
  • A small amount of the subs are kept by the group to cover running costs such as electric and water bills and the purchasing of equipment.
  • Badges.
  • Equipment needed for Troop meetings and camps.

Events (e.g. camps, trips, badge courses etc) run by any of the sections are priced so that they break even. If however, your financial status would mean your child would not be able to attend these events, then please speak to a leader in total confidence and in special circumstances special arrangements can be made to assist.

Fund Raising

The Executive Committee raise money in various ways. This cash is used for the major purchases (e.g. a new patrol tent can cost £1000). Offers of help are always appreciated.  If you have any good ideas for fund raising please speak to a leader.

Making Payments

We would be grateful if any payments, whether they be by cash or cheque, are placed in a sealed envelope with details of what the payment is for, and who it is from, on the front of the envelope.  Please make cheques payable to “1st Hatherley Scout Troop”.

Car Travel

From September 2006 if a child is under 135cm or is younger than 12 years old (which ever happens first) then they need a child restraint fitted to a car.  Just a seat belt is not good enough.  This has the implication for lift sharing for younger Scouts and also leaders will not be able to transport Younger Scouts.

Discounts

Various stores like Millets offer discounts for Scouts  see http://www.scouts.org.uk/millets/  for details. (Proof of membership could be a pocket book).  I have also got a discount from Blacks by asking.

Behaviour Rules

The scouts have come up with a set of rules for behaviour they have also agreed various punishments for not abiding by these rules these include sitting out of activities / games, cleaning and eventually leading to suspension as part of being invested into 1st Hatherley scout group they have to sign up to these rules.  The rules are:

1. Scouts will be quiet within 2 seconds of a leaders request and will not talk when a leader is.

2. Scouts will turn up in correct smart uniform.

3. Scouts will not mess around, make stupid noises and will take part to the best of their abilities in every activity.

4. While in the horse-shoe scouts will be respectful, stand in straight lines and will not talk unless directed by a leader.

5. Scouts will obey all instructions and work as a team in their patrol.

Helping

Also, if you are interested in helping out with the Troop, or doing something else to help with the Group, please contact us.  There are no payments for being a leader or helper, but what you get out of it is much better than that - seeing the young people having fun and enjoying themselves.  If you have any special skills, or have friends who have any skills you think we might be able to use to instruct the young people (e.g. first aid, links to the police, fire or ambulance services, etc.), we would love to hear from you!

Leader Contact Details

If you have any problems or queries, please don't hesitate in contacting any of the leaders using the contact details below or at the end of a meeting.

We are there to help you and your child.

Also, if you are interested in helping out with the Troop, or doing something else to help with the Group, please contact us.  There are no payments for being a leader or helper, but what you get out of it is much better than that - seeing the young people having fun and enjoying themselves.  If you have any special skills, or have friends who have any skills you think we might be able to use to instruct the young people (e.g. first aid, links to the police, fire or ambulance services, etc.), we would love to hear from you!

Group Executive Committee

The Scout Group is supported by the Group Executive Committee.  The role of the committee is to organise fundraising events to maintain the Group and to purchase new equipment.  If you can spare a little bit of time - a couple of hours one evening a month for a meeting, plus a few extra hours to help at events - please make yourselves known to one of the leaders.

Contact details:

Email

Simon   simon 'at' hatherleyscouts.org.uk