Scouting was founded in 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell, and the 19th Clapham Scout Group was formed in 1919 – originally at the Monastery at St Marys Church, then at the former St Gregory’s School, back to St Marys RC boys School, and then in 1994 we moved to the Clapham Methodist Church. The aim of Scouting is to help young people, both boys and girls, develop their own skills through fun activities, badges, awards and residential experiences.
The Leaders are all volunteers who have been through Police checks. They have undertaken training to be able to provide the activities. Young people working on the community service element on the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme occasionally assist the Leader team. These young people will all be current members of the Scout Association, in the Explorer Scout or Network Scout sections.
The Group has 3 sections –
- Beavers for boys and girls aged 6 and 7 years old. Young people may join from the time when they are 5 ¾. Beavers meet on a Tuesday evening from 6.15pm until 7.15pm
- Cubs for boys and girls aged 8 to 10 ½ years old. The starting age for Cubs moving up from Beavers is 8 years old, but if joining from outside of Scouting it is 7 ½. Cubs meet on a Wednesday evening from 6.15pm to 7.45pm
- Scouts for boys and girls aged 10 to 14 years old. Scouts meet on a Friday evening from 7.50pm to 9.15pm
There are two further sections for older members run independently of the Group – Explorers for 14 to 18 year olds and the Scout Network for those aged 18 to 25 years old, although members of the Network can also be adult leaders.
If you want further information please visit the Scout Association website at www.scouts.org.uk
We are a uniformed organisation and the uniform comprises of a sweatshirt or shirt (depending on the section, navy blue trousers and the Group Scarf. For Beavers it is a turquoise sweatshirt , for Cubs a green sweatshirt and for Scouts a teal green shirt or blouse.
There is a weekly subscription of £2, which covers the materials used on a weekly basis, purchase of badges and goes towards the Scout Associations annual membership fee. Outings and activities are extra, as well as the uniform.
What do we do?
The Beaver programme is based around 6 challenges and 21 activity badges, the Cub programme is based around 6 challenges and 37 activity badges, and the Scout programme has 9 challenges and 75 activity badges.
There are also a number of “staged” badges which young people can undertake at any stage in their scouting “life” Each section is divided into teams known as lodges in the Beavers, sixes in the Cubs and patrols in the Scouts. The Beavers and Cubs are denoted by colours, and the Scouts use names. Each team is led by an older/more experienced member, who will help the younger/newer members.
The activities that each section does are aimed at their age group. Beaver activities are often craft or activity based, and are completed in small groups, whilst Cub and Scout activities, although still having craft or “doing” at their core will develop and reflect a young persons own personal development as they get older and more independent. As the young person progresses through the movement the things they can attempt become more challenging and more adventurous.
A young person will gain an award or badge provided that they have tried their best at the given activities covered. Young people are assessed taking into account their own particular abilities.
In recent months we have covered Air activities, looking at Space and Astronomy, Disability Awareness, WWI, Creativity and the outdoors with the Beavers, Astronomy, Pioneering, Canal Boating, Naturalist, Fitness, Athletics, Hobbies, Local Knowledge, Map reading and the Outdoors and Environment with the Cubs, and large scale pioneering, camping, team building challenges and general team work with the Scouts.
We do go on trips and residential experiences where the young people will spend time away from home with others from their section. Beavers can only go away for a maximum of 1 night at a time, Cubs and Scouts can go for longer, but the Cubs usually only go for 2 or 3 nights at a time, and the Scouts from 2 nights up to 1-2 weeks away!
Interested? – Either contact Wendy on 07710 476271 or e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org