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Petworth & Pulborough Scout District

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Beavers are usually aged between six and eight years old, though they can be as young as five and three quarters.

They usually meet weekly to take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with plenty of outdoor activities.

They will also have the opportunity to take part in the fun and excitement of camps and sleepovers. It may be the first time they spend a night away from home so it’s a real adventure for them.


Joining

Earlier entry is at the Beaver Scout Leader's discretion (for example, to allow someone a little bit younger to join at the same time as their friends).


Structure

A group of Beavers is called a Colony, and each Colony can be split up into smaller groups called Lodges.

Beavers have a Promise and Motto, but there is not a Beaver Scout Law. The concepts of the Scout Law should be presented to Beavers through games, storytelling and other informal devices.


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Getting back to Scouting
08/07/2020 By Chris Evans

We know that many of you are keen to get to back to face-to-face Scout meetings and activities. However, we can only do that when it’s safe to do so – for both young people and volunteers.

Please refer to the national guidance in the first instance. We have provided some helpful links and informaton here but this is taken from the national guidance page.

Links

Main guidance document: https://prep-cms.scouts.org.uk/media/7124/getting-back-together-safely-a-framework.pdf

Guidance for Leaders completing risk assessments: https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/scouts-at-home/getting-everyone-back-together-safely/guidance-for-leaders-developing-your-risk-assessments-for-face-to-face-activity/

Process for submitting your risk assessment: https://cms.scouts.org.uk/media/7253/getting-your-section-back-together-safely-requestor-user-guide.pdf

Guidance

Scout Groups themselves will make the decision about when to resume face-to-face meetings and activities, along with their volunteer line managers (or District for Explorers). These decisions need to be made within a national framework (‘The Scouts’ Framework’) designed to help everyone stay safe.

Section Leaders, Group Scout Leaders, Commissioners and Executive Committee members need to make sure that their plans for restarting face-to-face meetings and activities are developed so that volunteers and young people at all times:

  • Comply with social distancing requirements (determined by their government)
  • Ensure hygiene levels are maintained, including hand washing, as well as surface and equipment cleaning
  • Safely manage any risk to volunteers, young people and the wider community, including a reduction in group sizes where necessary.
  • Make sure vulnerable young people and adults can be effectively safeguarded, both in relation to COVID19, as well as other risk factors.
  • Volunteers, parents and young people all clearly understand what adjustments need to be made to ensure everyone’s safety, and have had a chance to inform them.

Volunteers locally should not resume face-to-face activities until sufficient control measures or mitigations are in place, if they feel that these conditions cannot be met or managed in a safe way, they should wait until they are able to do so.

If a Scout Group has one or more sections, the Group Scout Leader and the Chair of the Group Executive are required to state that the group, in whole or part, is ready to restart face-to-face activity safely. Before starting, all evidence of written risk assessments must be approved and signed off by the nominee of the District Executive and District Commissioner, and written agreement of such approval recorded. These records should also be accessible to County Commissioners and their teams.

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Blog | The great indoors
13/04/2020 By Nick Layt

Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

See the Scout HQ website for all the details at https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors

For other resources such a magazines, books and newspapers why not pop along to your local library? Impossible during the lockdown? Not at all. West Sussex Council provides library members with an e-library that has all of these for free. No need for expensive magaizine subscriptions - just pop along and download onto your phone or tablet.

It is a servicer available to all West Sussex Library members as you need your library card number to log in. See more information at https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/elibrary-electronic-library/. We have popped a reminder on our members noticeboard page too.

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Suspension of face to face Scouting
16/03/2020 By Glyn Pullen

With regret I have inform you that we have taken the decision to suspend all face to face Scouting in Petworth and Pulborough District with immediate effect and until further notice. This follows a national decision from Scout HQ.

St Georges Day has been cancelled and we will update you with regards to Petworth Park and the JOTT in the near future. 

We are looking at what can be done to provide remote Scouting opportunities and hope to have some ideas out soon.

Here is the link to the national announcement https://scouts-news.org.uk/31ME-10O0C-D76U42KAA5/cr.aspx

Stay safe and healthy

 

Glyn Pullen

District Commissioner

Petworth & Pulborough Scouts

 

Update 13 Apr:

Link to HQ coronavirus page - https://www.scouts.org.uk/coronavirus

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Report: Cub & Beaver Paddlesport Days
08/09/2018 By Chris Evans

Our Paddlesport Team was out in force at the Wey & Arun Canal this summer with two taster days for Cubs and Beavers to have a go on the water in all sorts of exciting watercraft.  (There were a few suspiciously tall Cubs sneaking in too!)

The young people could try:

Rafts

Canadian Canoes

Stand-up Paddleboards

Sit-on Kayaks

Closed Cockpit Kayaks

The weather was fabulous and a terrific time was had by all.  It was hard work for the team but they are all looking forward to doing it again next year!

If you have an interest in water activities and would like to help young people to join your interest, and have a load of fun along the way then we'd love to hear from you! ddcevents@pandpscouts.org.uk

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St Georges Day 2018
06/09/2018 By Chris Evans

Parham in Sussex at Storrington was the venue for our 2018 District get together. We held a short service with the colours flying, an address from our District Chaplin, Ben Martin and musical accompaniment with rousing choruses of When a Knight Won His Spurs, Sussex by the Sea and, of course, The National Anthem from Petworth Town Band.

Robert Sawyer, West Sussex Scouts County Commissioner, presented Pat Homer, District Secretary, with her Chief Scouts Commendation; Glyn Pullen, District Commissioner, received his Award for Merit and Kath Bridger, our previous District Commissioner, received her Bar to the Award for Merit.

Following the service everyone took part in a wide variety of activities. We had stalls to raise funds for our young people going to the World Jamboree in 2018 including s’mores, woggle making, sweets and pyrography which raised £80. Some of the groups brought activities including Ifold who helped people make dutch pancakes and S&S offered archery, badge making and biscuit decorating.

The District provided a soap box car track which caused hilarity all round (how hard can it be to drive in a circle?) and thankfully no serious injuries along with pedal cars and grass sledges.

The weather was superb and the District expresses its thanks to all those who made the day possible. Especially the Jamboree parents and the Scout Active Support.

St Georges Day 2019 will be Sunday 28th April (TBC)

 

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