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Boys and girls aged 10½ to 14

The Scout Section is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs, and is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.


Activities

Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenge awards and activity badges.


Balanced Programme

Scouts take part in a Balanced Programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit, and helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.

Being outdoors is important, and half the programme is given over to taking part in traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.


Structure

A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.


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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: Halloween hike 2019
31/10/2019 By Chris Evans

The annual Scouts and Guides Halloween Hike took place on 26-7 October in spite of a very muddy and waterlogged course. The hike has run every year since 1995 and is open to Scouts, Guides, Explorers and Rangers.

The event is overnight and the route is designed to test navigation skills and teamwork; the hiking is usually around 6-8 miles on footpaths and bridleways with challenges around the course. This year the challenges included a blindfold obstacle course, first aid and a glow ball challenge.

There are three categories:

  • Scouts and Guides 12 and under who walk with a leader and can have a go at the challenges but they don’t compete for the trophy. (Junior teams)
  • Scouts and Guides 12 and over who walk by themselves and complete the challenges, points gained on the challenges add up to compete for the trophy.
  • Explorers and Rangers walk like the 12 and overs. However their total walking time in minutes is added up, their challenge total deducted from this and the team with the lowest points wins.

All the teams completed the course and the results are below:

Place Team Points
1st Billingshurst Scouts "Daring Downlands" 103
2nd Sullington & Storrington Scouts "Cheyenne Elders" 102
3rd Ashington Scouts 98
4th Midhurst & Easeboune Guides
Ifold Scouts "Overnight"
92
6th Pulborough Sea Scouts 92

Junior teams (training only - not entered in the competition)

  • Billiworth Guides
  • Billingshurst Scouts "Young ones"
  • Ifold Scouts "Juniors"

 

Explorer trophy

  • Rother Valley Rangers - 94 points (1st)

 

Well done to Billingshurst Scouts and Rother Valley Rangers for coming first in their competitions - but equally well done to all of the teams for completing the course in less than ideal conditions 

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Report: Halloween Hike 2018
18/11/2018 By Chris Evans

The Halloween Hike is our annual night hike for Scouts, Guides and Explorers.  It has been going since 1995 (there's still a team out there somewhere) and has never missed a year.

The route is usually 6-7 miles through easy terrain (apart from the cows and mud) and we vary the route every year so it is always a new challenge.

Scout and Guide teams are aged 12+ and must have a basic knowledge of map reading and first aid, Explorers are all welcome.  This year we piloted a category for Scouts & Guides aged 10-12 walking with a leader which proved very successful.

Around the route are checkpoints with challenges for the teams to complete and earn points in order to try and win the Halloween Hike Trophy.  Explorers have a additional challenge to go as fast as they can, their points are then deducted from their time, the Explorer team with the lowest score wins.

Challenges this year included Boiling a Kelly Kettle, Pioneering, Making a Remembrance Poppy, a General Knowledge Quiz, a Memory Test and a team challenge involving Buckets, Balls and Blindfolds.

All of the teams carry GPS trackers (even the sweep team who nobody noticed didn't move for 2 hours due to a technical error, thank guys!)  And we are very pleased this year that all teams completed the course.  Full results are at the bottom of the page.

A big thank you to all of the Scout, Guide and Explorer Leaders who gave up their night to support the event and of course the Scout Support Unit who were out in force all night.

 

Halloween Hike 2018 – The Results – Scouts and Guides

1st      Midhurst Guides                                                     136 points

2nd      Storrington Guides                                               132 points

3rd      Fittleworth Scouts                                                 122 points

4th      Billingshurst Guides                                              120 points

          Ashington Scouts                                                   120 points

5th      Cheyenne Scouts                                                  107 points

6th      Cherokee Scouts                                                    106 points   

 

Halloween Hike 2018 – The Results – Explorer Scouts

1st      Griffins 1                                                                67.5 points

2nd      Phoenix Knights                                                   89 points

3rd      Phoenix Dames                                                     126 points

4th      Griffins 2                                                                208.5 points

 

The Halloween Hike will return on Saturday 26th/Sunday 27th October 2019

 

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