Welcome to 1st Barford Scouts

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For children aged 10½ to 14 years meet on Thursday from 7:45 to 9:30pm.
Scout Leader :  Jo Ford
telephone :  07968 374794
e-mail :  scouts@1stbarfordscoutgroup.co.uk

Introduction

We opened this troop on the 4th November 2010 and hopefully it will become as successful as the Beaver Colony and Cub Pack. When your child first comes to Scouts they do not have to wear the uniform. The first few weeks are a trial period to make sure that they really want to join. During this time they will get to know the leaders and the other Scouts. They will learn about the Scout Troop, the Scout Group and the Scout movement. There may be a mixture of Scouts. Some may have moved up from Cubs at Barford or from other packs, or may even be new to scouting. So the first few weeks may be unsettling but we aim to make them as enjoyable as possible. The Scout Troop is the next step on the scouting ladder and provides the children with increased responsibilities. Up until now experiences have been either adult lead or supervised, with Scouts they are given opportunities to become more independent. The same ethos applies and the programme is still planned around earning badges. However the badges available are broader and continue to bring in personal interests and / or activities that the children may have outside of Scouting. Information about the badges can be found on the internet, however if your child has any skills, certificates etc outside that they wish to share or can use to gain a badge please discuss them with us. The challenge and activity badges now build towards the Chief Scout Gold Award.

Investiture

Before your child may be invested, they should take part in at least four troop meetings, during which time they can get to know the other Scouts and Leaders. All Scouts must know the Scout Motto, Law and Promise and, more importantly understand what they mean. They will be asked to recite their promise at their investiture.

The Scout Motto

Be prepared!!

The Scout Law

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

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.

Uniform

Scouts wear a teal shirt or polo shirt with blue scout activity trousers or grey or black school trousers, grey or black socks, black shoes and the group neckerchief. Badges are to be sewn on the shirt and although sweatshirts are now available, it is tradition that the Scouts have their shirts and badges on show. With this in mind it may be prudent for the children to wear t-shirts etc underneath to aid warmth. Although the scout hut is heated outdoor activities may necessitate a coat. As children often outgrow clothes before they are worn out, it may be worth asking leaders about second hand uniforms.

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A neckerchief, woggle, World, County, District, and Group badges will be provided on your child's investiture. Details of where on the uniform to sew badges are detailed elsewhere in this pack. Scouts are always expected to:

As Leaders we are here because we enjoy Scouting - a lot of time and effort goes into planning and creating an exciting programme for the Scouts. In return we hope that you will support us in ensuring that your child comes regularly. It is very disheartening to have planned an activity and find that instead of the full Troop expected only a handful attend. If your child is not able to come for any reason could you please let us know. NOTE If a Scout is absent for four weeks consecutively, without giving a reason, it will be assumed that they have left and their place will be allocated to someone else.

When do we pay?

Our subscriptions are payable at the first meeting following the school holidays. This subscription pays for handbooks, neckerchiefs, badges, art and craft material and Insurance etc.