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The Purpose of Scouting

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

The Values of Scouting
As Scouts we are guided by these values:
Integrity – We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
Respect – We have self-respect and respect for others.
Care – We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
Belief – We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.
Co-operation – We make a positive difference; we co-operate with others and make friends.

The Scout Method
Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:

  • enjoy what they are doing and have fun
  • take part in activities indoors and outdoors
  • learn by doing
  • share in spiritual reflection
  • take responsibility and make choices
  • undertake new and challenging activities
  • make and live by their Promise.

The Family of Scouting

Scouting is the largest youth movement in the world with over 26 million Members. It was started by Baden-Powell in 1907. In 2002 a major new programme was launched throughout all 5 sections. It is a voluntary organisation run by people who freely give up their time to organise weekly activities for young people. The uniformed Leaders undergo training and receive support from other Leaders in the area. In addition to the Leaders, there are skills instructors, helpers and administrators, committee members, fundraisers and so on. Within the UK, Scouting is sub-divided by County, District and Group. We are the 1st Group within the District of Sevenoaks, County of Kent. A Group contains several Sections to cater for different age ranges. The Group Scout Leader (GSL), also a volunteer, ensures the smooth running of all the Sections within the Group. The Group has 1 Beaver Colony (Hicks Own), 2 Cub Scout Packs (Hicks Own and Braeside) and 2 Scout Troops (Phoenix and Pegasus). A team effort and commitment is required from Leaders, Parents and young people to make it work.

District Events

Events are run within the Sevenoaks District which either involve Groups competing against each other, eg the Challenge Hike, Swimming Gala, Cross Country, or just joining in together to appreciate the bigger Scouting picture. District events are an important part of Scouting and children should be encouraged to participate as well as to gain points for their section. From some of these events, winners are chosen to represent the Sevenoaks District for Kent County events.

Membership Subscriptions

To help cover the cost of the premises, the resources needed to run the weekly meetings and to cover the national Membership subscription, each Scout Group makes a charge. Subscriptions become payable at the beginning of the term in which your child is invested. These are collected centrally by our Membership Secretary and you will receive a reminder direct. We may also ask you for a financial contribution towards various events during the year such as weekend camps or visits. If there are any funds left over after all expenses have been paid then these are held and put towards future events.

Car Parking

Please be considerate to our neighbours in Oakhill Road, i.e. do not block their drives even for a short time. Beavers and Cubs should be collected from the Hut. Scouts can make their own way up the hill and be collected at the roadside.

Group Executive Committee

As with any charitable organisation we are required to have an executive committee, comprising parents and leaders, to qualify for charitable status. The Executive Committee helps make decisions for the Group and ensures that the wishes of parents are taken into account. Adult volunteers fill the positions of Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Fundraising Organiser and so on. Committee meetings are normally held once each term.

Group Events

  • Our Annual General Meeting involves the whole Group, is very important to us and gives an opportunity for children, parents and Leaders to get together.
  • St Georges Day Parade: This is the biggest event in the District calendar, a very important opportunity to show the strength of Scouting to the general public and a time for all, young and old, to renew their Promise. It is a wonderful spectacle and very special to take part in. The whole District is expected to attend, all sections, parade behind the Campaigners Band to St Nicholas Church for a short service and then return.
  • Remembrance Parade: The entire Group joins the town at the Sevenoaks War Memorial for their annual service.

Parental Help

Parents may be asked to help out at any time in their relevant section or for the good of the Group. Sometimes a parental rota is needed within a section during the term or a higher ratio of adults to young people is needed for certain events. There is also a Headquarters to maintain and occasionally working parties are required and there is always on-going fund raising for activities, equipment, maintenance etc.
Look here for more information on helping out.

Uniform

All members of the Group should own a relevant uniform. Uniform must be worn to all Scouting events unless otherwise stated and can be obtained from the Group

The Group T-shirts are available through your Section Leader.