Do you have what it takes?

Scouts are run by voluntary leaders. Ideally a committee of parents from across the whole Group should form an Executive Committee (with contributions from uniformed leaders) to manage the HQ and its’ finances, insurance, membership list etc. The Executive Committee generally meets once a term to co-ordinate and inspire other parents to become involved in fund-raising for your children’s everyday adventures in Scouting.

This is the time of the year when we start to think about our key fund-raising activities such as Ricky Parade and Festival, and the Revels as well as taking part in Scout Community Week later in the year.

Please have a chat with your section leader if you think you can contribute to the Executive (we need a chair, secretary, treasurer and committee!) or can specifically help out in preparing for any of the fund-raising events – we will be asking everyone to spare at least half-an-hour on those particular days too.

Well done Beavers!

What a busy night for Mountain Beavers!  We started our Communicator badge and awarded 8 Air Activities badges, 14 Disability Awareness badges, 6 Creative Challenge badges, 7 Friendship Challenge badges, 1 Outdoor Activity badge, 1 Pet Animal badge – and most importantly, 7 Chief Scout Bronze Awards!  Well done Beavers!

Dates for your diary

Here are some forthcoming events for your diaries – please check with your Section’s leaders whether they will be taking part in all of them:

  • 7 November – Fireworks evening at Lees Wood campsite from 7 pm
  • 20 November – Pampered Chef evening at the Scout HQ (details to be confirmed)
  • 7 December 2014 – District Cubs and Beavers visit to Christmas Pantomime
  • 20 December – Annual Carol concert at Lees Wood campsite from 7 pm
  • 3 January 2014 – first-ever sponsored Croxley Game-a-Thon from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm


We are only Leaders

We are only leaders – we are not experts – we are your next-door neighbours – we are not perfect, some are parents just like you.

We don’t have any more spare time or energy than you do, we all work full time and juggle out families and our schedules and try to keep it all together as best we can.

The only difference between us is that we believe passionately about what Scouting has to offer. So much so, that we contribute our time, our efforts and our talents to help our children – and your children – grow in Scouting.

We complete authorisation forms, budgets and records and fill our homes with boxes of paperwork you will never see. We are required to take 13-20 hours training in our first year as well as planning meetings every month so we can meet our greatest challenge – providing a variety of programmes and activities which meet the needs and interests of very individual boys and girls. We try to involve parents who want us to understand that they don’t have the time to drive on outings or help at meetings. We rejoice in the generosity of others.

Sometimes we find ourselves going in too many directions – we run out of steam – we have memory lapses – communication lines break down – time slips by – but that doesn’t mean we don’t care. So many evenings we spend on the phone seeking help and advice from other leaders when disappointments or problems occur. “How do I hold my Scouts attention?”. “How do you cope with Scouts of different skills levels?”

Our dining tables are covered in bits of rope, menus, permission forms and record cards for each and every member of the Group. A couple of them won’t show up and don’t think to call to let us know – sometimes we feel unappreciated.

Yet these boys and girls can fill us with pride at their determination and accomplishments. Their smiles and laughter fill up a room, and when they say “thank you” it makes it all worthwhile. We help these boys and girls build relationships. Some struggle more than others. Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly….all these traits are encouraged by the Scout Promise and Law – and sometimes we too must learn these lessons over and over again with the Scouts – but we are willing to keep learning.

Please be patient if we appear distracted or frustrated or overwhelmed at times. Forgive us if we are not always the kind of Scout Leader you would be – if only you had the time. Instead, provide us with your encouragement – a kind word, a thank you – or offer us your help. Keep us always in your thoughts and prayers.

We are, after all, only mentors…role models…leaders…volunteers who have made a Promise to give these young people, your children, the most precious gift we have to offer – the gift of time.

With grateful acknowledgment to Ash Green Scouts