• Resumption of Meetings

    GUIDANCE FOR THE RESTART OF FACE-TO-FACE SCOUT MEETINGS

    We are all really looking forward to face-to-face meetings resuming this week.   As with all Scouting activities, keeping everyone safe and well is our priority.  COVID-19 brings extra requirements and therefore things will be a little different from when we last met in March 2020.

    We would be grateful if everyone could read the following arrangements and if parents of younger children could discuss these with them prior to meetings:

    1. No one should attend meetings if you have any COVID-19 symptoms – continuous cough, temperature or loss of taste/smell – or generally feel unwell
    2. Entry to halls will be by the front door between the two churches only.  Please do not use the car park entrance
    3. Children will exit the building by the front door leading directly onto the Main Street (blue doors of the original church)
    4. Everyone will be asked to sanitise hands on entering the building
    5. Unless medically except, anyone over the age of 12 is required to wear a face covering indoors
    6. We will try to be outdoors as much as possible – weather dependant of course
    7. Initially, the Scouts will meet from 6.30 – 8 pm and the Explorer Scouts 8 – 9.30 pm, both on Tuesdays. 
    8. Due to building work being carried out at Brucefield Church, the hall normally used by the Cub Scouts is not available at present.  This means that initially there will only be one Beaver Scout colony (from 5.30 – 6.30 pm) and the Cubs will then meet from 6.45 to 7.45 pm on Thursday evenings.
  • Group AGM 2022

    Group AGM 2022

    Thursday 19th May, 8pm

    The Scout Group’s Annual General Meeting is due to take place on Thursday 19 May 2021, at 8 pm, in Brucefield Church Halls.

    Everyone is very welcome and encouraged to come along and hear section reports for the year, see the Group finances and confirm the officer bearers for the year ahead.

  • Beaver Scout Meetings Resume

    Thursday meetings of the Group’s Beaver Scout section resume on Thursday 6th January 2022. Spaces are available for both boys and girls.  We meet at 5.30 – 6.30 pm.  Beaver Scouts are for children aged between 5¾ and 8 and offers the chance to experience fun, games, crafts, outings, friendship, gain badges and a chance to learn new skills.  Simply come along to Brucefield Church Halls, East Main Street on a Thursday night, visit our website at http://www.7thwhitburnscouts.org.uk or call Gavin Johnston on 01501 773519 if you need more information.

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  • Scout Post 2021

    The Scout Group would like to thank everyone who used the Scout Christmas Post service last year and to all shops and premises that once again accepted cards and supported the venture. 

    A total of 4,900 cards were delivered raising over £1400 for Group funds.  This compares with 8,100 cards delivered and £2300 raised in 2019 when the Post last operated.  All money raised enables us to ensure Scouting is available to everyone by being used to pay membership fees to the Scout Association, provide free camps/outings for our young people and the general running of the Group.

    Scout Post Ipswich – Kesgrave, Felixstowe

  • End of Year 2021

    Section meetings for the year have now stopped. It has been absolutely fantastic being back to face-to-face meetings this year, since September. One of the most pleasing aspects has been seeing how many of our young people have returned to us after such a long time away.

    You will be aware that in recent days a number of COVID restrictions have been, or will be, reintroduced. At the moment, the Scout Group is planning on meetings resuming for the Cubs and Beavers on Thursday 6th January and Scouts and Explorers on Tuesday 11 January 2022. We will of course keep you informed of any changes. Please note that Cub meeting times will return to 6.15 – 7.45 pm.

    Thank you so much to everyone who helped with the Scout Post this year – whether delivering promotional leaflets and/or Christmas cards. We delivered 4,900 cards and raised the fantastic sum of £1,400. This money will be used to pay the membership fees, for all our young people, to the Scout Association.

    And thank you also to all Beaver Scouts who raised the terrific sum of £62 for Children in Need. This was part of their Personal Challenge badge and involved filling Smartie tubes.

    Finally, please can we wish everyone a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Thank you for all your support in 2021 and we very much look forward to 2022.

    Please stay safe and well everyone.

  • Scout Post Deliveries

    Many thanks to everyone who has offered to help with a Scout Post delivery this year. You should have been informed of your day.

    There are still many people who haven’t returned a form and we really need more help. Every member benefits from the money raised and that’s why we’re keen everyone does their utmost to help.

    Deliveries are:

    Sunday 12th December @ 12.30 pm and

    Saturday 18th December @ 9.30 am.

    Cards are all sorted for delivery and we do our best to give people a known area or an area we know that is easy to deliver to.

    IF YOU HAVEN’T, PLEASE RETURN A FORM THIS WEEK, E-MAIL ME AT JOHNSTON_GAVIN@HOTMAIL.COM OR CALL 01501 773519 WITH A SUITABLE DATE.

    Thank you!

  • Scout Post 2021

    Send a Card and Support the Scouts!

  • Scout Post Leaflet Drop

    The leaflet drop to promote the Scout Post takes place this week.

    Leaflets are sorted into streets and can be collected at the start of Scout/Explorer Scout meetings on Tuesday and Cub and Beaver meetings on Thursday this week.

    Alternatively, leaflets will be available on Saturday morning from Brucefield Church Halls at 9.30 am.

    We very much hope all families help out and can take a number of streets.

    Any questions, please call Gavin on 01501 773519.

  • Remembrance Day 2021

    Sunday 14 November 2021

    The annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service returns this year.

    This important parade and service takes place on Sunday 14th November 2021. We are assembling at the car park behind Taste Café on Armadale Road at 10.15 am for a 10.30 departure.

    After a short service at the Cenotaph we will move to the South Church for the Church service.

    The parade will then return to the Masonic Hall for refreshments and a snack.  Proceedings should finish around 1.15 pm. If preferred, parents can collect their children at the end of the parade (around 12.45 pm).

    This event has always been considered an ‘optional’ parade for members as it can be a very cold day and the service deals with sombre themes.  However, everyone is very much invited to attend and those that do are asked to wear their full uniform as well as smart trousers. If possible, warm underclothes should be worn.

    How To Grow & Care for your Poppies | lovethegarden
  • Group AGM

    Thursday 28 October 2021

    The Scout Group’s Annual General Meeting is due to take place on Thursday 28 October 2021, at 8 pm, in Brucefield Church Halls.

    Everyone is very welcome and encouraged to come along and hear section reports for the year, see the Group finances, confirm the officer bearers for the year ahead and this year a number of presentations will be made to leaders of the Group.

    Group AGM 22nd May & Exec C'tee Recruitment | 1st Wargrave Scout Group

  • Scout and Explorer Scout Meetings are back!

    The Scouts and Explorers are due to start back on the 7th of September (this coming Tuesday).  We are going to have our meeting at the Craigs campsite (Broompark, Torphichen, Bathgate EH48 4NL). If the kids can wear old clothes that they don’t mind getting a bit dirty potentially and their necker as well (no need for full uniform), and sturdy shoes and potentially a waterproof jacket (although the weather forecast looks quite nice). We will provide everything else, antibacterial gel and the equipment needed for the night. We will meet at the main car park around 18:30 and the evening will end at 20:30 for pickup. I appreciate that this is short notice and totally understandable if you cannot make it but would be good to see as many of you as possible

    Craigs Campsite - Home
  • Scouting is back in Whitburn!

    Meetings for all sections will resume on the week beginning 6th September.  Scout meetings (for young people aged 10 1/2 to 14) are on Tuesdays from 6.30 – 8.30 pm; Explorer Scouts (14 – 18 year old) meet also on Tuesdays from 7.30 – 9.30 pm; Beaver Scout meetings (5 3/4 – 8 year old) at 5.30 – 6.30 pm and Cub Scout meetings from initially from 6.45 – 7.45 pm both on Thursday evenings. 

    All meetings take place at Brucefield Church, East Main Street, Whitburn.   We provide a wide range of fun activities and the opportunity to development many life skills. 

    Come along to any meeting, visit our website at www.7thwhitburnscouts.org.uk or contact Gavin Johnston on 01501 773519.

  • Returning to Scouting

    We are planning on resuming all Scout meetings in September. Section leaders have been contacting all those members prior to the pandemic to determine if they intend returning to the Scout Group.

    We appreciate that contact details may have changed over the past 18 months, so if you haven’t been contacted and plan returning to us, please call Gavin on 01501 773519 or e-mail johnston_gavin@hotmail.com.  

  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    All the Leaders of Whitburn Scout Group would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and very best wishes for the new year.

    We hope everyone is, and remains, safe and well.

    Take care please.

    Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year | 7th Darlington Scout Group
  • Scout Post 2020

    We are very sorry to announce that due to Government and Scout Association COVID restrictions, we are unable to operate our annual Christmas Post service this year.  We know that the Scout Post is a much relied upon service for many in the community and has been since it began in 1985.  We apologise for this but hope people will appreciate that this decision has been made due to factors outwith our control.  

    The Post is also our principal fundraiser of the year and the money raised – approx £2500 in 2019 – would be spent on the membership fees to the Scout Association for all our young members. This allows us to reduce the cost of Scouting to our members and help make Scouting, as it should be, available to all.

    Scouts Post Ipswich

  • COVID Compliance Homepage | 4th Heswall Sea Scout Group

    First, we hope everyone is safe and well during what continues to be a very challenging time for us all. 

    Secondly, sincere apologies for the lack of updates in recent months.  Like so many, the Leaders of the Group have been simply trying to get through this period and busy adapting and coping with the new ways of working and living.

    Normal Scouting, as we know it, has not been possible since mid-March.  The Beaver section offered on-line programmes via Zoom from April – June and all sections have posted various items of badge work on the Group’s website that can be completed independently.  The level of engagement for these activities has been low.  Which, we totally understand; what makes Scouting great is being with other Scouts.  “Virtual Scouting” just isn’t the same!

    Indoor Scouting was possible for period, but the halls at Brucefield Church have been and continue to remain closed to users.  We are in regular contact with Brucefield but we still do not know when this situation will change.  Also, with West Lothian recently placed in Tier 4, indoor Scouting is not currently possible anyway.

    The Leadership team have been broadly reluctant to hold face-to-face meetings for a number of reasons – declining weather at this time of year makes meeting outside difficult, concerns about the spread of COVID, concerns over the quality of programmes we are able to provide (both inside and out) due to all the necessary requirements when meeting and ensuring these are met and the complexity – perceived or otherwise – in the risk assessment process required by the Scout Association for all meetings.

    COVID restrictions also mean that our annual and main fundraiser, the Scout Post, is not able to take place.  This will be the first time the Post has not run since it began in 1985.   As well as being a much used service by many in the community it also raises approximately £2,500 for Group Funds.  Clearly this, and the cancelling of bag packing at Morrison’s in August, puts a significant dent in our annual income. 

    News of vaccines provide us all with hope that the COVID situation will improve, but it is clearly some time off before we get back to, if it’s possible, normality.  We will continue to monitor and review the situation carefully going forward and please be assured that everyone at the Scout Group cannot wait to get back to Scouting when it is possible and safe for us to do so.

    If you have any comments, suggestions or just wish to make contact then we’d love to hear from you.  Please e-mail johnston_gavin@hotmail.com or drop us a message on our Facebook page. 

    Please keep well and stay safe everyone.

  • Scouting Doesn’t Stop

    There are lots of badges that can be completed during this lockdown, find a full list with criteria here: https://www.scouts.org.uk/scouts/activity-badges. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there are any issues or questions.


    I have put together a list of some of the badges below: 
    Writer activity badge(2 criteria need completed, other ideas found https://www.scouts.org.uk/scouts/activity-badges/writer/): Write a fictional short story.  Write a poem of at least 10 lines. Create and conduct an interview and record the answers(this can be done on the members of your household).


    Scout Craft activity badge(1 criteria need completed, other ideas found https://www.scouts.org.uk/scouts/activity-badges/craft/): Make something that can help with everyday life. Paint/Draw a picture that represents an important part of scouting.


    Digital citizen stage 1(3 criteria below need completed, other ideas found https://www.scouts.org.uk/staged-badges/digital-citizen/) :Show you know how to turn on a computer(You can send a picture in with where the power button is)Create a piece of digital media. It could be artwork, a photograph, music or animation.Use the internet for research:decide on an area of interestfind three websites with content that matches your area of interestcollect relevant information by printing or saving as filesUsing your internet research, design a presentation and tell others about what you have found out.


    If none of these are too exciting there are also core scout skills that the kids can try:
    Knots:https://scoutingmagazine.org/2017/04/tie-essential-scouting-knots/
    Maps:https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blog/2015/11/map-reading-skills-how-to-read-a-grid-reference/
    Compass:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUbPQQxSFWM
    Scouting history:https://www.scout.org/scout-history
    Other scout essential skills:https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search?cat=26,588,361


    We will take any of the evidence in email form. If you could include the name of the badge and any pictures or documents. Alternatively we can wait to see it when we get back to normal, whichever is easiest 

    Zack

  • Calling all Beavers!

    First, we hope that everyone is safe and well 😊

    We are hoping to try a weekly online Beaver meeting through Zoom. Planned starting date on Thursday 30th April at 6pm for approximately 30-40 mins. 

    Each meeting would require a parent to be online with their child to help with activities, but also for child protection reasons. 

    Each meeting would include an art activity, a (silly!) game and a wee challenge to practise for the following week. We would let you know in advance what you would require ie paper, colouring pens and scissors. We promise to keep things simple for you all 😊

    If you would be interested in your child joining in can you please “like” the Facebook post to help us judge numbers. 

    I will post again later with more information and a time for a “trial” Zoom meeting on Thursday, to make sure everyone is comfortable with the platform. 

    Take care 😊

    Elaine

  • Cub Activity Badges

    Just a couple of badge suggestions for Cubs to keep themselves busy during the lock down period.

    Book Reader Activity Badge.

    How to earn your badge.

    Make a list of at least six books you have read or used recently. Books you have read on an e-reader count too. Name the authors of your books. Tell your leader or other Cubs something about three of your books. At least one book should be fiction and one should be non-fiction. Show that you know how to care for your books and know the benefits a library can bring to people who enjoy reading. Show that you can use a dictionary and a thesaurus. Write a review of your favourite book and share it with your Sixer, an Explorer Scout Young Leader or your Cub Leader.

    Home Help Activity Badge.

    How to earn your badge Plan, cook and serve a simple one-course meal. Wash up afterwards. Show how to clean a saucepan or other cooking utensils, cutlery and glasses. You could use a dishwasher for this step, including loading and unloading it. Help sort out the washing. Load and unload the washing machine. Iron at least two items. They could be things like pillowcases, t-shirts or trousers. Sew on a button. Help to clean and tidy a living room. Clean at least two items in your home. They could be things like a basin or kitchen cupboard, silverware or brass. Take sheets, pillow covers and the duvet cover off a bed and help to put clean ones on. Make your own bed for a week.

    Home Safety Activity Badge.

    How to earn your badge: Find out what to do about a burst water pipe, gas leak or electricity power failure in your home. Identify the common causes of accidents in the home. How they can be prevented? Find out how to protect your home from crime. Find out where the nearest public telephone box is to your house. Where else could you make an emergency call if the public telephone wasn’t working? Make a list of useful emergency numbers.