The 1st Little Stoke Scout Group is looking forward to welcoming new members, both adults and young people, at a special Open Event being held on Thursday 5th March, writes group leader Tony Edmonds.
The group has been providing activities for boys and girls in Little Stoke and surrounding areas since 1952.
We are a family focused group and place great emphasis on outdoor and residential experiences. Our Beavers have sleepovers and Cubs and Scouts have annual camps. Scouts normally have a week-long summer camp and Cubs a long weekend camp. This is supplemented with weekends away such as at this year’s Avon Jamboree when thousands of children will gather to have a weekend of fun and friendship. These experiences are what a child remembers and they take these memories into their adult lives, many return years later with their own children as they want the same for them. Many of our children have had the chance to also experience trips abroad such as those who last year visited the USA for the World Scout Jamboree.
Scouting provides its members ‘Skills for Life’. From age 6 upwards, young people can become part of a community-based youth provision focusing on creating a better world for all. Making friends and taking part in adventure is what we do and we can’t wait to welcome more people into the group.
Scouting allows young people to develop in a variety of ways, with a programme so varied that there is always somewhere for a young person to excel and areas for them to develop. By celebrating young people and ensuring our programmes are youth-led, we hope to create an atmosphere of encouragement and positivity where young people can thrive.
As a volunteer-based provision, we rely on adults to support us in a variety of roles from weekday meetings to camps and behind the scenes work, there really is something for everyone! With a fantastic training programme, adults can develop their own skills and find their own adventure along the way.
Our aim is to double our current provision of Beaver (6-8 years) and Cub (8-10 years) sections, enabling even more young people to engage in Scouting. We have a fantastic facility in our Scout hut which allows us to offer Scouting on a variety of evenings and provides a base for our group as a whole.
With our existing team of volunteers offering support, adults joining the group can expect to find a warm welcome. They will have lots of laughs as they meet others who actively engage with the group and recognise the benefits that this brings to themselves, the young people and the local community.
At the Open Event on 5th March, you will be able to take part in a variety of activities, meet some existing volunteers and find out more about getting involved in the group.
If you are unable to join us for the event but wish for your child or you to get the chance to be involved with Scouting, please contact Tony Edmonds email@example.com
1st Little Stoke Scout Hut
(Follow the path between house numbers 28 & 30)
This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 29). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.