The Scout Section has existed since Scouting began in 1907. Though the Section has gone through many changes its values and fundamental principles have remained unchanged. Today there are over 100,000 Scouts in 6,600 Troops across the UK.
Scouts is open to young people aged between ten and half and fourteen years old who want to join and can make the Scout Promise.
The Scout Promise
Scouting differs from many organisations in that it requires its Members to make a Promise. The Scout Promise is the same for Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Members of the Scout Network and adult Members of the Association and is as follows:
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.
Different wordings of the promise are available for those of different faiths who may prefer not to use the word “God” and for those with special needs and circumstances.
By making the Promise a young person becomes a Member of the worldwide Movement; they become a Scout.
The Scout Law
The Scout Law is a set of ‘rules’ that scouts should do their best to live their life by. They are based on the laws that Baden Powell came up with, but have evolved to reflect changing times. The Laws are:
- A Scout is to be trusted.
- A Scout is loyal.
- A Scout is friendly and considerate.
- A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
- A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
- A Scout makes careful use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
- A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
The motto for all Members of the Movement is:
The Scout Uniform
Scouts wear a teal coloured shirt. They also wear a neckerchief in green with a burgundy border. They also have a woggle, to keep their scarf up. A woggle will be provided at their investiture. There are several other items of optional uniform.
For official public events and Church parade, Scouts should also wear smart dark trousers and dark polished shoes.
How are Scouts organised?
Scouts meet together as a Troop and work within a variety of small groups called Patrols. A Scout called a Patrol Leader leads the Patrol. The Patrol Leaders work with the Leadership Team in setting the programme and in decisions affecting the Troop.
The Patrol system is one of the important ways that young people can take responsibility for themselves and others.
A volunteer leadership team made up of uniformed Leaders and other informal Assistants and helpers will guide the Troop. Explorer Scouts who are Young Leaders might also assist the leadership team in the Troop.
Making the Promise is the most important act in Scouting and is common to every section. Scouting has a special ceremony for making the Promise called Investiture or being invested. When a young person makes their Promise they receive their Group Scarf, The Membership Award (for those coming into Scouting for the first time) or their Moving-On Award (if they have been in Cubs) and are welcomed as a new Member into the Scout Family.
The investiture usually takes place on the sixth week of attendance with the section, and parents are invited to attend to watch the ceremony.
What do Scouts do?
Scouts normally meet once a week. It is an opportunity for them to catch up with friends, learn new skills and explore issues relevant to their age group. They will also have their chance to say what they want to do!
Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. On top of the adventure of outdoor activities that forms a large part of the Scout Section, a Balanced Programme will help them find out about the world in which they live, encourage them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit and help to develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes and develop in all the Personal Development Areas.
As part of the Balanced Programme they will task part in activities from all six programme Zones over a period of time. The zones are:
- Outdoor and Adventure
- Global Community
- Fit for Life
- Beliefs and Attitudes
You can see what’s on the programme at Beacon by looking at our calendar on the website.
Beacon Scout Group is sponsored by The Beacon Church Centre. All members of the group are expected to make every effort to attend the five church parades held at The Beacon Church, and St Georges Day Parade, organised by the Scout District.
There are prizes for all members who attend all six parades in the 12 month period starting after the AGM. Children attending at least half the services will receive a form of recognition at the AGM.
Badges and Awards
Badges and awards are given in recognition of the effort made by each young person at their own level.
The Membership Awardhelps the young person understand the commitment they are making when they make the Promise and become a Member of the Movement, if they have not been a Cub Scout. It covers the history, traditions and practices of Scouting.
The Challenge Awardscomplement the Balanced Programme. These have been developed to extend Scouts’ skills and experience in a particular area. There are nine Challenges in the Scout Section. The Chief Scouts Gold Awardis the highest award availablein the Scout Section. It is gained by completing all the Challenge Awards plus six activity badges.
Activity Badgesare optional, but they provide an opportunity to reward a young person who has taken part in an activity over a period of time. They should raise interest and extend a young person’s skills throughout their time in Scouting. There are 59 Scout Activity Badges, ranging from Astronomer to Circus Skills and Canoeist. In addition there are 15 Staged Activity Badgeswhich give a young person the opportunity to develop an area of interest throughout their time in Scouting from 6 – 18.
The Joining In Awardsrecognise a commitment to Scouting. They celebrate Scouts participating in a Balanced Programme over a period of time. They are awarded on the anniversary of the young person joining Scouting.
The Moving-On Awardhelps ease the transfer of a Scout to the Explorer Scout Unit. It also allows the Scout to be invested into the Unit immediately, recognising that they are already Members of the Scout Movement.
Position of badges on the Scout Uniform
Uniform can be purchased from Scout Shops or Clive Mark Schoolwear.
Scouts… Taking the Lead!
Scouts have the opportunity to make more and more decisions for themselves about they want to do and want to get out of Scouting. The opportunities will be there for them to take part in a wide range of activities and to gain a variety of skills and knowledge. They will get to learn more about themselves by not only taking responsibility for themselves, but for others as well.
Subs are £8 a month and charged throughout the year. Around £38 a year per child goes to the District, County and headquarters to fund overheads such as insurance, professional fees and adult training. £36 goes back to each section to run the weekly programme. The remaining £22 goes to the group to cover our local overheads, rent, insurances and equipment. Camps and some activities will therefore incur an additional cost to those wishing to attend.
To subsidise the costs of running the group we carry out fundraising. We ask all parents to support fundraising where at all possible as this keeps the subs at the lowest in the District. There will be opportunities to take part in some fundraising to raise money towards subsidising camp and activity fees. You will be advised of these opportunities as and when they arise.
Any funds in the camp bank when your child leaves the group will return to the Group.
Gift Aid is a simple government initiative which allows donors to increase the value of their donations at no extra cost to them. For every pound given, charities can get an extra 25 pence from HM Revenue & Customs. So we can claim a vital additional £24 from HMRC, without any extra cost to you.
To be eligible for Gift Aid, you must pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities that you donate to will reclaim on your donations for that tax year. Taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. This also applies if you pay tax on your savings, pension plan or investment income.
There is an extra benefit for higher rate taxpayers as you are able to reclaim tax on the amount you have donated. We, as a charity, can claim the basic rate of tax on the value of your gift, and you can reclaim the difference between higher rate (40 per cent) and basic rate tax (20 per cent). Just provide details of your Gift Aid donations on your tax return or self-assessment form.
You will be asked to sign up for Gift Aid when your first child joins Beacon Scout Group.
We have a responsibility to make sure Scouting is safe for all members. If any child behaves in a manner which could jeopardise the safety of the activity we are running, they will be removed from that activity. If necessary we may call you as parents to collect your child.
Please do ensure that you alert us in advance to any health or emotional issues your child may have, whether permanent or temporary, so we can avoid issues where at all possible. This will help us to plan our activity to make sure it accommodates the needs of all the children without singling any individual out.
Beacon Scout Troop
Scouts meet every Monday during term time. Most meetings are held 7.15pm – 9.00pm at The Beacon Church Centre, Whetty Lane. Some meetings may be held outside the Church or timings to achieve a balanced and exciting programme.
To contact the Scout leaders please email: firstname.lastname@example.org