What do Scouts do?
Scouting provides skills for life to young people who meet in sections based on age. Beaver Scouts (6-8), Cub Scouts (8-10½), Scouts (10½-14), Explorer Scouts (14-18) and Scout Network (18-25).
Scouts are do-ers and give-it-a-go-ers. Yes, we go camping, hiking, abseiling, cycling and canoeing and lots more, but we also get to hang out with our friends every week – having fun, playing games, working in a team and taking on new personal challenges.
Our progression of activity programmes and interaction aims to develop young people who are self-reliant, caring, responsible and who show resilience. Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.
Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do:
Integrity - We’re honest and we try to do the right thing - even if no-one’s watching!
Respect - We’re thoughtful and considerate, treating everyone as we’d like to be treated ourselves.
Care - We’re kind to others, looking after the world we live in.
Belief - We explore our beliefs and attitudes with wide-open minds.
Cooperation - We work with others to change the world for the better, making friends along the way.
Our Promise. As a value-based movement each young member makes one of six available age-appropriate Promises in consultation with parents. Adult leaders also take a Promise. The six Promises are those for: Atheists, humanists and those with no defined faith; Christians, Jews and Sikhs; Hindus and Buddhists; Muslims: Subjects of independent Commonwealth countries, foreign nationals and individuals who are stateless. Further information is available on https://www.scouts.org.uk.
Methods and Programme
Scouts work together in partnership with adults to learn by actually doing lots of different stuff with others - indoors and outdoors. We aim to enjoy what we are doing, so we remember the experiences and skills learned. While doing this there are times when we have to reflect on our decisions as we take responsibility and make choices.
The Scout Programme for all sections is a progressing range of age-related activities encouraging each young member to achieve their personal best. Key elements include Outdoor Adventure, Skills, Our World, Teamwork, Team leadership and Personal challenges. Activity badges selected from a host of topics are earned to record personal achievement. Integrated learning by doing is how each evening is planned. Our ‘Youth Shape’ programme involves all young members the opportunity to shape their section’s activities. Parents will be advised of the programme in advance when locations are used and whether uniforms should be worn. Full details of section activities and awards are available on https://www.scouts.org.uk.
Code of Conduct
One of the first activities that young members will undertake is to establish or revisit an agreed Code of Conduct for their meetings and activities. Anti-bullying and Respect will be important parts of this Code.
We request that young members do not bring valuables, including mobile phones, to meetings. Mobiles can be very distracting, and our insurance does not cover property loss or damage.
We are a ‘uniformed organisation’ – it’s our team kit! Prior to being invested, young members will need a top – sweatshirts for Beavers and Cubs, shirt for Scouts. Just the top on which badges can be sewn is needed. These can be purchased from Eastleigh District’s own Scout Shop, usually open Thursday evenings 6.00-8.00pm and Saturdays 2.00-4.00pm at the 14th Eastleigh Scout HQ on Allbrook Hill (SO50 4LY). Run by volunteers from each Group, funds raised are distributed to each Group whose volunteers can join the rota. As section meetings are active, young members are asked to wear appropriate informal trousers/shorts/skirts. We suggest that school trousers/skirts are worn for the few formal occasions that are held each year.
Our Group Neckerchief (necker) is blue and gold. The blue was chosen because it was the necker colour of the North Stoneham Group that operated until the 1970s and gold to inspire achievement! These are presented when young people have completed their membership award and are invested.
To find out more, go to https://www.scouts.org.uk.