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District Camp Hope Hill 2014
28th October 2014

District Camp Hope Hill 2014

District Camp Hope Hill 201455 Beavers, Cubs & Scouts & Explorers and six Leaders camped at Gravesham District Scouts’ Hope Hill campsite at the...

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FAQs

How much does it cost to be a member of 1st Eynsford & Farningham Scout Group, how do I pay and what do I get for my money?

The cost is £33.00 per term. We run 3 terms per year - January - Easter, Easter - Summer Holidays and September - December. 

If you have trouble paying the subscription please talk to your child's section leader in confidence and we will arrive at at mutually agreed solution.

Fees cover hall heating, electricity & maintenace, hall insurance, insurance for Leaders, young people and equipment on all activities, the cost of Scout Headquarters and the support we get from Kent County and Swanley District. It also covers equipment, consumables and refreshments.

All leaders and administrators are voluntary and do not receive any payment. Leaders with children in the Group pay the same subscriptions at the same rate as everyone else.

I see that parents of Beavers and Cubs are expected to go on a "Parental Rota" what is this and what does it entail?

A parent of each Cub and Beaver is asked to go on to a rota where they help out for one night each term - about three hours a year in total. The objective is to help the Leaders provide an even better programme for our young people by helping with drinks and biscuits, supervising games, taking part in handicraft, reading stories and generally keeping an eye on them. The rota is available for signing any meeting night and most parents thoroughly enjoy themselves, some even taking part in the games.

What about uniform?

Scouting is a uniformed organisation. All members are required to wear uniform for Beaver, Cub and Scout meetings, when arriving and departing from events and for parades. All members should take pride in their uniform and do their best to look after the uniform and to look smart. They are not expected to wear a uniform until they have been ‘invested’ (officially joined). The uniform is available from many local stores. Uniform consists of :

• Beaver Sweat Shirt, Cub Jumper or Scout Shirt (& optional Group T-Shirt)
• Group Scarf
• Woggle
• Navy Scout Trousers
• Black Shoes  

For information on how to purchase uniform, click here

I offered to help and was given a CRB form, why do I need to fill it in?

As you might expect, any person with access to young people has to go through a strict vetting procedure, this is currently the CRB process. It checks whether a person has any criminal convictions and whether or not they are deemed safe to work with young people. All Leaders and helpers have CRB clearance. For family camps all attending adults must have a current CRB clearance.

What about first aid provision if there's an accident?

All leaders undertake first aid training, there is always a trained person and a first aid kit at meetings or on trips and camps.

What is the policy on photographing children?

When out on events, Group, District or County, your child's image may be taken and used in publications or on websites. By taking your child to the event, you are giving permission for their image to be used in this way. If you have an objection, please inform your leader before the start of the event.

What is your policy towards the Data Protection Act?

The Group is not subject to compliance with the Data Protection Act. However, as a matter of courtesy, we do ask that if you do object to your personal details being kept on computer by the Group Scout Leader for the purpose of administration, please contact any leader. We would stress that all information kept is for use within the Group only. Passing data relating to young people is in fact illegal.

My child came home and reported that he was made to sit out a game/activity, why was this?

In line with our code of conduct, we expect all members to behave appropriately, to listen and to be respectful. In general, we deal with minor incidents by a quiet word, sitting out a game (or part of), washing up the beakers etc. For incidents of bullying, fighting, or constant poor behaviour we will contact parents, and it may result in suspension for a period of time.

What is your behaviour and discipline code

All members of 1st Eynsford & Farningham Scout Troop are expected to behave well and appropriately. Generally speaking, minor incidents will be dealt with at the leaders discretion (e.g. a simple ‘talking to’, sitting out the game, extra work). More serious examples, in particular bullying and fighting, will result in the young person's parents being contacted and, depending upon the circumstances, suspension for a number of weeks. Older members are expected to set a good example to younger ones.

I've seen how much fun my child is having and I want to be part of it, how do I get involved?

The first step would be to speak to a leader, they will ask you what specific things you'd like to do and advise you what role you might like to take. There are many different roles for adults in scouting, for example, a group will have not only Leaders, assistant leaders, and a Group Scout Leader, but maybe a chairman, a secretary, an accountant, a fundraiser, and a quartermaster, as well as other interested people on the executive committee.

Do you do much camping - and is it compulsory?

We do quite a lot of camping - or nights away - for all three Sections.

Beavers usually do a one night sleepover in a building

Cubs can both sleep indoors and in tents.

Scouts are predominantly in tents.

Going to camp is totally voluntary, although you will find your child will probably want to go. All Leaders taking young people are fully trained and risk assessments are carried out.

Teddies and other friends (non human or pets) are welcome free of charge!

How safe are your activities?

An important part of the appeal of Scouting is the provision of adventurous activities. The Scout Association has strict rules regulating these activities and, when appropriate, trained instructors are used for these activities.

Our Leaders undergo rigorous training in camping, first aid and the safety of young people. All outdoor activities are fully risk assessed and we will NEVER take your child on an outdoor activity without your WRITTEN permission in advance.

If our Leaders are not qualified to run specific activities (e.g. rock climbing or canoeing) we will always call outside experts. Finally ALL adults involved in Scouting are the subject of enhanced CRB checks as well as our own checks with seperate references taken out into their suitability to be leaders. They also go through an interview procedure.

Adventurous activities or trips are often organised throughout the year as part of the Scouts programme and there will occasionally be an extra charge for certain events. When camping, full details and a full kit list will be issued prior to the event.

Leaders have to follow and abide by the rules and guidelines laid down in the Scout Association publication ‘Policy, Organisation & Rules.’ If you wish to see a copy of POR or if you wish to know more about this subject please feel free to ask one of the leaders. Alternatively go to www.scoutbase.org.uk to see the comprehensive list of safety standards to which we adhere.

What about special needs?

We do accept members with special needs.They are very welcome indeed. If your child requires any additional help with any activity, or has any particular needs please speak to one of the leaders.

What obligations does my child have as a member of 1st Eynsford & Farningham Scouts?

Members of the 1st Eynsford & Farninhgam Scout Community are expected to take an active role in the activities. The following should be considered the minimum commitment:

• Attend all Section Meetings unless ill or away. Always be smartly dressed in the full uniform. Always be well behaved and considerate of other.

• Take part in St. George’s Day Parade in April
• Take part in Remembrance Day service in November
• Attend at least three Scouting events during the year in addition to the weeky meetings.

If your child has to miss meetings due to any other commitments, they should talk to one of the leaders. A large number of other events are organised throughout the year, and it is hoped that your child will attend most, if not all of these events in order to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities available.

What about other acitvities?

Throughout the year there is a wide programme of activities and events available to all sections. These will often be District Events where they involve Scouts from all the groups in Swanley District. Details of the dates and activities are published in advance on the  calendar pages

What happens at Eynsford & Farningham Beaver Scouts?

Beavers rely upon a progressive 'training' scheme in the form of badges to track the progress of the young people and to give a feeling of achievement.

There are two main types of badges, the 'Award' badges, and the Activity or 'proficiency' badges. They obviously vary from section to section, but the Award badges are designed to provide the basic set of activities and training to be completed. They cover the basics of all types of work, and the important necessary scouting skills.

The proficiency badges provide the option to take a certain activity or hobby in greater detail. Scouting is not just about schemes, awards and badges. The 'games' and adventurous activities are very important to scouting, not just because they are enjoyable, but because they are also important in the young persons development. If you still have any doubts or questions about Scouting, please speak to one of the leaders or take a look at one of the websites.

Promise & Law

The important underlying values of Scouting are surmised in the Scout Promise and Law. Each member ‘agrees’ to these values when they are ‘Invested’.

The Beaver Scout Promise

I promise that I will do my best to be kind and helpful and to love my god,

The Beaver Scout Motto

Fun and Friends.

Lodges

Beavers meet in a group called a Colony! At the beginning and end of each colony meeting the Beavers hold a Flag break and Flag down. The Beavers in the Colony are organised into Lodges. Each Lodge has their own name and a badge on their arm to identify their lodge. At Eynsford they are named after .....

Each lodge will contain approximately six Beavers of a range of ages. New Beavers will usually be put into a lodge where they know at least one other beaver. Each lodge has a ‘ Lodge Leader’ who is ‘in charge’ of the lodge. He/She is helped by an ‘Assistant lodge Leader’. A Beaver is not usually made up to a L.L or A.L.L unless they have shown their competence and good behaviour. If your child is unhappy with any aspect of their lodge, or if they have a problem with any other members of the Lodge, please let one of the leaders know.

Badges & Awards

Beavers will work towards many badges during their time in the Colony. The Beaver Badge book and Record Book have detailed information about these badges and their requirements. A Beaver may begin working towards badges as soon as they first come to the Colony. Badges will not be worn until they are invested, and then they will be worn on the uniform.

The various badges will involve work at the Colony meeting, sometimes work at special events or camps, and also a certain amount of work to be completed at home. If your child wishes to undertake any of the badge work, please discuss it with a leader.

Meeting Night Programme

The Beaver Scout Section works to a loose program each night.

5.15 pm Game
5.20 pm Flag / Inspection / Subs
5.30 pm Work
5.55 pm Drink 
6.05 pm Badge Work
6.25 pm Game
6.45 pm Lodges/Notices/Flag Down/Dismiss

Come in and see what happens if you want to know more!

The Beavers will be inspected each week for their uniform and general appearance. These scores are totalled monthly and yearly, with a trophy and prize going to the highest scoring Beaver Scout each time. The words ‘Games’ and ‘Work’ are used loosely as all of the nights activities are presented in a fun and interesting way.

Often the Beavers will be playing a ‘Game’ whilst learning some important scouting skills, or they may be doing some really enjoyable ‘Work’ without realising it. If you have any questions regarding the Colony night programme please come and ask one of the leaders, perhaps you could even ask to stay for a night to see what they get up to!

Camps & Trips

Throughout the year there will normally be many opportunities for the Beavers to enjoy a camp visit or participate in a Sleepover or a special ’trip’ out.

Other Sections

When a Beaver Scout approaches the age of 8 they will begin to look towards moving up to the next section, Cub Scouts. Initially they will be asked to participate in a 6 week transition period where they attend both Beavers and Cubs. They will also have to complete certain requirements for their Membership Badge before they can be invested as a Cub Scout. Parents will only be charged one subscription fee during this time. More information is available from the Beaver or Cub Scout Leader.

What happens at Eynsford & Farningham Cub Scout Section?

General Information

Eynsford & Farningham Cubs meet every Wednesday evening from 19:15 – 20:30 pm.

Promise & Law

The important underlying values of Scouting are surmised in the Cub Promise and Law. Each member ‘agrees’ to these values when they are ‘Invested’.

The Cub Promise

I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to my God and to The Queen, to help other people and to keep the Cub Scout Law.

The Cub Scout Law
Cub Scouts always do their best, think of others before themselves and do a good turn every day.

Sixes

Cub Scouts borrows a great deal of its ‘system’ from the ‘Jungle Book’ by Rudyard Kipling. The Cubs meet in a group called a Pack (as in a Pack of Wolves). The leader of the Cub Scout section is Akela and other leaders may take Jungle Book names such as Bagheera, Baloo, and Kaa etc.

At the beginning and end of each pack meeting the Cubs hold a type of ceremony called a ‘Grand Howl’ (come in one night and watch it) as well as Flag-break / Flag-down. The Cubs in the Pack are organised into Sixes. Each six has their own colour and the Cubs in that six wear a woggle on their scarf of that colour. Each six will contain approximately six cubs of a range of ages. New Cubs will usually be put into a six where they know at least one other Cub.

Each Six has a ‘Sixer’ who is ‘in charge’ of the six. He/She is helped by a ‘Seconder’. A Cub is not usually made up to a Seconder or Sixer unless they have shown their competence and good behaviour. If your child is unhappy with any aspect of their six, or if they have a problem with any other members of the pack, please let one of the leaders know.

Badges & Awards

Cub Scouts will work towards many badges during their time in the Pack. The Cub Scout Handbook has detailed information about these badges and their requirements. A Cub may begin working towards badges as soon as they first come to the Pack. Badges will not be worn until they are invested, and then they will be worn on the uniform. The various badges will involve work at the Pack meeting, sometimes work at special events or camps, and also a certain amount of work to be completed at home. If your child wishes to undertake any of the badge work, please discuss it with a leader.

Pack Night Programme

The Cub Scout Section works to a loose program each night.

6:30 pm Flag/Inspection
6:40 pm Game
6:50 pm Six Work
7.00 pm Drink
7.10 pm Badge Work
7:35 pm Game
7.45pm Sixes/Notices/Flag Down/Dismiss

Come in and see what happens if you want to know more!

The Cubs will be inspected each week for their uniform and general appearance. These scores are totalled monthly and yearly, with a trophy and prize going to the highest scoring Cub each time. The words ‘Games’ and ‘Work’ are used loosely as all of the nights activities are presented in a fun and interesting way.

Often the Cubs will be playing a ‘Game’ whilst learning some important scouting skills, or they may be doing some really enjoyable ‘Work’ without realising it. If you have any questions regarding the Pack night programme please come and ask one of the leaders, perhaps you could even ask to stay for a night to see what they get up to!

Camps & Trips

Throughout the year there will normally be many opportunities for the Cubs to enjoy a camp or a special ’trip’ out. Over the last few years the  Cubs have been camping regularly.. Payment for camps usually consists of a deposit when a Cub signs up and then a balance closer to the event. Deposits are not refundable and no discounts can be offered if the Scout cannot attend all days of a particular camp. The deposits are often used to pay for buildings and transport months in advance.

Other Sections

When a cub approaches the age of 10½ they will begin to look towards moving up to the Scout Troop. Initially they will be asked to participate in a 6 week transition period where they attend both Cubs and Scouts (the Scouts meet in the same hall from 7.30pm to 9.00pm on Tuesday.

They will also have to complete certain requirements for their Membership Badge before they can be invested as a Scout. Parents will only be charged one subscription fee during this time. More information is available from the Cub Scout Leader and the Scout Leader.

Q: What happens at Eynsford & Farningham Scout Section?

Eynsford & Farningham Scouts meet every Tuesday evening 19:30 to 21:00 at the Scout Hall. 

We rely upon a progressive 'training' scheme in the form of badges to track the progress of the Scouts and to give a feeling of achievement.

There are two main types of badges, the 'Award' badges, and the Activity or 'proficiency' badges. They obviously vary from section to section, but the Award badges are designed to provide the basic set of activities and training to be completed. They cover the basics of all types of work, and the important necessary scouting skills.

The proficiency badges provide the option to take a certain activity or hobby in greater detail. Scouting is not just about schemes, awards and badges. The 'games' and adventurous activities are very important to scouting, not just because they are enjoyable, but because they are also important in the young person’s development. If you still have any doubts or questions about Scouting, please speak to one of the leaders or take a look at one of the websites.

Promise & Law

The important underlying values of Scouting are surmised in the Scout Promise and Law. Each member ‘agrees’ to these values when they are ‘Invested’.

The Scout Promise

I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to my God and to The Queen to help other people and to obey the Scout Law

The Scout Law

  1. A Scout is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  4. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

The Scout Motto

fist.jpgBe Prepared

 

Patrols

The Scouts meet in a group called a Troop. The leader of the Scout section is often called ‘Skip’ or ‘Skipper’. The Scouts in the Troop are organised into Patrols. Each patrol has their own name and a badge on their arm to identify their patrol (e.g. Bulldogs and Cobras).

Each patrol will contain approximately six Scouts of a range of ages. New Scouts will usually be put into a patrol where they know at least one other Scout. Each patrol has a ‘Patrol Leader’ who is ‘in charge’ of the patrol. He/She is helped by an ‘Assistant Patrol Leader’.

A Scout is not usually made up to a PL or APL unless they have shown their competence and good behaviour. If your child is unhappy with any aspect of their patrol, or if they have a problem with any other members of the Troop, please let one of the leaders know.

Badges & Awards

Scouts will work towards many badges during their time in the Troop. The Scout Badge book and Record Book have detailed information about these badges and their requirements. A Scout may begin working towards badges as soon as they first come to the Troop. Badges will not be worn until they are invested, and then they will be worn on the uniform.

The various badges will involve work at the Troop meeting; sometimes work at special events or camps, and also a certain amount of work to be completed at home. If your child wishes to undertake any of the badge work, please discuss it with a leader.

Troop Night Programme

The Scout Section works to a loose program each night.
7:30 p.m. Flag/Inspection
7:40 p.m. Game
8.00 p.m. Patrol Work
8:20 pm   Drink
8:25 pm  Badge Work
8:45 pm  Game
9.00pm   Patrols/Notices/Flag Down/Dismiss

Come in and see what happens if you want to know more!

The Scouts will be inspected each week for their uniform and general appearance. These scores are totalled monthly and yearly, with a trophy and prize going to the highest scoring Scout each time. The words ‘Games’ and ‘Work’ are used loosely as all of the nights activities are presented in a fun and interesting way.

Often the Scouts will be playing a ‘Game’ whilst learning some important scouting skills, or they may be doing some really enjoyable ‘Work’ without realising it. If you have any questions regarding the Troop night programme please come and ask one of the leaders, perhaps you could even ask to stay for a night to see what they get up to!

Camps & Trips

Throughout the year there will normally be many opportunities for the Scouts to enjoy a camp or a special ’trip’ out. Over the last few years the Eynsford & Farningham Scouts have been camping regularly. Payment for camps usually consists of a deposit when a Scout signs up and then a balance closer to the event. Deposits are not refundable and no discounts can be offered if the Scout cannot attend all days of a particular camp. The deposits are often used to pay for buildings and transport months in advance. 

Other Sections

When a Scout approaches the age of 14 they will begin to look towards moving up to the next section, Explorer Scouts. Initially they will be asked to participate in a six week transition period where they attend both Scouts and Explorer Scouts. Our Explorers meet in Eynsford as part of the Darvale Unit.

They will also have to complete certain requirements for their Membership Badge before they can be invested as an Explorer Scout. Parents will only be charged one subscription fee during this time. More information is available from the Scout Leader.

At Explorer Scouts, the emphasis is on them to take part in creating a wide and varied programme along with their Leaders to introduce responsibility for themselves as young adults. The programme is geared towards more adventurous activities as well as them completing their Chief Scouts Award badges as well as other activity ones.

Explorer Scouts still have the formal outline of Flag Break/Flag Down to their meetings and are still expected to turn up in full smart uniform for each meeting.

Explorer Scouts are district based so can take part in any of the meetings held in the Swanley District as well as the one they pay their subscriptions to.


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