Our Scout Group was officially launched on 6th June 2019 -our very own D-Day- and since then has grown to serve the young people in six parishes in rural northwest Devon.
With over 70 members and a large team of willing volunteers, we are already a thriving group bringing much-needed opportunities to the young people in our communities.
We had a great time at this year’s All-Section WinterCamp – even though it took place virtually in our own houses and gardens! Here are just a few pictures of the weekend…
Even though we can’t meet up face to face, we are still very much committed to giving our Young People some memorable Scouting adventures.
On February 20th – 21st, the villages around Woolsery will be filled with campfire singing, games and fun as our young people take part in an All-Section Winter Camp.
Planned activities include a virtual camp fire, an outdoors camp-at-home and craft & skills workshops via Zoom. We’ll post pictures here and on our Facebook Page once the event has taken place.
We are so happy to be back to Face to Face Scouting! Our Young People have already enjoyed walks, talks, games and challenges and are so happy to see each other again.
We are splitting each section into two groups – one meeting in the hall as usual and the other in our Mess Tent.
We’re delighted to be working with the 1st Milton Scout Troop in Ontario, Canada!
Our Scouts have already met with our Canadian friends via Zoom and are just beginning to work on their challenge for us to earn one of their Badges. They have chosen the Home Personal Achievement Badge (we’re very relived they didn’t choose their Winter Sports Badge!!) so we will be planning what to do towards that very soon.
We have also challenged 1st Milton to work on our Chef Activity Badge.
It has already been very interesting to find our how similar Scouting is in Canada, and also how different. For example, although our Law and Promise is different in each country, their meaning is very similar:
Our partnership is a really exciting project to come out of the Covid Lockdown and we hope to be able to work towards an international visit to Canada to meet the Scouts themselves before too long.
Final Update: We did it! We were both stunned and delighted to hear that we were one of two Projects in the South West of England to receive a grant payment of £5000 from Calor this year. This will make a massive difference to our Young People’s outdoor experiences. Along with the donations received from our Supporters, our Scout Group will receive over £6500 to resource outdoor experiences for our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Thanks You! #SkillsForLife
Update: Wow! Thank you for your support, everyone! We made it through to the Finalists, finishing in 8th Place nationally. We find out on August 19th whether we have been awarded one of the £5000 grants to support our outdoor adventures…!
Update: Thank you for your amazing support so far. This is the last week of fundraising and our last opportunity to gather support to be considered for a £5000 award on top of the money already donated. Please spread the word and let’s see if we can get into the Top 10 projects nationally!
Hear our Group Chair talking all about our work on Radio Devon… https://t.co/BlivKhUpPe?amp=1
We are seeking £5000 funding from the Calor Rural Community Fund to provide our Scouts, Cubs and Beavers with kit to really enjoy the great outdoors. Please visit https://communityfund.calor.co.uk/woolseryscouts to like our Project. You can share it on social media using the buttons on the bottom of our Project Page as widely as you can. We need lots of support to be successful! Thank you ❤️
Please support our bid in this year’s Calor Rural Community Fund. We are applying for a £5000 grant to help fund our Nights Away Kit which will make camping, hiking and exploring the outdoors possible for all our members. Items in our bid include patrol tents, hiking equipment, personal camping equipment and everything we need to give our Young People the best experiences of being in the Outdoors, regardless of their family’s ability to buy kit.
Here are some of our members to tell you all about why they would like your support…
You can support us by visiting our Project Page from 4th June 2020. The link to the Project Page is HERE
Please Like or Share our Project, for which we will receive 1 point. Alternatively, you can pledge funds to our Project, in which case we’ll receive 10 points for each pledge. The Projects with the most points will go through to the Finals to qualify for a Calor award of £5000.
Why Support Us? Our six rural parishes have very few social opportunities for our Young People and the need for our Group has been shown through the response we’ve had since beginning in June 2019: We have over seventy members and a substantial group of adult leaders, executive committee members and parents all eager to establish the Group for the long term. Despite its beautiful scenery, Torridge District has one of the lowest average weekly household earnings of any district in the UK and deprivation levels rank 67 out of the 326 local authorities in England. Within the Torridge district, Clovelly Bay (in which we’re based) has a very low percentage of professional and managerial professions compared with the national average, only 9.8% of professional occupations compared with that of 11.4% in Torridge as a whole. Without your support, we simply can’t afford to get our young people the resources they need to explore the world around them.
Our Scout Group has a vital role to play during lockdown, giving our Young People social links to each other and keeping a sense of community alive! Each section has weekly meetings via an online platform with a whole range of activites, games and discussion.
Since Lockdown began, we have awarded over 300 new badges through our Badges At Home scheme – everything from Cooking to Home Help, Mechanic to Naturalist.
We’ve also welcomed nine new members to our group through Virtual Investiture Ceremonies.
Our members have also attended two Virtual Camps at home, and several Online Camp Fires too!