New Parent Info

 

INORMATION 

Our aim is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. 

The method of achieving the aim of scouting is by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training, based on the Scout Promise and Law and guided by adult Leadership. 

We hope that all your family will enjoy the time spent with the Group.

The Group comprises of one Beaver Colony, one Cub Pack, one Scout Troop, and we are associated with the District Explorer Unit. The Group belongs to the Conwy District which covers the area from Abergele to Conwy.

BEAVERS

The Beaver Colony meet on Monday evenings from 5.30 to 6.30pm and is for boys and girls aged 6 to 8.

CUBS

The Cub Pack meet on Thursday evenings. Young people join Cubs when they are 8 years old and move up to Scouts when they are between 10½ and 11 years old.

There are a number of awards and proficiency badges for the Cubs to achieve. The Cubs usually take part in at least one camp a year and a number of Section, Group and District activities which include competitions, hill walking, canoeing and church parades.

SCOUTS

The Scout Troop meet on Tuesday evenings. Young people join Scouts at 10½ and leave between the ages of 14 and 15 years old.  Scouts work for a number of challenges and proficiency badges with the ultimate achievement being the Chief Scouts Gold Award. There are a number of camps throughout the year and the opportunity to try numerous activities such as canoeing, sailing, cycling, go karting, archery, fishing, cooking,  skiing and hiking.

Scouts aged 14 are able to become Young Leaders and /or join the District Explorer Scout Unit.

 

Leaders

All the leaders put in a lot of effort to run their section, it is not just an hour a week! There is preparation for weekly meetings, activities to organise and attend at weekends and Group leader and review meetings to attend. The leaders are all volunteers and are NOT PAID for the time they give. They are using their spare time to provide activities and opportunities for members of the Group and will often need help from parents.  

Scout Group Management

The Scout Group is led by a Group Scout Leader with the support of the Group Executive Committee. This committee consists of the Group Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer, Section Leaders and parent representatives. The Committee is responsible for the maintenance of the HQ, Group finance, public relations and fund raising.

Financing The Group

The Group is financed in two ways: by subs and fundraising. Each member is asked to pay membership fees of £90.00 per year and this is collected once per year or in three payments of £30.00 or £7.50 per month by standing order.

There is also a £10.00 joining fee which covers the cost of the investiture neckerchief and all the badges the child will earn during their time with the Group.

Parents can pay subscriptions on line to  HSBC 3rd Rhos on Sea Scout Group

Sort Code 40-38-16   Acc no 90247073

Or send you payment to Geoff Powell, 44 Yerburgh Ave, Colwyn Bay LL29 7NB

Please do not pay subs either by cash or cheque to leaders as they have enough to do without recording payments.

 

Scout Group Headquarters

The Group Headquarters is available for parents and leaders to use for any private functions such as children’s parties etc.  The Headquarters is also available to other Scout and Guide Groups who might be visiting the area and on occasions it is used by  local scout and guides leaders training courses.

 Uniform

Each Section has its own uniform. For the Beavers this is a turquoise sweatshirt, for Cubs a green sweat shirt, Scouts a teal green shirt. All sections wear the Group scarf, which is royal blue with a gold border.

 Activity trousers are also available, but school trousers are quite acceptable. The uniform may be purchased from a number of locations including the http://www.scoutshops.

When a young person joins a section we advise that the uniform is only purchased when they are ready to make their promise (usually after 2 to 3 weeks). When a member moves from one section to another they may wear their old uniform until they acquires the new uniform. 

Your section leader will provide the neckerchief , woggle and badges for the investiture ceremony which cost approx £6.00. This is covered by the £10.00 joining fee which includes all the badges that the child will be awarded.  

The investiture ceremony to which parents are invited should take place within 6 weeks from the date of the first meeting attended.

Communications 

Our website has lots of information at http://www.rhos-scouts.org.uk    

DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) 

As we often ask parents to help on rotas and at camps and events we need to ensure that all our young people are kept safe and therefore potential regular helpers (more than once per month or staying overnight) will be asked to complete a DBS form.

Photographs

We often take photographs at camp and other events to publicise our group. We assume that most parents are quite happy for these pictures to be used in Scout publicity, Please let your section leader know if you have any objections to photographs being taken and used.  Parents are allowed to take photographs of their child when being invested. On other occasions the section leader will inform the members and parents of their section on the use of cameras and mobile phones.

Complaints Procedure

We hope your child enjoys their time with us but if you have any cause for concern please discuss it with your Section Leader or  Group Scout Leader.  If this does not resolve the matter please contact the Scout Association at www.scouts.org.uk/complaints.

What you can do to Help

  • Become a leader, assistant, instructor or help at meetings – You don’t need special skills just enthusiasm and commitment. Training is provided. Why not visit a meeting to find out what is involved.
  • Become a parent representative – Put your views forward about how the Group should develop. There are only four executive committee meetings a year

 

  • Help with section activities – There is always a need for help at activities such as providing transport, putting up tents with our younger members, catering or making a few buns. Most sections run a parent rota for help at meetings. 

 

  • Support your child – There are numerous activities and badges to be undertaken and your child will need your help to achieve.

 

If you would like any further information or you feel that you would like to help in any way then please contact any leader or Geoff Powell on 01492 532349 or email geoff44dc@gmail.com

 

 

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