Category: Blog

Cub Scouts and Democracy

Cub Scouts, 8-10 year olds, have been banned from protesting in the House of Commons – because they aren’t old enough to vote. The Cubs (and the rest of the Scout Movement) want to protest against the rain tax which threatens to severely curtail the activities of many groups as it cripples them financially. Which […]

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Today I have mostly been: Preparing equipment for camp Shovelling dirt Burning thorny brush Both of the last two activities were undertaken around the back of my Scout Hut, which we are preparing to concrete (finally – it was something that was planned to do several times even back when I was a Scout myself!). […]

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Over the weekend the GSL and I sorted out our Scout cupboard, which had got in to rather state… so much so that we actually found a mouse nest on a table. The problem is that our Scout room is tiny and is also our equipment storeroom – and after a really really wet camp […]

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The Scout Association have announced that the person taking over from Peter Duncan to become the 10th Chief Scout is adventurer Bear Grylls – the youngest ever Chief Scout. This is brilliant news. Bear (real name Edward) is a great role model, and represents the true principles of Scouting – focused on the basics of […]

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Crazy firelighters

Last night we built a few fires with our Scouts. Unfortunately they, as always, took ages to collect wood and half of it was either green or too big anyway! No matter how much we explain to them that green wood won’t burn, they still persist in collecting trees rather than kindling! Nevertheless, we got […]

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According to the media, “traditional Scouting” is in decline, measured by the awarding of badges: Among the badges in decline for Scouts – aged 10 to 14 – are: hiker, hill walker, camper, campsite service, angler, sports enthusiast, caver, climber, smallholder, athletics, administrator, air spotter, equestrian, hobbies, librarian and lifesaver, as well as several boating […]

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Scouting has been completely and utterly open to girls since 2007, and now as many girls are joining in as boys, even though they still only amount to 14% of the total number of young people. This is fantastic news, especially since they are contributing to a constant growth in the movement – plus, of […]

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Today I shall be taking part in a parade and service to celebrate St George, with the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts or my group and the entire District. The about-a-thousand of us are going to be parading in full uniform through Watford, flags flying. This year my group is leading the parade and providing the […]

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Note to self:

Remember to take flagpole and uniform to work tomorrow, ready for St George’s Day Dress Rehearsal. At least the flagpole is all nice and shiny, though my uniform will need a wash and iron before Sunday and the Parade…

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Investitures

One of my roles in our Troop is to go through the requirements for the Membership Badge with new Scouts, to get them ready to be invested. This means going through the Scout Law and Promise, Scouting history, and the investiture ceremony (since the other requirements will be met simply by taking part in the […]

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