6th Gainsborough Scouts

by | 1 June 2024 | Children's Group, Gainsborough

Would you like to be an Explorer?

The 6th Gainsborough Sea Scout Group recently opened an Explorer Unit (boys and girls aged 14 to 17). Some of the Scouts (boys and girls aged 10 to 14) wanted to move to the next section, but the nearest Explorer Unit was difficult to get to – so they started their own unit.

In the short time they have been open, activities they have enjoyed include archery, baking, camping, cooking, crate stacking, kayaking, and paintball. Activities they have planned for the next few months include a narrowboat camp, hikes in the Peak District and a triathlon.

When asked what they liked about Explorers, the young people said: “Sleeping in hammocks, meeting a diverse range of people, being involved in planning the programme and helping out with some of the younger sections.”

Jonathan Swatton, lead volunteer for the Scout Group, said: “The young people will learn skills such as teamwork, leadership, independence, resilience, responsibility, and self-confidence. They will also have a tremendous amount of fun and will be able to do activities they have not done before.”

In a recent survey, 88% of Scouts said they tried activities in Scouts that they haven’t tried before.

The Unit, which meets on every other Monday at their headquarters in Love Lane, is looking for more volunteers.

For more information about the Unit, contact christopher.wright@gainsboroughscouts.org.uk.

Why do Scouts celebrate St George’s Day?

Once again, All Saints Gainsborough hosted Gainsborough District Scouts and Gainsborough Division Guides annual St George’s Day celebrations. This year they chose to make everybody aware of why Scouts celebrate St George’s Day, and at the same time all members brought along something for the Salvation Army food bank.

Scouting came into being in 1907 alongside the publication of Scouting for Boys and the trial camp on Brownsea Island. At that time, it was commonplace for organisations to designate a Patron Saint whose life embodied the qualities that they wanted their members to emulate. Baden-Powell, Scout founder, decided that St George’s beliefs, heroism, courage, perseverance and reliability were all qualities that he wanted Scouts to aspire to.

A key part of the service was a celebration of achievement and the District President, Alan Clapham, presented the Award of Merit to Jennifer Swatton and a Thanks Badge to Jessie Milne, both of whom have supported Scouting over many years.

Also acknowledged was the work of Robin Wright, who had recently been presented with the Silver Wolf, Scouting’s highest award, and the Chief Scout’s Commendation awarded to Alison Elwess and Dan Cole. 14 other leaders, who together have provided 125 years of service, were also recognised.

During the year 52 youth members achieved the highest awards in their section ranging from the Chief Scout’s Bronze Award to the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award and the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

Gainsborough Division Girlguiding celebrated the achievements of 27 members who had gained their sections’ highest awards ranging from Bronze through to Gold Awards, alongside a Young Leader Award to Poppy and an adult’s 10 Year Service Award to Cheryl.

As everybody left the Church a collection was taken and the £270 raised will be sent to Médecins sans Frontiers to support their work in areas affected by wars and natural disasters.

Scouting and Guiding provide life skills for young people aged five to 18 years. The groups need more leaders and helpers to take in all the young people who are on waiting lists. Give it a try! Contact dcgainsboroughdivision@gmail.com or visit www.gainsboroughscouts.org.uk.