Random Ramblings from the Group Scout Leader – April 2021

Date: 20th May 2021 Author: Deborah Dumville
Welcome back!
It has been long hard and at times frustrating 12 months of virtual meetings and videos, blogs and posts interspersed with a short amount of face-to-face scouting in the Autumn. Scouting is by nature an outdoor organisation and we thrive on our camps, expeditions, trails, wide games and campfires in fact so much so that we are advised by our HQ that at least 50% of all we do in scouting should be conducted outdoors. Not being able to do this face to face this last year has been really hard on our members and leaders but we have almost got through it and I am extremely proud and thankful for the tireless efforts of our Adult volunteers for keeping Scouting alive on the Shooters Hill!
So, I am very happy to announce that we finally have permission to resume our weekly section meetings face to face with no restrictions on numbers attending. Our priority as a Scout Group is to bring everyone back together safely and to keep young people and adult safe. We must be mindful that we are still in the middle of a Global pandemic and therefore we have parameters and restrictions that we must work to and safety and hygiene measures we have put in place in order to return to face-to-face meetings in accordance with Scout Assn. guidelines. All members and leaders must keep two metres socially distanced at all times, but unfortunately as there are no rooms at Shrewsbury House large enough to achieve this we will need to conduct all our meetings outdoors for this coming term.
Your section leaders Otter, Akela and Ruby will be in touch to let you know when and where your meetings will be taking place, and what will be expected of our members and parents to conduct the meetings within the rules as stipulated by the National Youth Agency our legal governing body.
We’re all at the Coop now!
The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK including the 10th Royal Eltham Scout Group. By becoming a member and selecting us as your nominated charity, every time you purchase selected Co-op branded products and services, we will receive a 2 pence donation. In addition to this we receive a dividend from the Co-op Community fund, which in 2018 amounted to a massive £8000. Without being able to run barbeques, sponsored walks and bag packs this last year, by simply becoming a member of the Co-op and selecting us as your local cause really does go a long way to help us pay for our every increasing bills. And the Co-op lifelong family membership costs a mere £1!
St Georges Day
John Sweeney our District Commissioner has challenged all the members of the XRE to join the 27 other Scout Groups, across Royal Greenwich, to take part in a mass renewal of our Scout Promises. All beavers, cubs, scouts, explorers and Leaders are asked to get their uniforms on, make the Scout sign and recite their Scout Promise at 13.00 outside their front doors on Sunday the 25th April. Please send your photos or videos to the 10th Royal Eltham Scout’s Face Book page. St George is, as I am certain you all know, the patron Saint of Scouting who is remembered worldwide for his fight against the dragon which took courage in the face of adversity. Baden Powell, chose St George to be the movement’s patron Saint as he felt the qualities of the legendary soldier were the same qualities that reflect a good Scout.
Time to Smarten Up!
Over the last year many new members have joined us or moved up to their next section. If your child is joining or moving up you will need to obtain a new uniform. And just in the nick of time our local Scout Store at 19 Waverley Crescent, Plumstead SE18 7QT is reopening from Monday the 19th April 19.30 – 21.00. I would like to remind all parents that a uniform consists of scout activity trousers or scout activity shorts, a sweatshirt and polo for beavers and cubs and a scout shirt plus scout belt for scouts and explorers. Our Group’s blue and white scarves and woggles are available from the leaders and are free to all new members. If anyone would like to, we also have plenty of clean and pressed secondhand uniforms available from our stores, which come completely free.
Spring is now in the air, we all have so much to be grateful for and to look forward to, now we have the ideal opportunity to get outside and have some scouting adventures!
Be Prepared, Skip.
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls