Meeting Times: Fri 7.30-9.30 and Sat 1.30-5.00
Ages: 11 – 14yrs
Scouts is for young people aged between eleven and fourteen and a half years. At this point in their lives Scouts show great enthusiasm for activities that give them a sense of achievement and follow their special interests with intensity.
Trained Leaders use these characteristics to help make Scouting an experience in which young people gain character- developing qualities while having fun.
During their years in Scouts they aim to earn a series of Badges, which give them a knowledge of basic Scouting skills and mark achievements in areas such as citizenship, campcraft, air and water activities and improving the environment.
This is the basis of the Scout Section and the principal means by which young people are trained to become responsible citizens. Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting, recognised that young people delight at forming themselves into small gangs or cliques each under its own leader whether for work, fun or mischief. He made use of this natural organisation and called it the Patrol System.
Boys and Girls are formed into stable Patrols of four to eight members. A Patrol Leader is appointed as head of the Patrol and is responsible for the training and development of the Patrol, setting and achievement of goals, fostering the group life of the Patrol, and the well- being and advancement of the Patrol to name but a few.
The Patrol Leader also chooses an Assistant Patrol Leader subject to the approval of the Troop Council and Scout Leader. The Assistant Patrol Leader takes the place of the Patrol Leader when they are absent and otherwise assists in running the Patrol.
The value in the Patrol is that it provides…
- The basic unit for activities and training
- Opportunities for leadership experience for the Patrol Leader
- Opportunities for the Patrol members to gain leadership training through observation of the Patrol Leader and by accepting responsibilities within the Patrol
- The opportunity to belong to and work in an autonomous group within the overall structure of the Troop
- A secure environment in which members can test their physical, social and mental abilities
- Opportunities for practising and expressing concern for others
- The opportunity to manage and administer Patrol property, finance and other resources
A Troop is a group of Scouts who meet together on a regular basis. A Troop is composed of approximately four Patrols and should not contain more than 36 Scouts.
The Troop Council is composed of the Patrol Leaders of the Troop who meet regularly in the presence of the Scout Leader. The Troop Council is responsible for the broad program planning, routine Troop management and for the policies and operations of the Troop which are within the capacity of the experience of Scouts. It is also responsible for the expenditure of Troop funds. Training of Patrol Leaders is also partly carried out through the Troop Council.
As well as regular Troop meetings, Patrol meetings entirely on their own are encouraged and may take place at private homes and as expeditions. Troop Council meetings also occur monthly.
When the complete Troop meets it is generally opened by the Duty Patrol Leader who calls the Troop to fall in (usually the horseshoe, hollow square). After the Scouts are in position the Scout Leader takes over and there is a Flag Parade or Flag Break. This is followed by a roll call, inspection ( care and cleanliness) and then notices for the night are given ( Award of Badges). At the end of the meeting there is a Flag down or Flag Parade, Prayers and then the Troop is dismissed. If someone is becoming a Scout for the first time an investiture will take place.