GSL’s Blog Nov102018

GSL’s Blog

20th October 2016 5th May 2015 3rd Feb 2015 Hello from GSL blog Hello All, This is my first blog as GSL for 3rd Brampton and I’d like to take this opportunity to give an update on what’s been happening with the Group. Leadership Changes There have been a lot of changes in leadership across all sections of the Group over the last year or so. Firstly Katie and Allissa stepped down from Cubs and David Passell took over as Akela in January. Then when Sharon stood down as GSL, I took over that role and Ryan moved up to fill the Scout Leader role I had vacated.  Finally Gail replaced Sara as Beaver Scout Leader during the summer. We also have a growing team of Section Assistants, Occasional Helpers and Young Leaders without whose support we would not be able to provide Scouting to the young people in the Group. More help is always welcome – so if you’d like to join in, please talk to me or one of the other leaders. Group Executive Committee The Group Executive Committee play a key role in managing the Group and provide essential support the leadership team. Unfortunately, our Executive Committee is understrength and we desperately need some additional members, preferably two parent representatives from each of the three sections. It isn’t a huge time commitment, 3 or 4 committee meetings a year plus helping out at occasional Group events, so if you are able to help, please let me know. Remembrance Sunday Once again the Group will be taking part in the Remembrance Sunday service at St Thomas’ church on Sunday November 13th. We would like to see as many Beavers, Cubs and Scouts as possible take part in this. Parents are also welcome to attend. More...

St George’s Day Parade

St Georges Day Parade – Sunday 22nd April 2018 Setting off.Scout section.Parade inspection. Chesterfield District’s Annual St Georges Day Parade and Promise Renewal will take place on Sunday April 22nd. As in previous years, the parade will assemble in front of the Town Hall and march to the Parish Church.  All Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Young Leaders and Leaders are expected to attend in full uniform.  (From past experience it could be a bit chilly and therefore everyone should wear a layer or two under their uniform.) 3rd Brampton will meet in the little car park on Rose Hill West no later than 14:10.  Free passes for the Town Hall car park are available here. After the service and renewal of promise, the parade will march back to the Town Hall where they will be dismissed at about 16:15.   St George’s Day Parade 2016 Pictures from the St George’s Day parade, Sunday 24th April 2016.  A big thank you to all those that attended and represented the 3rd Brampton Scout Group. Heading towards the church.Scouts marching.Beaver section.Cub section.Scout section.Waiting to be dismissed.Finished.   St George’s Day Parade 2015 Pictures from the St George’s Day parade, Sunday 26th April 2015.  A big thank you to all those that attended and represented the 3rd Brampton Scout Group. The Cub Section.The Scout Section.Marching towards the church.Flags at rear of the church.Mayor & Mayoress.Inside the parish church.3rd Brampton flag bearers.The Beaver Section.The parade’s leading band.Bronze Award Beavers forming guard of honour.   St George’s Day Parade 2014 This years St George’s Day parade was held on the 4th May.  It was well attended by many groups from in and around the Chesterfield area.  The parade met outside the town hall and then marched to St Mary’s and All Saints church...

Group Race Night Apr202018

Group Race Night

The Group will be holding a Race Night fundraising event in April. This will be great fun for all the family, as well as being an opportunity to socialise with other members of the 3rd Brampton Scout Group. The night will be held on Friday 20th April at the Badger Pub, Brockwell Lane, Chesterfield. The evening will start at 7pm with the first race held at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 for adults, £2.50 for children (price includes food). Please come along, it will be a great evening! For more information about the event, please see the Race Night Information letter...

Joining In Jan012018

Joining In

The 3rd Brampton (St Thomas’) Scout Group is a popular Group which often finds itself over-subscribed. Please check below in the relevant section for the latest information regarding vacancies and who to contact. Any changes to the situation of vacancies across the Group will be listed here, as they arise. Parents/guardians are encouraged to check for availability on a monthly basis. Potential new members are invited to explore this website and find out more about the Group and the Section of interest. Existing members are reminded that younger siblings will not be offered automatic or priority membership, however members moving up through the sections will continue to be accommodated wherever possible. Current Vacancies Beavers Cubs Scouts There are now two Beavers colonies that meet at St Thomas’ Church, Chatsworth Road. The Hipper colony meets on Friday nights between 18:15 and 19:15 (during term time), and the Rother colony meets on Monday nights between 17:30 and 18:30. Beavers caters for boys and girls, of all faiths, aged between 6 and 8 years old. There are currently very limited vacancies in the Friday night Beaver section, but more spaces in the new Monday night Beaver colony. Please check back regularly for updates to this situation and/or contact the Beaver leader by email at RotherBeavers@3rdBrampton.co.uk (Mondays) / HipperBeavers@3rdBrampton.co.uk or use the website’s Contact form. Cubs meet at St Thomas’ Church, Chatsworth Road, on Friday nights between 18:00 and 19:30 (during term time). The section caters for boys and girls, of all faiths, aged between 8 and 10 years old. There are currently a very limited number of spaces available in our Cub section due to older children moving on. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Cub Leader by email at Cubs@3rdBrampton.co.uk or use the website’s Contact form. Scouts meet at St...

Volunteering Aug292017

Volunteering

The Group is constantly in need of parents to assist with each of the sections and with the general running of the group. There are many roles within the Group where you can offer help, some are uniformed (or not) and are hands-on ‘on-the-night’, others support uniformed leaders or assist with the administration and the general running of the Group. Whatever skills you have to offer, and whatever level of commitment, regular or occasional, you are able to offer – we need your help! You might even enjoy it! Please contact us via the Contact Form or just come down and have a chat with our Group Scout Leader on Friday night. For even more information about volunteering, see the Joining The Adventure and the Getting Involved sections of the Scouting website.   We also have the following specific volunteer roles to fill: Group Secretary Admin Volunteer Exec. Committee   Parent Supporters After many years service to 3rd Brampton, Peter Hall has decided to step down as Group Secretary. This is a key voluntary role in the Group Executive Committee and we desperately need to find a replacement. The role of the Group Secretary is to: provide sound administrative support to the Group make available to members of the Group information received into the Group keep in contact with the District Secretary keep such records as the Group Scout Leader and Group Chairman require.   The key duties of the Group Secretary are to: act as Secretary to the Group Scout Council& Group Executive Committee. work closely with and support the Group Chairman. provide sound administration support for the Group Scout Leader Ensure completion of the Group annual census return. Maintain records required for the effective administration of the Scout Group. Ensure safe custody of legal and official documents.   Although not a uniformed role,...

Wood Badge Awarded Mar242017

Wood Badge Awarded

Congratulations Ant Hayden, Assistant Scout Leader at 3rd Brampton (St Thomas’) Scout Group was presented with his Wood Badge at Scouts tonight. The Wood Badge is awarded to leaders who have completed their adult training and was introduced by Baden Powell in 1919. The Wood Badge course is designed so that adult Scouters can learn; in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. On completion, participants are still awarded the beads to recognise their significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people, and to welcome them to membership of the 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group. Wood Badge holders wear the distinctive necker, woggle and beads. Additional beads may be gained through further training (up to 6 beads). For more information about the award see the Wiki page or this post on The Voice of Scouting....

Behaviour & Attendance Jul222014

Behaviour & Attendance

In order to ensure that the 3rd Brampton (St Thomas’) Scout Group can provide both a safe and enjoyable environment within all sections, we operate both Behaviour and Attendance policies. Unacceptable behaviour exhibited by any Beaver/Cub/Scout or parent/guardian will not be tolerated, and if warranted these members will no longer be welcome in the Group. All leaders, assistant leaders, young leaders, and volunteer helpers give up a great deal of their own time in order to operate the different sections, and it is a simple fact that without their dedication no aspect of the Group would function. Please bear this in mind at all times.   Behaviour Policy All Beavers/Cubs/Scouts are expected to be polite, considerate and respectful to others, to take turns, share, play fairly, be quiet when others are speaking, and take care of the equipment. Fighting, kicking, shouting, teasing, bad language, hitting and pushing are not acceptable, and inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated. Minor incidents will be dealt with by a telling off and/or sitting out of a game or activity for a short period. The 3rd Brampton (St Thomas’s) Scout Group has, though only rarely uses, a red and yellow card system to deal with particularly bad behaviour. If a Beaver/Cub/Scout causes significant physical or emotional harm to another Beaver/Cub/Scout through, for example, a violent act, bullying or prolonged teasing, then they will receive a card. Yellow cards will be presented for episodes of worse than ‘normal’ bad behaviour. Red cards will be presented for more serious episodes and for 2 yellows in an evening. If a Beaver/Cub/Scout receives a red card, they will be asked not to attend the following week’s Cub/Scout meeting. If a Beaver/Cub/Scout receives 2 red cards in a term, they will be told to leave...

Group History Jul222014

Group History

3rd Brampton (St Thomas’) Scout Group was established on the 5th April 1949 with seven boys from the St Thomas’ Church choir. They were Paddy Hooley, Trevor Silverwood, Michael Allan, Noel Smith, Spencer Spooner, John Dickson and Keith Gabbitas. The Scout Master was church curate, Rev. Joyce and the Group Scout Master was the church rector, John Dawson Hooley. They met in the St Thomas’ School Rooms in Brampton, Chesterfield. Eager were the younger brothers of those in the Scout Troop to join, the Cub Scout Pack for 8 to 10½ year olds was established in 1952 under the leadership of Joan Lilley and Mary Houghton. Scout Group – 1956.Scout Group – Early 1960s.Brampton Gala – 1980s.Brampton Gala – 1980s.Cubs Premier Pack – 1985.Scouts Premier Troop 1985.Cub Pack – Mid 1980s. The Group continued to grow as more and more youngsters wanted to join in the rich variety of activities that were offered. In 1981 a second Cub Pack was established to meet demand. The Hipper Pack, meeting on a Thursday evening, was led initially by Alec Seels and eventually Paul Smedley. The Group was a pioneer Group in the development of Beaver Scouting for 6-8 year olds, opening the Beaver Colony in 1988. The first Beaver leaders were Janet Smith, Bernice May and Cris Devonshire. The Group has always excelled at District (and later County) competitions and has been awarded the District Premier Pack and District Premier Troop award on many occasions. The Scout troop even won the Derbyshire County Scouts Rampage Competition in 2008! AGM – July 2006.St George’s Day – 2007.Scout Summer Camp 2008.Scout Water Camp – 2009.Guard Of Honour – 2010.Cheque Presentation 2010. We currently operate Beaver, Cub and Scout troops, all of which cater for both boys and girls. If you are a...