Letter to parents
Unlike a lot of other Scout Groups, Denmead has always been lucky to have enough leaders to run our sections. This has enabled us to grow to 7 sections giving approximately 150 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 in Denmead the chance to experience Scouting and all the benefits it has to offer.
Unfortunately, due to a variety of circumstances, we are in the position of not having enough leaders to continue with this many sections. So it’s time for us to take a fresh look at the way we provide Scouting for our members.
One option would be to cut our sections down to only one Beaver Colony, one Cub Pack and one Scout Troop. However that would mean almost half of our young people having to leave Scouting or move to another group in the Waterlooville area.
The second option is to run each Colony, Pack and Troop on a fortnightly basis. This is obviously not ideal, as the young people would only be getting half the Scouting activities they enjoy now.
The third and best option is for us to find more Leaders. We recognize that many parents don’t work regular hours and cannot commit to Scouting on a regular weekly basis. So, what I am proposing is that we recruit a team of assistant leaders who would run the sections on a rota basis with one overall leader to manage each team.
EG. Debbie will be the overall leader of both Beaver Colonies and will have a team of 8 assistant leaders who will commit to one week each per month. The team will get together once a term to plan the meetings for that term. Debbie will manage the records and the rota, and each leader will know what the programme is for their weeks.
This would work in the same way for Cubs and Scouts
So, I hear you ask, “what’s involved in becoming a leader?
These are the requirements of an Assistant leader:
- To understand and accept The Scout Association’s polices
- Have a satisfactory CRB clearance
- Undertake some training to enable you to be an effective leader. The majority of the training can be done ‘on-line’ or ‘on the job’.
- Wear a uniform – The Scout Group pay for this.
- Have fun!
On Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th November between 6.00 & 8.00pm I, along with some of my leaders, will be at the HQ to give you more information about what becoming a leader involves and to answer any questions you have.
I know that many of you come along and help whenever you are asked and have fun when you are there. We really appreciate this but unless we have qualified leaders we can’t run our sections. So please think about this and if you think you might be interested in becoming an Assistant Leader on this new flexible basis, then please come along and have a chat with us with no obligation. If you can’t make either of the sessions then please give me a call and I will arrange a separate meeting.
We all want to give your children the best possible experiences, adventures and opportunities so please help us to do that.
Yours in Scouting
Angela (Group Scout Leader)
Becoming a Leader FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. Do I really have the skills you need?
You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? are you really good at crafts? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.
2. What will Iget out of volunteering?
As well as gaining externally recognised skills and having a brilliant time, Scouting also offers the chance to build on personal skills, like teamwork, confidence and leadership. A study found that over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives.
3. What training do I need?
To support adults in Scouting, the Association provides a comprehensive programme of training to build on existing skills and knowledge and develop new competencies. The scheme recognises the prior learning, experience and existing knowledge of adults. It is not necessary for adults to attend training if they can clearly show that they are able to meet module objectives by demonstrating their skills in their Scouting role; this is done through validation.
You will need to undertake “Getting Started” modules 1, 2 and 3 within the first 5 months of your appointment.
Module 1, Essential Information. This is the basic information that all adults in Scouting need to know. It briefly covers the fundamentals of Scouting, the key policies of The Scout Association and the support available to adults in Scouting.
Module 2, Personal Learning Plan. This module consists of creating a plan to meet the training requirements of the role, taking into account existing knowledge and skills
Module 3, Tools for the Job. This contains some basic information about the role and practical help for working within a section. The module covers the key features of the section and how to run suitable games and activities.
You will be appointed your own training advisor who will assist you in planning how you achieve your training. If you have previous and relevant experience, this can accredited, which will mean less training is required. Some Modules are applicable to Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, and others relate to each specific Scout section. Once all their training has been completed the leader receives their wood beads and a certificate.
2. How much time will it take?
In general, a Leader does not have to attend every meeting, some of our leaders work shifts and we plan accordingly. Each term, the Leaders of a section meet together to plan the terms schedule. There are also termly Leaders’ meetings. There will also be the odd weekend event (Dinosaur Derby, Camps, competitions etc.)
3. Do I need to be there every week?
4. How long do I need to be a Leader for?
The average Leader signs up for between one and two and a half years. If you only want to be a leader during your child’s time in Scouting that’s fine.
6. Do I need to be under 65 or a parent?
No. Leaders need to be over 18 but there is no upper age limit.
7. Do I have to join the Executive Committee?
As a Leader, you have the option of being a member of the Committee but it is not mandatory.
8. Do I have to camp every weekend or at all?
No – Beavers do not camp but usually run an overnight stay in a building each year. Cubs run 3 camps a year, one of which is indoors and Scouts and Explorers run several camps during the year but there is no requirement for you to camp.
9. What does the Group provide for me?
Uniform, personal liability insurance, training, improved CV, some excellent life skills and experiences & new friends!
10. Will it cost me anything?
You should not be out of pocket by being a leader. All uniform and training are provided free and any other out of pocket expenses are covered by the group eg. petrol and phone calls
We need your help!
We would love parents to join us as a registered helper or even better, register your interest to become an assistant leader!
Simply click on the button below and complete your details and the Group Scout Leader will contact you.