Scouting is for boys and girls aged between 10½ and 14 years, who want to make friends and develop their widening interests in ways that are both educational and fun. It is ideal for young people who want a break from the usual after school routine of homework, games and TV. With the emphasis on adventurous activities, action and involvement, Scouting means more than just camping. Hiking, rock climbing, gliding, sailing, pioneering, canoeing, parascending, abseiling, First Aid, motor mechanics, electronics, amateur radio and photography are just some of the things they do. Their uniform of activity trousers, with teal green polo or long sleeved shirt, reflects their adventurous lifestyle. Each Scout Troop consists of small groups (usually called Patrols) of six to eight young people, one of whom is the Patrol Leader. The PLs share responsibility with the adult Leader for maintaining standards and training within the Troop. All Scouts are encouraged to take part in the decision-making process and regular Forums provide the chance for them to help in planning Troop activities.
Outdoor activities feature prominently in the Scout Troop. The highlight for most is the annual summer camp or expedition, and much of the rest of the year is devoted to preparing for this. Even in winter there may be Patrol hikes or weekend camps. Map reading, camp cooking, First Aid and other skills can be practised at any time of the year.
Our Scouts mostly come from our Cub packs but it’s worth enquiring about direct entry to one of our scout troops as places occasionally become available.
We meet each week during term times on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at Dorridge Scout Hut. We enjoy taking part in all the usual activities you might associate with scouting and probably quite a few more! Our varied programme covers a 3 1/2 to 4 year period so our scouts are engaged in a diverse range of ever changing activities so there is never a board or quiet moment!
In addition we run a range of camps and expeditions as well as actively participating in Solihull Scout County events, many of which are competitive such as the annual night hike, swimming gala, and cooking competition. The six summits challenge run over the first weekend in May sees over 300 scouts from Solihull County climb the biggest peaks in Shropshire.
Our parents are activly involved with many assisting on scout nights, or in other ways such as with the annual jumble sale. Some like to get more involved as section assistants and assistant leaders. If you enjoy outdoor activities and adventure, whether or not you know how to read a compass why not find out ow you can make a difference? You may have heard that the Duchess of Cambridge recently agreed to volunteer on a flexible volunteering basis with scouting. Find out more here: http://www.scouts.org.uk/news/463/scouting-welcomes-royal-volunteer
Whilst having fun along the way our scouts participate in the Scouts Association award scheme whereby they develop skills, take on challenges and participate in a range of outdoor camps and expeditions. Badges are awarded for these and the pinnacle, though difficult to achieve, is being awarded the Chief Scouts Award before moving up to Explorers at 14 – 14 1/2.
If you would like to learn more email us at scouts [at] dorridgescouts [dot] org