Your 63rd Bristol Scout Group NEEDS YOU!

We were asked to share the below message from the 63rd Bristol Scouts leadership team – Mike, Matt and Lu.

We hope you enjoyed a great summer break and have taken the opportunity for fun and adventure whenever you could!

Many of us have just returned from a very successful Summer Scout Camp where over 60 of our Scouts and Explorers had an amazing time in the woods at Penn wood Scout Camp in the heart of the Cotswolds. Camping and outdoor adventure is not only great fun it is key to our Scouting programme and we’d like to be able to continue to offer this experience and a whole range of other Scouting opportunities to all of our young members and as many of the wider community as possible. 

Our group has gone from strength to strength in the past few years as more and more young people look to enjoy Scouting and what it can offer. We now have nearly 300 young members actively participating in Scouting and our waiting list has nearly reached 100 member requests 

To continue operating the 63rd Bristol Scouts at this level and to be able to continue to welcome new members we simply need more leaders.  

We need more volunteers within our Scouting community who can provide help and support, in a variety of roles. Providing either simply 2 hours a week as part of a leadership team, or more if they want to take on more responsibility in shaping and organising the programme for our young members. 

We need to recruit 24 new leaders across Beaver, Cub and Scout Sections. There are some nights where is it critical we get help now or we may have to reduce the size of the units and restrict attendance in order to make the experience valuable to our young people. 

We appreciate that in order to volunteer you need more information. You need to understand what’s involved, how you can help, what roles are available and what help and training is available to you. 

So we’ll be dedicating our first week back to holding a series of Information Evenings which will look to provide information on; what’s it like being part of the leadership team, what’s involved, the training available, the DBS process that all leaders need to complete and the kind of help we need. We’ll hear from existing leaders why they’ve volunteered, what they’ve got out of it and how it can provide you with new experiences, skills and just plain good fun. 

You don’t have to have any Scouting experience to join in, we welcome anyone from any background. 

Our information evenings will run at the Scout Hut on: 

  • Tuesday 7th September 19:30 – 20:30
  • Wednesday 8th September 19:30 – 20:30 

Refreshments will be available and you can sign up to attending one of our evenings here on this link: https://forms.gle/vqPqSewr5tmXaAmV8   

If you can’t make any of these, you are welcome to come along to our 63rd Scout Group AGM on Friday 10th September, when you can hear all about our Group, what we get up to and to talk to the leadership team there about getting involved. 

All our leaders will no doubt agree that volunteering is good for you, it’s not just about giving back to the community, it goes both ways. It improves your wellbeing, gives you skills for the future and helps you make new friends and memories.

We really hope you can join us!

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