The 14th Medway Scouts/Cubs/Beavers meets every Thursday from 5.45 pm onwards during term times only.
In September this year the parish Scout Group was 20 years old. It is the only non-school activity, with the exception of sacramental catechesis, provided in the parish for young people. Scouting exists to provide young people with skills for life, by actively engaging and supporting young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. Scouts are guided by these values:
Integrity – We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
Respect – We have self-respect and respect for others.
Care – We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
Belief – We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.
Co-operation – We make a positive difference; we co-operate with others and make friends. Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and enjoy what they are doing and have fun; take part in activities indoors and outdoors; learn by doing; share in spiritual reflection; take responsibility and make choices; undertake new and challenging activities; make their Scout Promise and live by it.
We have over 20 Beavers, aged 6 – 8 years old, around 15 Cubs (8 – 10.5 years old) and almost 20 Scouts (10.5 – 14 years old). We also have several Explorer Scouts who are aged 14 – 18 years, a number of whom act as young leaders, assisting the leaders in the younger sections. There is a good team of adult leaders and helpers – a mixture of parents and other adults who have been involved for a number of years. One Scout Leader has had to reduce her commitment due to family demands and another has had a few health concerns recently, so extra support is always welcomed, whether on a regular basis or just to help with certain activities.
During the year the young people have all had a chance to go on camp or have a nights away experience and they have done a number of different activity badges and challenges, as well as having trips to local camps sites and doing activities such as hiking and cycle rides, shooting and climbing.
In the last year, in addition to the ongoing provision for young people, a new executive committee has been formed and the admin side of the Group re-established. We are very grateful for the support from Fr Bart, both with the exec matters and assisting with some of the activities for the young people.
In the forthcoming year activities for the young people will continue, and we will be looking to further build the adult team. The Group will continue to strengthen links with the parish by helping with parish events and helping keep the field and woodland areas tidy. There will also be regular church parades which the young people are encouraged to attend.