The 14th Medway Towns Scout Group, (Explorers 14 – 18 years, Scouts 10.5 – 14 years, Cubs 8 – 10.5 years and Beavers 6 – 8 years) meet every Thursday from 5.45 pm onwards during term times only.
The parish Scout Group was formed in 1998. 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.
Due to the pandemic, and not being able to have face-to-face meetings for over a year, we can’t say for sure how many young people will return when we resume meetings when permitted. Hopefully lots will, and new people will join us. We have a good team of adults ready and raring to go once we can meet again, but always welcome enthusiastic adults, however much or little time you wish to give, whether on a regular basis or just to help with certain activities.
Usually all the young people have a chance to go on camp or have a nights away experience. They do 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 archery, and climbing.
We have an executive committee which looks after the admin side of the Group, as required by Charity Commission regulations and we are very grateful for the support from Fr Pavel and the parish.
Once we return to a more normal way of working, 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.