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Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts

The Scout Section is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs, and is for young people, usually aged between 10½ and 14 years.


Activities

Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenge awards and activity badges.


Balanced Programme

Scouts take part in a Balanced Programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit, and helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.

Being outdoors is important, and half the programme is given over to taking part in traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing.


International Scouting

Its international aspect gives Scouting a special appeal, and many Scouts now travel abroad during their time in the section. In 2011, 40,000 Scouts from around the world attended the World Jamboree in Sweden, and Scouts regularly participate in international camps and experiences both on home soil and abroad, each of them a unique experience in its own right.


Structure

A Scout Troop is divided into small groups called Patrols, each headed up by an older Scout called a Patrol Leader, and often with an Assistant Patrol Leader.

Scouting is about being with friends, as part of a team, and participating fully in the adventure and opportunities of life.


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Important News about the Scout Shop
14/09/2018 By DC-Russell Brooks

Dear Leaders and Parents, 

There is currently a dispute ongoing in relation to the renewal of the lease of the Scout Hut at Tallents Crescent.  The landlords have unilaterally changed the locks and told us that we can no longer have access to the hut.  We will continue to try to resolve matters and reinstate our access rights, but in the meantime we have therefore had to temporarily suspend the Scout Shop.

Parents, this means that the Scout shop for the time being will not be opening at Tallents Crescent.  Whilst our shop is closed, we have arranged with St Albans District Scouts that our parents and leaders can use their shop.  A  map and opening times can be found at  http://www.stalbansscouts.org/st-albans-scout-shop/ and in the attached.

Parents can buy all core uniform from the shop.  Scarves will not be available from St Albans Scout shop however, as they were stored at our hut and are locked in for now.  As soon as they are accessible again, we will let you know.

Leaders can buy uniform and badges from the shop.  The shop manager has asked that leaders email her details of the badges they want so she can get them ready for collection (sales@stalbansscoutshop.org.uk).  Leaders will need to pay St Albans shop for badges, and seek reimbursement from their Groups direct.

All the best

Russell Brooks
District Commissioner

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Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts
District Commissioner, 65 Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4XF
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