Joining Scouts

If you are ready to find out what Scouting is all about and you are a Cub, or new to Scouting, you can join the Scouts between the ages of 10½ and 14. To become a Scout you need to earn your Membership Award - for this need to: Get to know other members and Leaders in the Patrol and the Troop Find out about the activities that the Patrol and Troop does Find out about the ceremonies, traditions and rules in the Troop Show that you know the general history and family of Scouts and Scouting around the world. Learn and understand the Scout Promise and Law, the Scout Motto, sign, salute and handshake Become a Scout by making the Promise when you are Invested

If you are a Cub, you can start the Scout Membership

Award about three weeks before you are due to join the

Troop as part of your Cub Moving-on Award. You can

wear this on your Scout uniform and can transfer these

Cub Scout badges to your new Scout uniform:

Joining In Badge (highest number) Moving-On Award Chief Scout’s Silver Award Any Staged Activity Badges that you have (highest stage gained). Download information about Scouts

Getting Invested

You will be expected to make your Promise in front of the other Scouts at an Investiture ceremony, which is your formal welcome to the Troop, and when you receive your Membership Award. You (and the Leaders!) are encouraged to apply the Promise to your daily lives. Your parents and family usually come to hear you make your promise, as it is an important occasion not just for you as a new Scout, but also for the whole Troop. If you don't already have one, you will also be given a lemon coloured scarf (sometimes called a ‘necker’) with the ‘Isle of Wedmore’ badge on it, to show that you belong to Wedmore Group.

Scout Promise & Law

As far as possible you should try to learn your promise off-by-heart, as it is important that you try your best to live by it. However we understand that you may get nervous when having to speak in front of the Troop, so during your investiture you will usually repeat your promise after a Leader. The Scout Promise is: ‘‘On my honour, I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and to the Queen, to help other people and to keep the Scout Law’’ There are alternative wordings of the Promise for members of faiths for whom the original wording is inappropriate. As part of your Promise, you also promise to keep the Scout Law, which is a series of positive statements of the ways in which the Promise can be lived out - it is: A Scout is to he trusted. A Scout is loyal. A Scout is friendly and considerate. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts. A Scout has courage in all difficulties. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property A Scout has self-respect and respect for others. Download a Scout Promise sheet

Your uniform

You need to buy your uniform within the first few weeks of joining the Troop. However, it is worth waiting a couple of weeks to make sure that you are settled, and that Scouting is for you. Meanwhile, Cubs should continue to wear their Cub Scout Uniform. It is important to remember that when uniform is worn, it is an outward and visible sign, which should show Scouting at its best! The essential parts of the Scout uniform are: Group Scarf – Wedmore Scout Group wear a lemon coloured scarf. Sometimes it is called a ‘necker’. It has the Wedmore Group badge on the back of it. The scarf is presented to you when you are invested into the Troop. Most Cub Scouts like to wear their old scarf. Woggle – This is usually a leather ring with the scout logo on it that holds the scarf in place. Shirt – A long sleeved, kingfisher green shirt, with an embroidered scout logo, onto which the Scout badges are sewn. Trousers – These are dark blue with a scout logo on them Belt – This is leather with a metal buckle bearing the scout logo

Challenges & badges

So that you can see how you are getting on in the Troop, there are a number of Challenge Awards to try to gain. You will do most the things that you need to complete these, during your normal weekly meetings. There are also a range of Activity Badges to test your skills and to help you to with new interests; which can also help to complete some of your Challenge and the Chief Scout's Gold Award. As well as special staged badge that cover a range of topics and skills that you can tackle through your time in the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. You can download an App for your mobile phone or note pad that gives you details of all the awards and badges you can gain, as wells the promise and law - go to download now

Challenge Awards

There are nine Challenge Awards, which cover a number of themes, from the physical and ‘outdoorsy’, to challenges dealing with the local community, or issues connected with the Scouting world. You are expected to show personal commitment and be fully involved in the activities. The level of involvement will depend on the your previous experience and your personal ability. You can attempt a Challenge Award more than once; however, if you do you will have to work harder at it, the second time around. Clicking on the badges to the right will tell you what you need to do to meet the challenge. Click on to any of the badges to go to the Scout Association website, which will tell you what you need to do to meet the challenge.

Chief Scout's Gold Award

You should aim to get this badge, which is the highest award available in the Scouts. To gain it you must have completed all of the above Challenge Awards, plus six activity or staged activity badges. If you have not quite completed the requirements for this award when you move on to Explorer Scouts, you can complete it in your first term in the Explorer Unit.

Activity Badges

These cover a huge range of skills, experiences and interests, and are designed to be achieved by you at home, or through a hobby that you have, or you may want to try on something that is of particular interest to you. You may need additional help to understand what you need to do for some of the badges. Always talk to a Scout Leader about the badge you want to do, or which you think that you have achieved. Click here to go to the Scout Association website where you will find a list of all of the Cub Activity Badges and details of what do to achieve them.

Staged Badges

These badges have a number of stages, which get more difficult as they go on - they are to help you to develop your special interests - and can also help to complete your Challenge and Chief Scout's Awards. These cover a range of topics and skills and don’t have to be done in any order; it is possible for you to begin at whatever stage you find to be the hardest. However, the stages do get more difficult each time

Joining-in Awards

These badges are numbered to show how many years you have been in the Scout Movement, starting from the time you first joined. You can wear all of the badges you get while in the Scouts then keep the highest numbered badge when you move on to Explorer Scouts.

Moving-on Award

The Scout Moving-on Award helps you to make a smooth transfer to become a Young Leader or an Explorer Scout. Around-about your 14th birthday, you will be put into contact with the District Commissioner who is responsible for the Young Leader and Explorer Scout Units to make sure that your move to this section is as smooth as possible. Have a look at the Young Leader and Explorer Scout sections of this website to find out about this section of Scouting. During this period you will be able to take part in both Scouts and Explorers for a short period of time (at least three weeks), and take an active part in the Young Leader or Explorer Unit programme. At the end of this time you will be presented with your Scout Moving-on Award, which you can wear on your Explorer Scout shirt. There are loads of great reasons to become a Young Leader linked to Wedmore Group; including the opportunity to develop your leadership skills, and the chance to have fun teaching and being with young people within the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at Wedmore.

How Scouts started

Robert Baden-Powell (or B-P for short) started Scouting. As a boy, B-P enjoyed the outdoors and spent many hours pretending to be a hunter or an Indian scout. He also went on expeditions with his brothers in the countryside carrying everything they needed on their backs. When B-P left school he joined the British Army. While he was serving in South Africa, B-P led the defence of a small town called Mafeking for seven months, against the Boers, who outnumbered his men nine to one. As there were so few soldiers, he asked local boys to be messengers. On returning to Britain, B-P saw that, apart from sport, young people Britain had very little to do. He remembered what he had learnt in Africa and decided to teach the boys in Britain those skills. To test his new methods, B- P organised a camp for 20 boys on Brownsea Island, Dorset, during the summer of 1907. Over the course of a week, B-P taught the boys exploring, camping, boating, lifesaving and lots more activities, all of which Scouts still do today. After the camp, B-P wrote a book based on his experiences, which was called ‘Scouting for Boys’, which was published in 1908 in six fortnightly parts at four pence a copy. Thousands of boys bought the book and formed themselves into Patrols, taking part in the activities they had read about. The Patrols asked adults to become their Leaders and so the Patrols formed Troops. What had been intended as a training aid for existing organisations became the handbook of a new Movement, which secured the royal seal of approval in 1909 when King Edward VII agreed to the introduction of the King’s Scout Award. In its first census in 1910, Scouting had almost 108,000 members; of which over 100,000 were young people. In 1920, the first World Scout Jamboree was held in London, where Scouts from all over the world camped together. The Scouts came from many different countries and camped for eight nights. At this Jamboree, B-P was declared the first and only Chief Scout of the World. Scouting spread quickly all over the world, and there are now over 28 million Scouts in more than 200 countries. In 2007, the Movement celebrated its centenary, and the 21st World Scout Jamboree was held in the UK. Click here to find out about the history of Wedmore Scout Group Click here to find more information about World Scout Jamborees
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