5th Carmarthen Scout Group is currently one of the biggest groups in the Carmarthenshire Area.
At present we have around 40 young people in our Scout section.
These are split into two troops, one meeting on a Tuesday night and the other on a Thursday night. Meeting times for both Troops are 7.15 – 9pm at the Scout Hall on Woods Row, however in order to maximise our time outdoors, the time and venue are often changed – details can be found on our programme which will be updated regularly during the year. We always try to help with transport to activities that are held away from the hall. The same programme is run on both a Tuesday and a Thursday night, and weekend activities are run as joint activities for both Troops.
We are very lucky to have a strong team of Leaders and contact details for the Leaders are here. However please remember that all Leaders are volunteers, and any offers of parental help are gratefully accepted. If you have any particular skills or interests that you think might be of use, please let us know. Or if you can spare some time on a regular basis to help out on Troop night then we would love to hear from you!
At 5th Carmarthen we run a very full and active programme, however, scouting is not a youth club, and a commitment to attending meetings is essential. The more activities Scouts take part in, the more they will get out of their Scouting experience. All Scouts who take an active part in the life of the Troop over the whole four year period should achieve their Chief Scouts Gold Award at the end of that time.
Our aim is to develop each individual to their full potential and all our activities relate to and uphold the core values of the Scout Promise and Laws. By the end of their 4 years in the Scout Troop they should have developed a wide range of skills and taken part in a host of different activities – all of which are preparing them to become active and effective members of their communities. We hope that above all else they will have had a lot of fun and be ready to move on to the Explorer Unit.
Whilst our aim is to keep costs of activities to a minimum, we are aware that cost can be prohibitive for some people. We try to ensure that no Scout misses out on scouting activities due to financial hardship. Please approach any of the Leaders, in confidence, if the cost of any activity is a problem for you and we will do our best to help.
We undertake some activity badge work as part of our weekly programme – sometimes completing the whole badge during the meetings, sometimes requiring Scouts to do some work on their own.
HOWEVER there are a huge number of Activity Badges that Scouts can attempt, and we could never cover them all as part of our programme. We therefore encourage Scouts to look at their badge book, and work independently towards any badges that interest them. Record work in a scrap book and let us know when you have finished – we will arrange for time to be set aside for you to be assessed.
This year we are working towards our Faith Partnership Award, so a lot of our activities throughout this year will have a faith based theme, including several visits to the places of worship of different faith communities and involvement in the Peace Mala project.
Scouts get an opportunity to camp at least one night during every month of the year, and we encourage all Scouts to work towards their DRAGON AWARD. For those new to Scouts more details of this award can be found at http://www.scoutswales.org.uk/programme/dragon
NIGHTS AWAY – Nights Away awards are a cumulative award throughout your time in Scouting. You can transfer the badge worn on your Cub uniform to your Scout uniform – you only wear the highest award on your sleeve. Nights Away done with school or another youth organisation can be counted towards your scouting nights. However your leader must approve this BEFOREHAND and you can count up to a maximum of 5 nights away outside scouting during your time in the section. Please note that Dragon Award camps done independently DO NOT count as Nights Away.
HIKES AWAY - as with Nights Away, Hikes Away are cumulative throughout your time in Scouting. Hikes can be done on foot, canoe or bicycle. Only hikes done within the Scouting Association can be counted.
Happy Scouting in 2013 -2014!
Last Updated (Wednesday, 09 October 2013 21:27)