About Scouting in East Somerset

Find a Group – Scouting in East Somerset

East Somerset District is one of the largest Scout Districts in the UK. We have over 2,500 members and over 500 volunteers. We cover a large geographical area from Yeovil in the south to the village of Rode (north of Frome) in the North. It takes in the major towns of Yeovil, Frome, Wincanton, Martock, Shepton Mallet, Somerton, Glastonbury, Bruton, Castle Cary and the city of Wells.

It’s easy to join our adventure. Simply get in touch and we’ll talk you through it.

Bruton

Bruton Scout Group Bruton Scout Hall, st.Catherines Hill, Bruton, Somerset

Frome (10th Frome Scout Group)

10th Frome Scout Group Frome Community College, Frome

Castle Cary

Castle Cary Scout Group Castle Cary Scout Hall, Park Street, Castle Cary, Somerset

Wincanton

Martock (1st Fosseway Scout Group)

1st Fosseway Scout Group, Martock Scout Hall, Martock Recreation Ground, Stoke Road, Martock, Somerset

 

Beavers (6-8yrs), Cubs (8-10.5yrs), Scouts (10.5yrs – 14yrs)

Shepton Mallet

1st Shepton Mallet Scout Group The Scout Hall, Old Wells Road, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5XN www.sheptonmalletscoutgroup.btck.co.uk e-mail: gsl.smsg@gmail.com

Somerton

Somerton Scout Group Somerton Scout Hall, Half Moon Car Park, Somerton www.somertonscoutgroup.org.uk

Glastonbury

4th Glastonbury Scout Group – www.glastonburyscouts.org

info@glastonburyscouts.org

Beavers – Mondays 5.30 to 6.40pm
Cubs – Mondays 7.00 to 8.15pm
Scouts – Wednesdays 7.00 to 9.00pm

Wells & Pheasant Explorer Unit

5th / 7th Wells Scout Group Wells Scout Hall, Wells Blue School, Kennion Road, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2NP www.wellsscouts.org.uk

Beavers (6-8yrs), Cubs (8-10.5yrs), Scouts (10.5yrs – 14yrs) & Explorers (14-18yrs)

Pheasant Explorer Unit meets on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm

Yeovil (St.Andrews Scout Group)

St.Andrews Scout Group St.Andrews Scout Hall, Preston Grove, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2BQ www.standrewsscoutgroup.co.uk

Yeovil (Great Lyde Scout Group & Givelle Explorers)

Great Lyde Scout Group & Givele Explorer Scouts Great Lyde Scout Hall, St.Johns Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 5QR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beavers (6-8yrs), Cubs (8-10.5yrs), Scouts (10.5yrs – 14yrs) and Explorers (14-18yrs)

Yeovil (Holy Trinity Scout Group) & Phoenix Explorer Unit

Holy Trinity Scout Group Holy Trinity Scout Hall, Lysander Road, Yeovil, Somerset

Yeovil (St.Michaels Scout Group)

2nd & 4th St.Michaels Scout Group St.Michaels Scout Hall, St.Michaels Road, Yeovil, Somerset

Yeovil (St.James's Scout Group)

st. James’s Scout Group Abbey Manor Community Centre, Stourton Way, Yeovil, Somerset

Frome (1st & 7th Frome Scout Group)

1st & 7th Frome (Jubilee) Scout Group The Scout HQ Welshmill Lane, Frome E-mail:fasleader@gmail.com

Frome (5th Frome Scout Group)

5th Frome (Hayesdown) Scout Group Selwood School, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset

East Coker

East Coker Scout Group East Coker Recreation Ground, Long Furlong Lane, East Coker, Somerset

West Coker & Coker Crusaders Explorers

1st West Coker Scout Group & Coker Crusaders Explorer Unit West Coker Scout Hall, West Coker Recreation Ground, Halves Lane, West Coker, Somerset www.westcokerscouts.co.uk e-mail: info@westcokerscouts.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beavers (6-8yrs), Cubs (8-10.5yrs), Scouts (10.5yrs – 14yrs) and Explorers (14-18yrs).

There is also a group Scout Active Support unit for anyone interested in getting involved in Scouting (18yrs – 100yrs) and interested in helping out occasionally or weekly – we will find a role for you to work around your busy life.

Langport (The Levels Scout Group)

The Levels Scout Group

South Petherton & King Ina Explorers

South Petherton Scout Group & King Ina Explorer Unit South Petherton Scout Hall, South Petherton Recreation Ground, Lightgate Lane, South Petherton, Somerset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beavers (6-8yrs), Cubs (8-10.5yrs), Scouts (10.5yrs – 14yrs) and Explorers (14-18yrs)

Street Scout Group & Centrum Explorers

1st Street Scout Group www.streetscoutgroup.org.uk E-mail: groupmanager@streetscoutgroup.org.uk

 

 

Beavers – Tuesdays 6 to 7pm

Cub – Mondays 7 to 8.30pm

Scouts – Wednesdays 7 to 9pm

Explorers (Centrum Unit) – Alternate Tuesdays 7.30 to 9.00pm

Wincanton

Wincanton Scout Group Wincanton Scout Hall, Cale Park, Cemetery Lane, Wincanton, Somerset

Templecombe Scout Group & Camelot Explorers

2nd Templecombe Scout Hall & Camelot Explorer Unit School Lane, Templecombe, Somerset

Ilchester (Wessex Scout Group) & Lendinie Explorers

Wessex Scout Group Wessex Scout Hall, Roman Road, Ilchester, Somerset www.wessexscoutgroup.weebly.com

Rode Scout Group & Edor Explorer unit

Rode Scout Group

Coleford

Coleford Scout Group, Church Street, Colford, Somerset, BA3 5NQ

Barton St.David & Brue Explorer unit

Barton St.David Scout Group Barton St.David Village Hall, Broadclose Way, Barton St.David, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 6BS www.bartonstdavidscouts.org

Sparkford & Camelot Harriers Explorer Unit

3rd Sparkford Scout Group Sparkford Village Hall, Church Road, Sparkford, Somerset www.sparkfordscouts.org.uk

Keinton Sea Scout Group & Sea Kings Explorers

Keinton Sea Scout Group –  Keinton Mandeville Village Hall, Christles Lane, Keinton Mandeville, Somerton, Somerset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scouts section (10-14yrs) and Explorer Section (14-18yrs)

Mells

1st Mells Scout Group The Barn, Mells, Frome, Somerset

Gurney Slade (1st North Mendip Scout Group)

1st North Mendip Scout Group www.1stnorthmendip.org.uk

Evercreech (Evercreech Explorer unit)

Evercreech Explorer Unit Evercreech Village Hall, Evercreech, Somerset e-mail: network@eastsomersetscouts.org.uk (Natalie)

Young People

Are you ready to begin your adventure? There are five sections you can join, depending on your age. The activities and opportunities vary but what is the same is that each will empower you to make friends, learn skills and try new things.

Beaver Scouts 6-8 year olds:

Beavers are our youngest members, and generally meet for an hour per week. They enjoy all that Scouting has to offer; being introduced to outdoor activities, having the opportunity to be creative, explore their local community and experience the excitement of a Beaver Scout Sleepover with their friends. The Beaver Colony is the first and youngest section of the Scout Group. Beaver Scouts are young people aged between 6 and 8 years old

Cub Scouts 8-10 ½ year olds

For Cubs, excitement and adventure are key. Their programme offers a huge variety of activities surrounding areas of fitness, global and beliefs; whilst allowing them to be creative and get involved in their local communities. Cubs are introduced to exciting outdoor skills and take part in adventurous activities, as well as camps and residential experiences.The Cub Pack is the second section of the Scout Group following on from Beavers. Cub Scouts are young people aged between 8 and 10 ½.

Scouts 10 ½ – 14 year olds

Scouts aims to build and develop young people’s confidence, sense of adventure and outdoor skills, as well as encouraging them to explore their beliefs and attitudes and be creative.  It  offers them the independence to put these skills into practice at camps and even on international trips.

Scouts are encouraged to work together and take the lead on all sorts of projects, from community based work to planning games and activities for their meetings. The Scout Troop is the third section in the Scout Group, above Beavers and Cubs. The Scout Section is for young people aged between 10½ and 14 years.  There is flexibility in the age range:  young people can join from age 10, and can move to Explorers between age 13½ and 14½.

Explorer Scouts 14-18 year olds 

With the support, direction and guidance of Unit leaders, Explorer Scouts are encouraged to lead themselves, design their own programme and work towards the top awards that Scouting offers. With exciting prospects like being a part of camps and expeditions both home and abroad; adventurous activities such as mountaineering, parascending and off shore sailing; Explorers offers fun and adventure for all. Explorers also have the opportunity to be a part of The Young Leaders’ Scheme which develops their leadership skills and sense of responsibility, by helping to run meetings for younger sections. Explorer Units are the fourth Section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Explorer Scouts are young people aged between 14 and 18 years old.  There is flexibility in the age range:  young people can join from age 13½, and can move to Network from age 17½.  Young people must have left the Explorer Scout section before the date of their 18th birthday.

Scout Network 18-25 year olds

Scout Network is the fifth and final section of the Scouting movement. Explorer Scouts who are approaching their 18th birthday will be automatically transitioned  to the District Scout Network in which they undertook their Explorer Scouting. After this, they can choose to join other District Scout Networks or adjust their membership so that they are members of the UK Scout Network only

Whilst the activities they take part in will depend on their age, each section gives young people the opportunity to learn by doing. The main programme areas are: Outdoor and Adventure; Global; Community; Fit for Life; Creative; and Beliefs and Attitudes.  Scout Leaders are trained to deliver this programme, ensuring our young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.

Celebrating achievement

It’s not all about badges but these certainly play a role. There are a huge number of badges available to young people across all sections of Scouting. Some of these might be to reward proficiency or endeavour in a certain skill area, while others might be for time spent in the Movement, for becoming a member of the next section, or for taking part in particular challenges or expeditions.

Each section also has higher awards, like Chief Scout’s Awards, DofE Awards or the Queen’s Scout Award. These awards celebrate high levels of achievement, and young people will work towards them for a large part of their time in the Section.

Why not see below what our young people have said is the best thing they have done in their Section? Quotes from East Somerset Young People:

The best thing I have done in Scouts is going to Kent International Scout Jamboree with 6,000 other Scouts from all over the world. We made friends with some Scouts from Nigeria and took part in loads of activities such as field archery, scuba diving, kayaking, quad biking, Gliding and loads of other things! It was Ace! Elijah Wood

Scout (Age 12) - West Coker Scouts

I have camped on Brownsea Island in a log cabin for a weekend, but the best thing I have done was summer camp with the groups. 3 nights away with all the cubs and we got to stay up late! Play lots of games, have a go on high ropes course, take part in a day trip and have a big camp fire! Can’t wait till next year when I go for a week with the Scouts! Ben Hawkins

Cub Scout (Aged 10yrs)

I love Kayaking with the Scouts. We do kayaking courses in the summer with the District Canoe and Kayak club. I have already completed my Paddlepower award and I am now on the second national award called the Discovery. I love it and it’s now something I can do on the weekend with my Dad who loves kayaking too.

Ben Mitchell

Scout (Aged 13yrs)

Volunteers

‘Scouting is a character factory.’ Not our words, but those of our lead volunteer, Chief Scout, Bear Grylls. Are you ready to inspire a generation of young people to experience fun, friendship and real adventure? The opportunities to volunteer with us are flexible. Think of something you’d like to do and chances are it’s just what we require.

Our adult volunteers attain an award on completion of a programme of training; there are celebrations of volunteering milestones; and, volunteers can also be commended by a special award for good, outstanding of ‘specially distinguished service’ to Scouting. This is all part of showing how much we value them.

Parent and carers

Whether your child is already in Scouting or is interested in joining, there are all kinds of questions you might have, from what they will be doing to our child protection guidelines.

The experiences your son or daughter has as a Scout are likely to stay with them for the rest of their lives, and you’ll be able to play a big part in your child’s involvement through both practical support and encouragement.

Any questions?

A good starting point if you want more information is to get your hands on our parent’s guide. Ask your child’s leader for a copy or click on the image of the document to the right for a downloadable copy.

Should you have any questions, you can speak to your local leader, or contact the Scout Information Centre on 0845 300 1818 or email them at info.centre@scouts.org.uk

Our national website provides lots more information on:

  • Registering your child
  • The benefits of Scouting
  • Costs and uniform
  • Child protection
  • Becoming a volunteer
  • Moving to a new area
  • Moving to a new Section
  • Helping at Camp

District Team

The District Management Team comprises of the District Commissioner, Assistant District Commissioners (programme sections & strategic support) and a 14-25 Commissioner (managing the Explorer & Network provision). Together they manage and lead Scouting in the District under the overall leadership of the District Commissioner.

The wider District team include a number of District Scouters and volunteers who manage, deliver and support the wide range of activities, support and services provided by the District to help Scouting develop and grow. This includes strategic support roles in marketing and recruitment, training advisors, assessors, instructors, Scout active support members etc

Acting District Commissioner

Acting District Commissioner

Liz Henderson (County Commissioner)

District Programme Team

District Programme Team

Charlotte Redfearn

ADC Scouts
District Programme Team

District Programme Team

Heather Pitts

ADC Beavers
District Programme Team

District Programme Team

Vacant

ADC Cubs
District Programme Team

District Programme Team

Louise MacDonald

District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC)
District Programme Team

District Programme Team

Pete Ward

14-25 Commissioner &

Network Commissioner

District Programme Team

District Programme Team

Kevin Bull

District Project Manager
District Programme Team

District Programme Team

Chris Harper

Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator
District Programme Team

District Programme Team

Ray Marsh (North)

District Nights Away Advisor
District Programme Team

District Programme Team

John Lewis (South)

District Nights Away Advisors
District Programme Team

District Programme Team

Dave Biss (South)

District Nights Away Advisor (South)
District Youth Commissioner

District Youth Commissioner

Vacant

Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader)

Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader)

Vacant

District Appointments

District Appointments

Becky Haynes

Appointments Secretary
District Strategic Support Team

District Strategic Support Team

Paul Bentley

ADC Communications
District Strategic Support Team

District Strategic Support Team

Ruth Millard

ADC Media & Marketing
District Strategic Support Team

District Strategic Support Team

Frances Fawcett

District Newsletter Co-ordinator

District Plan

The District Plan provides a blueprint for the development of Scouting in East Somerset District over the next 5-10 years. The plan sets out 5 strategic areas of development consistent with the Scout Association’s national development plan.

The district Executive/Board of Trustees contributed to and then adopted the plan; we adopted a structure and ways of working which will facilitate achievement of the plan, and we will provide a transparent approach to governance and decision making.

Trustees made a firm commitment to provide administrative, organisational and financial backing to the District Plan, which was drawn up by the District management team and their team after wide consultation.

You can download the District action plan by clicking on the attached link:  Building for the Future – District Action Plan 2014-2018

District Scout Shop

In East Somerset we are lucky enough to have our own shop, stocking uniforms (from Beavers to adults) as well as books and gift items. Our uniform prices are lower than Scout Shops online and school uniform shops, and all profits go back into local Scouting.

Visit the shop in Yeovil on Friday evenings (4-6) and Saturday mornings (10-12) during term time. We take cash and card payments. The address is St Andrews Scout Hall, Preston Grove, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2BQ.

Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eastsomersetdistrictscoutshop.

Shop online at www.eastsomersetscouts.shop.

Contact us via scoutshop@eastsomersetscouts.org.uk We look forward to hearing from you!

East Somerset Scout Shop, St.Andrews Scout Hall, Preston Grove

Governance

The Scout Association exists by authority of a Royal Charter. These give authority to the Bye Laws of the Association, which are approved by Her Majesty’s Privy Council.  The Bye Laws, in turn, authorise the making of rules for the regulation of the Association’s affairs. The rules are laid out in the Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association.  Scout Districts are autonomous charities affiliated to The Scout Association which together form the Scout Movement in the United Kingdom.

The District Executive Committee is the Board of Trustees of the Scout District and exists to support the District Commissioner in meeting the responsibilities of the appointment and to provide support for Scout Groups, Explorer Scout units and the Scout Network in the District.  The District Scout Council is the electoral body which supports and encourages the development of Scouting in the District.  It is the body to which the District Executive Committee is accountable.

The District Executive/Board of Trustees meets regularly throughout the year and has committed itself to becoming an exemplar of good practice in governance. The Committee/Board has contributed to and then adopted the District Strategic Plan. It developed and approved a budget aligned to the plan, and forecast forward 3-5 years.  It has adopted ways of working which will facilitate the achievement of the plan and will provide a transparent approach to governance and decision making.  In accordance with this, key documentation and the agenda and papers for meetings are published below:

Mins Oct 16

Members of the District Executive/Board of Trustees 

 

Ex-Officio

  • District Chairman – Tim Rutherford
  • District Commissioner – Vacant. Currently filled by County Commissioner – Liz Henderson
  • District Youth Member – Vacant
  • District Treasurer – Pam Burch
  • District Secretary – Vacant

Other Elected Members

  • Becky Byrne
  • David Dunn
  • Bob Simpson
  • Michael James
  • Alan Sandall
  • Ray Marsh
  • Adrian Ashford
  • Simon Merrett
  • Robert Prigg
  • Youth Member – Harriet Brine
  • Minutes Secretary: Kally Dunn

District Presidents

  • Wes Reed
  • Alan Sandall

Nominated by the District Commissioner

  • None

Co-opted Members

  • District Appointments Advisory Committee Chairman – TBC
  • ADC Communications – Paul Bentley

Right of Attendance

  • Regional Commissioner for the South West of England – Hamish Stout
  • County Commissioner for Somerset – Elizabeth Henderson (County Commissioner)

Invited to attend (non-Trustees)

  • Regional Development Manager – Donna Tew
  • Safety Co-ordinator – Vacant

Constitution & Terms of Reference

District Constitution: Current constitution (approved September 2015)

Committee Terms of Reference

  • Appointments advisory committee

Ambassadors

Scouting ambassadors are prominent people who support us in transforming the lives of young people. They are representatives for Scouting, and use their knowledge and experience to benefit the Movement. Scouting has a number of high profile national ambassadors and we are building on this locally. Thanks to their high profiles they can promote Scouting to everyone, encouraging more people to volunteer and more young people to join. Ambassadors also get the chance to show fellow peers and professionals just how much fun Scouting is.

George Bayles: round the World Yacht race, Network member and a District Scouting ambassador

Scout volunteer George Bayles, of East Somerset District tackled the biggest challenge of his life: the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race. Aboard the Qingdao yacht, he’s one of a 10-strong crew who tackled the whole 40,000-mile adventure.

 

AWARDS

Honouring our volunteers:

The Association has a national awards system for recognising good service, length of service and special acts of heroism and bravery, courage or endurance, and devotion to duty under suffering.

Being a national system affords it prestige and allows all applications to be considered objectively according to national criteria. Except in the case of recognition of length of adult service, awards are not made automatically, and proper, detailed justification must be made in every case.

Most never expect any reward, but it’s a great way to show how much we value and appreciate them, perhaps also encouraging and motivating further amazing things.

A District Awards Panel: supporting you in making nominations

Our District Awards Committee promotes supports and advises on awards nominations; they’re here to help you. Say a special thank you to those who have impressed and inspired you. Help us make sure we don’t overlook deserving people.

 You can contact the District Award Committee at awards@eastsomersetscouts.org.uk

 

Annual report

Our Annual Review & Report sets out some of the exciting and varied work we have been doing to extend and improve Scouting in East Somerset District and to deliver really outstanding development opportunities for even more young people this year. We are making excellent progress on implementing our new District Plan. Alongside our impact, this report outlines our major future priorities.

Due to fact that the Scout District has officially only been running as East Somerset for less than 12 months, the decision was made by the District chair person to run a General meeting in 2015 as part of the GSL development day. The minutes of this meeting can be found below:

General Meeting Mins Oct 15

Members can see the full information on future minutes and dates of District AGM’s below.

AGM 2016

AGM 2017

District Inclusion Support Fund

One of our priorities in our District Plan is promotion inclusion.  We want Scouting to be as inclusive and accessible as possible and as diverse as the communities in which we live.  Accordingly, our Trustee Board/District Executive has agreed a special fund which your Group/Section can access. You or young people in your Group/Section can apply to gain financial help with practical things that will help make taking part in Scouting more accessible, especially to those who are under-represented or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • You might need targeted financial help to help pay for participation in a particular activity, event or training experience that might otherwise be restricted due to ability of an individual to pay and/or Group ability to help (this may also be used towards uniform and support with group membership subs).
  • You or you might wish to take part in an international trip or camp abroad and need some additional support to help your young people to take part in the adventure.

What ever it maybe, please feel free to contact one of the District Commissioners (Team DC) to find out more.

Applications for funding must (criteria for success):

 

  • Inclusion: Briefly explain why the groups/individuals you propose are supported by the additional funds might be otherwise excluded or underrepresented (e.g. building not or equipment not accessible, financial disadvantage means they can’t afford to take part; underrepresented community don’t know about/understand Scouting yet etc)
  • Benefit/impact: try to quantify or explain the specific benefits/impacts that your proposal will have if successful (i.e. how your proposal will make a difference to individuals/Group/Section/local community)
  • Broadening membership/participation:  the extent to which this will make your Group/Section more diverse or representative of your local community

Policy document download:

EAST SOMERSET DISTRICT SCOUT COUNCIL ACCESS POLICY v3

To apply simply complete and return the form outlining:

  1. What you propose is purchased with the funds (item/cost)
  2. How what you will propose will help address a need in your Section/Group to make Scouting more accessible/inclusive
  3. Who will benefit if your request is successful and what impact this will have
  4. How much money you need in total to deliver what you propose
  5. How much money you are requesting from this fund (and any other sources which will make up the total amount)
  6. How you will ensure value for money and that the money is used as efficiently as possible
  7. Showing that you have considered and mitigated any relevant risks associated with the proposal
  8. How what you purchase will be properly looked after/managed
  9. Any other supporting evidence