East Somerset Scouting is filled with Adventure and we want as many people, young and old to came and join in the fun with us. Whether you are a 6yr old starting out your Scouting adventure we us, a 14yrs old looking to take part in some extreme sports or a 65 year old wishing to help out and volunteer a few hours while having some fun themselves then we want to hear from you.
Scouting in East Somerset has activities for all. From arts and crafts to caving, water sports and high ropes courses. We have something for everyone. The groups and units throughout East Somerset run exciting programmes to meet the needs of the young people, collectively and individually. Along side this, we as East Somerset Scout District run a range of activities to support the group and unit programmes as well as provide the more adventurous and challenging events run by our experienced and educated leaders and instructors.
This section provides an overview of the type of activities you can find within Scouting and Scouting in East Somerset. The section also provides our leaders with contacts to help expand the already exciting programmes they offer each week to their own young people.
If you like what you see, why not contact us today and join a group near you.
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. There is flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 5¾, and can move to Cubs between age 7½ and 8½.
During their time in the Colony, Beaver Scouts will get a chance to try a wide range of different activities as well as going on trips, days out, and on sleepovers. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the key approach, and there are a range of challenge awards and badges available that Beaver Scouts can gain during their time in the section to recognise their achievements.
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. There is flexibility in the age range: young people can join from age 7½ , and can move to Scouts between age 10 and 11.
In our District there is a wide range of District activities for cubs to take part (as well as the activities they take part in with the packs) in, these include 5-a-side football, craft and badge days, rounders tournaments, Centaur hike, Sixers and seconders skills weekend, Adventure camp, Chess and draughts, The big day out and much more!
‘Scouting has given me a fantastic opportunity to do lots of activities and things that people who are not in Scouts don’t get to do. It’s about having fun with good friends.’ 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.
The District run a large number of activities outside of the normal troop night for the Scout section including the amazing JAWS activity camp, 5-a-side football competitions, Masterchef cooking competitions, Day hikes, The BIG CAVE weekend (caving taster sessions), Fox Trophy hiking competition, Dartmoor letter boxing competition, Survival skills weekends, Camping Competitions, water activity sessions, archery & shooting courses, Exmoor extreme weekend and much more!
‘To anyone who hasn’t tried Scouting before, I’d say come on up and have a go! I think that most people don’t really know that Scouting is about activities, friendship and meeting people from other countries. I’ve been in the Movement since I was a Beaver and I still love it!’ 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.
The District run a large number of activities outside the unit programme, these include: District trip to the National Monopoly Run, District trip to Gilwell 24 (24hr activity camp), DofE Expeditions (Bronze and Silver), Explorer Belt Expeditions abroad, Paintball competition, The BIG BASH activity camp, Xmas Explorer Ball, survival camps and much more!
Scout Network is the fifth and final section of the Scouting movement. From the time of Baden-Powell, there have been arrangements for young people who wanted to continue after their time in the Scout Section, and in 1967, Venture Scouts were formed from the existing Senior Scout and Rover Scout Sections. During the late 1990s we decided that, to meet the changing needs of young people, there should be two sections for the over-14s: Explorer Scouts for 14 to 18-year-olds, and the Scout Network for 18 to 25s.
Scout Network gives opportunities to 18-25 year olds who have an interest in Scouting, their own personal development and having fun.
Scout Network members take part in a variety of activities, which they undertake and organise themselves under the leadership of a District Scout Network Commissioner and sometimes with the support of a Programme Coordinator. The Programme is divided into three Programme Areas: Community, International and Adventure.
For more information or to register contact: Network@eastsomersetscouts.org.uk
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by. Scouting is a major provider of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Getting involved here in East Somerset couldn’t be easier. You just need to be part of the Explorer Scout or Scout Network Section and register to take part.
On these pages we will tell you all you need to know to get started. We outline how to sign up, the different levels of the award, how to do them and lots of other useful information to help you along your way. Once you’ve found out the basics here, it’s up to you to get in involved.
If you take up the challenge, you’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only). Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Click on the link for programme areas.
Award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels
You can do programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age you can start. Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards. Click on the badges below to see which level is right for you.
You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.
This is all about making a difference to other people’s lives. Getting off your sofa and taking time out to change things for the better can be great fun. You’ll need to agree the type of volunteering you want to do, what you plan to achieve and do any training before you get started.
From conservation to youth work (this can also include the Scout Young Leader Programme) to fundraising for your favourite charity or caring for animals, there’s an endless list of the types of projects you can get involved in, so have a chat with your Leader and other people in your community to find out what’s on offer, what needs doing and who needs help!
Once you’ve found an activity or project, you’ll need to get someone who’s running it to agree to help you through it and sign off your evidence once you’ve completed to prove you did it – we call them your Assessor. Your Assessor will also check on your progress whilst you’re doing the activity.
If you can’t find a project you want to do, why not set up a new one that will help your community? This can be on your own, with a couple of friends or even with your whole DofE group – your Leader can help you do this and may be able to act as your Assessor.
There are lots of opportunities in Scouting to complete the volunteering requirements whether you’re a current member or not.
Fancy yourself as the next Wayne Rooney, Kelly Holmes or Tony Hawk? Well now’s your chance to prove it! This part of your DofE programme is all about getting active. Whether you’re into sports, dance or general fitness it doesn’t matter – you can choose to do something you’re interested in.
You don’t need to be star athlete or the fittest person in the world to complete your Physical section. As long as you have fun, get better and fitter, then you’ll have done it! From playing for a local sports club to weekly dance classes, from free running to yoga, from ultimate flying disc to wheelchair football, almost any dance, sport or fitness activity can count. Have a chat with your Leader to see what’s around locally.
Once you’ve decided what you want to do, you need to find an adult who needs to know what you’re aiming to achieve, can help you through your section and sign your Record Book at the end of it to prove you did it. This is your Assessor and, for your Physical section, this is likely to be the person who’s running the activity you do, for example your sports coach, dance teacher or gym instructor. If you choose to do an activity on your own, why not ask your Leader to be your Assessor?
With the help of your Assessor, agree a time frame and set yourself some goals to aim for – just make sure they’re going to challenge you. You could choose to aim for a standard or award set by the sport or activity’s governing body. Then check your choice and goals with your Leader, get their approval and agree when to catch up with them whilst you’re doing your activity. As soon as this is done, it’s time to get active!
Ever wanted to have a go at something completely different? Or get recognised for the time and effort you put into your favourite hobby? This is what the Skills section is all about.
From podcasting to painting, from DJing to driving, from music to making kites, whatever skill you choose can allow you to develop new talents or perfect existing ones. Follow a passion or discover a new one, the choice is yours, once you’ve chosen your skill you’ll need to decide how long you’re going to do it for and set yourself some objectives – what you want to get out of doing it. You’ll then need to find someone who will agree to be your Assessor – they need to have some knowledge of the skill you’re doing so they can help you along the way and agree at the end that you’ve met your goals.
As soon as you have all this in place just check with your Leader before you start – this enables us to establish whether you’ve ‘ticked’ all the boxes needed to progress towards achieving your Award and that you’ve set yourself enough of a challenge. They’ll also make sure what you’ve chosen counts for the Skills section, for example, dance is physical but dance appreciation is a skill.
Achieving your Award is an adventure from beginning to end and this section can give you some of your most memorable experiences!
From sailing along the Norfolk Broads to walking in Canada or horse riding in the Brecon Beacons, it can as far-flung or as close to home as you want it to be. You can also choose how you want to travel – it doesn’t just have to be on foot! You could choose to do your expedition by bike, by canoe, by kayak, by wheelchair, by sailing boat or even on a horse or llama.
There’ll need to be between four and seven of you in an expedition team (eight if you’ve chosen to travel by tandem canoe or bike). With your team, you’ll plan an aim for your expedition, decide on your location and do lots of fun training to make sure you’re fully prepared and know what you’re doing! Your Leader will arrange a Supervisor to work with your team to organise all of this and help you plan your expedition. Once you’ve done the preparation the fun starts when you go out and do a practice and a qualifying expedition. Once you’ve completed your final expedition you’ll give a presentation about your experiences and your achievements to your Supervisor, Assessor or another adult.
The whole experience will give you laughs, arguments, joy and frustration along the way. But, by the end, you’ll have better team and leadership skills, not to mention bags more confidence and a rucksack full of great memories.
Need a mate to do your expedition with?
If you don’t have enough young people to make up an expedition group for Duke of Edinburgh or Queen Scout Award then help is at hand!
We have a service that will try to find a suitable expedition group for your young person(s) to join and complete their expedition.
If you need to place a young person or indeed if you are running an expedition and you don’t have the maximum number for a team and could take up to three more young people then email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
- Name of Group
- Where you are based
- Awards and level
- Number of Young People you have
- Whether you want to place them or are you offering expedition places
- Anything else you might think is relevant
We will try and put you in touch with expedition leaders who might be able to help.
To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete an extra section – the Residential. This involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before.
It’s a big, exciting and very fulfilling experience. It may be that you want to build on a talent you’ve developed in another section, learn something completely new on an intensive course or do something to help others. From learning to snowboard in Scotland to helping at a children’s camp, from working with the National Trust to helping on an urban recycling project, or from learning French in Paris to sailing a tall ship, there are loads of exciting possibilities to find the activity that’s just right for you.
Once you’ve found a residential you want to do and the person running it, or another adult there, has agreed to be your Assessor you need to get your Operating Authority’s approval through your DofE Leader. Once you’ve got the green light, you can make all your arrangements. Don’t forget to remind them when you get there that you want your time with them to count towards your Gold DofE programme and meet with your Assessor!
Gain Scout Awards at the same time:
Double the recognition
As a member of The Scout Association you can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as well as Scouting Awards. This is done through being a member of an Explorer Scout Unit or the Scout Network. The Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award and the Queen’s Scout Award have similar requirements to the D of E Bronze, Silver and Gold awards (respectively).
|Bronze Award (14yr+)||3 months||3 months||3 months||Plan, prepare & understand a 2 day, 1 night venture|
|Silver Award (15yr+)||6 months||One Section for 6 months and the other Section for 3 months||Plan, prepare for and undertake a 3 day, 2 night venture|
|Gold Award (16yr+)||12 months||One Section for 12 months and the other Section for 6 months||Plan, prepare for and undertake a 4 day, 3 night venture|
|Residential||Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights|
Bronze: All participants must undertake a further 3 months in either; the Service, Skill or Physical Recreation Sections (just one).
Silver: Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either; the Service or the longer of the Skill or Physical Recreation Sections.
Gold: Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either; the Service, Skill or Physical Recreation Sections.
In addition to the above your need to complete the following:
- Be a member of Explorer Scouts / Scout Network for at least 6 months.
- Complete 6 nights away, four of which must be camping.
Complete 2 activities as an Explorer Scout / Scout Network member from the lists available from the national website (each should be from a different list).
In addition to the above your need to complete the following:
- Be a member of Explorer Scouts / Scout Network for at least 12 months (this can include time spent working on the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award).
- Complete 12 nights away, eight of which must be camping (this can include nights away counted for the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award).
Complete 2 activities as an Explorer Scout / Scout Network member from the lists available on the national website (each should be from a different list and not the same activities as those undertaken for the Chief Scout’s Platinum Award).
In addition to the above your need to complete the following:
- Be a member of Explorer Scouts / Scout Network for at least 18 months (this can include time spent working on the Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Awards).
- Complete 18 nights away, twelve of which must be camping (this can include nights away counted for the Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Awards).
Complete 2 activities as an Explorer Scout / Scout Network member from the lists available on the national website (each should be from a different list and not the same activities as those undertaken for the Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Awards).
On completion of the above a presentation should be made to a suitable audience, this should demonstrate your achievements so far in working towards the Queen’s Scout Award. You have until your 25th birthday to complete any of the Awards, but it takes: at least 6 months at Bronze, at least 12 months at Silver and at least 18 months at Gold for direct entrants.
WHY DO BOTH?
Why not? By registering for the D of E and Scouting Awards you can gain twice the recognition for the efforts you put in. Both Scouting and D of E awards are recognised by employers, colleges and universities.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I MOVE FROM EXPLORERS TO NETWORK?
As far as the D of E is concerned, just keep working towards it. The person who supports you through the Award may change but what you need to do is the same.
Register with EAST SOMERSET Scouts
You can do your Award with us?
It is easy to get involved in a DofE programme. You will need to complete an enrolment form and pay a fee. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Somerset County Scout Council’, £17* (Bronze and Silver) or £24* (Gold) and posted to the County DofE Manager in an envelope clearly marked ‘DofE’. Once you’ve done this you will receive your welcome pack and a set of login details for eDofE.
To obtain a form please contact Pete Ward (14-25 Comissioner) at: email@example.com
Now’s the fun bit! Log in to eDofE and plan your programme of activities. Once your leader has approved them you can get going, collecting evidence as you go.
At the end of the programme your leader will approve your evidence and then send your award for official approval. Once this stage is complete you’ll get a message through eDofE telling you that you have completed the requirements for the award and that you can start producing your achievement pack.
Finally there will be a presentation, where you will receive your certificate and DofE badge as well as a badge to wear on your uniform. If you have completed your Gold Award then you will be invited to attend a Gold Award presentation at a Royal Palace in order to collect your certificate.
District D of E Expedition Assessor (East Somerset)
District DofE Expedition Assessor (East Somerset)
Ten Tors is an additional element of the Explorer and Network programme in East Somerset. The exciting and popular event brings over 400 teams of people from all over the country and world together to take part in the extreme challenge. As a District we enter teams each year into 35m, 45m and 55 mile competitions.
The selection and training for this event start each year in September and carries on throughout the year culminating in the event in May. If you would like to take part in the challenge and would like to find out more then please contact our 14-25 commissioner: Pete Ward: firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAMME
The Young Leaders’ Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section. All leaders in the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Section who are between the ages of 14 and 18 must be members of an Explorer Scout Young Leaders’ Unit. They are Explorer Scouts who choose to devote a large proportion of their time in Scouting to service in another section.
The Young Leaders’ Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals. It allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community and give service to others. The scheme also helps them fulfil the service elements of their awards.
A Young Leader belt buckle should be awarded on completion of the entire scheme (completion of ALL training modules and missions)
The Young Leader Service Award can be worn on the adult uniform to recognise a person’s completion of the Young Leaders’ Scheme.
The Young Leader certificate should be presented when the Young Leader either turns 18 or completes the whole scheme. The back of the certificate can be used to record which modules and missions the Young Leader has completed.
Get Ahead: Scouting and Employability is a guide for Explorers and Scout Network members. Whether they are applying for higher education or jobs, competition is higher than ever and it is important to stand out.
This resource will help Explorers and Scout Network members identify a range of skills they have developed through Scouting, and show them how to include them in CVs, application forms and interview answers to gain an advantage.
EXPLORER BELT EXPEDITIONS
The Explorer Belt is a challenge of a lifetime. It is a chance to take part in a ten day expedition that brings you a real understanding of a different country, its culture and way of life. You will develop this understanding by travelling through your chosen country, working as part of a small team to complete a series of projects and most importantly by meeting local people. It is an experience and an achievement that you will remember for the rest of your life. Click HERE for the Explorer Belt Participant Reach Out And Explore pack.
EXPEDITION Undertake a 10-day expedition as part of a team* outside of the UK with a minimum travelling time of 50 hours over the 10 days, by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy.
The use of public transport is acceptable as part of the travelling time, where opportunities to meet people would otherwise be missed.
Current District Explorer Belt Expeditions
- The Silk Road Expedition 2017
What: An Explorer Belt Expedition that will take place in Uzbekistan
When: Late July/ August 2017 for 2-3 weeks (10 days of which will be the Explorer Belt)
Who for: Anyone aged between 16 & 25 at the time of travel can be a participant
Anyone over 25 can apply to be a leader on the support team
For more information contact: email@example.com