Jump in and get muddy. Give back and get set. Scouts ignore the butterflies and go for it!
Who are Scouts?
Scouts are a go-getting group of young people aged 10 ½ to 14 who:
- Master new skills and try new things
- Make new friends
- Have fun and go on adventures, at home and abroad
- Explore the world around them
- Help others and make a difference, in their own communities and beyond
- Week in and week out, they gather in groups called Scout Troops to conquer the small task of changing the world.
What makes the 3rd South West Cheshire (Wolverton) special?
Our Scout Troop at the 3rd is one of the most active in South West Cheshire. Although last year’s lockdowns prevented normal meetings for much of the year, we were the first Troop to resume activities as soon as restrictions were eased. Over the late summer and autumn our Scouts adapted to Social Distancing and went Cycling, Wild Swimming, Kayaking and Orienteering as well as a more traditional mix of games and wood fires.
During lockdown our Scouts meet up regularly using a secure version of Zoom and we offer suggestions for activities and badges that they can complete at home. We are also ready to resume face-to-face activities in line with regulations as soon as restrictions are eased.
During more normal times our Scout Troop meets on TUESDAY EVENINGS from 7.15pm to 9.15pm usually at our Headquarters off Albion Street, Crewe.
Every few weeks we try to organise an outdoor activity, often during a week-end (e.g. a camp, hike, canoeing etc.) Normally the Tuesday meeting following such an activity is cancelled and the Patrol Leaders’ Forum meets to plan the next month’s programme.
The highlight of the year is Summer Camp, when we take the Scouts away for a week, normally near the start of the Summer holidays. On camp they have the chance to put all the skills that they have learnt during the year into practise, largely looking after themselves and cooking on wood fires. 2020’s camp fell victim to Covid, but In 2019 we camped on a small farm in the Lake District where we explored the fells, kayaked on Wastwater, swam in the River Esk and visited Muncaster Castle with lots of other games and activities on our campsite too.
Can I try Scouts to see if I like it?
YES, Parents should get in touch with our Leaders (see joining page) and we’ll agree a suitable date for you to visit. New members are welcome to come to 3 meetings free (and will also be invited to activities taking place during that time). Hopefully you’ll enjoy it and then you’ll need start paying our membership fee.
Before you become a full member you will complete your Membership badge (which just means attending a few meetings & activities, and also understanding the Scout Promise, You will also need to get a Uniform so you’re ready for a simple ceremony to fully invest you into our Troop.
What do Scouts Wear?
All Scouts wear Uniform consisting of a Teal Green Scout Shirt, Group Scarf, Scout Belt and blue combat trousers. For most activities old clothes are all that are required, but given the British weather, good waterproofs and boots are important for outdoor activities; a sleeping bag will be needed for camping.
If possible we encourage use of our Scout Shop in Bedford St, Crewe (where all profits support local Scouting), but Uniform (and loads of other things) are also available on-line from Scout Store.
For the your first few trial meetings, just wear casual clothes (nothing too smart as they may get grubby!)
What does it cost?
The cost of going to Scouts is £12 a month, starting after a 3-week trial period. This fee covers the cost of the upkeep of the Cub meeting place and funding all their badges. The cost of activities obviously varies but is always kept to a minimum and is extremely competitive compared to school trips. (a week-end camp is typically around £20).
Scouts is designed to be an accessible and affordable way for young people to learn lots of new skills through a single membership. Nobody should feel excluded from Scout activities because of money worries. If they’re concerned about costs, adults should speak to their local leader in confidence, to see what they can do to help. In most cases, support is available to make sure nobody misses out.