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Group Update - January 2017

posted 27 Jan 2017, 16:02 by Stephen Harrison
SkatingHello Everyone,

2017 promises to be a huge year for the Scout Group as our sections develop brand new programmes delivering more activities and adventure to our young people every week and even early in January we've got some great news to share.

Join Our Race Night Fundraiser

Come and enjoy the atmosphere of the races and help us raise some funding for the group at our Race Night Fundraiser. We'll have a packed programme of races, pie and pea supper and it's a great family event. Everything kicks off at 6:15pm on Monday 13th February.

We hope you will join us!

Fundraising Success

We've received two very exciting letters in the post which confirm that we've been successfully awarded two grants. The grants will be used to purchase new camping equipment for the group which we hope means we can offer even more exciting opportunities for our young people.
            1. The Leslie Sell Foundation has awarded the group £500 towards the cost of camping equipment which we're looking to use to purchase a mess tent.
            2. We've been invited to take 2 young people to the High Sheriff's Award Presentation in March at the Centre for Life where we'll receive an award for the group. We'll find out how much on the evening.

Active Kids 2017

We're collecting Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers and we'd appreciate your support as the vouchers enable us to purchase games equipment for use at beavers, cubs and scouts. Please make sure you pick up vouchers when using the self service checkouts and collecting fuel. We're aiming to beat last year's total vouchers. Just drop them in to you section leader.

Behind the Scenes

Our group executive continues to work behind the scenes to support our leaders to deliver our busy programme of activities and have agreed a fundraising target of £2,500 over the next year to purchase more equipment. The group executive is like the governing body of a school and works in the background to ensure the smooth running of the group and support it's development.

You can find out more about the purpose of the group executive and read their minutes here. The group executive aims to publish a development plan for the group following it's next meeting in March.

Storage Appeal

Do you have a Grandparent with an empty garage? With all of our fundraising plans coming together we're looking for a small storage facility where we can keep our camping gear locally and we'd love to talk to you if you have a relative with an empty garage who may let us use the space for a small monthly fee.

Join Our Growing Team of Volunteers

We welcome Laura, Darren, Melissa, David, Graeme, Helen and Andrew to the growing team of people supporting scouting at 4th Washington. Laura has chosen to take up an assistant cub scout leader role, while our parents rotas have been strengthened with so many people coming aboard. It's a huge success story and one we intend to continue throughout 2017.

We're still looking for more support, if you can give up 2 hours a month you can join a parents rota and help us to do more. Please contact Stephen Harrison ( for an informal chat. 

If our parents rotas aren't for you, then we're also looking for additional members of our group executive, the group of people who work behind the scenes to keep the group running smoothly. The group executive usually meets 6 times a year, although you can do more by supporting some of our fundraising events.

If could support, please contact Stephen Harrison (Acting Group Scout Leader) by email or by phone on 07745 184 137. You can find out more about volunteering in general at

Best wishes,


Stephen Harrison
Acting Group Scout Leader