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New Scout Troop Opens in Weston

18 May 2017

Scouting is more popular than ever. Weston Village in Bath is no exception, and 66th Bath has recently opened its second Scout Troop, offering Scouting to even more young people.  

The group has grown rapidly since reopening in 2011, and now has two Beaver Colonies (for 6-8 year olds), 2 Cub Packs (for 8-10 year olds) and 2 Scout Troops (for 10-14 year olds). All sections of the group are open to both Boys and Girls.  

Phil Walsh-Atkins volunteered to be the Scout Leader for the new Troop, having joined the group in 2016 as an Assistant Scout Leader. Phil said “Opening the new Scout Troop has provided opportunities for more young people to enjoy the adventures that we offer on a weekly basis. Volunteering as a leader in Scouting is incredibly rewarding, working with Young People, teaching them new skills, and allowing them to develop” 

Group Scout Leader, Dan Spencer said “Every single adult in the group is a volunteer, including all the leaders, the trustees who manage the finances, and the people who clean the hall and look after the equipment. Without our team of volunteers we wouldn’t be able to offer experiences to young people. Many of our volunteers were once Scouts themselves, and enjoy giving something back in return for the opportunities they had when they were younger. Others are parents of current members, and some have no previous experience or links to the group but have stepped forward to get involved because they want to make a difference in their communities. We always welcome new adults to join the team – no previous experience is required, just enthusiasm and a sense of humour!” 

Since starting, the new Scouts have already been formed into Patrols, small teams in which they work on a weekly basis, and have taken part in a range of teambuilding activities and games. On their second week of term they spent an evening lighting fires, toasting marshmallows and finished by singing some traditional campfire songs. 

Phil Said “Scouting is constantly developing, with new activities and ideas, but we haven’t lost touch with our traditional focus on getting young people to spend time outdoors. Our programme of activities is heavily youth-shaped, with the Scouts having opportunities to decide what activities and camps they want to do.” 

Throughout the Term the Scouts will also be learning how to build structures out of poles and ropes (known as pioneering), earning their photography badge, having a go at Archery, learning how to use tools like knives, axes and saws, and preparing for an Expedition. During the Summer they will be enjoying a weekend training camp in Somerset, and in August they will be off on a week long Summer Camp to Devon.

To find out how you could get involved, as Scouting continues to grow across Bath, get in touch here.