Who Are We?
100th Elvetham Heath Scout Group is, like many other Scout Groups, a collection of volunteers, mostly parents, who want to help provide hands on and practical experiences to local young people.
Adults contribute their own life skills, experience gained from work, and share our hobbies with young people to support their development and give them memorable fun. Some of us have gone through Scouting (or similar) ourselves – but not all of us. We pass this knowledge on through activities, games, and challenges using programme ideas offered by Scouting
Young people – our fantastic Beavers, Cubs and Scouts – also contribute to the development of their friends and peers. Working in teams they learn and practice new skills, discovering different cultures, having fun and sometimes burning marshmallows over the fire!!!
Supporting this great endeavour is our amazing Executive Committee and a host of administrative volunteers. Their support gives leaders the time to plan and run the activities. The Executive Committee provides help ‘behind the scenes’, such as managing the finances, maintaining our Headquarters, caring for our equipment, and even just keeping track of our local badge stock and Group T-Shirts. These are great roles that help our group immensely and suit those who want to give their time and assistance, but do not want a uniformed youth-facing role.
What Do We Do?
There are so many activities that our volunteer leaders have helped provide!
The likes of archery and caving, to night hikes and raft building… fun filled summer camps and adventurous winter survival camps.
Being a Scout opens up all these and so much more.
It has never been learning things like map reading and knots for the sake of it, but learning them so we can go out and adventure.
Where else can a young person learn to lead a multi-day trek across the mountains in Wales, learn to navigate by the stars, while at same time able to learn how to build worlds (gang shows, D&D, campfire stories), and learn about different cultures and religions directly from Scouters around the world!
And it’s not just outdoors – there are so many “maker” based activities as well. Painting, cooking, DIY…
Or for the modern age there’s circuit building, media editing, and astronautics (sponsored by the UK Space Agency)
We provide an alternate social and friendship area, separate from the local schools environment.
And lastly Scouting changes and evolves… we will always support the community and care for the local environment, visit care homes and sell Poppies, but Scouting is constantly refreshing its offer to young people.
They can now learn 21st century digital maker activities such as – film making/editing, vlogging and blogging, introductory programming, and digital artistry.
Why Do We Do It?
Chief Scout Bear Grylls says life is about grabbing opportunities, and the Scouting Method says you should have fun while doing it.
We open access to all these activities because they are fun, exciting, and while doing that help give lifelong skills to our youth. It helps with independence, confidence, teamwork, and gives a huge network of contacts that can be opened up just by saying ‘I was in Scouts too’.
Leaders help out for many reasons. Their children may be in Scouts, or may have gone through Scouts but the leader is having just too much fun to leave…
Others are life-long Scouters who want to give back to the organisation that made their childhood that much better.
How Do We Do It?
A great mix of volunteer leaders and parent helpers, combined with the amazing access to places and people the great name of Scouting can get us.
The Scouting Association provides leaders with training for so many activities, and a huge network of contacts for things we can’t easily train for.
That being said, the backbone of all Scout Groups are those who help in the background. Not every adult is a uniformed leader, giving their *ahem* two hours a week.
There are parents and helpers who work the admin and finance side, run the exec committee, and even just turn up to one evening a term to be an extra pair of eyes for our regular activities.
If you think you can help, even just a little, please contact us. It all helps make the experience for the Scouts that much better.
Where Do We Do It?
We have access to a fantastic HQ building on Elvetham Heath. While Google Maps may want to take you via Elvetham Crescent, please drive along Turner’s Way instead as we share the car park with the primary school there.
When Do We Do It? Who Can Do It? And How Much Is It?
(± ½ year)
(per child per term)
|Beavers||6 to 8 years||Monday
|17:00 to 18:00||£35|
|17:00 to 18:00|
|Cubs||8 to 10½ years||Monday
|18:00 to 19:30||£40|
|18:00 to 19:30|
|Scouts||10½ to 14 years||Monday
|19:30 to 21:00||£50|
|19:30 to 21:00|
|Explorers||14 to 18 years||Wednesday
|19:30 to 21:00||£40|
*To find why Air Scouts have their own colour, see our Scout page
You are never too old or too late to join Scouts. There’s no requirement to have started as a Beaver to take part in Explorers, or even Network Scouts (18-25 yrs).
Likewise The Scout Association does not discriminate against anyone being a member.
There are four other Explorer Units in the Fleet area, meeting on either Wednesdays or Fridays. Please contact the District Explorer Scout Commissioner for more details.
Any parent experiencing financial difficulty please speak to their section leader or to the Group Scout Leader who will deal with the matter confidentially, as we would not want cost to prevent a child from taking part.
A weekly view of our standard Sections’ meetings