1st Witley Cub Scout Group is a very popular Troop – so much so that we have a large team of volunteer Leaders and parent helpers… but we need more! Many of our Leaders started as parent helpers and evolved into Leaders – but over time they follow their own children up from Beavers, through Cubs and into Scouts. That leaves a gap
As of 2016 we are specifically looking for new volunteer helpers, Assistant Cub Leaders, and Cub Pack Leader. We also are looking for new Assistant Beaver Leaders.
What does it entail?
Leading is very rewarding – either as the senior Leader of Beavers, Cubs or Scouts, but also as one of the team of Assistant Leaders. You’ll attend our weekly Troop meetings on a weekday evening, where there will be upto 30 cubs or scouts and 3 or more Leaders. Beavers run on Monday nights, Cubs on Thursdays, and Scouts alternate Fridays – all based at our modern purpose built hall in Witley.
During the lighter evenings activities are often out & about the local area. We run at least 2 overnight camps each year.
What skills do I need?
No experience necessary! If you have a natural rapport with children and maybe a critical eye for bad washing up practices then you’ll get on like a flysheet too close to a camp fire. Some people like to be hands on, others have a penchant for the planning of activities or being the hub of communications between Leaders, parents and cubs and scouts.
It is not a full time commitment, and you aren’t obliged to attend every troop / pack meeting… but you might get hooked.
You’ll get to guide a super bunch of cubs and scouts … and work alongside a great team of enthusiastic like-minded people. Sometimes you might get a rest.You’ll learn all sorts of things too – such as first-aid, craft skills, street dancing, pioneering, sports…. and of course how to inspire children that they hang on every word you say (occasionally).
Meet the Team!
Everyone gets something different from the Scouting movement, but perhaps the best way to capture what it means to be a Leader is to ask some of the 1st Witley Group Leaders:
Jillie – Cub Leader
Once upon a time I was little brownie and then a girl guide. I was taught how to build a fire, tie myself in knots, make singe dampers, build a credible wash station out of twigs and string. Pitch a bell tent which could with stand a force 9 gale!! and sew on all my amazing merit badges which I still have.
I want to share that fantastic experience, fun and knowledge with this generation of kids so they can look back on their scouting days with great fondness as I do.
Lastly, I can’t not mention the amazing, fun loving team of leaders who I work alongside in the 1st Witley Group. They make me look forward to going each week!!! I love them all :)x they are all completely bonkers!! And CRB checked!!
Dave – Scout Leader
To see the joy on a child’s face who has just done something for the first time and has surprised themselves with their own achievement is priceless. Only a few have the gift to create a moment, that will last in their memories forever. Come and join us, the memory makers!
Paul – Assistant Cub Leader
I was a cub and scout many years ago and I love being able to share the life skills I learnt over the years with our troop – skills that children wouldn’t normally learn at school. Each cub meeting is full on for 90 minutes but I wouldn’t miss it for the World.
Esther – Assistant Cub Leader
I joined because I didn’t see why the kids should have all the fun! There is a great social element to the Cubs and Scouts group. There are a few things you have to learn but it is not onerous – afterall, being a parent is a good qualification.
Emma – Section Assistant
We all have different skills so you can pick and choose what activities to get involved in. There is no pressure to volunteer. I also like that I can be there with my son in the all the fun things he does with Cubs!
Bob – Assistant Cub Leader
I drifted into 1st Witley Cubs after helping at camp and a few thursday evenings. The satisfaction I got from seeing the cubs having such fun and really enjoying the outdoors life made all the effort worth while, as they have experiences money just can’t buy. But without leaders and helpers the kids will miss out.