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100 Years Scouting in Heavitree, could you be our Group Scout Leader to take us into the next centenary?

 

2nd Exeter Scout Group is celebrating 100 Years of Scouting in Heavitree this year, with 2nd Exeter Scout Troop registered on the 2nd October 1919. The Group has met at various locations within the area, but moved to the purpose built Scout Hut on South Lawn Terrace in 1968. 

 

 

 

The Group is now running with the highest number of members in the last 20 years, reaching nearly 200 in January 2019. 

As a Scout Group our aim is to provide a balanced and varied programme for our young girls and boys, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts aged 6 to 14 years old. Developing their minds and bodies to create good citizens of the future. Different sections will undertake different activities but all will run a programme mix of indoor and outdoor activities with optional camps at weekends and during school holidays 

We have an amazing team of leaders who work together both within and across sections to organise activities for our Young People. We are also seeing our Scouts return as Young Leaders when they turn 14 and become Explorers to help with younger sections so that they can remain part of the Group. With some even becoming leaders when they turn 18. 

All of this sounds really positive, but we have recently found ourselves without a Group Scout Leader (GSL), this role is the lynch pin of the Group. Working with the Executive, the Leaders and District to ensure that a balanced programme is provided in a safe environment. A GSL doesn’t need previous Scouting experience, more useful is the ability to effectively manage a team along with good communication and stakeholder management skills. We are a progressive Group and embrace the use of IT to make all our lives easier, so someone who is happy to be plugged in to the group chatter and emails is ideal.  There is no set time commitment but a couple of hours a week doing admin or attending meetings isn’t unusual, there’s no limit to how many hours you can choose to spend Scouting! There are no age restrictions, but you do have to be over 18.

Full training in Policies, Organisation and Rules is provided and you’ll be supported by section leaders who have over 100 years of Scouting experience between them! 

If you’d like to find out more, then contact Clare on 07981 252812 , email exeter2nd@yahoo.com  find us on Facebook or Twitter @2ndExeterScouts or through our website http://www.exeterscouts.co.uk/contact/  have a read of the   Scout Association Job Description

If being GSL isn’t for you but you feel you’d like to join the Group supporting the young people more directly, we are also looking for Beaver, Cub and Scout Leaders. Whether you can give up an evening a month or only weekends 2nd Exeter supports the saying many hands makes light work!