Scouts: 11-15 Years: Be Prepared
Seniors: 15-18 Years: Look Wide

1st Whittingham BP Scouts

Scouts are open to boys and girls aged 11 - 15. We also have Senior Scouts for 15 - 18 year olds (see below). We meet on Thursday nights at 8pm and are led by Graham and Ninette. Contact the leaders at scouts@1stwhittingham.org.uk

Scouts is pretty cool. We have done some serious climbing (our Rover Scout leader is a qualified climbng instructor), night hikes in the Cheviots, patrol camps, sailing and canoeing. We also take part in lots of Area and National events. This past year we have been working on our Citizenship Badge, helping out the National Trust, and learning lots of local skills, such as dry stone walling. We even built a gateway for the Olympic Torch!

In 2012, we went to Lesotho, to plant trees in the mountains, and meet a local scout troop. We also visited Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island, visited the Cape of Good Hope, and went on safari!

In the summer of 2010 we went on an international jamboree in Germany - EUROCamp 2010. We met scouts from Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Canada, Czech Republic, Belgium, Switzerland, Mexico and Denmark. We took part in workshops with the other scouts, learning new skills, an incident hike in the local countryside, lots of pioneering, campfires, a medieval wide game (lasting all day!), and went on lots of local trips to explore the area.

Over the last couple of years we have done our first aid and orienteering badges so we can do our first class hikes, and also learnt survival skills. We have done an archery course and met the Mountain Rescue team, climbed Scafell Pike raising money for the Mountain Rescue, and organised our own patrol camps. We have been on bivi camp, sleeping in the woods in bivi bags, and survival camps building our own shelters out of wood and bracken.
Here are some photos of hiking along Hadrian's Wall and Kayaking during  Jamboree 2008 at Humshaugh, and cooking on open fires in Kidland Forest.


   
The Scouts have a Law, Promise and Motto which are:

The Law
1. A Scouts' honour is to be trusted.
2. A Scout is loyal to The Queen, His Country, His Scouters, His Parents, His Employers and to those under Him.
3. A Scouts' duty is to be useful and help others.
4. A Scout is a friend to all, and a brother to every other Scout, no matter to what Country, Class or Creed the other may belong.
5. A Scout is courteous.
6. A Scout is a friend to animals.
7. A Scout obeys orders of his parents, Patrol Leader, or Scout Master without question.
8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
9. A Scout is thrifty.
10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

The Promise
On My Honour I promise,
That I will do my best,
To do My Duty to God and The Queen,
To help other people at all times, and obey The Scout Law.

The Motto
'Be Prepared'

Badges
The B-P Scouts follow much the same Training Scheme as laid down by Baden - Powell many years ago. The scouts work towards the key awards - their Second and First Class badges, which involve first aid, knots, hikes, camping, observation, lighting fires, axe skills etc. The top award in scouts is the Scout Cord, which involves passing the First Class and also the Citizenship Award and some key proficiency badges. There are 64 proficiency badges to collect, so something for everyone!

Please see the BPSA's Traditional Scouting website for badge details.

Once scouts are 14, they can also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. See the BPSA's website for more details, or speak to the leaders.

 

badge positions scouts

Senior Scouts
Senior Scouts are 15 - 18 year olds. Most of our Senior Scouts are doing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, whilst scouting with Seniors from all over the country.

We meet on Thursday evenings to do Duke of Edinburgh Skills and Sport such as woodwork, climbing, rifle shooting, survival skills and plan weekends, and learn expedition skills.

Recent achievements from our Seniors include a hiking expedition on the Isle of Bute and canoeing expedition down the Tweed for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh, an Area Evade and Capture 24 hour Challenge, a snow hole expedition in the Cairngorms, a climbing weekend in Northumberland, wild camping in the Cheviots, climbing Tryfan, a four day expedition in Snowdonia for Gold D of E and Discovery Award, and an international Jamboree in Germany.

 


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