Scouts

  • 10½ - 14 year olds
  • Girls and Boys
  • Thursdays 7:30 - 9:00pm


Scouts are the third section of the Scouting movement. From the first experimental camp for 20 boys in 1907, the movement now has an estimated 28 million members worldwide, and in the UK alone there are over 499,000 boys and girls involved in Scouting. An increase in adult volunteers means that more and more young people are now able to take part in their own big adventure.

At 1st Bournville, we currently have about two dozen Scouts, split roughly 50:50 boys & girls.

The Scouts Section is run by Graham, who is assisted by Alex, Dan & Mary. 

This section puts the "out" in Scout and aims to run a camp every six to eight weeks. Every Scout is encouraged to give it a try, and lots of them like it and come back for more. The majority of our leaders are individually certified to lead camping events, so we have a lot of experience within the Section. Our major camps are:

Winter Camp Usually in late January or early February under canvas. The location varies but it is never far from home just in case the weather turns really bad. We use this camp as a chance to teach Scouts how to deal with cold weather. We take a thermometer on camp and if the temperature dips below freezing everyone on camp becomes a member of the Icicle Club and gets a certificate. There is a league of who has camped in the coldest conditions.

Chase Walk This has become a regular mid-March fixture in our calendar. The Chase Walk for Scouts is a team-based orienteering event over a 13-mile course around Cannock Chase. In teams of 4-7, Scouts have to find their way round a series of checkpoints using only a map and compass. We camp at Beaudesert, which serves as the HQ for the walk's organisers, and pack the Scouts off with a hearty breakfast. We also act as a support team for leaders and Explorer Scouts who are attempting the longer 40-mile Walk.

Spring Camp Held generally between April and May under canvas. Scouts get to experience the unpredictability of the English springtime weather. In 2012 we did two separate camps, one for Patrol Leaders and one for new Scouts.

Summer Camp Whilst most of our camps take place over a weekend, Summer Camp is generally a week-long event. The details vary and sometimes we run it in conjunction with other sections within the Group. Recently we have been to Lochgoilhead activity centre two years running and in 2012 attended BrumJam.

Autumn Camp This is generally a camp under canvas, but the location varies. Most recently we went to Rhydd Covert.

Christmas Camp We hold this indoors. We choose a site with good kitchen facilities because we lay on a full Christmas dinner for the Scouts. We also do Secret Santa and let the Scouts watch a traditional Christmas film.