Sometimes standing on your own two feet starts by being sprawled out on a Friday night. At the start of the year our Explorers (young people aged 14-18) planned their own sleepover, had a great time, and cleared up afterwards!
Whilst adults weren't required for that, we do need volunteers to join us to help guide them to even more adventures.
We don't need the next Bear Grylls, just some ordinary people to show up at Explorer meetings to empower our young people to learn new skills, make new friends and learn to navigate a very uncertain world. No two weeks are the same, but the impact you make is always great.
Sound like something you'd like to get involved in? Get in touch
We are getting ready to return to adventures like these, but we need your help.
We’re talking about tea makers, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about mini bus drivers and first aiders. We’re talking about students who want to boost their CV, and parents who volunteer so they can spend more time together as a family.
Whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in. Because whether you’re helping a leader to run an activity in the local town hall, organising a night away, or buttering 120 slices of bread for a group of very hungry eleven year olds - no two Scout meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.
Share your skills and learn new ones.
Every week our volunteers empower our young people to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. They’re our everyday heroes. They shape young people’s lives for the better, and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too.
We’re more relevant and more needed than ever, but it’s not always easy to keep up with the demand.
That’s where you come in.
You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to join us. You don’t need to have been a Scout when you were younger. You don’t even need to know how to put up a tent. Our door is open to people of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people like you lend a hand. We’re talking about tea makers, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about mini bus drivers and first aiders. We’re talking about students who want to boost their CV, and parents who volunteer so they can spend more time together as a family.
Whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in.
We provide the training. You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life.
Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is.
Well, it has not been the amazing year full of adventures and fun that we had planned! I hope that despite the really difficult times you are all well and have been managing to navigate whatever the current ‘normal’ looks like to you. As you are aware, we had to suspend face to face meetings back in March. Last term we went online, to deliver our programme digitally via zoom, which although not being quite the same as what we are used to, worked really well and I'm sure our members who took part enjoyed it (the leaders certainly enjoyed being able to see everyone again!).
Over the summer the Scout Association published a framework detailing what we might be able to do and when. The Scouts' Framework is aligned with Government-approved guidance for the youth sector developed by the National Youth Agency. It uses the government-style alert system, which is as follows:
Red - Rate of infection is consistent or growing
No Face to Face Scouting. Digital programme delivery allowed.
Amber - Rate of infection is reducing consistently in all parts of the country
Digital programme delivery. Small group sessions can take place outdoors (preferred) and indoors. No residential activities.
Yellow - Number of cases low and decreasing, full track and trace system in place
Digital programme delivery. Small group sessions can take place outdoors and indoors. Camping in the UK.
Green - No new cases or a vaccine readily available
"Normal" Scouting to resume.
We are currently at Amber, HOWEVER:
Although this means we can now meet in small groups of up to 15 people. We would need to follow all social distancing guidelines by keeping 2 metres apart. We can only really meet outside and we also need to do written risk assessments for every aspect of the session (which need approving by the District Team) and follow our new Covid procedure document. Plus in the event of any young person who attended later testing positive for coronavirus, any leaders (who are all volunteers, and have actual jobs and lives away from Scouting) who came into contact with them would have to self-isolate for two weeks.
It is safe to say that Beaver/Cub/Scout sessions, as we knew them, currently cannot happen.
Myself and the leadership team have been trying to work out the best way forward to keep our young people and leaders safe. We are not part of the school bubble system so this also causes an extra issue, as does having various members of the group who are at extra risk. 3rd Cleethorpes is a family, and we feel that it is really important that we only return to meeting face to face when it is safe for EVERY member to do so. We understand that this time of year is stressful enough for parents getting their children back to school and we really don’t want to add to the pressure or to cause any uncertainty for our young people who have had so much of that this year already.
We have therefore decided that although we’d really love to see all the young people in person, it would be best to hold back for a bit. We have instead concentrated on developing a really good online programme for all sections, which will be supplemented by physical activity packs. We are not interested in being the first group back, our priority is the health and wellbeing of our young people, and we genuinely believe they have enough on their plate at the moment settling back into the daily routine of school. They are all going to be exhausted, and the leaders feel that with winter cold season just around the corner, anything extra that contributes to that is just not responsible.
We hope that you all understand and support us with this decision. As the guidance and situation changes we can look towards running some additional face to face activities in the future, on top of the Zoom sessions. But for now, we look forward to seeing everyone online in a few weeks.
Group Scout Leader
Our last (and by no means least!) hero is Rachel, our Group Scout Leader (volunteer manager of the Scout Group). Along with her team of leaders, she makes sure that all of our young people have access to a great programme and opportunities to gain #SkillsForLife.
Much of what Rachel does is behind the scenes but is essential to keep the Group moving forward. Things like applying for grants, attending meetings, organising activities, coordinating fundraising and dealing with paperwork aren't always the fun part of Scouting, so we're really grateful that Rachel does these for us.
She also spends countless hours keeping our HQ running. Taking bookings, coordinating hirers, letting hirers in, doing the cleaning, maintenance, painting, building things... you name it Rachel does it! She also keeps up to date with all of the latest guidance, whether it be fire safety or Covid-19 secure guidelines, to make sure we're always up to date.
Rachel also makes sure that she thanks everyone who helps the Group, including recently posting out thank you presents to all of our hardworking volunteers. As she's always the one doing the thanking, she often doesn't get thanked herself... so please join us in saying a big thank you to Rachel, our amazing GSL! 🥳😀
We can't believe that this time last year we were all at home exhausted after a fantastically action packed group camp.
This has been a hard year for everyone, and it is an odd summer without tents to dry, boots to scrape and sleep to catch up on. But we hope that these pictures will inspire you and give a bit of a glimpse into the adventures we have planned for next year. If you are already a member, get thinking- we are going to be asking YOU what you want us to cram into the best camp ever! If you haven't joined us yet, what is stopping you?
From everyone at 3rd Cleethorpes Scouts
For the amazing NHS and its dedicated, hardworking and marvellous staff
For every keyworker who has kept the country running
For all those in our community who are doing the right thing to save lives
And for all our fantastic volunteers and members who have carried on being Scouts and helped in their communities, even though we cannot be together (and the families who have joined in and helped them!)
Over the past few months you have all proved that a Scout is something that you are- not just something you do once a week.
We think everyone can agree that one of the things that has made the present situation more bearable for everyone is the community spirit, kindness and generosity shown by so many in our area. This has been encapsulated by the work of the Great Grimsby 3D Printing group, with their efforts to produce face shields for the NHS and others who need them. Now, thanks to the generosity of Ross Burrows for his donation and Nik Brunt who has arranged it all with our Scout Leader Allister Jack, we are delighted to announce that we will soon have our own 3D printer for our members to use.
We always try and offer a bit more to our young people to help develop skills that they will use throughout their life, and this will be a really welcome addition to our programme. Thank you!
All the the videos from week one of our Fencing at Home challenge have now been posted.
We have created a special group that you can join (link below) to see all the videos in once place and also to share what you have been doing with us. The group is open to anyone- not just Scouts!
How have you been getting on with it?
Ready for week 2?
We would really love to see your photos and read your feedback, so please post in the group and let us know what you have been joining in with and what you have enjoyed
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