Volunteering with 1st Sid Vale
You can volunteer and help in many ways; you don’t have to be a regular Bear Grylls. You might have first aid knowledge that you could teach the group, or you might be able to teach our Scouts a thing or two about DIY.
If you’re good with accounts you could be Group treasurer, or if you’re a culinary whizz you could run cooking sessions with the young people. Everyone has a skill (whether you know it or not) and we can make use of it.
There’s no pressure to continue as a helper or leader afterwards, but hopefully we’ll be able to inspire you by showing how easy and rewarding it can be to volunteer with Scouts.
After Adventure too?
Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds and with a variety of skills. Some of our volunteers have been in scouting for many years, others for just a few months (or weeks!) They either commit to a few hours a week or just give time to help at our events. These are just a few of things that you could become involved in if you became a volunteer:
Running our Regular meetings:
Scouting is becoming more and more popular. We have waiting lists for all our sections and are currently looking for some new adult helpers to support the group as it grows.
Fundraising events for our group:
We fundraise in many different ways, through jumble sale, fetes, family nights such as Ceilidhs and skittle evenings. Car boot sales, fashion shows, sponsored walks etc.
At present we have 3 main committees:
General Scout Committee
Who address such matters as the new building, publicity and ensure the overall effectiveness of the group.
Who plan and co-ordinate our fundraising events.
Who primarily look at grant making bodies and also make applications for grants from local and national charities.
Scout with 1st Sid Vale
Get involved with Scouting from as young as 6 years old in Beaver and work your way up through Scouts up to Explorers.
What's not to love about trying over 200 activities? From archery to climbing, being a Scout give you the chance to get stuck into a load of activities you wouldn't normally get to try. You can learn more about Activities at 1st Sid Vale by going to sidvalescoutgroup.com/activities.
Have fun and make new friends - without even thinking about it! Going to Scouts is chance to meet people you already know but also people you don't. You'll meet people who are just as adventurous as you and, as a Group, you can have fun. As Chief Scout Bear Grylls says life is about grabbing opportunities and we agree!
You'll learn loads of new and existing things, including Skills for Life. Don't forget, you'll also earn badges and rewards along the way!
Why not have a look at all of our Scouting Sections online at sidvalescoutgroup.com/sections.
When can my child join Scouting?
Starting age for Beavers is aged 6 years. Looking ahead, children can join Cubs from around the age of 8 and Scouts from 10 and a half. Explorer Scouting starts at 14 and runs until Scouts are 18.
How much does membership cost?
Subs are paid on a termly basis and at present this is £30 per term.
This fee goes towards the cost of insurance, bills, maintenance of the meeting place and helps pay for materials to put on activities. Trips, camps and some activities will most likely be charged separately but will often be subsidised to ensure we offer great value for money. Cost should not be a barrier to anyone taking part in Scouting and if this is an issue, please speak to your Section Leader in confidence and they will discuss ways we can help.
Is there a planned programme of activities for youngsters in Scouting?
Yes. Behind the fun of Scouting, there is an educational programme. While each Group will undertake different activities, the main programme zones are: Beliefs and Attitudes, Community, Fitness, Creative, Global and Outdoor & Adventure. Leaders are trained to deliver this programme.
What do youngsters wear and where can I buy it?
Scouts wear different uniform depending on their age. Uniform can either be bought from various places - the online Scout Shop, Thomas Moore in Exeter or the Exeter Scout and Guide Shop. You will be give information upon joining with all the details of what to wear and where to buy it.
Where is the 1st Sid Vale Scout Group based?
We are based at the Sid Vale Scout Centre, Salcombe Hill Rd, EX10 0NY.
How will my child benefit from joining Scouting?
Parents tell us their children benefit hugely from the adventures, fun and friendships they experience. It can help develop your child’s social skills and independence, and give them access to some amazing and memorable opportunities.