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  • Hi, I'm Gareth Hughes

    Gareth Hughes Group Chairman Committee I was lucky to involved in Scouting from an early age; moving through to the Venture Unit, which of course is now the Explorers. At the time I was living in Wales and our Venture Leader was very much focused on the outdoors and we spent a lot of our time walking and climbing in the Snowdonia mountains. My son joined a Scout Group as a Cub, and when we moved to Sidmouth 16 years ago, he joined the 1st Sid Vale Scout Group. The rest as they say his history. I was encouraged to be involved with the committee and I have been Chairman since around 2005. In simple terms I chair the Group Committee which aims to make sure that the Scout Group has the facilities and resources needed to deliver good Scouting in the Group. I enjoy being involved with 1st Sid Vale Scout group; there’s always lots going on. It’s great place to meet people and to see young people try new adventures. Contact me Not available This page was last updated ​

  • Hi, I'm Ben Ardley

    Ben Ardley Team Lead Communications Team Hello, I'm Ben and this is my personal Bio. Contact me Ben.Ardley@devonscouts.org.uk This page was last updated ​

  • Hi, I'm Chris Hodgson

    Chris Hodgson Section Leader Scouts My Name is Chris Hodgson, I run our very large and busy scout section with the help of our other leaders and helpers. I have been in scouting as an adult since 1989, being involved at Group, District and county level. I have been a scout leader, Cub leader and Group scout leader. ​Why Scouts? I believe wholeheartedly in the ethos and values of scouting, I love the great outdoors, (& play there at every opportunity) but above all else I do it for the young people and what we as adults can give to them. It also gives to me in many ways. ​I am a BMC (British Mountaineering Council) HMLE (Hill & Moorland expedition Leader) I hold a MTA (Mountain training association) CWA & CWAA qualification (climbing wall award, climbing wall abseiling award). ​I have a scouts T1 permit (hill and moorland permit), scouts climbing and abseiling permit, scout’s nights away and expedition permit. I have the scout leaders wood badge (For finishing all training). I'm the District Nights away advisor and I hold a Rescue and emergency care certificate. And in my spare time I am a DOE leader too. So, your young people are in safe hands. Come and join us for the fun and adventure of a life time. Contact me Not available This page was last updated ​

  • Our Team at 1st Sid Vale

    Our Team ​ ​ ​ about me ​ ​ ​ about me ​ ​ ​ about me ​ ​ ​ about me Team Lead Ben Ardley Hello, I'm Ben and this is my short Bio. about me Group Skills Instructor Nancy Craven I love being involved in scouting because it offers young people a way of gaining from and contributing to, the community in which they live. about me Section Leader Sarah Fletcher Sarah has been a Beaver leader since 2015 when her youngest was in Beavers and has continued because she loves it so much! about me Explorers Ian Fletcher Hi I'm Ian, I’m a cyber security consultant working for NHS Digital. I’m married with 3 children and as a family we are all involved in scouting one way or another! We moved down to Sidmouth in 2010 and, wanting to get involved in the community, immediately looked at joining the Scout Group. As well as finding working with young people really rewarding (I was a Cub Leader before moving to the Explorer section), it is great to be involved with a charity that makes such a difference to young people and the community! about me Section Leader Chris Hodgson I believe wholeheartedly in the ethos and values of scouting, I love the great outdoors! about me Group Chairman Gareth Hughes I enjoy being involved with 1st Sid Vale Scout group; there’s always lots going on. It’s great place to meet people and to see young people try new adventures. about me Active Scout Volunteer Brian Manwaring ​ about me Section Leader Simon Snowball (Snowy) I am Shere Khan, the Cub leaders have Jungle Book names, I first joined when my son was a Cub (now a Scout) as a helper and as many will tell you once you join you never leave. I am a building site manager but have other skills I enjoy teaching the Cubs and I am known as the leader who cooks the BBQ and loves doing the backwoods cooking. As a leader for 1st SidVale I am very lucky with the resources and leader team we have. The Cub section is fun and full of adventure, meaning that I get to have as much fun as the young people. about me

  • Join 1st Sid Vale | Sidmouth, Devon

    Ready to get stuck in? We are part of the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. We change lives by offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities. ​ Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world. How can I be involved? Becoming a Scout 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 to find your troup. Sections Contact us Volunteering 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. Learn more Video: #SkillsForLife from Scouts.

  • Hire our Space | 1st Sid Vale | Sidmouth, Devon

    Explore East Devon Camping and Activities in an Outstandingly Beautiful Location . We are based off the beaten track in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the cliff top just outside Sidmouth. Our wooden Pavilion and newly built Centre occupy two corners of a picturesque four acre flat field. Campers can use the basic facilities in the Pavilion or if you are looking for more mod cons we have the newly built Sid Vale Scout Centre - great for sleepovers. ​ The large and flexible indoor space in the Centre can be used for a wide range of activities including climbing and target shooting. Visitors (mainly Scouts and Guides) can hire the whole Centre for anything from a couple of hours to a whole week. Or you can hire just the activity space for a few hours at a time - perhaps to add in an activity to an overnight, weekend or week long camp. Availability is based around our own Scout Group activities. The Field is surrounded on all sides by mature hedgerows and is next to extensive National Trust woodland, with paths leading to the village of Salcombe Regis and the beach at Salcombe Mouth. And for star gazers it's a 5 minute walk to the Norman Lockyer Observatory with its amazing telescopes and planetarium. The regency seaside town of Sidmouth is a couple of miles away for shops, swimming pool, and sports facilities including kayaking, surfing and paddle boarding. Our Spaces to Hire Scout Centre Our brand new Scout Centre has a large main hall (15m x 10m) with a 15m high climbing wall (3 ropes). We also have 3 anchor points for ropes in the centre beam allowing for climbing activities such as crate stacking. There's a second large room upstairs (6m x 7m) that can be used as a meeting/activity space or set up as a target shooting range. There are separate male and female toilets and a disabled toilet/shower room as well as two further showers - making the Centre a great space for sleepovers. The good sized kitchen makes catering for large numbers easy and allows youngsters to get in there and practice their cooking skills too. Scout Centre Outside the Centre Scout Centre Looking across the field towards the Scout Centre Scout Centre Entrance to Centre Scout Centre View of the Field from the Main Hall Scout Centre Patio area with seating Scout Centre Main Hall with 15m climbing wall Scout Centre Upstairs room / Target Shooting Range Scout Centre Kitchen Pavilion A back to basics wooden building approximately 6m x 12m with electricity and mains water supply. It has a small kitchen containing sink, electric cooker, hot water boiler, fridge and freezer. There are two separate toilets, and a third toilet/shower room suitable for disabled use. ​ Great facilities for a traditional camping experience - offering secure storage for supplies and valuables, but not detracting from the joys of camping under canvas. Pavilion Covered seating area Pavilion Back to Basics kitchen Field The Pavilion and Centre are located in the Salcombe Regis Recreation Field. It's a perfect location for all sorts of outdoor activities. Lots of wide-open space - great for games, camping and group activities. Safe and secure because it is surrounded by hedgerows, with a secure gated entrance. We maintain a large campfire area which, thanks to donations from local builders, is well stocked with firewood. Our Scouts have recently built a wood fired pizza oven and there's plenty of room for Scouts and Guides to make their traditional altar fires. ​ We can lend activity kit including pioneering poles, barrel BBQs and sports equipment. Ready to start your Adventure? If you're interested in hiring any of our spaces or have an event in mind, please contact us to discuss availability. Contact us

  • Activities | 1st Sid Vale Scout Group | Sidmouth, England

    Activities Scouting is full of fun, adventure and friendship. As Bear Grylls, Chief Scout says ... ​ "Two things matter in life: following your dreams and looking after your friends.” Our Scout Group is made up of a Beaver Colony, two Cub Packs, a Scout Troop and a active group of Young Leaders. The sections are run by teams of volunteer leaders and helpers who design a programme of exciting weekly activities that build skills, friendships and confidence. There’s also opportunities to join in weekend activities – like District Beaver Fun days, the Devon County Cub Challenge and the Regional Scout Cooking competition. We aim to offer all our youngsters the chance to take part in overnight stays at least once a year. For Beavers this might mean a sleepover in the Scout Centre and for Cubs a 2 or 3 night camp in The Field or other Scout facility in the County. Scouts are regular campers and also make visits to the Boy's Brigade facility at Hay Tor on Dartmoor. Our Young Leaders are encouraged to plan their own camping expeditions both near to home and further afield. Here's a brief look at some of the activities at Scouts. Climbing Our Scout Centre has a two storey indoor climbing wall. Youngsters get regular opportunities to use the wall during their weekly section meetings and at extra activity days and camps. Almost anyone can climb – you don’t need to be super fit! Good technique is more important than physical strength and our qualified instructors help youngsters to gain skill and confidence on the wall. Climbing is a very social activity – you’re never alone on the wall, and over time it can help develop concentration, determination and problem-solving. Shooting The upstairs room in the Centre is designed to be used as an indoor air rifle range. Target shooting is an international sport and many of our top shooting athletes, including Olympic participants, started their shooting careers in Scouting. Our nationally qualified instructors offer youngsters the opportunity to test out their marksmanship skills - the ability to repeatedly place shots in as small an area as possible on a target. This requires a certain degree of physical skill but it is primarily a mental sport -being able to focus and concentrate in the present moment on the task in hand. Youngsters also learn how to operate in a calm and disciplined manner – they learn how to manage a risky activity safely. Archery Evidence of archery goes back 50,000 years and has its origins in hunting food and defending yourself! However, in scouting today we like to offer it as an exciting and rewarding activity that enables young people to develop a wide range of useful skills. They develop the hand-eye coordination to aim, it builds physical strength as they become better able to control their bow, and they need patience to practice and focus to shut out distractions. Archery sessions are always run as a group so young people learn to take turns and to support each other. They develop confidence as their skills improve. Best of all anyone can do it. Kit can be adapted to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the sport too. We offer archery as an activity within our regular weekly meetings and at special weekend activity days and camps. Camp Craft Why do Scouts like camping? Because it gives us all the chance to learn how to take responsibility- to stay warm and dry and safe and not hungry. This is not trivial, and it requires a great deal of teamwork and individual strength of character to achieve. Scouting is one of many good organisations for young people. But camping is what makes scouting great! So in Sid Vale we aim to offer all our youngsters the chance to camp at least once a year. We like to make the most of the amazing camping facilities we have: a wonderful flat field, surrounded by woodland, off the beaten track. We aim to teach youngsters camp craft skills - tents, fires, knife skills, knots, cooking, map reading and so on - during our weekly meetings and then to make the most of them during camps either at our own base or further afield. Sharing the camping chores, having fun together and enjoying each others company – the bedrocks of scouting and an opportunity to learn skills for life.

  • Sections | 1st Sid Vale | Sidmouth, Devon

    Top Our Sections Beavers 6 to 8 Discover Cubs 8 to 10 and a half Discover Scouts 10 and a half to 14 Discover Explorers 14 to 18 Discover All our Sections are open to boys and girls and meet weekly in term time.

  • Hi, I'm Vikki Snowball

    Vikki Snowball Section Leader Cubs Hi I am Akela for the Wolf Pack, I first joined as a helper when my son was a Cub, he is now a bit bigger. I am the leader with the crazy ideas who loves to plan camps and activity days. The organisation comes from my day job in Administration, I love creating activities that are full of fun. As all the leaders will tell you once you join you never seem to leave, this is due to the fun I have had and the amazing leader team we have at 1st SidVale. The adventures we get to be a part of with the Cubs are so much fun and I love seeing the Cubs grow and achieve, although I do get sad when they move to Scouts! I am sure I will be here for a while yet as there is a few years of crazy fun ideas in me yet. Contact me ​ This page was last updated ​

  • Hi, I'm Sarah Fletcher

    Sarah Fletcher Section Leader Beavers Sarah has been a Beaver leader since 2015 when her youngest was in Beavers and has continued because she loves it so much! Sarah was a girl guide in her early years and was lucky enough to experience many opportunities that Guiding provided - she has since converted to scouts and loves being part of the 1st Sid Vale group. She loves planning lots of activities and hopes that Beavers gives the children a good start to their scouting experience with 1st Sid Vale Scout group. Contact me Not available This page was last updated ​

  • Hi, I'm Ian Fletcher

    Ian Fletcher Explorers Explorers Hi I'm Ian, I’m a cyber security consultant working for NHS Digital. I’m married with 3 children and as a family we are all involved in scouting one way or another! We moved down to Sidmouth in 2010 and, wanting to get involved in the community, immediately looked at joining the Scout Group. As well as finding working with young people really rewarding (I was a Cub Leader before moving to the Explorer section), it is great to be involved with a charity that makes such a difference to young people and the community! Contact me Not available This page was last updated ​

  • Hi, I'm Nancy Craven

    Nancy Craven Group Skills Instructor Training I've been involved in scouting since childhood. I was a Brownie and a Guide. Then aged 15, myself and 4 friends were the first girls to join our local Venture Troop! I had a wonderful 3 years with them and gained the Queen Scout Award. My daughters were Beavers and Cubs in London and when we moved to Devon in 2007 I decided to become a volunteer - to support them and the Sid Vale Scout Group. I started as a Cub Leader and then became Group Scout Leader in 2012. I love being involved in scouting because it offers young people a way of gaining from and contributing to, the community in which they live. Scouting volunteers are generous, warm, fun-filled people who do their bit for others. Scouting offers lots of fun and a place to develop lifelong skills and attributes. Contact me Nancy.Craven@devonscouts.org.uk This page was last updated ​

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