Welcome to Dalston Scouts Group

This web site aims to provide useful and informative news and views about the Dalston Scout group. Our intended audience is anybody who has an association with Dalston Scout group, but all visitors to this site are welcome...

Scout Group

Click on the text in the calendar to find out more information about the meeting.

Badges

Did you know that as well as hiking, healthy eating and camping badges, our Scouts can develop skills in IT, PR and mechanics?

Our activity badges allow Scouts to demonstrate their progress in various pursuits, and help them to form new interests. They are usually awarded when a young person has completed a challenging yet achievable set of requirements.

We also have a number of Challenge Awards, which focus on more ambitious tasks and are themed around the zones of our balanced programme.

And the top awards?

Each section has at least one Chief Scout's Award; ranked bronze, silver, gold, platinum and diamond.

Many older Scouts also complete the various parts of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, or go on an expedition to gain their Explorer Belt.

The Queen's Scout Award marks the pinnacle of effort and achievement for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members. Every year those who've recently achieved the award get the opportunity to attend a royal parade at Windsor Castle.

Honoring our volunteers

Our young people wouldn't be able to achieve any of this without the thousands of adult volunteers who regularly give huge amounts of time and effort.

Ever since the first training camp for adults in 1919, qualified Scout leaders have been awarded their Wood Badge, which marks completion of our award-winning leadership training programme.

There are also a number of special awards for long or outstanding service, available to young people and adults alike.

Sponsored badges

We regularly work in partnership with organizations who are as excited about Scouting as we are. Along with sponsoring relevant activity badges, our partners also provide resources and opportunities to help young people achieve badges and awards.

What We Do

Daslton Scout Group is for young people from 6 to 18 and is supported by adult volunteers. 

We deliver Scouting activities to enable our members to have fun, learn new skills, gain confidence and achieve awards through outdoor, adventure, craft and creative programmes based on teamwork.

If you enjoy taking part in varied and challenging activities alongside other like minded people - then Dalston Scouts is for you.

Leaders
All our leaders are local adult volunteers (many have been group members since their own childhood).  Leaders have undertaken a variety of training including; First Aid, Safeguarding, Outdoor Activity Skills and all have valid DRB checks and leaders warrants in place issued by the Scout Assocation.

In Dalston we have leaders who have been leading Scouting activities for approx. 40 years, and also some new leaders who have less years experience.  We work as a leader team so that Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers know that they can rely on their experience in Dalston Scouts being safe, fun and exciting.  Being a volunteer scout leader is a good way to give some time to your community and Dalston has over 15 adults involved - so there is always help available.


Uniform
When we are out and about (camping, climbing, canoeing etc.) we wear sensible outdoor gear.  As part of the international Scout movement we wear a uniform for normal weekly meetings and all members are expected to wear uniform when requested.  This is a shirt/sweater, neckerchief and appropriate badges.  Uniform helps develop a sense of pride and group purpose.

Uniform can be obtained from the National Schoolwear shop in Nelson St., Denton Holme, Carlisle.

Investiture
After a few weeks an Investiture Ceremony will be held when new members make their Promise and are formally welcomed.  Parents are invited to attend if they wish to.  The Promise is an important part of becoming a Scout and new members should understand the Promise so that they know what being a Scout is all about.

Camps
Scounting is an active pastime and as such we often go camping.  Beavers camp in domitories, cubs usually in tents and Scouts/Explorers in tents, hammocks, Bivvie shelters or under the stars!  Scouts and Explorers should expect to have numerouse nights away camping and lots of adventure actities.  Attending camps is the best way to get the most out of Scouting and we expect members to make every effort to attend.  Some of the Scout badges/awards can only be gained by becoming and experienced and effective camper.

Subscriptions
Each term every member pays a subscription fee to cover the costs of everything we do.  1/3rd of the subscription fee goes to Scout HQ to cover insurance and other essentials.

Gift Aid
If you are a tax payer, please fill in and return the Gift Aid form to help boost our funds.

Membership form.
All new members to the Group should bring the completed form to the first meeting.

Any questions or concerns  – please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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