Providing #SkillsforLife for young people in Penrith

From the Group Scout Leader: Aug 2014

The summer holidays – a time for relaxation, recuperation and getting ready for the new term ahead. However, for the Scouts the fun continues over August! I’ve just got back from our annual scout summer camp. This year the scouts headed to Hawkhirst Scout Centre, on the shores of Kielder Water, Northumberland. The camp combined traditional scout skills with adventurous activities: cooking over fires, knife and axe skills, wide games, bell boating, rafting, crate stacking and much more! Keep an eye on our website for photos from the weekend.

Over the past term, I am pleased to report that all of our sections were just as busy. The beavers had their ‘bee’ themed sleepover, whilst the cubs went to ‘Cuboree’, camping on the edge of Ullswater. (

I would like to thank everyone who came to support our AGM and BBQ. It was lovely to see how much support parents give the group, to help us give young people the adventure that scouting offers. We have said many thank yous to Cath, Diane, Sharon and Janet, as they move on to other roles. We have 2 new treasurers on board – Jonathan and Rachel, with some interest in our secretary role.

We still have a vacancy for Group Chairman. This vital role helps to keep our group going behind the scene, and without someone in this role, it may start to affect the programme that we can deliver to our young people. Please take a look at our role description: It can be a role just for you, or to share with others. If the role is not for you – what about a friend? Do you know someone with a good head for admin, or who wants to be involved, but doesn’t want to work with young people directly?

I would like to welcome James, a parent, and thank Matt, previously an assistant, who will be starting as Beaver Leaders this September. We are also reopening our second cub pack, thanks to Wendy and Josh who are heading up our new venture.

Finally, I want to remind you of our 2 key challenges this year:

  • To get more young people from Penrith involved in Scouting
  • To recruit more volunteers to help deliver the Scouting Adventure!

With more young people and more adult volunteers, we can make a difference to our community, grow 2nd Penrith Scout Group and give young people opportunities to develop fully.

Good Luck!