Scouts

Scouts is for young people aged approximately 10 1/2 to 14: both boys and girls.

We usually meet 7:45 to 9:15pm at Caldecote Village Hall.

About our Scouts

At this stage of life our Scouts are growing and changing very quickly. They’re exploring and pushing boundaries, eager to discover their potential. They’re fledglings, stretching their wings up and out, right on the edge of jumping out of the nest.

Scouts at Caldecote, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

We aim to provide our Scouts with a safe environment where they can challenge themselves, discover what they’re capable of, and learn more about themselves. We’ve asked them, and it’s obvious to us, that they enjoy:

  • The boisterous games we play, including the ‘wide’ games they don’t get to play anywhere else
  • The sense of achievement that comes when they’ve completed hard work towards their scout badges
  • Anything that involves being away with their scout team, setting themselves against ‘the world’ (before rushing back to the comfort and safety of home).

Scout activities

About our leaders

Our Scout Leader is Mark R. He has Toby (11) in Scouts. His day job is to teach bankers how to do their jobs properly (don’t blame him for the financial crisis, he says he didn’t cause it, and please hug a banker next time you see one because they pay Mark’s mortgage).

Picture of scout leader with Scouts

Mark will happily tell you that, funnily enough, Friday nights aren’t too different from his day job, although perhaps the Friday nights are more stressful because the audience is quicker to let you know when the fun has stopped!

Our most regular parent helpers include:

  • Rob M. Parent of Ivan. The only helper with the proven ability to shoot, gut, pluck and slowly roast a wild pigeon over a campfire: to the point where it comes out of the process actually tasting delicious!
  • cooking breakfast at scout camp

  • Jay C. Parent of Connor. The only Scout leader who also has a rapping moniker. And he’s a fire bug to boot!

    Scout leader Jay lighting fires

  • Simon G. Parent of Hannah. Has proven himself able to lend you a giant marquee AND put it up for you (almost) single handed
  • Dave H. Parent of Henry. Willing to throw himself into anything Scouts challenges him with. One of the parents who has previously, and very helpfully, taken charge of forming the essential committee our group needs to operate.
  • Drinks break on scout camp

  • Lucy S. Currently at university, but joining in with us when she’s in Caldecote, Lucy is young and enthusiastic enough to make the rest of the leadership team feel decrepit. Lucy been right through the Scout system, knows more about Scouting than the rest of us put together i.e. all the ropes PLUS how to put a few knots in them. She has committed to becoming a future Scout leader, and joins in with the group when she is at home (plus she’s great at staying in touch via email, offering help and ideas, where ever she is). She’s a great role model for our young people, and they love her. She’s one to watch.

Australia postcard

Next steps for our group leadership

Although we have lots of parent helpers, we are currently looking to source an Assistant Scout Leader to go through Scouts’ formal training programme. This will allow for more flexibility and a bit less pressure e.g. when Mark can’t make Scouts on a Friday evening due to overseas or London work commitments. The Scout Association, quite rightly, wants to make sure that groups are run by people who have a few clues about what they’re doing. We can’t operate without formally-trained Scout leaders on site, and we could do with a few more at Caldecote.

Caldecote Scouts enjoying activities

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