Scouting booming in Manselton
The Scout Movement has changed much in the last 110 years, so much so that Scouting is unrecognisable now, compared to how it was even 10 years ago. In Swansea, Scout Groups are expanding the range of activities on offer for girls and boys and as a result, groups are increasing in popularity. From cookery to archery, digital citizenship to carting and kayaking there is so much on offer…
Andrew Shapton from the 7th Swansea (St. Michael’s) Scout Group in Manselton writes about the roaring success of the local group.
Manselton Scout Group – trebled in size
Here at the 7th Swansea (St. Michael’s) Scout Group in Manselton, we go from strength to strength. Nationally, Scouting has changed and even locally, it has progressed significantly. At the Scout Group in Manselton, In the last 4 years, we have trebled in size, opening a second Beaver Colony, and an Explorer Unit. This means we now cater for 60+ young people from the ages of 6 to 18 years of age – both boys and girls.
Dedicated team of volunteers
How do we do this? With a dedicated team of adult volunteers, who give up their time to give youngsters challenging, adventurous activities, and a brilliant programme of events that are engaging, fun, and sometimes, just a little bit “out there” !!! ALL within a framework that allows the boys and girls to develop and find new skills, friends and ultimately have fun.
Scouting for all ages
The Beaver Scouts are 6 years to 8 years, while Cub Scouts are 8 years of age up until 10 ½, Scouts are then up to 14 years of age, and Explorer Scouts are up to 18 years of age. All of our Explorer Scouts have the chance to become Young Leaders, where they give their experience of Scouting back to the younger sections within the Group.
Amazing range of activities
So what activities do we ACTUALLY do?
Here’s a selection of what we’ve done over the last few months or so:
Our Beavers went to the local Scout Campsite to try out Archery (surprisingly good they are too!)
They also did Crate Stacking – bravely getting up to around 20 feet !
and learned about First Aid…
Our Cubs have tried rifle shooting…
The Scouts have gone fishing…
And great fun was had when all the sections of our group attended a weekend Camp in Parc le Breos this year (image at top).
Trying new things
Central to what we aim to achieve with the young people is to get them outdoors, trying new things, and encourage them to push the envelope. There IS a place for indoor activities, which is where Scouting has modernised – we have an extensive range of Activity badges, from Cookery, through Digital Citizen, Electronics, Global Issues, Mapping, Orienteering, Canoeing, Karting through to Pioneering.
Check the website or volunteer
If this sounds like something you’d like to find out more about, please search for us on Facebook 7th Swansea Scout Group or try our website 7th Swansea Scout Group – there’s so much more information about us there – plus we are always on the lookout for resources, volunteers and anything that can help us with growing Scouting in Manselton and the surrounding areas of North-East Swansea.
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