11th Edgware Scout on the high ropes at JSAC 2011

11th Edgware Scouts

The Scout Troop

Scouts usually meet on monday evenings during the week, although Scouts get the opportunity to go to camps and on other days out throughout the year.

The Scout Section meets on Mondays roughly during normal school terms.  Scouts starts at 7.30 pm and finishes at 9.15 pm.  Access is gained through the main entrance doors to the Synagogue up the few steps from the car park.  We meet in the main communal hall through the double doors directly across the hall from the main door.

Joining the Troop

Following an introductory period of say 4-6 weeks a young person would be invested as a member of the Troop.  This is a simple ceremony lasting 10-15 minutes to which all family members are welcome. 

The Program

Scouting gives young people the opportunity to learn by doing.  The main programme areas are: Outdoor and Adventure; Global; Community; Fit for Life; Creative and Beliefs; and Attitudes.  Scout Leaders are trained to deliver this programme, ensuring young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.

In accordance with the Scout Association Aims, young people are encouraged to make their own decisions and to act upon them in a safe environment that the Leaders provide.  They are split up into patrols made up of youngsters of varying ages.  Each patrol has a Patrol Leader (PL) and Assistant Patrol Leader (APL) who are in charge of their team.  The PL’s together with the Leaders form a Leadership Team that decides what the weekly program encompasses and which activities to take part in.  The Leaders, in a facilitating role, provide the equipment and training to achieve the chosen goals.

There are two award schemes that the Scouts embark upon.  The first is a challenge award scheme, there are nine for the Scouts to complete and to be worn on uniform.  These Challenges can be tackled by individuals or by groups.  The Leaders  offer these Challenges by delivering a Balanced Programme based around the six programme areas.

Each Scout is expected to show personal commitment and be fully involved in the activities. The level of involvement will depend on the Scout's previous experience and personal ability.  The activities will offer a challenge to those involved, but should not be seen as a pass or fail situation.  An activity may not have seemed 100% successful, but the Scouts could still have learnt from the situation and gained experience.   In all activities we try to encourage Scouts to achieve their full potential and reinforce their promise 'to do my best'.  Most of the requirements are covered during the weekly meetings and at camp although some preparation at home may be required. 

Activity Badges are another way of recognising the achievements of Scouts who have learnt a new skill, or who have taken part in an activity for a certain period of time.  There are something like 70 different badges of varying difficulty.  Every Scout can complete at least 3 without too much trouble e.g. swimming, athletics, hobbies, music, etc.

Camping

As much time is spent outdoors as the weather permits.  From March to September most evenings are spent training for camps and more rugged pursuits.  Camping is the lifeblood of Scouting and we encourage patrols to be self-sufficient at camp.

There will be several camping opportunities each year; the highlight is the Summer Camp, usually lasting 8 days finishing on the Bank Holiday Monday in August.  All camps are 100% kosher and Shabbat at camp is an experience.