Welcome to our website.
We are part of the Royal Greenwich District
in the Scout County of Greater London South.
We have five sections in our Group:
Who we are and what we do.
Scouting is for everyone.
Scouting encourages young people from all backgrounds, male and female, to have self-belief and a voice. It helps them develop physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We call this ‘everyday adventure’. They just call it fun.
Our young people take part in hundreds of activities like skateboarding, kayaking, camping, cycling and community projects. But they also get to find out what it means to take a risk, lead a team, make friends and discover that life is as much about possibilities as it is about challenges.
Helping young people develop
The Scouting formula is simple. Using volunteer adult leaders and basic facilities, young people develop trust, integrity and a spirit of adventure. Our Scouts are today's happiest, healthiest and most productive citizens; some of them will be tomorrow's leaders. It's how Richard Branson, Barack Obama and David Beckham got their start in life.
Fun and adventure
Adventure is at the heart of everything we do. It is the single most important thing that sets Scouts apart.
It's exciting being involved with us. We believe that through the everyday adventure of Scouting, young people and adult volunteers regularly experience new challenges that enrich their lives.
To provide everyday adventure to the UK's young people we need more adult volunteers to add to the 100,000 already taking part.
Scouting is about meeting new friends, sharing adventures and making the most of life's opportunities. We make it as easy and safe as possible for young people to push the boundaries of their own experience.
The Formal Aims of Scouting
exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal
development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.|
|As Scouts we are guided by these values:|
We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
We have self-respect and respect for others.
We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.
We make a positive difference; we co-operate
with others and make friends.
|Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:|
• enjoy what they are doing and have fun
• take part in activities indoors and outdoors
• learn by doing
• share in spiritual reflection
• take responsibility and make choices
• undertake new and challenging activities
• make and live by their Promise
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Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background. The three sections in our group are for those from their sixth birthday to their fourteenth. However, our group is currently quite full, as are most within a mile or two of Blackheath, so if you would like your child to enjoy the Scouting experience please consider joining another Scout group near where you live. Even then you may have to join a waiting list.
Apply here via the Scout HQ website. This will also confirm whether we are your nearest Scout Group.
Sections for older young people, which are known as Explorers or Network members, meet elsewhere so to apply to join them please also apply via the link above.
There is a rule in scouting that transfering between two groups can only happen either because the family have moved into a new area in which case you should contact Scout HQ via their website (click here) or with the prior approval of both Group Scout Leaders. There is more on this click here.
We will also welcome adults (over 18's) who would like to be involved as Leaders or if you do not have the time for a regular commitment there could still be a role for you. Please
Finally, we have a membership policy which sets out the order of priority for joining the group and what we expect by way of good attendance or behaviour. The main point for those who wish to join the group is that they must be on the waiting list whether they are a sibling of a current member of the group or not. For the full text click here.
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Membership Payment (Subscriptions)
Please remember this is a membership fee NOT an attendance fee. It is due whether your son or daughter attends regularly or not. The Group Executive committee have agreed that if for some families this is too big an amount in one go that we can accept ½ at the start of term with the second ½ immediately after the half-term break.
We have set up Online Scout Manager (OSM) so that you can make the payment online. You will be sent an email link for this each term. We really would prefer it if you could use this method of paying, please. It provides a clear record of your payment as well as reducing the amount of cash that has to be handled by the leaders. (£3,500 or so each term for these subs alone).
For those who are unable to use OSM, please make cheques to "40th Greenwich Scout Group" with subs and name on the back or cash in an envelope marked subs with the name on it. It means that we do not need to hold you up while we make a note of who is paying what and for whom.
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For details of how to Gift Aid the subscrition and more about our general Fund Raising see link
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We have requests from time to time for second hand uniform items.
We all know that children grow out of their clothes often before they are worn out. It is good to recycle these if we can so can we ask that any outgrown uniforms be passed to our leaders and we will make sure that good use is made of them.
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CRB and Disclosure Applications
Any adults (over 18's) who want to join us on outings, at camp or even to help regularly at meetings must have completed a Scout Association DBS disclosure form and been cleared before doing so. Please speak to our Group Scout Leader, Conway if you need a form.
More about the DBS & completing a Disclosure Application Form see link
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Safeguarding in Scouting
It is the policy of The Scout Association to safeguard the welfare of all members by protecting them from neglect and from physical, sexual and emotional harm.
There is more about this on the Scout Association's website at link
Child Protection - What we do
Young people thrive in safe surroundings. We’re committed to ensuring that Scouting is both enjoyable and safe for everyone who takes part, along with providing parents with peace of mind.
There is also more information about this on the Scout HQ website at link
If you have any concerns, please speak to our Group Scout Leader, Conway, or tba.