St.Julian’s Scout Group has now opened a section for Beavers, aged 5 years to 7years. This is the first step to the World of Scouting.
The section meets every Saturday from 14.30 – 15.30 at St.Julian’s Scouts HQ. During the meeting they have crafts, talks and a game. Outings consist of walks in the country or visits. Keeo is the Beaver leader, assisted by 2 other young leaders.
The programme is based on Fun and Friendship. At this age children want to discover and learn about things around them, they also need to start doing things for themselves (independency). All this is included in the programme but always based on LEARN THROUGH PLAY, also:
· Tell me and I will forget
· Show me and I will remember
· Involve me and I will understand
All this is covered through:
· Outdoor activities
· Creative play
· Cooperative games
Beavers enjoy time with their friends and new friends, whilst learning how to socialize within a group and develop the confidence to be themselves. We also help the Beaver Scouts to establish a value system based upon: spiritual, social and personal principles, as expressed in the Promise and Law, and as part our Mission statement.
This section meets every Saturday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm during the winter, and every Wednesday by the sea from 3:30pm to 5pm during the summer.
The cubs are split into groups of sixes of varying ages, each 'six' being identified by a specific colour. Each six is lead by a sixer and a second (this is training for leadership).
Akela is the Cub Scout Leader and has two assistants, Baloo and Chill. We organise hikes on a monthly basis, during which we practice basic skills on mapping and orienteering, cooking on an open fire and highway code. These hikes help our cubs to enjoy the outdoor life and gives them the opportunity to run free in safe areas.
As a section we organise camps twice a year, as well as taking part in the group camps and the National Camp organised by our Association. Once a year we also hold a cultural outing.
The meetings are initiated with the 'Grand Howl' and prayers followed by a game. Afterwards there are talks based on the programme prepared by the Association. At the end of the meeting, cubs who have a specified talk chosen from the Proficiency work, present this talk to the other cubs (Public Speaking is the motive here).
Arrow work is split into Bronze, Silver and Gold Arrows and each arrow is for a specific age group. The talks center round scouting skills (knotting, open fire and others), helping others (first aid, etc), environment and our country. The members are split in small groups for these talks as this helps the leader to deal with every child's needs.
There are also Proficiency Badges to be earned, some of which are chosen by the cubs themselves. The scout programme offers various badges for a great variety of skills, thereby allowing every member to find something which will motivate the individual to work hard and hence be rewarded for that work. At scouts one can find a great variety of activities to motivate one's skills.
This section meets every Friday between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
It basically works on a similar programme as the Pack but on a more advanced level. Unlike the cubs, the troop work on the Scout Standard and Advanced Scout Standard (including knotting, pioneering, cooking, mapping, helping others) . They also work to achieve the Progress badges.
The weekly meeting commences with a game followed by talks or practice of skills.
During Winter they have hikes once a month, expeditions, abseiling, and other outings that are of interest at that age. During these hikes they do mapping and orienteering. At times they are given a start point and end point and have to make the best route themselves, under the supervision of their leaders.
In Summer they go canoeing, organise BBQs and camp on the raft. During the expeditions they do Backwoods cooking and also at times they do cooking competitions (the menu and shopping is done by the members themselves) and build a camp oven to cook in it. The members in this section are also split in groups of six called a Patrol, with a Patrol leader and an assistant to lead the others in every group.
The programme and activities are discussed between the Patrol leaders and the Skipper and his assistant. Here training in management, decision making, and leadership comes in.
Their camps are mostly part of the expedition (walk for some kilometres with all their kits and then cook and sleep upon arrival). At times instead of taking hike tents they sleep under bivouacs. They also take part in the Group camps, Troop challenge and National camps organised by the Association. During the Group camps their practical on pioneering is tested here by building towers, or many other structures and of course the set for the campfire.
At this age adventure is more important to them and they look forward for these activities as they relax from the stress around them. It also keeps them away from today’s ways of entertainment (at least some weekends during the Year). This experience motivates them physically and socially especially, as they get to know each other more in a quiet environment
In this section a chairman, secretary, and treasurer is elected from the members themselves. The Unit is headed by a Venture Leader, whose role is to motivate the members and to ensure that all is done in line with the rules.
Their programme is different from the other sections; it is mostly based on training for leadership, and hands on, to do the things that they have learnt about in the younger sections (environment, group, community work). They organise hikes, expeditions, crevassing, canoeing, visits, badger carting and other activities available on the Island. They also camp on the raft. During their hikes they organise their own menu, expenses, and make their own route.
The proper practice in Management and leadership start in this section. They also help the Quartermaster and do maintenance works for the group and equipment
This section is the last stage of scouting and here our members put into practice all that has been learnt throughout the years growing up in the group.
They also, as in other sections, have to follow a training programme prepared by the Association. A chairman runs this section together with the Rover leader.
Training in this section is based mainly on a more advanced leadership and management set of skills. The Rovers become involved in helping the other sections of the group as it is now time for them to share the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout their development in the group. They are also responsible for managing the stores and taking care of any maintenance needed to the headquarters.
The Rovers organise their own activities after discussing the plans with their leader. Their activities include hikes, BBQs, expeditions, camps, abseiling and canoeing
The Pack is run by Akela and the assistants. These are all named after the characters in the Jungle Book, in which Mowgli was trained by the animals how to survive in the Jungle. The programme in this section runs on the same basis.
The Troop is run by the Skipper and the assistants called ASLs. The programme is similar to that of the Pack but more advanced.
The Ventures are co-ordinated by a VSL. At this stage the members manage their section with the help of the leader and form their own committee.
The Rovers manage their own section and plan all their activities with their leader, called an RSL.
Besides having leaders for each individual section, the group also has the Group Scout Leader (GSL) who supervises and helps out in all sections. The GSL is also responsible for introducing new ideas and activities into the group. Leaders work on a voluntary basis and their accomplishment is when they manage to motivate the members to get involved in another way of recreation.