1st Great Horkesley aims to offer challenge and adventure to all its members. We believe in helping our young people fulfil their potential by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves. We’re working to make Scouting available to all and we’re passionate about what we do.
Through the adventure of Scouting, young people get to take risks in a safe environment, and have their first taste of responsibility. We give young people experiences they’ll never forget. The sort of adventure we offer is the chance to experience something different and the opportunity for young people to discover their potential. When a Beaver Scout wakes up the morning after a sleepover, or a Cub Scout has just got over her fear of heights by completing her first abseil – that’s adventure.
All this is made possible by the efforts of our dedicated team of hard working voluntary adults. Our training scheme and one-to-one support ensures that each of our volunteers gets to make the best use of their skills and talents.
Our adults have a responsibility to make our Programme fun and exciting. They also make sure that it is safe. Our policies, rules, code of behaviour and advice on child protection and safety are there to ensure our young people stay safe while they enjoy themselves and learn.
The 1st Great Horkesley Scout Group meets at the HQ on The Causeway (A134), behind the “Old Village Hall”. The Group was started in 1949 and attracts young people mainly from the village and surrounding area. There are approximately 70 young people and 15+ adults in the Group and the Group is one of 16 (+ explorers) Scout Groups in Colchester North .
We have a Beaver Scout Colonie that meets on Thursday evenings between 5:30pm & 6:45pm.
Beaver Scouts are our youngest members. They take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with plenty of outdoor activities.
They will also have the opportunity to take part in the fun and excitement of camps and sleepovers. It may be the first time they spend a night away from home so it’s a real adventure for them.
The Cub Scout Pack meets on Wednesday evenings between 6:30pm & 8:00pm.
A Cub Scout Pack can have up to 36 Cub Scouts and is split into smaller groups called Sixes. Cubs take part in a wide range of activities designed to be interesting and challenging. A Cub Scout meeting consists of games and activities with plenty of time spent outdoors. Camps and holidays are some of the most memorable events of the year for Cubs.
The Scout Troop meets on Thursday evenings between 7:30pm & 9:00pm.
Each Scout Troop consists of small units of six to eight Scouts called a Patrol, usually led by a Patrol Leader. Outdoor activities feature prominently, with many different highlights. Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for camp.
Rock climbing, abseiling, archery, camping and international experiences are just some of the things they get up to.
Our Scout Troop feeds into the District Explorer Scout Unit at the age of 14.
Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme
and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.
There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.
- Scouting is for girls as well as boys.
- Scouting is a global movement.
- Young people can join at any stage of their development.
- The Scout Association is a registered charity.
- Scouting is great value!
- Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting was recently voted the 13th most influential person of the 20th Century.
- Famous former Scouts include Paul McCartney, Billy Connolly, Stephen Spielberg and David Beckham.
- Each day 100,000 people in the UK take part in Scouting activities.
- Scouting for Boys, Baden-Powell’s blueprint for the Scout Movement is one of the most popular books of all time.
- Scouting was 100 in 2007.
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