Posted by: Laura Hammond
Fri 20th August 2021
Scouting offers a range of incredible activities designed to help young people reach their full potential and develop skills for life.
But what exactly is on offer in Alfreton? We’ve taken a look at what is available for children, as well as volunteering opportunities for adults.
Alfreton District Scouts is made up of several different groups, including those in South Normanton and Somercotes.
It also features the 3rd Alfreton section, which meets at the Scout hut on Firs Avenue.
The section is home to Beavers – for children aged six to eight years old; Cubs – for children aged 8 to 10-and-a-half; and Scouts – for children aged 10-and-a-half.
The Beavers group meets on a Thursday night, while Cubs and Scouts both meet on Fridays.
Beavers learn by exploring and playing, according to the Scout Association.
It says: “The most important skills you’ll learn at Beavers are the ones that will make you feel super strong standing on your own two feet. We call these character skills.
“They include things like integrity – which means being honest and doing what you think is right – and initiative – which means knowing how to take the lead on something without being asked. It’s all about having the courage to try new things and learn from them.”
Beavers make promises to do their best and they also earn badges, demonstrating a range of skills developed and activities completed.
Like Beavers, Cubs explore the world together and work towards earning their badges – but they take things a little bit further and develop character skills.
The Scout Association says: “Cubs learn by doing, and so will you. Some of the skills you develop will be practical, like knowing how to cook a delicious meal or give someone first aid. Others will allow you to become a master at your chosen hobby, or help you to succeed in whichever job you decide to do when you grow up.”
Scouts, aimed at older children, is more challenging and members are encouraged to discover the world on their own terms.
They are also encouraged to think about how they can make a difference in their local communities and how they can help others.
Scouts also collect badges and might organise trips and expeditions together.
The group is currently looking for a leader to volunteer with the Scouts group and Alfreton District Scouts is looking for help running other groups in the area.
If you think you can help – or you’re interested in finding out more about Scouting opportunities for your children – take a look at the Alfreton District Scouts website here: https://alfretonscouts.wordpress.com/
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