Troop Nights

Our Scout Troop usually meets every Thursday evening in the Scout HQ, School Lane, Batheaston. Click here to view a map.

The Troop meets promptly at 7:30, please endeavour to ensure that the Scouts arrive promptly. Troop nights normally finish at 9:00.

Normal meetings usually include games and activities. They are flanked by “Flag Break” and “Flag Down” ceremonies.

Occasionally the Troop will meet on a different night, or at different times to allow for a particular activity, such as climbing or caving, which may require a longer time period. You will be advised individually of these events.

The Patrol System

The Scouts in the Troop are organised into Patrols, each with their own name and badge to identify them. A Patrol is usually of around 6 Scouts, encompassing a range of ages and Scouting experience. The Patrol is lead by a “Patrol Leader” (PL), who is in charge of the Patrol, and assisted by an “Assistant Patrol Leader” (APL).

Patrols work as a team during activities and games on Troop nights, earning points for the Patrol competition. While camping, Scouts “live” in their Patrols, each with their own tent and cooking area.

The Uniform

Scout uniform
Scouting is a uniformed organisation. All Scouts are expected to wear uniform for all Troop meetings (unless specifically told otherwise) and while travelling to and from trips.

Uniform consists of;

  • Green Scout Shirt,
  • Group Scarf – light blue with white trim, supplied by the Group
  • Woggle

Scouts are not expected to wear a uniform until they have been invested. A Scout shirt can be bought from the Scout shop, found in Grove Street, Bath city centre. Alternatively, an official Scout Shirt can be purchased from the leaders on any scout night. A scarf group scarf, a woggle, and the relevant badges will be provided by the Group, and presented at investiture.

Badges and Awards

During their time in the Troop, Scouts may work towards a number of badges, which, once awarded, are worn on the uniform. More information on the badges available, and their requirements, can be found under the “Scout Badges” section.

Behaviour and Discipline

All Scouts are expected to behave well and appropriately, anything else is unacceptable. Minor incidents are usually dealt with at the Leaders discretion. More serious incidents, notably bullying, fighting or dangerous behaviour, may result in the Scout’s parents being contacted, and a possible suspension.

Camping and Other Trips

Throughout the year the Scouts enjoy many opportunities to go camping, and on various trips. Details on trips, as well as kit lists, permission forms, and transport arrangements, are circulated well in advance.

Supervision During Activities

The Scout Association has strict rules regulating all activities and addressing any associated risks, to which we conform. Where appropriate, trained instructors are used for activities, and Leader: Scout ratios are kept as low as possible.

Further details can be found in the Scout Association “Policy Organisation & Rules” document, available in full here.

About The Leaders

All adults involved in our Scout group are volunteers, giving their free time to run the Group. Our Leaders are experienced, and have all undergone a full Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, as well as panel interview to assess their suitability for working with young people, before being awarded their “Warrant”. In addition, the Leaders must undergo continual “Adult Training”.

Leader Details can be found at the end of this document.

Parental Support

Help is required in many areas to keep the Group running smoothly. The weight of responsibility should not fall solely on the heads of a few individuals, and parents are asked to help in any way they can.

At the least, parents are asked to help ensure that Scouts turn up to meetings and events on time, and that their uniform is presentable. All Parents are invited to the Group Annual General Meeting.

Beyond this there are many ways you could help; we are always looking for more adults to become involved in our Group across all sections. Here are just a few ways you could help;

  • Help with transport
  • Helping to plan a programme, or organise activities
  • Helping run the weekly meetings
  • As a one off activity instructor, using any skills you may have
  • Come camping with us
  • Join the committee
  • Fundraising

Commitments can be tailored to suit any schedule, and help is always appreciated.

All Things Financial

It costs money to keep the Scout Group running. As well the cost of general activities, the Group must pay for the upkeep of the Scout HQ and equipment, and a fee to the Scout association for the insurance of every member.

One of the main sources of income to the Group is the termly subscriptions that all members of the Group pay. For Scouts this is currently £35 per term.

Camping, and other trips are costed individually. Details are circulated with the information for each trip, but this usually requires an immediate deposit to secure a place, followed by payment of the balance either in instalments, or a lump sum closer to the trip.

Every effort is made by the Leaders to offer activities at the lowest possible cost. Indeed, on many activities, and particularly camps, the Group often makes a loss, highlighting the importance of Group fundraising events.

Costs, however, should not be prohibitive to any Scout partaking in any activity. If you have any concerns, please feel free to talk, in confidence, to any of the Leaders, or the Group Treasurer.

All cheques should be made payable to

23rd Bath (Avonvale) Scout Group

Leaders

Harry Rich – Scout Leader

Andrew Barlett – Assistant Scout Leader

Roger Chandler – Assistant Scout Leader