Scouts, Girl Guides, Cubs and Beavers

At Walton Methodist Church we are fully supportive of the active and friendly Beavers, Cubs, Scout and Guide groups that meet on our premises. 

A Small History:

Scouting began in 1907 when Robert Baden-Powell, Lieutenant General in the British Army, held the first Scouting encampment on Brownsea Island in England. Baden-Powell wrote the principles of Scouting in Scouting for Boys (London, 1908), based on his earlier military books, with influence and support of Frederick Russell Burnham (Chief of Scouts in British Africa), Ernest Thompson Seton of the Woodcraft Indians, William Alexander Smith of the Boys' Brigade, and his publisher Pearson.

During the first half of the 20th century, the movement grew to encompass three major age groups each for boys (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Rover Scout) and, in 1910, a new organization, Girl Guides, was created for girls (today they are called, Brownie Guide, Girl Guide, Girl Scout and Ranger Guide).

The movement employs the Scout method, a program of informal education with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking, and sports. Another widely recognized movement characteristic is the Scout uniform, by intent hiding all differences of social standing in a country and making for equality, with neckerchief and campaign hat or comparable headwear. Distinctive uniform insignia include the fleur-de-lis and the trefoil, as well as merit badges and other patches.

Beavers

What are Beaver Scouts?

Beaver Scouts are the youngest section of the Scouting family, ranging in age from 6 to 8 years. A group of Beaver Scouts is called a Colony and each Colony can be split up into smaller groups called Lodges. Our Colony is 9th Walton and we have 4 Lodges, red, green, blue and yellow, each made up of 6 Beavers.

 

The Beaver promise and motto:

When a Beaver is invested they make a promise, 'I promise to do my best, to be kind and helpful and to love God'. Beavers also have a motto, 'be prepared', and by taking part in a balanced programme consisting of a range of activities, events and experiences built around six programme zones, which each represent a different development area in their life (outdoor and adventure, community, creative, fitness, global and beliefs and attitudes) they are hopefully helped to grow and do just that.

 

What do you do as a Beaver?

During meetings the Beavers do many things including playing games, cooking, craft activities, going out on visits to places such as the fire station and Fairoaks airport, walking and exploring the local area, meeting a guide dog and learning the countryside code.

No matter what is planned and happening during meetings two of the most important things for 9th Walton Beavers to do are to have fun and to make new friends.

Guides

Cubs

What are Cub Scouts?

Cubs is the second section of the Scouting movement, originally started in 1916 for younger brothers who wanted a 'look-in'. Cubs are aged between 8 and 10½.

 

The Cub promise and motto:

When a Cub is invested they make a promise, 'I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to God and to the Queen
to help other people and to keep the Cub Scout law'. Cubs also have a motto, 'be prepared'.

 

What do you do as a Cub?

Here is a list of some of the activities you get up to:

  • Camping

  • Hiking

  • Map and compass

  • Knotsmore details

  • First Aid

  • Quad biking

  • Archery

  • Traditions and Cultures

  • Local History

  • Caving

  • IT

  • World religions

  • Fitness

  • Adventure course

  • Fire station visits

Scouts

What are Scouts?

Scouts are the third section of the Scouting movement. From the first experimental camp for 20 boys in 1907, the movement now has an estimated 28 million members worldwide, and in the UK alone there are over 499,000 boys and girls involved in Scouting. Scouts are aged 10½ to 14 years old.

 

The Scout promise and motto:

The Scout promise is: 'I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to God and to the Queen to help other people and to keep the Scout law'. Scouts also have a motto, 'be prepared'.

 

What do you do as a Scout?

Here is a list of some of the activities you get up to:

  • Camping

  • Hiking

  • Map and compass

  • Knots

  • Quad biking

  • Archery

  • Traditions and Cultures

  • Caving

  • IT

  • World religions

  • Fitness

  • Adventure course

  • Fire station visits

  • Air Rifles

  • Flying with the RAF

  • Aviation skills

  • Canoeing

  • Gliding

Message from the Guides...

We meet on Tuesdays 7.30-9.00 and the girls age from 10 years and up.

We take girls from 4 Brownie packs in Walton and have a waiting list. We are an active Girl Guide company and try to make it as fun as possible.

We camp at least once a year and this brings us together as a unit.

We  hope you have found what you're looking for and that the website has given you some information about what happens at Walton Methodist Church, but we cannot tell you everything so please come and visit us and see what happens for yourself!